Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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88
very good

721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before Feb 2014. So we're zehr gut, nein?

This beer pours a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of wavecrest lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells very much like banana bubblegum, with some semi-sweet clove, tame earthy yeast, wavering wheat grain, and a bit of buttery reduced caramel toffee. The taste is mildly edgy sweet wheat malt, banana chips, subtle dry yeast, soft indistinct spices, a hint of spent bubblegum, wee citrus notes, and a bit of warm caramel.

The bubbles are tame and faintly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the wheat malt, fruity, and gentle spice keeping things well within reason.

A pleasant, fruit and malt-forward hefe, as the yeast and spice seem content in their background role, which lends itself to a balanced, harmonious beer. Tasty and very drinkable, as summer weekend evenings get into full swing.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass. Slightly cloudy golden, but more clear than what i am used to seeing from this style. Calm bubbles, good lacing average retention.

S- earthy yeasts. Wheat. Slight fuitiness and clove. A nice amount of spice to go along with it too. I like what is going on here.

T- Earthy yeast again, some buttery and taffy flavor, then a huge rush of German tasting wheat malt. Very tart finish that is a nice touch. Just a little off on the balance with the dominance of the wheat.

M- A little thin compared to some others of this style, but still quite drinkable. Touch of dryness in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

O- A good beer. Would have loved more clove flavor and was a little dissapointed the taste didn't follow the pepper i detected in the smell. Not spectacular, but a good beer none the less. A spirited effort for this style.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 11.2oz poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Cloudy golden-orange with a thick white, fluffy head with rapid carbonation bubbles.

S: Banana, clove, citrus, soda bread.

T: Bite of sweet wheat, orange, banana, a zap of spice and the zing of carbonation.

M: A bit light, though creamy.

O: The first sip through the thick head is very enjoyable, and the creamy mouth fitting finish with a hint of clove is equally nice. There was a metal, medicinal tinge that hurt the overall flavor throughout, though that taste might be the fault of this individual bottle. For the price, it is one of the better Hefes to buy from Germany.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle

Hofbrau Hefeweizen poured a slightly cloudy gold color producing a soft white head made of tiny bubbles. The nose was on the light side, of mild clove and very mild banana. Thankfully the flavor is stronger than the nose. The taste is dominated by banana, and wheat bread with a touch of clove in the background. The mouth feel is crisp, smooth, with a light-medium body and a little sticky finish.

Hofbrau Hefeweizen is a refreshing Hefeweizen that drinks easy and not too filling. Maybe, a little to light when compared to the better Hefeweizens.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic caramel hefeweizen appearance. Skunky beer aroma clashing with characteristic banana smell. Worth mentioning the bottle is green not brown and so that might have something to do with the aroma. Skunkiness comes through mildly, you can notice a hint of the alcohol, and slight bitterness. Moderately carbonated with great drinkability.

Photo of Everydayoff
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

A:
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.

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

T:
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.

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

O:
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale golden. Heaad is a bit thin for a hefe, but the retention is quite good. Lacing is decent.
S- There is a fair bit of spice and banana. Bubblegum-like aromas also present.
T- There is a pretty big bubblegum punch here. Banana comes through quite strongly as well. A touch of spice in the finish.
M- Light body, medium to sharp carbonation.
O- A good weisse. Not my favorite as I like banana and spice flavors more than bubblegum, but still enjoyable.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Kaizerhof in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a weisse glass. Say whatever you can about a good hefe and this fits. Beautiful elegant appearance, wonderful smells of wheat and grapefruit, taste matches its looks, it goes down smooth, and has no negative aftertaste or gas. Overall, this is a solid hefe that leans toward a grapefruit side. Grapefruit isn't my favorite, but if you're into that, you'd love it.

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
Bottle dating of L 224 J 12:39 on back. Not sure what it means.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy medium golden color with 3 fingers width of thick and foamy white head that is sticking around for a while, and leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Typical Hefeweizen smell here. Lots of banana, some clove spiciness, and a little yeasty.

T- Nice smooth wheat taste, along with the clove spiciness and some banana. Instantly refreshing.

M- Going with a solid medium body, not overly carbonated a nice amount for the style.

O- A nice offering of a Hefeweizen. 1.99 for a 500ml bottle around here, can't beat that.

Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hazy yellow-orange body with a thick retaining cap of head with lace. Only drinking the 11.2oz format, so it only fills a pint so high. 4.0

Firm-bodied banana and clove in the nose. Floral hops and slight yeast nuttiness. Nice graham cracker quality to the malt. 4.0

Banana/clove, slight bubblegum, kiss of hops with light bitterness, and some mustiness. A little pear juiciness. Primo yeast strain used. Fantastic. 4.5

Creamy smooth with some vigor in the carbonation. Easy-to-drink in a large quantity, and I wish I could... right now. 4.0

Whole lotta banana in this one, and it's great. Recommended, of course. 4.0

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice original German Hefe, as soon as I saw the bottle I had to try it.

A: Excellent cloudy yellow/amber color. Very minimal head, dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing except for some bubbles around the edges and a few patches here and there.

S: Very aromatic. Grassy/grainy with alot of citrus and yeast and the banana esthers that are typical of a Hefe. Have a very small amount of clove and spice coming thru, I was expecting more here but its not disappointing with everything else going on. Very enjoyable.

T: Surprisingly enough, rather mild flavor however this was a bit colder then usual. Flavors became more distinct as it warmed. Mostly wheats and malts at first with the hints of citrus rind. Getting some yeasty flavor but its not overpowering the wheat and grain tones. Spice is there but just like on the nose, its very mild. Very well balanced all around.

