Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen | Binding-Brauerei AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
475
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
21.17%
 
 
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30
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Photo of matjack85
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on my last trip to the Bavaria Hof Restaurant in Schaumburg, IL $5.50 for a 330 ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

This is a beautiful looking beer. Not as cloudy as most hefeweizens, this one produced a slightly hazed deep golden color with 3 full fingers of fluffy white head on top. Retention was forever. I finally gave up waiting for the head to go down and just dove in for my first sip, coming up with white foam on my nose. The lacing was good as well.

Not as much banana/clove aroma as I expected from a hefeweizen, but lots of wheat and lemon instead.

Wheat and bready malt backbone with only a hint of banana/clove flavor. The lemon/citrus that was detected in the nose is also very prominent in the taste. Low bitterness and well hidden alcohol. With all the lemon it was a bit on the tart side, but I didn't mind that at all.

Smooth, light body with medium carbonation.

While not the typical classical hefeweizen, I loved it and will seek it out in 6-packs in area liquor stores, which should have it at much lower cost than restaurant prices.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with an impressively characteristic German head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Banana bread, clove and coriander tones

Taste: Banana bread, clove and coriander, right up front, with a touch of vanilla building; grainy, wheat tones add a bit of a tart character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; somewhat creamy but rather flabby for the style

Overall: Nice flavors but not in the top echelon with the more famous German hefes; the mouthfeel just isn't there, either

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wiezen glass. Pours a hazy medium golden amber. Nice two finger coarse head with moderate retention, leaving nice lacing. Aroma of wheat, banana, light fruit and clove. Taste is citric wheat with light malt and wheat. Finish is rather dry with light citrus and a light hops and clove bite. Somewhat subdued flavors with wheat dominating; dryer and less fruit flavors than other hefeweizens. Nicely carbonated, contributing to a medium, above average body for a hefeweizen. An interesting different take on the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a two finger high white head that slowly died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are aromas of bananas and bubble gum in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of banana, bubble gum and wheat along with some hints of clove.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, rather smooth and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching and is quite refreshing. This would definitely be a good beer to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Quej
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Peachy orange in colour, hazy and quite effervescent.
S - Quite fruity with tastes of bananas and oranges coming from the yeastines.
T - Yeasty at first, then rather sweet. Tastes of orange and citrus and largely banana. A quick finish, quite a nice Weizen, but a little sweet.
M - Medium body, a bit heavy for a Weizen. Lots of carbonation.
D - Quite good, very refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of djura
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting orange 0,5 l bottle.

A - Creamy tick huge white foam. Outstanding orange color. No bubbles.
S - Excellent fresh citrus fruits,orange peel.
T/M - Highly drinkable. More carbonation then expected. A bit acid at the first. Creamy and tick in the mouth. Low bitterness. Fresh and refreshing.

O - Really good beer. Not only for the style,but overall.

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Photo of TommyW
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy gold body with a huge, fluffy white head that fades to a lasting film.

S- Wheat and banana dominate the nose with some subtle yeasty notes as well.

T- Some wheaty and malt flavors start it off, and a little bit of spice comes in. A mineral and yeasty base kinda dominate though. Semi-sweet overall. The banana is very sublte. Not a lot going on overall, a little on the bland side.

M- Medium body with a creamy, smooth feel. Good carbonation level.

D- Not overly sweet, leaves no lingering taste and goes down so well.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice light gold and yellow color, with a large head that lasted well. A thick lace looks good too.

