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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | 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 scottg
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy honey yellow color with a one finger+ white head with good retention. Aromas of wheat, lemon, peppery clove, and light banana. Flavors are the same as the aromas with very subtle banana flavors. Medium body, light body, a cleansing mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very clean flavors are well balanced, easy drinking hefe.

scottg, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Crosling
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy yellow orange color. Full, mountainous foam. In the nose, typical weisse characteristics of dough, vanilla, banana and clove clash with the unfortunate green bottle skunk. Flavor has very light flavors of banana bread, pear and apple. Also has some skunk in the flavor from the green bottle. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a poor example of the style, especially considering it's from Munich.

Crosling, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours towards an orange/yellow, a bit richer than most I've seen. Very effervescent with good though temporary lacing.

Smells of yeast, citrus and banana. Taste is slightly sweet with nothing to overwhelm in the taste department with the expected wheat and yeast, offers a nice finish. Quite drinkable, light and refreshing.

5.1% ABV according to http://www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com/content/?c=4

HalfFull, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- pours a very hazy yellow orange color with rapid visible carbonation rising to the top of the glass and a booming and foamy snow white head.

S- yeast, biscuits, banana and cotton.

T- Soft wheat profile, lots of bready and yeasty notes, some refreshing citrus blasts

M- Grainy and a bit chalky, good body for its style, not weak and thin like some others.

D- good

its worth a try, its not going to blow you away but it drinks well.

ATPete, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of rpardon7
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a light yellow with cloudy yeast suspended in the hefewiezen glass it was poured in.

S - Clove and banana with a hint of bublegum and yeast.

T- Clove and yeast hit the tongue first followed by banana and orange.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, smooth not too much carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, nice year round brew, although it suits the summer and spring.

rpardon7, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine had a six pack, and gave me one, I was pretty excited, especially after he had talked it up for a while.

A: Poured a hazy gold with a billowy white head, very thick, the aggressive pour didn't help though.

S: Lemon and citrus from the wheat malts yeasty, tangy.

T: Citrus and very crisp, the yeast flavors are very present, very much on the lemon side, no hops to speak of.

M: Smooth and crisp, very slick in the mouth, it washes down very nicely.

D: I could easily drink an entire six pack. One of the best hef's I've ever had.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of MrMalt27
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, traditional German hefe weizen- one that doesn't get a ton of exposure but deserves it. Ranks right up there with the others. Apparently, this was the only hefe weizen brewed in Munich for over 200 years. Talk about a captured audience!

Great banana nose, great mouthfeel, perfectly balanced sweetness. Great for a hot summer day. Can't wait to have it on tap.

MrMalt27, May 30, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy golden with a thick, white head. It smells strongly of wheat, yeast with a hint of pears and apples. Not much of a taste--wheat and just a little spicy. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp. This is a fairly drinkable beer; somewhat refreshing, but nothing spectacular.

theghost3, May 28, 2008
Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from green 12oz bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date included.

A: Light hazy straw color with heaping frothy white foam head with minimal lace.

S: Plenty of banana, clove, and soft orange aromas after the initial skunkiness passes.

T: A very tangy wheat with an orange-pepper dominated flavor. Taste is stronger with more warming. Reasonably ester-filled with some bready, yeasty flavors in the background.

M: Definitely not the smoothest hefeweizen I have ever had -- carbonation is remarkably light and the end is a bit more astringent than I like.

D: Passable, but there are many better hefeweizens out there.

argock, May 13, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy and straw-colored, typical hefeweizen appearance, with somewhat weak head retention.

Smell: A nice balance of banana, clove and lemon rind with the subtle presence of yeast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp and bready. Plenty of signature clove but more citrus than banana. Moderate dryness in the finish with a hint of citrus and spice remaining on the palate, though it's a touch watery overall.

