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Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce (500ml) standard Teutonic brown glass bottle. Blue and white crown cap has the HB logo on it. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database. Described as “Münchner Kindl Hefe Weizen”. No strength or discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Lightly hazed orange golden body that has a large head on the pour as is so often the case, but it settles with a thin white head with some nice looking lacing and a ship-shape solid ½” white head. Average carbonation levels that seem to lack a little of the usual spritzy character.

Smell: Sweet fresh malts and lots of wheat in the nose. Banana’s with a citric clove feel, oranges (?) even. Fruity aromas.

Taste: Starts with a sweet yeasty feel, light Banana’s in the middle, some lemon peel feel racks the end of the drink. Sharp at times but it is sweet with a fruity citric feel throughout the experience.

Mouthfeel: Mid-body presence. Has a cloying toffee feel in the back end but it is nothing that detracts, in fact it adds a solid feel to this brew.

Drinkability: Smooth very drinkable offering that has a creamy feel in the mouth with a thick toffee clove finish. I’m not a huge Hefe fan but I do like this one.

Overall: An attractive Hefe Weizen, not sure I would stock up on this one but decent nevertheless. Better than the usual run-of-the-mill Hefe’s.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a deep orange in color with a bottle-conditioned haziness and a huge, clumpy, white foamy head. There’s a lot of carbonation going on in this glass, too, making this one a real Hefe.

Smell – The lovely German yeast is right on for the style. I can pick up a light banana and maybe a hint of cherries. The deep, rich yeast though is what does it for me.

Taste – Oh, this is tasty. The yeast steps back a bit at the tongue and the bananas really pick things up. The finish is very soft and fruity.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with a good, fluffy, Hefe mouthfeel.

Drinkability – The creamy nature of this Weizen helps this one go down like silk. It’s a terrific summer time bier or, as in my case tonight, a good snack when dinner’s still an hour or so away.

Comments – There’s not a lot of variance in my rating of this bottled Weizen as opposed to the on-tap version that I had at the Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas, but it is far preferable, IMO.

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Photo of Brent
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden-orange, very little suspended yeast haze, even after a final swirl in an effort to decant sediment. Aroma was a bit citric acidic. Up front there was moderate citric tartness - as though a dash of lemon had been added to the beer. Some wispy banana notes hung in the background. For a hefe weizen, the yeast was uncharacteristically muted, contributing no breadyness or particularly spicy phenols to the party. More like a plain weizen. Couldn't figure out the date stamp, so it may have been a bit over the hill.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/19/04- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9 oz bottle with a bottled date of 08/30. Poured into one of my weizen glasses.

Appearance- Nice and foamy head with large bubbles, semi cloudy golden pour and decent lacing.

Smell- Kind of a funky yeast smell with some citrus involved.

Taste- More yeast and lemon than anything. No cloves or bananas that I am used to with my favorite hefe's.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as many hefe's. Mid to light feel to it.

Drinkability- Acceptable hefeweizen, but have had many better and more worthy of drinking. Run of the mill IMO.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Soft gold color, small head, very clear for a weizen. Not much head retention.

Aroma: Grainy malt, with light cloviness.

Flavor: Lot of wheat flavor here, and apple-banana fruit flavors are prominent. Phenols are very restrained.

Body: Creamy, soft mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation.

Not bad, but not a very interesting weizen.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear golden amber colored brew.

Scent is very tasty! Big banana and clove scents with a strong sweetness to the brew. Mild medicinal scents but the banana and sugar scent come through very strong.

Taste is very mildly sweet with a pleasant banana flavor hitting the tongue most strongly. Refined controlled flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is lacking though.

Nice drinkable Hefe, I like the stronger versions better but I wouldn't turn a glass of this down!

