Hefe Weisse
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #7
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,854
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Reviews:
832
Ratings:
2,020
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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  128
Gots
  370
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Our unfiltered Hacker-Pschorr Weissbier is naturally cloudy, full-flavoured and uniquely refreshing. Georg Pschorr – in his day owner of the Pschorr brewery and a man of true foresight - spread word of this exquisite and enjoyable Hefe-Weissbier and made it popular beyond the borders of Bavaria.

May also be labeled as: "Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb"
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like banana bread, normal yet nice for this style. Similar taste adds a bread follow through. Some body yet not enough carbonation for me out of a bottle.

Aug 18, 2021
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LanceBiggums

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold with a thick, choppy, long lasting head. Smell is typical for a weissbier. Taste hits all the weissbier notes. Milder than some other weissbiers, but flavourful. Mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol is only noticeable after swallowing. Overall another great offering from Hacker Pschorr and a solid example of its style.

Aug 16, 2021
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazier than I expected, but I forgot it is unfiltered. Head was nice and frothy. With slight lacing. Nice beer to compliment my pizza pot pie.

Aug 15, 2021
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans at Total wine. Pours out to a cloudy medium yellow forming a dense bone white head with very good retention and sticky sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderately strong, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is really nice, wheat, some lightly yellow, not quite ripe bananas and a nice balance of clove. The mouthfeel is great. Medium light bodied with brisk but not overpowering carbonation and finishes crisp making this an easy drinker. The taste is a recap of the body and there is a very nicely balanced malt sweetness to the mild spicy bitterness. A little bit of hot asphalt/tar/rubber in the finish, but not obtrusive like some weisses can be. Yeast sits well and doesn't have that vegamite tang of overly yeasty brews.

A very nice Hefe. I would definitely buy this again, especially at this price. Recommended

Aug 14, 2021
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mschrei from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this in an actual Hacker-Pschorr weisse glass at a pub. Great accompaniment to grilled shrimp and celery. Slightly cloudy with a tan/gold color, fluffy and healthy head. Smells of lemon, clove, and bread. Taste is lemony, mild yeast, banana, and bread. Feel is light, easy sipper, mouth watering and refreshing. Excellent example of the style.

Aug 07, 2021
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Spike from England

3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml swingtop bottle. Beautiful burnt orange colour with a persistent head. Pronounced bubblegum aroma. Flavour is as you’d expect from a wheat beer but it’s light and underwhelming. Lacklustre body and a thin mouthfeel. Looks great but body and taste both disappointingly underpowered. Was expecting much better.

Jul 20, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tall can a nice I see mid orange 70% transparent color with an inviting 3F off white soft topped foam head. Head fades slowly and leaves little lace.

Orange or sweet lemon note, wheat biscuit shaped morning breakfast cereal and spiced yeast that blends with a sweet honey aroma.

Orange, honey, wheat bread, touch of caramel and hop that works well with the grainy vibe of the wheat. Yeast adds a nice subtle (pinch of allspice or clove) component that works very well. Not too sweet and wonderful wheat body that makes it like a wheat version of a good Helles to me.

Good medium body with a nice roundness to the beer. Not sharp or thin, rather well balanced body with super fine carbonation that is on the lighter side with a nice smooth feel.

Probably the best tasting wheat beer I have had of the few that I have tried. No yeast notes that go off strong in one direction and just the right balance as far as body, sweetness and flavor goes.

Jul 07, 2021
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can stamped with 01.20.2022 4 and 01.20.2021 R. I'm assuming, then, that it was canned on Jan 20, 2021, and destined for export to the USA, given the American mm dd yyyy format.

Aroma is strongly banana with more than a hint of spice and fresh bread.

Appearance brings a golden amber body from the front, changing to a golden yellow with a backlight. Nicely carbonated. The pour develops a tall slightly off-white head, thick and creamy, with excellent retention. It forms a domed top and leaves thick lacing as it recedes.

The taste has more clove than the aroma, and the banana is in the background. There is a tanginess in the middle that lingers into the aftertaste as well. The combination is a refreshing beer, but not one I would rank in the top 10. Perhaps it is suffering due to being canned. The final pour did give some yeast sediment, so it seems it was can-conditioned.

The body is moderate for the style and leaves a nice presence on the tongue.

Overall, as I stated above, an enjoyable hefeweizen, but this canned version would not crack my top hefe list. Unfortunately, I could not find it bottled, or that is what I would have bought in the first place.

Top brewers of hefes should NOT be canning this style. IMO, this is one style where the advantages of canning seem to be vastly outweighed by the effect on the overall flavor of the beer. Perhaps I'm being nostalgic, but that's how I feel. Small brewers with no bottling line, OK, you have to do what you have to do. But Schell's and all of the German brewers need to go back to just bottles for this style.

Jun 30, 2021
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a muddy hazy yellow. Two finger white tightly bubbled head. Great lasting power on the head. Still a half finger at 5 minutes.

Smell: Cloves and banana, with hints of spice.

