Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen | Binding-Brauerei AG

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82
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494 Ratings
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Schöfferhofer HefeweizenSchöfferhofer Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany
binding.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
494
Reviews:
184
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
119
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 494 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of Sammy
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nothing special here and unfinishable. At least the L.C.B.O. didn't bring it in cans. Watery minimal taste with enormous bulk of head, that would not go away. Sour milk aroma, the yeast and wheat just didn't add value. This was a fresh bottle. Some malt, didn't work for me.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Paulaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle obtained at Aldi in Galway. Expectations are average.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy orange-gold. Typical hefeweizen fare. Three finger head of above average thickness, but lacking sufficient cream. Generally appealing, but not special.

Sm: Fresh wheat and hops. A bit of citrusy estery notes; though I suspect it's fairly low on hops compared to the typical hefeweizen. An appealing scent, but not a particularly strong one. So far, so good.

T: Citrusy esters - mainly orange, especially pronounced on the climax and finish. Mild cream on the open, unexpected but welcome. The body isn't as hoppy as it maybe ought to be, but it balances its wheat and hop notes nicely to comprise a well executed build for the style. Very nicely balanced. Complex enough, but not expertly crafted.

Mf: Overall, the mouthfeel is too light. It's just coarse enough. Certainly a refreshing beer, probably best enjoyed in the summertime.

Dr: Poundable and cheap by Irish standards (at least at Aldi). Very surprising for its price. It's not special, but it's a great beer to refresh and to intoxicate. Pour it into a stein or tall Erdinger-esque glass if its own branded glassware is unavailable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color hefe with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of wheat is highly dominant and banana is also easily detectable. Taste is dominated by the wheat and the banana with maybe a bit too much of the banana and not enough citrus feels. Good refreshing example for the style. A bit underrated I think.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 beernads
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBOm best before April 1, 2012. Into my Schneider Weisse glass.

Pours an opaque golden orange, with some lighter browns intermingled throughout. Turbulent carbonation that produces a head that fails to settle for quite some time. Fluffy offwhite head and some webbed lace. Nose is fairly standard for a hefe, banana and some wheaty grain. Some light spicing, mild citrus zest. Nothing out of place, and pretty straightforward (and pleasant) for the style. Taste leads with the banana and wheat again, the wheat having a particularly 'sharp' character (couldn't think of a better way to describe it), likely accentuated by the prevalent clove notes. Some mild citrus in the mouth as well. Mouthfeel is relatively full, with a moderate carbonation. This one went down surprisingly easy and was quite nice.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to SN Heffe glass.

A - Cloudy yellow/orange with 3 fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Cloves, light banana and a slight bitterness. Somewhat muted nose.

T - Cloves, light banana, a tough of citrus and some bready malt flavours.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy bright orange hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mild esters and a touch adjunct like sweetness.

The taste consisted of a subtle wheat spice and touch of esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style with dome chewiness.

Overall a serviceable hefe.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Derek
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly more amber than most; perhaps a higher malt:wheat ratio? Plenty of hefe to provide the appropriate murky appearance. Nice head, but poor retention, no lacing.

S: Not a lot of odour... just a little cloves.

T: Earthy cloves fading to a citrous flavour, with a slight tang. Taste is a little maltier than average. Not a lot of fruity esters... where's the banana?

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

D: The flavours are very subdued... perfectly drinkable by any shmoe... not as refreshing as most, but an easy session beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In some parts this lemony-orange beer has an almost ghostly whitish tone. Its complexion is obscured, as if someone had mixed cream into it, but bubbles remain highly visible. Its head is stunted but regresses at pace that would be measured with a sundial (not stopwatch). Plus, it leaves the glass looking like the jowls of a hot dog on a sunny summer day.

If you've ever seen someone blow a large bubble with bubblegum only to have it go splat all over their face, you can catch the music I mean to convey when I say that these malts, perceived as simultaneously bready and grainy, smell splattered with tutti-frutti and banana-y coating. If you really sniff hard you're rewarded with a soft vanilla incense.

Soft bubblegum features are also prolonged in the taste, which has a honey-oat loaf kind of sweetness to it. Bruised bananas, too, can again said to be tasted; that wavering fruitiness is nothing but pleasant, albeit a little understated if anything. Notably absent is much (if any) clove-like spiciness. The bready malts, as result, triumph on the finish.

'Panache' isn't a German word, but it's what this German beer lacks and what its higher rated and more commercially popular counterparts possess. The mouthfeel is lusciously creamy but has an absence of lingering spice or esters, a carbonation that could be a little more inflated and an aftertaste that absolutely flatlines. It fails to hit the proverbial spot.

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen follows the formula well but fails to deliver the goods on quite the same level as so many other vested German wheat beers. To call it a poor man's Weihenstephaner or Schneider or Paulaner wouldn't be unkind nor untrue. That said, it isn't actually any cheaper than the latter offerings, so I can't see any reason to settle for it again.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
3.6 out of 5 based on 494 ratings.
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