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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

655 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | 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 Murph
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick creamy white head that lasts all the way down. Smell is of light fruit (citrus/banana), yeast and some light wheat. Fruity flavors are the first on the tongue, light citrus (lemon) and banana flavors. Some faint spiciness (cloves) and a nice full yeasty mouthfeel. A very drinkable brew. A nice beer for a hot day but you can get better hefe's for around the same price.

Murph, May 25, 2002
Photo of scottg
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy honey yellow color with a one finger+ white head with good retention. Aromas of wheat, lemon, peppery clove, and light banana. Flavors are the same as the aromas with very subtle banana flavors. Medium body, light body, a cleansing mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very clean flavors are well balanced, easy drinking hefe.

scottg, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Picked up over the weekend at Brewforia and am enjoying while putting the final touches on a couple of trade boxes... poured into my small weizen glass.

2 finger head.... the brew is hazed dark straw golden... great retention and lacing.

Fairly common traditional hefe profile.. lite clove and some banana..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice sticking power on the clove ... descent body and carbonation...

Nothing to write home about, but still a nice representation... Man.. I wish all breweries would go to brown bottles... This doesn't necessarily seem light-struck, but I keep second guessing myself.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Hazy and straw-colored, typical hefeweizen appearance, with somewhat weak head retention.

Smell: A nice balance of banana, clove and lemon rind with the subtle presence of yeast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp and bready. Plenty of signature clove but more citrus than banana. Moderate dryness in the finish with a hint of citrus and spice remaining on the palate, though it's a touch watery overall.

Notes: Not the best hefeweizen around but certainly a good one.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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 crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Green 12 fluid ounce bottle. Hopefully I have another fine Hofbräu product.

Pours into my pint weizen glass with a MASSIVE white head with the Bavarian Alps formed on top. It recedes decently fast but never gets thinner than 1 finger until you finally begin drinking it. Beer is a hazy gold. The triumphant head alone was stunning enough for it to get a 4 for appearance.

Smells fresh, hooray not a skunked bottle, I'm pretty confident this is a really fresh bottle anyways. Smell is wheaty with a large contingency of lemon, and a little bit of metallic/green bottle scent. A decent aroma.

Its crisp and refreshing. Upfront banana is the main flavor with a little spiciness, lemon is in the middle and it also end with a banana flavor mixed with a nice yeasty bite. Its sweet, malty, fruity, and refreshing. Nice carbonation, good mouthfeel, and a dry finish. After-burps are of banana/clove.

This is a beer that you suck down on a hot day although you gotta keep slurping it or it will leave a subtle dryness in your throat.

crossovert, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

500ml bottle

A- pours a very hazy yellow orange color with rapid visible carbonation rising to the top of the glass and a booming and foamy snow white head.

S- yeast, biscuits, banana and cotton.

T- Soft wheat profile, lots of bready and yeasty notes, some refreshing citrus blasts

M- Grainy and a bit chalky, good body for its style, not weak and thin like some others.

D- good

its worth a try, its not going to blow you away but it drinks well.

ATPete, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of wheaty malt with citrus and light clove scents

T - Follows the nose wheaty fruity slight clove

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good enjoyable hefe not as much banana and clove as other hefes but still a good beer overall thats worth trying

armock, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass.

A - Very pale yellow gold with a light haziness. Very effervescent. Beautiful big white foamy head and sloppy lacing. Just like a hefe should look.

S - Typical hefe aromas of banana and coriander with some yeast and gum.

T - Follows the nose with some light grassy hops.

M - Medium to full body, moderate to high carbonation.

O - Solid German hefe.

dansmcd, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Atron67
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

A- pours a nice yellow amber foggy with a creamy head that hung around for awhile

S- kind of fruity with a good sweet malt overtone, not much yeast to the smell

T- pretty balanced not much fruit tones in the taste, sweet malty pretty good not much hops in it, enjoyable

M- nice and smooth creamy for a hefe weizen

D- its good gowns down well

A good beer but nothing spectacular, notanything to turn away ,

Atron67, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.86/5  rDev -1%

ST: 11.2oz poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Cloudy golden-orange with a thick white, fluffy head with rapid carbonation bubbles.

S: Banana, clove, citrus, soda bread.

T: Bite of sweet wheat, orange, banana, a zap of spice and the zing of carbonation.

M: A bit light, though creamy.

O: The first sip through the thick head is very enjoyable, and the creamy mouth fitting finish with a hint of clove is equally nice. There was a metal, medicinal tinge that hurt the overall flavor throughout, though that taste might be the fault of this individual bottle. For the price, it is one of the better Hefes to buy from Germany.

ianjsullivan, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas and spices. Taste is good, banana and spices, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

tone77, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with a moderate sized head. A high amount of carbonation is visible and this is good head retention.
S: The aroma is rather lemony and has notes of bananas, bubble gum, cloves, yeast and wheat.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather citrusy and has notes of bananas. Flavors of wheat and yeast are also present, but don't stand out that much in the overall taste.
M: It feels light-bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing on the palate.
D: This beer is very thirst quenching and is perfectly sessionable on a hot summer day.

metter98, May 31, 2010
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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 barczar
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a fairly clear golden with a frothy ivory head.

Aroma is heavily banana, clove, and orange peel, with a bit of yeast funk. Flavor reveals a good amount of wheat, with lightly bready malt and citrus underpinnings. The clove is a nice accent. Not as overpowering as some. Citrus is in good balance.

barczar, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap at the Chinesischer Turm in Munich. Served in a Hofbräu handled weizen glass.

