Hofbräu Munich Weizen | Hofbräuhaus Newport

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Hofbräu Munich WeizenHofbräu Munich Weizen

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Hofbräuhaus Newport
Kentucky, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich, fairly sweet Old-Style wheat beer with a wonderful combination of banana and clove flavors.

Added by Bierguy5 on 08-15-2004

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 22
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Buzzaldrin
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer poured into a tulip glass. At first, looking into the bottle, I could see a lot of sediment (I'm guessing was yeast). This threw me off a bit, but having brewed a couple of batches of beer myself and knowing that it's hard to keep out sediment I can relate to this and if anything it made me feel better about the craftsmanship and uniqueness of this brew.

Contrasting with a lot of the other reviews I saw here, after pouring, the head didn't last long and became pretty slim. This may have just been my beer, maybe I got an off-batch.

The consistency and color of the beer almost looked like apple juice. Very thick and deep, with an orange-red haze. Similar to a Blue Moon pour, but a definitely deeper looking.

Smelling it brought out really yeasty flavors, and some vanilla and banana among other fruity aromas. The taste wasn't as sweet as I'd expect from the smell, and the carbonation is really prominent. However, this beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I'm glad I bought a 6 of these and I will definitely consider getting another 6 whenever I get the chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SimplySinister
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely cloudy, lightly carbonated, golden in color. Hazy.

S - Typical Hefe (Banana, Spice.) Though this Hefe does not seem as pronounced. Considering I somewhat dislike the banana bomb smell it was a very pleasent surprise. Very unique.

T - What can I say- I really like it! Quite frankly, I think this Hefe may be in my top 5.

M - Full bodied at the front of the mouth but deceptively thin at the finish.

D - For a Hefe I'd say this one rates very high on the drinkability scale.

If you want a Hefe that is not too overpowering then this is the one for you.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. green bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet aroma. Wheat grains, yeast, and bready malts. Hints of banana, hay, bubblegum, lemon, and orange along with a solid bready biscuit presence. A little bit of a clove and pepper like spice. Light noble hops. Also a little bit of that skunk smell from the green bottle.

Taste: Nice bready taste from wheat grains, malts, and yeast. Notes of bananas, lemon, bubblegum, hay, and orange peel. Some light clove spices. Hop presence is very subdued. Moderately sweet taste with some nice fruit esters. Light but solid taste you expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the style. Well balanced with some nice esters. Needs to switch to a dark bottle though.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Fullsteam weizen glass.

Pours a gigantic, quickly rising, creamy 4 finger white head with poor retention for the style. Beer is a cloudy lemon with a slight orange hue. Lacing is stringy and spotty with
moderate retention. Average.

Nose is sweet malt, some banana esthers, and floral and slightly powdery overtones. Pretty standard but aromatic and appetizing.

Opens banana with a big, malty backbone. More banana, corn, and flour and dough notes in the middle and end. Finish is accented spice with some lemon rind. Aftertaste is more banana and adjunct sweetness. A bit awkward but pretty good.

Light bodied with moderate to low retention. Surpisingly smooth in the mouth with a spicy and brief finish and mellow aftertaste. Very drinkable.

For a beer without a lot of character which is also a bit too sweet, this is surprisingly drinkable. Not as rich or robust as some of the top offerings in the style, I could nevertheless see this as a go-to session beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow w/ a nice two finger white head. Good carbonation and lacing. Hazy in appearance. Nose is that of banana, clove, wheat, yeast and malt. Very smooth beer. Taste is the same profile as the nose. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. Feel has a smooth/crisp vibe that I didn't care for as much. Overall this is a good beer for the style, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub

A-well, this doesnt look like what you are going to get out of their 6 pack they offer, this stuff looked like straight sunny D! haha i didnt know what i was in for, it had a thick 2 inch head from this liter sized mug.

S-Smells of banana, spice, grains a true hefe

T-hmmm about the same as the smell up front, yeasty grainy, a bit more watery than what i would have thought considering how heavy it looks

M- easyily drinkable, medium carbonation... but very grainy

O- i like this beer its brewed on the site, tastes good and i can get a liter of it. good beer always a first choice when i go there

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Is this hefeweizen, or did the brewer mess up the labeling? I say that because the beer — “Hefe Weizen” — poured a clear straw into my 300 ml weizen glass; the only kind of clouding was a slight chill haze. Even in the green bottle it looked way too clear. Three fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. There is yeast sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle, so it has to be part-weissbier.

