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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
86
very good

318 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 318
Hads: 731
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 71 | 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 DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a half-liter of this on sale for $1.69, so I gave this a trial run. On to the beer:

A clearer hefeweizen, it pours white. Light blonde in color, not quite as cloudy, big head, and still sexy! The smell is dominated by yeast, ripe fruit, and subtle spice. Phenols in the taste are light with a lemon zest. There is a touch of tart and malted wheat in the flavor. If you're looking for a cleaner hefeweizen, this would be a good one to look at. (451 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a. Served on tap into a 22 oz. glass. Head dissipated to nothing, no lace. Cloudy yellow in appearance.

S. Wheat and a bit of malt.

T. A good malt body supported with a bit of fruity yeast. The wheat is present as well. Slight metallic twang. Noble hops in the distance.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied and sightly syrupy.

D. A fairly drinkable hefe. Not the best I've had, but true to the style and solid. A little more banana/clove appeal and I'd be hooked.

* Tried this brew again April 18,2009
Metallic twang is gone, much more enjoyable. (555 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a mild head of foam. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of bananas, tart wheat, vanilla, English biscuit cookies, and hint of skunkweed from the green bottle.
Taste is of the aromas with mild bits of citrus pulling through. Gentle notes of lemongrass flow along the palate.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, zingy, zesty, and chewy with hearty wheat and peppery spice found in the finish. (487 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear golden amber colored brew.

Scent is very tasty! Big banana and clove scents with a strong sweetness to the brew. Mild medicinal scents but the banana and sugar scent come through very strong.

Taste is very mildly sweet with a pleasant banana flavor hitting the tongue most strongly. Refined controlled flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is lacking though.

Nice drinkable Hefe, I like the stronger versions better but I wouldn't turn a glass of this down! (476 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow, big fluffy head, so a classic pour. Few floaties. Out of the ordinary is a huge (!) amount of carbonation.
Sweet banana and clove, some honey and freshly baked bread in the smell.
Really fruity, a nice mix of sweet-sour-acidic: apple, banana, oranges, pear, like a tutti-fruit soda pop, but in a good way. Pretty faint hints of floral honey and caramel, but they do enrich the whole taste. Wheaty bread, clove from the dense yeasts, going to some herbal notes in the lightly bittered finish.
The carbonation doesn't feel as aggresive as it looks, but it's still bigger than in other weizens. Crisp, not as chunky as others.
Nice weizen, easy to drink and tasty. (680 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, glowing deep yellow with ok carbonation but the head disappeared rather fast

S: Pretty pungent on the banana and clove

T: Wheat, sordove astringent and biting with banana and clove

M: Nice feel and body

O: Good drink and example of the style (263 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weissbiers such as this one are bottled sunshine – literally as well as figuratively. Its golden brightness emulates a nice June afternoon (which, of course, is its ideal pairing). I anticipated this golden-orange beer to be highly refreshing but it also looks quite substantial. Its head could serve as a lifesaver - might be a good idea to keep a bottle next to the pool...

The beer smells overwhelmingly of mushy, over-ripe bananas. Better get out the baking pans. The yeast's natural clove-like spice adds a nice dimension to beer (or, as an idea, chocolate-chip banana muffins...) Some sweet malt is noted too but the yeast's perfume is overwhelming.

Most German lagers have a simplicity that is deceitfully challenging; most German Hefeweizens have an apparent complexity that is actually quite simple: just add yeast. It provides clove and white pepper spice, lemongrass herbals and orchard fruit notes. All this is complimented by a light citrus acidity which provides a tiny hint of pineapple.

Weissbier may be the ultimate in zippy aperitifs. They are effervescent and fruity, their citrusy acidity making them both delicious and refreshing. Trust me, no orange wedge is necessary. All that said, this one has a mouthfeel that is quite creamy and considerably filling.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich has been referred to as the Mecca of all beer pilgrims; the emergence of so many incredible and interesting craft breweries throughout the world now challenges that claim, but with quality, time-honoured beers such as this it's easy to understand why people still say that. If you can't make the trip, definitely buy the bottles. (1,642 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky dark straw hue with a full fist full of foamy white head. There was excellent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong yeasty/wheaty aroma with the expected hints of clove and banana. Light citrus aroma as well.

The taste was a very fresh wheatiness. Much fresher tasting than most German Hefes. A nice spiceiness is detected as well.

The mouthfeel was very chewy and finished quite dry.

Overall a very drinkable and fresh tasting hefe. In my opinion, a very underrated hefe. (522 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up over the weekend at Brewforia and am enjoying while putting the final touches on a couple of trade boxes... poured into my small weizen glass.

2 finger head.... the brew is hazed dark straw golden... great retention and lacing.

Fairly common traditional hefe profile.. lite clove and some banana..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice sticking power on the clove ... descent body and carbonation...

Nothing to write home about, but still a nice representation... Man.. I wish all breweries would go to brown bottles... This doesn't necessarily seem light-struck, but I keep second guessing myself.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4 (627 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in 20oz mug. Poured a hazy, cloudy yellow with over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected banana, clove and yeast you expect from a good Hefe. Yup, you guessed it, the flavor profile was right where you'd expect it as well. Banana, clove and yeast upfront, with a pleasant wheat tang underneath.

The body was little thin for my taste, but was still solid and satisfying. Drinkability was excellent, you could pour these down the hatch all day. Overall, a wonderful beer that's worth your time. (556 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden and quite cloudy. Huge white head with nice retention.

Smell: lots of wheat and malt; no fruit or hops character at all. It's still quite good.

