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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #62
Ranked #23,000
3.85 | pDev: 9.87%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Very Good
Notes: Limited availability in the US.
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Steve555 from Wales

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Cobra glass. Enormous cream coloured one and a half hand head that very slowly dissipates, eventually leading to a permanent cap of froth. In which time you can sip at the head with brown yeast sediment patches. Body is teak/mahogany, very dark for a hefe and I thought it was a dunkle weisse at first.

Aroma of faint clove but beside that it was nearly odourless. Taste is brown bread, toffee and peppercorns with a tiny spicy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft water and sweet bread.

A high quality and relatively decadent beer for the price and abv.

Jul 11, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Decervecitas. In Bavaria hefe glass. After dinner. Darker than usual, with a thick bready body that feels fairly pleasant. Banana flavors are there but a bit subdued. 1 month before bbf date. Very foamy.

Jun 14, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark orange color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet, slightly caramelized malt and some banana. Taste is also on the sweet side with nice wheat notes and some yeast. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Quite good weizen, leaning towards the dunkelweizen style with its slightly toasted notes.

Nov 14, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is closer to a dunkelweizen in color and flavor. Flavor is slightly sour, more like a rye bread/pumpernickel. Oily mouthfeel. I could easily mistake this for a roggen weizen.

Feb 18, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the half liter bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a nice large head (as one would expect from a Bavarian Wheat beer. Scent is as one would expect: banana clove and yeast. The taste is a bit different from other Weisses - a bit of bread with bananas, but with the darker malts coming through. Feel is nice as well. Yum!

Oct 25, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is copper. It is cloudy. It has some visible carbonation. It is topped with 5 fingers of whitish fluffy head.

It smells of deep rich bread quality. It smells of bubblegum and slight coriander. It smells of some lemon squeeze.

It tastes of bubblegum, coriander, a sort of plastic phenolic quality, bread, and bread.

It has the feel of medium body, little carbonation and sticks to the tongue.

It overall is a decent hefeweizen, but it is not outstanding. It was purchased and drank in Chiang Mai. It was drunk on Sept 28th, 2015.

Sep 28, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clouded orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet sugary, banana bread, little bready. Flavour is composed of semi sweet banana bread, mineral, sweet bread. Wheaty .Little tangy in the finish.

Jul 19, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Yeast, Bread, Grass, Clove

A different take on the contemporary version of the Hefeweizen, they brewery focuses on a generous amount of specialty malts. The clove, banana taffy and dry breadiness are all present with a wrapping of subtle caramel. A great switch from the norm.

STYLE: Hefeweizen | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Jun 26, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy dark amber to tea, 2” lightly tan tinted foam cap that persists and hugs the side of the glass.
S: Fruit and nuts with traces of banana.
T: A big nutty palate with hints of light brown cake and banana.
F: Very creamy, soft texture with medium body and above average carbonation.
O: A Hefeweizen with more nut flavors than they typical banana clove palate.

May 10, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with the massive head one gets from a hefe; excellent stickage and a smattering of lace

Smell: Bananas dipped in caramel with a hint of almond marzipan and clove

Taste: Rich banana bread tones with spice cake elements and a touch of almond marzipan; tangy wheat sour elements arrive, after the swallow, to balance the sweeter aspects

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: A first rate hefe; like the distinctive character provided by the darker malts

Apr 26, 2015
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gr0g from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting, tasty wheat beer that's halfway in between a hefeweizen and a dunkeleweizen. Yeasty aroma of a German wheat beer with more prominent caramel and honey notes than in a traditional hefe. Similarly, the flavor profile is less dry thanks to a slight, honeyed sweetness.

Apr 05, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure i like this as much as the regular hefe they do, this one has some more caramelized type malts in it, a bit more body, and just more grain going on in general. its almost amber in color, quite cloudy, and not really producing much head. it smells great though, very very german, with a dusty and fruity grain complexion, and then the yeast, which is probably the same as their others, banana and clove, very old world. some sweetness to the taste, and there is a baked bread sort of thing going on with the sweeter grain, it almost tastes like banana bread or bran muffins or something, and i dont think its needed. the yeast struggles a little to get through all the sugar, and while the abv on this is still low, it could be a lot higher with more time to ferment or a more vigorous yeast strain. not that its bad, its tasty, and definitely different from other hefe types, more hearty, seemingly better for fall and winter than early spring. yeasty hazy brew is less carbonated than my ideal here, and that hurts it on the refreshment and easy drinking sides, but its a quality brew, well worth the few bucks i paid for a bottle. i still think its sweet how these german beers come in so cheap. not my favorite beer these guys do, but worth checking out.

Mar 28, 2015
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CStang67 from England

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AROMA: Smells like a Hefe, but different. Sweet banana almost over ripe. Hints of orange and other citrus. Some floral hops in the back ground. A lot of farm yard yeasty esters, hay?. Lots of ripe fruit. APPEARANCE: Beautiful deep amber color, somewhere between a Hefe and a Dunkle. White head that faded quicker than I expected. TASTE: This is like a complex Hefe. All the notes you would expect from a Hefe are there bu there is a depth to them. Bready, wheat character. Rich flavor, almost dough like, but with banana/citrus sweetness. Then the clove spiciness hits you hard in the nose at the finish. Really good. PALATE: Warming rich medium-full mouth feel. Creamy spite the heaver carbonation. Finish is long. OVERALL: I am a huge German wheat beer fan and this is one that I can get behind. It like the best of both worlds between a Hefe and a Dunkle. I don’t know if a Sternwessie is actually a beer style or one just came up with to describe this version of a Hefe but it is damn good.

