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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse

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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into flute glass

look is cloudy and orange, no surprise there. as soon as i poured the beer, there was the undeniable scent of sugar cookie dough in the air. the taste is less on the cookie dough, but also less on everything: it's crisp and has good bite (light feel), but only faint hefe flavors - mostly cookie dough.

disappointed in this one, maybe it was a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 08:37:50 | More by jimmah120
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 29 2014. This is one I've sought after for at least the last year, since I missed my chance to pick it up last summer. Since I'm spending the evening in a stinking hot, non-air-conditioned house during the season's first real heat wave, it can't be much of a surprise that I've been looking forward to cracking this one open all day.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, generating slightly more than one finger's worth of fluffy, bone-white head. Typical retention for a weisse; it takes more than a few minutes to wilt down to a thin, creamy cap/collar and a ring of lacing around the glass. The aroma is pleasant and covers all of the bases I expect from a hefe - lots of bready wheat malt sweetness, and even more yeastiness, including some clove, coriander, bubblegum, and a big wallop of ripe banana. It has been a while since my last hefeweizen, and a few sniffs of this one already has my mouth watering.

This is a rich, full-flavoured hefe. Bubblegum is the first flavour to come through, leading into a mixture of banana, wheat malt sweetness, with slight hints of lemon zest and clove spiciness rounding it out toward the end. The aftertaste leans toward the sweet side, with the wheat malt being a lingering presence on the palate. Medium in body, with restrained carbonation as well as that velvety-smooth mouthfeel shared by all quality hefeweizens. Extremely drinkable, and a pleasure to do so on a sweltering hot evening like this.

Final Grade: 4.19, a solid A-. There can be no doubt; Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is a classic Bavarian wheat beer that I am glad to have procured. While there are probably other examples of the style I would select before this one, the fact remains that this is still an outstanding hefe I could easily see myself picking up again. This is definitely worth a try if you happen to spot it on the shelves of your local shop, and it makes a perfect quencher for the real dog days of summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:30:24 | More by thehyperduck
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weissbiers such as this one are bottled sunshine – literally as well as figuratively. Its golden brightness emulates a nice June afternoon (which, of course, is its ideal pairing). I anticipated this golden-orange beer to be highly refreshing but it also looks quite substantial. Its head could serve as a lifesaver - might be a good idea to keep a bottle next to the pool...

The beer smells overwhelmingly of mushy, over-ripe bananas. Better get out the baking pans. The yeast's natural clove-like spice adds a nice dimension to beer (or, as an idea, chocolate-chip banana muffins...) Some sweet malt is noted too but the yeast's perfume is overwhelming.

Most German lagers have a simplicity that is deceitfully challenging; most German Hefeweizens have an apparent complexity that is actually quite simple: just add yeast. It provides clove and white pepper spice, lemongrass herbals and orchard fruit notes. All this is complimented by a light citrus acidity which provides a tiny hint of pineapple.

Weissbier may be the ultimate in zippy aperitifs. They are effervescent and fruity, their citrusy acidity making them both delicious and refreshing. Trust me, no orange wedge is necessary. All that said, this one has a mouthfeel that is quite creamy and considerably filling.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich has been referred to as the Mecca of all beer pilgrims; the emergence of so many incredible and interesting craft breweries throughout the world now challenges that claim, but with quality, time-honoured beers such as this it's easy to understand why people still say that. If you can't make the trip, definitely buy the bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 21:48:32 | More by biegaman
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light, almost gold, amber. Fizzy head settles quite quickly. Missing the haze you would hope for. Ho hum.

Really nice bubblegum aroma, but lacks spice.

Bubblegum up front settles to run of the mill wheat flavours. Dry finish.

Bit of a let down. Lacks the character of the standard-bearers.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 19:08:39 | More by CanuckRover
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light dirty yellow color weizen with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread with light cloves and some light bubblegum notes. Taste is also dominated by banana bread notes with some light cloves notes and subtle bubblegum ester. Body is full with great carbonation. Vey refreshing notes with great esters.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 12:08:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some banana and some floral notes. It ends with a bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - A solid hefe. The banana borders on tasting a little fake, like a banana candy, but it's still very good and quite refreshing. It has just right amount of fruit and spice balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:07:02 | More by spinrsx
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:41:09 | More by biboergosum
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass. Slightly cloudy golden, but more clear than what i am used to seeing from this style. Calm bubbles, good lacing average retention.

