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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: 42 | 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 plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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!

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy golden, with orange hue. Thin white head, with good retention, and lace. Aroma is on the light side, spice,and fruit. Body is medium. not much carbonation. Taste is good and spiced up front,with a fruit spice finish. Very refreshing. recommended.

Photo of Abita45
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle, this beer poured with a nice, thick head that really released the fragrance of the beer. Wheat and yeast predominate the smell, and the beer has a similar taste except with more of a dry sweetness. The fragrance is actually one of the strong points for me with this beer. I smelled it and looked forward to how it tasted.

I hope people don't overpower this beer with some kind of cut of citrus because it has too much going on with the wheat and yeast to cloud it with too much acidity.

Even without the World Cup and movie putting Munich on my mind more often, this is a beer I hope to find at Ludwig's down in Phila.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.