Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-26-2003

Limited availability in the US.
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Reviews by Stonebreaker:
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CStang67
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AROMA: Smells like a Hefe, but different. Sweet banana almost over ripe. Hints of orange and other citrus. Some floral hops in the back ground. A lot of farm yard yeasty esters, hay?. Lots of ripe fruit. APPEARANCE: Beautiful deep amber color, somewhere between a Hefe and a Dunkle. White head that faded quicker than I expected. TASTE: This is like a complex Hefe. All the notes you would expect from a Hefe are there bu there is a depth to them. Bready, wheat character. Rich flavor, almost dough like, but with banana/citrus sweetness. Then the clove spiciness hits you hard in the nose at the finish. Really good. PALATE: Warming rich medium-full mouth feel. Creamy spite the heaver carbonation. Finish is long. OVERALL: I am a huge German wheat beer fan and this is one that I can get behind. It like the best of both worlds between a Hefe and a Dunkle. I don’t know if a Sternwessie is actually a beer style or one just came up with to describe this version of a Hefe but it is damn good.

Photo of steveh
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hey! This Summer Limited Edition from H-P showed up... just in time for me to wonder if we'll see the Autumn Limited Edition offering.

Flip-top brown .5 liter bottle with ABV and dating very clear; 5.5 and best by 10/14.

A -- Hazy, deep amber with apricot tones and a tall, dense, billowy, light tan head.

S -- Sweet malt in first, fruity esters following up with some pepper and clove spiciness from proprietary yeasts.

T -- Rich, bready malts up front that blend into wheat malt then into the banana and clove character so identified with a good Bavarian Weizen. The finish is more bready malts -- sweet with melanoidin touches, and a lingering aftertaste of clove spiciness.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium to almost heavy body.

O -- This is not H-P's usual Hefeweizen; it's more of a crosstown cousin to Schneider's Original Weizen (Tap 7) and a very good counterpart at that. I'm not sure this would be as refreshing as the lighter bodied Weizen beers in summer, but this is a great example of the range Weizens can be brewed.

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a weizen glass a murky amber/brown with a fluffy white head atop.Aromas are fruity with some yeast,fruity but not "standard" weizen aromas.The palate starts out with some phenols then a deep fruitiness that I don't get from may of the style,some vanilla-like cookie dough in the finish makes for a complex flavor profile.A dunkel weisse?Iam not sure but alot going on for a small weizen beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Yeast, Bread, Grass, Clove

A different take on the contemporary version of the Hefeweizen, they brewery focuses on a generous amount of specialty malts. The clove, banana taffy and dry breadiness are all present with a wrapping of subtle caramel. A great switch from the norm.

STYLE: Hefeweizen | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy dark amber to tea, 2” lightly tan tinted foam cap that persists and hugs the side of the glass.
S: Fruit and nuts with traces of banana.
T: A big nutty palate with hints of light brown cake and banana.
F: Very creamy, soft texture with medium body and above average carbonation.
O: A Hefeweizen with more nut flavors than they typical banana clove palate.

Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of harkjohnny
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of shbobdb
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of peabody
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is so cool to pour a bottle of beer into the correct glass. My H-P Weisse glass held the pour perfectly and the suds went to the very top but did not spill over. 4 fingers worth and they dissapate pretty quickly. Not much lacing here. The liquid is a bit murky and darker than expected like a couldy weak ice tea.
Smell is banana bread and clove and a nose burning yeast. Great smell on this one.
Taste is sweet at first then dirty then sweet again with a slight bitterness. I am getting banana and clove and a bitter dirty sock.
Aftertaste is mostly bitter but with a very light hint of sugar left over.
The Mouthfeel is very clean and refreshing and makes for this beer to be a real session brew if one could find it fresh. My bottle had 3/08 on it too. Hmmm my beer dude just got these into his store too.
Oh well, a pretty good weisse.

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of bananas.
T: The taste follows the smell, but both the flavors of wheat and bananas are somewhat stronger. Notes of yeast are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an interesting hefeweizen as it had more of a chewier mouthfeel than your are normally accustomed to and also had some yeast flavors. It seemed kind of like a hybrid between a hefe and a Keller/zwickelbier.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a hazey dark straw colour thathas a very foamy head that dies quickly.

S - Heavy clove aromas from the bottle. Turns to an intense custard aroma.

T - Flavours of banana and heavy clove finish dominate with a little lemon zest

M - Medium body and low carbonation

D - A good example of the style.

Photo of Treborofmoria
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first beer from Hacker that I did not care for. I felt it was undercarbonated and a little weak. The pleasant bubblegum, banana notes were missing and I felt the color was a little too dark. The wheat is there but the overall package was lacking.

Photo of Lupe
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light copper with a big fluffy head. Nice retention and some lacing left behing.

Fruity aroma loaded with banana, wheat bread, clove, and a touch of lemon. Strong hefe aroma - just what you would expect.

Flavor is much milder than the aroma. Starts with a solid spiciness before the banana steps in. Less fruity than the aroma but more bready. Well balanced mix of wheat flavors and banana/clove yeastiness. Finishes crisp with toasted grain.

Light-medium in body, smooth and soft on the tongue. Great drinkability - the subdued character makes it easier to drink, but less interesting. A good beer overall, crisp, refreshing, and sessionable.

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Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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