Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 312
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 08-12-2010

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hofbräu Hefeweizen.

Didn't even notice this one came in a green bottle until I got it home and looked at it...plus it comes from the skunk belt in Europe. Well, Expect the worst and hope for the best I guess.

Look - Pours hazy orange with a half finger of off white head that doesn't stick around quickly turning into cloud formations on the top of the body. Too murky to get a read on the carbonation. Sediment ia floating around freely. 4.

Smell - Yep, my worst fears have come true. It's a skunked bottle. I don't pick up much else. Some slight clove and banana. But skunk wins this one. 2.5.

Taste - The skunk is there but it is overpowered by ripe, creamy banana. I really cannot grasp much more aside from some lemon zest. This beer straight the fuck up tastes like eating a banana. Unfortunately the skunk lingers around in the background just enough to annoy you and throw the flavor off. 3.5.

Feel - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. I mean this fuckin' stuff is stinginly heavy. Feel is slightly creamy due to the lingering flavor. 3.25.

Feel - Pretty one dimensional and obviously not fresh due to the presence of the skunk. This is the only green bottled beer I've ever had that broke a solid three. I will admit that if the skunk weren't there in the background being a complete cock block this beer would have gotten a higher score in the taste category. Tastes good, but it could have been killer. And with that, I'm done with green bottled beer forever. 3.5. (1,485 characters)

Photo of thejoshgray
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass. Thin head that dissipated slowly over a few minutes, without much lacing. Color was a nice cloudy gold. Smell was a bit skunky, definitely not my cuppa tea. Mouthfeel was pleasant, fairly apparent carbonation. Taste had a nice balance of hops, not too much, but juuuuust enough for me to say, "yup, that's a Hefeweizen alright."

Finish was a bit flat, but wetted the throat nicely. Definitely a thirst-quencher.

Glad I got the 6-pack, but might not get it again. (507 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's not quite the Hefeweizen I was expecting as it is definitely much clearer than your average Hefeweizen, but it is good nonetheless. It does have that classic Hefeweizen flavor profile, but it's not nearly as in your face as some which is probably why I like it so much. I would consider this a very good starter for anyone looking to try the Hefeweizen category for the first time. So far I've had 4 styles from this brewer and all of them have been very smooth and easy to drink. (488 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my Trig's grocer. If I could have read the bottling code earlier, I probably wouldn't have picked this one up, as it says it was bottled on the 118th day of 2014, and this is now the 150th day of 2015. Poured right from the fridge into a weizen glass.

L: Pours a very cloudy dark straw color with about an inch-and-a-half of white frothy head that dissipates fairly quicky and leaves a bit of cling. I'm a little concerned about the amount of sediment that was hanging out in the bottom of this bottle.

S: I could immediately get some skunk aroma when I opened the bottle. As it settles, the skunk isn't nearly as pronounced. There's bright wheat, banana, and a bit of clove in the bouquet. Quite bright and assertive.

T: Here goes nothing... Bright wheat notes at the front--a bit tart on the palate--along with the expected banana bread and clove indicative of the style. The skunkiness from the nose doesn't really carry over into the taste that much, but there is a subtle presence. The middle and back end of the taste carry over most of what was in the front, with just a touch lemongrass at the close. Not too bad for a very old green bottle.

F: Bright, crisp, and at times smooth lighter-bodied brew. There's a good level of carbonation on this one.

O: Well, I haven't keeled over and died from this one yet. I really wish that I had a fresher beer to review, but this really was pretty tasty as is. It's far from the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but I'd have no problems returning to this one again. (1,561 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's face it, our friends in Deutchland know how to make beer. This is especially true when talking about this style. Although I've been to Hofbräuhaus House in Munich, I enjoyed this selection from a bottle at home in the USA. This is the standard...Hefeweizen is either better or worse than this. Good beer. (315 characters)