Smell: It kind of smells like a hefe, but, as with the appearance, it is much more helles-like. There is a little banana, apple, and bubblegum, but the dominant aroma is the classic barnyard hay of helles.

Taste: It kind of tastes like a hefe, too, but it is way too watered down to convince me there is not something strange with this sixer. Banana, apple, strawberry, bubblegum (maybe strawberry bubblegum), and just a hint of clove. Besides that there is the helles hay. Very weird.

Drinkability: The carrier label depicts a waitress in a dirndl serving half liter glasses of cloudy, wheaty goodness. Whatever beer that is, it ain’t this. I have yet to try kristallweizen, but I assume this is very similar. However, as strange as this beer was, it was pretty good stuff. If this truly is the unfiltered hefeweizen they are brewing in Kentucky for the American market, Hofbräu should be ashamed of itself. It’s good, but, oddly, is only halfway there.

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Photo of bamadog
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh, PA and poured into a 1L mug.

Appearance: Pour is a peachy, dull yellow color and it starts with a one finger off-white head that fafdes quickly to a thin, uneven cap; thick wall and web of lacing is left behind as head fades; body is very cloudy and murky, but still shows fast and strong carbonation in as far as you can see.

Smell: Banana and cloves from the yeast; strong, toasty graininess with a touch of wheat; comes across a little dull, overall.

Taste: Pretty much matches the smell, but it's a little thin and watery overall, so yeah, it's a little dull as well. I'm not saying it's bad in any capacity, but it doesn't match up with other offerings of the style. I would gladly drink it again.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, it's a little thin and watery; carbonation is strong, but could be a little stronger; a thin, semi-dry coating is left all over the palate.

Overall: Meh. It's good, and like I said, I would definitely drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A very cloudy gold/yellow/orange color with some bright yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. A bright white, soapy, pillowy head that had very nice size and retention. Lacing was ok as it left some patches down the sides of the glass.

Smell - Notes of lemony citrus. A touch of banana. Some wheat and coriander. A light bit of pepper and some other spices. Smells fruity and fresh. Well balanced.

Taste - The taste is complementary to the smell. The fruity lemon citrus combined with mild banana mixed with coriander and spices. The taste didn't seem as prominent with the categories as the aroma was.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel. Mostly watery. Crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching. Not much flavor is left on the palate. It was smooth and snappy.

Drinkability - This would be a great refresher for the hot Spring and Summer days. It's better than most Hefe or Wheats I've had thus far. Not over run with the spices like some others tend to be. Great looking beer. Mouthfeel was a bit lax, but stands to reason for this style.

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Photo of cavedave
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a really nice looking (for a hefe) cloudy dark straw. A tall hat of thick eggshell colored foam rise into the spire of the glass. Nice.

Smell is full of the wonderful and sweet/tart hefe yeast, not much banana and just a hint of spice. Many better aromas sniffed in this style fersure, but a nice scent just the same.

Taste is nothing to write home about. It comes at you watery, and not full of flavors. The tart and complex yeast profile is missing. Really a mucky taste to it.

Mouth is not great. I like low carb. hefe's, this is, but the rest of the qualities, viscosity, platform for flavors, and finish all are merely average for a wheat beer.

Drinkability is merely average. Nuff said

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Photo of luvGoldenMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer. Drinkability allowed me to easily finish the larger size. Appearance was expected, as was mouthfeel.

Slight aromas complimented the light flavor for a Hefeweizen.

Went well with tillapia and would seemingly compliment most foods.

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Photo of kbeals
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a hazy golden color. About four fingers of fizzy white head. Very little lacing.
S - Smell was very grainy/yeasty, a slight touch of alcohol in the smell.
T - Taste was also grainy, finished with a slight fruity zing to it. Overall, a pretty pleasing taste to it.
M - The beer was pretty smooth, a good amount of carbonation present.
D - I would definitely drink more of these. An excellent summer beer.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with a nice fluffy head after the pour. Aroma is citrus banana, some yeast and just a slight touch of grass. I taste a lot of spices at first, sort of like a seltzer feel, then some citrus and yeast. Finishes a little dry. This was an OK Hef, certainly not tops on my list.

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Hofbräu Munich Weizen from Hofbräuhaus Newport
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 59 ratings