Hofbräu Münchner Weisse | Hofbräuhaus München

BA SCORE
86
very good
785 Ratings
Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
785
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
112
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 785 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Beer has a large off-white head made up of smaller bubbles, leading to a frothed egg-white appearance. Declines a minute or so to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some decent lacing on glass sides. Body is quite light, a golden yellow in the shadows and a faint yellow when held up to a light. Hazy from the yeast. Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma is classic hefeweizen, though a bit light compared to Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, etc. Primarily of medium-light intensity wheat/barley malt, banana, and some lemon.

Taste opens with some light sweetness that fades into lemon, faint yeastiness and banana, all a bit watery, but still above average. Mild tartness lingers in the back-sides of the palate.

Medium to medium-light bodied with a carbonation level that is slightly too high for the body. Carbonation diminishes over time, leading to the beer feeling smoother on the palate. Finish is dry.

Overall, this was a decent hefeweizen, above average, but the lightness on the smell and taste make it a bit pale in comparison to the others available for export in this style.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rlf1810
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of soju6
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some fruit sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is of fresh grain with a trace of bananas. There is a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth with a nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing a fancy, just a nice quality beer. I would like to try this on-tap to get the real character of this beer

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - Poured cloudy orange with strong carbonation, one finger of white head left no lace and a finger of retention.

S - Bubblegum, yeast, mild spice, orange. Very aggressive aroma that is pleasant.

T - Light but flavourful as well. Wheat, orange, bubblegum, a bit of spice. Seemed spot on for the style.

M - Good strong carbonation, light body, orangey finish.

O/D - A strong, classical Hefe. This is what the style is all about, and I think they nailed it. Refreshing, light, flavourful. Delicious. I remember having this in Munich and it having a much more pronounced lemon/citrus character, but that could be freshness.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of bobhits
2.54/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow/orange body with a white cap of creamy head. Not a lot of carbonation here, but I suppose it does the job. The body is rather lacking in activity, I recall hefs being a bit more active.

The nose is classic hef with vanilla, cloves, bubble gum, and bananas all standing out.

The taste isn’t nearly as strong or sweet as the nose. Sure cloves, bananas, bubble gum are all here, but this one isn’t taking on the right balance and there is a lot of chalky yeast in here which is out of place. The yeast gives this one a similar bready flavor comparable to their Original. It was different and drying there, but in this hef it just seems grossly out of place. I have a feeling this is a result of a certain yeast strain being used across all their beers, but just guessing. I believe if you enjoy the effects of this yeast flavor this beer might be for you, but this one misses the boat for good German made Hefs by a pretty hide margin.

The dry effects of the yeast are taking away from this one a lot. It is still drinkable, but the mouth is just thrown off by the drying effects. Add in this just isn’t the perfect creamy hef body that the better hefs pull off.

There’s nothing “wrong” with this beer. I don’t think it is an exceptional example of the style and certainly don’t think it is a beer I’ll go back to. Still the price at about 2.15 for a 16.6 is lower than most Germans and I believe they do 6 packs for around 10-11 so the price here is justifiable.

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

Poured from a green 330ml bottle into a pint glass, coded freshness date.

This pours a nice light yellow with a massive head. Right off the bat I do get a little Heineken type of smell, but under that I get some more traditional wheat beer smells, a little sweet some banana and cloves. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Taste is of wheat, some dryness, not as sweet as the nose, maybe a little of the banana. Overall this isn't bad but there are far better wheats out there and I don't see the need to get this one again.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a cloudy, light golden color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap.

s: Bright banana and bubblegum backed nicely by some earthy cloves.

t: Very nice balance of refreshingly sweet banana notes with hints of bubblegum and earthy wheat malts,

m: Nicely big and chewy.

o: Very nice hefe to have in a flood.

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

Drank on-tap at The Ginger Man, South Norwalk, CT
Served in a weizen glass

Cloudy, pale yellow ochre in appearance. The beer was topped by a near two-finger, bright white, sea foam crown. Good lasting strength on the head. Drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was remarkably crisp, dry and powdery initially. Yeasty with moderate spice and lemon notes, but not much else. I was a bit disappointed by its lack of complexity. As the beer sat, the nose changed considerably. Fruity bubblegum notes came out strong and the spiciness really intensified, as did the tart lemony notes.

Off the bat, the flavor profile seemed far more rounded than the nose. Sweet, bready malts and bubblegum notes were quite noticeable. Lots of crisp wheatiness and spices in the center. Clove seemed to be the dominant spice. Lemon peel appeared as well. Overall, the beer displayed a nice balance between sweet and tart. The finish was refreshingly crisp and semi-dry.