The taste has a light grain feel, along with hints of banana. The smell is highlights the etsers. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at EuroMarket in Astoria for $2. It poured a murky amber with a short white head. Mmm, there's a nice juicy aroma and flavor with a mix of banana and orange peel. There's a mild spice and smooth bready undertone. The clove is mild and pleasant, but the flavors seems to drop out toward the finish. You might say it's too clean for a hefe, but I like it. The banana notes ar especially tasty without going over the top or dominating the beer. Give this a try.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy gold with a thick creamy head that laces a bit on the way down the glass.
lots of bread, creamy citrus, soft banana, some clove and a little tiny bit of a licorice make up the aroma.
a slightly tart under ripe banana and grainy wheat dominate the taste for the most part, followed by bread, citrus, and then clove towards the back to accompany the bitterness. fairly balanced and not overly sweet, if not a little muted.
fuller medium body, with active carbonation that seems to fizz itself out and flatten quickly. not flat by any means, there is just a bigger contrast than usual in my opinion.
good drinkability, for a solid and pretty tasty middle of the road hefe.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

oddly for a beer which is so impressively cloudy the taste itself is quite tart and sharp. A long lasting white head lurks on top of a beer that hides whatever is on the other side of the glass. Refreshing wheat flavour with little to no lingering bitterness and a tingle to the tongue as it goes down.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is sort of a different, more smooth, less "pungently yeasty" take on a Hefeweizen which, in my opinion, is a nice take on a Hefeweizen. Poured glowing orange with a nice high head with little retention after about a minute. Smooth wheaty taste with a slippery mouthfeel. Very very very drinkable.

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Photo of Macca
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a big head from my over vigorous pours. Eventually settles down to a half finger which lingers. It's cloudy and dark golden.

The nose - there are some bananas in there trying to get out but it seems a bit dumb for a hefe.

The bananas come through a lot more on the palate.

Medium to high carbo rounds it out in the mouth.

Plenty of length and a good zingy bitterness.

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Photo of petitearvine
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5 liter ad hoc hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - light orange, cloudy, two fingers of head, nice carbonation helps with the retention (half a finger nearly all the way down)

Smell - Light citrus and orange, with a hint of grass. All in all, not much of a smell; in my opinion, the weak spot of this beer.

Taste - banana and orange, touch of nutmeg, light bitter aftertaste. Alcohol a tad too present, but still very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - rather creamy but not thick

Drinkability - enjoyable and drinkable, you can easily have a couple of these although the alcohol feels a bit too present for only 5% abv. All in all a good enjoyable hefeweizen.

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

500ml bottle, best before December 2012.

This beer pours a misty, yet bright, medium golden amber, with three fingers of slick, shiny white whipped egg yolk head, which settles at an agreeable canter, leaving some ambitious geologic arches of lace around a portion of the glass.

It smells of grainy wheat malt, banana muffin, mild lemon oil, earthy clove, and subtle musty hops. The taste is fruity wheat, further mild banana esters, a bit of yeast, pleasantly muddled spice - I get more clove and some pepper, mostly, with a soft earthy dryness rounding things out.

The carbonation is a tad zesty at first, but drifts into a more somniferous state soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, no more, no less, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, yes, but between the edgy, spicy wheat, and the latent ambiguous hops, it's not by much.

An enjoyable, fruity, well-balanced hefeweizen, which really has no problem showcasing what the wheat can do for you.

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Photo of juju7
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks the part with a bright, golden orange body and a creamy, ample 2 finger head. Nose reveals the typical banana notes mixed with some clove and spice. A bit of huskiness there too. The flavour is true to style but a touch lacking. A little watery at the back. Doesn't have the same creamy smoothness you find with some other top German hefs. Good, not great.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Schofferhofer hefeweizen

Served on tap in Berlin while resting for a shopping stop. Served at a nice cool temperature into a shofferhoffer hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- nice hazy golden orange color with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head, that dissipated surprisingly quickly. Still glorious in its appearance.

Smell- the usual banana and clove aromas, although more subdued than in other hefeweizens.

Taste - nice full blend of banana and clove with hints of orange although more subdued than others in the style.

Mouthfeel - full and creamy, well carbonated but not to an extreme point and clean satisfying finish, that is not dry.

Overall - a fine representative of the style, very enjoyable, although maybe a half echelon below the likes of hacker pschorr and Schneider Weisse and a full tier below weihenstephaner and ayinger's hefes.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darkish cloudy orange, that reminded me of peach juice. Large off-white head with great retention.

