Hofbrau Hefe Weizen
What the brewers say
“What could be more pleasurable than quenching your thirst with a deliciously yeasty Weissbier, and savoring the tingling, fizzy sensation in your mouth? With an alcoholic content of around 5.1% volume, it’s pure, refreshing enjoyment.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The wheat dominates, and the clove develops as the beer warms. Then the banana sweetness shows, along with some floral and fruit-tree blossom esters, and a floral hops note. It has an earthy, oyster umami aroma that’s not unpleasant.”
Flavor: “Rich banana sweetness, with immense chewy wheat. Grassy hops and bitterness are evenly balanced with the bready wheat malt and linger through the finish. Yeast esters and phenolics are interesting without dominating. Some fusel high alcohols and light pork come through in the finish.”
Overall: “What a nice banana and yeast character. It goes really well with the funky malt, chewy wheat body, banana, and spiciness. The hops dominate a bit more in the bitterness than in the flavor, more than you would find in typical German interpretations.”
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