Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix | Binding-Brauerei AG

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Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-MixSchöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix

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Binding-Brauerei AG
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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of djura
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Expected much more from hefe Radler..
A - Really nice orange red grape color,also one finger white foam,big plus on this.
S - Grapefruit only.
T/M - Regular average Radler,nothing to special in it. Medium carbonation,a bit lower bitterness,which is plus. Mostly citrus and Grape.
O - Same as most Radlers..

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Photo of Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a flute glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Being that grapefruit juice was added, you get all the tart, sweet, grapefruit characteristics. You pick up a little bready malts too.

Taste: The bready malts are more noticeable when tasted. You also get the grapefruit characteristics mentioned above plus the acidity from the fruit itself.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, crisp, refreshing, light bodied, and medium to high carbonation. The acidity from the fruit juice can be a deterrent.

Overall: For a sessionable beer, this is great. Light and refreshing for the warm weathered months.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose—it smells fresh like you just sliced open a grapefruit in half.
T: Contrary to what you would expect, the grapefruit flavors in the taste aren't nearly as prominent as the aromas in the smell and are balanced off with flavors of wheat. Only faint hints of sourness are present.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Coming in a clear bottle with an appearance resembling Orangina, this beer looked a little gimmicky, but was actually rather good and seemed to have a good mix of grapefruit and wheat flavors and didn't taste artificial.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Provided to me for free by a very friendly representative from Binding-Brauerei recently. Freshness date is "2014.1." I would have never bought this myself, but I appreciate the chance to try it. Poured into a stange glass from a 12oz bottle.

Looks completely like an orange cream soda, complete with a similarly looking fizzy white head that somehow holds on to its dear life thanks to the stange glass. Bubbles glide up this thing in the same vein of soda, and otherwise, it's pretty watery looking and lacks any qualities that would make me think that this was a beer if served to me. I'm rating this for what it is, and definitely not to style. Not horrible, but pretty gimmicky looking.

The aroma is not as bad as expected - rather than being pelted with an artificial smelling fruit aroma with a cheaply made beer backbone, there are vibrant notes of fresh squeezed grapefruit, lime peel, and apricots. The hefeweizen surprisingly does seep in under the soda flavors, with notes of wheat and cereal grains, as well as a bit of tart characteristics. Very refreshing. Good quality ingredients were definitely used here.

The flavor coats the palate with notes of juicy grapefruit peel, as well as various other citrus notes and dried fruits, only to reveal the beer that lurks underneath. It tastes slightly artificial, but the wheat backbone, as well as the notes of bready yeastiness and lactic tart phenols save this from being a total disaster. I admit I really like the grapefruit flavor here, and it drinks just like a soda as a result. Extremely low in alcohol, refreshing, and spritzy in feel and body. Not the greatest, but not godawful by any means.

This reminds me a lot more of the same vein of Berliner Weissbiers rather than traditional hefeweizens. Come to think of it, a nicely tart low alcoholic beer would go quite well with grapefruit syrup, but this probably the subjectively better tasting one. This could do the trick out on the beach or at a picnic, although I'd probably just take an actual beer instead most of the time. This also, sadly enough, is a way that many of these breweries abroad have creeped into the American market - by sugarcoating their products with crazy flavorings such as this one. However, this at least avoids being totally artificial tasting, and as I result I recommend to all who are looking for some bizarre beer-related novelty every once in a while.

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Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange color with a thin head with low retention.
Citrusy aroma, predominanting grapefruits with hints of wheat and acid ascorbic.
Nice refreshing taste of oranges and grapefruit on a light wheaty base and a yeasty finish, almost unperceptible. Dry and acid aftertaste. Light body with good carbonation. At 2.5% ABV with the right level of sweetness, I could never drink again any soda. This would be a perfect substitute. It is actually a grapefruit radler.

