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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen | Binding-Brauerei AG

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Schöfferhofer HefeweizenSchöfferhofer Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 Popsinc
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, rusty-orange pour....medium white head. Nose was subtle....some clove...only a bint of banana. Taste was modest...again, some banana and glove....little wheat crsipness. Mostly smooth and creamy mouthfeel...light bodied....not as pronounced as i might have liked. Very drinkable however.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Loads of peachy/citrus and cloves, very good aroma. Taste, hmmm... Not as good as the smell... Rather smooth, some banana and clove, but it is a little too hoppy for a Hefeweizen in my opinion. It does grow on you and is never unpleasent, but if the taste and the smell matched I would have enjoyed it much more.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A decent head but disappeared in no time. Unfortunately no sticky lacing. Murky, cloudy caramel body.

S - wheat, coriander, banana.

T - Banana, candied orange.

M - Quite buttery for a hefeweizen but a nice amount of zest too.

O - As a big fan of hefeweizens, I'm slightly disappointed but a very drinkable drop all the same.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from Bar Bloc+ in Glasgow (£4.25):
This one again proved itself to be quite an enjoyable wheat beer that was very easy to drink and flavoursome despite the fact that the nose could perhaps have been a little stronger. Fruity, lively and fresh with enough going on to keep you interested without it being truly spectacular but still being a hefeweizen well worth trying.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour this very slowly - serious white head with a lot of lace staying. Slightly cloudy and a light amber color. Some yeast stays in the bottle. Very good hefeweizen, smooth, medium bodied, good summer ale. Good mix of hops and malt with a slightly hoppy finish. Wheat flavor but not overpowering.

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Photo of ragerx
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I was in the Army in Germany(town of Friedburg, Hessen state) this was a local beer that they sold at the Post Exchange and local bars. Nice color, usually some wheat and yeast sitting at the bottom of the bottles. Id pick up a sixer of this stuff most nights of the week and kill it by myself or with a friend. Much as someone would pick up a six-pack of Bud in the states. Only this stuff in alot better tasting, somewhat heavy and filling. Alcohol content was average if somewhat underperforming for German beer. Was mixed with Banana juice in the local bars to creat "Bananaweizen" an interesting drink to be sure, tasty. Tried it in brown bottles it came in , was also sold in tallboy cans. Brings back the memories, I'd recommend picking up some of this stuff if you are ever in central Germany.

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Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 02/07, served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: hazy dark yellowish hue with orangey glows, coming with an explosively effervescent, silky, creamy and rocky beer head which takes more than four minutes to really settle down to a 1.5cm froth; gentle streams of carbonation stay underneath. Marvellous.
S: a overwhelmingly dusty note comes from the thick froth; at the back a sweet wheat-ish grainy note is wrapped with a coating of a mixed exotic fruitiness and yeastiness, like banana, lemon cordial, ripe green melons, a bit of fruit-flavoured gum, plus some sticky but light caramely+candy-sugary sweetness also reminiscent of Belgian pale ales... a touch of clove hides in the corner. Overall the nose is smooth, medium-bodied, and pleasant.
T: chewy, semi-sweet grainy flavour upfront backed by a refreshing banana-ish+limey+faintly fruity yeastiness, leading very fast to a mildly shell-fish like salty-sweet and fluffy-textured wheatish overtone; a much deeper, tangy, and slightly hoppy mouthfeel takes over towards the very end of tasting, where a dryish, clove-like spiciness reveals again. Alas, the aftertaste falls a bit short, in contrast to the harmonious fore-taste, and terminates the overall pleasure prematurely.
M&D: very smooth on the mouthfeel and medium-bodied, the overall profile gears towards the grainy theme while the fruity and spicy edges play a good assisting role. Not a stunning nor very complex example, yet very drinkable as a "session" Weizen, if I may~~

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can
Best before: Apr-4-2017

Pours a hazy light honey color, really active (too much) with three+ fingers of solid, fluffy, beige mousse that sticks around well and leaves a lot of even lacing. The aroma and flavor are both have a rich wheat body with a melange of clove, banana and vanilla. The flavor is a little lighter, crisper, and less "full" but is, likewise, a textbook hefeweizen: smooth spiced bread dough flavor with a hint of a hint of tartness and a mellow, drinkable, quenching character. Medium body, medium carbonation, very drinkable. This is a decent hefe. Not my favorite, but not bad at all. Would have again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: .5 liter brown bottle, 10/07 (sampled 10/07, right on time). 5% abv.

