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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 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.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 03, 2009
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?

Risser09, Jul 01, 2009
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?

Murchmac, Jun 20, 2009
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.

asabreed, Jun 18, 2009
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

1fastz28, Jun 13, 2009
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!

rkrisstewart, Jun 07, 2009
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.

billybob, Jun 07, 2009
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.

clayrock81, May 31, 2009
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.

ArrogantB, May 30, 2009
Photo of Aquavit
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A pale golden color with an orange hue, slightly hazy, thick off white creamy head with slightly yellow tint that persist for about 1 or more minutes and perfectly bubling arise to the surface
Aroma: Wheat malt are a main character with subtle Hop aroma, Banana and clove are also noted and you can feel a yeasty odor at the palate
Taste: Medium body, rounded and Slightly bitter, smooth and well balance with a tiny hint of fruity sweetness
Conclusion: Exeptional drinkability score, smooth and complex. I enjoy this beer very much compare to those other German weisse beer include Weihenstephaner and Schneider

Aquavit, May 26, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into branded glassware
Appearance- Nice hef cloudy body with a nice yellow hue. A moderate head with decent retention for the style.
Smell- Nice wheat smell up front with a hint of oranges and banana.
Taste- Like the nose but the orange flavors come through better and the other citrus flavors take a backseat. The wheat and yeast flavors are also toned down, so I could see this holding back some peoples' scores.
Mouthfeel- Light but still thick on the tongue with a little carbonation.
Drinkability- It was very easy drinking even for someone who doesn't necessarily enjoys most hefe.

TubaManJack, May 14, 2009
Photo of kenito799
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

Bright clear yellow brew with nice lace left by a foamy white head.

Aroma is fresh, definite banana-clove characteristics.

The flavor is an excellent balance of the banana, clove spice and lemony tanginess. Very fresh, drinkable. Excellent classic hefe-weizen.

kenito799, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice orange-golden color with a cloudy unfiltered look. The only issue is the nice thick white head that normally appears on a hefeweizen appears on this selection, but dissipates very quick.
Smell is good. There is a strong wheat smell up front and a really strong citrus hop of orange and lemon.
Taste is nice on this hefe. The base of the taste is a nice wheat and barley taste. The base is nicely accented with a good citurs hop taste, primarily of oranges.
Mouthfeel is slightly weak for my liking on a hefeweizen. It is very thin and slightly chewy.
Drinkability is very nice, as it is with most hefeweizens. It is fairly average and nothing to go out of your way to go get. However, this is a solid selection and one of the original houses, so if you get your hands on some of these at a party don't let go...

BDIMike, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of wheaty malt with citrus and light clove scents

T - Follows the nose wheaty fruity slight clove

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good enjoyable hefe not as much banana and clove as other hefes but still a good beer overall thats worth trying

armock, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Muchen, since 1589
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse
Staatliches Hofbräuhaus (Hofbräu München)
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.10 %
Reviewed 3/8/09, bottle>wheat glass

A 4.5 - light golden cloudy straw in color. Great, head, retention and collar. Thick pillowy foamy head.
S 3.5 - Yeasty citrus notes in aroma. Less to none in banana and clove notes as compared to previous Hefes to date.
T 3.5 More clean and crisp in taste than any Hefeweizen other to date. Wheat is evident, some citrus sneaks in, but less banana and clove notes as compared to other Hefes to date.
MF 3.5 - High carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, a lighter hefe, interesting and unique.
D 4.0 - Unique and interesting example of a hefewiezen, a lighter version with less pronounced tartness. "A lighter more mellow traditional hefeweizen".

unclejimbay, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: cloudy burnt yellow/dull gold

Smell: very grainy/lots of wheat. little banana peel and just a hint of sweetness

Taste: little bit of maltiness throughout. wheaty and yeasty. little bit of banana and citrus

Mouthfeel: very crisp and smooth. low-med body with little carbonation.

Notes: not one to seek out hefeweizens, or wheat beers in general, but i like this. very flavorful and light.

