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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

687 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, citrus and a hearty malt character. Then there wheat breadiness quickly follows and there's a touch of spices. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that helps provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is nice beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Did the ol' inverted pour, which worked just perfectly with this beer, just perfect. Ended up with a nice 4 finger, super white head with the top nice and creamy and tips with yeasty trub. Unfortunately it's fading fast. The beer is dark golden with lots of unfiltery goodness and active carbonation. If the head were a little bitter still it'd get more credit, but good none the less.

S: More wheaty and less yeasty than a more Bavarian variety, but still great, and in fact I prefer it more. Cleaner. Though still plenty of bananas, they're just fresher bananas. Not really getting too much clove on this, but I prefer the banana bombs.

T: Yep, still very bananay, but maybe a touch, just a touch, of clove. A little bitter too, perhaps from some nobel hops for flavor? It's not overwhelming, it's very drinkable and aimable. I wouldn't say perfect, but damn close.

M: Creamy, with a little crisp bite at the end. Very nice.

D: No wonder German's drink on a sunday afternoon. This just screams biergarten all day long. Perfect drinkability.

Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Chinesischer Turm in Munich. Served in a Hofbräu handled weizen glass.

A: Cloudy straw with a dense and pillow like white head. Retention is most excellent and nice lace of left behind.

S: Fairly standard Hefeweizen fare, but still quite good. Cloves, sourdough bread and lemon are there in equal measure. Over-ripe banana is in the background.

T: Dry and tart as it should be. A dry sourdough biscuit flavor is what struck me first. A moderate dose of clove spiciness and lemon tartness come along quickly. A subtle banana flavor adds extra interest. Finishes dry, with a lingering clove spiciness.

M: The body on this beer is very soft relative to many members of this style. It's a little grainy, but the soft tingling carbonation stands out the most.

D: Another nice hefe on a trip where I had many of them. A very easy drinking beer.

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold color with a large foamy head with nice retention and it leaves a nice lace on the glass. Smells of wheat bread, banana, lemon, and yeast. The taste is somewhat sweet, but not overly sweet, and the flavors match the aroma. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and well carbonated. This beer is very drinkable, and highly recommended.

I picked this beer up at Friar Tuck Beverage in Springfield, IL. I wish it was sold in Minnesota.

Photo of BierFan
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce green bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with big white head. Only spots of lacing.

Smell: My first ever skunked hefe. Why oh why do people insist on using green bottles? I can still tell it's a wheat beer past the skunk.

Taste: Very light compared to other German hefes. Skunkiness is still present in the taste but not as bad as it is in the smell.

Photo of Daredevil
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

quite muddy look in the glass, not very foamy (so perhaps not much yeast alive in the bottle) ...
smell reminds of grain, harvested crop and tropical forest
taste reminds of tropical fruits (pineapple, guava) and sinagporean laksa soup
medium bodied and well-balanced
the taste is perhaps not to everyones liking (not my very favorite at least), however the mouthfeel is very smooth ... a great thirst quencher

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Green 12 fluid ounce bottle. Hopefully I have another fine Hofbräu product.

Pours into my pint weizen glass with a MASSIVE white head with the Bavarian Alps formed on top. It recedes decently fast but never gets thinner than 1 finger until you finally begin drinking it. Beer is a hazy gold. The triumphant head alone was stunning enough for it to get a 4 for appearance.

Smells fresh, hooray not a skunked bottle, I'm pretty confident this is a really fresh bottle anyways. Smell is wheaty with a large contingency of lemon, and a little bit of metallic/green bottle scent. A decent aroma.

Its crisp and refreshing. Upfront banana is the main flavor with a little spiciness, lemon is in the middle and it also end with a banana flavor mixed with a nice yeasty bite. Its sweet, malty, fruity, and refreshing. Nice carbonation, good mouthfeel, and a dry finish. After-burps are of banana/clove.

This is a beer that you suck down on a hot day although you gotta keep slurping it or it will leave a subtle dryness in your throat.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky orange, moon crater head.

