Hofbräu Münchner Weisse | Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse
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Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Ratings: 788 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of A1Sports
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -5.1%
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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Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 'ol Hofbräuhaus Am Platzl in 6/11.
Arrived in a standard fluted weiss glass. The beer is cloudy eggshell color with the prerequisite 2” of foam on top.
I’d say this take on the style falls into the fruitier category. Big banana up-front, and on the back end. Hints of apple and pear, too. The spice notes aren’t too strong, but there is a little bit of a vanilla cream with some sips. Not much clove, but there is a hint of nutmeg.
No chalkiness at all in spite of quite a lot of suspended yeast. You can drink this all day, and on occasion I’ve been guilty of having several. I don’t think I’m alone in that, though.
Not the absolute best weissbier, but still a really good one. If you favor the fruit-focused weizens, this one is absolutely worth seeking out. I’ve heard the bottled version doesn’t really do this justice, but on tap it’s excellent.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow-orange colored brew with a nice pillow of froth on top. Retention was moderate and lacing a little soapy.

S - Yeasty, with a punch of fresh lemons, not lemon juice or anything artificial.

T - Mild phenol/banana/citrus flavors all blend together in a nice clean swirl. Decently complex, yet simplistic enough as to enjoy without a second thought.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation level, clean finish. Perhaps slightly watery, but not enough to cause a huge hit here.

D - It might not be the most flavorful hefeweizen out there, but it is refreshingly good and a solid classic. Definitely one of those that you just have to try if you're a fan of wheat beers.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a hazy golden color. Nice white head and lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up the glass.

Aroma isn't as strong as it is in other weizens. Kinda clover and wheaty.

Taste is also lighter than other weizens. Cinda wheaty and clovy. Slight banana.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. Mild carb.

Overall an ok Weizen. There are others I would rather have.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Light golden, less cloudy than the average for the style. Big white fluffy head that leaves loads of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- A fresh wheat aroma, with some light undernotes of lemon and spices

T- Light but highly refreshing bready malts. Then notes of lemon and banana. Some spicy flavours (clove, phenols) to bring more life. Very much what you would in a weizen, though this one is quite sweet, even for the style

M- Light in body with a good amount of carbonation, at least for the style. Feels pleasantly crisp on the tongue and decently smooth on the palate

O- The beer is decently complex but drinkabilty is still awesome and this beer is a perfect thirst quencher for the summer months. A solid classic hefeweizen

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Photo of Dster
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why would you package a delicate beer like a hefewiezen in green glass?

A - Straw yellow with fine bubbles and large white head.

S - citrus, mild skunk.

T - lemon zest, bready, slight sweetness.

M - carbonation is bright, texture is silky.

D - Easy to drink.. big fan of the style, but I better stick to kegs.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a decent white head, no lacing.

Sweet wheat and yeast with a hint of spice. Grain forward in the nose.

Wheat, yeast, some husk. Sweet grain hits the spot. Some light spice, but this is not a big one for anything beyond basics. Finishes clean with light bitterness and some grain husk.

Lighter bodied, easy to drink. Decent version of the style, though a bit imperfect.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught served in a 25 oz mug (~.75L), Hofbräu Hefe Weisse is a cloudy dull gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is very pithy, minerals, a bit of citrus really, even though there no lemon served thankfully, at this actually authentic German bar.

Taste is pretty spicy, again lots of mineral pith, the wheat brings some spice, not much in the way of the classic Bavarian esters of banana or clove. Not my favorite by any stretch as it's more wheaty then anything else, almost saison like, clean though.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is average. It's certainly quenching, and while it has some weizen character, it's not bringing the Bavarian yeast notes I love in the style.

