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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Ratings: 702 | Reviews: 321
Photo of augustgarage
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of Aquavit
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
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

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.

Photo of kenito799
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of BDIMike
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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...

Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of unclejimbay
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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".

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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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.

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