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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

644 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 29 | 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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Weizenmensch

Japan

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

Hofbräu Münchner Kindl Weizen, vom Faß beim Hahndorf Inn, Südaustralien.

App: Amber, only partially cloudy, very bubbly. Served with a lemon in a HB glass. Lemon killed the head but it retained a bit after I took it out and disturbed it a bit.

Smell: Refreshing weizen grassy hayy hops smell. phenolic with banana esters. Not exactly citric but refreshing acidic aroma.

Taste: Strange chalky taste on the palate. Served very cold, difficult to discern other characters. Banana on back of tongue. Not massively complex, quite watery, but a little bitter. Onion, banana, limestone.

MF: Thin but pleasant effervescence. Average.

Drinkability: Bloating and watery. Drinkable, but not interesting for long enough. Needs to be followed by a dunkel lager/weizen or a bock/weizenbock.

Pleasant, above-average beer.

02-19-2006 06:48:24 | More by Weizenmensch
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Troyone

California

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a grainy and hazy dry straw color with minimal white foamy head.

The smell is some what insignificant with hints of grain malt and banana.

Lightly sweet/bitter, lightly/mod acidic, hints of banana and spice, and a grainy malt taste with some citrus hops flavor.

Light/medium bodied, kind of watery texture, almost flat carb, and a slight astringent finish.

Too watery for me.

01-29-2006 05:02:09 | More by Troyone
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bahumutx

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw color with a white head.

Smell: Wheat, yeast and pepper.

Taste: Starts with a peppery twang and ends with wheat. In the middle the yeast becomes pronounced but not overpowering. There is also a slight hint of banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first beer from Hofbrau Munchen. This is a good example of the style and I look forward to trying there other beers.

01-20-2006 02:21:12 | More by bahumutx
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Andreji

Colombia

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

I gave the Munchner Kindl a try on a balcony facing Fuencarral in madrid on christmas eve.

The pour was rather thin for a Weizen. it seemed to have a very poor head, more aming towards the aspect of a witbier than that of a frothy weizen. it was an interesting change from what i expected, so I welcomed it.

In general, in fact, the whole beer seemed far less a weizen than it seemed a wit. the nose was more citrusy than it was clovey and aged, the usual weizen feel. still pleasant, the wheat was very weak.

the taste was good, not exaggerate but ressembling a weizen more there. a banana-like feel was present, but not overwhelming. the citrus sensation was more dominant, refreshing, pleasant.

the mouthfeel I wasn´t thrilled about because I found it to be a bit too thin, moving considerably out of the usual weissbier protocol IMO- still nothing too bad.

The whole beer in general combines flavour yet lightness to make it a good one-after-another session.

01-16-2006 01:21:23 | More by Andreji
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

being a huge fan of hefes ive avoided this for a while for fear od dissapointment. bad move. its readily available at gas stations around here and found easily. good thing. pours clody and a bit pale. good hefe style head, big and full of carbonation. smells nice and "wheaty" with a very light clove touch. a bit of citrus. taste is alot like the nose. i dont get the big banana hit like some other hefes but it has a strong wheat character. a little spicy and tends to lean on the citrus side of things making it very refreshing. light and quenching, a very repectable beer and can be found everywhere.

12-13-2005 04:20:42 | More by DESTRO
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nomad

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours muddy orange and does without the yeast poured in. Surprisingly low carbonation hurts both the head (which is not well retained by any means) and the mouthfeel.

Smells of clove and wheat dust with a full malty sweetness in time. The barest of banana esters arive late though temper the other scents quite well. Though usually an ester-fanatic, the phenols are deftly integrated in to the large pale malt presence quite nicely.

Taste shows a thin core of wheat and malt though with hearty decoction caramelization and a beautiful kiss of vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is quite slick and full though the lack of carbonation hurts a lot. A satisfying beer even when lacking some of the fireworks I tend to favor.

11-30-2005 03:18:02 | More by nomad
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BierManVA

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Muddy orange in color after proper pouring. Bier was surprisingly clear while the undisturbed yeast was settled on the bottom. Looked more like a kristal weizen in that respect.

Soft on the aroma as far as I am concerned. Light clove and musty odors. Dusty actually like an old attic. Nice.

