Hofbräu Münchner Weisse
Hofbräuhaus München

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #34
Ranked #15,182
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Hofbräuhaus München
Very Good
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Notes: The origin of Hofbrau Hefe Weizen dates back to 1589 and since then the "Weisse" has a distinctive place in the history of Hofbrau Munchen. The beer is characterized by its sparkling, by its rich foam and naturally by its unforgettable refreshing taste.
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy dark yellow with a voluptuous head that rises up and slowly settles to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked wheat bread, some clove, banana, yeast, and light wafts of bubblegum
Taste: Rich bready malt and wheat come together with lovely banana and clove in perfect harmony out of the gate. These flavors linger as a little bubblegum phenolic presents itself from time to time and ends how it started – with bold wheat, banana, and clove
Mouthfeel: Full, silky smooth, medium-high carbonation, and soft throughout, especially on the finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. Of the three Hofbrau offerings I’ve had, this one I’d only previously had a once ever and a single to boot so really wanted to revisit and it does not disappoint. A delicious Weissbier with all the right things going on – wheat, clove, banana, yeast, and bubblegum and I personally like that the banana doesn’t dominate the overall profile. Recommended

Jul 15, 2021
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle from the LCBO for around $3.75 CDN. Best before January 28, 2022.

Appearance - Hazy bright golden yellow color with two plus fingers of soft and frothy white head. Excellent staying power and lots of spotty lacing at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Hints of banana and clove, with a small citrusy element, notes are subdued and underlying bready aromas as well.

Taste - Banana for sure with some bubblegum elements, rather sweet initially but tranistions to some clove and more spicy, nearly juicy banana conclusion to the flavors

Mouthfeel - Expressive carbonation bursting at the seams, medium-light body, with a stratifying and fulfilling creamy finish. Kind of has a magical texture and feel to it.

Overall - While just below the top tier hierarchy as far as German Hefe's go, the Hofbrau rendition is quite delicious as well, easy to drink and full of flavors with the spicy finish that really helps the sweetness from becomes overbearing.

Jun 16, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark straw with a nice creamy fluffy head. It settles pretty quickly into a nice layer of creamy fluff.

The first aroma I notice is banana and a little bit of bubble gum too. Very good smelling beer.

The taste is where I noticed the spice note, which to me was clove like. There is also a little bubble gum but I do not notice the banana as much.

Mouthfeel is the light end of medium and it has a very creamy carbonation to it. It is very soft and smooth.

Feb 14, 2021
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wtg29 from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale orange, semi transparent with a very thin head which dissipates to a ring fairly quickly. Nose is spicy: cardamom, Coriander, allspice, bits of orange zest. Taste is spice up front with the zest finishing. Thin, crisp, drinkable. Not my favorite style but an above average representation

Jan 26, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My bottle is labelled precisely the same as that photo of 2002 above!
L- Mid amber, poured with very slight haze and impressive 2Cm pillowy off-white head.
S- I certainly get typical Weissen spice notes though they are quite subtle.
T- Quite bready with hints of richer malts, certainly when compared to 'regular lager', pilseners and similar. There is hopping of course, but it's not pronounced out from the overall balance.
F- The moderately richer aspects come through in the feel too. You could suggest that 'this is a lager-type beer that you might be happy drinking in winter'.
O- It's nice. If I still lived in Germany I could see myself making an evening session-beer of this one, esp. at German super-low beer prices. Flipside is as a specialist import to the UK it costs more and I'm not sure it stands out vs similar to justify buying via mail order and at £2.79/500ml bottle from BeersOfEurope/UK. BB: 23/06/2021. ... I think the conclusion just made itself there, it's not that special for me (versus others of it's style) so I can imagine sessioning it at a cheaper price, rather than savouring one or two for intrinsic stand-out quality.

Nov 06, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly cloudy, dark golden apricot juice look. Medium thick, quickly dissipating head. Malted clove and allspice smell. Has a good spiced malt flavor but is thin and so is the body. Has a quickly fading, faint clove like aftertaste.