Notes: Not the best hefeweizen around but certainly a good one.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for $1.99...
An aggressive pour yielded a tawny, light, golden-colored, strawish appearance with an immense foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the top of the serving glass...
Strong, noticeable aroma of straw, wheat, yeast, citrus, coriander, and fresh florals...
Taste was bursting with powerful notes of fresh citrus, wheat, coriander, lemons, sweet grapefruit, and earthy tones... As far as a Hefeweizen goes, this was a top-notch depiction of the style, in terms of taste, aroma, and appearance...
Great, creamy, sweet, rich, thick mouthfeel bursting with sugar flavors and an excellent level of drinkability with a rather modest ABV...
Excellent stuff and a true-to-the-style representation...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = It is possible I did a poor job pouring this beer because it was pretty enjoyable otherwise, but I found the almost complete lack of a head very of-putting. However, I do not think I deviated from my normal pour and usually with a hefe I get a huge white head, with this I got maybe half an inch. Otherwise a nice hazy golden liquid and light steady carbonation of medium bubbles.

S = Things pick up for this beer in the nose. I get some smells of ripe banana, orange zest, nutmeg, lemon juice. A lot going on, got a lower score than it could have simply because it was not strong enough.

T = Nice lemon flavor hits first followed quickly by a strong flavor of wheat and the standard overripe banana, some good hops bitterness shows up next and follows the other flavors into the finish. Main criticism of this one is that the flavors pass too quickly and the finish is not as long as I would like. Otherwise, this definitely tastes the way I think a good hefe should.

M = Light-medium body, carbonation feel on tongue is a little to strong, mouthcoating is average.

D = This is a perfectly enjoyable beer. I would gladly drink this on a hot summer's day but it would probably not be my first choice. Only slightly better than average for this one.

Traquairlover, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rocky head and leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. Great appearance for this hefeweizen. Taste is very "mainstream" with some of the "Beck's-Pauli Girl" metallic smell and taste. It is not as bad as the former beers, but still noticeable. With that being said, it is pretty smooth, light and crisp and fairly easy to drink. Just not a great beer.

bigdeuce, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a short white head that fades pretty quickly. There is some lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is of sweet toasted malts and some hoppy bitterness. The taste is good too. Nice wheat backbone with some fruity yeast flavors - some banana in the aftertaste. The taste finishes with a nice light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice - very smooth and somewhat crisp. The drinkability is high as its flavors are very well balanced.

erosier, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of off-white head top a cloudy dark lemon body. The head retention is impressive, more than many Hefeweizens I've had. Lots of malt and good fruit confronts the nose, particularly lemon. Nice, crisp and refreshing taste, with ample carbonation coating the tongue. This is quite delicious and smooth, another German offering I'm thankful to have found. This is certainly one that will make it into the warm-weather rotation, for there is nothing better than a cold wheat beer on a warm spring or summer day.

Certainly recommended.

Gehrig, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Squelch
2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me start this review by saying I hate Hefe's. I got this as a gift so I must review it.

Appearance: Looks like a hefe. Cloudy. White head. Head goes away too quickly

Smell: Smells of hops. Quite nice for a hefe

Taste: Tastes almost rotten. Probably good for a hefe but really repulsive for me.

Mouthfeel: Feels heavy. not to style

Drinkability: Probably good for the style, but I just can bring myself to finish this beer.

Squelch, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am afraid I might have gotten a bad bottle, Hofbrauhaus has a good reputation but this stuff was not great to say the least. Aroma was strongly skunky. Pours with a creay white head. Taste is skunky. Goes down alright despite the taste. Hope I just got a bad bottle, as I couldn't finish it, drain pour.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Cloudy straw color with little to no head. Smells of semi sweet malts with cloves and some bananas. Taste is of banana and sweet clove and some malty notes. Light bodied with not much of an aftertaste. Good introductory to German Hefe's.

timbro81, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This German Hefe pours mostly clear with a bright golden/amber body. The fluffy white head recede to a thin sheet of suds that leave a uniform ring of lace around the glass. Certainly pleasing in appearance.

Up front the aroma is primarily yeasty grain and a hint of a dry metallic character. This fades into a more appetizing wheat quality with plenty of citrus and grassy notes. Herbal in the finish with some bright lemon.

