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Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Limited availability in the US.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-26-2003)
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Reviews by PerroGrande:
Photo of PerroGrande


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

I picked up a bottle of this beer (dated 03/08) at Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours to a hazy brown cider-like color with substantial foam. The foam, however, fades very quickly. Perhaps my glass is sub-optimal for this style of beer, but other hefe's have gotten on with it quite well.

Smell: I picked up that classic hint of banana from this Hefe, along with some yeast overtones in the aroma. After allowing the beer to breathe a bit, some cinnamon or possibly cloves seemed to be lurking in the background.

Taste: I confess to being a tad bit disappointed with this beer. It certainly isn't bad by any sense of the imagination, so please don't interpret my 3.5 score as a slam. Far from it. I just expected a bit more based on some of Hacker-Pschorr's other offerings. The beer opens with some spicy hints and some slightly yeasty hints. The finish, which I found to be the most disappointing part, merely faded away. There was very little lingering taste that I could lock on to as a characteristic of this brew.

Mouthfeel: In spite of the foam dying rather quickly, this beer maintained some carbonation that detracted from an already lackluster finish. In fact, I found myself more annoyed with the "aftercarbonation" than with the lack of a distinctive finish.

Drinkability: Distinctly average. I had no trouble finishing a pint of this stuff, but I'm not in a big hurry to get another.

Disclaimer: In fairness, this beer may have been sitting on the shelf a bit too long. I'll put it on my list of things to try again, and if I can find a fresher batch, I'll rework my review.

08-18-2009 22:07:12 | More by PerroGrande
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48


4/5  rDev +5.5%

500 ml swingtop pours a dirty, orange/gold body with a tall, creamy, offwhite head. Generous creamy lacing sticks to the Kapuziner weiss glass.

Aroma of banana, light clove, bready wheat, and faint lemon.

Medium body has a creamy character and average carbonation.

Taste opens with a prominent coriander and clove spiciness. Banana and orange notes quickly follow. Bready and yeasty, with wheat hints and a note of cinnamon as it warms.

A good hefe!

09-01-2008 10:50:40 | More by merlin48
Photo of andrewdanks


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-27-2014 18:03:28 | More by andrewdanks
Photo of Stonebreaker


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

Bottled 03/08 drank 01/09

Appearance: A delicious cloudy orange, these guys are good.

Smell: Mild sweet wheat malt, faint esters. Pleasant.

Taste: Though I would think that this beer should be drank as fresh as possible, it still retains a hell of alot of flavor, not a sipping brew at 5.5 but very tasty, I prefer mine with yeast it gives it that doughy richness, a faint lemon zest is there, but it is slightly more balanced, probably from the yeast alone, than their flagship brew.
Drinkability: This beer is about as drinkable as they come, in the finish there is a touch of residual sweetness and sour zest that keeps me from giving it a five, but overall a stellar creation.

01-09-2009 23:30:01 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of innominat


4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-10-2012 19:32:45 | More by innominat
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Slightly stronger, richer weissbier. Lots of banana and cloves in the aroma. Sweet mouthfeel, tart, wheaty, soft and round. The banana and cloves also came through on the palate, mouthfeel is a bit fruit nectary, quite refreshing, and pretty bloody tasty in the end, i liked it very much.

09-26-2003 02:10:21 | More by rastaman
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

(Served in a Weizen glass)
produced on 03/08
A- This beer has a slightly hazy dark orange hue to the body with a slow carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface. There a thick rocky off-white head forms and last for much of the beer.

S- This beer has a light caramel toasted wheat note with a soft pine finish.

T- The flavor of canned peaches in water comes through with a yeasty note to follow. There is a soft wheat and clove note in there and a club soda finish with a hint of pine hops.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with is supported by that big head and a fizzy note in the finish.

D- This beer is not terrible exciting and the flavors/smells are pretty muted. However I liked what I tasted just wanted more. I just got tired of drinking it about half way through.

10-17-2008 20:03:54 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of intoxabroad


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-08-2012 17:28:19 | More by intoxabroad
Photo of harkjohnny


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours medium amber color with a big tight fluffy head. Very effervescent.