Taste: Traditional german wheat beer tastes, bubblegum, cloves, light rye bread. Hints of spring flowers and a touch of lemon.

Feel: Round and dry. Medium bodied, and playfully carbonated.

I was very impressed with this beer. World class. It earns a solid A.

Jun 08, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden yellow with large 2 finger white head that dissipates. Nose is of wheat and spice. Taste follows the nose with wheat and spice though watery and ends with some bubble gum. Body is light with medium carbonation. Ends with a light spice. Overall an ok wheat beer that’s easy to drink but missing the umph.

Mar 28, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml swingtop bottle, as Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse, bought at Rewe Getränkemarkt, Erding. ABV is 5.5%. Cloudy orange-brownish-yellow colour, huge white head. Strong typical hefeweizen aroma of yeast, ripe bananas / banana candy and cloves. Spritzy mouthfeel. Refreshing flavour, banana and cloves again, hints of citrus, not too sweet. Minimal hops. Easy drinking.

Mar 21, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Well, I have an empty bottle in my collection, and I recall liking it enough to get twice, so there you have it.

Mar 20, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Under halogen lamplight it's a surprisingly loud orange/amber, pours materially hazy. Super-fine rising CO2 is visible, into a 1Cm cream coloured and creamy looking foam cap. ps 10mins later, holding up well = good.
S- Some Weissen spice notes are clear.
T- Upfont mildly spicy notes follow, sufficient malts to sate the palate lead into a somewhat zingy CO2+spice aspect into the finish.
F- Well balanced, zingy enough to be sessionable and hold your interest, meaty enough that your palate is going to end up satisfied.
O- I like it. It's very well balanced, there is nothing out of place or balance for me. I can imagine if I were still living in Berlin (and paying Germany's looow prices!) this being a regular buy. Strangely enough though I never saw/bought this one during my three years there, it might be they didn't export it then to Berlin - German beer can be hard to find within Germany outside of it's immediate region of production; it can be quite parochial!
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! Contains: wheat and barley, nothing additional of note there
500ml flip-top bottle BB: 19/08/2021 £3.05 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

My bottle is labelled: 'Hacker-Pschorr Weissbier. Classic/Wheatbeer/Unfiltered'.

Mar 04, 2021
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kzem from Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Such a great tasting and balanced wheat beer. Slight banana at the front but not as strong as others in this style. Feel is soft. Fantastically full flavor and taste with a gentle finish

Feb 15, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight hazy orange from the bottle, 1" off white head that slowly recedes. Nose isn't too explosive - wheat, clove, baking spice, spicy hop, citrus rind; aromas are effervescent, but not very deep. Taste is wheat forward, followed by spice, but there is a moderate acetic flavor that dulls these softer flavors, especially as it warms. Any malt sweetness is pretty tamped down as well. No bubblegum notes, nor do the citrus aromas translate to the palate. Overall, a bit dull tasting, though it's unlikely the case when drinking this one closer to the source. Mouthfeel is pleasant, however, with well-attenuated carbonation.

Feb 14, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Hacker Pschorr Weissbier" per my can. 5.5% ABV. "Classic unfiltered wheatbeer [sic]." 50cl pull-tab canned 11/20/21. Cost per 4-pack (which just hit shelves a few days ago here in New Orleans) was $6.99 USD plus tax.

Currently rated #8 in the top Hefeweizen beers list.

Served cold into a dimpled mug...I don't have a weissbierglas in my temporary accommodations.

Head is frothy and lively with a smooth creamy soft appearance. Lasts a good 8-10 minutes, coating the sides of the glass with thick lacing as it slowly recedes.

BODY: Turbid hazy orange...could be more vibrant; it's a bit on the dull side. Obviously unfiltered. I don't see any lees/yeasty chunks floating in the body, at least not from the first half of the can poured into my glass.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks as a hefeweizen should, though it's a bit darker and duller than a top tier expression of the style like Ayinger's.

AROMA: Wheat, spicy clove, pale malt, doughy bready German yeast, impressions of orange peel from fruity ale yeast esters, and a hint of bubblegum phenol but not much. It's not vanilla-forward like some other hefeweizenbiere, and I would like a fresher orange peel aroma if we're picking nits, but it's certainly inviting, suggesting a refreshing traditional wheat beer with an apt German yeast flavour. Doesn't seem overhopped or otherwise problematic.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft and coating on the palate with a refreshing mouthfeel despite its firm medium body. Near perfectly carbonated.

Scintillae of banana fruit esters from the German yeast are present, with orange peel taking an unfortunate backseat to the banana. Spicy clove and doughy bready saccharomyces rear their heads atop the billowing wheat and pale malt backbone.

Those hoping for a very vanilla/vanillin-heavy hefeweizen would do well to look elsewhere, and it doesn't scream bubblegum either. Lacks the fresh orange esters I expect in a top-tier expression of the style (e.g. Ayinger's efforts), but I do like it and it's certainly to style.