Aroma: Powdery clove with muted banana and vanilla notes. German yeast.

Appearance: Hazy golden glass holds a solid ½ finger bright white head.

Flavor: Mild banana, soft wheat, mild lemon peel bitter twist at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, a bit grainy.

Overall Impression: High quality beer! Craftsmanship is obvious.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL can picked up at TBS; bottled Nov 19 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Now that's what I like to see in a hefe - a nice golden-yellow colour, clouded with sediment and topped off with more than two fingers of fluffy white head. It wilts away at a leisurely pace, coating the glass with lacing as it seeps away into a lumpy cap and messy collar. Positively gorgeous. The nose is dominated by bready wheat and pale malt sweetness, with a hefty dose of clove spice atop fruity banana and orange citrus notes. Moderately yeasty; the aroma is proper for the style and enticing enough, I suppose, but not exactly memorable.

Clean profile that's pretty tasty; the flavour leans heavily on bready, wheaty pale malts, with some grainy sweetness and plenty of citrusy orangepeel and lemon. Ripe banana crosses the palate mid-sip, with notes of grassy hops, spicy clove and yeastiness rising as you near the finish. A yeasty, wheaty sweetness remains a presence on the palate into the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with mildly fizzy carbonation that gently prickles the palate, offering up a somewhat crisp, highly refreshing mouthfeel. A bit watery, and not terribly interesting, but otherwise this one drinks like a champ.

Final Grade: 3.87, a solid B+. The Schöfferhofer name does not exactly possess the same gravitas that the big-name German wheat beer brewers do - but their Hefeweizen is still a relatively good example of the style. Not my first choice, but perfectly acceptable in a pinch. This one has a bit more of an orangey-citrus kick than I'm used to from a hefe, but if you're a witbier fan then you'll probably appreciate this difference. At 2 bucks and change for a can, wheat beer enthusiasts have no reason not to give this one a shot.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally I get to review Schofferhofer (or "The Hoff" as I like to call it). Man (or woman) I have been drinking this for many years, ever since I was first introduced to wheat beers this has been one I have come back to again and again... mainly for the price of course. Well let's get to it "Hoff".

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein the way the German god(s) intended.

A: Nice cloudy orange body with a 1cm pale white head.

S: Banana, cloves and... dried apricot!?! There is a distinct apricot aroma with this Hefe, which makes me question whether or not all Hefe's have the same distinct apricot aroma and I've just missed it or it's just this one... only one way to find out [goes out and buys every Hefeweizen on the market].

T: Wheat beer territory - creamy banana, cloves, some caramel malts and a slight musty yeast (not as pronounced in The Hoff though). It's a little lacking in flavour, I'm used to more creamy/banana cloveyness ("It is too a word!"), and this brew is lacking a teensy tiny bit.

M: Mmmmm... like a cold cream bath... with bubbles.

D: Drinks OK. Lacking in flavour compared to its brethren however it is also cheaper than competition, and that is the beersumer choice you have to weigh up when you buy this beer (price versus flavour). Still I would prefer and pay for the Weihenstephaner over this.

Food match: Barvarian food was made for Hefeweizen (or the other way around). Every time I taste a wheat beer I'm reminded of the Hofbrau Haus and it's banquetesque meals. In any case German food overall is the best match.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Frankfurt.

A - Towering, creamy white cap of foam. Stellar retention and lace. Hazy, opaque pear juice body. Straight hefe.

