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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

632 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | 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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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a half-liter of this on sale for $1.69, so I gave this a trial run. On to the beer:

A clearer hefeweizen, it pours white. Light blonde in color, not quite as cloudy, big head, and still sexy! The smell is dominated by yeast, ripe fruit, and subtle spice. Phenols in the taste are light with a lemon zest. There is a touch of tart and malted wheat in the flavor. If you're looking for a cleaner hefeweizen, this would be a good one to look at.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 04:08:13 | More by DoubleJ
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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a pillowy, white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled slightly skunky, but there was also a strong wheat aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat, clove and yeast. There was no skunkiness, despite the smell.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - A good hefe. Nothing overwhelming but it is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 23:12:20 | More by zeff80
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RJLarse

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought two 500 ML bottles of Munich wheat beer at a grocery store, while on a business trip Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a rich straw yellow/gold color and is hazy. A massive billowy foamy white head forms, and can barely be contained in the glass.

The smell is strong, sweet and fruity. There are soft fruit aromas like pears, and melons.

The taste is very good, with a typical authentic hefe flavor of cloves and banana. There is a bit of a sweet bread flavor, and a very mild bitterness about the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, with a zippy carbonated character. The beer is crisp, clean and refreshing.

A very drinkable hefe weizen and an excellent representation of the style. It's not readily available in my area, but I would definitely have this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 23:50:28 | More by RJLarse
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cjgator3

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat malt, faint banana, clove and yeast. The taste is rather malty with just a touch of banana with a dry yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and fits the style. Overall, this is a pretty decent hefeweizen that is recommended. There are certainly some better hefes out there but this one is still interesting enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 04:19:36 | More by cjgator3
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theopholis

California

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a lightly clouded, pale straw color with a creamy head. The head had little retention, and left behind no lace whatsover. Not as cloudy as most hefes.

Aroma- The first thing you smell is bubblegum. Some sweetness with a nice malt overtone. No clove, no banana, no hops. The smell is great, despite the weirdness of a beer that smells like bubblegum.

Taste- Nicely balanced. Doesn't taste as fruity as it smells. Again, no banana, no cloves. Not very wheaty. Tastes good, just not like a hefe.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Carboantion level appropriate.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Good either as an easy drinking daytime beer, or as a nice light, refreshing evening beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 06:33:36 | More by theopholis
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a fairly clear pale orange with a frothy one finger head that takes a very long time to fade to a thick cap. Even with all of that foam, there's very little of it sticking to the glass. Also, this is much more clear than I'm used to seeing for a hefe-weizen.

Smell; bananas and cloves are definitely the dominant aromas, with a little yeasty spiciness in the background. There's also some sweet malts coming through as well. Overall pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

Taste; damn near identical to the aroma, with the bananas and cloves coming through clearly, with some sweet, bready malts, fading to a nice spiciness. It's by no means a great hefe-weizen, but it's still a pretty good beer that I wouldn't mind having again, especially when the weather is warmer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 00:55:48 | More by RedHaze
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"eff" the lemon, drink this beer straight up.

Nice look, it looks like a hefe

Sweet/Wheat smell

This is a friggin nice hefe, at the right time of year (late spring/early summer), this is the way a hefe should be.

It goes down easy and has a good German hefe feel.

drink this beer, drink lot's of this beer, it's ok, you can do it!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:51:38 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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billysj

California

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML Bottle of Münchner Kindl Weissbier

The appearance is a cloudy yellow with little carbination

The smell has a hint of banana with malt.

The taste of wheat and some banana with barely any carbonation. Mouthfeel is average but smooth.

Overall an above average hefe weizen. I would drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 04:21:35 | More by billysj
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle into Weizen glass.

Hazy dark yellow and light orange combination that changes with the shape of the glass. A thick off white head slowly settles to a thick cap. Solid lacing along the glass.

Plenty of soft wheat aromas along with creamy banana and sharp clove.

Crisp mix of wheat and barley malt along with the ubiquitous banana and clove flavor from the yeast. Smooth creaminess clashes with a little bit of bitterness from the hops and a slight twang from the alcohol. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. The finish is smooth with a little bit of lingering grain.

An average hefe weizen. Pretty much standard for a German version of the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 06:45:02 | More by BeerSox
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee. I thought it was very similar to Franziskaner, which I've had many times from a bottle, but not quite as spicy nor as good. Still, at least when fresh and on-draft, I'd recommend it (not so much after it sits on a shelf for a year).