Smell: Banana laffy taffy, dash of bubble gum, yeasty, bready.

Taste: Sour wheat bread, light banana undertone, slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light, medium body, slight effervescence. Champagne like in a way.

Drinkability: Pretty affordable, quite tasty, nothing that will knock your socks off but quite worth a buy..

Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice cloudy yellow colour with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger slowly sinking head with subtle lacing,it has a real clean crisp bananna,yeasty smell to it,and the taste delivers aswell a very nice beer not to full on or as bananna,clove driven as some other German hefes it starts off with a nice full mouthfeel with a clean crisp taste of yeasty banannas and pears but not too extreme so very easy to drink if ur just getting used to hefes so this is definately a good one for people just getting into beer and people who dont mind a decent easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As seems normal for the style, pours a tawny yellow/tangerine with a foamy white head which falls quickly leaving slippery curtains of lacing

The aroma is fruity with banana and clean yeast note.

Taste has the typical banana and clove, though perhaps more muted than in the other hefes I've tried. Has a bready yeast flavor too. Definitely improves on warming with more of the banana and spice comming through.

Mouthfeel seems a bit lighter than the others I've tried so far as well. More thin than creamy with a bit of soapiness. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel also improves on warming becoming creamier.

Very drinkable but not much stands out with this beer.

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed (a day later) from notes. Poured from a 500mL bottle into a large glass tea/coffee mug. Date code unknown.

Orangish-gold and very cloudy body topped by a pillowy ivory head of foam. Good retention and smooth soapy lacing.

Light malt (pilsner?), wheat, and faint coriander aromas. A little one-dimensional but still pleasant.

Very light malt, coriander (again), and a faint orange flavor on the palate. Wheat, a touch of lactic tartness, and slightly lager/pilsner like in the finish. Good, straight forward flavors.

Highly effervescent, soft, light-bodied yet full in the mouth - terrific.

Easy drinking (I had a second bottle right away) and refreshing. I enjoyed this a lot during a weekend camping trip in Summer...

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - murky light honey colour with uniform turbidity, a bit darker up top underneath the enormous head. The head forms really quickly on this beer, so one can either wait for the head to settle down or you can pour it like in all the adverts and have the head towering over the top of the glass, I chose the latter. Some lacing adds a nice touch to the emptied glass. The bright white head compliments the body really well; maybe I'm just thirsty, but this beer looks amazing.

S - smells like wheat, of course, but also has a bold spicy presence, and moderate clove proportions.

T - A nice sweet taste overall. Initial tastes of wheat and general light sweetness are more predominant than the light prick of the hops. Finish is a bit more aggressive, letting the cloves dominate while the spicy element stays underneath it all. There is also a brief moment of alcohol warmth. After taste is wheaty malts and their sweetness conflicting with light hop notes.

MF&D - feel is perfect for as much as I can tell: it is carbonated well and the thickness is not to heavy, which is good as the beer is not going to wallop me with overwhelming flavour. Naturally, I am more inclined to say this beer is very drinkable as it is hot as all hell in my apartment. But I still think it would be delicious even if I weren't so thirsty.

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, luminescent orange liquid with countless streams of rising carbonation giving way to the creamiest white head imaginable.

S- Some banana and clove, honey, and light fruitiness. Very appealing.

T- A very light flavor of banana and the other flavors picked up in the aroma. This tastes surprisingly fresh, considering it is from Germany.

M- Nice and creamy with just a bit of a bite from the carbonation.

D- A thoroughly enjoyable beverage that would make a great session beer. And for the price, I think this may become a regular in my fridge.

Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very strong hef. It pours a golden yellow color. There was a good head on the beer. The smell was of clove. The taste was very good. It was for sure an above average hef. There is a complexity to the taste, it was a little lemon. The color wasn't the hazy unfiltered color however. This is a very solid and very good beer.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a big Hefe kick the last couple of weeks.