Feb 21, 2015
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Nctide from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: cloudy orangish brown with a thin white head

Smell: not much of an aroma. Bread, clove.

Taste: delicious. It has a great blend of the wheat and malts without the banana flavor that creeps in on some dunkelweisses.

Feel: medium body. The carbonation is pretty high and hurts the finish a bit.

Overall: this should really be considered more of a dunkel than a hefeweizen. It's the best one I've had in a while and is worth giving a go if you like the style.

Jan 17, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a weizen glass a murky amber/brown with a fluffy white head atop.Aromas are fruity with some yeast,fruity but not "standard" weizen aromas.The palate starts out with some phenols then a deep fruitiness that I don't get from may of the style,some vanilla-like cookie dough in the finish makes for a complex flavor profile.A dunkel weisse?Iam not sure but alot going on for a small weizen beer.

Jan 01, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

Look: Admittedly, one of the dirtiest brown colors I've seen in a beer - like murky English breakfast tea. It's topped with a cream colored head that leaves a few watery lines of lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, faint caramel, some fruit notes such as cherry.

Taste: Malty and sweet at first, then immediately balanced out with some tart fruit notes. Grains, caramel, faint banana, cherry are all involved.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body.

Overall: A lot of tanginess in this, fruity.

Dec 14, 2014
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle IL:

Served in a proper glass nice and appeared to be unfiltered and of a darker amber color that produced a nice white head that was well retained and left nice lacing. The beer gave off a slightly sweet, but solid aroma that you would expect from the style. The beer had an excellent taste...perhaps a little more robust than most Hefe's, but outstanding nonetheless. The beer had a nice light feel, slightly heavier than most in the style. The beer was very easy to drink and it was extremely smooth and refreshing.

Dec 11, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: medium orange-brown hue with a moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a thick layer of creamy light-tan foam. Pretty dark for a hefeweizen, but nice.

Smell: sweet and wheaty with a light banana aroma and some caramel character thrown in. Basic, but good.

Taste: lightly toasty malt flavor with a little bit of caramel. There's also a banana character which is somewhat subtle for the style but still nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rich and satisfying creaminess. Great.

Overall: an interesting hefeweizen; perhaps closer to a dunkelweizen in many ways. It's a bit subtle, but well-balanced and well-crafted. I like it.

Sep 01, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of bananas.
T: The taste follows the smell, but both the flavors of wheat and bananas are somewhat stronger. Notes of yeast are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an interesting hefeweizen as it had more of a chewier mouthfeel than your are normally accustomed to and also had some yeast flavors. It seemed kind of like a hybrid between a hefe and a Keller/zwickelbier.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 25, 2014
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

This pours a semi-hazy, amber color with a thick, foamy beige head. The aroma is rich with wheat and citrus. The taste is smooth with a decent flavor and drinks quite nicely. Not overly complex, just a simple German weisse beer.

Aug 23, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse
500ml swing-top brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 10/14 L03041L"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Cloudy light russet brown body. Average off-white head.
Aroma: Nutty, sweet wheat malt. Background phenolics with mild clove and banana.
Flavor: Caramelish & nutty malt is accentuated by a gentle spiciness and soft phenolics with a hint of banana, vanilla-ish sugar, and sweet clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent carbonation.
Overall: A slightly different weizen, but not a head-turner. Still, pleasant and very drinkable.

Aug 20, 2014
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steveh from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hey! This Summer Limited Edition from H-P showed up... just in time for me to wonder if we'll see the Autumn Limited Edition offering.

Flip-top brown .5 liter bottle with ABV and dating very clear; 5.5 and best by 10/14.

A -- Hazy, deep amber with apricot tones and a tall, dense, billowy, light tan head.

S -- Sweet malt in first, fruity esters following up with some pepper and clove spiciness from proprietary yeasts.

T -- Rich, bready malts up front that blend into wheat malt then into the banana and clove character so identified with a good Bavarian Weizen. The finish is more bready malts -- sweet with melanoidin touches, and a lingering aftertaste of clove spiciness.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium to almost heavy body.

O -- This is not H-P's usual Hefeweizen; it's more of a crosstown cousin to Schneider's Original Weizen (Tap 7) and a very good counterpart at that. I'm not sure this would be as refreshing as the lighter bodied Weizen beers in summer, but this is a great example of the range Weizens can be brewed.

Aug 12, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 10/2014. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, orange, pear, apple, clove, bubblegum, herbal, grass, wheat, toasted bread, light caramel, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, orange, pear, apple, clove, bubblegum, wheat, toasted bread, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, orange, pear, apple, clove, bubblegum, wheat, toast, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and light hop flavors; with a great yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen style. All around nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 08, 2014
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second of four small-batch releases from this legendary German brewery, Hacker-Pschorr's Sternweisse is a dark wheat beer/hefeweizen that pours a cloudy, murky amber in my Hacker-Pschorr hefe glassware. I get a rich, frothy head of off-white carbonation and some minor lacing.

The aroma here is strong on the spices. I get wheat, caramel, coriander and some traces of clove. Very promising start, indeed!

The taste is sweet but well-balanced. It's a malt-based beer, of course, but the touch of spice adds some depth. I get some dark fruit underneath it all, too, before it finishes with a citrusy lemon spice hint.

This is an exquisite, complex, and very very drinkable brew, light enough for Summer (or anytime) enjoyment.

Jul 06, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2014.

Pours a murky light brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, toast, caramel, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice combination of toast and caramel qualities in the flavor.

Jul 03, 2014
Sternweisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 214 ratings