Hofbräu Münchner Weisse | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 425 | Ratings: 1,203
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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


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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of OlaB
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had 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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of chitoryu12
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. I have had this a few times previously but never gave a review. Hazy golden body with a tall frothy white head. Typical Hefe yeast, lemongrass, bubblegum, and clove for aroma and flavor. Light-to-medium bodied while being creamy and smooth. Overall, it's a solid go-to for the style, as expected.

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Photo of tigg924
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle bought in Germany. Pours hazy, bright gold in color with two inch head. Taste is banana, clove, and wheat. Light bodied, sweet, semi-crisp, and high carbonation. Amazing, light, and refreshing. Could have several.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into narrow pint glass: color straw, transparent, head is brighter white with fine bubbles and some lacing on the glass.

Smell is bubble gum, clove, hint of banana and toasty wheat malt.

Taste has a bit more bread and toast upfront with the hefe yeast notes providing pleasant mix of flavors - bubble gum, clove, banana.

Mouthfeel is crisper, dryer than some others in this style which i guess i slightly prefer the wheatier/fuller takes on the style.

Overall a crisper/dryer version of the style but still some quality hefe flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Spechopper1007
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This little hefewiezen is a tribute to what a true hefeweizen is supposed to be. A cloudy unfiltered haze of amber with the smell of mild fruit with the addition of a wave of wheat. The taste is of mild hoppyness to overtones bright and mild sweetness and a bread like finish. Overall a great hefewiesen in my opinion.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Bottle labled "Hofbrau Hefe Weizen", and the ABV is 5.1, so I'm guessing this is the same thing. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet wheat, lemon, a little graininess, clove and a hint of caramel; inviting. Flavor starts with mildly grainy wheat, slight lemon and clove, dries out a little into a wheat finish with lingering light lemon tartness and clove with light residual bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A pleasant hefewiezen with a characteristic flavor profile. A little drier in the finish than others, but overall a good flavor transition. The green bottle got me prepared for skunking, but none was detected here, perhaps because of the low hopping in this style (or luck with dark storage in transportation). A classic German brewery that knows what they are doing. Hofbrau was the dominant brand when I visited Munich in the 1970s and this shows why they are so popular.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice and mild wheat beer...

This particular brew has a distinct orange tinge to it and pours a beautifully white head. The head had some staying power and good lacing. The smell was light on wheat and some background fruity notes - surprising in my book. For feels I found it carbonated but still very crisp and light-bodied. I tasted pretty much what I smelled and I was very happy with it. A solid brew that I can't help to partake of more tonight.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a weizen glass. The appearance was a hazy/cloudy burnt orange color with a sustaining white foamy head for a good minute. Then dissipates at a nice pace. Lacing slides into the beer. The aroma starts off with some sweet bready wheatiness. Cloves and banana esters are there, but because of the green bottle, yes, mild skunkiness starting to show up. The flavor leans sweet first but ends up balancing between the sweetness and spicy clove. Dry clove spice to super mild banana esters aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable smooth sweet crisp feel. Carbonation seems pretty light. Overall, getting this done before it becomes a skunk bomb. Damn, I hate green bottles! Why, ugh, please stop, this is 2016. Science has disproved that these bottles should no longer be used.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, straw color with two-finger, white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet honey, bread and banana, there is a slight musty, euro skunk smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey and bread then banana.

PALATE: medium body and velvety smooth.

OVERALL: this is a superior Hefe Weizen, I would buy this again no problem and would recommend to anyone who enjoys this style as much as I do.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden yellow with very little transparency. Good carbonation - about an inch of head. Smell is really nice - orange peel, sweet, refreshing, earthy. Taste isn't as nice as the nose - flavors a bit muted. I was expecting more after the nice nose. Taste is orange peel, wheat, a bit bready, lemon. Not bitter. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, nice reflection of the style. Not my favorite, but really good.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass

A: Pours a dark straw color with a bright white full creamy head, lots of head retention and carbonation, beer is cloudy.

A: Lots of aromas, banana, spice, light clove, lots of sweet malts, smells very good.

T: The aroma did not transfer to the taste, same notes of banana, light spice and clove, lots of yeast and malt, picking up a little off flavor like a children's vitamin, aftertaste has banana and a light spice note.

M: Light bodied with lots of carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, very light on the palate, easy to drink.

O: Besides the slight off flavor that I picked up, this is a refreshing easy to drink beer, there's no bottle date that is easily identifiable but I'd picked this up again if I knew how fresh it is.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice, cloudy pale copper color when poured, with a full, cereal aroma lending to the wheat of the beer. Great, clean, buttery flavor, clearly superior, with little distracting aftertaste. Smooth in the mouth, goes down nicely. A superior hefeweizen. I will be getting this again.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack in bottles. The bottles were 11.2 fluid ounces with the bottle number of L 175 P 12:42. I could not find an expiration date. It was refrigerated and poured into a pint shaped glass.

Appearance: golden and cloudy. The beer looked lively and the carbon bubbles still rapidly ascend as I write this. Not much of a head as I poured it with the glass tilted.

Smell: nutty and floral

Taste: well carbonated with a smoky feel. The beer goes down dry as I didn't get much of an aftertaste

Mouth Feel: crisp and oily

Overall: I enjoyed the beer as it wasn't heavy and sweet. Hofcrau Munchen brand seems universally well enjoyed. I've tried their October Fest and it was delicious. I can get this brand regularly at my local beverage store. Easily a beer you can bring to a gathering. Beer Advocate's description stated the ABV as 5.4% but on the bottle it reads 5.1%.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a Weissbier glass; no clear production information.
A: Pours a very slightly hazy, light amber color with exuberant head formation leaving a two inch, off white head with excellent, long term foamy retention and excellent lacing.
S: Aromas of breast crust, apple and spice/pepper predominate.
T: Semisweet. Flavors definitely distinct from the nose with banana and cloves strongly out front. Light bitterness present on he back end with a clean finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with strong, persistent and at first exuberant carbonation.
O: A nice, light but full flavored, Hefe Weizen. Solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to glass at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI. Perfect atmosphere for an HB. Golden color with a finger of small, even sized bubbles. Beautiful wheat aroma, banana and bread. Taste follows, some clove and sweet honey-like notes. Smooth, silky feel and clean finish.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with lots of white head. Smells of olives and lemons with a bit of a musty/bread scent in the backdrop. Clean, lemony flavor with a bit of a crust flavor in the malts. Solid medium body. All around, a well-rounded and enjoyable beer.

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