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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

596 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%


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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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a big classic h-w head that had excellent retention, but not too much lacing. Body was a cloudy light gold. Looked really good, especially the one finger layer of foam that lasted to the end.

Smell - mostly spicy and herbal hops. A hint of cloves, a hint of plum. Aroma strongly suggested a Pils, and the classic h-w scents were rather faint.

Taste - spicy, herbally hops, crispy lemon, especially on the finish.
Weak wheat and malt did not show up much in the aroma, and not in the taste either. Was not very tasty as an h-w, nor as a beer of any sort.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly fizzy, and surprisingly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this was not bad, just not good. It looked great, but taste was rather weak, with a non h-w-like hop thing going on, which would have been okay if there was some wheat and malt counterbalance. I'd only have this only once in a great while.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 15:37:30 | More by ultralarry2006
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently I have been tackling the Hefe Weizen style and gaining more and more appreciation for it. This beer, however, did not go over well with me. It seemed to have died in the bottle. All the flavors were seriously muted or missing. The beer may have been to cold or too old. I took notes at a German Bar this evening I was underwhelmed with this beer.

Appearance: Beige with hints of orange and massive carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is so reserve that I couldn't find any of the yeasty flavors or banana flavors that I have become accustomed too in Hefe's. There was wheat malts and maybe using a lot of imagination a drop of lemon but that’s it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The carbonation was so high it was distracting. there was a hint of pepper zesty in the carbonation that has poking me and honestly a bit annoying. The flavor overall was decent. A hint of lemon did show up in the flavor but the beer appears to be filtered or at least not bottle conditioned and there was no sign of the yeasty character. Simply put; uninspired. IMO

Drinkability: If you are thirsty and you can get pasty the zippy spritzer feel then this beer could be quite refreshing. Like Wheat water with a lemon. It is not that this is a bad beer, it's just with all the great Hefe’s available this one is a bit flat and nothing special to me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 06:33:13 | More by Phatz
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of ten selections in the Best Beers of Summer mixed pack. Unfortunatley, came in the 12 ounce green bottle (so was I was a little put off from the start). Beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a nice highly carbonated white head, small streaks of lace left behind. First smell is a bit skunky (especially right after cracking the cap). After that are the more familiar hefe aromas, like banana and clove. A bit thin flavor, but smooth. Lots of yeasty flavor with a nice citrus tartness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light making it a nice summer brew. Does go down well after we get past the green-bottle skunk.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 14:13:21 | More by BigBry
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DogFood11

California

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, Yellow body w/ minimal carbonation. Forms an average head that is white and lasts throughout. Lacing is sliding.

Lighter than most true german hefe's, Subdued bananna and clove, leaning towards the wheat aspect. Lemon creeps into the picture to clean things up a bit. There is a sort of rawness to this brew even though its sweet in the end. Malts seem bland and dryed, while the yeast really makes this beer enjoyable.

Notes: Huge fan of Hefe's and this is about average to below average for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 23:36:42 | More by DogFood11
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy golden, with orange hue. Thin white head, with good retention, and lace. Aroma is on the light side, spice,and fruit. Body is medium. not much carbonation. Taste is good and spiced up front,with a fruit spice finish. Very refreshing. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 19:44:46 | More by riversider76
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle, this beer poured with a nice, thick head that really released the fragrance of the beer. Wheat and yeast predominate the smell, and the beer has a similar taste except with more of a dry sweetness. The fragrance is actually one of the strong points for me with this beer. I smelled it and looked forward to how it tasted.

I hope people don't overpower this beer with some kind of cut of citrus because it has too much going on with the wheat and yeast to cloud it with too much acidity.

Even without the World Cup and movie putting Munich on my mind more often, this is a beer I hope to find at Ludwig's down in Phila.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 05:32:09 | More by Abita45
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skizziks

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5liter bottle into a weizen glass. Pour brings a big, fluffy, moussey white head which falls quickly to about a half inch. The beer is a hazy orange-gold with plenty of streaming carbonation. Just as it should be.

Aroma is big on bread with some clove and subdued phenol.

Taste starts out with more fresh bread, some carbonation bite on the tongue, a little orange and lemon with a numbing phenol finish. A little lingering sweetness just makes it through.

Body is medium with high carbonation, a little thicker than some examples. Overall this is a nice representation of the style, very "authentic" with no surprises. If you want a hefe, you won't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:56:01 | More by skizziks
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 00:03:25 | More by BEERchitect
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 02:10:37 | More by jwc215
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gosurfobx

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a large white head. Smell has hints of wheat, yeast, and some citrus. Taste is has very strong wheat malt taste with some orangy citrus and slight yeasty taste. The mouthfeel has strong carbination and very light feeling in the mouth. A very drinkable hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 23:06:14 | More by gosurfobx
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Hefeweizens, not sure why it doesn't recieve the same praises as Paulaner, Weihenstephaner or the like, but in my honest opinion it is certainly deserving to be in such company. Pours a cloudy gold in color with a frothy full head, perfect in my weizen glass. Nose is full and fruity, full of subtle complexities and that certain wheat aroma that is unmistakable. Flavor is powerful, not as well balanced as some but, but makes up for that in character. Very big banana flavor with plenty of clove as well. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but still plenty of carbonation and light enough on the palate, very refreshing!

