Hofbräu Münchner Weisse | Hofbräuhaus München

very good
787 Ratings
Hofbräu Münchner WeisseHofbräu Münchner Weisse

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drink this now and again because I like a good Bavarian Weizen -- time to add it to the reviews.

A -- Hazy golden with a very dense white head.

S -- Clove, citrus, fresh yeast and malted wheat. What more can you ask for?

T -- Clove spicy up front with wheat, barley and yeasty breadiness in the middle, finishing slightly tart and citric. Some vague vanilla character back. Very well balanced in all characteristics.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a light to medium light body.

D -- Tops. If anyone ever asks for a good Weizen that defines the style, grab them a fresh HB. All of the Munich breweries make a Weizen, and they're all great in their own way. Prosit to this example.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hofbraus beer garden in PCB.

A- pours a pale golden color. Sort of hazy with 2 fingers of a white head that has excellent retention. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

A- wheat and a slight hint of banannas and cloves.
T- nice touch of wheat with quite a bit of bananna shining through. Spices aren't as noticeable as other hefes I've had.

M- very light and refreshing.

D- the perfect brew for a hot sweltering FL day.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow/golden color with about 2 fingers of head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam in less than a minute.

Aroma is bready and wheaty malts with some fruit and phenols (banan) mixed in. There are some yeasty tones as well, the classic hefe banana and clove aroma is mild in this beer.

Taste is a bready malt base with some banana notes and a crisp taste in the middle. There is a mild fuitiness and a slight hop bitterness towards the finish, finish is quenching wheat and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is moderate to light with high carbonation.

Overall a crisp hefeweizen (for this style) that is easy drinking and good, but not exactly what I am looking for in a classic German wheat beer.

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Photo of konadrinker
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml poured into a weizen glass.

A- Amber orange with a frothy 2 finger head that lasted for a bit.

S- Typical witbier aroma. Mild orange with a little wheat sourness and a musty finish. Changed to what I can only described as melted plastic later on.

T- Banana up front with a slightly sour wheat finish.

M - Decent mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

D- Drinkable but not a stand out. Not one I would seek out.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with a moderate sized head. A high amount of carbonation is visible and this is good head retention.
S: The aroma is rather lemony and has notes of bananas, bubble gum, cloves, yeast and wheat.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather citrusy and has notes of bananas. Flavors of wheat and yeast are also present, but don't stand out that much in the overall taste.
M: It feels light-bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing on the palate.
D: This beer is very thirst quenching and is perfectly sessionable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Munchner Weisse, poured a yellow color, with a decent size head. It always has a kinda of skunked smell. The taste is rather light, you can pick out the spices that are typical in a german beer, but nothing is overpowering, and everything is in balance. It was easy to drink, and easy to have another one. Overall not the best German beer out there, but its a good beer.

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Photo of boss302
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German Hefe. A little lighter in taste than other Hefes I've had in Germany, but then I'm having this one in the states. There is not a lot of hop aroma, and the aroma is more subdued than most Hefes. It is a beautiful straw colored beer and is satisfying. It has a bite, more from the CO2 than anything else and a clover sweet taste. It's not the perfect example of the style, but it is a good refreshing beer.

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

500ml bottle served in Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy orange to beige color. With a one finger dense and creamy head. Medium retention an many lacings left

S: Sweet. Cloves, banana and wheat backbone. Yeasts. Quite bready and smooth

T: Good. Quite spicy and traditional Weizen taste. Cloves and fruity banana esters (bubblegum sensation). Followed by a "bready" wheaty taste

M: Pleasant. Very creamy body. Good carbonation to a Hefeweizen. A bit molasses. Quite light bitterness, as expected

O: High drinkability. Traditional German Hefeweizen. Pure German pleasure ;). Recommended.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a quarter inch white head that remains.
Smell is Belgian yeast and bready malts. Hints of apple, orange, banana, and apricot. Some of that bubblegum as well.
Taste is more Belgian yeast and malts, along with some ginger and clove. Faint apple, peach, and banana come in as well. Finish is malty, with a nice melon aspect.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet slightly crisp, with a nice, dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Tasty beer that has no significant or discernable flaws that can be detected by my nalses, at least as far as I can tell.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up over the weekend at Brewforia and am enjoying while putting the final touches on a couple of trade boxes... poured into my small weizen glass.

2 finger head.... the brew is hazed dark straw golden... great retention and lacing.

Fairly common traditional hefe profile.. lite clove and some banana..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice sticking power on the clove ... descent body and carbonation...

Nothing to write home about, but still a nice representation... Man.. I wish all breweries would go to brown bottles... This doesn't necessarily seem light-struck, but I keep second guessing myself.


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Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas and spices. Taste is good, banana and spices, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow/amber tasting pour with an insignificant amount of head. In other words, not much carbonation was released from the pour.

Hallmark of the style scents were prevalent. Banana and cloves mixed with some yeasty, followed by some bready malt. Surprisingly the aroma wasn't very subdued.

Clove taste hits first with grain, bready wheat sweetness, then some fruity banana. Lemon citrus is in there as well and it gives way to a straw like crisp and dry aftertaste. Sweetness reminds of a small amount of honey. Good balance.

Very quaffable and definitely too refreshing to be sipped slowly. Carbonation works well and overall this beer is a good example of a traditional Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Josievan
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hofbrau Munchner Weisse pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a sprinkle of orange color. The head looks like a soft pillow, and eventually caves in on itself.

Smell: The aroma shows that there's a good amount of pale wheat malt, and just a hint of banana.

Taste: The taste is straight hefeweizen all the way. Creamy wheat flavor, banana notes, and enough yeast in there to fill out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on par with many good hefeweizens: thin-bodied enough to be refreshing, but rich and creamy as well.