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Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid light amber hue. Lively carbonation supports a dense, stiff and dogged pure white head. Sheets of lace remain. Mild banana and herbal clove hints upfront in aroma. Secondary hints of tart, grainy wheat and a cleaner lemon like acidity. Tame and functional aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a note of doughy banana bread, although the thinnish body dilutes and mutes esters overall. Bubblegum and banana hints add depth, but remain understated enough to allow a simple, wheat cracker note to lend dryness. Trace musty yeast undertone. Tartness augments as the beer warms, but all components remain in a prosaic balance. Finishes lightly sweet, with fleeting honeydew melon and lemon drop hints. Kindl is a respectable hefeweizen and overall a couple notches above the middle of the pack.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured it showed a medium golden color with loads of foam and some lace. The smell was the weakest point of this Hefe-weizen. It showed very little in the way of fruit, wheat or yeast. The the flavor after the first sip showed a fair amount of citrus fruit, along with cloves and yeast. Also, a hint of banana. I find out that the warmer this hefe-weizen, the more intense the flavor. The finish was just about right, that the flavor just lingered long enough until the next sip!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy medium yellow color with three big fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little skunky at first, but once you let it sit for a minute, lots of great aromas come through. There's a lot of citrus fruit. Lemon and orange, not much of the classic banana and clove aromas. The taste is a bit on the citrus side as well, with a little bit more spice. Nice and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is really good. A decent weizen.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle like the one in the picture and poured into my Franziskaner weissbier glass.
Appearance: cloudy golden color with a billowing white head that towered nicely above the rim of the glass. No lace.
Nose: pretty standard, stuff, really. Decent malt notes with light bread overtones. Some subdued banana and clove aroma and a subtle hint of peach or apricot. Missing that hint of bubblegum I love in some hefeweizens.
Taste: sweet white bread maltiness with a bit of clove and banana. Not as prolific as I've had in others. Touch of sour in the mix, too, akin to green apple skin.
Feel: light, crisp, and refreshing.
Overall: a decent, albeit not fantastic, example of the style. I'd like the flavors to be a little bolder. Still, a nice hefeweizen.

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with an enormous head. Good aroma. Light and sweet fruitiness. Spicy and lemony. The flavor is slightly spicy, lemony, some banana. The aftertaste is superb - clove, banana. Wow. I really enjoyed this beer. I have a new favorite hefe. Has a great, fully body with a great mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Very interesting beer. I'll be going out today to pick some up.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer left the bottle with an explosion of head, about the entire width of my hand. The head falls to 2 fingers over top of the golden yellow, hazy beer. The nose was a nice a nice bananas and cream with some good lemon tones as well. I really liked the flavor of this one. There was a good it of lemon on the initial taste, with the aftertaste coming on strong with the banana cream pie flavor. The feel was just a shade thin, not coating my mouth as much as I would like it. Drinkability was awesome. I could sit down to just a ton of this beer.

Edit: The first one of these came out of a 500 ml brown bottle the first time and it was very good. We just cracked a 355 ml green bottle and there was an awful skunkey odor. I'm letting it sit to see if that goes away. After sitting, that smell leaves, but I will only buy the 500 ml bottles from here on out.

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Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy pale yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't stick around. Light banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes too sweet, bland and uninteresting, not very much going on here.

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Photo of budgood1
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle the typical golden and cloudy lemon yellow sun colour with a huge frothy inch high head. huge chunks of sediment added in. certainly looks the part! lots of chunky lace too. subdued banana and clove aroma....with an added citrus and spice kick. the first thing that shocks me upon tasting it is the velvety and creamy smooth mouthfeel. it's unreal how slick this stuff goes down. what disappoints me is the taste...very understated and quite ordinary. a sort of strawberry and cream flavour with a spiciness that never asserts itself. subdued cloviness and wheat flavours, but not bad. seemingly full bodied and highly drinkable...i'd drink this every day of summer if i could afford it. this would be a great hefe to try out on people that aren't accustomed to the bavarian wheat and yeast beers of germany. good stuff...just lacking a bit in the flavour department.

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Photo of danadeny
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head: Solid 2 fingers, nice and white, laces the glass

Color: A cloudy brownish yellow

Smell: fruity, slightly spicy, hints of lemon

Taste: Spicy on tongue, fruity in the middle with hints of banana. Kick of lemon near the end, and a finish that reminds me of a pilsner. little to no after taste.

Mouth feel: medium thickness, no carbonation

Drinkability: high, very satisfying

Notes: awesome summer 6-pack. very refreshing. I would say it seems like 3/4 hefe weizen, 1/4 pilsner.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This hefe is med-dark orange for the style, and has a bubbly white head. Wheat and citrus on the nose. Classic hefe characteristics, for a german version this is more citrusy/lemony then some of the others that ive had. Creamy mouthfeel, some acidic notes. Time and time again the german hefes are proving their superiority, this one isnt my favorite but it is solid.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. Hazy golden yellow color with a 1" fluffy head. Some lacing developed. The aroma was light as some wheat was detectable. The flavor was of wheat and mild bananas. Some sweetness arrives on the tongue as you swallow this. The flavor was simple and not overpowering as some other hefeweizens are.