Wake up people! This one deserves a spot at the table!

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 07:53:36 | More by Gaisgeil
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. green bottle to a hefe glass. Moderate head. Swirl and pour the last builds a nice thick rich head.

Smell of fruity yeast, banana, and malt.

Taste is pleasant. real nice and smooth. Grains, spice and banana. Light hop finish.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and light.

drinkability is above ave. as this beer has no offenses. Could use not body. MK

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 04:36:18 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 at Cable Beverage, Bardonia, NY. On a hefe kick, I must try this now.

Served at just over fridge temperature in the appropriate glass.

Appearance- Pours an elegant, rich gold... deeper than any I've had before for the style, with a nice finishing white crown that stands firmly at two fingers. Hazy, but not as unfiltered looking as many others. Clean and active in the glass.

Smell- A perfumy, fresh exhibition of banana and clove... with an interesting, floral bouquet that adds a layer of complexity. Some metallic phenols are evident, especially in the head when the beer is swirled.

Taste- Refreshing, yes... but there is nowhere near the level of taste I was expecting from this beer. The wheat malt is clearly way upfront here, with suggestions of banana bread and clove barely peeking through the fog. The most mild and least flavored hefeweizen I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The carbonation is surprisingly huge for the style, and the bubbles actually *feel* large in the mouth. It's pretty smooth, yet rough and a little noisy. Good with food, though... the carbonation lifts the flavors and cleanses the palate very well. I'm pairing this with eggs on whole grain bread seasoned with fresh pepper and herbs de Provence.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 16:26:03 | More by yelterdow
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a green bottle, crosses fingers...
Pours a hazy dark orange. Fluffy head, well supported and retained. Aromas of wheat, biscuit, dried fruits, yeast and esters. This is a very Belgian smelling beer, almost like a Tripel. Flavors are very farmhouse is flavor, similiar to a saison. A big fruity, wheaty, and barnyard assortment of flavors rush into the mouth carried by an intense carbonation. A heavier body than I expected, but much enjoyed. Wish this one didn't carry such a heavy price tag or I could drink it all summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 18:58:10 | More by dreadnatty08
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a cloudy murky dark orange color with a thick dense white foamy head. Lace is impressive, thick and sticky. Suprisingly no ring of yeast was found at the bottom of the bottle as expected from this style.

Smell is light and citrusy, lemons, bananas and a hint of clove.

Taste is much as expected for the style. With citrusy fruits, the bready feel of the yeast and an almost lemony hint.

Medium to medium-light bodied. Perhaps a bit high on the carbonation. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkable, yes.

Not my favorite of the style but a respectable offering from Hofbrau.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 20:28:35 | More by EvilKeith
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker golden (for the style) slightly hazy. Nice condensed white head.

Smells. I do initially get the cloves aroma and a sweet banana aroma. So sweet it's more of a candy banana smell, like a laffy taffy. just a touch of other spices like cinnoman and vanilla.

Taste. Pretty good. Sweet and lots of vanilla with the cloves. Yeasty as well. Small Maltiness gives it a nice balance and good backbone to it. Banana taste is there too. Aftertaste has a spiciness to it. Thats where i get cinnoman and even a black pepper kick to it on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation like always. Pretty full body. I think it has a great balance and it really fills my mouth. So mouthfeel is good.

Overall, i do like this beer. It has a very authentic flavor to it. Not my favorite in the style, but i do think it is quite up there in the rankings.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 05:34:38 | More by acrawf6
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ihscout426

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This wheat pours a clear deep yellow, not the usual cloudy hefe-, but that could be do to the yeast settling. A small head due to the beer being a little too chilled. After it warmed up their was a malty wheat nose true to the style. The carbonation was very refreshing with a slight tart and cookie taste from the wheat. The yeast came through at the end of the beer with fruit sharacter, but not as pawerful as some other German wheats I have tried. A solid presentation of the popular German style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 00:12:43 | More by ihscout426
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Weizenmensch

Japan

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hofbräu Münchner Kindl Weizen, vom Faß beim Hahndorf Inn, Südaustralien.

App: Amber, only partially cloudy, very bubbly. Served with a lemon in a HB glass. Lemon killed the head but it retained a bit after I took it out and disturbed it a bit.

Smell: Refreshing weizen grassy hayy hops smell. phenolic with banana esters. Not exactly citric but refreshing acidic aroma.