The liquid wad soft and pillowy with a fine, lively effervescence. Smooth and lush on the palate. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down substantially and the mouthfeel turned even creamier.

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse is a flavorful yet easy drinking hefeweizen that is perfect for sipping on a warm fall evening. This is definitely a solid all-around version of the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large krug at Ubersteins.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza continues its German leg. This portion pours a cloudy amber-straw topped by a healthy white froth. The nose comprises the usual banana, clove, and wheat, along with a light tinge of orange and lemon zests. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light biscuity note running through the background, along with a light grapefruit sidekick. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing finish. Overall, a very enjoyable hefe, one of the better representations around.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass.

A: golden body with orange tones and small one finger foamy head that faded rather quickly. A bit disappointing.

S: wheat, cloves, lemon and hints of banana. A bit plain, but still enjoyable.

T: follows the nose in part with lemon and banana. A bit of apple is also felt and finishes off with spiciness

M: medium body, carbonation was a bit high I thought.

O: I was a bit disappointed with this one. I'm a huge Hefeweizen fan but this one didn't catch my attention. It felt very plain and didn't offer anything that wowed me.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a .5l weizen glass

A - Bright yellow to very light amber hue, cloudy as per the style. Has a much smaller head than other hefeweizens

S - Nice soft banana and clove, very delicate, hint of of tart lemon

T - Sweet and sour citrus, light on the spice and yeast

M - Pretty good, decent carbonation

O - A nice bavarian hefeweizen, but there are better

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Photo of Northsider
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Primebar Chicago.

I was with a German (Austrian to be exact) colleague and he recommended this beer. What a great choice! If you are looking for a perfect beer that really exemplifies the hefeweizen style, this is it! I'll need to find this at places closer to me for the future. He suggested even mixed this with banana juice or some other fruit juice for added flavor. I may have to try this as well.

Overall, don't miss this if you love this style.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, glowing deep yellow with ok carbonation but the head disappeared rather fast

S: Pretty pungent on the banana and clove

T: Wheat, sordove astringent and biting with banana and clove

M: Nice feel and body

O: Good drink and example of the style

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

A- Pours a hazy golden wheat color. Produces a huge 3-finger frothy white head.

S- Perfect wheat beer smell. Wheat, yeast, lots of banana esters.

T- Solid wheat flavor with a bready texture, chalky yeast, bananas are slightly more vague than in the nose, cloves are still pretty strong, a touch of citrus in the background.

M- Medium bodied, great carbonation, despite a bit of chalkiness from the yeast the texture is still smooth and drinkable with a crisp finish.

O- There's no two ways about it, this beer is delicious, doing Bayern proud.

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Photo of A1Sports
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11.2 oz bottle.

A: Poured from a bottle the color is gold, good cloudiness like a hefe should. Little head, white, that disappears quickly.

S: Great smell. Some banana and spice and something else. It almost smells like smoke or better - like someone recently lit a match. Not sure that's it, but overall, it's appealing and a little different.

T: Powerful carbonation, but the taste goes quickly.

M: Good, crisp, refreshing taste left in the mouth.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer and it was very much a standard hefe. I was hoping for a little more flavor other than the quick spicy impact you get right away with the spice and carbonation. Good, refreshing beer, perfect for summer.

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Photo of IPA35
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second weizen ever. Bought at Bennet in Italy.

This is a cloudy, golden beer with a white head.
It smells of banana and hops.

The taste is very much banana, banana and some spicy and hops. Too much banana for me.

Overal probably a good weizen, prehaps I just don't like the style. The weather wasn't too good either, prehaps the taste is better when it is warmer?

Should try more of the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle.

A- Pale straw-gold hew into a pint glass, no weizen glass at apartment yet. A fizzy/foamy white head forms with small size and not much in the way of retention. Only a few small splotches of lace.

S- Wheat bread pops out along with hops. The hops are mostly floral and grassy. Some banana and clove.

T- More yeast influence here bringing clove, banana, breadand esters. Hops are nice in the finish lending floral, grassy and a nice lemon bite. Some sweetness, wheat and grainy malt.

MF- Foamy body with a light overall feel. Slightly tart and bitter finish.

A very crisp, light bodied hefeweizen which refreshes and doesn't lack in the flavor department.

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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
3.84 out of 5 based on 785 ratings.
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