S- earthy yeasts. Wheat. Slight fuitiness and clove. A nice amount of spice to go along with it too. I like what is going on here.

T- Earthy yeast again, some buttery and taffy flavor, then a huge rush of German tasting wheat malt. Very tart finish that is a nice touch. Just a little off on the balance with the dominance of the wheat.

M- A little thin compared to some others of this style, but still quite drinkable. Touch of dryness in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

O- A good beer. Would have loved more clove flavor and was a little dissapointed the taste didn't follow the pepper i detected in the smell. Not spectacular, but a good beer none the less. A spirited effort for this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:54:36 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 17:08:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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bushbeer75

Michigan

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

12 oz green bottle

Hofbrau Hefeweizen poured a slightly cloudy gold color producing a soft white head made of tiny bubbles. The nose was on the light side, of mild clove and very mild banana. Thankfully the flavor is stronger than the nose. The taste is dominated by banana, and wheat bread with a touch of clove in the background. The mouth feel is crisp, smooth, with a light-medium body and a little sticky finish.

Hofbrau Hefeweizen is a refreshing Hefeweizen that drinks easy and not too filling. Maybe, a little to light when compared to the better Hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 19:43:06 | More by bushbeer75
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic caramel hefeweizen appearance. Skunky beer aroma clashing with characteristic banana smell. Worth mentioning the bottle is green not brown and so that might have something to do with the aroma. Skunkiness comes through mildly, you can notice a hint of the alcohol, and slight bitterness. Moderately carbonated with great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:14:23 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, pale-honey in color. The head was 2+ fingers of frothy off-white (limited only by my halting the pour out of reluctance to overflow my glass, which admittedly was too small for the bottle). Lacing was fair.

S: Spicy pepper and a mix of floral and citrus hops up front. The wheat is certainly there, along with faint clove and banana notes typical of Bavarian Hefeweizen.

T: Tart fruit is the first flavor to hit the tongue, followed by bready wheat. There's a touch of phenol and bitterness in the finish that also includes pear and tobacco.

M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. Pretty dry finish, even for a Hefeweizen, bordering on astringent; yet it doesn't feel out of place on this one, and just encourages you to keep drinking.

O: A very solid Hefeweizen. It paired nicely with a German cheese (mushroom brie) and crackers. Nice for a treat on a sunny, summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:57:36 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
Bottle dating of L 224 J 12:39 on back. Not sure what it means.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy medium golden color with 3 fingers width of thick and foamy white head that is sticking around for a while, and leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Typical Hefeweizen smell here. Lots of banana, some clove spiciness, and a little yeasty.

T- Nice smooth wheat taste, along with the clove spiciness and some banana. Instantly refreshing.

M- Going with a solid medium body, not overly carbonated a nice amount for the style.

O- A nice offering of a Hefeweizen. 1.99 for a 500ml bottle around here, can't beat that.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:35:39 | More by rfbenavi80
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hazy yellow-orange body with a thick retaining cap of head with lace. Only drinking the 11.2oz format, so it only fills a pint so high. 4.0

Firm-bodied banana and clove in the nose. Floral hops and slight yeast nuttiness. Nice graham cracker quality to the malt. 4.0

Banana/clove, slight bubblegum, kiss of hops with light bitterness, and some mustiness. A little pear juiciness. Primo yeast strain used. Fantastic. 4.5

Creamy smooth with some vigor in the carbonation. Easy-to-drink in a large quantity, and I wish I could... right now. 4.0

Whole lotta banana in this one, and it's great. Recommended, of course. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 00:59:48 | More by thecheapies
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

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

Nice original German Hefe, as soon as I saw the bottle I had to try it.

A: Excellent cloudy yellow/amber color. Very minimal head, dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing except for some bubbles around the edges and a few patches here and there.

S: Very aromatic. Grassy/grainy with alot of citrus and yeast and the banana esthers that are typical of a Hefe. Have a very small amount of clove and spice coming thru, I was expecting more here but its not disappointing with everything else going on. Very enjoyable.