Aroma is citrus with yeast phenols. I didn't have enough room in my weizen glass for the entire bottle so most of the yeast hasn't been decanted as of yet.

Flavor is soft wheat with a smooth banana and light citrus character. Carbonation feels surprisingly low based on the looks of the beer while in the mouth but at swallow leaves a really nice little burning sensation on the back of the tongue. Barely any hop bitterness to speak of... just balancing.

Mouthfeel leans to watery but also coats and leaves a slight sweet base all over. Light dryness.

---For the second part of the pour I roused quite a bit of yeast sediment which makes for a much darker appearance. Quite cloudy as expected and as a result aroma and flavor both improve with this. All is just a bit more pronounced. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker too. ---

Overall a nice weisse beer that's not over the top. Will remember this one for warmer days of summer. Well enjoyed on this late fall evening nonetheless!

11-13-2008 02:02:50 | More by harkjohnny
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

A very decent beer,drinkable, though nothing too memorable.A light bitterness other than a big wheatiness. The carbonation and wheat is on the tongue and works with supper. The wheat aroma is there. Not too heady. Cloves stay on the aftertaste.Fairly fresh from Cleveland.

12-28-2008 00:59:56 | More by Sammy
Photo of secondtooth


4.14/5  rDev +9.2%

The second of four small-batch releases from this legendary German brewery, Hacker-Pschorr's Sternweisse is a dark wheat beer/hefeweizen that pours a cloudy, murky amber in my Hacker-Pschorr hefe glassware. I get a rich, frothy head of off-white carbonation and some minor lacing.

The aroma here is strong on the spices. I get wheat, caramel, coriander and some traces of clove. Very promising start, indeed!

The taste is sweet but well-balanced. It's a malt-based beer, of course, but the touch of spice adds some depth. I get some dark fruit underneath it all, too, before it finishes with a citrusy lemon spice hint.

This is an exquisite, complex, and very very drinkable brew, light enough for Summer (or anytime) enjoyment.

07-06-2014 16:14:29 | More by secondtooth
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse
500ml swing-top brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 10/14 L03041L"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Cloudy light russet brown body. Average off-white head.
Aroma: Nutty, sweet wheat malt. Background phenolics with mild clove and banana.
Flavor: Caramelish & nutty malt is accentuated by a gentle spiciness and soft phenolics with a hint of banana, vanilla-ish sugar, and sweet clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent carbonation.
Overall: A slightly different weizen, but not a head-turner. Still, pleasant and very drinkable.

08-20-2014 00:44:30 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jmccraney


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-24-2012 05:11:26 | More by jmccraney
Photo of HalfFull


3.6/5  rDev -5%

Served into a weizen glass from a 500 ml. flip top bottle. Sternweisse pours dark and murky for a hefeweizen, along the lines of a Schneider Weisse. An inch or so of light tan foam offers relatively short retention but is more typical as for lacing.

Quite spicy on the nose with cinnamon, pepper and clove most notable, a bit of wheat in the background and very little banana notes until a final yeast/foam addition. The winter spices seems added vs. a byproduct of the yeast to a degree. Some light caramel blankets the yeast subtleties initially, though the nose dose open up with some warming.

Taste follows with caramel and wheat dueling it out. Finishes with muddled cinnamon and clove which linger nicely. Feel is a bit light for the style as the richer malt structure smooths out what would otherwise be the typical bready wheat texture. Quite drinkable and seems like a 'Winter Weizen' to me though this sample was over a year old and may have suffered a bit along the way, as Hefe's surely don't age well and I assume this beer is much better fresh.

11-26-2009 04:22:59 | More by HalfFull
Photo of bashiba


3.98/5  rDev +5%

Poured a cloudy and dull amber with a fluffy off white head.

Has a very sweet banana smell with a touch of wheat.

Has a nice mild flavor with light hints of banana, orange peel, and yeast with a nice clean wheat backbone. Just a smidge of citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with lots of carbonation.

A very solid and easy to drink Hefe. Very solid Summer beer.

