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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse | Hofbräuhaus München

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86
very good
324 Reviews
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Avg:
3.84
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Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Reviews: 324 | Ratings: 757
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow, with a firm, rocky white head, good retention, no lacing, looks like a standard hefe.

S: Clove dominates, light banana, wheat malt evident as well.

T: Taste is very clovey and bitter. Light bubblegum and banana, but the bitterness and clove dominates, one-dimensional.

M: Spritzy, mild carbonation for the style, brisk, relatively easy to drink.

D: Not horrible, but not a hefe I'd come back to, it's a chore to drink at times.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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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 Canada_Dan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Finally, a real weizen that’s made it this far west without becoming skunked. Oh how I’ve missed these flavors. Banana, bubblegum, cloves, weizen through and through. Only knocks against this are: bottle is too small to fill my half liter weizen glass, body is a bit thin and no sediment. Solid hefe, tastes great!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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).

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a nice large cap of frothy white foam. Decent retention.

(S)- A really nice dry clove, lemon, and banana with a nice earthy biscuit-like wheat finish.

(T)- Very very dry. A nice clove and lemon profile with tiny bits of banana. A good biscuit and wheat finish.

(M)- A nice crisp yet smooth carbonation level. A nice balance and feel; not overly fruity or dry or wheat but harmonious in all.

(D)- A solid Hefe. Fits the style well and really hits the spot to quench your beer thirst on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear golden with a frothy ivory head.

Aroma is heavily banana, clove, and orange peel, with a bit of yeast funk. Flavor reveals a good amount of wheat, with lightly bready malt and citrus underpinnings. The clove is a nice accent. Not as overpowering as some. Citrus is in good balance.

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Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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