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very banana oriented. Quite smooth and light to the palate. Had this on tap at the Hofbräuhaus and it did not disappoint. Not a whole lot of wheat came through though which was surprising because it is a Hefe Weizen... But overall this is quality beer and does not disappoint! (277 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very creamy, very banana white bread to white bread crust background. Not a lot of hop presence, drinkable, excellent and persisten lace. Decent beer for a late summer evening. (176 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Cloudy yellow liquid with white head

Smell - this came off as unpleasant, which I will chalk up to the green bottling. Skunk aroma associated with Euro imports, slight clove/banana aroma

Taste - much better than the smell, I'm getting banana, clove, lemon and orange

Mouthfeel - light bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing and easy to drink

Overall - this is a decent representation of the style, although it doesn't quite hold up against the leaders of the pack in this category. Would like to try this on draft.

Price Point - $9.59/6 pack 11.2 oz bottles (577 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear yellow-gold color with smooth white head and spotty lacing. Lots of carbonation striving for the top of the glass. Aroma, well, is like smelling the tail end of an agitated skunk that sat in a bowl of rotten lemons. Let's hope the taste is better. Taste is much much better than the smell, with flavors of tart lemon and other assorted citrus coming forth and a tartness that is very nice. Malt takes a backseat to the refreshing lemony taste. Mouthfeel is very nice with lots of carbonation and this is one smooth beer !! (541 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looking : pillowy, creamy head with lots of lace and stark white standing at 2 fingers tall. Body is more transparent than most Hefeweizens and has almost no opacity. Golden color. Docking points for low opacity.

Smelling : full of fruity esters - cling peaches, fruit cocktail, dirty wheat, faint alcohol. "Cloudy"/"floaty" smelling like most genuine hefeweizen beers.

Tasting : the frontside is watery and lacking in flavor, like a watered down ligh beer. When the beer hits the back of the throat the flavors start to come through, and though underwhelming they are appropriate. Fruity, with orange and peach, some light cinnamon, and wheat. By and large however, the beer is greatly lacking in flavor and is more washed out than most.

Feelings : typical light bodied creaminess that pushes medium body territory, a carbonated zing zaps it to life, and it ends clean.

Overall impressions : ...not too. It's a bit watery for a Hefeweizen and would have preferred more flavor. While still delicious, it is rather subpar. I'll be skipping this next time. (1,060 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the green 11.2 fl oz. bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Classic creamy off white colored head on the pour, nothing booming or large like a classic Hefe, but manages a half finger puck. Classic body color, not too dull or bright, opaque but a dull apricot orange and yellow, with lots of micro fine carbonation.

Classic hefe nose. A real great solid aroma that is nicely spicy and aromatic. Mild banana and nutmeg sweetness. Hints of cream a bit as well. A real nice simple and very enjoyable nose and we have luckily also avoided the skunk monster.

Real nice simple palate. Spicy hits bubblegum like aftertaste for the flavor. Mid palate washes in a mild chewy malt density with tangy notes of lemon and bubblegum controlled sweetness but not overly so. Some spiced after phenols more on the nutmeg side of sweetness and staying away from hot and classic brown spice. Nice hints of lemon and lime like finish to match. Palate comes into more lighter body with not a good chewy wheat depth but still pretty solid.

This really surprised me, for such an assuming small bottle, and it's packaging. A nice little hefe that comes off with some real surprising character. (1,188 characters)

Photo of StevensBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours really nice and has a wonderful finger or two of whipped cream head.
The faint smell of banana is just enough to make your mouth start to water, and when you take the first sip, you'll know why this is THE go to Hefeweizen! The mouthfeel is refreshingly smooth and clean. Overall this beer is one of the best wheats out there. (341 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Light pure white head, sizzles down to an even surface swiftly, the lacing is somewhat chunky which makes its presence better known as it does not cling much. The liquid is a hazy yellow gold color, not many big bubbles but they are large, overall looks the part. Banana, bubblegum, cherries and strawberries in the nose alongside hay and wheat, slight metallic undertones, spicy but the white citrus a touch mute, it has a thick texture and really fills your nostrils. Full-bodied and on the heavy side in the mouth too, sweet enough to enhance its clinginess. Clove, yeast and quinine tease out more white grapefruit but also likely diminish the apricot, cherry fruit. The banana and bubblegum tamer as well, the bitterness of the metallic earth and matted grass matter take ground. Carbonation is so-so, not sufficient to break up its solidity. Expectations were for a more refreshing experience. Seems muddled about what it truly wants to express. Yet, drinkable in its own right. (984 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: surprisingly low head on the pour. Light orange color with a cloudy body. Active carbonation is a touch light for the style.

