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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

671 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 35 | 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 BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330ml (11.2oz) into tall weizen glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours with 4f of snow-white head over a very cloudy, white body - more reminiscent of a Witbier than a hefe weizen. Tons of carbonation flowing up. Good amount of foamy lacing

Aromas of lemongrass, and wheat.

Very refreshing on the palate - flavors are light and citrusy - mostly lemon up front, with a light white pepper in the finish. Very wispy/ light (maybe too much so?), and finishes crisp and clean.

I flew through this one and wished I had a five-pack more.

BeerImmediately, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hofbrau Hefe Weizen

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of fluffy, white head. It is a hazy yellow in color. The aroma is masked by that typical green bottle skunky smell. I haved passed this beer over several times simply for the fact of being in a green bottle. I reluctantly purchased this as I was in the mood for a hefeweizen. The taste is ok. I get some banana and clove. The mouthfeel is great and this would probably be good on tap. I debated about reviewing this beer, but the brewer is the one who chose this bottle.

buschbeer, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

weeare138, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color. Huge airy & fluffy 2 finger pillowy head.

S - Freshly cut wheat, honey grain, slightly phenolic, sharp yeast, white bread malt overtones, a hint of sweet skunk musk, clove spice.

T/M - Faint banana yeast, sweet brisk grain, honey malt, elegant vanilla clove, blended spices, touch of floral. The subtle citrus plays on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Above average carbonation that tantalizes the taste buds.

This is what a Hefeweizen is suppose to taste like, in my opinion. The palate is literally bursting with fresh flavors. The clove and banana yeast plays a huge role along with the perfect malt. The sweet grain paired with the honey malt and glorious yeast sets this beer apart from the pack. This is a beer to be treasured. This is simply a masterpeice. Bravo!

StaveHooks, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Swill5786
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pilsner Glass

A - One inch head, something smoky drifting about through the copperish body of the beer immediately after the pour then dissipating to a consistent, cloudy gold.
S - Wheat, yeasty, bready.
T - Sweetish wheat then followed by fruity.
M - Slight carbonation up front, fades quickly. Pleasant feel. Light.
D - High. Enjoying on a warm July night.

Swill5786, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of dougalderman
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review ever, so bear with me.

This is is a summery beer (if you will) in that it is refreshing, tasty, and actually a decent thirst quencher. It is a bit sweet and thus differentiates itself from many of Hofbrau's other offerings.

Hefe Weizen is not for the dunkel crowd or the stout crowd unless members of those crowds simply love all types of excellent beer. You may convert your friend who today drinks Bud Light Lime but only if he doesn't have a vagina.

This is a white beer and thus requires a glass or some clever bottle-rolling or both. Drinking it with neither will result in some nasty dregs in the bottom of the bottle and, thus, in your stomach. Do not do this.

I enjoyed this beverage immensely. I'm enjoying another one right now.

dougalderman, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz green (WHY green?!) bottle into a matching Hofbräu München weizen glass. First time I've matched beer with the glass since Sam Adams.

Pours a staple hefe. Cloudy, golden, carbonated, with a three finger head that settles to a half finger. Good lacing. What's not to like?

Smells of cloves, yeast, malt, lemon. Typical hefe with some lemon. Yummy. No skunkiness from the green bottle.

Tastes like the aroma. Very balanced and refreshing. It does get some points off because the banana isn't too present, but it is still delicious. There is a bready malt, followed by a pronounced spiciness and clove, finished with a slight lemon and creamy yeast.

Typical hefe, but not as wet. Probably one of the driest I've had. Ends up being neutral, not too wet or dry. Tickling carb.

Like a good hefeweizen should be in the summer, you can practically chug the whole .5 L weizen glass. My favorite glass, and finally I've found the beer that's supposed to be in it. Although it doesn't replace my favorites, Weihenstephaner and Paulaner, the price does make this one pop up on my summer rotation.

BranfordBound, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style.