T: Surprisingly enough, rather mild flavor however this was a bit colder then usual. Flavors became more distinct as it warmed. Mostly wheats and malts at first with the hints of citrus rind. Getting some yeasty flavor but its not overpowering the wheat and grain tones. Spice is there but just like on the nose, its very mild. Very well balanced all around.

M: Light carbonation, with a crisp and clean taste. Almost tastes lighter then other Hefe's, possibly due to the mild spicing. Lower ABV and the alcohol is barely noticeable here as well.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Wish it had a thicker head however everything else about the brew was very good and enjoyable. Nice spring or summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:33:25 | More by ChrisPratz
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and banana aromas. Taste is slightly sour with some wheat, spice, and banana flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen but nothing really stands out with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:57:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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RodneyFarva

Spain

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

a: pours a golden cloudy orange, puffy three finger head comes down to a half finger

s: a strong wheatiness, clove and pepper spices, some banana and yeastiness, but overall a bit light

t: strong wheat and malts, some spiciness from clove/pepper, not a ton of banana. good carbonation level gives it a nice crispness.

o: very nice, but i wished there was more of a banana aroma/taste to it. very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 15:23:53 | More by RodneyFarva
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DM1293

California

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

Taste - A kind of tangier tasting hefeweizen to me, with more citrusy notes in it. Its otherwise a bit lighter in body, a much cleaner sort of unfiltered than I expected.

Overall - Pretty good. Definitely better in hotter weather, as I feel its more refreshing, less on cloves and bananas, and smoother on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:22:23 | More by DM1293
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dansmcd

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 09:48:54 | More by dansmcd
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy deep golden color with hints of amber. Like the colors of a sunset. Tall creamy foam peaks formed and receded slowly, leaving good sticky lacing.

Smell: Just like a good Hefeweizen should, it smells like banana, cloves and bubblegum. Sweet and wheaty.

Taste: Fantastic. The sweet wheat blends perfectly with the yeast phenols and it's a sweet, rich and tropical fruit mix. This is the taste of Hefeweizen perfected with an old world recipe and old world yeast. Outstanding flavor.

Mouth feel: Rich and creamy with soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Hefeweizen is a simple, yet complex tasting beer. When it's done right, it's a fantastic beer...and Hofbräu does it right. This is a fine example of the Hefeweizen style!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 15:33:36 | More by ChopperSmith
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a large cap of lacing that sticks around leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of clove, banana, lemon, and a hint of bubblegum. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with slightly less banana. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great hefe that I can see as a regular in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:48:32 | More by KarlHungus
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy Golden colour witha White frothy head that retains ok.

S - Plenty of Banana and clove in the background.

T - Nice Banana notes with a little bubblegum. Yeast and bread present. The finisgh is a little sickly sweet.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - Not the best hefe but not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 15:49:23 | More by eric5bellies
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky peach color with a surprisingly creamy 2 finger head. Retention is also good, and the head leaves nice lacing as it dies.

S - Holy yeast. Awesome yeast notes, with some orange peel, spicy wheat, and fruity esters.

T - Strong and spicy yeasty notes play well against the wheat foundation. Orange and lemon compliment the flavors nicely. Refreshing and pleasant.

M - Light bodied and smooth. I wish it were more crisp. Not really tailored to the flavors.

D - Has its flaws, but a good quality, sessionable beer that I'd reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:35:33 | More by blakelive784
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head that slow recedes into a pretty decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored light bodied beer.

Grains, the wheat is a backdrop for a light lemon citrus hops aroma.

The taste is more of the citrus hops with a very nice honey wheat coming through as well.

A light dry aftertaste that does carry through it some of the citrus and honey of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:52:47 | More by LXIXME
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minterro

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oades sixer mixer

A & S: mostly citrus, bits of metallic and biscuity malts. Super lively looking straw colored beer, pour the whole way down the side and it still poured a full finger of fizzy beer. The pure white head turns from fizzy to foamy and retains at about a half a finger level. Good amount of lacing.

T & M: pretty similar to the smell, the orange comes through pretty well in the taste. Very tart. Banana and cloves come through when looking for it after it warms up a bit. Not a super powerful taste. Pretty much what you would expect from a European hefewizen, nothing special but pretty good. Pretty high carbonation making it pretty crisp but still semi-smooth. Medium bodied.

O: Probably wouldn’t buy it again but I still really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:08:16 | More by minterro
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