Smell: Banana is evident from a few feet away. Pineapple, peach, citrus, biscuity malt.

Taste: Very fruity - pineapple, peach, banana gives a creamy taste to a subdued bready malt... like drinking beer bread

Feel: Somewhat flat tasting... not crisp like I expect hefes.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow-orange, cloudy to the point of opaque but with some visible carbonation; has the usual billowy, long-lasting head of dense white foam which settles to a healthy cap and leaves loads of frothy lacing.

S: Wheat malts with a biscuity hint, fresh banana bread, yeast aromas, hints of cloves and cinnamon, and a citric but especially lemony note.

T: Robust, wheaty, and slightly biscuity malts are quickly joined by clove and brown spice overtones and a citrus taste, the lemon less pronounced than in the nose. It all combines in a sort of banana bread flavour towards the finish, balanced by faint herbal hops.

M: Medium-bodied with champagne-like carbonation - lower than in other Weizen, but still lending lively crispness. Refreshing and well-balanced on the whole.

D: Schoefferhofer makes a good, solid Weizen, but it wasn't too remarkable besides the biscuit malt notes.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This hefe pours an opaque orange color with a medium foamy white head. There is a very pleasant and somewhat strong smell of banana and wheat. Not a typical hefe at all. The initial taste is very crisp and has very little flavor. It is only on swallowing that the real flavor hits you with an intense blast of banana, some spices, and to a lesser extent wheat. The body is light, even for a hefe and it imparts a semi-dry finish. Not bad flavors, but it falls a little flat. I think it is maybe that the malt profile is just a little too weak for my taste. Not at all bad overall, but definitely not on par with the great German hefes, though it is better than some of the cheap mass produced ones.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head - fine sticky lacing - cloudy orange wheat colour

S - sour - wheat - banana - orange - no spiciness

T - malt and wheat - banana and citrus - good but not exceptional - the flavors are present but not bursting out - missing a clove spiciness I like for the style - nicely balanced bitterness

M - medium carbonation - refreshing bitterness in the aftetaste with just the right amount of tingling in the mouth - a little sour as well

O - decent Hefe that one could session on a nice hot afternoon on the deck - not the best Hefe I have had and not overly complex but still very good

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Photo of rarbring
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded amber, has an off-white head that leaves little lacing, but some curtains.

The smell is fruity, spicy and yeasty, banana, oranges, cardamom, clove.

Starting with sweet wheat bread, banana, oranges, cardamom and clove spiciness.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh feeling, almost coarse and a slightly dry finish.

A fresh and refreshing crisp Weizen (less citric than on tap last year).

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Photo of xylophonica
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a 50cl tall glass.

A - Very cloudy dark golden colour. About a finger of head.

S - Banana, pear and peach. Slightly tangy.

T - Fairly smooth at first but with a bitter and slightly sour aftertaste following very closely. Soothing on the way down. Typical wheat and various fruits in the taste.

M - Quite bitey on the tongue. Bitter and sour at the back of the mouth.

D - Enjoyable and fairly easy to drink.

A solid wheat beer if not mind-blowing. Has enough variety to keep you interested but isn't overly complex so can be consumed without any trouble.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arrives a straw-grapefruit blend in color. Completely cloudy yet translucent, it almost looks lit from behind. Good lace for a hefeweizen.
Smell is somewhat restrained but notes of malt, cloves, bananas, and yeast. Well balanced.
Taste is more forward than the nose with the same malty backbone carrying bananas, clove, nutmeg, yeast and vanilla notes. Very good balance. Good complexity.
Medium bodied with a pronounced and tangy effervescence. Drying from the middle on. A mere whiff of warming late. Well done.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

Mazy, hazy amber with a tremendous fist full head and plenty of lacing

Aroma of Banana and bread

smooth first taste and finish. banana , bread . medium body

Grabbed a six pack while picking up some Chinese take out. Nice complement to the food, a nice tasting beer and worth a repeat.

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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
3.59 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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