A: Cloudy straw with a dense and pillow like white head. Retention is most excellent and nice lace of left behind.

S: Fairly standard Hefeweizen fare, but still quite good. Cloves, sourdough bread and lemon are there in equal measure. Over-ripe banana is in the background.

T: Dry and tart as it should be. A dry sourdough biscuit flavor is what struck me first. A moderate dose of clove spiciness and lemon tartness come along quickly. A subtle banana flavor adds extra interest. Finishes dry, with a lingering clove spiciness.

M: The body on this beer is very soft relative to many members of this style. It's a little grainy, but the soft tingling carbonation stands out the most.

D: Another nice hefe on a trip where I had many of them. A very easy drinking beer.

Rayek, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of trevorjn06
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a very clear yellow/golden color with about 2 fingers of head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam in less than a minute.

Aroma is bready and wheaty malts with some fruit and phenols (banan) mixed in. There are some yeasty tones as well, the classic hefe banana and clove aroma is mild in this beer.

Taste is a bready malt base with some banana notes and a crisp taste in the middle. There is a mild fuitiness and a slight hop bitterness towards the finish, finish is quenching wheat and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is moderate to light with high carbonation.

Overall a crisp hefeweizen (for this style) that is easy drinking and good, but not exactly what I am looking for in a classic German wheat beer.

trevorjn06, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

500ml bottle, best before Feb 2014. So we're zehr gut, nein?

This beer pours a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of wavecrest lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells very much like banana bubblegum, with some semi-sweet clove, tame earthy yeast, wavering wheat grain, and a bit of buttery reduced caramel toffee. The taste is mildly edgy sweet wheat malt, banana chips, subtle dry yeast, soft indistinct spices, a hint of spent bubblegum, wee citrus notes, and a bit of warm caramel.

The bubbles are tame and faintly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the wheat malt, fruity, and gentle spice keeping things well within reason.

A pleasant, fruit and malt-forward hefe, as the yeast and spice seem content in their background role, which lends itself to a balanced, harmonious beer. Tasty and very drinkable, as summer weekend evenings get into full swing.

biboergosum, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of bark
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

The colour is dark yellow (15 EBC), the liquid is a bit cloudy. The three finger head is compact and off-white, it leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet-sour with distinct phenolic and spicy flavours. Cloves, green bananas, caramel, orange peels, apricots and some wheat dough. Sophisticated but a bit dense.

The taste is fruity and sweet with very little bitterness. If it hadn’t been for the sourness from the wheat and yeast, this would have been a very thick and sticky brew. Now, there are notes of spices (allspice, white pepper, cloves, nutmeg) and fresh French loaf. In fact, the tart notes are stronger than in most Bavarian Hefeweiss-beers. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got some perfumed notes, delicate spices and hints of cedar wood. Tart fruity flavours of green bananas and green grapes. The finish is fresh with more green fruits.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are fresh and long-lived in the mouth. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit sticky.

A refreshing and delicate wheat beer with more tartness than in most.

bark, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. green bottle not available in the 15.9 oz. brown bottles that would have been preferred, but anyway here we go. Appearance: Cloudy golden tone with a nice billowing highly carbonated effervescent white head leaving behind specks of lace with each sip. Aroma: Starts out very skunky especially after cracking the bottle however, it becomes tamer after pouring in the settlement and letting it sit for a minute. More banana clove tones arise with the sharply sweet malt profile this one comes together, I thought it was a tradgedy but it's not bad at all topped off with a European hop dosage. Taste: Mellow but smooth rolling yeast tones of banana and cloves this has a nice citrusy flow to it as well with the sharp sweetness bringing a bit of a tart tone to the overall profile and balanced with herbal hops nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy light to medium in body very nice summer brew. Drinkability: Tasty goes down and flavorful this one gets my vote as an authentic Bavarian style weizen.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Sudsy89
3.9/5  rDev 0%

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a transluscent golden, foamy white head that leaves lacing. Has a high level of carbonation. I find it an attractive beer. Aroma is typical for a Hefeweizen, mostly yeast and banana, but still pleasant. Banana, light floral hop taste to it. Body is pretty light, like a lager. Drinkability is high, I think it would be a great pilsner replacement. I've been impressed with the Hofbrau Original, which led me to try this too, and it's equally good. I would love to try this on tap also.

Highly reccommended.

Sudsy89, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Straight out of the fridge (probably too cold) after a workout. But it goes with a pleasant sunny spring day.
Pleasing fresh clove spice aroma. Banana more background. Spicy.
Somewhat cloudy and biggish head. Yellowish too.
Lighter than many and a little softer in both feel but also intensity of flavors. Nice drying and the spices lay on the tongue nicely. More grain character here than in the aroma. Still smooth and very easy to drink.
Very good and solid hefe.

garymuchow, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

riversider76, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev 0%

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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flyingpig, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Rennpferd
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Served in a 1 liter clear glass stein from tap.

Golden in appearance with a thick pure white head (about 2 inches in height). The body was nearly clear with whisps of carbination rising from the bottle of the stein. As the beer was agitated from movement it became cloudy. The head went down after a while but never shrank below a half of an inch. Trails of the head stuck to the side of the stein as the beverage retreated to the bottom.

It had a slight smell of freshly kneeded bread doh. There was a recognizable smell of alcohol that was breaking through that impressed upon me that it was strong.

A crisp clean taste, very agreeable to the palate. It was very light and went down easy.

I will certainly drink this beer again if given the chance. I wish it were available at a location more near to where I live or work.

Rennpferd, Nov 20, 2006
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.