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Photo of Fl1pzomg
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Crisp sweet taste, seemed more like grapefruit soda that beer to me. The color didn’t appeal to me that much, it’s very different. It is definitely refreshing on a hot day, I’ll give it that but it doesn’t quite do it if its a beer that you’re craving.

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Photo of lnmackkk
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I love the taste of this beer. That being said I would only drink it on a hot summer day when in need of a refreshing beer. It has a very strong grapefruit flavor which is delicious but tastes sugary. Almost like a grapefruit soda. I would suggest buying it but it isn't quite what I expected.

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Photo of SlingerBKLYN
1.12/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the first Growler of beer I've purchased that I'm pouring into the sink. It tastes more like Orange Crush than like Beer. When I was told that it had an orange tang to it I thought to myself "well it's a German Beer, with their purity laws it can't be artificial tasting". Wrong this is the worst beer I've ever purchased. Goodby Draino here comes Schofferhofer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.19/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Yikes. Pours akin to orange soda. Little, white cap of fizz sits atop the soft drink. Very hazy.

S-Big whiff of tangy, organic grapefruit. Natural grapefruit zestiness.

T-Grapefruit soda. Sweet and zesty. Doesn't taste like beer. Soda pop yo!

M-Soda, feels like a sugary soft drink.

O/D-Not beer to me. And apparently its only 2.5℅. Nope, nope, nope. This is not my cup of suds. This is what you'd see a German guy bring to a kids house on To Catch a Predator. Tastes like soda-pop...hooray.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy peach/pink in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Unmistakable whiff if pink grapefruit
Taste-Big blast of sugared pink grapefruit, very faint wheat note. Light, sweet, tangy and super-refreshing. I had one after mowing for an hour and had to fight the urge to just guzzle it from the bottle. That being said it drinks almost like a soft drink or wine cooler. Could be helped greatly by more beer or wheat flavor or just some grapefruit rind bitterness to offset the almost soda-like sweetness. But hey, at 2.5ABV, on a hot summer day, I'm gonna guzzle one down right out of the cooler.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

After the runaway success of Stiegl's Grapefruit Radler last year, it's only natural that we'd see the large liquor stores around here with stacks of this stuff, an untested beer from an untested brewer (for the area, anyway). Hell, I've only seen the normal hefe in these parts, and that was only at a couple of random spots. Let's see if this stuff is worth the attention:

It pours a hazy straw-orange topped by a half-finger of rather short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sharp grapefruit zest. That's it. If there's any hefeweizen in there, I can't smell a lick of it. The taste brings in more of the same, now more of a grapefruit lemonade than anything, sweetener and all. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, this is a pretty weak beer, not altogether unpleasant, but a simple flash of grapefruit. If they hadn't told me there was a hefe base, I'd never have known. Hell, I think it was a waste of a hefeweizen, as all there was was grapefruit. It's not bad, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This caught my attention mainly based on the color and the fact that it has grapefruit, one of my favorite fruits. Pouring into a weizen glass, it's a hazy pinkish orange with a thin cap of white foam that dissipated within a few minutes. Prominent notes of grapefruit juice in the aroma overpowering the typical hefeweizen yeast-driven phenolics. Slight banana on the back-end follows up another strongly featured dose of grapefruit up front. Bready malts start to pop up as the beer sits. Hops aren't playing a key role here, finishing with a light sweetness. Light body with a medium carbonation level.

Not my go-to style by any means but I'm enjoying this one. The grapefruit character is definitely pleasing to my palette given the warm weather going on here. I'd have one again under the right circumstances.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pint glass, the color reminded me of poorly mixed tang.The orange color seemed mysteriously dark and grainy. It gave a nice bubbly white head with little retention on the sides of the glass. The aroma reminded me of walking past fresh grapefruit in the grocery store. One can really detect the grapefruit rind in this one. On the initial taste, one really gets to know the mouthfeel as the beer is exceptionally bubbly. I enjoyed the initial taste as the grapefruit gave a nice sour initial before fading into a mellow grassy hefe taste. Drinkers need to pay attention because the taste fades to nothingness quickly as the hurricane of carbonation sweeps it all away. On might ask, "Why bother?" noticing the 2.5% ABV on this beer. On a hot day, one might be able to drink a whole sixer of these in a half. Given that choice, one might not even feel a buzz. I can appreciate the beer for its style and even enjoy a few.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy pink/orange hue. Two fingers of bubbly white head retain surprisingly well considering this is a 50/50 blend of hefeweizen and juice. No real lacing.

