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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

689 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 41 | 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 brewmudgeon
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

hazy. big head settles to a cap. l 007 h 1313 marked on the green bottle. it was part of a mixed 24 bottle giftpack.
aroma has suggestions of ammonia, oxidation. if this is what it's intended to smell like, not impressed.
taste is lemony, like old lemonade and some pledge mixed in. the mouthfeel, though, is smooth and just about right.

Photo of changeup45
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color with a nice fluffy head after the pour. Aroma is citrus banana, some yeast and just a slight touch of grass. I taste a lot of spices at first, sort of like a seltzer feel, then some citrus and yeast. Finishes a little dry. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty good.

Photo of Zadok
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a perfect deep orange with a medium amount of cloudiness. A 1 finger heads resided on the top and consisted of several peaks and valleys.

Initial aroma is of yeast and coriander mixed with a touch of banana.

Taste had a really watered down aspect and was somewhat disappointing initially. Still had a slight amount of spice such as clove and coriander but were a shadow of what they should have been.

Mouthfeel was solid with a medium amount of carbonation.

Has session beer written all over it due to its weak ABV and taste. Will pass on getting this again.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow, with a firm, rocky white head, good retention, no lacing, looks like a standard hefe.

S: Clove dominates, light banana, wheat malt evident as well.

T: Taste is very clovey and bitter. Light bubblegum and banana, but the bitterness and clove dominates, one-dimensional.

M: Spritzy, mild carbonation for the style, brisk, relatively easy to drink.

D: Not horrible, but not a hefe I'd come back to, it's a chore to drink at times.

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

Poured cloudy and yellow from a 500 ml bottle.

Huge white foamy head that left good lacing.

Nose of wheat and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel light and smooth.

Flavor of classic hefe.

Overall easy to drink.

Decent brew in the classic German tradition.

Photo of birchstick
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat clear yellow, with a nice head from a 500 ml bottle. Smells of banana and spices. Make sure to let this warm to its correct temperature before drinking, otherwise it will taste very watery. The most prominent taste is banana, which is followed by yeast, bubblegum, and a faint hop presence at the very end. Overall, this is one of the more bland hefe weizens I have had and I was somewhat disappointed. However, it was definitely worth a try.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
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