Initially the yeasty grain hits you, then the wheat kicks in. Very similar to the progression of the nose. Bright refreshing citrus and spice along with mild grassy hops sing backup for the prominent wheat backbone. Hints of banana and cloves are floating around as well. Well constructed and balanced.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a semidry finish. Bright and clean but with a bit of a starchy remnants left on the tongue. fairly refreshing and again well balanced. Lots of German character and a classic, well balanced representation of the style. Definitely a good session beer as well.

letsgopens, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of nickynick
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale straw color, not very cloudy for a hefe. This beer smelled sunky, which might have been because of the green bottle. It lacked the normal hefe aroma The taste however was a good hefe taste. Bread, and fruit, bananas. Mouthfell was good, what a hefe should be. Drinkability was light and refreshing.

Overall, this was a decent hefe. Not the best I have had, but still good. Would buy this one again.

nickynick, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good head, creamy. A hazy orange is the color.
The smell is quite phenolic, with bread crust, and less evident, some banana.
Anyway, a good weizen smell.
The taste is phenolic too, almost spicy. Well amalgamated, pleasant, drinkable, light.
Definitely, weel done beer.

stcules, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-An aggressive pour into my weissbier glass produces a huge flowing soapy head. Retention is phenomenol as can be expected for the style. The colour is a pleasant gold that is mildly cloudy.

S-A very clovey weisse. There is also a slight banana scent as well. Not the best, not the worst smelling hefe I have smelled but significantly better than most US interpretations of the style.

T-The yeast is strong in this one, much like the force in the random rebel pilot attacking the death star. Like the smell the cloves are the dominant taste, it is actually kind of spicy. If I could give this a 3.75 for taste I would but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

M-Sort of velvety with a less aggressive carbonation than would be expected from the large head.

D-I had this in Munchen about a month ago and it was much better while fresh. This style can travel but is better at the source. Still all in all a good but not great hefe, Paulaner and Hacker Pschor are better choices.

sleazo, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a slightly hazy golden color with an acceptable head for a hefe that leaves the occasional splotch of lace

Smell: Clove dominant aroma with considerable banana esters underneath

Taste: Starts out with a pepper and clove spiciness that is quickly joined by the banana flavors; after the swallow, the hops make a brief appearance and then give way to a burgeoning banana flavor; the finish is slightly spicy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A decent and flavorful hefe but not in the top tier

My bottle says Hofbräu Hefe Weizen and is packaged in a brown 500ML bottle. I think this is the same beer as the Münchner Kindl Weissbier (and is carried as such in another beer rating website).

brentk56, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, almost creamy, initially three-finger thick, light tan tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, orangish tinged, copper color and it has lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of my tulip glass. Aromas of fresh crushed wheat berries, dusty malt, clove, lemon zest and green apples are all noticeable. Interestingly enough the tart, lemon zest notes become the most noticeable part of the aroma pretty quickly.

Soft and creamy feeling despite a solid carbonation; actually the beer is soft and creamy up front, but the carbonation tends to scrub the palate towards the end. The beer finishes with a tart, almost lemon-like character as well as a lingering phenolic clove character. The clove notes are noticeable up front as well, and somehow they accentuate a note that makes me think of concentrated, sweet plums (though not quite prunes). Touches of apple add to the fruit notes, but the oft times, characteristic banana notes are not found in this beer.

This is a decent example of a Hefe Weizen; it is light and refreshing, yet still full of flavor. I do think that it could be a touch more complex (even on the Hefe Weizen scale of things). Still, as someone who enjoys Hefe Weizen, I am definitely enjoying this tipple; I recommend it if you are of a similar persuasion.

Purchased: Bevmo, Pasadena CA

Gueuzedude, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bomber with no date into a pint glass. Cloudy yellow-orange with a small amount of carbonation. One-finger pale white creamy hade fads moderately leaving a thick cap and scattered lace. Nose of light coriander, faint citrus, and faint cloves/spice. Taste is crisp and clean, with light bready wheat and subtle coriander herb flavors. Mouth is crisp and sharp with full carbonation, gentle on the palate. Very smooth and thirst quenching. Drinkability is good to very good; it’s easygoing, thirst-quenching and enjoyable. Subdued and easily sessionable.

Overall: A capable hefe, enjoyable anytime. Recommended.

jettjon, Aug 09, 2007
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