Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 10
Gots: 84 | 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 Blargimus
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottling date of "L 017 L" which I am guessing is January 17th?

Pours a hazy amber/straw. A little on the dark side. Not much head. Looks a lot like unfiltered cider. Not a good start.

Distinct smell of skunk upon pouring - damn you, green bottles! It fades quickly, though. It's definitely still there, but there are notes of yeast and wheat as well.

The taste is much better that I was expecting by this point. Light, crisp, just a hint of skunkiness. Very slight metallic aftertaste, but overall not bad.

Ideal carbonation level and thickness.

It is German, and it is a hefeweizen, but it belongs nowhere near the top tier.

Photo of thejoshgray
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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!

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

On tap at the Tap Room in the Coddingtown Whole Foods in Santa Rosa.

A: What you would expect from a hefeweizen. Cloudy with little head or lacing.

S: Some nice spices. Again pretty typical. Cloves, yeast, wheat. The usuall suspects.

T: Sweeter than I expected. You get the clove and the banana as you would expect, but I also got a slight bubble gum flavor that I have only ever gotten from one other hefeweizen(Gordon Biersch). Ok flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nothing special, but not bad.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. I am happy I ordered it, but am not interested in getting it again.

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

Slightly murky, it pours with a nice rich golden color. Bright aromas of orange and citrus, the beer is very light and quite refreshing. Though the immediate flavors are fairly mild, it is only in the finish that the flavors really come through: a little sweet with a "creamy" or "smooth" aftertaste. There is a perceptible (albeit surprisingly faint) wheat flavor.

An understated beer that is refreshing for a summer day or to accompany a meal.

Notes: My bottle stated 5.1% ABV. Review made from notes.

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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 !!

Photo of gr0g
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical hefeweizen hazy, straw-colored appearance. Mediocre head retention and lacing characteristics. Nice clove and banana notes on the aroma. A slight plasticky smell takes the aroma down a notch.

Refreshing and fruity on the palate, the flavor profile is par for the style. Light, wheaty malt base. Kind of lifeless on the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and pleasant, if a bit undercarbonated.

A solid, if uninspiring hefeweizen. There are plenty of better ones available in my NJ market, so I can't see myself picking this up again.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks the typical decoction mash pearlescent, hazy, olive-yellow. The head was white, fine textured, and moderately lacy.

S- This beer's smells were less than inviting. A strong skunkiness upon pouring did not blow off completely, but persisted to a moderate degree until the end. Just as bad was that the remaining aromatic profile was a very strong floral bar soap smell, exactly like the soaps shaped like a little seashell or flower that you would find in a old lady's powder room.

T- Tastes of sweet fruity malt up front, with a grainy, corny mid palate, and a grassy, hoppy bitter-sweet finish. The flavors were acceptable, in spite of the odd smells.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a nice swirl to kick up the yeast this beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that soon settles down into the glass.

Clove and banana great the nose, as well as some hay and wheat smells. Very subtle balance with nothing leaping out to the for front.

Beer is very refreshing, bread, yeast, wheatie tasting, not to sweet and not to dry. Very clean and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, very smooth and creamy and coats the inside of the mouth well.

Overall this is a very refreshing wheat beer. It is a good representation of the style.

Photo of DeFaz
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of p-goose
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been to the Hofbrauhaus in Germany. It's awesome. I wish we had some places like this in the U.S. As for the Hofbrau Hefe Weizen, the first thing I noticed was it came in the dreaded green bottle. I know that shouldn't be a factor in making an honest assessment of a beer, but it definately doesn't give you a good first impression.

A- Not a thick, rich head but one than filled quickly and dissipated almost as fast.

S- Cloves, some banana. Definately that classic German Weiss beer aroma.

T- a little bready, not over the top- decent.

M- creamy good; made me pucker-up.

O- A good, German Weiss beer. I wouldn't say it was nearly as good as some of the others I've had, but it's better then most American born weiss beers.

Photo of keithmurray
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of T100Mark
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the green bottles don't do this any favors. a few of my sixer were skunked out a little bit, but this is a quality brew when handled correctly. the pour is a familiar cloudy pale yellow with a faint orangey hue and a bold white foamy head, thick with nice retention. the nose is clove and banana from the yeast, again, true to style. there is some more hops in the flavor of this than in some other german versions, which makes it a little snappy in the finish. I like that feature a lot, as no sugar really is detectable. I also like that the abv of this beer isn't 4.something, which I often find to be a negative feature of some of the german imports. easy drinking and chock full of flavor. there is a creamy texture to this, and its fuller bodied for the style. overall I think I probably like the paulaner version better, but this is a quality brew by any measure. just be careful of the green bottles that have spent too much time under florescents!

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale golden straw with a white 3 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace stretches the surface and sticks well.

Smell - Bready yeast and banana. A bit of wheat. Not much in the way of clove by comparison to some other hefes. Vaguely remindful of banana bread.

Taste - Wheat and banana primarily. A bit of yeast follows through. Tastes slightly watery at times.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is decent; could use more bite.

Overall - A good hefe, but not great. Fairly tame by comparison to some of the better hefeweizens.

Photo of gskitt
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy yellow, huge fluffy white head. Smell was unimpressive, but did have some yeasty, floral qualities. Certainly not memorable. Taste was of orange spice and wheat, definitely citrus. Mouthfeel was my least favorite aspect of this brew, a little grainy. As for drinkability, yup, this could be drunk in quantity.

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

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a different beer than the previous hefeweizens from this brewery. This version has an ABV of 5.4 and I believe it is a new release.

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is basic hefeweizen with lots of bananas and cloves. The flavor is bananas, cloves and wheat. Pretty basic and as expected, but very well executed. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky golden colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Wheat grass, hints of citrus, cloves and a light grassy finish.

T - Much like the nose, cloves, citrus and bready wheat with grassy hops and buttered bread lingering alongside some bitter citrus rind.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Top notch hefe with a solid flavour profile that is sure to please. This beer screams patio pints!

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