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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

596 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%


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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Domingo

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 'ol Hofbräuhaus Am Platzl in 6/11.
Arrived in a standard fluted weiss glass. The beer is cloudy eggshell color with the prerequisite 2” of foam on top.
I’d say this take on the style falls into the fruitier category. Big banana up-front, and on the back end. Hints of apple and pear, too. The spice notes aren’t too strong, but there is a little bit of a vanilla cream with some sips. Not much clove, but there is a hint of nutmeg.
No chalkiness at all in spite of quite a lot of suspended yeast. You can drink this all day, and on occasion I’ve been guilty of having several. I don’t think I’m alone in that, though.
Not the absolute best weissbier, but still a really good one. If you favor the fruit-focused weizens, this one is absolutely worth seeking out. I’ve heard the bottled version doesn’t really do this justice, but on tap it’s excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 19:47:43 | More by Domingo
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow-orange colored brew with a nice pillow of froth on top. Retention was moderate and lacing a little soapy.

S - Yeasty, with a punch of fresh lemons, not lemon juice or anything artificial.

T - Mild phenol/banana/citrus flavors all blend together in a nice clean swirl. Decently complex, yet simplistic enough as to enjoy without a second thought.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation level, clean finish. Perhaps slightly watery, but not enough to cause a huge hit here.

D - It might not be the most flavorful hefeweizen out there, but it is refreshingly good and a solid classic. Definitely one of those that you just have to try if you're a fan of wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:28:37 | More by PhageLab
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a hazy golden color. Nice white head and lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up the glass.

Aroma isn't as strong as it is in other weizens. Kinda clover and wheaty.

Taste is also lighter than other weizens. Cinda wheaty and clovy. Slight banana.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. Mild carb.

Overall an ok Weizen. There are others I would rather have.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 00:56:06 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Light golden, less cloudy than the average for the style. Big white fluffy head that leaves loads of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- A fresh wheat aroma, with some light undernotes of lemon and spices

T- Light but highly refreshing bready malts. Then notes of lemon and banana. Some spicy flavours (clove, phenols) to bring more life. Very much what you would in a weizen, though this one is quite sweet, even for the style

M- Light in body with a good amount of carbonation, at least for the style. Feels pleasantly crisp on the tongue and decently smooth on the palate

O- The beer is decently complex but drinkabilty is still awesome and this beer is a perfect thirst quencher for the summer months. A solid classic hefeweizen

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 13:42:07 | More by Cozzatoad
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Dster

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why would you package a delicate beer like a hefewiezen in green glass?

A - Straw yellow with fine bubbles and large white head.

S - citrus, mild skunk.

T - lemon zest, bready, slight sweetness.

M - carbonation is bright, texture is silky.

D - Easy to drink.. big fan of the style, but I better stick to kegs.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:58:31 | More by Dster
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a decent white head, no lacing.

Sweet wheat and yeast with a hint of spice. Grain forward in the nose.

Wheat, yeast, some husk. Sweet grain hits the spot. Some light spice, but this is not a big one for anything beyond basics. Finishes clean with light bitterness and some grain husk.

Lighter bodied, easy to drink. Decent version of the style, though a bit imperfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:27:21 | More by OtherShoe2
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ccrida

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught served in a 25 oz mug (~.75L), Hofbräu Hefe Weisse is a cloudy dull gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is very pithy, minerals, a bit of citrus really, even though there no lemon served thankfully, at this actually authentic German bar.

Taste is pretty spicy, again lots of mineral pith, the wheat brings some spice, not much in the way of the classic Bavarian esters of banana or clove. Not my favorite by any stretch as it's more wheaty then anything else, almost saison like, clean though.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is average. It's certainly quenching, and while it has some weizen character, it's not bringing the Bavarian yeast notes I love in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 01:34:00 | More by ccrida
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Uberstein Chicago

A - The body was cloudy with a golden hue to it...two fingers worth of creamy, white head...it feel slowly and settled into a thin cap which fell to a solid ring around the glass...decent lacing left behind

S - Fresh, creamy banana dominates the aroma...the yeast can be detected along with some faint citrus notes

T - The flavors are that of a classic Hefewizen...the banana is taken down a notch by the yeast flavors present...but the banana is evident throughout the entire beer...the spices make an appearance in the middle of the beer but they are not overpowering at all...there's a lemon presence towards the end of the beer

M - Medium bodied...creamy and refreshing

O - As I said before, this is a classic Hefeweizen...great banana flavors and spot of refreshing...this was better than my previous experience "American" made Hofbrau

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 18:58:10 | More by thain709
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dragonWhale

New York

2.05/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic. Wanted to try something other than the Weihenstephaner, which I know to be awesome. Picked up this green bottle. A little yeast ringlet sits at the bottom of the glass. Word.
Not super cloudy, but a bit hazy yellow, looks fine and all.
Smells a little skunked with some banana and wheat and clove.
Definitely tastes skunked, which is always strange to me that such a low hop beer can do this. But it does! The sulfur notes dominate, with a little bit of the yeast character to provide some semblance of decency.
A crappin disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 03:25:13 | More by dragonWhale
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on-tap at the Hofbrau beer hall in Munich.