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Uberstein Chicago

A - The body was cloudy with a golden hue to it...two fingers worth of creamy, white head...it feel slowly and settled into a thin cap which fell to a solid ring around the glass...decent lacing left behind

S - Fresh, creamy banana dominates the aroma...the yeast can be detected along with some faint citrus notes

T - The flavors are that of a classic Hefewizen...the banana is taken down a notch by the yeast flavors present...but the banana is evident throughout the entire beer...the spices make an appearance in the middle of the beer but they are not overpowering at all...there's a lemon presence towards the end of the beer

M - Medium bodied...creamy and refreshing

O - As I said before, this is a classic Hefeweizen...great banana flavors and spot of refreshing...this was better than my previous experience "American" made Hofbrau

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.06/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic. Wanted to try something other than the Weihenstephaner, which I know to be awesome. Picked up this green bottle. A little yeast ringlet sits at the bottom of the glass. Word.
Not super cloudy, but a bit hazy yellow, looks fine and all.
Smells a little skunked with some banana and wheat and clove.
Definitely tastes skunked, which is always strange to me that such a low hop beer can do this. But it does! The sulfur notes dominate, with a little bit of the yeast character to provide some semblance of decency.
A crappin disappointment.

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

Tried this on-tap at the Hofbrau beer hall in Munich.

Hazy golden yellow colour with a large, foamy white head settling down to leave a thin cap on the pint.

Banana aroma dominating although this is a quite clean smelling hefeweizen. There is a sort of cloudy, fruity smell and some spice too along with some lemon.

Very much like the smell with the banana flavour being the most noticeable with the spice and lemon in the background. The banana taste is pretty good and there is also faint some herbal flavours.

This one is on the light side of medium bodied and is really smooth. The carbonation is low for the style but it's not off-putting.

I really enjoyed this one having sampled it in Hofbräu beer garden in Munich on a warm day which may have helped my rating slightly. The beer went down really well and is definitely one I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Appropriately hazy amber that is unfortunately lacking in the head department. Head never develops past a persistent ring of lace. Otherwise nice, though.

S- Strong banana aroma backed by a tart malt and some lemon notes. Nice, almost a bit funky.

T- Mild, soft ripe fruit notes heavy on banana and apple. Husky grains and earthy yeast notes complement the fruit quite nicely. Finishes with a touch of residual sweetness and very little bitterness.

M- Good medium body that is carbonated well but not aggressively so.

Yet another solid German hefeweizen. This one may be a little better than some of the others I've tried. The flavor is mild but very nice and all its elements combine to form a beer that is extremely drinkable. I could quaff a couple of these on a summer day with ease. I'd certainly get it again. Recommended, especially for fans of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a nice large cap of frothy white foam. Decent retention.

(S)- A really nice dry clove, lemon, and banana with a nice earthy biscuit-like wheat finish.

(T)- Very very dry. A nice clove and lemon profile with tiny bits of banana. A good biscuit and wheat finish.

(M)- A nice crisp yet smooth carbonation level. A nice balance and feel; not overly fruity or dry or wheat but harmonious in all.

(D)- A solid Hefe. Fits the style well and really hits the spot to quench your beer thirst on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Looking great with an almost nice tight white head of two fingers. Gives great looking rising carbonation from a cloudy glowing yellow/dark lemon body. Looks like a great Hefeweizen.

Smell is a classic. Simple banana and clove, but also a very sense of wet and thin feeling to come.

Taste brings the hint of what is on the nose. A bit wet banana and clove finish. Hints of nutmeg and other brown spices but with very little body. On the swallow there is a hint of bread wheat like finish. Even a little wet lemon aftertaste.

Overall fairly solid and easy drinking and a good representation of the style that will do the job easily.

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Photo of patra7
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at home from a bottle with an Expiration 7 months away (12.01.2012):
Appearance: Huge white head, noticeable lacing. Yellow / gold color; not as cloudy as other hefeweiss beers, until I pour the last part with the yeast.
Smell: Slight banana smell with yeast and some notes of other fruits.
Taste: Yeast, banana and some other fruits (probably peach) together with mild spicy flavors and grains. Nicely balanced by a subtle hoppy character.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and rather low carbonation. Very smooth.
Drinkability: Smooth, refreshing, nothing wrong with anything. Easily drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Horbrau weiss beer glass. Beer is yellow and hazy, almost making it brown, with a soft white head of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate to high carbonation, head has some retention to it.

