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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
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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 marc77
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid light amber hue. Lively carbonation supports a dense, stiff and dogged pure white head. Sheets of lace remain. Mild banana and herbal clove hints upfront in aroma. Secondary hints of tart, grainy wheat and a cleaner lemon like acidity. Tame and functional aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a note of doughy banana bread, although the thinnish body dilutes and mutes esters overall. Bubblegum and banana hints add depth, but remain understated enough to allow a simple, wheat cracker note to lend dryness. Trace musty yeast undertone. Tartness augments as the beer warms, but all components remain in a prosaic balance. Finishes lightly sweet, with fleeting honeydew melon and lemon drop hints. Kindl is a respectable hefeweizen and overall a couple notches above the middle of the pack.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured it showed a medium golden color with loads of foam and some lace. The smell was the weakest point of this Hefe-weizen. It showed very little in the way of fruit, wheat or yeast. The the flavor after the first sip showed a fair amount of citrus fruit, along with cloves and yeast. Also, a hint of banana. I find out that the warmer this hefe-weizen, the more intense the flavor. The finish was just about right, that the flavor just lingered long enough until the next sip!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy medium yellow color with three big fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little skunky at first, but once you let it sit for a minute, lots of great aromas come through. There's a lot of citrus fruit. Lemon and orange, not much of the classic banana and clove aromas. The taste is a bit on the citrus side as well, with a little bit more spice. Nice and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is really good. A decent weizen.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle like the one in the picture and poured into my Franziskaner weissbier glass.
Appearance: cloudy golden color with a billowing white head that towered nicely above the rim of the glass. No lace.
Nose: pretty standard, stuff, really. Decent malt notes with light bread overtones. Some subdued banana and clove aroma and a subtle hint of peach or apricot. Missing that hint of bubblegum I love in some hefeweizens.
Taste: sweet white bread maltiness with a bit of clove and banana. Not as prolific as I've had in others. Touch of sour in the mix, too, akin to green apple skin.
Feel: light, crisp, and refreshing.
Overall: a decent, albeit not fantastic, example of the style. I'd like the flavors to be a little bolder. Still, a nice hefeweizen.

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with an enormous head. Good aroma. Light and sweet fruitiness. Spicy and lemony. The flavor is slightly spicy, lemony, some banana. The aftertaste is superb - clove, banana. Wow. I really enjoyed this beer. I have a new favorite hefe. Has a great, fully body with a great mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Very interesting beer. I'll be going out today to pick some up.

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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 maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy pale yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't stick around. Light banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes too sweet, bland and uninteresting, not very much going on here.

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Photo of budgood1
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle the typical golden and cloudy lemon yellow sun colour with a huge frothy inch high head. huge chunks of sediment added in. certainly looks the part! lots of chunky lace too. subdued banana and clove aroma....with an added citrus and spice kick. the first thing that shocks me upon tasting it is the velvety and creamy smooth mouthfeel. it's unreal how slick this stuff goes down. what disappoints me is the taste...very understated and quite ordinary. a sort of strawberry and cream flavour with a spiciness that never asserts itself. subdued cloviness and wheat flavours, but not bad. seemingly full bodied and highly drinkable...i'd drink this every day of summer if i could afford it. this would be a great hefe to try out on people that aren't accustomed to the bavarian wheat and yeast beers of germany. good stuff...just lacking a bit in the flavour department.

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

Head: Solid 2 fingers, nice and white, laces the glass

Color: A cloudy brownish yellow

Smell: fruity, slightly spicy, hints of lemon

Taste: Spicy on tongue, fruity in the middle with hints of banana. Kick of lemon near the end, and a finish that reminds me of a pilsner. little to no after taste.

Mouth feel: medium thickness, no carbonation

Drinkability: high, very satisfying

Notes: awesome summer 6-pack. very refreshing. I would say it seems like 3/4 hefe weizen, 1/4 pilsner.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This hefe is med-dark orange for the style, and has a bubbly white head. Wheat and citrus on the nose. Classic hefe characteristics, for a german version this is more citrusy/lemony then some of the others that ive had. Creamy mouthfeel, some acidic notes. Time and time again the german hefes are proving their superiority, this one isnt my favorite but it is solid.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. Hazy golden yellow color with a 1" fluffy head. Some lacing developed. The aroma was light as some wheat was detectable. The flavor was of wheat and mild bananas. Some sweetness arrives on the tongue as you swallow this. The flavor was simple and not overpowering as some other hefeweizens are.

This was smooth and had a soft wheat finish. Nicely drinkable and was a nice finish to my stay at the restaurant.

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Photo of scriabin
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy, flaxen hefe weizen color. Taste is classic german hefe weizen, with banana and just a hint of clove. The flavors are well balanced and the beer is very smooth. In fact, it almost has what I'd call a mild flavor, sort of a like a Paulaner but not as strong a flavor. Carbonation is not too high and not too low, perfect in my book. An excellent HW worth a second offering. Cheers!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus.

This beer poured a cloudy, light brown-amber color with tall, pillowy foam that persisted and clung to the glass -- very nice. The smell was modest: a "clean" smell with some grain/wheat. The taste was malty with very faint banana, a bit of caramel, and some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was a pleasant, mild flavor of caramel and banana. This was an enjoyable and decent dark wheat beer.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle served chilled in a tall pilsner glass. My bottle is identical to the one pictured. I should note the name on the label is different than the beer's name in the db.