This was smooth and had a soft wheat finish. Nicely drinkable and was a nice finish to my stay at the restaurant.

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Photo of scriabin
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy, flaxen hefe weizen color. Taste is classic german hefe weizen, with banana and just a hint of clove. The flavors are well balanced and the beer is very smooth. In fact, it almost has what I'd call a mild flavor, sort of a like a Paulaner but not as strong a flavor. Carbonation is not too high and not too low, perfect in my book. An excellent HW worth a second offering. Cheers!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus.

This beer poured a cloudy, light brown-amber color with tall, pillowy foam that persisted and clung to the glass -- very nice. The smell was modest: a "clean" smell with some grain/wheat. The taste was malty with very faint banana, a bit of caramel, and some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was a pleasant, mild flavor of caramel and banana. This was an enjoyable and decent dark wheat beer.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle served chilled in a tall pilsner glass. My bottle is identical to the one pictured. I should note the name on the label is different than the beer's name in the db.

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow with a huge thick white head. It settled down to a healthy layer of foam eventually. Little specks of foam were left here and there.

Smell: Textbook smells of cloves, lemons, and bananas. Just a hint of bubblegum. Nice, but I like just a titch more of these aromas please.

Taste: Crisp bready malts with aftertastes of cloves and citrus. Banana esters are far off in the mist. Ever so slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and light in body, like a hefe orta be.

Drinkability: I could consume this beer in mass quantities with ease. Very tasty and a decent hefe.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a Moscow supermarket, this beer comes in a green 12 oz. (355ml - gee, guess it's bottled for the U.S. market - yup, back label includes refund info for various states) bottle with a blue and white label featuring the facade of, what else?, the Hofbräuhaus. Purity law applies. Only the Russian import label slapped on the side has the freshness date: best before 8/28/04, I opened it on 2/23/04.

Pours a fairly clear (this is a Hefeweizen, right) light gold under a one finger head that fades to film quite quickly, leaving minimal lace. The nose is very, very mild - just the slightest hint of the necessary clove and yeast. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is sweet and spicey, like a wheat beer should have, but it is very, very subdued - almost watered down. It's not bad, but there's very little substance here. No discernible hops, but no surprise there. The aftertaste is sweet spice, as it should be. Sure, this is drinkable, but there are much better examples of the style.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--large, brown bottle with freshness date stamped on back.
--nice, large head that slimmed but stayed until the end. Minor lacing.
--cloudy, dirty straw like in color
--a wheat smell, with a slight hint of citric

Overall a nice beer to drink. It didn't jump out in any way but I must say that I liked it. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle not available in the 15.9 oz. brown bottles that would have been preferred, but anyway here we go. Appearance: Cloudy golden tone with a nice billowing highly carbonated effervescent white head leaving behind specks of lace with each sip. Aroma: Starts out very skunky especially after cracking the bottle however, it becomes tamer after pouring in the settlement and letting it sit for a minute. More banana clove tones arise with the sharply sweet malt profile this one comes together, I thought it was a tradgedy but it's not bad at all topped off with a European hop dosage. Taste: Mellow but smooth rolling yeast tones of banana and cloves this has a nice citrusy flow to it as well with the sharp sweetness bringing a bit of a tart tone to the overall profile and balanced with herbal hops nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy light to medium in body very nice summer brew. Drinkability: Tasty goes down and flavorful this one gets my vote as an authentic Bavarian style weizen.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrauhaus Newport,KY. (Cincinnati, OH.)
Medium cloudy yellow color. Foamy rich white head. Nicel lacing down the glass. Lots of clove and sweet sugar yeasty weissbier smells. Loads of bananas and herbs. Pretty spot on flavors, freshness is evident, nice yeasty richness, and crisp herbal finish. Very good weissbeir. Crisp, light to medium bodied, plenty of tangy sweetness. I would really like to pair this with some potato pancakes or something else thick and heavy. A good example of the style.

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Photo of aaronh
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Cloudy yellow body topped by a moderate white head. Aroma was a little hoppy and had nice clove scents, but seemed to lack the banana bread notes that many hefes show. Taste was crisp and satisfying with a nice hop note on the finish. Mouthfeel was lighter but not weak. Drinkability was very good. Overall, tasted very fresh and complimented the food well. A nice beer.

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