Flavor is lightly tart with again a musty flavor. Gritty almost. Very refreshing and smooth. Excellent balance (as I find most Hofbraeu Biers).

This is one of those exceedingly drinkable Munich Biers that you find in Birgartens all around that city. it longs for a nice warm day with a light breeze.

John

10-25-2005 23:27:54 | More by BierManVA
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours out to a lightly hazy pale copper, forming a modest bone-white head with average retention and lacing. Adding the yeast makes it look like raw apple cider. Carbonation is moderately strong. The aroma is of cloves, distant banana, pale malt, vanilla, and fruity apple esters. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is brisk and pleasantly stinging with firm carbonation like a good hefe-weizen should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes pretty damn good with a predominance of bananas that wasn't quite as evident in the aroma, balanced by spicy cloves. The apples esters are quite strong and add a nice balance, creating a false impression of apple-juice sweetness. Bitterness is mild and it finishes with a crisp zest and some mild green cereal notes. The yeast is not obtrusive on first pour, but adding the swirls adds a bready astringency to the finish. I prefer this one without the dregs.

This is a pleasantly surprising and wonderfully delightful hefe-weizen. Well-balanced and full of nuance, but also quite rich and rewarding. Highly recommended!

10-21-2005 01:47:03 | More by Mitchster
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scooter231

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a golden color with pink hues- almost looks like juice. Some fluffy head at first pour, but goes away rather quickly. Nose is full of things- quite citrusy, but also some sweet fruityness to it- mostly banana and berry.

Taste is fruity and sweet as well, with hints of chocolate in the very background. A slightly sour aftertaste, but all in all a well balanced taste. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, but otherwise nice. Drinkable, for sure, but definitely would be too sweet for me after a while. A tasty hefe.

07-14-2005 00:50:27 | More by scooter231
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Hazy amber that looks perfectly clear with bright backlighting. I was expecting a little yeast. The off-off-white cap of semi-firm foam is currently two fingers in height and isn't losing digits very quickly. The only lace at present is a thick, slurred collar. Unfortunately, almost nothing sticks in the end.

MKW has a slightly better than average hefe weizen nose that smells more of spice than it does of banana. Clove is on the mild side, but to be fair, it's still fighting through a dense disk of foam. While it isn't quite "yes, we have no bananas", the monkey fruit could be a bigger contributor.

There's slightly more flavor than the aroma suggested. I've dumped the rest of the bottle into the glass and I still don't see any yeast. Filtering your hefe weizens (if that's what they've done) isn't a good idea because this style depends so much on the flavors imparted by the yeast. The brewers don't expect me to get excited about the flavor of wheat, do they?

There's a smidgen of recognizable banana with a light sprinkling of clove. The beer is neither sweet, nor sour, nor bitter; which contributes to the sense that there's nothing to hang your hat on with regard to the flavor profile. The light-medium mouthfeel, while serviceable, is uninspiring as well.

Munchner Kindl Weissbier is hamstrung by a lack of flavor, due to a lack of any true, in-the-bottle yeast. It's a drinkable beer that goes down light and easy in the heat of a summer's day, but I find myself wishing the brewers had left well enough alone and hadn't filtered the hefe out of my hefe.

07-12-2005 14:09:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

A good, solid hefe weizen.
$7.99 for a quality six pack of brew and I'm pretty content.
Has a smooth, bubbly mouthfeel.
Has an appropriate wheaty texture throughout.
Mildly spicy and yeasty... not over done at all. Very well balanced.
No shabbyness to be found.
Give it a go, eh?

07-11-2005 02:39:44 | More by ommegangpbr
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Hofbrau Munchen Kindl Hefe Weizen
12 oz (355 ML) green bottle
Freshness code on the back label in a silver backdrop that reads L336D 1357
Served in a 16 oz Schneider Weisse hefe weizen glass

Pours a polished golden color with a cloudy body. Random carbonation bubbles float to the top. Very nice fluffy white head forms on top.

Strong whiffs of wheat in the nose.

This is a very clean and enjoyable German hefe weizen. Minimal clove and bananna flavors that are sometimes associated with this style, but delivers on the heavy German wheat accent. Chalky and yeast presence on the tongue. Super drinkable and thirst quenching. Cleansing on the palate and true to the style.