S: Pretty much just grapefruit soda on the nose. Ghost-like clove and a very mild pina colada sort of aroma. Stifled wheat.

T: Much more hefeweizen at play than the nose would suggest. Creamy banana. Wheat. Soft clove and pepper. Sugary artificial grapefruit taste is rather low on bitterness.

M: light bodied. It wants to be full and creamy, but doesn't quite get there. Artificial soda-like carbonation cuts right through.

O: It is what it is. It definitely takes a more traditional radler approach in that it has that soda blend feel and stays at a low 2.5% abv. I would have liked to see a more natural grapefruit taste with better bitterness, but that's not really what a radler is all about anyway. A unique approach using the grapefruit. They downplay the low abv by not including it on the label. Not sure if that's wise or not. Sessionability is a selling point, but an abv that low might also alienate a wine cooler and shandy crowd that expects a "normal strength" beverage.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a rather bright orange-yellow colour. Very summery looking! This blend of grapefruit juice and German hefeweizen has strong aromas of fresh grapefruit mixed with hefe spice notes (clove). The refreshing grapefruit flavours dominate, with a hint of the clove and banana notes of the hefe in the background. Very delicious and drinkable. A great way to cool down on a hot day.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden orange in color (almost like an Orange Crush soda was dumped into a Hefeweizen) with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some fake orange soda highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light orange/peach head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit juice (ruby red) over the top of light aromas of wheat, banana, and clove.

T: Upfront this beer tastes just like rudy red grapefruit juice with light amounts of sweetness which is followed by a finish that is all light wheat, banana, and just a hint of clove. No perceptible bitterness is present.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not sure how many of these I could have in a single session, this seems more like something that might go well with brunch. This one is real interesting in that there are two completely separate components to the flavor of this beer - the grapefruit and then the Hefeweizen.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weird orange (like a Fanta or Crush), but it's an impenetrably cloudy and opaque -- like a proper hefeweizen! No lace here.

Nose is subtle grapefruit, with some sharp wheat character. Actually not bad.

Taste is sweet grapefruit and a hint of wheat sharpness. Actually, this isn't too far from a citrus soft drink, with an infusion of beer. Call it a radler or a shandy or whatever, but this drinks very easily. And at a lowly 2.5% ABV, this is perfect for Summer yardwork. Enjoyable.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep cloudy dark orange colour, hardly any trace of a head, despite being classified as a hefe. Disappointing.

S - Artificial grapefruit and passionfruit flavoured wine gums, starbust, sherbert.

T - Really sweet, pasito, tonic water, slight honey and grapefruit. No wheat or other typical hefe flavours.

M - Light fizzy body, high carbonation.

O - More soft drink than beer, it's certainly not a hefeweizen. Very tasty though and very suitable for an afternoon in the sun.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 330 ml clear bottle that came in a 6 pack. Pours out a cloudy light marmalade hue, fizzy white head that quickly sets to a thin cap.

Intense bright grapefruit juice on the nose, faint soft wheat malt in the background.

The flavour is predominantly that of sweet ruby red grapefruit juice, with some faint, very faint bready malt in the background. I happen to like grapefruit so it's enjoyable, however seems much more like carbonated juice, or a traditional fruit soda.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, the texture carries a bit of fullness from the wheat malt, while the carbonation is brisk and spritzy.

An okay lawnmower beer for those not very mechanically inclined and fearing the loss of their toes (as this a lightweight 2.5%), quenching all the same, but not something I plan on picking up again. A low-alcohol fruit radler for those into that sort of thing.