S - Dry bread, creamsicle, orange zest, banana peel.

T - Big, sweet wheat note right up front. Mango, bread crust, honey, banana bread. A nice long finish that really clings to your palate.

M - Medium body. Light lemon brightness. Thick backend.

O - A solid hefe with great smoothness.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange and very turbid. Loads of apparent carbonation on pour. Massive tower of off-white foam shows good retention and cling. Mild banana and lemon aroma also shows a hint of vanilla. Solid bubblegum and banana flavour with bright citrus piercing through. More bubblegum than banana. Clove is muted and hard to detect. This seems a little less carbonated than more well-known weissbiers like Paulaner, Hacker, or Weihenstephaner. Smooth mouthfeel. A decent & simple weissbier that leans more towards the candystore flavours and less toward the spice rack.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on a Mug at WOB's Oktoberfest. Review from notes.

A: typical Hefe in appearance. Cloudy golden/amber body with small foamy white head. No lacing present.

S: slight banana and wheat features along with a sweet fruity aroma. Very nice but a bit faint unfortunately.

T: this beer is yummy. It has a very strong fruit presence with banana leading the way followed by peaches. Wheat and clove notes are found in the taste as well.

M: very smooth and very drinkable. Medium carbonation with light to medium body.

O: a very appropriate Hefe for the occasion, as this one is a bit more light and on the drinkable side. Very good banana taste, makes for a good fest beer.

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Photo of Bluetick
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this in Hamburg right this second.

Apperearance - typical cloudy weizen

Smell: light & airy, nothing bad bu nothing stands out either a little citrus, maybe hints of other, but hard to detect

Taste - again, light & airy, nothing overwhelms or surprises your. Nothing tastes bad, but nothing tastes exceptionally good. Nice malt finish though.

Mouthfeel: The one negative I find while drinking is a flat taste on the palate. Despite lots of "lace", no effervescence feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: One could down this like water. Probably very refreshing on a hot day, but its not hot right now in Hamburg.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange golden colour, nice big head, nice carbonation. A classic hefe.

Smell is mainly malty, but with delicate aroma of banana, a bit of citrus and herbs, coriander.
Taste is malty, but a decent kick of herbs and spice as well.
A rather rough hefe, I would say. It's got a bite in the aftertaste.
A pretty good one. Certainly not ordinary, allthough it's not very balanced, it has some interesting aspects (spice).

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out a cloudy bubbly pale gold with a 2.5 finger white head full of contour and body. The glass is covered with lacing. The nose is strong with sweet and spice. The mouth is very prickly and light. There’s lots of spice in the taste, very smooth, with plenty of yeast. There are some hops here, but very little. The aftertaste is spicey, with just a hint of a hoppy bite. This is a top quality brew.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, light golden color, with a large, fine-grained head, which retains well, thick, unbroken lacing, and profuse, fine carbonation.

Aroma: Bready yeast notes, and a pronounced aroma of cloves, ripe bananas, vanilla, and wood.

Taste: Opens with a spicy clove flavor and a rich bread taste. Midway through the taste, the herbal hop notes and cloves intensify. At the close of the taste, there is a renewed wave of cloves, and a lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example of the style, recommended.

Thanks to Max for hand-carrying this from Germany.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue, with enough haze to disguise the effervescence. Head pours a thick finger of pillowy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: aroma has a strong banana character, over a little bit of clove and refreshing wheat. The banana is almost artificial -- I'd liken it to banana Runts. Still -- I must say I quite enjoy it.

Taste: more of that banana and clove right off the bat; it's much more smooth and subdued than in the aroma. A slightly grainy wheat flavor characterizes the finish. But, boy, that banana -- shazam!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a strong carbonation and nice creaminess for the style. Actually, I quite enjoy it.

Overall: evidently I like this beer a lot more than average. I must say, I'm a fan of sweet, banana-ey German hefeweizens. So ... this beer is for me!

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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
3.59 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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