It's balanced but doesn't have the depth of flavour and intricacy you'd find in the best beers in the style. To be honest, even Franziskaner has a livelier yeast profile to my palate. Built true to the style, but like Paulaner's own effort, this feels a bit shallow and basic for a hefeweizen, failing to feel as delicate in its subtlety or as rich in yeast flavour as Munich's best weissbiere.

OVERALL: I wouldn't regard this as a top 10 hefeweizen personally...give me Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Ayinger, Erdinger, Schneider Weisse, König Ludwig Weiss, or - hell - even Live Oak's hefeweizen over this any day of the week. I guess I just don't respond as much to Paulaner/Hacker-Pschorr's approach to the style, which deemphasizes the orange peel and clove I love in favour of a more neutral flavour profile and some played-up albeit still-subtle banana.

I'm glad I tried it once and I'll enjoy working my way through my 4-pack - it's very drinkable - but I do think Ayinger's 4-packs are worth the substantial increase in price (I think I see the 4x11.2fl oz bottles for ~$10.99 USD when I can actually find the beer) when one must have a German hefeweizen stateside...this feels a bit soulless in comparison, and I'd regard it as fairly average amongst German-brewed hefeweissbiere, paling in comparison to even some of the dirt cheap supermarket weissbiere one can find at Aldi, Lidl, and the like.

C (2.85) / AVERAGE

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02/05/21 another can from the 4-pack:

Wheat, banana, clove, fruity ale yeast esters/phenols, subdued bubblegum. Not much orange peel is present.

Not a hefeweizen I adore, but it ticks all the boxes for the style and it doesn't have any faults.

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Feb 02, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber color with a large white head that slowly reduces. In the nose, it is bready with a hint of clove. In the mouth, smooth, creamy and follows the nose.

Jan 02, 2021
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Beershaker from Canada (ON)

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amber and cloudy. Sediment on the bottom. Long-lasting head.

Smell: Smells just like real yeast, malts, and bread.

Taste: Tastes just like what it smells. It feels like you are drinking bread.

Feel: Just enough carbonation. Taste lightly sweet (again, it’s like drinking bread). Medium-body.

Overall: Have fun drinking this bread.

Dec 23, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours an opaque, orange-ish shade of yellow with a very pretty satin white head of densely compacted foam. Laces the glass intricately.

Aroma: Fresh tropical banana, mild bubblegum/vanilla. Yeasty with big bready notes of grain and herbal, freshly cracked pepper corns.

Taste: Initially dry with delicate flavors of spicy clove and white pepper. Midpalate flavors of banana and cream before it goes almost tropical, with a hint of freshly squeezed orange juice. A touch of biscuits or wafer cookies. Ends on sugary, but unobtrusive notes of sweet vanilla that doesn't overcomplicate or stifle the initial flavors. Fruity and bright.

Feel: Light but with a decent amount of substance and weight. Doesn't feel thin but it's got a lighter mouthfeel for the style, which I enjoy. Smooth and refreshing. Moderately carbonated.

Overall: Very good to world class. I can't believe I'm only just now trying this.

Dec 14, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: massive rocky white head with great retention, beer is a lovely hazy amber colour, lots of carbonation rushing up the beer.

smell: a very sweet smelling hefe, plenty of banana and clove, hearty bready malt, spice, honey and vanilla, simple and nice.

taste: a really nice hefe, hearty fresh baked brown bread malt, hint of grass, lot of banana and clove and spice, vanilla, caramel and toffee, sweet, tasty, good stuff.

feel: light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, really smooth, super drinkable and crushable, very nice to drink.

overall: i love a good hefe, and this is, indeed, a good hefe, indeed a very good hefe, maybe too sweet for some but i enjoy it very much

Oct 30, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a bottle at the lcbo in Ontario a 500ml bottle it poured a nice 2 to 3 finger head into glass cloudy but nice look taste was very enjoyable and easy to drink.
I'm liking this wheat beer.
very nice
cheers

Oct 27, 2020
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DFred from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, golden yellow with a generous head. Light, bready, some malt, medium carbonation--very good German weisse--spot on for style--highly recommended!

Oct 12, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can with two (!) dates

Looks beautiful, unfiltered, tons of sticky lace, head for days (I wish). Smells like warm wort and herbal hops. Taste is smooth and unlike most hefe's I've ever tried - clean above all else, but slight notes of bubblegum and clove, some lemon hops, and cracker malts

So clean and balanced, lacks the fruity sweetness of most hefeweizens but more than makes up for it in drinkability

Oct 06, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2020-09-20
500ml bottle served in a pint glass. Enjoy before end of 01.21.

Pours a fairly hazy amber with a big fluffy head and medium carbonation. Smell is wheat and graininess primarily, a little hint of a banana aroma.

Taste is a little more banana-forward, but otherwise very similar. Simple and tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and full without being thick or heavy. Overall, very nice beer.

Sep 20, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Smell has citrus banana,clove and bread. Taste fruity with lemon and clove grain and wheat. Nicely carbonated and quenchable.

Sep 06, 2020
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2020 ratings