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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 34
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 256
Photo of coobstar
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much more of a berliner-weisse than a hefe.

Delicious and thirst-quenching nonetheless. I could drink this out of a camelbak all day at the beach.

Nice citrusy sourness, but quite clearly toned down for the american masses from the original style.

Brilliant golden color with a slight haze, almost green around the edges.

this is a beer to buy a six pack of for a hot summer day. could be very fun with a dash of grenadine in another 'brooklyn/berlin' twist.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Hazy golden yellow with a scant head. Where's the giant fluffy head I expect from wheats? Anyway, smells like wheat, hint of floral/grassy hops, some tangerine peels, and pale malts.
Feels light and bubbly. Not big on this. So yeah, onto the next one.

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Very traditional looking for the style.

The aroma has banana clove, wheat, and bit of citrus. There's also that yeasty ester that comes with hefeweizens. Not a huge aroma, but still spot on.

The flavor follows with banana, clove, vanilla, orange peel.

Then mouthfeel is a bit lighter on this one and the flavor falls out to be a bit watery on the end.

Still, the beer is pretty spot on with the flavors and a good American example of the style.

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow hue gives off an iridescent look. The body was slightly hazy with tons of carbonation.

The scent was nice but light with bits of lemon and clove.

The taste and feel we're very much intertwined with strong bubbly expression. Almost champagne like, the bubbles lifted the flavor off of the tongue and dampened any real taste. Touches of lemony sweetness, banana and clove were present but hard to detect because of the large amount of carbonation. Overall, I wonder if I simply got a lovely batch or there's more hiding in this that I just missed.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat, with some grain husk and light banana notes. The flavor is very similar. The wheat notes come through the most, with some banana and clove notes thrown in. I also get some light lemon and orange citrus character. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic Hefe glass, glowing a deep golden orange. It showed a one finger head of off-white bubbles. This retained decently, receding into a foamy ring around the glass. Lacing was otherwise minimal, and there was haze but no sediment. Carbonation appeared average. The nose showed wet wheat, sweeter sugary inclusions, clovey phenols, and creamy pale malts. Our first impression was that the flavoring was mild, but the malts present were nice, and didn’t approach adjuncty or cheap at all. As we sipped, simple wet wheat and orange peel hit the palate with warm, pale malts. The middle peaked with sour grain, herbal hops, biting grassy grain, and white sugar sweetness. The finish was with clovey phenols, grainy wheat, water, and mineral sourness. The aftertaste breathed of musty grain, more wheat, and more bready malts. The body was medium, and the carbonation was prickly. There was a light prickly coating, leading to a final light astringent slickness. The feel was nice and clean, and the beer was refreshing. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh flavoring. There was nice spice, cream, and wheat, and at no point did things seem cheap or low quality, despite the huge malty bill. Of everything, the look was the weakest, as we were hoping for a thicker haze, and more of a head and cream.

Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, according to the brewery. Just slightly hazy amber in the pint glass. Very little head, and less of the sudsy carbonation that I generally look forward to in the style.

Pretty good estery flavors. Lots of cloves, less of the banana. Kind of a dishwater taste, however, that adds to the murkiness. Very light body. Rather pleasant for a quick gulp, though not much to encourage slow savoring. Low marks for carbonation and lack of sudsy mouthfeel.

On tap at the Perch on Broad St. in downtown Philadelphia along with a good selection of interesting beers. Notes from visit on June 1, 2012.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of OCT 2012 stamp. Pretty sure this is the same beer, although my bottle says Wheat Beer instead of Weisse Beer. Pours a hazed orange color with a fast-fading white head. Surprisingly lame retention and lacing...especially for a wheat.

Nose has a fair amount of wheat and bananas, but lacking a bit in the clove and bubblegum department. Not bad, a little more earthy than most.

The yeast esters just dont really pop in this beer and just seem a bit dull. It's not un-flavorful, but there is something about this one that doesnt quite do it for me. I dont think it comes remotely close to a fresh Franziskaner or Paulaner, and there are more than a few domestic versions that Id rather have. The mouthfeel is not as creamy and smooth as the best of the style display. Re-reading my review it sounds like I didnt like this beer at all...not true. I liked it well enough and the sixer didnt last long in the fridge, but I dont see myself heading back for more unless it is the freshest sample I can find. Mr. Oliver - the freshness dating is much appreciated, especially on a Bavarian style wheat beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at Rattle N Hum NYC.

Not much head is presented for the pour, but a simple off cream white collar remains. Body color is a nice lemon and almost orb yellow, opaque. Looks like standard Hefeweissen.

Nose matches classic hefeweissen styles. Sweet malt chewy wheat, dense banana, mild clove. Big fruit density and cream very nice.