Hazy golden yellow colour with a large, foamy white head settling down to leave a thin cap on the pint.

Banana aroma dominating although this is a quite clean smelling hefeweizen. There is a sort of cloudy, fruity smell and some spice too along with some lemon.

Very much like the smell with the banana flavour being the most noticeable with the spice and lemon in the background. The banana taste is pretty good and there is also faint some herbal flavours.

This one is on the light side of medium bodied and is really smooth. The carbonation is low for the style but it's not off-putting.

I really enjoyed this one having sampled it in Hofbräu beer garden in Munich on a warm day which may have helped my rating slightly. The beer went down really well and is definitely one I look forward to trying again.

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Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 17:38:24 | More by flyingpig
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Appropriately hazy amber that is unfortunately lacking in the head department. Head never develops past a persistent ring of lace. Otherwise nice, though.

S- Strong banana aroma backed by a tart malt and some lemon notes. Nice, almost a bit funky.

T- Mild, soft ripe fruit notes heavy on banana and apple. Husky grains and earthy yeast notes complement the fruit quite nicely. Finishes with a touch of residual sweetness and very little bitterness.

M- Good medium body that is carbonated well but not aggressively so.

Yet another solid German hefeweizen. This one may be a little better than some of the others I've tried. The flavor is mild but very nice and all its elements combine to form a beer that is extremely drinkable. I could quaff a couple of these on a summer day with ease. I'd certainly get it again. Recommended, especially for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:20:52 | More by vtfan77
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a nice large cap of frothy white foam. Decent retention.

(S)- A really nice dry clove, lemon, and banana with a nice earthy biscuit-like wheat finish.

(T)- Very very dry. A nice clove and lemon profile with tiny bits of banana. A good biscuit and wheat finish.

(M)- A nice crisp yet smooth carbonation level. A nice balance and feel; not overly fruity or dry or wheat but harmonious in all.

(D)- A solid Hefe. Fits the style well and really hits the spot to quench your beer thirst on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 13:47:14 | More by sweemzander
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Looking great with an almost nice tight white head of two fingers. Gives great looking rising carbonation from a cloudy glowing yellow/dark lemon body. Looks like a great Hefeweizen.

Smell is a classic. Simple banana and clove, but also a very sense of wet and thin feeling to come.

Taste brings the hint of what is on the nose. A bit wet banana and clove finish. Hints of nutmeg and other brown spices but with very little body. On the swallow there is a hint of bread wheat like finish. Even a little wet lemon aftertaste.

Overall fairly solid and easy drinking and a good representation of the style that will do the job easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 22:10:35 | More by smakawhat
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patra7

Greece

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at home from a bottle with an Expiration 7 months away (12.01.2012):
Appearance: Huge white head, noticeable lacing. Yellow / gold color; not as cloudy as other hefeweiss beers, until I pour the last part with the yeast.
Smell: Slight banana smell with yeast and some notes of other fruits.
Taste: Yeast, banana and some other fruits (probably peach) together with mild spicy flavors and grains. Nicely balanced by a subtle hoppy character.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and rather low carbonation. Very smooth.
Drinkability: Smooth, refreshing, nothing wrong with anything. Easily drinkable. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 21:42:47 | More by patra7
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Horbrau weiss beer glass. Beer is yellow and hazy, almost making it brown, with a soft white head of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate to high carbonation, head has some retention to it.

Aroma is strong and banana-y, lots of bananas up in this guy.

Beer is wet, that's the best descriptor to it, not dry, wet. It is mildly sweet, nice fruit ester presence in the midpalate without any bubblegum esters or anything like that. The finish is wet and completely absent of any bitterness, a great hefe. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:30:34 | More by drabmuh
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with great white head.

The smell is of mostly lemon with some slight bready malt.

The taste is on par with the smell and is heavy on the lemon and ever so slight herb taste from the yeast. No banana or strong clove.

Not a bad beer by any means but there are better hefe's out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:37:16 | More by Eriktheipaman
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DCon

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Dierbergs in Ellisville, MO from the "Bomber" Fridge Section. Served from a 1pint, 9oz bottle and poured into a Pint Glass. Best By: Feb 11 2011.

