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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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world-class

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 733
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Reviews: 318 | Hads: 733
Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale golden. Heaad is a bit thin for a hefe, but the retention is quite good. Lacing is decent.
S- There is a fair bit of spice and banana. Bubblegum-like aromas also present.
T- There is a pretty big bubblegum punch here. Banana comes through quite strongly as well. A touch of spice in the finish.
M- Light body, medium to sharp carbonation.
O- A good weisse. Not my favorite as I like banana and spice flavors more than bubblegum, but still enjoyable. (462 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, pale-honey in color. The head was 2+ fingers of frothy off-white (limited only by my halting the pour out of reluctance to overflow my glass, which admittedly was too small for the bottle). Lacing was fair.

S: Spicy pepper and a mix of floral and citrus hops up front. The wheat is certainly there, along with faint clove and banana notes typical of Bavarian Hefeweizen.

T: Tart fruit is the first flavor to hit the tongue, followed by bready wheat. There's a touch of phenol and bitterness in the finish that also includes pear and tobacco.

M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. Pretty dry finish, even for a Hefeweizen, bordering on astringent; yet it doesn't feel out of place on this one, and just encourages you to keep drinking.

O: A very solid Hefeweizen. It paired nicely with a German cheese (mushroom brie) and crackers. Nice for a treat on a sunny, summer day. (886 characters)

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Kaizerhof in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a weisse glass. Say whatever you can about a good hefe and this fits. Beautiful elegant appearance, wonderful smells of wheat and grapefruit, taste matches its looks, it goes down smooth, and has no negative aftertaste or gas. Overall, this is a solid hefe that leans toward a grapefruit side. Grapefruit isn't my favorite, but if you're into that, you'd love it. (425 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
Bottle dating of L 224 J 12:39 on back. Not sure what it means.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy medium golden color with 3 fingers width of thick and foamy white head that is sticking around for a while, and leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Typical Hefeweizen smell here. Lots of banana, some clove spiciness, and a little yeasty.

T- Nice smooth wheat taste, along with the clove spiciness and some banana. Instantly refreshing.

M- Going with a solid medium body, not overly carbonated a nice amount for the style.

O- A nice offering of a Hefeweizen. 1.99 for a 500ml bottle around here, can't beat that. (669 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hazy yellow-orange body with a thick retaining cap of head with lace. Only drinking the 11.2oz format, so it only fills a pint so high. 4.0

Firm-bodied banana and clove in the nose. Floral hops and slight yeast nuttiness. Nice graham cracker quality to the malt. 4.0

Banana/clove, slight bubblegum, kiss of hops with light bitterness, and some mustiness. A little pear juiciness. Primo yeast strain used. Fantastic. 4.5

Creamy smooth with some vigor in the carbonation. Easy-to-drink in a large quantity, and I wish I could... right now. 4.0

Whole lotta banana in this one, and it's great. Recommended, of course. 4.0 (628 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice original German Hefe, as soon as I saw the bottle I had to try it.

A: Excellent cloudy yellow/amber color. Very minimal head, dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing except for some bubbles around the edges and a few patches here and there.

S: Very aromatic. Grassy/grainy with alot of citrus and yeast and the banana esthers that are typical of a Hefe. Have a very small amount of clove and spice coming thru, I was expecting more here but its not disappointing with everything else going on. Very enjoyable.

T: Surprisingly enough, rather mild flavor however this was a bit colder then usual. Flavors became more distinct as it warmed. Mostly wheats and malts at first with the hints of citrus rind. Getting some yeasty flavor but its not overpowering the wheat and grain tones. Spice is there but just like on the nose, its very mild. Very well balanced all around.

M: Light carbonation, with a crisp and clean taste. Almost tastes lighter then other Hefe's, possibly due to the mild spicing. Lower ABV and the alcohol is barely noticeable here as well.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Wish it had a thicker head however everything else about the brew was very good and enjoyable. Nice spring or summer time beer. (1,233 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour, with a hearty white foam. Slight lacing.

S - Smells of citrus, and some spicyness if cloves.

T - Taste is crisp and refreshing. Very much a traditional German hefeweizen. Has a noticeable yeasty flavor.