Taste: slightly bitter with a very nice malt and wheat flavor. A very solid and tasty hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Quite good.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable. A light beer with solid flavor and character. (465 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas and spices. Taste is good, banana and spices, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer. (261 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I made sure to agitate the bottom of the bottle before pouring in order to suspend some of the yeast, since the beer was quite clear in the bottle. It poured a cloudy straw yellow with an inch of fine white foam, which promptly collapsed into a collar and thin skim of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. It did leave a bit of streaky lacing on the glass as it fell, but nothing to write home about. Nice aroma, lots of banana and a little lemon, cloves, a bit of bubblegum, some earthy and bready wheat. The flavours weren't as bold as the aroma and it ended up tasting a bit thin. Tastes were limited to fruity sweetness (lemon and banana), dry bready yeast, and faint cloves. The body was light, bordering on thin, but with a pleasant smoothness of texture that made it work. This really isn't a bad beer, I'm just not sold on the flavour profile. If the aromas were more closely duplicated in the taste, I'd like it a lot more. (936 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat malt, faint banana, clove and yeast. The taste is rather malty with just a touch of banana with a dry yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and fits the style. Overall, this is a pretty decent hefeweizen that is recommended. There are certainly some better hefes out there but this one is still interesting enough. (396 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coudy white, slightly gold color. Pored a two finger soapy white head that held nicely. Laced generously all the way down.

S: Clovey weisse with a pleasant banana scent.

T: Very consistent with smell; clove overtakes banana. Yeast flavor is noticeable.

M: Silky and smoot. Carbonation was aggressive.

D: Very easy to drink (a lot of). (343 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delightful vibrant, not lazy yellow, cloud and haze just like I like it. Smell, fragrant, break out the lemon zest yo! Taste, no hop quality like I was hoping for a blast of Saaz or something, but its alright, its still decent tasting for a hefe.

Mouthfeel, meh, doesn't develop. Beer goes downhill in the second half. Got me excited there for a bit. Usual mix of estery yeast, banana, clove. . . many of the things I try and avoid in a hefe, which is hard to do since they are hallmarks of the style. (504 characters)

Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The colour is dark yellow (15 EBC), the liquid is a bit cloudy. The three finger head is compact and off-white, it leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet-sour with distinct phenolic and spicy flavours. Cloves, green bananas, caramel, orange peels, apricots and some wheat dough. Sophisticated but a bit dense.

The taste is fruity and sweet with very little bitterness. If it hadn’t been for the sourness from the wheat and yeast, this would have been a very thick and sticky brew. Now, there are notes of spices (allspice, white pepper, cloves, nutmeg) and fresh French loaf. In fact, the tart notes are stronger than in most Bavarian Hefeweiss-beers. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got some perfumed notes, delicate spices and hints of cedar wood. Tart fruity flavours of green bananas and green grapes. The finish is fresh with more green fruits.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are fresh and long-lived in the mouth. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit sticky.

A refreshing and delicate wheat beer with more tartness than in most. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ahh, morning beers at the Hofbrauhaus. What better way to start the day. Classic bready banana goodness, not quite the caliber of the Schneiderweiss from the night before. Maybe it's just this bright orb in the sky that seems to be warming my beer rather quickly. Must drink faster... (284 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas, served in a 0.5L weisse glass. The beer was hazy and golden colored, with a thin white head. The smell was OK, some banana and clove but a little mild on each. The taste is maybe a little stronger than the smell, all the appropriate flavors come through OK. Overall a very passable hefeweizen, although not one of my favorites. (378 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some banana and some floral notes. It ends with a bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - A solid hefe. The banana borders on tasting a little fake, like a banana candy, but it's still very good and quite refreshing. It has just right amount of fruit and spice balance. (732 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught served in a 25 oz mug (~.75L), Hofbräu Hefe Weisse is a cloudy dull gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is very pithy, minerals, a bit of citrus really, even though there no lemon served thankfully, at this actually authentic German bar.

Taste is pretty spicy, again lots of mineral pith, the wheat brings some spice, not much in the way of the classic Bavarian esters of banana or clove. Not my favorite by any stretch as it's more wheaty then anything else, almost saison like, clean though.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is average. It's certainly quenching, and while it has some weizen character, it's not bringing the Bavarian yeast notes I love in the style. (752 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured intoa a weizen glass for a cloudy, light gold body with a slowly dieing two-finger head. The usual smell of citric notes, clove, yeast/wheat, and a little bit of a veggie/corn smell like a pils...hmm. Has a little bit of sweetness from some sweet malts and is slightly chewey from some breadiness, but mostly the citirc, especially banana, and spice notes, mostly clove, do the talking. Goes down easy with some minor dryness and crispness on the backend. A good hefe anytime, especially on a summer day, although I can't say it is one of the best ones I've had. (569 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - Poured cloudy orange with strong carbonation, one finger of white head left no lace and a finger of retention.

S - Bubblegum, yeast, mild spice, orange. Very aggressive aroma that is pleasant.

T - Light but flavourful as well. Wheat, orange, bubblegum, a bit of spice. Seemed spot on for the style.

M - Good strong carbonation, light body, orangey finish.

O/D - A strong, classical Hefe. This is what the style is all about, and I think they nailed it. Refreshing, light, flavourful. Delicious. I remember having this in Munich and it having a much more pronounced lemon/citrus character, but that could be freshness. (638 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent dark golden color with a huge, frothy cream colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. Great looking beer, perhaps a shade or two darker than most hefes.

This one is a bit lighter on the banana compared to many of its German brethren. Leans a bit more toward the clove end of the spectrum and has a little bit of wheat husk and bubblegum aroma.

Taste is still more clove oriented and the malts and wheat are less sweet than many hefes. The wheat tang is prevalent and lends a nice crispness to the beer. While still creamy, this beer feels light. Banana flavors come out to play a bit more as it warms. While I dont feel this ranks in the upper echelon of hefes, it is still mighty tasty. (713 characters)

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
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