M: Light carbonation, with a crisp and clean taste. Almost tastes lighter then other Hefe's, possibly due to the mild spicing. Lower ABV and the alcohol is barely noticeable here as well.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Wish it had a thicker head however everything else about the brew was very good and enjoyable. Nice spring or summer time beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and banana aromas. Taste is slightly sour with some wheat, spice, and banana flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen but nothing really stands out with this one.

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour, with a hearty white foam. Slight lacing.

S - Smells of citrus, and some spicyness if cloves.

T - Taste is crisp and refreshing. Very much a traditional German hefeweizen. Has a noticeable yeasty flavor.

M - Very well balanced. There is a nice contrast between the tartness of lemon and the earthy flavor of spice and fresh grain.

O - Been a while since I went back to this and was surprised at how good Hofbrau is at making a traditional German style. Always thought of them as too mass-produced. Don't overlook their offerings.

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

a: pours a golden cloudy orange, puffy three finger head comes down to a half finger

s: a strong wheatiness, clove and pepper spices, some banana and yeastiness, but overall a bit light

t: strong wheat and malts, some spiciness from clove/pepper, not a ton of banana. good carbonation level gives it a nice crispness.

o: very nice, but i wished there was more of a banana aroma/taste to it. very refreshing.

Photo of DM1293
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste - A kind of tangier tasting hefeweizen to me, with more citrusy notes in it. Its otherwise a bit lighter in body, a much cleaner sort of unfiltered than I expected.

Overall - Pretty good. Definitely better in hotter weather, as I feel its more refreshing, less on cloves and bananas, and smoother on the finish.

Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass.

A - Very pale yellow gold with a light haziness. Very effervescent. Beautiful big white foamy head and sloppy lacing. Just like a hefe should look.

S - Typical hefe aromas of banana and coriander with some yeast and gum.

T - Follows the nose with some light grassy hops.

M - Medium to full body, moderate to high carbonation.

O - Solid German hefe.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy deep golden color with hints of amber. Like the colors of a sunset. Tall creamy foam peaks formed and receded slowly, leaving good sticky lacing.

Smell: Just like a good Hefeweizen should, it smells like banana, cloves and bubblegum. Sweet and wheaty.

Taste: Fantastic. The sweet wheat blends perfectly with the yeast phenols and it's a sweet, rich and tropical fruit mix. This is the taste of Hefeweizen perfected with an old world recipe and old world yeast. Outstanding flavor.

Mouth feel: Rich and creamy with soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Hefeweizen is a simple, yet complex tasting beer. When it's done right, it's a fantastic beer...and Hofbräu does it right. This is a fine example of the Hefeweizen style!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a large cap of lacing that sticks around leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of clove, banana, lemon, and a hint of bubblegum. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with slightly less banana. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great hefe that I can see as a regular in my refrigerator.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy Golden colour witha White frothy head that retains ok.

S - Plenty of Banana and clove in the background.

T - Nice Banana notes with a little bubblegum. Yeast and bread present. The finisgh is a little sickly sweet.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - Not the best hefe but not the worst either.

Photo of blakelive784
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky peach color with a surprisingly creamy 2 finger head. Retention is also good, and the head leaves nice lacing as it dies.

S - Holy yeast. Awesome yeast notes, with some orange peel, spicy wheat, and fruity esters.

T - Strong and spicy yeasty notes play well against the wheat foundation. Orange and lemon compliment the flavors nicely. Refreshing and pleasant.

M - Light bodied and smooth. I wish it were more crisp. Not really tailored to the flavors.

D - Has its flaws, but a good quality, sessionable beer that I'd reach for again.

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head that slow recedes into a pretty decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored light bodied beer.

Grains, the wheat is a backdrop for a light lemon citrus hops aroma.

The taste is more of the citrus hops with a very nice honey wheat coming through as well.

A light dry aftertaste that does carry through it some of the citrus and honey of the taste.

Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oades sixer mixer

A & S: mostly citrus, bits of metallic and biscuity malts. Super lively looking straw colored beer, pour the whole way down the side and it still poured a full finger of fizzy beer. The pure white head turns from fizzy to foamy and retains at about a half a finger level. Good amount of lacing.

T & M: pretty similar to the smell, the orange comes through pretty well in the taste. Very tart. Banana and cloves come through when looking for it after it warms up a bit. Not a super powerful taste. Pretty much what you would expect from a European hefewizen, nothing special but pretty good. Pretty high carbonation making it pretty crisp but still semi-smooth. Medium bodied.

O: Probably wouldn’t buy it again but I still really liked it.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Beer has a large off-white head made up of smaller bubbles, leading to a frothed egg-white appearance. Declines a minute or so to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some decent lacing on glass sides. Body is quite light, a golden yellow in the shadows and a faint yellow when held up to a light. Hazy from the yeast. Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma is classic hefeweizen, though a bit light compared to Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, etc. Primarily of medium-light intensity wheat/barley malt, banana, and some lemon.

Taste opens with some light sweetness that fades into lemon, faint yeastiness and banana, all a bit watery, but still above average. Mild tartness lingers in the back-sides of the palate.

Medium to medium-light bodied with a carbonation level that is slightly too high for the body. Carbonation diminishes over time, leading to the beer feeling smoother on the palate. Finish is dry.

Overall, this was a decent hefeweizen, above average, but the lightness on the smell and taste make it a bit pale in comparison to the others available for export in this style.

Photo of soju6
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some fruit sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is of fresh grain with a trace of bananas. There is a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth with a nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing a fancy, just a nice quality beer. I would like to try this on-tap to get the real character of this beer

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
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