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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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366 Ratings

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001)
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Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best German-style wheat.
Great head good taste,I could survive on it alone.
Good color hazy yellow body.
The taste goes on for days.with or w/o a lemon.
Smokey after taste verry filling.But I could find room for

the perfict wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2002 08:56:25 | More by Kwak
Photo of nomad


4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The specs: this poured a orange hued, beautiful opaque soft-gold color. Looks great in the rightful Brooklyner Weisse glass. