Archive for the ‘Staatliches Hofbräuhaus (Hofbräu München)’ Category

One of the things that I’m not a huge fan of at beer halls is getting beers in liters. They get warm too quickly and the glasses are insanely heavy. While we were at the beer hall, they only had sizes of half and full liters. Needless to say, I ordered half liters. Let’s see how this was.

hofbrau

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Dunkelweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Combining refreshing notes of wheat beer and the richness of dark beer, Hefe Weizen Dunkel creates a wonderful and unique flavour. This one-of-a-kind beer is fermented similarly to light beer and stored in kegs for about one week, but in a way as unique as its flavour: upside down! Just before tapping time the yeast redistributes by turning the keg upright. This brew, offering 5.1% alcohol by volume, is characterised by a variety of special malts and a pleasing taste of coffee and cocoa.”

Random: I am not a fan of communal seating either.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy brown with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had light coffee and banana and yeast. The taste had light banana, spice, and then quickly went into cocoa powder and coffee. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was swift with the same coffee and cocoa powder. This was a nice beer and one that I wouldn’t refuse if handed to me. It just wasn’t the best of the style I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Over the weekend, the other half and I went to the new beer hall in Asbury. It was disappointing to say the least. It was incredibly expensive and mediocre at best and the clientele was obnoxious. I don’t think we’ll be back there any time soon. This was the first beer that I tried while I was there.

sommer

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hofbräu München’s Münchner Sommer naturtrüb is brewed according to traditional recipes. The refreshing sparkle makes this bottom-fermented, naturally cloudy beer garden speciality an ideal alternative to Weissbier. Münchner Sommer naturtrüb has a shimmering, opalescent look and pours to an amber hue and a fine-pored head. The bottom-fermented classic offers 5.1% alcohol content and a hoppy aroma with a touch of fruitiness. It is a refreshing, sparkling drink with estery notes and a subtly bitter finish. A good alternative to Weissbier!”

Random: I always have a hard time remembering what German beers I’ve reviewed.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was grassy and hoppy with some light citrus. The taste was very grassy with some lemon. After a few sips, I picked up some bread as well. The flavors were very light in general. The body was very thin with high carbonation. It had a long finish with wheat and grass. This wasn’t a bad beer by any stretch, but nothing that floored me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight, Katie and her daughter came over. After hanging out with this kid a bunch of times, I can’t imagine how much energy I had at 4 and a half. We had an impromptu dance party and I think I got more of a workout from that than I would have if we hit up the gym. I was legitimately sweating by the end of it. But, it was an absolute blast. So, it’s definitely beer time now.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Once upon a time, Weissbier could only be brewed by ducal privilege. Hofbräuhaus enjoyed this exclusive right for nearly 200 years, thus holding a monopoly on Weissbier in Bavaria. But even without a monopoly, Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is a really special kind of beer. Characterized by its sparkling rich foam and naturally by its unforgettable refreshing and fruity taste. It is brewed according to an ancient tradition and offers an alcoholic content of approximately 5.1% by volume. Savor the pure, refreshing enjoyment!”

Random: I loved introducing the kid to Michael Jackson. She was seriously rocking out to it.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with generous carbonation visible through the cloudiness. The nose had lemon, some yeast and a bit of skunkiness. I really didn’t get the normal banana notes that I’m used to from a hefeweizen. On the first sip, this definitely did not seem like a hefeweizen. I first got the skunkiness that was in the nose on the taste. Then, I got some citrus brightness to it, but it was relatively subtle for the style. There was no banana on this at all. The yeast came out a little bit on the end. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. Honestly, probably one of the least impressive beers of the style I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0