Drinkability: As we move into warmer weather and hefeweizen season, I can see a couple people easily going through a six-pack of this in an afternoon.

Notes: Add another Bavarian hefeweizen to the list of excellent beers. Hofbrau's version is not that distinct, just a good old well-made wheat beer. That's not a problem because hefeweizens seem to all sort of run together in my mind anyway, especially those brewed in Bavaria. I honestly don't know if I could distinguish this between Franziskaner or Paulaner, but that's ok because they're all delicious beers!

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Photo of NA1NSXR
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Small head, maybe a shade darker than most hefeweizen, gush of rising carbonation, solid appearance for the style. Lacing is a coat instead of rings.

Smell - Mild citrus/wheat smell, with the trademark hefe banana.

Taste - Interesting. Obviously a lot of wheat but also accompanied by a hint of that banana-ish falvor. Not that much spice here. Overall pretty good. Not that tart at all which is a welcome unique feature compared to the other wheats I've had. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - After the initial rush of caronation after the pour, the carbonation dies down to a fitting level. Feels crisp to drink. Solid.

Drinkability - I could have a lot of these. Its a great example of one kind of a hefe.

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Photo of janubio
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle.Hazy golden color, head doesn´t hold as long as others from this same style, but leaves ar ing that lingers for the while. Earthy aroma, with the usual banana and cloves, coriander and a bit of citrus. There's some peach too. The body is lighter than usual too, making it maybe easier to drink. Taste is more of the same: banana, cloves, citrus, peach. Not bad, but not in the sane league as some others. Anyway, is about to expire, so I'll give it another try to a fresher one.

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Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a somewhat fizzy two fingers of white head. Head settles to a pretty full lace but doesn't leave any stick.

Smell is pretty subtle in all regards, with the usual banana, clove and phenols. It's on the spot but also somewhat weak.

Taste has a bit more flavor, with a light wheat sweetness, some fruity esters, lemon in particular, as well as clove and a hint of banana. It's not bursting with flavor but it's smooth and well balanced, and has enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body, smooth and clean.

This doesn't stand out in any area but it's solid and tasty, and quite drinkable. Not too shabby.

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Photo of tykees88
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I rate this with a high drinkability because frankly this is a beer that you could drink and drink and drink and still enjoy the taste. The smell is clove and banana. The look is a hazy yellow. The taste is like it smells get the clove the banana, and even the yeast. Tastes solid and with it being a thinner beer it would be easy to drink these quite often and more than 2 or 3 at a time.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with a core of yellow-orange into a weizen glass. Thick, billowy white head thins to a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

Notes of weizen yeasts, bananas and cloves are a dead ringer for the style.

Tastes of malted grains carry notes of bananas and biscuits with a slight sweetness and a little citrus zest.

Silky smooth, lighter mouthfeel is excellent and perfectly fits a typical hefeweizen.

Easily among the ranks of the easiest-drinking beers.

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in 20oz mug. Poured a hazy, cloudy yellow with over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected banana, clove and yeast you expect from a good Hefe. Yup, you guessed it, the flavor profile was right where you'd expect it as well. Banana, clove and yeast upfront, with a pleasant wheat tang underneath.

The body was little thin for my taste, but was still solid and satisfying. Drinkability was excellent, you could pour these down the hatch all day. Overall, a wonderful beer that's worth your time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delightful vibrant, not lazy yellow, cloud and haze just like I like it. Smell, fragrant, break out the lemon zest yo! Taste, no hop quality like I was hoping for a blast of Saaz or something, but its alright, its still decent tasting for a hefe.

Mouthfeel, meh, doesn't develop. Beer goes downhill in the second half. Got me excited there for a bit. Usual mix of estery yeast, banana, clove. . . many of the things I try and avoid in a hefe, which is hard to do since they are hallmarks of the style.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle.

Love this style beer. Took a shot in the dark in selecting a single bottle of this brew this beer from the local beer and wine superstore. Was very pleasantly surprise.

Appearance and aroma is very typical (this is a good thing.) Cloudy light orange color. Billowy white head. Yeasty aroma.

The taste was wonderful. Pleasantly sweet with just a touch of sourness. Silky mouthfeel and a smooth clean finish.

Exceptionally drinkable. Very solid.

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Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this off the tap, but forgot to writedown where.
A- Completely opaque and gold in color. Good head and nice lacing.
S- It has a very nice, pungent wheat scent.
T- Very bold wheat taste, w/ a drying aftertaste. It's sugary in the back of the mouth. If you're looking for a hefe, you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of biophiliadude
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to SN pint glass in a well light room.

Sound: bottle opened to sufficent but quiet "FFFPT" giving way to:

A: golden cloudy, 1/4 head that quickly disappears. Patchy foam on top remains. Almost no lacing.

S: orange, lemon grass.

T: light, crisp, and refreshing. Orange and lemon fill the nose with every sip. Nothing overpowers anything else. Smooth all the way through.

M: Light tickle. Slightly heavier than the actual taste suggests.

D: High. Very well balanced, perfect example of the style. Could drink these ice cold all summer or at about 55*F during the winter months to hunt for more spices. May sit on the second half of this one until it warms up and note any differences. Recommended.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden and quite cloudy. Huge white head with nice retention.

Smell: lots of wheat and malt; no fruit or hops character at all. It's still quite good.

Taste: slightly bitter with a very nice malt and wheat flavor. A very solid and tasty hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Quite good.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable. A light beer with solid flavor and character.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow body, big creamy head, superb retention. the aroma is clove, lemon, and banana. Wheaty honey flavors first, then comes the spice, clove being most prominent. Crisp carbonation tickles the tongue. Short finish with notes of lemon. Good, classy, classic.

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