Jul 17, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a thick collar; OK lacing;

S: clove with a hint of bubblegum;

T: clove with a hint of bubblegum; from the middle through the finish, some sweetness builds;

M: light bodied; moderate, soft carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: too much clove at the expense of banana or bubblegum;

Apr 29, 2020
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jkrich from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness coded 11.2 oz. bottle: hazy, deep golden hue with a sustained and foamy white head. I am not sure how to interpret the code on the label, so I cannot determine the age of the product.

Very nice aromas of malt and mild bananas.

This is your typical south German Hefe-Weizen taste: bananas, faint bubble gum and, of course, mild cloves. Light to medium body with refreshing carbonation, though the flavors really don't linger on the palate as I would like. All in all, this is a good choice if you are in the mood for a German wheat ale - I only wish the brewery would use an understandable freshness date.

Feb 21, 2020
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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the beer in Germany when I was there and loved it. Was so pleased when I found a place near me that sells it. Realize how much I love German wheat beers.

Feb 08, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Munich. White head with some lace. Cloudy golden color.

Bananas, cloves, spices, and a light nutty flavor. Wheat and lemon zest. Light to medium bodied. Solid hefe.

Oct 03, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(330 ml bottle, L 065 S; purchased single off shelf... poured into 500 ml mug)

L: crystal-clear golden amber liquid, until sediment swirled in - tornado murk; tall, persistent head... only one lonely streak of lace

S: excellent balance of banana, proofing dough, and cidery spice - also excellent, long-lasting potency

T: baguette-doughy up front, rivulets of banana cake swell through the finish... lightly-spiced banana muffin lingering in aftertaste... yeast carries a mellow bitter, pithy bite, but luckily does not express any harsh, peppery spice

F: delicately plush foamy touch; the approach suggests more chewiness, but the finish feathers away, even eschewing silky yeast residue, instead lifting (via hidden spritz) off the palate; leaves behind soft (spicy) warmth

O: stellar job! - nothing particularly unique, but all flavors are on high volume, textbook example... after some lame marzen earlier, even some bland helles, this was lovely way to close out the evening - would get this again (1511)

Sep 23, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a light orange color. The aroma is of a faint banana & wheat. The taste is banana, wheat, along with a mild spice character. I do recommend you try this beer if you're into hefeweizens. Cheers! B

Sep 02, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours semi haze orange. Not as hazy as some.
Head is smaller white - this is from a tap.
smell is pretty typical with banana and cloves.
Taste is on par as well. although I feel where this beer falls short is the carbonation. I like a Franziskaner more with a little more carb bite.
Finish is sweet. Pretty good/ok for the style and easy to drink.

Aug 19, 2019
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wattoclone from California

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hofbrau Munchen hefeweizen is widely available, first seen when living in PA circa 2009-2016 but first purchased in the central coast CA after moving there in 2017. Not many German beers make it to the west coast so one has to take what you can find. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality and freshness of this hefe. Compared to my favorites Ayinger, Konig Ludwig and Franziskaner, it is on the watery side, but not in a bad way. For me, this the most refreshing hefeweizen imported but still has plenty of banana. The best part is that it is widely available on the west coast.

Aug 03, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle coded L 050 S (2/29/19) poured into a wheat beer glass at fridge temp 5.1% ABV. The beer pours barely hazy golden yellow in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap. The aroma is mild bubblegum/clove/banana. The taste is semisweet clovey banana with a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. Overall, good. Not my favorite style, but I drink a few out of my wife's stash. This is a good example.

Jun 25, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh---summer....time for the weizen! This fine brew pours a
lightly cloudy golden with a nice head of white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows some nice lacing. Nose of
the usual suspects---banana, light clove, and rich wheat with sweet
honey malts. Flavors follow the nose with aplomb; smooth wheat
and banana with a touch of light clove and light biscuit with honey
sweet malts. Very nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium
mouth feel, and a moderately sweet and balanced finish that
shows medium light carbonation and a lightly dry subtle
citrus touched finish.

