Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen - Hofbräuhaus München
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4.15/5 rDev +7%
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.
01-20-2014 16:03:51 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
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!
03-02-2013 18:40:06 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-12-2010 04:39:20 | More by Mora2000
3.91/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-20-2013 12:37:05 | More by Tone
3.44/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-17-2014 16:07:59 | More by VelvetExtract
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
06-02-2013 22:03:44 | More by andrenaline
Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.