07-09-2005 00:31:59 | More by Hibernator
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Dukeofearl

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a deep golden, slightly cloudy in my Schneiderweiss glass.

Aroma is wheart/grainy, slightly grassy, and with a slight citrus note. Flavors follow through on the aroma, although they are much more intense- espacially the citrus. A nice sharp hop follow through on the back end. Overall simple in terms of relative complexity, but instead it is very fresh clean, crisp and clear. And in my humble opinion, that's what this should be.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, without being rich or heavy. On a warm day, this is quite pleasant as a thirst quencher. I like it!

06-29-2005 02:37:11 | More by Dukeofearl
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jimbotrost

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

I am not a big fan of this style but can appreciate a good effort and this is one of them. Pours a hazy pale straw color, nose is big in vanilla and clove with no hops noticable. Thick long lasting head Soft grainy/wheat flavor, quite quenching, very low bitterness. Tingles the toungue with its high carbonation.

06-12-2005 20:25:45 | More by jimbotrost
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OatherS

Kansas

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

The green bottle has a white/blue label with the hofbrau pictured on it.

Appearance: Beautiful beer. Very nice head that lingers properly and the color is a nice cloudy tan. A little bit darker than normal, but a previous review noted that as well so that must be this beer.

Smell: The banana odor is present but not as much as I would like, still overall a good aroma.

Taste: This is a good hefe. I have been tasting hefe's lately and most of them turn out to be american wheats in disguise, but this is good. Nice fruity/banana flavor that I like.

Mouthfeel: It has a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, very nice.

Drinkability: Very good beer overall.

06-10-2005 01:31:46 | More by OatherS
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kosmoraios

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

For the style, this ale was a bit darker and more robust than most weissbiers. Almost closer to a dunkel weisse than a hefe. Pours a deep translucent orange, with bits of the yeast from the final swirl and yeast pour. Semi-thick head that stays for a while. I have a feeling that this one had aged a bit. The aroma is very hefe-like, with the wheat, yeast, and a bit of bananna coming through. In the taste, there is a bit of ripe pear peeking it's head out along with the wheat and yeast. A little sourdough hint also, and a wee bit of fructose sweetness. A better hefe than I've had recenty, and frankly, a better hefe than I expected. Extremely drinkable, especially on a warm day.

03-14-2005 00:31:04 | More by kosmoraios
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beertastegood

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours a hazy orange out of the bottle, with a small white head. Smell is very strong, of bread, bananas and malt. Slight raison scent as well. Taste is of sweet malt and wheat, with a smooth finish that leaves your tongue slightly tingling. High effervescence and a very "crisp" mouthfeel. Very drinkable, watch yourself...

03-05-2005 04:36:12 | More by beertastegood
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: This beer poured a very hazey, golden amber. The white head rose up to about two fingers, but it took an aggressive pour to make it do so. It thinned out quickly to just a skin of white bubbles covering the surface of the beer. The head seemed sticky, but the lacing was minimal.

Smell: Strong banana, spicy yeast, and lemon made up the bulk of the aroma. The yeast became stronger the longer the beer sat, and it even became slightly smokey. There were light grains in the background, but that was about it. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied up on the tip of the tongue. It thinned out a little as it moved back into the mouth, losing some of the body that it previously had. Nice, lively carbonation when the beer hit the back of the tongue.

Taste: Light banana and clove kicked things off. Slightly acidic lemon rose up the in the middle, but it faded in the finish as the banana came back strong and lasted a long time, well into the aftertaste. Also on the finish was a nice, chewy wheat and grain flavor that lingered for a long time, as well.

A great hefe. The grain on the finish kicked in a lot stronger than many other beers of this style that I have tried.

02-13-2005 22:13:17 | More by Quaffer
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce (500ml) standard Teutonic brown glass bottle. Blue and white crown cap has the HB logo on it. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database. Described as “Münchner Kindl Hefe Weizen”. No strength or discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Lightly hazed orange golden body that has a large head on the pour as is so often the case, but it settles with a thin white head with some nice looking lacing and a ship-shape solid ½” white head. Average carbonation levels that seem to lack a little of the usual spritzy character.

Smell: Sweet fresh malts and lots of wheat in the nose. Banana’s with a citric clove feel, oranges (?) even. Fruity aromas.

