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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

680 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 skizziks
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5liter bottle into a weizen glass. Pour brings a big, fluffy, moussey white head which falls quickly to about a half inch. The beer is a hazy orange-gold with plenty of streaming carbonation. Just as it should be.

Aroma is big on bread with some clove and subdued phenol.

Taste starts out with more fresh bread, some carbonation bite on the tongue, a little orange and lemon with a numbing phenol finish. A little lingering sweetness just makes it through.

Body is medium with high carbonation, a little thicker than some examples. Overall this is a nice representation of the style, very "authentic" with no surprises. If you want a hefe, you won't go wrong with this one.

skizziks, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard Hefe. Typically canary yellow, murky, and good head retention with lacing. Citrus and estery in the aroma. Flavors of lemons, oranges, banannas, and cloves. A little more zesty and lively in the flavors and mouthfeel than expected. Clean in the finish. Could use a creamier body and bolder flavors, but nice as it is.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly murky uneven brown with a two-inch head that almost immediately fizzles down to a bare lacing.
The smell was of a sweetish wheat and a slight yeast aroma. There was hardly the banana/clove that was expected, but it was not bad anyway.
The taste was of wheat malt and some yeast. Nothing special, but pretty good anyway. It had some grainy notes as the drink progressed.
It was refreshing. The appearance made it seem heavier than it was. IMO - it was a clean weiss, but lacked the character and banana/clove taste that most weisses have. Nothing about it made it stand out in particular - but still was pretty good.

jwc215, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a large white head. Smell has hints of wheat, yeast, and some citrus. Taste is has very strong wheat malt taste with some orangy citrus and slight yeasty taste. The mouthfeel has strong carbination and very light feeling in the mouth. A very drinkable hefeweizen.

gosurfobx, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Hefeweizens, not sure why it doesn't recieve the same praises as Paulaner, Weihenstephaner or the like, but in my honest opinion it is certainly deserving to be in such company. Pours a cloudy gold in color with a frothy full head, perfect in my weizen glass. Nose is full and fruity, full of subtle complexities and that certain wheat aroma that is unmistakable. Flavor is powerful, not as well balanced as some but, but makes up for that in character. Very big banana flavor with plenty of clove as well. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but still plenty of carbonation and light enough on the palate, very refreshing!

Wake up people! This one deserves a spot at the table!

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. green bottle to a hefe glass. Moderate head. Swirl and pour the last builds a nice thick rich head.

Smell of fruity yeast, banana, and malt.

Taste is pleasant. real nice and smooth. Grains, spice and banana. Light hop finish.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and light.

drinkability is above ave. as this beer has no offenses. Could use not body. MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 19, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 at Cable Beverage, Bardonia, NY. On a hefe kick, I must try this now.

Served at just over fridge temperature in the appropriate glass.

Appearance- Pours an elegant, rich gold... deeper than any I've had before for the style, with a nice finishing white crown that stands firmly at two fingers. Hazy, but not as unfiltered looking as many others. Clean and active in the glass.

Smell- A perfumy, fresh exhibition of banana and clove... with an interesting, floral bouquet that adds a layer of complexity. Some metallic phenols are evident, especially in the head when the beer is swirled.

Taste- Refreshing, yes... but there is nowhere near the level of taste I was expecting from this beer. The wheat malt is clearly way upfront here, with suggestions of banana bread and clove barely peeking through the fog. The most mild and least flavored hefeweizen I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The carbonation is surprisingly huge for the style, and the bubbles actually *feel* large in the mouth. It's pretty smooth, yet rough and a little noisy. Good with food, though... the carbonation lifts the flavors and cleanses the palate very well. I'm pairing this with eggs on whole grain bread seasoned with fresh pepper and herbs de Provence.

yelterdow, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a green bottle, crosses fingers...
Pours a hazy dark orange. Fluffy head, well supported and retained. Aromas of wheat, biscuit, dried fruits, yeast and esters. This is a very Belgian smelling beer, almost like a Tripel. Flavors are very farmhouse is flavor, similiar to a saison. A big fruity, wheaty, and barnyard assortment of flavors rush into the mouth carried by an intense carbonation. A heavier body than I expected, but much enjoyed. Wish this one didn't carry such a heavy price tag or I could drink it all summer.

dreadnatty08, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a cloudy murky dark orange color with a thick dense white foamy head. Lace is impressive, thick and sticky. Suprisingly no ring of yeast was found at the bottom of the bottle as expected from this style.

Smell is light and citrusy, lemons, bananas and a hint of clove.

Taste is much as expected for the style. With citrusy fruits, the bready feel of the yeast and an almost lemony hint.

Medium to medium-light bodied. Perhaps a bit high on the carbonation. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkable, yes.

Not my favorite of the style but a respectable offering from Hofbrau.

EvilKeith, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker golden (for the style) slightly hazy. Nice condensed white head.

Smells. I do initially get the cloves aroma and a sweet banana aroma. So sweet it's more of a candy banana smell, like a laffy taffy. just a touch of other spices like cinnoman and vanilla.

Taste. Pretty good. Sweet and lots of vanilla with the cloves. Yeasty as well. Small Maltiness gives it a nice balance and good backbone to it. Banana taste is there too. Aftertaste has a spiciness to it. Thats where i get cinnoman and even a black pepper kick to it on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation like always. Pretty full body. I think it has a great balance and it really fills my mouth. So mouthfeel is good.

Overall, i do like this beer. It has a very authentic flavor to it. Not my favorite in the style, but i do think it is quite up there in the rankings.

acrawf6, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of ihscout426
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This wheat pours a clear deep yellow, not the usual cloudy hefe-, but that could be do to the yeast settling. A small head due to the beer being a little too chilled. After it warmed up their was a malty wheat nose true to the style. The carbonation was very refreshing with a slight tart and cookie taste from the wheat. The yeast came through at the end of the beer with fruit sharacter, but not as pawerful as some other German wheats I have tried. A solid presentation of the popular German style.

ihscout426, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Weizenmensch, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Troyone
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Troyone, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of bahumutx
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bahumutx, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Andreji, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of DESTRO
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DESTRO, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of nomad
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

nomad, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of BierManVA
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

BierManVA, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Mitchster, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

scooter231, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

ommegangpbr, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hibernator, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Dukeofearl, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jimbotrost, Jun 12, 2005
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.