Hacker-Pschorr Sternweisse | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr SternweisseHacker-Pschorr Sternweisse

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Limited availability in the US.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of gr0g
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of CStang67
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Nctide
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of steveh
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a glowy amber brown color. Very cloudy. The head built up nicely on the initial pour into a tall weizen glass, but it faded rather quickly after the glass was full, leaving a scant few bubbles just on the surface of the beer. To be fair, my memory for lacing isn't incredible, so I don't really know how that compares to other hefes. Bready, wheaty aroma. Nice wheat spice. Some lemony flavor. Moderate banana. Mild clove. Some caramel. Similar taste. Very mild citrus tartness with a lot of wheat and malt sweetness. Not too big on banana, though it is kicking around. Bit stronger with the clove. Good deal of simple sweetness. Finishes with a funny bitter note, possibly from all that yeast kicking around. Carbonation is a bit low for a hefe. Mouthfeel is generally sorta flat and thin. It just doesn't have the velvety rich feel of top examples. Not bad, not great. Probably better before it left home.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - a cloudy, yeasty orange/brown (almost a copper) with a surprising amount of carbonation bubble upon the pour. Really nice head which was almost a faint yellow; three fingers deep.

S - unfortunately, like many H-P beers, the aroma of the Sternweisse is not very strong. What is there is good; mostly a heavy wheat smell with a hint of citrus, but there is not much of it.

T- Very nice and even taste; has a nice hearty wheat taste to start with hints of banana and citrus, the center continues the flavor and evens it out and the end bears a little tinge of strong wheat flavor. As a Kellerbier, the cloudy quality gives it a nice yeasty accent which gives the flavor some substance and depth; very solid.

M - Very smooth; a little bubbly sensation with the first few sips subsides for a very even sip. Unlike regular weissbier, the naturtrueb subsidizes the sweet and fruity flavors with a nice yeasty overtone, making the sips a little less sticky and a little more full. A filling beer and quite satisfying.

O - The Sternweisse, for the more adventurous beer drinker, is a much better bet than your average Hefe - or dunkel; although this is not a complex beer per se, the flavors are well-balanced and the naturtrueb gives this beer a nice twist. Really nice late afternoon beer.

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