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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

687 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 22
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 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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

Photo of OatherS
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of Quaffer
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brent
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of marc77
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured it showed a medium golden color with loads of foam and some lace. The smell was the weakest point of this Hefe-weizen. It showed very little in the way of fruit, wheat or yeast. The the flavor after the first sip showed a fair amount of citrus fruit, along with cloves and yeast. Also, a hint of banana. I find out that the warmer this hefe-weizen, the more intense the flavor. The finish was just about right, that the flavor just lingered long enough until the next sip!

Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy medium yellow color with three big fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little skunky at first, but once you let it sit for a minute, lots of great aromas come through. There's a lot of citrus fruit. Lemon and orange, not much of the classic banana and clove aromas. The taste is a bit on the citrus side as well, with a little bit more spice. Nice and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is really good. A decent weizen.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle like the one in the picture and poured into my Franziskaner weissbier glass.
Appearance: cloudy golden color with a billowing white head that towered nicely above the rim of the glass. No lace.
Nose: pretty standard, stuff, really. Decent malt notes with light bread overtones. Some subdued banana and clove aroma and a subtle hint of peach or apricot. Missing that hint of bubblegum I love in some hefeweizens.
Taste: sweet white bread maltiness with a bit of clove and banana. Not as prolific as I've had in others. Touch of sour in the mix, too, akin to green apple skin.
Feel: light, crisp, and refreshing.
Overall: a decent, albeit not fantastic, example of the style. I'd like the flavors to be a little bolder. Still, a nice hefeweizen.

Photo of clvand0
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with an enormous head. Good aroma. Light and sweet fruitiness. Spicy and lemony. The flavor is slightly spicy, lemony, some banana. The aftertaste is superb - clove, banana. Wow. I really enjoyed this beer. I have a new favorite hefe. Has a great, fully body with a great mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Very interesting beer. I'll be going out today to pick some up.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer left the bottle with an explosion of head, about the entire width of my hand. The head falls to 2 fingers over top of the golden yellow, hazy beer. The nose was a nice a nice bananas and cream with some good lemon tones as well. I really liked the flavor of this one. There was a good it of lemon on the initial taste, with the aftertaste coming on strong with the banana cream pie flavor. The feel was just a shade thin, not coating my mouth as much as I would like it. Drinkability was awesome. I could sit down to just a ton of this beer.

Edit: The first one of these came out of a 500 ml brown bottle the first time and it was very good. We just cracked a 355 ml green bottle and there was an awful skunkey odor. I'm letting it sit to see if that goes away. After sitting, that smell leaves, but I will only buy the 500 ml bottles from here on out.

Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy pale yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't stick around. Light banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes too sweet, bland and uninteresting, not very much going on here.

Photo of budgood1
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle the typical golden and cloudy lemon yellow sun colour with a huge frothy inch high head. huge chunks of sediment added in. certainly looks the part! lots of chunky lace too. subdued banana and clove aroma....with an added citrus and spice kick. the first thing that shocks me upon tasting it is the velvety and creamy smooth mouthfeel. it's unreal how slick this stuff goes down. what disappoints me is the taste...very understated and quite ordinary. a sort of strawberry and cream flavour with a spiciness that never asserts itself. subdued cloviness and wheat flavours, but not bad. seemingly full bodied and highly drinkable...i'd drink this every day of summer if i could afford it. this would be a great hefe to try out on people that aren't accustomed to the bavarian wheat and yeast beers of germany. good stuff...just lacking a bit in the flavour department.

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
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