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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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320 Reviews

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Reviews: 320
Hads: 742
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer left the bottle with an explosion of head, about the entire width of my hand. The head falls to 2 fingers over top of the golden yellow, hazy beer. The nose was a nice a nice bananas and cream with some good lemon tones as well. I really liked the flavor of this one. There was a good it of lemon on the initial taste, with the aftertaste coming on strong with the banana cream pie flavor. The feel was just a shade thin, not coating my mouth as much as I would like it. Drinkability was awesome. I could sit down to just a ton of this beer.

Edit: The first one of these came out of a 500 ml brown bottle the first time and it was very good. We just cracked a 355 ml green bottle and there was an awful skunkey odor. I'm letting it sit to see if that goes away. After sitting, that smell leaves, but I will only buy the 500 ml bottles from here on out.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is right up there with the best (Weihenstephaner) heffes's out there, but it misses on the finish. This is still one of the top knotch heffe out there, big golden pour with that perfect white head (poured into a Franziskaner heffe glass), smell is banana sweetness, taste was more bubbles than flavor like my Weffe. Great beer, but just a runner up to one of the best beers out there, not so bad, i'd take that.

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Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh. I can't get enough of the weizen today.

A: The weizen is a pale golden color, hazy and opaque. The ale gives off a shine, so it is not a black hole. I needed two pours to empty the bottle, a thick head bubbling up each time.

S: The nose is features clove and bubblegum prominently with banana on more of the down low. Regardless of the combination of aromas, it smells awesome with a mild wheat tartness and lots of toasted grains.

T: The ale doesn't have a great deal of carbonation, allowing the flavors to linger for a rather long time on my palate. Bubblegum and banana battle for supremacy with the sweet banana winning. Mild wheat tartness permeates, creating a lively flavor that doesn't overshadow the yeast. Creamy flavors are also prevalent, showing off toasted grains and more banana. Light hops aren't that big a deal.

M: The mouthfeel is tough to beat, smooth and laiden with flavor. It's hard to believe that an ale that clicks this well has about 5% abv.

D: I'd pound the entire six pack if I could. This is a fine weizen, no doubt about it.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very strong hef. It pours a golden yellow color. There was a good head on the beer. The smell was of clove. The taste was very good. It was for sure an above average hef. There is a complexity to the taste, it was a little lemon. The color wasn't the hazy unfiltered color however. This is a very solid and very good beer.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy light yellowish orange with a foamy compact head that lasts the whole drink and laces the inside of the glass finely.

S - Very mild, some citrus, spicy notes.

T - Mild citrus twang, more malty than hoppy. Good balance of flavors.

M - Finely carbonated, not overpowering, fizzyness doesn't fade away too quickly.

I would probably buy it again, when I have some extra cash in my pocket.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into the proper hefeweizen glass.

A - Nice cloudy beige-orange color beneath a soft fizzy white head. The head dissipates much faster than most hefeweizens but leaves a nice 1/4-inch lace on top for the duration of the beer. Great lacing on the sides of my glass.

S - Great yeasty smell with that wheat background. A bit more clove in this smell than others with some citrus coming through.

T&M - A nice rich hefeweizen. All fresh wheat upfront with the yeast coming in the back of the tongue. Some clove and citrus, just like the smell, follow and not much of a banana taste, just slightly as the beer warms. LIttle bit metallic aftertaste as the beer warms as well.

D - So very drinkable. Something I could have 3 of easily in one sitting. Not as heavy as some hefeweizens.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with a core of yellow-orange into a weizen glass. Thick, billowy white head thins to a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

Notes of weizen yeasts, bananas and cloves are a dead ringer for the style.

Tastes of malted grains carry notes of bananas and biscuits with a slight sweetness and a little citrus zest.

Silky smooth, lighter mouthfeel is excellent and perfectly fits a typical hefeweizen.

Easily among the ranks of the easiest-drinking beers.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - cloudy golden straw-like color with a think foamy head that is very well retained

S - sweet wheaty malt with a noticeable banana & clove aroma

T - strong wheat malt flavor with banana & clove accents, smooth finish with a faint trace of noble hops

M - creamy medium/light body, high carbonation

D - This is a fantastic German-style wheat beer and perhaps one of the best I've had. It has a great taste that doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm a big fan of hofbrau original so i had to give this beer a shot, first time i've seen it.

looks great, has a deep cloudy orange hue to it with a big white head, looks very yummy.

smell has that distinctive hofbrau skunkiness to it with a nice yeast aroma, has some nice fruit accents as well

taste is really good, a crisp refreshing hefe with a wonderful fruit and yeast combo, a distinctive german hefe

mouthfeel is great as is drinkability, a great beer on a hot day like today

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Photo of kenito799
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

Bright clear yellow brew with nice lace left by a foamy white head.