Pours a hazy light gold in color, there's a huge four inches of white, pillowy head that forms on top the beer and recedes a bit, but stays the duration.
Smell is yeast, clove and slight lemon. Taste is wheat, more clove. Very smooth, well carbonated and refreshing. Just a no nonsense good wheat beer.

Photo of Risser09
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a 2.5" white head. No signs of carbonation activity. Good retention but not really any lace because it all sinks down the glass along with the head.

Smell: Popping the cap reveals that typical green bottle skunk aroma that turns everyone off. Good aromas include wheat and yeast with a faint sweet honeysuckle in the background.

Taste: Rich, buttery and creamy flavor combines with banana and yeast to create that traditional German hefeweizen flavor. A pale malt and wheat backbone hold the beer together. Crisp, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Buttery, yeasty, moderate sweetness combine to make a delightful summer quencher. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable but the beer goes down nicely. Some snappy carbonation, too.

Drinkability: A great hefe that is hindered by that green bottle skunkiness. When will those silly Germans learn to stick with dark brown bottles?

Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Cloudy body and head with a light lemony yellow and a chance of Reinheitsgebot moving in on this high pressure carbonation system in the east.

The wind blows in yeasty banana smell with 90% farfugnugen waif on the air.

I remember going to the Hofbrau house as a teenager. I just remember seeing a busty blond german with six steins in her hand, throw them down on the table and they each landed in front of us all, like some shot out of an old west saloon. This, tastes like that.

Good Hefeweizen, did you expect a bad one from Ze germans?

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice cloudy appearance, lighter lemony-yellow color, and a dense rocky white head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Banana, clove, skunk, and lemon. Good and balanced.

Taste: Good balance of the above: banana, clove, no skunk this time, some citrus, and the slightest hint of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium-bodied creaminess going on here.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable Hefe from a pretty spot-on brewery, if that's not too beneath them to say. A lot of flavor and balance and something that can be consumed easily and often.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm a big fan of hofbrau original so i had to give this beer a shot, first time i've seen it.

looks great, has a deep cloudy orange hue to it with a big white head, looks very yummy.

smell has that distinctive hofbrau skunkiness to it with a nice yeast aroma, has some nice fruit accents as well

taste is really good, a crisp refreshing hefe with a wonderful fruit and yeast combo, a distinctive german hefe

mouthfeel is great as is drinkability, a great beer on a hot day like today

Photo of rkrisstewart
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After shopping for beer so long, it actually came as a surprise to me that Hofbrau was available in the US. Should have been obvious, I guess, but after being so close to the brewery a few years ago, I should have been looking for it here.

Right off the bat, looking at the bottle, this baby was obviously a little on the cloudy side. Freshly opened, it smelled of a wheaty, yeasty bread, with a nice malty aftersmell. Smelled delightful... I was worried it wasn't going to be very fresh-tasting.

After drinking so many different Hefe's this summer, it was a big surprise to hop right into this one. Just an awesome brew...very crisp and tasty. Lots of wheat present, with a sweetish malt backbone, and a little bit of what I would guess is the yeast. Didn't get much on the fruits side, except the vague banana presence usually in a good hefe.

Really enjoyed this. A highly drinkable, very well-made brew. There are hofbrau beer gardens in the US now, at least one in Panama City Beach. Hopefully will be able to stop by and try there entire selection on tap!

Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

looks real nice in the glass with a two finger head cloudy pale golden color and a light sticky lace as you drink.

smells of fresh wheat malt, hint of lemon and yeast just waiting to be tasted.

and what a great taste, wheat malt, yeast, banana, with hints of spice and clove and big tangy finish and a tight crisp carbonation and medium body.

love hefe weizen beer and this one is right at the top.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $2.49 poured into a pilsener glass. Hazy golden orange color, decent head. Super yeasty smell, mostly bananas but a little gum. Taste is mostly yeast, yeast, more yeast. Its oddly not offensive, easy to drink but I don;t see myself purchasing this again.

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