Smell: crisp apples and grapes on the front. Very traditional wheat body makes up the middle. Citrus and mild hop body is pleasant. Creamy grains continue into the finish.

Taste: hop profile of mangos and oranges on the front. More medium bodied fruits and potent wheat warm up on the body. Lingering citrus notes are a highlight. Grainy finish really pulls the whole brew through.

Mouthfeel: full grains and rich wheat. Some lingering hop tones add complexity.

Overall: a classic hefe. Anyone looking to try a wheat beer could certainly start here. (694 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy pale amber/straw with a bouyant, persistent fluffy eggshell head; a few lines of lacing
S: tangy, zesty citrus, wheat, and yeast; mild clove
T: bready, orange, mild spice/clove
M: a little watery, slightly oily yet dry
O: An excellent if not superlative hefeweizen. No off notes, a pleasant aroma and taste, and a beautiful initial pour.

500mL / Weizen Glass (369 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a 1/2 liter dimpled mug at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas, NV.

Appearance - Big hefeweizen head that disappeared pretty quickly. Extreme clarity.

Smell - Slight sour smell. Bananas.

Taste - Slight sour taste. Bananas. Slightly sweet. Slightly acidic.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. A little oily.

Overall - A fine beer but lacking in any real personality. I repeatedly used the word "slight" in my review because the characteristics of this beer are so subdued. Maybe this is desirable if you plan on throwing back 5 or 10 of these bad boys (as I'm told the Germans are wont to do). I'm sorry to say that this is a beer that is less than the sum of its parts. (680 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Poured perfectly into the towering Hofbrau glass. It's cloudy, yet bright yellow in color. Head is a dense concentration of tight, white foam. Leaves noticeable amounts of lacing.

S-Quite soft in the aroma. Soft banana notes with minimal spice. Some sweetened wheat notes are present as well. A hint of bubblegum.

T-The flavor is also quite tame. It almost seems watered down during some sips. Subtle flavors of banana and banana flavored yogurt are present. The clove and bubblegum are more noticeable in the flavor. Finishes with a mostly sweet wheaty maltiness.

M-Light bodied with large, soft bubbles. A bit watery. Very easy to put away. Flavors do not linger.

O/D-An easy drinking Hefeweizen that I would probably not order again. It failed to pique my interest during any point of consumption. (806 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hofbräu München Hofbräu Hefe Weizen
,33l green glass bottle, dated "L 268 M 11:01"

Appearance: Hazy, not cloudy yellow-gold body beneath a head of bright white foam. Lacing and retention are just about average for a Bavarian Weizen.

Smell: Wheaty malt, yeasty phenolics of bubblegum/clove and mild banana, fruit... some of which is citrus.

Taste: As the aroma suggests. The malt is delicately sweet, and threaded through with a nice balance of yeasty phenolics. More banana appears but it's still not strong, and the other fruits found in the nose are stronger as well (apple, blackberry, some orange... there's a bit of pith as well as tart juice). There's a bit of plastic, or "Band-Aid" as well, and that helps to balance it as it's only moderately bitter. Upfront you find the malt, infused with phenols and fruit, followed by a more sugary-sweetness as it warms across the middle, and then finally, there's residual plastic, a pinch of pepper, dull clove, muted green banana, and a hint of yeasty chalkiness and citrus pith in the surprisingly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-light, and the carbonation level is elevated and bristling with very-fine bubbles. As it warms it foams in the mouth giving the illusion that it's fuller bodied than it is, and becoming slightly creamy.

