Hofbräu Münchner Weisse
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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #31
Ranked #12,604
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Hofbräuhaus München
Very Good
Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse
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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Photo of CTHomer
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;

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Photo of jkrich
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.

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Photo of ProfessrJoe
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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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)

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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of Bshaw22
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.

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Photo of wattoclone
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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


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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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Photo of OlaB
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.

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Photo of Jacobier10
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of elnachooo
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.

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Photo of BigGold
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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%
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 +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!

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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +19.2%
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 +1.3%
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 -3.8%
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%
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 -10.7%
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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