M - Very well balanced. There is a nice contrast between the tartness of lemon and the earthy flavor of spice and fresh grain.

O - Been a while since I went back to this and was surprised at how good Hofbrau is at making a traditional German style. Always thought of them as too mass-produced. Don't overlook their offerings. (553 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

a: pours a golden cloudy orange, puffy three finger head comes down to a half finger

s: a strong wheatiness, clove and pepper spices, some banana and yeastiness, but overall a bit light

t: strong wheat and malts, some spiciness from clove/pepper, not a ton of banana. good carbonation level gives it a nice crispness.

o: very nice, but i wished there was more of a banana aroma/taste to it. very refreshing. (424 characters)

Photo of DM1293
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste - A kind of tangier tasting hefeweizen to me, with more citrusy notes in it. Its otherwise a bit lighter in body, a much cleaner sort of unfiltered than I expected.

Overall - Pretty good. Definitely better in hotter weather, as I feel its more refreshing, less on cloves and bananas, and smoother on the finish. (318 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass.

A - Very pale yellow gold with a light haziness. Very effervescent. Beautiful big white foamy head and sloppy lacing. Just like a hefe should look.

S - Typical hefe aromas of banana and coriander with some yeast and gum.

T - Follows the nose with some light grassy hops.

M - Medium to full body, moderate to high carbonation.

O - Solid German hefe. (396 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy deep golden color with hints of amber. Like the colors of a sunset. Tall creamy foam peaks formed and receded slowly, leaving good sticky lacing.

Smell: Just like a good Hefeweizen should, it smells like banana, cloves and bubblegum. Sweet and wheaty.

Taste: Fantastic. The sweet wheat blends perfectly with the yeast phenols and it's a sweet, rich and tropical fruit mix. This is the taste of Hefeweizen perfected with an old world recipe and old world yeast. Outstanding flavor.

Mouth feel: Rich and creamy with soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Hefeweizen is a simple, yet complex tasting beer. When it's done right, it's a fantastic beer...and Hofbräu does it right. This is a fine example of the Hefeweizen style! (825 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a large cap of lacing that sticks around leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of clove, banana, lemon, and a hint of bubblegum. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with slightly less banana. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great hefe that I can see as a regular in my refrigerator. (492 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy Golden colour witha White frothy head that retains ok.

S - Plenty of Banana and clove in the background.

T - Nice Banana notes with a little bubblegum. Yeast and bread present. The finisgh is a little sickly sweet.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - Not the best hefe but not the worst either. (360 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky peach color with a surprisingly creamy 2 finger head. Retention is also good, and the head leaves nice lacing as it dies.

S - Holy yeast. Awesome yeast notes, with some orange peel, spicy wheat, and fruity esters.

T - Strong and spicy yeasty notes play well against the wheat foundation. Orange and lemon compliment the flavors nicely. Refreshing and pleasant.

M - Light bodied and smooth. I wish it were more crisp. Not really tailored to the flavors.

D - Has its flaws, but a good quality, sessionable beer that I'd reach for again. (620 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head that slow recedes into a pretty decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored light bodied beer.

Grains, the wheat is a backdrop for a light lemon citrus hops aroma.

The taste is more of the citrus hops with a very nice honey wheat coming through as well.

A light dry aftertaste that does carry through it some of the citrus and honey of the taste. (368 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oades sixer mixer

A & S: mostly citrus, bits of metallic and biscuity malts. Super lively looking straw colored beer, pour the whole way down the side and it still poured a full finger of fizzy beer. The pure white head turns from fizzy to foamy and retains at about a half a finger level. Good amount of lacing.

T & M: pretty similar to the smell, the orange comes through pretty well in the taste. Very tart. Banana and cloves come through when looking for it after it warms up a bit. Not a super powerful taste. Pretty much what you would expect from a European hefewizen, nothing special but pretty good. Pretty high carbonation making it pretty crisp but still semi-smooth. Medium bodied.