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Photo of Gary779
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is bright orange, and quite hazy. Poured with a decent 2-finger head that stays a while, but leaves little lace.

S: Strong grapefruit smell. The smell actually becomes apparent the moment you open the bottle. There is a slightly yeasty edge to the smell, but it's well hidden.

T: Very sweet. No hints of grapefruit bitterness, but a distinctive overpowering grapefruit taste. Beer purists might dislike this one.

M: Very pleasing carbonation. Light on the tongue and medium bodied.

O: Overall a very pleasing beer. Should work well on a warm day as a cooler. Should also suit drinkers not fond of a bitter beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite summer beers, this mix is refreshing, but not overly light as it is based on a weizen. Aroma is of pink grapefruit juice, taste is mix of juice and wheat. It would be nice to have more of a weizen appearance, but I think the juice kills the head. Finish is light, overall this is an excellent hot weather beverage.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle...a beer/fruit juice mix is just what I need after my last dalliance - an 18.5% barrel-aged barleywine - a palate cleanser, as it were. Strange that this isn't classified as a fruit beer, eh?

This beer (mix) pours a cloudy, yet bright medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of loosely foamy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves essentially nothing in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of mild wheat malt, somewhat spicy yeast, and zesty, almost overpowering sharp red grapefruit juice. The taste is sweet, sugary, and grainy wheat malt, a more subdued yeastiness, a bit of white pepper, and yes, big pithy and juicy grapefruit flesh, full stop.

The carbonation is moderate, just a meek, trilling frothiness emanating throughout, the body on the light side, and smoothly fruity in a clean acidic manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and scaled back wheat malt still the stars of the show, the only drying offset coming from the grapefruit's inherent tartness.

While this mostly reminds me of Italian soda, it's nice that there's some evident traits from the underlying Hefe, even if they are soaked in a sugary and fruity film. Beyond that, we're talking adulterated beer, albeit with one of my favourite juices, so I'm just gonna have to say that this hits the spot, and would anywhere it is too hot/Checkstopped/overserved.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass mar23 2011

A cloudy pale orange with a shitload of bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S grapefruit and orange candy, faint yeast and spice

T just a little bit of banana and almost a orange crush pop flavor without as much yeast as on the nose and just a little to sweet

M light but it feels more like juice or pop then anything else

O something different but unless there's a heat wave I can't see myself drinking many of these

something for my lady but not my thing, nothing offensive but I could take it or leave it

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Photo of czfreeman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instead of the normal "radler" combination of lemonade and Hefeweizen, here is grapefruit and wheat. This combination is quite intriguing to me, as the top chef in Germany has introduced a dessert of frozen grapefruit with a Hefe cream. Other chefs have introduced similar concepts, so maybe it works.
Cloudy, murky-well, grapefruit colored. Nice head, so far gets to the point.
Smells of the sharp grapefruit juice add and nice acidic peppery character to the creamy beer. Yeast, wheat, pepper, grapefruit, sweet-sour combination that really works quite well.Much better than the Sprite-like normal Radler.
Tastes good-I really like the combination.Sharp bit of acidic grapefruit-pepperiness, creamy Hefe, lemon, citrus. It is a nice combination that works. Unfourtunatly I find the normal Schofferhofer a bit watery, and here is the case as well.
Spritzy, light and refreshing a good beer that sparked my interest in experimenting with this in the future.Maybe fermentating with fresh grapefruit pulp? We will see.

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Photo of A380
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious hefeweizen mix with grapefruit. Now I want to make this clear.. this is not really a real beer. its a mix. and basically drinks like grapefruit juice. Pours a nice hazy orange with a nice white head with good lacing and the smell and taste are pure bursts of grapefruit with a hint of yeast and just perfect carbonation! WOW an amazing drink on a hot day! :) just perfect! but not a beer. its more of a fruit drink :P but still really good :)

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Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix from Binding-Brauerei AG
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