Color was a hazy dull yellow with excellent head formation. Served in appropriate glassware, which added to the experience. Aroma was lightly fruity with a good amount of spiciness. Taste was clovey and good, but as I mentioned, not as crisp nor as spicy as Franziskaner. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and appropriate for the style. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 16:47:00 | More by BeerBelcher
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky, rusty-gold color with a huge, frothy, white head. Smell is what you would expect from a hefe, a bit of yeast, wheat and clove. The taste is pretty clovey, a bit of banana bread. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a foamy carbonation. This is a drinkable Hefe Weizen, better than your average hefe.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:13:53 | More by gmfessen
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice yellow amber foggy with a creamy head that hung around for awhile

S- kind of fruity with a good sweet malt overtone, not much yeast to the smell

T- pretty balanced not much fruit tones in the taste, sweet malty pretty good not much hops in it, enjoyable

M- nice and smooth creamy for a hefe weizen

D- its good gowns down well

A good beer but nothing spectacular, notanything to turn away ,

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:49:49 | More by Atron67
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden hue with straw highlights and a murky clarity after the yeast pour. Creamy head fills the glass then sinks to a sturdy cap holding well and leaving some spotty lacing. The aroma shows traits of clove and wheat, with some soft noble hops in the background. The first sip is sweet with pale Munich and Wheat malt, then a deep pilsener flavor takes over and lingers. Clove and spicy saaz flavor compliment eachother and offset the sweetness ofthe malt. Drying aftertaste showcases Tettnanger and Saaz bite without being overly bitter. Light in body with a creamy texture fromthe wheat. Finshes with lots of residual Pilsener malt and buiscuity tones matched by gentle clove notes and fading Saaz flavor. A classic example of a style richly-executed and a remarkable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 07:50:53 | More by PBRstreetgang
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, straw golden with a white head that fades to a patchy layer.

Smell: Bananas, citrus, bubble-gum, cloves and a light graininess.

Taste: The taste is much like the smell. There are strong bananas, light bubblegum, cloves and a light graininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation

Drinkability: Tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 06:01:48 | More by EPICAC
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky copper brown color, small white head with some noticable lacing. I needed to breakup the yeast sitting at the bottom of the bottle, which took some life out of the head when I did pour it. Has a champagne smell, spicy/peppery. Has a slight banana taste, sweet & spicy almost cider like. Nicely carbonated yet creamy. A very drinkable lager, I can drink many (and so can the wife!). Overall a nice Hefe Weizen, not the best but very flavorful. The first one I tried I forgot to breakup the yeast, I realized my error on the second and it made a big difference in smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:32:18 | More by Gmann
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a 1 liter clear glass stein from tap.

Golden in appearance with a thick pure white head (about 2 inches in height). The body was nearly clear with whisps of carbination rising from the bottle of the stein. As the beer was agitated from movement it became cloudy. The head went down after a while but never shrank below a half of an inch. Trails of the head stuck to the side of the stein as the beverage retreated to the bottom.

It had a slight smell of freshly kneeded bread doh. There was a recognizable smell of alcohol that was breaking through that impressed upon me that it was strong.

A crisp clean taste, very agreeable to the palate. It was very light and went down easy.

I will certainly drink this beer again if given the chance. I wish it were available at a location more near to where I live or work.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 07:28:29 | More by Rennpferd
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the only singlebottle at world martket in lansing michigan. they did not sell six packs and it seend to come out of one of there world beer packs. bottle the classic german tapered green with a cool classic label with a picture of the brewery on it.

the beer poured a hazy copper color with a very good white head.
the aroma is sweet and wheaty hint of banana.
the flavor is very wheaty, not much hop flavor i think this bottle could be old, drops off to a minerial flavor lingering in your mouth.
over a good beer little darker then i expected from a hefe but tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 20:22:41 | More by plaztikjezuz
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head taht lasts for a long time. Not a bad start.

Aroma was of wheat and rather dusty. Some hints of clove, but that was all. Rather dissapointing.

Taste was dry, citrus, wheat and some spices. Again, it did not deliver a powerful statement.

Mouthfeel was dry, lightly cleansing. It was very spritzy on the tongue.

Overall, this beer is drinkable, but not a great beer of the style by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 23:15:36 | More by atigerlife
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plaid75

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky dark straw hue with a full fist full of foamy white head. There was excellent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong yeasty/wheaty aroma with the expected hints of clove and banana. Light citrus aroma as well.