Taste: Strange chalky taste on the palate. Served very cold, difficult to discern other characters. Banana on back of tongue. Not massively complex, quite watery, but a little bitter. Onion, banana, limestone.

MF: Thin but pleasant effervescence. Average.

Drinkability: Bloating and watery. Drinkable, but not interesting for long enough. Needs to be followed by a dunkel lager/weizen or a bock/weizenbock.

Pleasant, above-average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 06:48:24 | More by Weizenmensch
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Troyone

California

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a grainy and hazy dry straw color with minimal white foamy head.

The smell is some what insignificant with hints of grain malt and banana.

Lightly sweet/bitter, lightly/mod acidic, hints of banana and spice, and a grainy malt taste with some citrus hops flavor.

Light/medium bodied, kind of watery texture, almost flat carb, and a slight astringent finish.

Too watery for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 05:02:09 | More by Troyone
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bahumutx

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw color with a white head.

Smell: Wheat, yeast and pepper.

Taste: Starts with a peppery twang and ends with wheat. In the middle the yeast becomes pronounced but not overpowering. There is also a slight hint of banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first beer from Hofbrau Munchen. This is a good example of the style and I look forward to trying there other beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 02:21:12 | More by bahumutx
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Andreji

Colombia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave the Munchner Kindl a try on a balcony facing Fuencarral in madrid on christmas eve.

The pour was rather thin for a Weizen. it seemed to have a very poor head, more aming towards the aspect of a witbier than that of a frothy weizen. it was an interesting change from what i expected, so I welcomed it.

In general, in fact, the whole beer seemed far less a weizen than it seemed a wit. the nose was more citrusy than it was clovey and aged, the usual weizen feel. still pleasant, the wheat was very weak.

the taste was good, not exaggerate but ressembling a weizen more there. a banana-like feel was present, but not overwhelming. the citrus sensation was more dominant, refreshing, pleasant.

the mouthfeel I wasn´t thrilled about because I found it to be a bit too thin, moving considerably out of the usual weissbier protocol IMO- still nothing too bad.

The whole beer in general combines flavour yet lightness to make it a good one-after-another session.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 01:21:23 | More by Andreji
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

being a huge fan of hefes ive avoided this for a while for fear od dissapointment. bad move. its readily available at gas stations around here and found easily. good thing. pours clody and a bit pale. good hefe style head, big and full of carbonation. smells nice and "wheaty" with a very light clove touch. a bit of citrus. taste is alot like the nose. i dont get the big banana hit like some other hefes but it has a strong wheat character. a little spicy and tends to lean on the citrus side of things making it very refreshing. light and quenching, a very repectable beer and can be found everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 04:20:42 | More by DESTRO
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nomad

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours muddy orange and does without the yeast poured in. Surprisingly low carbonation hurts both the head (which is not well retained by any means) and the mouthfeel.

Smells of clove and wheat dust with a full malty sweetness in time. The barest of banana esters arive late though temper the other scents quite well. Though usually an ester-fanatic, the phenols are deftly integrated in to the large pale malt presence quite nicely.

Taste shows a thin core of wheat and malt though with hearty decoction caramelization and a beautiful kiss of vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is quite slick and full though the lack of carbonation hurts a lot. A satisfying beer even when lacking some of the fireworks I tend to favor.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 03:18:02 | More by nomad
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BierManVA

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange in color after proper pouring. Bier was surprisingly clear while the undisturbed yeast was settled on the bottom. Looked more like a kristal weizen in that respect.

Soft on the aroma as far as I am concerned. Light clove and musty odors. Dusty actually like an old attic. Nice.

Flavor is lightly tart with again a musty flavor. Gritty almost. Very refreshing and smooth. Excellent balance (as I find most Hofbraeu Biers).

This is one of those exceedingly drinkable Munich Biers that you find in Birgartens all around that city. it longs for a nice warm day with a light breeze.

John

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 23:27:54 | More by BierManVA
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a lightly hazy pale copper, forming a modest bone-white head with average retention and lacing. Adding the yeast makes it look like raw apple cider. Carbonation is moderately strong. The aroma is of cloves, distant banana, pale malt, vanilla, and fruity apple esters. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is brisk and pleasantly stinging with firm carbonation like a good hefe-weizen should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes pretty damn good with a predominance of bananas that wasn't quite as evident in the aroma, balanced by spicy cloves. The apples esters are quite strong and add a nice balance, creating a false impression of apple-juice sweetness. Bitterness is mild and it finishes with a crisp zest and some mild green cereal notes. The yeast is not obtrusive on first pour, but adding the swirls adds a bready astringency to the finish. I prefer this one without the dregs.

This is a pleasantly surprising and wonderfully delightful hefe-weizen. Well-balanced and full of nuance, but also quite rich and rewarding. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 01:47:03 | More by Mitchster
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