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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

661 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.1%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with a moderate sized head. A high amount of carbonation is visible and this is good head retention.
S: The aroma is rather lemony and has notes of bananas, bubble gum, cloves, yeast and wheat.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather citrusy and has notes of bananas. Flavors of wheat and yeast are also present, but don't stand out that much in the overall taste.
M: It feels light-bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing on the palate.
D: This beer is very thirst quenching and is perfectly sessionable on a hot summer day.

metter98, May 31, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a slightly hazy golden color with an acceptable head for a hefe that leaves the occasional splotch of lace

Smell: Clove dominant aroma with considerable banana esters underneath

Taste: Starts out with a pepper and clove spiciness that is quickly joined by the banana flavors; after the swallow, the hops make a brief appearance and then give way to a burgeoning banana flavor; the finish is slightly spicy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A decent and flavorful hefe but not in the top tier

My bottle says Hofbräu Hefe Weizen and is packaged in a brown 500ML bottle. I think this is the same beer as the Münchner Kindl Weissbier (and is carried as such in another beer rating website).

brentk56, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber that looks perfectly clear with bright backlighting. I was expecting a little yeast. The off-off-white cap of semi-firm foam is currently two fingers in height and isn't losing digits very quickly. The only lace at present is a thick, slurred collar. Unfortunately, almost nothing sticks in the end.

MKW has a slightly better than average hefe weizen nose that smells more of spice than it does of banana. Clove is on the mild side, but to be fair, it's still fighting through a dense disk of foam. While it isn't quite "yes, we have no bananas", the monkey fruit could be a bigger contributor.

There's slightly more flavor than the aroma suggested. I've dumped the rest of the bottle into the glass and I still don't see any yeast. Filtering your hefe weizens (if that's what they've done) isn't a good idea because this style depends so much on the flavors imparted by the yeast. The brewers don't expect me to get excited about the flavor of wheat, do they?

There's a smidgen of recognizable banana with a light sprinkling of clove. The beer is neither sweet, nor sour, nor bitter; which contributes to the sense that there's nothing to hang your hat on with regard to the flavor profile. The light-medium mouthfeel, while serviceable, is uninspiring as well.

Munchner Kindl Weissbier is hamstrung by a lack of flavor, due to a lack of any true, in-the-bottle yeast. It's a drinkable beer that goes down light and easy in the heat of a summer's day, but I find myself wishing the brewers had left well enough alone and hadn't filtered the hefe out of my hefe.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard Hefe. Typically canary yellow, murky, and good head retention with lacing. Citrus and estery in the aroma. Flavors of lemons, oranges, banannas, and cloves. A little more zesty and lively in the flavors and mouthfeel than expected. Clean in the finish. Could use a creamier body and bolder flavors, but nice as it is.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light dirty yellow color weizen with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread with light cloves and some light bubblegum notes. Taste is also dominated by banana bread notes with some light cloves notes and subtle bubblegum ester. Body is full with great carbonation. Vey refreshing notes with great esters.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with big rocky head,smelled clovey and of some ctruis to it.Taste was pretty fresh but I would liked some more spiciness to it,just lacked a little something.I was expecting a little more outta this but wasnt bad by any means.

oberon, Apr 29, 2003
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large krug at Ubersteins.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza continues its German leg. This portion pours a cloudy amber-straw topped by a healthy white froth. The nose comprises the usual banana, clove, and wheat, along with a light tinge of orange and lemon zests. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light biscuity note running through the background, along with a light grapefruit sidekick. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing finish. Overall, a very enjoyable hefe, one of the better representations around.

TMoney2591, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy and straw-colored, typical hefeweizen appearance, with somewhat weak head retention.

Smell: A nice balance of banana, clove and lemon rind with the subtle presence of yeast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp and bready. Plenty of signature clove but more citrus than banana. Moderate dryness in the finish with a hint of citrus and spice remaining on the palate, though it's a touch watery overall.