Taste brings all of it into play. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich chewy malt. Aftertaste is very taffy like but not too sweet. Banana but nothing cloying, surprisingly malt takes over banana richness on the finish. Really lingers even some faint honey.

Overall solid, real easy drinking, could easily consume many of these on a hot day.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-brown color with a slight amber hue. Smaller white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave behind any lace. Doesn't really look at all like a hefeweizen.

Smell: Smells of banana bread with some grapes and citrus in the background.

Taste: Begiins tasting of grape, rounding out to banana and yeast before finishing with zesty orange and lemon. There is an undertone, though, that reveals more of an American-style ale character and less hefeweizen. Not a bad thing, but something that docks just a little bit when trying to score to style.

Mouthfeel: Light body with natural carbonation and a watery, refreshing finish.

Overall: A good interpretation of its style, but lacking just a little bit. This also doesn't seem like a "true" hefeweizen, and definitely has a lot of American character. Still sessionable and worth a try, though.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Golden straw. Nice white 2 finger head.

S: Strong belgian yeast, clove and banana.

T: Excellent belgian wheat beer. Great!

M: Nicely carbed and clean.

O: Easy drinking and perfect flavors for the style. Love it.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap...poured into pint glass. Brownish golden haze, with a bit of head. Wheaty/hefe aroma...pretty typical (and promising). Bad flavor though...weak and nutty. It almost seems like they got lazy with it. Not a very good example of a hefe OR an american style wheat. With way better options out there, I would never get again.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with nice head and some lacing.

Smell: Wheat mostly, with some clove and spice.

Taste: Strong wheat malt base, with a spicy hop and clove finish. Banana is limited.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: The Hefe yeast is either muted or non existent, as this seems to be an American Wheat. Good, but would have preferred the esters. Not sure if this is a batch issue, as others have noticed a more pronounced, traditional Hefe yeast. Will try again if it appears again on tap near me (or if bottled again). Regardless, it is still enjoyable.

Photo of mikeg67
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours hazy golden hue with a huge, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of yeast, cloves, lemon, banana and wheat malt. Medium, creamy body. Taste is similar to aroma. This brew is an average American hefe, which is not on par with the best German examples of the style.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been hearing about this beer for years and can't believe it's taken me until now to try it. Overall a very good beer. A little less Hef than typical Hef's, which in my opinion makes it better.

Appearance is a cloudy orange gold. Very active carbonation and a nice head.

Aroma is yeasty, esthery, fruity but you can also smell the malt coming through. Very well balanced for the style.

Flavor is also very well balanced. You get the hef characteristics but also a lot of the malt. A very refreshing beer and very easy to drink.

I plan on having a few more of these before the summer is over and probably well into the fall.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled at Whole Foods served in a weizen glass.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a white head that went away altogether after a few minutes.

S - heavy on the banana along with some other spices.

T - very good tasting hefe, banana, some bubblegum, wheat, yeast and spice all blended nicely.

F - medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

O - a very good example of the style.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got to try this one on-tap from the source so to speak excited to give it a whirl

came with like a big mountain of foam on it like a root beer float and hade a murky orange color looks yummy

smelled like a banana milkshake with vanilla also some clovey spice mmmm this looks good

taste oh so good wow this is tart and refreshing and really hits the spot

mouthfeel is real nice i get a lot of nice acidity here too

overall this is a really awesome beer and probably the best one i sampled right there just a great american wheat beer

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - Pours a cloudy yellow and is capped with a persistent off-white froth.

S - The nose is sweaty, banana-centric, and accentuated by a slight herbal and mineral spiciness.

T - The flavor is much closer to banana bread. Or diet banana bread, which is to say that I think this beer tastes a tad watered-down. The basics are a banana note that is not backed up by any real sweetness, with something of a dry pale wheat that is noted, along with a spicy herbal-mineral character.

M - The feel is relatively thin and refreshing, it works well here.

O - Not my cup of proverbial tea, but I would certainly drink something like this if I were in a place with a poor selection (e.g. airport or ball game)

Photo of JizackFH
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery on 4/9/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 3-figner slightly off-white head. The head had good retention and left behind some nice lacing.

S - The smell is awesome. There is a huge banana aroma. Also, there are nice notes of spicy yeast, lemony citrus, and a touch of caramel. Great great smell.

T - The taste is great as well. It tastes just like a hefeweizen should. There are flavors of bananas, bread, yeast, citrus, and some sweet malt. The finish is nice and clean.

M - It has a medium body with crisp carbonation. It goes down very smooth and creamy. It has a great mouthfeel for the style. The finish is clean and a touch dry.

O - This had great drinkability. The flavor was great, and it goes down so easy. I could easily drink a bunch of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was a great beer, and I will most definitely be getting some more of this.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass. I ordered it because I thought it was going to be similar to the Brooklyner Schneider Hopfen Weisse brew that I had in my early craft days and loved, but it turns out its a hefeweizen instead of a weizenbock.