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow with a huge thick white head. It settled down to a healthy layer of foam eventually. Little specks of foam were left here and there.

Smell: Textbook smells of cloves, lemons, and bananas. Just a hint of bubblegum. Nice, but I like just a titch more of these aromas please.

Taste: Crisp bready malts with aftertastes of cloves and citrus. Banana esters are far off in the mist. Ever so slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and light in body, like a hefe orta be.

Drinkability: I could consume this beer in mass quantities with ease. Very tasty and a decent hefe.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a Moscow supermarket, this beer comes in a green 12 oz. (355ml - gee, guess it's bottled for the U.S. market - yup, back label includes refund info for various states) bottle with a blue and white label featuring the facade of, what else?, the Hofbräuhaus. Purity law applies. Only the Russian import label slapped on the side has the freshness date: best before 8/28/04, I opened it on 2/23/04.

Pours a fairly clear (this is a Hefeweizen, right) light gold under a one finger head that fades to film quite quickly, leaving minimal lace. The nose is very, very mild - just the slightest hint of the necessary clove and yeast. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is sweet and spicey, like a wheat beer should have, but it is very, very subdued - almost watered down. It's not bad, but there's very little substance here. No discernible hops, but no surprise there. The aftertaste is sweet spice, as it should be. Sure, this is drinkable, but there are much better examples of the style.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--large, brown bottle with freshness date stamped on back.
--nice, large head that slimmed but stayed until the end. Minor lacing.
--cloudy, dirty straw like in color
--a wheat smell, with a slight hint of citric

Overall a nice beer to drink. It didn't jump out in any way but I must say that I liked it. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle not available in the 15.9 oz. brown bottles that would have been preferred, but anyway here we go. Appearance: Cloudy golden tone with a nice billowing highly carbonated effervescent white head leaving behind specks of lace with each sip. Aroma: Starts out very skunky especially after cracking the bottle however, it becomes tamer after pouring in the settlement and letting it sit for a minute. More banana clove tones arise with the sharply sweet malt profile this one comes together, I thought it was a tradgedy but it's not bad at all topped off with a European hop dosage. Taste: Mellow but smooth rolling yeast tones of banana and cloves this has a nice citrusy flow to it as well with the sharp sweetness bringing a bit of a tart tone to the overall profile and balanced with herbal hops nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy light to medium in body very nice summer brew. Drinkability: Tasty goes down and flavorful this one gets my vote as an authentic Bavarian style weizen.

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

Hofbrauhaus Newport,KY. (Cincinnati, OH.)
Medium cloudy yellow color. Foamy rich white head. Nicel lacing down the glass. Lots of clove and sweet sugar yeasty weissbier smells. Loads of bananas and herbs. Pretty spot on flavors, freshness is evident, nice yeasty richness, and crisp herbal finish. Very good weissbeir. Crisp, light to medium bodied, plenty of tangy sweetness. I would really like to pair this with some potato pancakes or something else thick and heavy. A good example of the style.

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Photo of aaronh
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Cloudy yellow body topped by a moderate white head. Aroma was a little hoppy and had nice clove scents, but seemed to lack the banana bread notes that many hefes show. Taste was crisp and satisfying with a nice hop note on the finish. Mouthfeel was lighter but not weak. Drinkability was very good. Overall, tasted very fresh and complimented the food well. A nice beer.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid german hefe. Not at all on the level of Schneider, but certainly worth drinking.

Pours a cloudly straw gold, with a thick, foamy and ebullient head. Nose betrays some banana esters and wheat graininess.... Taste follows suit. Light, pleasant, drinkable, but not exceptional in any real regard. Which is not to knock the beer - I quite like it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid German Hefe...although not in the top tier in my opinion...pours a cloudy golden with a big fluffy white head of about two inches...that diminishes to abouit an 1/8 of an inch as you drink but it spiderwebs the sides of the glass nicely...The nose is bready and malty with a hint of lemongrass...body is medium-to-light....a refreshing light lemon flavor set against a bready malt backbone..

A decent enough German Hefe but one I will not buy again because I liked several others better..definitely worth trying...

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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 Shiloh
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a very light golden, almost yellow hue and murky.
Two fisted head which quickly disapated to 3 fingers, and tight high bubbles.
Carbonation seems light but may be disguised by the murky body.
Second glass from this bottle poured with less head but still high.
Aroma is lemony.
The taste is well balanced with a slight malty edge and of short duration.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into a Weissbier glass, it produced a thick, 2" white slab of foam atop a slightly hazy, rich golden-colored brew. Bubbles of carbonation make a bee-line for the surface in an eruption of activity. Pouring a bit more bier into the glass leaves a small, sinkhole-like depression in the slab of foam. Lacing was minimal, at best.
Best I can say about the nose is that it had a bit of bready malt, though exceedingly mild. Even the later introduction of the yeasties into the glass failed to raise the aroma profile at all.
Body of this bier was leaning a bit towards the lesser side of medium. There was a slight bit of prickliness on the tongue, though not nearly as much as all the carbonation might suggest.
Doesn't seem to be the abundance of flavors here typically present in a Bavarian Hefe. Slightly crackery malt joins with a subtle citrussy flavor. The Bier is crisp and dry throughout. I was unable to detect much, if any, banana or clove flavors, though. I later added the yeasties with about 1/3 of the glass left, yet it made no noticeable change in the taste. In general, a rather un-inspiring bier. Oh well... Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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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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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
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