Falkensteiner Ur-Weisse | Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BierReise on 02-01-2004

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on green 11.2oz bottle reads (I'm inverting the day and month, Euro-style) 02.10.12. I'm hoping that's a bottle date. Anyways, I'm dumping it into a Penn Weizen glass. Proper swirling to follow.

Pours pretty dark for a hefe, like muddy amber. Cloudy, and with lots of sediment (yeast chunks that didn't break down). The head sits beautifully; crowning the beer in pillows of white. Lacing is very nice.

Yeasty white bread, wheat malts, butter, hints of lemon and banana. The fruity esters falter, but the German yeast presence is exceptional. Dry, a little nutty, and right in the limelight. Very bready weizen.

Liquid wheat bread. Snaggles of light clove, grated lemon zest, and spearmint make jabs at attempting to reveal themselves. Hints of honey and green apple skins. Not as dry as the nose, but far from juicy sweet. Firm-fleshed banana comes out in the finish; you know, the kind with a green-yellow peel. Super-breadth again, whereas, this beer tastes nutritious. Minty-ness tapers the tanginess of the wheat and makes the finish breathy. Some slight tinniness picks up in the end, as it warms.

Drinks with richness and breadiness. Tingles of alcohol follow the sixth-through-last sips. Mellow feel without distractions of piling carbonation. Instead, smoothness carries the beer from the mouth to the gullet.

The more I drink, the more it grows on me. And then, I question the average reviews on this site. This beer is developed. Perhaps less fruity than most are used to, it still offers a wallop of bread flavors without being super-complex or showy, for that matter. I'd love to come across this beer more often, because I'd check it out again and probably again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of imperialstout27
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy, golden straw color with a big fluffy white head.

S: Cloves are big here. There's a nice sweet fruitiness, light banana, wheat, and earthy and somewhat chalky yeast.

T: Great, bold, wheat flavor, with a light sweetness and a cracker-like quality. Clove comes through again, along with mildly spicy hops, and a light fruitiness. The yeast is awesome in its role, lending an earthy quality to the persistent wheat twang echo in the finish. Bitterness is very subdued.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation was strong but not over the top.

D: Excellent balance to this beer, with good flavors too. Could sip and ponder it, or guzzle it.

Overall, a very nice hefeweizen - everything was working for me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Who ever thought the US would see a Hefeweizen come in a green twist off bottle. As long as we don't see plastic we'll be OK.

We gently flipped the bottle upside down to rouse all of the yeast into solution. A steady pour yields two fingers of sticky white foam; the head retention is amazing with patchy lace on the glass after each sip. The color is a bit beige and orange with a dense cloudiness from the yeast. Fresh yeast and soft floral aroma with hints of clove within the bready wheat. Incredibly smooth and crisp with a dreamy medium body. Big mouthful of bready maltiness with the wheat flavor in the forefront. Suggestions of faint lemon and powdered clove come to mind, a little bit of apple skin as well. Hop bitterness is ultra-modest, the yeast character stays as an undertone and the fruitiness is vague with ripe apples, a bit of banana and some papaya also. Clean and semidry finish with a lingering wheat and yeast note.

Drinkability surpasses most, not as flamboyant as others. Amazing comes to mind, a must try for German beer lovers.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A twist off 500 ml green bottle, found at Angossi. The aroma of a sourish wheat beer. Initially sizeable white head on finely carbonated golden yellow. Active and fizzy carbonation. Cloves. A decent amount of wheat and yeast and dry mildly astringent aftertaste. Serviceable German style beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at JP McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA.

Probably not the best place to have this one, but I'll take it. Overall, this beer showed a lot of great yeast flavors, but couldn't pull together a great, singular taste. The mouthfeel was flat, that might be the bar's fault, but the drinkablity was pretty good.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a huge head and lacing throughout. The aroma lead off with a quick whif of skunkiness followed by normal hefe aromas of banana, lemon, and cake. The flavor was lemony with bananas and a mild hop note. It's mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but not bad. Bischoff Falkensteiner Ur-Weisse is a good beer, recommended.

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Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head. Yellow cloudy color. Nice retention that lasts for a while.

This beer smells like piss and banana. It's awful.

The piss smell overwhelms the beer. There is a lemony citrus twang with some banana. It's ok, but the smell is a little offputting and ruins the taste a little bit.

Crisp mouthfeel that is a little dry and seltzery, still not overly bad.

How do you sell a beer that smells like piss?

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry wheat and small citrus notes. In the taste, dry wheat, hints of citrus and a bit watery. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus in the aftertaste. A but dry and a bit thin, eh!

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy yellow color. Mild head for the style; no lace.

Strong wheat smells; in the background, oddly, is the aroma of green olives

Given the aroma and the appearance, this beer has less wheat flavors than expected. It is well balanced with a creamy body. There is a touch of lemon-lime sourness. No notable hop.

Despite the green bottle, there were no signs of skunking. This would be a good introduction to wheat beers for the uninitiated--good wheat flavor but nothing extreme about it.

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap a couple of times. The fresher the better.

A: Hazy, dark yellow-straw; Fluffy white head, awesome retention and lace.