Overall: It's kind of hard to fault except for the head retention and lacing. I think it sits halfway between the more phenolic and dry character of Weihenstephaner and one of the more sweet-banana versions. In that sense, it seems as if it would suit anyone who enjoys the style. I personally find the delicate spice and pepper quite nice, and really refreshing. On a hot summer day in the sun I'd most likely choose this over the more formidable maltly sweetness of a Franziskaner. A distinct, overlooked gem that's at least worth trying. (1,853 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and well. Well and nice. Raul is diggin' into this thang like King Kong on a banana. Clean like Candice Swanopoel after using a bar of Dove and smooth like Raul on a night on the town. Flavor is crisp and flavorful like Kate Upton eating breakfast.

Pretty pretty pretty good. (281 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw yellow in color with a big one and a half finger fluffy head that has good retention.

Smell has some great traditional hefe aromas. Lots of banana and clove along with more subtle spices. very traditional in a good way.

Taste is great. More clove and spices forward along with some subtle banana like yeast esters. Some very slight sulfur hints which are expected from An imported green bottle beer. Malt is light straw like and grainy.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp refreshing and high in carbonation leaves this light bodied and very drinkable. (562 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light gold with a nice head. Smell is interesting. It's light to the nose with wheat and fruit. I'm a big fan of hefeweizens and this one was one of the best I've ever had. The taste is so unique for a wheat beer. Great balance. Very creamy and sweet with hints of vanilla. The booziness is perfectly masked. I love it. I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. (374 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, citrus, hint of coriander, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, feel, aroma, body, and blend. Nothing extraordinary, but a very solid Hefeweizen. (451 characters)

Photo of Shadman
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

sampled this at Medicine Hat's 5th annual Beerfest...was impressed so I purchase the full meal deal.

All things Hefe in appearance..cloudy, apricot colour, Lot's of fine carbonation bubbles. So-so bone-white head

typical banana/bubblegum aroma with some nice grainy wheat malt. Balance, balance, did I mention balance. Nothing dominates nor is left in the shadows here. Well built Bavarian Hefe to say the least

smooth. creamy mouthfeel. Only downside is it seems to go flat rather quickly

Extremely solid Hefe...the only downer is the %4.50/cdn per 500ml lbottle price tag...one of the best these Hefe head had sampled none-the-less (637 characters)

Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have to admit this is only the second Hefe Weizen I have had so bare with me. Of course I poured this beer the correct way with the bottle upside down and swirling 1/3 of the bottle to get any yeast of the bottom.

Appearance- This beer is a creamy orange nectarine color that you can not see through. The head is about three fingers after the initial pour but goes down quickly. You can witness the cloudiness of the beer once held up to a light and can really appreciate the amount of yeastiness present just from the sight.

Smell- The smell is very unique. It has a strong apricot smell to it. With a swirl of the glass a strong artificial banana smell comes out. I do smell somewhat of a fake tanginess to the beer but the yeast smell is quite present and and apparent.

Taste- Wow the number one thing I taste right from the get go is a fruity pungent taste. I taste a lot of apricot, however the banana I smelt I cannot really taste. With the second taste and a little bit more concentrated sense, I can taste much of the yeast in the beer and it is quite good actually.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is pretty decent. It has somewhat of a watery consistency, however it has a certain bit of body that can be detected. It is definitely filling but much more watery than I presumed .

Overall, this beer is quite good. I would say that it is a beginners German beer. I would recommend it to any American who has not dived deep within the German Hefe Weizen scene yet. This is only my third review ever let me know how I did! CHEERS! (1,537 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yes, I know it has a green bottle, and I know that it has what they call "skunkiness", but it works. It does. Heineken has a green bottle and the skunkiness but it doesn't work. There's a difference. OK?

This is a good hefeweizen. The typical flavors are there (wheat, coriander, spice, yeast), but there are hops along for the ride as well. Most notable are lemon scents and flavors. A bit on the thin side, even for a hefeweizen, but it finishes clean.

This isn't a perfect hefeweizen by any means, and in fact I think it's overrated. But everything seems to work pretty well, and it's a tasty albeit unremarkable example of the style. (640 characters)

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