Hofbräu Münchner Weisse | Hofbräuhaus München

BA SCORE
86
very good
782 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:
782
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
112
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 782 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of plaid75
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky dark straw hue with a full fist full of foamy white head. There was excellent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong yeasty/wheaty aroma with the expected hints of clove and banana. Light citrus aroma as well.

The taste was a very fresh wheatiness. Much fresher tasting than most German Hefes. A nice spiceiness is detected as well.

The mouthfeel was very chewy and finished quite dry.

Overall a very drinkable and fresh tasting hefe. In my opinion, a very underrated hefe.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a. Served on tap into a 22 oz. glass. Head dissipated to nothing, no lace. Cloudy yellow in appearance.

S. Wheat and a bit of malt.

T. A good malt body supported with a bit of fruity yeast. The wheat is present as well. Slight metallic twang. Noble hops in the distance.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied and sightly syrupy.

D. A fairly drinkable hefe. Not the best I've had, but true to the style and solid. A little more banana/clove appeal and I'd be hooked.

* Tried this brew again April 18,2009
Metallic twang is gone, much more enjoyable.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weissbiers such as this one are bottled sunshine – literally as well as figuratively. Its golden brightness emulates a nice June afternoon (which, of course, is its ideal pairing). I anticipated this golden-orange beer to be highly refreshing but it also looks quite substantial. Its head could serve as a lifesaver - might be a good idea to keep a bottle next to the pool...

The beer smells overwhelmingly of mushy, over-ripe bananas. Better get out the baking pans. The yeast's natural clove-like spice adds a nice dimension to beer (or, as an idea, chocolate-chip banana muffins...) Some sweet malt is noted too but the yeast's perfume is overwhelming.

Most German lagers have a simplicity that is deceitfully challenging; most German Hefeweizens have an apparent complexity that is actually quite simple: just add yeast. It provides clove and white pepper spice, lemongrass herbals and orchard fruit notes. All this is complimented by a light citrus acidity which provides a tiny hint of pineapple.

Weissbier may be the ultimate in zippy aperitifs. They are effervescent and fruity, their citrusy acidity making them both delicious and refreshing. Trust me, no orange wedge is necessary. All that said, this one has a mouthfeel that is quite creamy and considerably filling.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich has been referred to as the Mecca of all beer pilgrims; the emergence of so many incredible and interesting craft breweries throughout the world now challenges that claim, but with quality, time-honoured beers such as this it's easy to understand why people still say that. If you can't make the trip, definitely buy the bottles.

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Pours with a frothy, almost creamy, initially three-finger thick, light tan tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, orangish tinged, copper color and it has lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of my tulip glass. Aromas of fresh crushed wheat berries, dusty malt, clove, lemon zest and green apples are all noticeable. Interestingly enough the tart, lemon zest notes become the most noticeable part of the aroma pretty quickly.

Soft and creamy feeling despite a solid carbonation; actually the beer is soft and creamy up front, but the carbonation tends to scrub the palate towards the end. The beer finishes with a tart, almost lemon-like character as well as a lingering phenolic clove character. The clove notes are noticeable up front as well, and somehow they accentuate a note that makes me think of concentrated, sweet plums (though not quite prunes). Touches of apple add to the fruit notes, but the oft times, characteristic banana notes are not found in this beer.

This is a decent example of a Hefe Weizen; it is light and refreshing, yet still full of flavor. I do think that it could be a touch more complex (even on the Hefe Weizen scale of things). Still, as someone who enjoys Hefe Weizen, I am definitely enjoying this tipple; I recommend it if you are of a similar persuasion.

Purchased: Bevmo, Pasadena CA

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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.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4

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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 Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow, with a firm, rocky white head, good retention, no lacing, looks like a standard hefe.

S: Clove dominates, light banana, wheat malt evident as well.

T: Taste is very clovey and bitter. Light bubblegum and banana, but the bitterness and clove dominates, one-dimensional.

M: Spritzy, mild carbonation for the style, brisk, relatively easy to drink.

D: Not horrible, but not a hefe I'd come back to, it's a chore to drink at times.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured intoa a weizen glass for a cloudy, light gold body with a slowly dieing two-finger head. The usual smell of citric notes, clove, yeast/wheat, and a little bit of a veggie/corn smell like a pils...hmm. Has a little bit of sweetness from some sweet malts and is slightly chewey from some breadiness, but mostly the citirc, especially banana, and spice notes, mostly clove, do the talking. Goes down easy with some minor dryness and crispness on the backend. A good hefe anytime, especially on a summer day, although I can't say it is one of the best ones I've had.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some banana and some floral notes. It ends with a bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - A solid hefe. The banana borders on tasting a little fake, like a banana candy, but it's still very good and quite refreshing. It has just right amount of fruit and spice balance.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a mild head of foam. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of bananas, tart wheat, vanilla, English biscuit cookies, and hint of skunkweed from the green bottle.
Taste is of the aromas with mild bits of citrus pulling through. Gentle notes of lemongrass flow along the palate.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, zingy, zesty, and chewy with hearty wheat and peppery spice found in the finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat malt, faint banana, clove and yeast. The taste is rather malty with just a touch of banana with a dry yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and fits the style. Overall, this is a pretty decent hefeweizen that is recommended. There are certainly some better hefes out there but this one is still interesting enough.

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

A: Coudy white, slightly gold color. Pored a two finger soapy white head that held nicely. Laced generously all the way down.

S: Clovey weisse with a pleasant banana scent.

T: Very consistent with smell; clove overtakes banana. Yeast flavor is noticeable.

M: Silky and smoot. Carbonation was aggressive.

D: Very easy to drink (a lot of).

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stunning appearance, hits the bright yellow notes, perfection in terms of the degree of wheat/haze throughout the beer, almost a full 1" of white head. Aroma was wheat grains and lemon impact. Yeast not overly done with the spice rack phenols.

More of the spice rack in the taste and mouthfeel though. Cabronation high, breadiness ample. Fans of tradition will like this, mine was kind of opposite, I liked how the aroma wasn't overly traditional and smelly of band aids, esters, phenols, but the taste and mouthfeel brought 'em all back into play.

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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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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
3.84 out of 5 based on 782 ratings.
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