Appearance- Pale Orange Color, Very Cloudy, and 4 fingers of head. Head made a circle and had absolutely no retention and left nothing on the glass.

Smell- The smell has a banana hint and an extreme amount of wheat. Something with it reminds me of a sour/tart beer. Not sure if this supposed to be right...

Taste- Very lemon citrusy. Has a great wheat taste and not sure what else to talk about... Loved in Germany, almost flat when made in the States.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, Light Bodied, and Weak Viscosity. A tart/heaviness continues after the swallow.

Drinkability- I have had better while in Munich. I'm sure this is because of the transaction from Germany to the US and how we process and brew the beer differently. Will recommend this Hefeweizen but not my favorite in the States...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 06:35:59 | More by DCon
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SanDog

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into traditional German hefe glass
500 ml brown bottle

A: Deep hazy straw with hint of orange. Thick eggshell head, but thins rather quickly. Stringy lace down the glass. Very large bubbles noticed rising from bottom of glass.

S: Initial bubblegum and wheaty/pilsnery grain. Hint of banana, but grainy aspect dominates. Clean. Mildly herbal. Later passes reveal a more bready aroma and more yeast. Complex.

T: Wheaty grain, a little yeast, hint of sweetness, clean finish with a solid bitter (mildy astringent) aftertaste. Hint of citrus. Halfway down glass reveals some bready-doughiness and more citrus. The nose promised more.

M: Medium to medium-light. Carbonation appropriate for the style.

D: Easy to drink. Another "warm day on the patio beer"

Notes: A solid representation of the style that takes no risks, offends no one, but will not have anyone asking you "what was THAT" at the end of the party. Would like to compare this to its draft version next time I go to Las Vegas.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 16:50:49 | More by SanDog
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange lemon juice with a a cloudy appeal, invisible carbonations and a finger of white head...

Smells of a lemon garden with strong yeast notes and a

Yum, mouthful of bread and biscuit, a lovely mild fruity citrus as well, not as much as the nose held but truly a decent flavor

Mouth is wet and medium bodied, a light amount of carbonation tingles just right

Very drinkable, you could definitely slam an orange in here if you wanted, I enjoyed it plain and am happy with that choice, a mellow beer you could chill on for hours give to any new beer drinker or your favorite lady

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:25:12 | More by JoeAmerican77
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jsh420

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours cloudy golden orange with a 2+ finger that left some spotted lacing

smells of strong banana and yeast

taste is a major let down after such a great nose - very watery and bland

mouthfeel is light with tons of carbonation crisp clean

drinkability is not good - bland watery flavor mixed with $11 sixers - should have bought some SN Keller

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:12:24 | More by jsh420
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chiccabeer

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again I am still new to the rating process.

Great German beer with a nice easy flavor. If you are looking for a easy going good summer beer, this is for you. It has a great taste, but not packed with tons of different flavors. Just a good old fashioned beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 23:46:26 | More by chiccabeer
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This traditionally cloudy golden ale features a prominent and heavy head of bubbles, but no lace to speak of.

Aroma is nice and spiced, anticipating a delicious experience typical of the classic German hefeweizens.

And, no doubt about it, this one's a winner. Flavor is heavy on the spices (coriander, clove) and banana, with more than a hint of lemony zest. Light-bodied and drinkable, this would be superlative as a refreshing Summer session.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:03:48 | More by secondtooth
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dstc

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle pours a cloudy, pale gold cold with a foamy, white head. Head falls slow leaving a decent ring of lace.

Aroma is of malted wheat as expected. Hints of clove, banana and yeast make it smell appealing.

Smooth, mild, pleasant wheat taste. Hints of clove is the taste as well with mild alcohol tones, odd since this is not a high alcohol beer.

Medium bodied in the mouthfeel and rather smooth.

Nice beer. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 16:02:06 | More by dstc
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fsimcox

California

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw color. Thick white foamy head dissipates to a thin layer rather quickly. No lacing.

Smells of bananas and orange peel. Some hints of bubblegum, yeast, and maybe a little biscuit.

Tastes of banana, some citrus, fruit and creamy. Some tart sour notes in the finish. Carbonation in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel has some creamyness up front, and some carbonation in the finish.

A good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 16:56:46 | More by fsimcox
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into 1L stein from the Hofbrahaus in Las Vegas I like this style hefeweizen to be on the thicker side, unfiltered, dense, and cloudy. This was definitely too clear, too thin, and overfiltered for this style. It actually had the typical aromas of banana, clove, and wheat and it also tasted like the forementioned, plus a slight vanilla and fruity note. The mouthfeel was too thin, and the aftertaste lacked. Easy to drink though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 19:14:48 | More by CuriousMonk
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