Taste: Starts with a sweet yeasty feel, light Banana’s in the middle, some lemon peel feel racks the end of the drink. Sharp at times but it is sweet with a fruity citric feel throughout the experience.

Mouthfeel: Mid-body presence. Has a cloying toffee feel in the back end but it is nothing that detracts, in fact it adds a solid feel to this brew.

Drinkability: Smooth very drinkable offering that has a creamy feel in the mouth with a thick toffee clove finish. I’m not a huge Hefe fan but I do like this one.

Overall: An attractive Hefe Weizen, not sure I would stock up on this one but decent nevertheless. Better than the usual run-of-the-mill Hefe’s.

02-06-2005 03:12:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance – This is a deep orange in color with a bottle-conditioned haziness and a huge, clumpy, white foamy head. There’s a lot of carbonation going on in this glass, too, making this one a real Hefe.

Smell – The lovely German yeast is right on for the style. I can pick up a light banana and maybe a hint of cherries. The deep, rich yeast though is what does it for me.

Taste – Oh, this is tasty. The yeast steps back a bit at the tongue and the bananas really pick things up. The finish is very soft and fruity.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with a good, fluffy, Hefe mouthfeel.

Drinkability – The creamy nature of this Weizen helps this one go down like silk. It’s a terrific summer time bier or, as in my case tonight, a good snack when dinner’s still an hour or so away.

Comments – There’s not a lot of variance in my rating of this bottled Weizen as opposed to the on-tap version that I had at the Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas, but it is far preferable, IMO.

01-22-2005 02:58:13 | More by RoyalT
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Brent

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured a bright golden-orange, very little suspended yeast haze, even after a final swirl in an effort to decant sediment. Aroma was a bit citric acidic. Up front there was moderate citric tartness - as though a dash of lemon had been added to the beer. Some wispy banana notes hung in the background. For a hefe weizen, the yeast was uncharacteristically muted, contributing no breadyness or particularly spicy phenols to the party. More like a plain weizen. Couldn't figure out the date stamp, so it may have been a bit over the hill.

12-30-2004 15:16:46 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

12/19/04- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9 oz bottle with a bottled date of 08/30. Poured into one of my weizen glasses.

Appearance- Nice and foamy head with large bubbles, semi cloudy golden pour and decent lacing.

Smell- Kind of a funky yeast smell with some citrus involved.

Taste- More yeast and lemon than anything. No cloves or bananas that I am used to with my favorite hefe's.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as many hefe's. Mid to light feel to it.

Drinkability- Acceptable hefeweizen, but have had many better and more worthy of drinking. Run of the mill IMO.

12-20-2004 02:08:31 | More by GClarkage
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allengarvin

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance: Soft gold color, small head, very clear for a weizen. Not much head retention.

Aroma: Grainy malt, with light cloviness.

Flavor: Lot of wheat flavor here, and apple-banana fruit flavors are prominent. Phenols are very restrained.

Body: Creamy, soft mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation.

Not bad, but not a very interesting weizen.

12-19-2004 23:26:18 | More by allengarvin
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a near clear golden amber colored brew.

Scent is very tasty! Big banana and clove scents with a strong sweetness to the brew. Mild medicinal scents but the banana and sugar scent come through very strong.

Taste is very mildly sweet with a pleasant banana flavor hitting the tongue most strongly. Refined controlled flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is lacking though.

Nice drinkable Hefe, I like the stronger versions better but I wouldn't turn a glass of this down!

12-18-2004 02:38:22 | More by Zorro
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marc77

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Turbid light amber hue. Lively carbonation supports a dense, stiff and dogged pure white head. Sheets of lace remain. Mild banana and herbal clove hints upfront in aroma. Secondary hints of tart, grainy wheat and a cleaner lemon like acidity. Tame and functional aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a note of doughy banana bread, although the thinnish body dilutes and mutes esters overall. Bubblegum and banana hints add depth, but remain understated enough to allow a simple, wheat cracker note to lend dryness. Trace musty yeast undertone. Tartness augments as the beer warms, but all components remain in a prosaic balance. Finishes lightly sweet, with fleeting honeydew melon and lemon drop hints. Kindl is a respectable hefeweizen and overall a couple notches above the middle of the pack.

12-03-2004 01:13:20 | More by marc77
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