The taste was a very fresh wheatiness. Much fresher tasting than most German Hefes. A nice spiceiness is detected as well.

The mouthfeel was very chewy and finished quite dry.

Overall a very drinkable and fresh tasting hefe. In my opinion, a very underrated hefe.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 03:51:07 | More by plaid75
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goochpunch

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazy (read: too clear) tamarind drink color. Head is fizzy and wears itself out quickly. Smells malty, and not really very wheaty. There are some esters and phenols here, but they are pretty faint. As with the aroma, this is more of a bready malty brew than a wheaty, citrusy, and phenolic hefe that I was expecting. It has those characteristics as well, but just as pronounced as I'd like. Still, not a bad tasting beer. Mouthfeel is kind of flat and slightly heavy for a weissbier. Overall this is drinkable. Nothing totally offensive.

The flavor here reminded me more of a mix between a decent hefe and Hofbrau's own helles lager. Too malty for my liking of the style, but, nevertheless, this is kind of tasty. I'd definately drink this again, but I wouldn't really seek this out to purchase with my own money.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 05:02:47 | More by goochpunch
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter pale color with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Good carbonation throughout. Smell is a touch banana, not much spice, and lots of dry wheatiness. Taste lacks the usual yeasty goodness I like in a hefe. A bit bland for what I was expecting. More wheat and less spice and fruitiness than I like. Just not my type of hefe. Good body and carbonation though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 22:54:19 | More by granger10
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a big classic h-w head that had excellent retention, but not too much lacing. Body was a cloudy light gold. Looked really good, especially the one finger layer of foam that lasted to the end.

Smell - mostly spicy and herbal hops. A hint of cloves, a hint of plum. Aroma strongly suggested a Pils, and the classic h-w scents were rather faint.

Taste - spicy, herbally hops, crispy lemon, especially on the finish.
Weak wheat and malt did not show up much in the aroma, and not in the taste either. Was not very tasty as an h-w, nor as a beer of any sort.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly fizzy, and surprisingly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this was not bad, just not good. It looked great, but taste was rather weak, with a non h-w-like hop thing going on, which would have been okay if there was some wheat and malt counterbalance. I'd only have this only once in a great while.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 15:37:30 | More by ultralarry2006
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently I have been tackling the Hefe Weizen style and gaining more and more appreciation for it. This beer, however, did not go over well with me. It seemed to have died in the bottle. All the flavors were seriously muted or missing. The beer may have been to cold or too old. I took notes at a German Bar this evening I was underwhelmed with this beer.

Appearance: Beige with hints of orange and massive carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is so reserve that I couldn't find any of the yeasty flavors or banana flavors that I have become accustomed too in Hefe's. There was wheat malts and maybe using a lot of imagination a drop of lemon but that’s it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The carbonation was so high it was distracting. there was a hint of pepper zesty in the carbonation that has poking me and honestly a bit annoying. The flavor overall was decent. A hint of lemon did show up in the flavor but the beer appears to be filtered or at least not bottle conditioned and there was no sign of the yeasty character. Simply put; uninspired. IMO

Drinkability: If you are thirsty and you can get pasty the zippy spritzer feel then this beer could be quite refreshing. Like Wheat water with a lemon. It is not that this is a bad beer, it's just with all the great Hefe’s available this one is a bit flat and nothing special to me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 06:33:13 | More by Phatz
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of ten selections in the Best Beers of Summer mixed pack. Unfortunatley, came in the 12 ounce green bottle (so was I was a little put off from the start). Beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a nice highly carbonated white head, small streaks of lace left behind. First smell is a bit skunky (especially right after cracking the cap). After that are the more familiar hefe aromas, like banana and clove. A bit thin flavor, but smooth. Lots of yeasty flavor with a nice citrus tartness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light making it a nice summer brew. Does go down well after we get past the green-bottle skunk.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 14:13:21 | More by BigBry
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DogFood11

California

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, Yellow body w/ minimal carbonation. Forms an average head that is white and lasts throughout. Lacing is sliding.

Lighter than most true german hefe's, Subdued bananna and clove, leaning towards the wheat aspect. Lemon creeps into the picture to clean things up a bit. There is a sort of rawness to this brew even though its sweet in the end. Malts seem bland and dryed, while the yeast really makes this beer enjoyable.

Notes: Huge fan of Hefe's and this is about average to below average for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 23:36:42 | More by DogFood11
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