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: 36
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 256
Reviews by shapudding:
Photo of shapudding
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draft at the brewery. Tons of carbonation seen rising through an orangey-lemon unclear brew. Heavy layer of creamy white head with just a few bubbles. The scent is not too strong, just slightly saison-ish, but there is also a bit of a sulfur scent going on, (bit disturbing). Can feel the carbonation, but it is not too much. Cola, sassafrass, bit of sweetness. There is something in here that I just can’t place that turns me off... For some reason I keep thinking of that taste in your mouth after you have eaten a ton of movie theater popcorn, that kernel flavor. I usually enjoy weiss beers, this one just did not float my boat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightl hazy golden/orange with pretty thin head,nice aroma of citruis and cloves and malted wheat nice array going on there.Very refrrshing brew lots of lemon with a light spice and a wheaty taste in the finish and aftertaste,very nice.One of the better wheat beers I have had in awhile and its American to boot.Could drink these under the sun with ease.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Beautiful, hazy orange in color with a big, frothing head.

Smell – The big, giant yeast was plenty enough to cut through the standard barroom smells.

Taste – The taste is a little more relaxed than the nose. The light, typical Weissbier fruits mix nicely with the yeasty backbone.

Mouthfeel – There was some good fluffiness to this light to medium-bodied Weissbier.

Drinkability – This is a terrific summertime bier that I would love to have over and over.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with out much of a head for me, and it's also surprising that it's a rather clear straw color without much yeast floating around. I bought it as part of a basket of five different beers that was marked down from a ridiculous 25 dollars to $4.99. Still, the label claimed fresh before July.

The smell is extremely clove-heavy as it should be; banana abounds as well. There's a spice that I can't place in the aroma that is really emphasized in the taste. It's slightly cinnamon, a bit meaty, like roasted ham, plus vanilla and butterscotch. There's definitely a lot going on.

The taste is much as i described, but the cinnamon spiciness, and some fruitiness is highlighted.

The mouthfeel is interesting, bready, foamy, sharp on the finish, and of course spicy if that makes sense. Again, complex.

Nothing major to detract from drinkability. True to style.

This might be the most impressive offering by Brooklyn Brewery I've had yet, aside from the appearance, which may have been due to a weak pour. Still, no lacing, no real sign of head retention. If i had another 20 minutes to smell it I could probably find 20 more aromas. Good summer ale.

Photo of sponberg
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow gold with a white head that trails off to lace. Very appetizing, lemony-wheat nose with a background vanilla/clove esteriness.

Yeahboy, this is the stuff! If I were a hefeweiss, this is what I'd want to taste like. A big, chewy body full of clove, vanilla, and wheat malt, with a citric component to keep things in a nigh-on perfect balance to my taste. Very slight banana ester presence in the background which rounds out the flavor profile. Slightly prickly mouthfeel at the start, but then it relaxes a bit after several sips. So do I, for that matter. As it goes down it leaves a clove followed by vanilla-banana flavor that lingers. How does it taste when it warms up? I may never find out. Simply an outstanding example of a hefe - drink it like you vote, early and often.

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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Redbones in a pilsner flute.

Quite pale, cloudy pale yellow. Remarkable head retention. Aromas and flavors of banana puree, powdered clove, plain bubble gum and a twang of fermented wheat. Very balanced and refreshingly crisp to say the least. Highly drinkable, played well against the homemade sausage at Redbones.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating notched on label. Pours a nice straw color, cloudy,white head,small bubbles and some lacing. Yeast, malt and spice in the nose. Typical german wheat flavor notes, yeast,cloves, a hint of spicy melon, bananas. Soft malt mouthfeel, smooth and pleasant. Minimal grainy hop notes come in late. Nice but not great Weisse offering from Bklyn. Good everyday summer brew.

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 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 Thrasher
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good stab at a hefe for a US brewer, but Brooklyn is outshone by their New Jersey neighbors High Point, brewers of the superlative Ramstein wheat beers. Still this is pretty good. A relatively clear hefe, with emphasis on the malt characteristics, mild hoppage, and a very small yeast element. This beer only available on draught which might explain why it is lacking the yeasty, dense, hazy elements of the best bottle-conditioned Bavarian hefes. Although it is subdued for a hefe, it is still a substantial beer and does not lend itself to easy drinkability. Does not quench the thirst the way some hefes can either. Still another example of the skill and craftsmanship that go into each of Brooklyn's beers, extraordinary considering how diverse their styles are.

Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mr. Oliver generally does a pretty good job with each style he attacks, and this one is a fine example. It's pretty new in bottles, and I'm having trouble with the lime-green label. Orangey yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity, with clove coming through. Flavor is rich and tart with a smooth mouthfeel. Very crisp and fresh, but most of the flavor seems to come through in the finish and aftertaste with lots of clove and a bit of pine. Perhaps a little too sweet and clovey to have high drinkability.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy yellow with a big, thick, foamy, white head. Smells strongly of yeast and slightly of lemony citrus. Served in a big beautiful Brooklyn Weisse beer glass.

The taste is oh so nice and mellow. Lots of grass, lemon, and yeast fill the tounge. You can discern a scant amount of pale malt, but the yeast and lemon really dominate the palate. Mouthfeel is the beer equivalent of butter and the drinkablitity ranks right up there.

Photo of kpantz
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Makes me actually look forward to mowing the lawn! Slight age to the case had me worried, but I'm happy I gave it a shot. Had this one last summer at the NJ Beer Festival, and it's just as good as I remember it. Fantastic interpretation of the style. I think I've found a new summer staple!

Just bought a case of this from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Told it was fresh, I found later that the bottles say "Best by October '05." Figured I'd give one a shot before returning it. Glad I did!

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/light amber into my glass, with a less fervent head than I expected, but I'll attribute some of that to the age.

Smell: Wheat, bananas, cloves. Prototypical Hefe here.

Taste: My dear Lord. Just fantastic. Good wheat backbone with a good dose of yeast. I'm not getting the bubblegum here that others have reported. Perhaps it's because mine isn't as fresh. No matter...I've got a wonderful, bright tasting Hefeweizen here.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style. Good, but not overpowering carbonation and moderately thin body. Wonderful for the summer!

Drinkability: Can drain bottle after bottle of this. This would be perfect for a summer BBQ. May have to remember it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber large white head holds for a bit then dwindles into a collar leaving random spots of lacing. Aroma: Mild banana and clove tones inspired by the yeast strain, semi-funky wheat backing not bad just not as authentic of a weizen compared to the German originators. Taste: A bit husky of a husky tone that clouds the banana, clove, and vanilla yeast characteristics there's a sharp citrus sweetness to it that's decent. Mouthfeel: Thin lacks the fluffiness and texture that I have come to know and love from a hefe. Drinkability: Good overall lacking on what makes other wheat beers great like Ayinger, Franzy, Paulaner, and Weihenstephaner the yeast strains are clearly different.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of soft and light malts with good amounts of overripe bananas and clove. The clove aromas are a bit larger than the bananas. As the beer warms mild amounts of wheat aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with influence from soft wheat kick things off. Shortly thereafter good amounts of banana flavors make their way into things before being supplanted by clove midway through the sip. The spicy flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall besides the relatively weak head retention this is a pretty solid beer for the style. Worth a shot.

Photo of JohnW
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Bar in Terminal C, Newark Airport, June 2008, at the usual Airport rip-off price of $8 a pint!

Was served in the traditional Weiss style glass, with slice of orange on the glass rim. Much less foaming head than I expected, which thinned very quickly. Aroma was what I would expect from a Weiss beer, fruity, bananas, cloves and spice, also rather dry and with a hint of tart apple skins. Have to say - regretfully - I was rather disappointed with the taste. It leaned on the rather dry side, almost sour at the back, and not much depth at all. It somehow seemed very 'two dimensional' rather flat, and dare I say it - boring. There was no depth of flavour, all up front and dry, nothing else came through as I drank it, no character coming through as it went down.

Unless I was just unlucky and had an under par sample, was rather disappointed, as I expected great things. Not a patch on some other US Weiss beers (think Penn Weiss is much better) and no comparison at all the the German Hefe Weiss beers like Schneider, Wehenstephener, Andechs, Paulaner and the like.

I will have to try it again, just in case I was unlucky at the time.

JohnW
B'ham UK June 2008

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow coppery color with a medium sized white head. The smell has a wheat ,lemon, orange and maybe alittle honey. The taste is honey, wheat ,lemon, and sweet malt. A nice crisp clean beer. Very refreshing. The m/f is light and well balanced, this is a terrific beer. This is a classic summer beer. After cutting the lawn I can see myself a few of these. Mmmm.

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

Brooklyn Brewery? Hefeweizen? This can't help but be good, I'm sure...

Not so fast, my friend. It poured a golden color with a thin, white head--pretty strange looking for a hefeweiss, with no trace of cloudyness and only a little drop of yeast. There's little depth to this one, which has a nice, wheaty flavor with hints of citrus and spice, but not much else. On the plus side, it is very drinkable, and enjoyable--even if it is a touch simplistic.

I blame myself for expecting too much from what is a good but not great beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit past due, a good beer for its style. Cloudy whitish yellow. Retaining head with a tiny amount of wheat. Dry finish, easy drink with good carbonation. Good have this all night. Medium mouthfeel. Cloves, apple, banana, sugar, lemon, vanilla. Smooth.

Photo of tweeder263
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy golden color with minimal head.I cant say im too crazy about the smell ,ive smelled it in other beers and im not crazy about it.Taste was ok at first but seemed to get better as the beer warmed up.Has a very slight alcohol after taste.Ive never smelled the bananas and cloves that have been stated for hefes but im still lookin for em.Not a bad beer but nothing outstanding either.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a different beer in the bottle than on draft, but pleasing nonetheless. In fact, I find it quite unique! The typical Bavarian-weisse appearance is intact with a very hazy yellow body that's capped by a bright-white head of creamy foam which holds well. The lacing is quite nice as well, and is left throughout the glass. The nose, however, is what's intriguing. It's a bit smokey at first, masking much of the sweet, bready malt and clove beneath it; yet it all eventually comes through - even the soft note of vanilla! Although I realize there's no smoked malt invovled, it reminds me of the weizen brewed in Bamberg! The body is light/medium; and it's gently crisp and then creamy in the mouth - very nice! The flavor delivers a soft fruitiness upfront, followed by some bready sweetness and vanilla as it warms and then a mild clove note at the tail which increases in the swallow. An underlying bitterness balances quite well and it finishes drying with a lingering note of soft clove. Well done!!! Although I've always felt that FX Matt's Saranac Weizen was a very good brew, I'm surprised at how well they've done with this tasty little treat. Kudos!

Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my tall Konig Ludwig weiss glass. Nice deep golden color with a 2-inch stark-white head and plenty of carbonation. Beautiful aroma of yeast, wheat, allspice, and clove. Once it hits the palate, the aroma transfers beautifully to the tongue. Nice sweet character that I can't quite place. Notes of citrus, yeast, and wheat, all enveloped by a golden sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and creamy for a weissbier, but still pleasant. I like it, but it's a little rich for a hefeweizen.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my .5-liter weizen glass, Brooklyner Weisse pours a decidedly orange-ish-amber color, cloudy with delicious yeast. A moderately aggressive weizen pour (with swirl) yields a three-finger, off-white head, which recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap. I'd liken the overall appearance of this one to Schneider-Weisse -- both are considerably more amber-hued than most wheat beers.

Smell -- Awesome! A powerful bouquet of bananas, bready yeast, and something approaching brown sugar. This is among the best-smelling hefeweizens (and, thus, best-smelling beers) I've encountered. Nice work!

Taste -- Also wonderful. As should be the case with hefeweizens, the flavor follows the nose. Bananas, yeast, wheat bread, and sugary malt. Great stuff; probably my second-favorite American weizen, flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel -- A little disappointing. I'm starting to get the sense that the water supply at the brewery may lead to an odd "wateriness" or a "hole" in the mouthfeel of many Brooklyn beers. Carbonation is crisp, fine, and appropriate to the style, but the carbolic bite is followed by an off-putting emptiness that arrives at the same time as the malt flavors. Strange.

Drinkability -- Mouthfeel notwithstanding, this is an easily drinkable brew, suitable for consumption year-round (if you ask me). Likely to be very versatile with food, this beer is highly recommended. If you like traditional Bavarian wheat beers, you've got to give this one a try.

I suspect this one would be even better on tap, as nearly all hefeweizens are.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem. Served with brinner (breakfast for dinner). It looks a cloudy straw yellow with a white head and thin lacing.

I love finding American hefe's that actually taste like they're from Germany. This really reminds me of Franziskaner for the creamy orange (creamsicle) aroma and taste. Really, it reminds me of biting into a fresh orange. This beer, however, has a bit more banana in the background and the body is a touch thinner.

This hefe is a winner and can stand up to the great beers of Germany, though I'd stop short of saying it's better. If you love wheat beers, try this.

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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