Look: hazy to the point of murky, yellow body with a thin white head. The head doesn't retain for longer than a few minutes before disappearing entirely and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Smell: not detecting any banana or clove aromas, which adds to the fact that I didn't think this was a hefeweizen. Sweet, bready malt with a bit of wheat and a touch of spice are the aromas I get in the nose.

Taste: again, falls short for the style. A bit of grain, pale malt, some wheat, and a bit of a bitter tang that is almost sour really stands out in the finish. This made be wonder if this wasn't a Berliner Weisse.

Feel: medium towards thin, lightly carbonated, and a bit sour and bitter.

Drink: still quite easy drinking. I had no problems finishing my pint but I did pick something different after my first pint.

Overall, this beer is okay but nothing special. I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan to begin with but this doesn't seem to fit the style for me. The banana and clove taste are the things I look for first and foremost in my hefeweizens and both seemed absent. I did think I enjoyed it more than my score will indicate but I was trying to review it against the style. There are much better Brooklyn beers available so I would select one of those. Cheers!

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's kind of strange that I have never run across this beer before, but I was happy to try it on-tap at the Blind Tiger In New York.

A very hazy, cloudy yellow-gold body with a thick white head greets me upon service of this beer. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma has lemon, banana, some spice and a ton of wheat.

Wheat rules this one, as it should. Lots of wheat twang and light, sweet, bread notes. Next comes a mix of lemon and banana, with the banana being the most powerful. Underneath those flavors is a peppery coriander flavors.

Just big and creamy enough for me.

This is a solid American-made Hefeweizen from Brooklyn.

Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bierkraft growler received in my latest trade with hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one...been looking forward to it. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed golden yellow color. A big two fingers of fluffy head rests on top and lingers for several minutes before slowly fizzing its way down to the surface. Very good looking hefe.

S - Full of wheaty aromas. Lots of spicy cloves and fresh squeezed lemons. Very lemony! This is really grabbing my attention...can't wait to taste.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Slightly tart with tons of lemony citrus, yeasty esters, spicy cloves and a solid base of wheat malt. Perhaps the most citrusy hefe I've ever had...maybe a bit overdone for the style, but I'm finding this extremely refreshing and tasty.

M - A bit on the thin side, tending towards watery, but buoyed nicely by a strong carbonation that really brings the citrus and tart flavors to the forefront.

D - The lively carbonation and the somewhat unique and intense lemon flavors really are hitting me the right way. This is another perfect warm weather beer...makes me think of sitting outside the Schneider pub in Munich on a warm summer day before Oktoberfest. This might be biasing my rating, but I don't care...any beer that can bring me back there in my mind is definitely worthy of recognition.

A somewhat different take on the hefeweizen style, but it meshes pretty well with my flavor preferences...if you like an adult lemonade like beer, give it a shot.

Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A: Poured a cloudy moderate to light yellow color, with tons of carbonation, and about 2 fingers worth of head which stayed at least a froth throughout the session.

S: Bananas, cloves, and a little bit of honeydew melon embedded in the fruity madness.

T: I have had a lot of saisons lately and had to remind myself that I was not drinking one of those, but a hefeweizen. Medium bodied, with a bit of fruit (banana) and spices, but the overall product is a tad watery. After a few drinks, I started to get that hefe "bubble gum" aftertaste, but only after I searched for it.

M: Okay.... no real qualms here. Nice carbonation in general.

D: Not a bad hefeweizen, and considering Brooklyn's track record for making lighter brews IMO (Brooklyn Lager is awesome!), I was a bit disappointed.

Photo of alleykatking
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed deep golden orange color. One finger white head has light retention and quickly caps the beer.

S- Light yeasty notes with a touch of wheat malts. There is a clove and banana scent that hints its way here and there on the nose. A light sourness in the backend as well. Interesting to say the least.

T- Very muted tasting. There is a light wheaty tone in the front that I picked up no problem. There is also a stale caramel malt deep in the backing of this beer along with some light metallic hints. I do get some light clove but that is about it. Something went wrong with this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking at all in this beer. Flavors were all off and all over the place. Light wheat notes left on the palate. Weak caramel malts and light alcohol in the aftertaste. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a mess. I'm sure I have a bad bottle and once I can get my hands on some fresher product I will rereview but for now this one was a drain pour after a third of the way done with it.

Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulup...Dirty medium honey gold pour, light white head, whispy, watery but still good retention...The aroma is very sweet wheat, cloves, but add depth with some spiceyness that is really nice...The taste is surprsingly flavorful but still too sweet to be great. Sweet wheat, orange peels, spice.

A decent hefe, unique spice notes that help the sweetness, but drinkable. A non craft drinker liked it so maybe a good gateway beer, especially have he liked this better than r10.

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.