Aroma is strong and banana-y, lots of bananas up in this guy.

Beer is wet, that's the best descriptor to it, not dry, wet. It is mildly sweet, nice fruit ester presence in the midpalate without any bubblegum esters or anything like that. The finish is wet and completely absent of any bitterness, a great hefe. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with great white head.

The smell is of mostly lemon with some slight bready malt.

The taste is on par with the smell and is heavy on the lemon and ever so slight herb taste from the yeast. No banana or strong clove.

Not a bad beer by any means but there are better hefe's out there.

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Photo of DCon
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Dierbergs in Ellisville, MO from the "Bomber" Fridge Section. Served from a 1pint, 9oz bottle and poured into a Pint Glass. Best By: Feb 11 2011.

Appearance- Pale Orange Color, Very Cloudy, and 4 fingers of head. Head made a circle and had absolutely no retention and left nothing on the glass.

Smell- The smell has a banana hint and an extreme amount of wheat. Something with it reminds me of a sour/tart beer. Not sure if this supposed to be right...

Taste- Very lemon citrusy. Has a great wheat taste and not sure what else to talk about... Loved in Germany, almost flat when made in the States.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, Light Bodied, and Weak Viscosity. A tart/heaviness continues after the swallow.

Drinkability- I have had better while in Munich. I'm sure this is because of the transaction from Germany to the US and how we process and brew the beer differently. Will recommend this Hefeweizen but not my favorite in the States...

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Photo of SanDog
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into traditional German hefe glass
500 ml brown bottle

A: Deep hazy straw with hint of orange. Thick eggshell head, but thins rather quickly. Stringy lace down the glass. Very large bubbles noticed rising from bottom of glass.

S: Initial bubblegum and wheaty/pilsnery grain. Hint of banana, but grainy aspect dominates. Clean. Mildly herbal. Later passes reveal a more bready aroma and more yeast. Complex.

T: Wheaty grain, a little yeast, hint of sweetness, clean finish with a solid bitter (mildy astringent) aftertaste. Hint of citrus. Halfway down glass reveals some bready-doughiness and more citrus. The nose promised more.

M: Medium to medium-light. Carbonation appropriate for the style.

D: Easy to drink. Another "warm day on the patio beer"

Notes: A solid representation of the style that takes no risks, offends no one, but will not have anyone asking you "what was THAT" at the end of the party. Would like to compare this to its draft version next time I go to Las Vegas.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange lemon juice with a a cloudy appeal, invisible carbonations and a finger of white head...

Smells of a lemon garden with strong yeast notes and a

Yum, mouthful of bread and biscuit, a lovely mild fruity citrus as well, not as much as the nose held but truly a decent flavor

Mouth is wet and medium bodied, a light amount of carbonation tingles just right

Very drinkable, you could definitely slam an orange in here if you wanted, I enjoyed it plain and am happy with that choice, a mellow beer you could chill on for hours give to any new beer drinker or your favorite lady

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Photo of jsh420
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours cloudy golden orange with a 2+ finger that left some spotted lacing

smells of strong banana and yeast

taste is a major let down after such a great nose - very watery and bland

mouthfeel is light with tons of carbonation crisp clean

drinkability is not good - bland watery flavor mixed with $11 sixers - should have bought some SN Keller

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again I am still new to the rating process.

Great German beer with a nice easy flavor. If you are looking for a easy going good summer beer, this is for you. It has a great taste, but not packed with tons of different flavors. Just a good old fashioned beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This traditionally cloudy golden ale features a prominent and heavy head of bubbles, but no lace to speak of.

Aroma is nice and spiced, anticipating a delicious experience typical of the classic German hefeweizens.

And, no doubt about it, this one's a winner. Flavor is heavy on the spices (coriander, clove) and banana, with more than a hint of lemony zest. Light-bodied and drinkable, this would be superlative as a refreshing Summer session.

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