Aroma is fresh, definite banana-clove characteristics.

The flavor is an excellent balance of the banana, clove spice and lemony tanginess. Very fresh, drinkable. Excellent classic hefe-weizen.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden beige colour with a trademark wheat beer tiny bubbled lace.

Smell: Fresh wheat malt in the nose, hints of lemon and powdery yeast as well.

Taste: So crisp and smooth, there is lots of fresh fermented wheat flavour that it creates bit of a twang. Quite malty with a spicy phenolic and faintly bitter hop to balance. A powdery yeast tries to dry the palate. A touch fruity with pear in the back and vague banana in the front with some alcoholic esters wavering in the finish.

Notes: Perfectly balanced for the style and extremely drinkable, its right up there in greatness with the rest of the quality German wheat beers.

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Photo of SamN
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep golden straw color. Great big three finger head to start, fades to one after a minute. Deep color and quite hazy.

S- Classic German hefeweizen smell; spices, grass, wheat malts and great lemon zestiness. Strong, aromatic and brilliant.

T- Peppery and citrusy, but also sweet and ridiculously balanced. Less of a dry finish than most hefe's. Refreshing, uplifitng and joyous. A slight touch of chemicasl in the finish, but nothing to bother you in light of this great taste.

M- Quite bubbly and lively, a full mouthful of beer! Medium light body, smoove like silk.

D- Awesome drinkability. Another great hefe to stock up on.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a Hofbrau weizen glass at Beerosophy, Bangkok.

Traditional pale cloudy yellow hue with thick frothy and silky white head with excellent retention, it just slowly fades to everlasting foamy layer covering atop and same time leaves plenty of refined lacing ring, patch and spot along the way down, splendid showcase.

In the way what it should be; banana, bubblegum, spice, clove, wheat and light citrus, well mellow.

Suggestion of bubblegum and fruity ester by a nuance of banana and zesty citrus, malt in the back drives all the things up. Clove comes in mind with a spicy, peppery touch while hop just lies underneath but well fit and suitable to the overall flavor structure by letting the others playing on the front row.

Medium in body with very velvety and super smooth mouthfeel from the delicate wave of lively crisp carbonation. Finish is dry and refreshing.

Very well balance and very well done, simple but delicious and easy to get along, all the elements both external (appearance) and internal (aroma, taste, feel) are harmoniously straight forth together. This beer deserves a big quaff.

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Photo of NODAK
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell here is great...some citrus, fruity esters (banana) and spices. Very appetizing. Also one of the less cloudy beers in this style that I've had.

This is one of the sweeter hefeweizens I've had. Upfront there's some citrus, which is overtaken quickly by sweet banana fruity esters mixed with clove spices. This comprises most of the body of the beer. There's a twinge of tartness on the finish from the lemon, but after the swallow the predominant taste is smacking sweetness. One of the better beers in this style that I've had.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle.

Love this style beer. Took a shot in the dark in selecting a single bottle of this brew this beer from the local beer and wine superstore. Was very pleasantly surprise.

Appearance and aroma is very typical (this is a good thing.) Cloudy light orange color. Billowy white head. Yeasty aroma.

The taste was wonderful. Pleasantly sweet with just a touch of sourness. Silky mouthfeel and a smooth clean finish.

Exceptionally drinkable. Very solid.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, straw golden with a white head that fades to a patchy layer.

Smell: Bananas, citrus, bubble-gum, cloves and a light graininess.

Taste: The taste is much like the smell. There are strong bananas, light bubblegum, cloves and a light graininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation

Drinkability: Tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, pale-honey in color. The head was 2+ fingers of frothy off-white (limited only by my halting the pour out of reluctance to overflow my glass, which admittedly was too small for the bottle). Lacing was fair.

S: Spicy pepper and a mix of floral and citrus hops up front. The wheat is certainly there, along with faint clove and banana notes typical of Bavarian Hefeweizen.

T: Tart fruit is the first flavor to hit the tongue, followed by bready wheat. There's a touch of phenol and bitterness in the finish that also includes pear and tobacco.

M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. Pretty dry finish, even for a Hefeweizen, bordering on astringent; yet it doesn't feel out of place on this one, and just encourages you to keep drinking.

O: A very solid Hefeweizen. It paired nicely with a German cheese (mushroom brie) and crackers. Nice for a treat on a sunny, summer day.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"eff" the lemon, drink this beer straight up.

Nice look, it looks like a hefe

Sweet/Wheat smell

This is a friggin nice hefe, at the right time of year (late spring/early summer), this is the way a hefe should be.

It goes down easy and has a good German hefe feel.

drink this beer, drink lot's of this beer, it's ok, you can do it!

