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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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320 Reviews

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Reviews: 320
Hads: 742
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Photo of nickynick
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale straw color, not very cloudy for a hefe. This beer smelled sunky, which might have been because of the green bottle. It lacked the normal hefe aroma The taste however was a good hefe taste. Bread, and fruit, bananas. Mouthfell was good, what a hefe should be. Drinkability was light and refreshing.

Overall, this was a decent hefe. Not the best I have had, but still good. Would buy this one again.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Riggo
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a sturdy, creamy off-white head that stands firm, like sea-foam. Quite cloudy, with yeast suspension visible. The nose is musty and yeasty, with elements of pollen, orange, and bubblegum. Taste is surprisingly minerally at first, then tart lemon, banana, and pineapple. A distinctive bitter and somewhat flat finish offers a certain balance but is ultimately a disappointment; the flavor seems to drop off abruptly, though there is a faint lingering fruity bubblegum note. Mouthfeel is okay, though a little thin. Drinkability is high, considering the surprising (inappropriate to the style?) bitter finish.

A very drinkable weisse with some definite quality and character, but just not up to competing with the big boys in this style.

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Photo of Zadok
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a perfect deep orange with a medium amount of cloudiness. A 1 finger heads resided on the top and consisted of several peaks and valleys.

Initial aroma is of yeast and coriander mixed with a touch of banana.

Taste had a really watered down aspect and was somewhat disappointing initially. Still had a slight amount of spice such as clove and coriander but were a shadow of what they should have been.

Mouthfeel was solid with a medium amount of carbonation.

Has session beer written all over it due to its weak ABV and taste. Will pass on getting this again.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.74/5  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.

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Photo of Northsider
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Primebar Chicago.

I was with a German (Austrian to be exact) colleague and he recommended this beer. What a great choice! If you are looking for a perfect beer that really exemplifies the hefeweizen style, this is it! I'll need to find this at places closer to me for the future. He suggested even mixed this with banana juice or some other fruit juice for added flavor. I may have to try this as well.

Overall, don't miss this if you love this style.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--large, brown bottle with freshness date stamped on back.
--nice, large head that slimmed but stayed until the end. Minor lacing.
--cloudy, dirty straw like in color
--a wheat smell, with a slight hint of citric

Overall a nice beer to drink. It didn't jump out in any way but I must say that I liked it. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky orange, moon crater head.

Smell: Banana laffy taffy, dash of bubble gum, yeasty, bready.

Taste: Sour wheat bread, light banana undertone, slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light, medium body, slight effervescence. Champagne like in a way.

Drinkability: Pretty affordable, quite tasty, nothing that will knock your socks off but quite worth a buy..

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Photo of patra7
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass.

A: golden body with orange tones and small one finger foamy head that faded rather quickly. A bit disappointing.

S: wheat, cloves, lemon and hints of banana. A bit plain, but still enjoyable.

T: follows the nose in part with lemon and banana. A bit of apple is also felt and finishes off with spiciness

M: medium body, carbonation was a bit high I thought.

O: I was a bit disappointed with this one. I'm a huge Hefeweizen fan but this one didn't catch my attention. It felt very plain and didn't offer anything that wowed me.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange in color after proper pouring. Bier was surprisingly clear while the undisturbed yeast was settled on the bottom. Looked more like a kristal weizen in that respect.

Soft on the aroma as far as I am concerned. Light clove and musty odors. Dusty actually like an old attic. Nice.

Flavor is lightly tart with again a musty flavor. Gritty almost. Very refreshing and smooth. Excellent balance (as I find most Hofbraeu Biers).

This is one of those exceedingly drinkable Munich Biers that you find in Birgartens all around that city. it longs for a nice warm day with a light breeze.


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Photo of skizziks
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a light yellow with cloudy yeast suspended in the hefewiezen glass it was poured in.

S - Clove and banana with a hint of bublegum and yeast.

T- Clove and yeast hit the tongue first followed by banana and orange.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, smooth not too much carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, nice year round brew, although it suits the summer and spring.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer from a tap at the Hofbrauhaus german resteraunt in Dubai, UAE.

Poured a very hazy golden with a minimal head that managed to hang around for most of the glass.

Strong smell of citrus and cloves with a hint of other spices, close to what I would expect of a good Saison.

Much richer taste than was expected, which followed its smell except for the apricot with a faint note of ginger mixed with the lemons in the end.

Smooth, Crisp and Rich, well carbonated this was exceptional to the pallet.

This was extremely drinkable from the tap and I will most definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of scriabin
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy, flaxen hefe weizen color. Taste is classic german hefe weizen, with banana and just a hint of clove. The flavors are well balanced and the beer is very smooth. In fact, it almost has what I'd call a mild flavor, sort of a like a Paulaner but not as strong a flavor. Carbonation is not too high and not too low, perfect in my book. An excellent HW worth a second offering. Cheers!

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Photo of OatherS
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Abita45
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Very thick head quickly dissapated. Minimal lacing. Straw yellow color, rather hazy, lots of slowly rising bubbles. Scent of banana but not overpowering. Taste has both banana and citrus, slightly bitter on the finish. Smooth and flavorful, definitely a session beer. Glad I have a six-pack, certainly beats Coors or Bud for wathching Daytona 500!

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick, lasting head. Lace continues through glass. Light, copper in color. Has a very strong sent of wheat.
Had a slight rusting taste to it. Left an acidic taste on the tip of the tongue. Overall disappointing, as it begins with such favorable characteristics (aroma and look). But the taste is 180 degrees off from what I expected. Perhaps I had a bad bottle. Will be willing to give this one a second try.

Served with lemon.

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Photo of rjplumer
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild citrus aroma with a hint of skunkiness. Hazy mild amber color with quarter inch head. Has a light citrus taste. Seems like a weak representation of this style. Faint banana like taste. Though not bad tasting I was a bit disappointed by this. I’m a huge fan of this style and was feeling let down by this one.

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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.