Always a welcome brew from a fine little brewery


May 22, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a hard time finding this on here, as the label said that this was the Hofbrau Hefe Weizen and not the Munchner Weisse. Regardless of the different in nomenclature, this was a classic beer that is about as textbook as one could find for this style. Sure, it was frigid and damp out today but there aren't many beers that cry out "spring"as much as this easygoing, fun, and tasteful brew!

The pour out of the 330 ml bottle was quite nice as the beer was bright, golden, and topped off with plenty of frothy head. Very little lacing was left behind once you got past the thin and spotty collar along the top of my pint glass. Banana, clove, wheat, and bubblegum sweetness were all on the nose as the taste contained all of those as well. Smooth, yeasty, and bright, this was exactly what I love about a German Hefe Weizen, down to it's slightly rustic and timeless nature that never changes over the course of the centuries.

The low amount of alcohol in this is a plus too as this was as close to an ideal session beer as one could find on a local store shelf. Lightly carbonated and having a clean finish, the banana stuck around for a while in the aftertaste as the wheat gave this plenty of body and was livelier than what I've seen in similar offerings. Stamped "L 015 S" on the back of the bottle, this is a classic if there ever was one as it deserves may more ratings and reviews on here!

May 13, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium top of white head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is of ripe bananas, wheat, cloves and spicy yeast.
The flavour follows the nose with sweet banana notes and dry spiciness with some light malt tones in the back. The finish has a slight bitterness, and the aftertaste has an decent lenght.
Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with an medium carbonation and a prickly carbonation.
A good and refreshing hefeweizen. True to the style.

Mar 23, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle with Julian date code "L 226 R." R is the 18th letter so 2018 and 226th day is August 14th. Bottled on Aug 14, 2018.

Pours a cloudy, deep gold color after stirring up and adding the yeast. Big, fluffy white head with great retention.

Aroma is your classic hefeweizen combo of banana and clove. Good balance in the flavor between fruit and spice, with neither overpowering. Some lemony citrus added in for good measure. Soft and smooth on the palate. Just a joy to drink. Light bodied, perfect carbonation.

Near textbook hefeweizen with all of the flavors and textures on point. Weihenstephaner and Ayinger are a slight notch above, but you could do a lot worse than this. Beautifully done.

Jan 16, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Cloudy yellow body, slightly pulpy, quarter finger white head, fair retention, lots of lacing. Appearance wise, this all fit into a shaker pint glass so the head was all wrong. Smell is clove, spice, mineral, banana bread, cracker, grass. Flavour follows, a bit more zesty bitterness and floral notes on the finish, big clove and not as much iso banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink with good banana flavours.

Jan 07, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tiene una cabeza espumosa que perdura por bastante tiempo. Es de cuerpo medio y de baja carbonatación. Del aroma se rescata el trigo y la levadura. Del sabor nuevamente se realza el trigo, y también el clavo de olor y el plátano.

Nov 18, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this Hefeweizen at Township Beer Hall, Tallahassee, Florida, on draft into half-liter faceted mug.

Huge hefeweizen aroma, beautiful appearance, and a drying finish. Hofbräu’s Hefeweizen is not the standard setter, but is a big part of the tradition.

Nov 05, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. This bottle is labeled as "Hofbrau Hefe Weizen". Dating on back label is 'L 085 R 13:28', which makes bottling date to be late March of 2018. Brown bottle.
Partly cloudy, pale gold colored body. Three finger creamy, white head upon pouring, which settles to thick creamy cap.
Aroma of wheat, yellow straw, banana, and cloves.
Taste manifests the aroma, with sweet bubblegum, mild green apple, and the banana/clove spices.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Has a combination of crispness and being a smooth drinker.
Easy to drink, and a very good example of a German wheat ale.

Aug 16, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap at the Panama Beach Hofbräuhaus, it was poured into a weizenbier glass and came out a hazy amber with a nice off-white head. Banana and clove in the nose. The mouth gets the same, with the nice easy drinking flavor of a classic hefe-weizen. Yum!

Jul 19, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy gold with a big, frothy white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat, straw, and spicy hops.

Taste: Mild apples, grass, and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness and carbonation.

Overall: A nice, solid wheat beer.

Jul 08, 2018
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