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Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy yellow with a thin ring of white head. It looked quite nice, but it was lacking a lot of the normal hefeweizen head, the body however looked excellent. Scents of clove, orange blossoms, yeasty wheat bread and sweet floral aromas. It was a delicate aroma profile, but very nice, quite appetizing and very appealing. Taste began with yeasty wheat bread and wheat cracker, but quickly the wheat was joined by notes of pear, apricot, mild floral hops, sweet spices, particularly clove, and a bit of honey, which became more prominent on the finish and aftertaste. This beer surprises you with it's delicate, yet complex flavor profile. It's excellent. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a drying finish. True to style for a hefeweizen. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen. It's got the bones of the style, as well as a complexity to it's flavor that puts it easily on par with Weihenstephaner. Well worth drinking.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having this beer on tap was incredible. Nice formed white head in a tradtional Hefe glass as Zum Schneider in NYC on a summer night, sitting outside was wonderful. Tasty and smooth, this beer had the perfect balance of tangy flavors combined with other fruity yeast textures. This beer was easy to drink, I could have stayed all night. A fine example, and so fresh, which makes a huge difference.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Did the ol' inverted pour, which worked just perfectly with this beer, just perfect. Ended up with a nice 4 finger, super white head with the top nice and creamy and tips with yeasty trub. Unfortunately it's fading fast. The beer is dark golden with lots of unfiltery goodness and active carbonation. If the head were a little bitter still it'd get more credit, but good none the less.

S: More wheaty and less yeasty than a more Bavarian variety, but still great, and in fact I prefer it more. Cleaner. Though still plenty of bananas, they're just fresher bananas. Not really getting too much clove on this, but I prefer the banana bombs.

T: Yep, still very bananay, but maybe a touch, just a touch, of clove. A little bitter too, perhaps from some nobel hops for flavor? It's not overwhelming, it's very drinkable and aimable. I wouldn't say perfect, but damn close.

M: Creamy, with a little crisp bite at the end. Very nice.

D: No wonder German's drink on a sunday afternoon. This just screams biergarten all day long. Perfect drinkability.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for $1.99...
An aggressive pour yielded a tawny, light, golden-colored, strawish appearance with an immense foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the top of the serving glass...
Strong, noticeable aroma of straw, wheat, yeast, citrus, coriander, and fresh florals...
Taste was bursting with powerful notes of fresh citrus, wheat, coriander, lemons, sweet grapefruit, and earthy tones... As far as a Hefeweizen goes, this was a top-notch depiction of the style, in terms of taste, aroma, and appearance...
Great, creamy, sweet, rich, thick mouthfeel bursting with sugar flavors and an excellent level of drinkability with a rather modest ABV...
Excellent stuff and a true-to-the-style representation...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a lightly hazy pale copper, forming a modest bone-white head with average retention and lacing. Adding the yeast makes it look like raw apple cider. Carbonation is moderately strong. The aroma is of cloves, distant banana, pale malt, vanilla, and fruity apple esters. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is brisk and pleasantly stinging with firm carbonation like a good hefe-weizen should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes pretty damn good with a predominance of bananas that wasn't quite as evident in the aroma, balanced by spicy cloves. The apples esters are quite strong and add a nice balance, creating a false impression of apple-juice sweetness. Bitterness is mild and it finishes with a crisp zest and some mild green cereal notes. The yeast is not obtrusive on first pour, but adding the swirls adds a bready astringency to the finish. I prefer this one without the dregs.

This is a pleasantly surprising and wonderfully delightful hefe-weizen. Well-balanced and full of nuance, but also quite rich and rewarding. Highly recommended!

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Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange out of the bottle, with a small white head. Smell is very strong, of bread, bananas and malt. Slight raison scent as well. Taste is of sweet malt and wheat, with a smooth finish that leaves your tongue slightly tingling. High effervescence and a very "crisp" mouthfeel. Very drinkable, watch yourself...

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color. Huge airy & fluffy 2 finger pillowy head.

S - Freshly cut wheat, honey grain, slightly phenolic, sharp yeast, white bread malt overtones, a hint of sweet skunk musk, clove spice.

T/M - Faint banana yeast, sweet brisk grain, honey malt, elegant vanilla clove, blended spices, touch of floral. The subtle citrus plays on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Above average carbonation that tantalizes the taste buds.

This is what a Hefeweizen is suppose to taste like, in my opinion. The palate is literally bursting with fresh flavors. The clove and banana yeast plays a huge role along with the perfect malt. The sweet grain paired with the honey malt and glorious yeast sets this beer apart from the pack. This is a beer to be treasured. This is simply a masterpeice. Bravo!

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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.