Appearance: There is a thick hazy yeast cloud inside of a yellow orange body with light yellow highlights at the edges. Some yeast sediment settles to the bottom of the glass as well. The head on top builds up tall and full on the pour before quickly settling down to a thin cap of foam. It is a soft plain white in color and it hangs on well making lots of spotty slick lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light fruity yeast character with a light touch of spice and hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid wheaty and yeasty, medium to full bodied taste with delicate fruit and bubble gum notes. It finishes with dry dusty yeast and spicy mellow hops. The texture is smooth and almost creamy, but not slick with lots of soft carbonation.

Notes: I was very impressed with the outstanding balance, mouth feel and dryer less fruity (sweet/slick) yeast flavor on this Hefeweizen.

generallee, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of SamN
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep golden straw color. Great big three finger head to start, fades to one after a minute. Deep color and quite hazy.

S- Classic German hefeweizen smell; spices, grass, wheat malts and great lemon zestiness. Strong, aromatic and brilliant.

T- Peppery and citrusy, but also sweet and ridiculously balanced. Less of a dry finish than most hefe's. Refreshing, uplifitng and joyous. A slight touch of chemicasl in the finish, but nothing to bother you in light of this great taste.

M- Quite bubbly and lively, a full mouthful of beer! Medium light body, smoove like silk.

D- Awesome drinkability. Another great hefe to stock up on.

SamN, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drink this now and again because I like a good Bavarian Weizen -- time to add it to the reviews.

A -- Hazy golden with a very dense white head.

S -- Clove, citrus, fresh yeast and malted wheat. What more can you ask for?

T -- Clove spicy up front with wheat, barley and yeasty breadiness in the middle, finishing slightly tart and citric. Some vague vanilla character back. Very well balanced in all characteristics.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a light to medium light body.

D -- Tops. If anyone ever asks for a good Weizen that defines the style, grab them a fresh HB. All of the Munich breweries make a Weizen, and they're all great in their own way. Prosit to this example.

steveh, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hofbraus beer garden in PCB.

A- pours a pale golden color. Sort of hazy with 2 fingers of a white head that has excellent retention. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

A- wheat and a slight hint of banannas and cloves.
T- nice touch of wheat with quite a bit of bananna shining through. Spices aren't as noticeable as other hefes I've had.

M- very light and refreshing.

D- the perfect brew for a hot sweltering FL day.

urwithdave, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow/golden color with about 2 fingers of head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam in less than a minute.

Aroma is bready and wheaty malts with some fruit and phenols (banan) mixed in. There are some yeasty tones as well, the classic hefe banana and clove aroma is mild in this beer.

Taste is a bready malt base with some banana notes and a crisp taste in the middle. There is a mild fuitiness and a slight hop bitterness towards the finish, finish is quenching wheat and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is moderate to light with high carbonation.

Overall a crisp hefeweizen (for this style) that is easy drinking and good, but not exactly what I am looking for in a classic German wheat beer.

trevorjn06, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of konadrinker
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml poured into a weizen glass.

A- Amber orange with a frothy 2 finger head that lasted for a bit.

S- Typical witbier aroma. Mild orange with a little wheat sourness and a musty finish. Changed to what I can only described as melted plastic later on.

T- Banana up front with a slightly sour wheat finish.

M - Decent mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

D- Drinkable but not a stand out. Not one I would seek out.

konadrinker, Jun 08, 2010
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 vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Munchner Weisse, poured a yellow color, with a decent size head. It always has a kinda of skunked smell. The taste is rather light, you can pick out the spices that are typical in a german beer, but nothing is overpowering, and everything is in balance. It was easy to drink, and easy to have another one. Overall not the best German beer out there, but its a good beer.

vette2006c5r, May 26, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German Hefe. A little lighter in taste than other Hefes I've had in Germany, but then I'm having this one in the states. There is not a lot of hop aroma, and the aroma is more subdued than most Hefes. It is a beautiful straw colored beer and is satisfying. It has a bite, more from the CO2 than anything else and a clover sweet taste. It's not the perfect example of the style, but it is a good refreshing beer.

boss302, May 09, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy orange to beige color. With a one finger dense and creamy head. Medium retention an many lacings left

S: Sweet. Cloves, banana and wheat backbone. Yeasts. Quite bready and smooth

T: Good. Quite spicy and traditional Weizen taste. Cloves and fruity banana esters (bubblegum sensation). Followed by a "bready" wheaty taste