O: Probably wouldn’t buy it again but I still really liked it. (762 characters)

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

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Beer has a large off-white head made up of smaller bubbles, leading to a frothed egg-white appearance. Declines a minute or so to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some decent lacing on glass sides. Body is quite light, a golden yellow in the shadows and a faint yellow when held up to a light. Hazy from the yeast. Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma is classic hefeweizen, though a bit light compared to Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, etc. Primarily of medium-light intensity wheat/barley malt, banana, and some lemon.

Taste opens with some light sweetness that fades into lemon, faint yeastiness and banana, all a bit watery, but still above average. Mild tartness lingers in the back-sides of the palate.

Medium to medium-light bodied with a carbonation level that is slightly too high for the body. Carbonation diminishes over time, leading to the beer feeling smoother on the palate. Finish is dry.

Overall, this was a decent hefeweizen, above average, but the lightness on the smell and taste make it a bit pale in comparison to the others available for export in this style. (1,229 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some fruit sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is of fresh grain with a trace of bananas. There is a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth with a nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing a fancy, just a nice quality beer. I would like to try this on-tap to get the real character of this beer (439 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 bobhits
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow/orange body with a white cap of creamy head. Not a lot of carbonation here, but I suppose it does the job. The body is rather lacking in activity, I recall hefs being a bit more active.

The nose is classic hef with vanilla, cloves, bubble gum, and bananas all standing out.

The taste isn’t nearly as strong or sweet as the nose. Sure cloves, bananas, bubble gum are all here, but this one isn’t taking on the right balance and there is a lot of chalky yeast in here which is out of place. The yeast gives this one a similar bready flavor comparable to their Original. It was different and drying there, but in this hef it just seems grossly out of place. I have a feeling this is a result of a certain yeast strain being used across all their beers, but just guessing. I believe if you enjoy the effects of this yeast flavor this beer might be for you, but this one misses the boat for good German made Hefs by a pretty hide margin.

The dry effects of the yeast are taking away from this one a lot. It is still drinkable, but the mouth is just thrown off by the drying effects. Add in this just isn’t the perfect creamy hef body that the better hefs pull off.

There’s nothing “wrong” with this beer. I don’t think it is an exceptional example of the style and certainly don’t think it is a beer I’ll go back to. Still the price at about 2.15 for a 16.6 is lower than most Germans and I believe they do 6 packs for around 10-11 so the price here is justifiable. (1,504 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 330ml bottle into a pint glass, coded freshness date.

This pours a nice light yellow with a massive head. Right off the bat I do get a little Heineken type of smell, but under that I get some more traditional wheat beer smells, a little sweet some banana and cloves. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Taste is of wheat, some dryness, not as sweet as the nose, maybe a little of the banana. Overall this isn't bad but there are far better wheats out there and I don't see the need to get this one again. (527 characters)

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

a: This was a cloudy, light golden color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap.

s: Bright banana and bubblegum backed nicely by some earthy cloves.

t: Very nice balance of refreshingly sweet banana notes with hints of bubblegum and earthy wheat malts,

m: Nicely big and chewy.

o: Very nice hefe to have in a flood. (325 characters)

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

Drank on-tap at The Ginger Man, South Norwalk, CT
Served in a weizen glass

Cloudy, pale yellow ochre in appearance. The beer was topped by a near two-finger, bright white, sea foam crown. Good lasting strength on the head. Drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was remarkably crisp, dry and powdery initially. Yeasty with moderate spice and lemon notes, but not much else. I was a bit disappointed by its lack of complexity. As the beer sat, the nose changed considerably. Fruity bubblegum notes came out strong and the spiciness really intensified, as did the tart lemony notes.

Off the bat, the flavor profile seemed far more rounded than the nose. Sweet, bready malts and bubblegum notes were quite noticeable. Lots of crisp wheatiness and spices in the center. Clove seemed to be the dominant spice. Lemon peel appeared as well. Overall, the beer displayed a nice balance between sweet and tart. The finish was refreshingly crisp and semi-dry.

The liquid wad soft and pillowy with a fine, lively effervescence. Smooth and lush on the palate. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down substantially and the mouthfeel turned even creamier.

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse is a flavorful yet easy drinking hefeweizen that is perfect for sipping on a warm fall evening. This is definitely a solid all-around version of the style. (1,341 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (588 characters)

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.