Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen | Binding-Brauerei AG

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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
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181
Ratings:
473
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
21.17%
 
 
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Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5l (in Berlin) ... a cloudy golden/yellow beer, crowned with a creamy, thick ringed lace. Notes of clove, light grain and yeast in the aroma.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Semi-sweet malt character with a mineral/steely backbone. Lemon/lime hop bitterness. Nutty suggestions, with a light rounding banana flavour.

A refreshing weizen, quite easily consumed, and enjoyed.

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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 joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from notes
A - Completely swampy yellow brown, thumb of white head retained at a thin covering with consistent lacing

S - Strong eastery aromas of sour fruit, herbs and spices, light grainy

T - Starts with some graininess, yeasy flavours much more subdued, somewhat mineral flavour, a little dissapointing given the aromatic promise

M - Lightish body, slightly flat, light bready finish

O - A decent start led to mediocrity, a little on the bland side for a german hefe

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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 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 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 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 rastaman
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A middle of the road German wheat, which is not a bad thing at all, light, sweetish, fruity (banana), bubblegummy, but not overly so of any of these, very refreshing aswell, not overly interesting, but highly drinkable.

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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 ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy golden color with a towering rocky white head that retains very well. Lacing is foamy and clumpy.

S: Bready wheat, hints of banana. Yeasty. clove and white pepper.

T: Clove and medicinal tastes right up front. Very yeasty. White pepper and spices. Bready wheat. Subtle tart snap. Wheaty and yeasty finish.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat creamy, but not as full and frothy as it should be. Somewhat thin and watery. Blast of scrubbing carbonation.

O: A rather bland, commercialized hefeweizen. Lacking in body. Really nothing special.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's a half inch of brilliant white on top. Light lacing is present. The aroma is comprised of pale wheat, banana esters, and a hint of lemon. I taste pale wheat with faint banana esters. The mouth is a touch thin, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard weizen with moderate to weak smell, taste is more bready, than spicy and estery, that follows the smell.
Soft carbonation, medium body, good, but non-essential.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is orange with lots of carbonation and a big head that clings to the glass.

Smell is phenolic and grainy with strong wheat notes. The yeast is different than other typical Weizen beers, but in a good way, a bit more citric.

Taste is phenolic and grainy, fresh with the yeast complementing. The yeast gives the beer a non-typical Weizen taste, that leans more towards the citric, lemon side. On the back of my tongue is a slightly sharp feel when I swallow, which isn't very nice. And it is not bitterness. The beer is not sticky and body is medium. Aftertaste is a bit rough, it should be a bit milder.

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Photo of TerryW
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy apricot colour with a good-sized head to start, minimal retention and lace.

Faint aroma of banana, somewhat soapy. Smoky or burned flavour, gently metallic aftertaste. Weak kneed throughout.

Nothing special, has some offputting flavour notes. Awkward metallic finish.

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Photo of crossovert
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle best before 07.11.

It pours a cloudy orange with a smooth, but mountiany white head that leaves a thick wall of lacing.

The smell is malty with a lot of wheat. It has a light lemony note over that and just a hint of clove.

The flavor is kind of uninteresting, it is wheaty with a bit of clove and sugar. There is a citrus characteristic but it just comes of as bland.

Overall a very mediocre Hefeweizen.

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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 pootz
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The packaging for this ale pretty much sums up it’s character: bland and commercial. Not that it’s bad, just that there are many tastier hefeweizens out there.

Clouded orange in color, has a modest cap for a hefeweizen but it does lace the glass well. Sparkling natural carbonation. Nose is sweet malts over spices and some fruit tones. Mouth feel is peppery with carbonation but the malts punch through...a tad watery in body...some fruity tastes, not much hopping...a slight taste of the siganture Hefeweizen esters come in near the finish...light banana and cloves...very slight. Not a bad beer but not good either....at any rate it's better tasting and more quenching than the domestic mega brewed beers.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in the Romer District of Frankfurt.