Frosty80, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good example of a hefe, not great, but not terrible. It looks great. Hazy orange with massive, creamy, white head with great retention and moderat lacing. Smell was average. Some yeast, some banana, some orange but nothing stood out too much. Taste was avergae too. Yeast, bread, some sweetness, banana, pear and apple. Just what you'd expect. Again, nothing really got my attention though. Mouthfeel was fine, light and somewhat creamy. This was a easy drinker IMO and good example of a hefe. There are certainly better ones I've had but I've had plenty worse too.

bunnyhustle, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Very thick head quickly dissapated. Minimal lacing. Straw yellow color, rather hazy, lots of slowly rising bubbles. Scent of banana but not overpowering. Taste has both banana and citrus, slightly bitter on the finish. Smooth and flavorful, definitely a session beer. Glad I have a six-pack, certainly beats Coors or Bud for wathching Daytona 500!

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- It poured with more than a 2-finger, fluffy, off-white head that stuck around and left great sticky spots on the glass. The body was a hazy golden-yellow (much lighter in color than most hefes I've had) with loads of slow rising carbonation.

S- A lot of banana aroma with a hint of vanilla initially. Further investigation showed a bunch of yeasty scents and a touch of citrus.

T- More banana in the flavor, this time mixed with some nice lemony, citrus notes. Spicy flavors come late in the finish.

M- Nice, grainy feel I'd expect of an unfiltered wheat bear. Carbonation is solid, but smooth.

D- This is a very easy drinker. I bust this one out on a late-winter thaw. I could see drinking this one in quantity over the summer months.

GRPunk, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe its because this came in a 44-ounce stein, or maybe it was because I was at the Vegas Hofbrauhaus, but I thought this was a really great hefe. Pours cloudy gold with a massive white head. Wheaty and sweet aroma. The taste is very light and clean. No stickiness. Wheaty, yeasty, and sweet. I recommend having one, or four.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw body with one finger of white head and decent lacing

S - Lots of wheat with some lemon as well

T - Wheat with some light fruit. Good malt presence that is crisp and clean

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Very enjoyable with a good taste.

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into the proper hefeweizen glass.

A - Nice cloudy beige-orange color beneath a soft fizzy white head. The head dissipates much faster than most hefeweizens but leaves a nice 1/4-inch lace on top for the duration of the beer. Great lacing on the sides of my glass.

S - Great yeasty smell with that wheat background. A bit more clove in this smell than others with some citrus coming through.

T&M - A nice rich hefeweizen. All fresh wheat upfront with the yeast coming in the back of the tongue. Some clove and citrus, just like the smell, follow and not much of a banana taste, just slightly as the beer warms. LIttle bit metallic aftertaste as the beer warms as well.

D - So very drinkable. Something I could have 3 of easily in one sitting. Not as heavy as some hefeweizens.

MrIncognito, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

TurdFurgison, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - Light golden in color - lots of haze from the yeast. Carbonation is most certainly present, with a huge head forming. Hopefully it is doing its job of keeping the flavors in. The yeast on the bottom was light - makes me wonder if this hefe is filtered.

S - A great combination of the yeast clove and spices with a phenolic background. Fairly potent. A light grainy background is in there somewhere.

T - Starts with the wheat astringency on the center of the tongue. Balanced bitterness with the sugars. Mid-stream the spicy notes begin to build. The banana notes become very overt in the final taste. Rolls up very strong.

M - Creamy and thick in body. The carbonation also has a moderate amount of bite. Coating is thick and consistent.

D - Easy to drink - flavors are very balanced and not overbearing. Carbonation plus body make it more filling than others, but I don't think thats an impediment to me.

Great summer beer - had on beggars night.

katan, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel many will think I had a bad bottle,so I will say this could be the case.
The look was golden,hazy yellow with a nice head.
The aroma was cloves,lemon and yeast.
The taste was a weak,watered down,bland banana clove, It was a bit creamy and it did go down smoothly. Light carbonation with a crisp sensation.

Note: I did not like this beer very much and I guess I judge every Hefe against the King(Weinstphaner).
I will give it one more try to see if I had a bad bottle,but even if the bottle had been fresh I think it would still be a far cry from the King.

Lexluthor33, Oct 22, 2008
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.