Review: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen (2020)
We first encountered Schofferhofer Grapefruit back in 2015, and since that time it’s been reformulated. No longer made with cochineal color — it now uses beta-carotene to give it its orange-pink hue — and it’s now billed formally as a blend of 50% hefeweizen and 50% grapefruit soda, though that fact could have eluded me in the past. (I had the original abv at 3.2%, but looking back, that may be the alcohol by weight, not volume.) The name has however changed to officially include “hefeweizen” in it now.
With all that said, the wheel has not been reinvented here. It smells like a glass of squirt soda, sweetened up with honey and white sugar, with a candied grapefruit note dominant on the palate. It’s sweet but not overblown, with a doughy, slightly vegetal note that may be driven by the beta-carotene used for color. That said, I noticed the same thing back in 2015, so perhaps it’s a rustic hefeweizen base that’s showing its true colors.
B- / $8 per four-pack of 16 oz cans / schofferhofer.us