Notes: Not the best hefeweizen around but certainly a good one.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a pillowy, white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled slightly skunky, but there was also a strong wheat aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat, clove and yeast. There was no skunkiness, despite the smell.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - A good hefe. Nothing overwhelming but it is a very nice beer.

zeff80, May 16, 2007
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3.89/5  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.

biboergosum, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Jason, Jun 30, 2003
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, citrus and a hearty malt character. Then there wheat breadiness quickly follows and there's a touch of spices. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that helps provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is nice beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Again I am displeased by the green bottles of Hofbrau, but lets see how the beer is. Only one of the three so far has been good.

It pours a big foamy and thick head that fades at a medium pace, with big bubbles popping all around. The beer is a semi hazy golden orange wheat colored with a little yellow tinge.

The nose is like a typical Bavarian hefe, with plenty of wheat aromas, a nice banana and touch of clove, very light citrus and hint of hops. A light crisp lager aroma with hints of the same style fruit.

The taste is very crisp and refreshing, starts lighter than I want, but then the taste starts to come on strong as it goes. Again typical Bavarian hefe, with lots of wheat, some banana, a little creamy malt taste in this one too, some light grainy like tastes, a little citrus and light bitterness. Still has plenty of lager crispness and fruit flavors. A little orange peel bitterness comes through as it progresses, and the finish brings more earthy mineral like hops that one would typically find in an English bitter. Interesting addition. It has a fairly dry finish but leaves a sticky feel in the mouth lightly.0

The mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation, and slightly gritty.

The drinkability is pretty high, with the crisp and very refreshing lager flavors, dry finish, and lighter taste. It leaves a slight sticky feel, but it's tolerable.

jlindros, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Horbrau weiss beer glass. Beer is yellow and hazy, almost making it brown, with a soft white head of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate to high carbonation, head has some retention to it.

Aroma is strong and banana-y, lots of bananas up in this guy.

Beer is wet, that's the best descriptor to it, not dry, wet. It is mildly sweet, nice fruit ester presence in the midpalate without any bubblegum esters or anything like that. The finish is wet and completely absent of any bitterness, a great hefe. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pilsner and wheat malt scent along with a very mild hefe yeast aroma. It has the character of a Bohemian pilsner, but with a touch of banana and clove. The taste is decent as well. It has a bone dry pale and wheat malt flavor. The yeast character is more pronounced in the taste, but there is a slight metallic off-flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking hefe, but it's a little too tame for my liking.

WesWes, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly murky uneven brown with a two-inch head that almost immediately fizzles down to a bare lacing.
The smell was of a sweetish wheat and a slight yeast aroma. There was hardly the banana/clove that was expected, but it was not bad anyway.
The taste was of wheat malt and some yeast. Nothing special, but pretty good anyway. It had some grainy notes as the drink progressed.
It was refreshing. The appearance made it seem heavier than it was. IMO - it was a clean weiss, but lacked the character and banana/clove taste that most weisses have. Nothing about it made it stand out in particular - but still was pretty good.

jwc215, Jun 07, 2006
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, almost creamy, initially three-finger thick, light tan tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, orangish tinged, copper color and it has lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of my tulip glass. Aromas of fresh crushed wheat berries, dusty malt, clove, lemon zest and green apples are all noticeable. Interestingly enough the tart, lemon zest notes become the most noticeable part of the aroma pretty quickly.

Soft and creamy feeling despite a solid carbonation; actually the beer is soft and creamy up front, but the carbonation tends to scrub the palate towards the end. The beer finishes with a tart, almost lemon-like character as well as a lingering phenolic clove character. The clove notes are noticeable up front as well, and somehow they accentuate a note that makes me think of concentrated, sweet plums (though not quite prunes). Touches of apple add to the fruit notes, but the oft times, characteristic banana notes are not found in this beer.

This is a decent example of a Hefe Weizen; it is light and refreshing, yet still full of flavor. I do think that it could be a touch more complex (even on the Hefe Weizen scale of things). Still, as someone who enjoys Hefe Weizen, I am definitely enjoying this tipple; I recommend it if you are of a similar persuasion.

Purchased: Bevmo, Pasadena CA

Gueuzedude, Sep 04, 2007
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.