Color is a hazy gold with a nice head. the aroma is of grain and slightly sweet. The taste was of wheat a bit of sweetness and finished a bit bitter. Has a medium body and somewhat refreshing. Nice beer on a summer day. A nice change from all the pilsner.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw/ light gold colour, with a variable massive dense head... needs a careful pour to fill glass to brim, not over brim. Vigorous pour will take three to four goes, even in a named and over-sized SchofferHoffer glass.

Aromas of bananas, cloves - a little bubblegum

Taste is yeast driven, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light.

Overall good beer, not best in class, but very drinkable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the simple orange label on this beer. It pours a glowing hazy orange with a huge pillowy head thats the consistency of softserve ice cream. The aroma has green apples, citrus, vanilla and cloves. The taste is a blend of green apples, pineapples, bananas and a crisp wheat edge. Theres also some noble hop sea air in there. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick with carbonation.

This is a decent and very fruity hefeweizen. While its not as complex as some, its still an eminently refreshing hefe.

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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 AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml/16.9oz. bottle with a pumpkin colored label with the name of the beer in black old school italics. Above the name are three gold coins with the man himself, Schöfferhofer in the larger middle coin. At the bottom are two flags with the letters "A" and "X" in them and with somebody's signature over them. The back label has the word "beer" and the ingredients in about 100 different languages. At bottom in a gold rectangle is a born on and a best before date. My bottle was born on 14 Jan 2009 with a best before date of 14 Jan 2010.

I wish I had a Weizen glass available for this beer, but I only had a pint glass at my disposal. This Weizen poured the usual hazy lemon yellow color. Nothing all that special about that, but on top was the type of head of foam that makes keep coming back to the Hefeweizen style. On top was a 1+ inch pure as the driven snow fluffy as a kitten head of foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a number of clingy spots and streaks of white lace around the glass. Liked the color, but loved that head of foam.

This Hefeweizen absolutely loved the scent of malted wheat. It loved it so much that everything else was very subtle. Behind the malted wheat was a subtle whiff of ripe banana and cloves. If they had increased those two scents, that would have been a nice treat. After the two subtle aromas, the aroma finishes up with a dry scent of citrus fruits. Not bad, but it could have lowered the scent of the malted wheat to let the other aromas shine a little bit more.

The aroma was pretty much the same as the taste. That's too bad! The taste kicked off with a big rich taste of malted wheat. This malted wheat will then roll into an extremely subtle taste of banana and cloves. After that, the beer will suddenly finish up with a dry taste of black pepper and citrus fruits. The taste was only average at best. The malted wheat level was fine, but where are all the spices, banana, and cloves. I don't know, but this taste sure needed them.

This was a light bodied Hefeweizen with more than enough carbonation to keep you entertained and a dry malted wheat aftertaste. Tied into the wheat was was a subtle pinch of cloves and banana.

It's not a bad Hefeweizen, bit I've had quite a few better German Hefeweizens in my time. If you're a fan of real German Hefeweizens, then it's probably best you stay clear of this one. It was mostly all about the malted wheat with nothing much backing it up.

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a golden orange body with a lot of haze at first that slows down to a moderate haze. The creamy head has some good staying power. When it does start go it makes a great lace. The flavor is bread like and yeasty giving is a spicy clove taste and aroma. There are fruit banana and citrus esters. The mouthfeel is smooth although there is some carbonation bite. A full bodied beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange to beige color forming a huge, thin bubbled, soapy and creamy head. Good retention. Very persistent, leaving tons of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Strong sweet and fruity upfront. Strong notes of banana and wheat. Quite bready too

T: Sweet grains upfront. Strong notes of wheat and pale grains. Banana esters. Quite fruity too. Light notes of hops. Very mild bitterness. Smooth and bready, as expected

M: Light, smooth and creamy body. Good carbonation. Fruity and bready aftertaste

O: Very easydrinking. Standard german Weissbier

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Photo of kjyost
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle BB 10/06/2011 poured into a tall wheat beer glass.

A: Pale yellow and not very cloudy at all. Nice lacing though.
S: Light banana and clove atop a bit of raw wheat
T: Thin and light flavours, mainly of banana though a bit of clove played through. A bit of chewy wheat came though
M: Viscous and gummy. The only enjoyable thing of this beer
D: Mouthfeel saves this one, though it is nothing special.

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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
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