08-17-2008 22:05:03 | More by bashiba
Photo of shbobdb


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

I used to drink this beer with a buddy of mine. His family had loyalties to the Hacker-Pschorr brewery and he'd always bring me back some.

So when I saw this for sale, I made a point of buying it. My girlfriend's response (always a good barometer) was, "It is quite plain." I'd have to agree. It isn't that there is anything wrong with it, it is just the absence of something right -- and in the market of German hefe-weizens, if you don't set yourself apart, what is the point?

The ester profile is heavily dominated by banana with a hefty dose of pear added to it. The malt profile is thick and rich, almost too much so for a hefe, but they manage to make it work. The initial ester onslaught fades into a nice thick slice of bread, with a nice honey, mango, and grape finish and a long, lingering banana aftertaste.

All very well done, don't get me wrong. But it doesn't really stand out. I will say the extra 0.5% alcohol is readily noticable, giving the beer a slick mouthfeel and, well, the alcohol is noticable in the taste. That simply should not be. If I am drinking a beer under 8% alcohol and I taste alcohol, there is something wrong IMHO.

Good, but not great. It combines the one-dimensionality of Franzi with the unsessionability of Ayinger.

08-19-2008 02:03:04 | More by shbobdb
Photo of morimech


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a tawny brown color with a large white head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is a bit subdued for a hefe. Just faint banana and clove aroma. The taste is exactly like a regular hefe. This is suppose to be a richer version of their hefe but I will need to do a side by side to determine if that is true. It is just a touch drier in the finish which I enjoy. Light and effervesent body. Perfect for summer drinking. A very solid hefe. Maybe just second tier to the top hefes.

04-30-2009 22:14:15 | More by morimech
Photo of jdkitchi


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-19-2014 00:51:48 | More by jdkitchi
Photo of TrojanRB


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-19-2014 02:04:05 | More by TrojanRB
Photo of tourdot


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-17-2014 01:17:41 | More by tourdot
Photo of emerge077


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Looks like this one has found it's way into the US...

From a half-liter swingtop bottle into a Hacker-Pschorr Weizen glass "Bräurosl Weisse"

Color is reddish orange, and becomes a tawny brown with the yeast dumped in. Creamy foam, no lace, all in all ok.

Musty wheat aroma, fairly dull and not sweet like the original Hacker-Pschorr Hefe-Weisse.

Taste is similar, in a sort of formulaic weissbier vein. Wheat, grain, mild clove on the end. Full bodied, it is a traditional weisse. Sort of utilitarian, and ultimately not that exciting.

07-21-2008 00:04:44 | More by emerge077
Photo of bluejacket74


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

500 ml flip-top bottle, bottled on March 2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy copper color with almost an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. Aroma is banana, yeast, wheat, cloves and some lemon. It tastes similar to the aroma, there's also a bready and peppery taste in there too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, probably closer to medium. It's also smooth, a bit creamy and has average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, this is very easy to drink and quite sessionable. I think this is a decent hefe overall. Not great, but not bad either. It's definitely worth a try.

09-20-2008 23:35:10 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of jaydoc


4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-24-2013 17:08:52 | More by jaydoc
Photo of enelson


3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

08-24-2014 01:19:25 | More by enelson
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Found this bier at my local grocery store...shocked to see it, but pleased.

A: 16-oz flip top bottle. Pours a nice hazy-copper color with a decent head that disappears after 3-4 minutes. No lacing. Constant carbonation happening, just like any hefe.
S: a little fruity, more malty, very inviting. Almost a burned fruit smell...
T: A good mix of a regular HP Hefe and the dunkel. Crisp, a good hefe taste, and easy going down.
M: Nothing to worry about here. Good taste and mouthfeel. Robust, no after taste.
D: A bier I will definitely drink again and again and again. Does this come in 1/2 barrels?

Overall, a good bier. Not at the level of the regular HP hefe or fest biers, but still a good one. I recommend this one without reservation.

Ein Prosit!

09-06-2008 02:51:31 | More by nocheinsbitte
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Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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