M: Pleasant. Very creamy body. Good carbonation to a Hefeweizen. A bit molasses. Quite light bitterness, as expected

O: High drinkability. Traditional German Hefeweizen. Pure German pleasure ;). Recommended.

eduardolinhalis, May 01, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a quarter inch white head that remains.
Smell is Belgian yeast and bready malts. Hints of apple, orange, banana, and apricot. Some of that bubblegum as well.
Taste is more Belgian yeast and malts, along with some ginger and clove. Faint apple, peach, and banana come in as well. Finish is malty, with a nice melon aspect.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet slightly crisp, with a nice, dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Tasty beer that has no significant or discernable flaws that can be detected by my nalses, at least as far as I can tell.

Parrotbeak, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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

JohnGalt1, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

tone77, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow/amber tasting pour with an insignificant amount of head. In other words, not much carbonation was released from the pour.

Hallmark of the style scents were prevalent. Banana and cloves mixed with some yeasty, followed by some bready malt. Surprisingly the aroma wasn't very subdued.

Clove taste hits first with grain, bready wheat sweetness, then some fruity banana. Lemon citrus is in there as well and it gives way to a straw like crisp and dry aftertaste. Sweetness reminds of a small amount of honey. Good balance.

Very quaffable and definitely too refreshing to be sipped slowly. Carbonation works well and overall this beer is a good example of a traditional Hefeweizen.

TheJollyHop, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hofbrau Munchner Weisse pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a sprinkle of orange color. The head looks like a soft pillow, and eventually caves in on itself.

Smell: The aroma shows that there's a good amount of pale wheat malt, and just a hint of banana.

Taste: The taste is straight hefeweizen all the way. Creamy wheat flavor, banana notes, and enough yeast in there to fill out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on par with many good hefeweizens: thin-bodied enough to be refreshing, but rich and creamy as well.

Drinkability: As we move into warmer weather and hefeweizen season, I can see a couple people easily going through a six-pack of this in an afternoon.

Notes: Add another Bavarian hefeweizen to the list of excellent beers. Hofbrau's version is not that distinct, just a good old well-made wheat beer. That's not a problem because hefeweizens seem to all sort of run together in my mind anyway, especially those brewed in Bavaria. I honestly don't know if I could distinguish this between Franziskaner or Paulaner, but that's ok because they're all delicious beers!

Josievan, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Small head, maybe a shade darker than most hefeweizen, gush of rising carbonation, solid appearance for the style. Lacing is a coat instead of rings.

Smell - Mild citrus/wheat smell, with the trademark hefe banana.

Taste - Interesting. Obviously a lot of wheat but also accompanied by a hint of that banana-ish falvor. Not that much spice here. Overall pretty good. Not that tart at all which is a welcome unique feature compared to the other wheats I've had. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - After the initial rush of caronation after the pour, the carbonation dies down to a fitting level. Feels crisp to drink. Solid.

Drinkability - I could have a lot of these. Its a great example of one kind of a hefe.

NA1NSXR, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of janubio
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle.Hazy golden color, head doesn´t hold as long as others from this same style, but leaves ar ing that lingers for the while. Earthy aroma, with the usual banana and cloves, coriander and a bit of citrus. There's some peach too. The body is lighter than usual too, making it maybe easier to drink. Taste is more of the same: banana, cloves, citrus, peach. Not bad, but not in the sane league as some others. Anyway, is about to expire, so I'll give it another try to a fresher one.

janubio, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a somewhat fizzy two fingers of white head. Head settles to a pretty full lace but doesn't leave any stick.

Smell is pretty subtle in all regards, with the usual banana, clove and phenols. It's on the spot but also somewhat weak.

Taste has a bit more flavor, with a light wheat sweetness, some fruity esters, lemon in particular, as well as clove and a hint of banana. It's not bursting with flavor but it's smooth and well balanced, and has enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body, smooth and clean.

This doesn't stand out in any area but it's solid and tasty, and quite drinkable. Not too shabby.

number1bum, Feb 21, 2010
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.