S: Banana and bread, with a little citrus.

T: Nice fruity banana, a little bready, with some citrus (orange and lemon). Very good.

M: Moderate body is malty and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Great.

D: Fruity, with a solid malty backbone. It's great.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy light apricot color with moderate white creamy head. Good retention.

Smell is typical of the style, lemon, cloves, yeast, bananas.

Taste is also very predictable. A bit more dryness that expected, but tasty.

Somewhat thin at the finish with only fair taste retention.

Very drinkable abd refreshing.

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Photo of Moxley
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very decent weizen beer. Cloudy pour with a heavy white foamy head that stuck around for the tasting.

Lots of sweet cloves, wheaty and creamy. Something tasty for the spring and summer bbqs.

Nothing to write home about, but one you should pick up if you have the chance.

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Photo of Radome
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer can be poured clear, but if the bottle's dregs are stirred the beer is a cloudy dark golden color with orange highlights. The head is white and made of tiny bubbles.

S - The smell is excellent. It is very clean with grainy wheat and sharp lemon. Not much banana. There is even a hint of hops. This almost smells more like a Belgian wit or saison than a German wheat beer.

T - The taste begins with grainy, sharp wheat followed by noble hops flavor and bitterness. The yeast notes come last, again with mostly lemon and just a hint of bubblegum or banana. The finish is sweet and a bit cloying.

M - Medium body. Creamy carbonation. No alcohol or hops burn.

O - Overall a nice wheat beer that is very clean and citrusy compared to many German examples. I don't find it all that drinkable because of the body and the sweet finish, but that is true of the style as well.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this beer as a part of the Beer of the Month Club.

The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a thick white head (that's what she said). There are a moderate number of bubbles rising to the top and a more than moderate amount of sediment meandering down to the bottom of the glass.

As far as the aroma goes... did someone shove a banana in here? (That's what she said?) There is also a nice clove aroma and a hint of lemon.

The initial taste is bitter and loaded with banana. The first impression is that this is one fruity wheat beer.

You get the cloves in the middle of the taste. Where's the wheat? You'll never know it is hidden somewhere behind the bananas that are present throughout.

The finish is crip and dry and the aftertaste is clovey with a hint of yeast.

As I am not a huge fan of wheat beers, I enjoyed this one more than most. It is extremely fruity though so if you are looking for a more straightfoward hefeweizen, this is not the beer for you.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from a roadside gas station on the way home from TAP NY 2009. Poured from bomber into Weizen glass a cloudy golden yellow with a solid inch of thick white foam. Smells of sweet grass and malt, taste is the same with a hint of lemon. Has a clean crisp mouthfeel and a dry finish. I will share the other 2 bottles with my BA buddies.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe the lightest hefe i've had. Quite thin, very subtle flavor. Their pils is also quite light and thin. Nothing off-putting, but compared to the best examples of the style, somewhat bland. A local store got this as a replacement for the Erdinger that they can no longer get. Not in Erdinger's class, IMO.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - cloudy golden color with a nice head initially, but settles into a well retained collar

S - medium banana and clove nose with wheat malt secondary, faint trace of hops

T - smooth wheat malt flavor profile spiced with banana and clove yeastiness, slight hop finish that's slightly dry

M - creamy, medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - Overall this is a decent German hefeweizen. While it might not be my favorite, it satisfies the criteria well and is refreshing on a warm day like today.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I felt that this beer wasn't as cloudy as I thought it'd be. It was kind of a clear looking wheat beer. Massive head on it, big foamy and white. The aroma was a bit on the sweet side with some nice soft fruits in there. The taste was light, wheat and other grains were present. The Mouthfeel was light and highly drinkable, Could have been a much better beer to have in the summer time with perhaps an orange slice with it.

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Photo of chaz01
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the beer of the month club poured into a pint glass.

A: Little bit cloudy, hazy, pale yellow in color. Enormous thick creamy white head. Took several minutes to pour the entire beer into the pint glass due to the amount of head created.

S: Bready, yeasty aroma with some spicy clove notes.

T: A little bit banana flavors and some lemony citrus notes. More cloves flavors along with the earthy yeast notes picked up in the aroma. Lingering floral hop notes in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy in the mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation.

D: Very smooth drinkable hefeweizen, well balanced from a brewery that BOMC says is 144 years old! I'd have to agree with their recommendation to pair this with grilled chicken and mandarin oranges.

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Photo of stevoj
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with this offering from Bischoff. Their beers are really hit or miss. This one's a miss. Nothing about this beer stood out, just a below par weizen.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle

A: poured into a snifter. The beer pours an orange-ish yellow, that is very cloudy. gorgeous white head on top with good retention and some decent lacing that follows.

S: wonderful aromas that remind me of spring. sweet citrus aromas along with some spices. nice yeasty esters as well.

T: great citrus flavor, some light orange and lemon zest hints. some coriander and clove in the mix as well.

M: very clean and crisp mouthfeel. very warming which was surprising. smooth carbonation level.

D: I am not a fan of hefeweizens, but this one is rather tasty. I have had better, but this is better than the majority.

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