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Hofbräu Hefe Weizen

Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Hofbräuhaus, in Munich, is truly a “must see” spot for beer lovers, and their beers are rightfully legendary. Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is an elegant interpretation of this classic style, displaying all the trademark aromas and flavors of banana, bubble gum, cotton candy, clove and lemon zest. Yet all of these components are artfully balanced, with none allowed to shine above the rest. An incredibly effervescent brew, the color of spun gold shot through with streaks of white, this beer throws a dense, long–lasting, mousse-like head of pure white. Redolent of clove, ripe tropical banana and even a suggestion of carnival midway cotton candy, this beer’s aroma is complex and utterly beguiling. Tim was effusive in his praise of the rich tropical fruit, refined yeast and pungent spicy aromas, while Rick enjoyed the nuanced ginger and mace tones that complemented the cracker-like wheat. In keeping with its impeccable pedigree, this beer reveals an unmatched complexity of flavors, washing over the palate with waves of bready wheat malt, vibrant clove spiciness and savory sun-ripened banana. Lee was favorably impressed by the interplay of vanilla and bananas Foster in the flavor. Tom, however, found the banana character to be somewhat subdued, with the bright clove flavor meshing seamlessly with light traces of bubble gum and cotton candy. Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is the perfect excuse for any beer lover to schedule a Bavarian vacation.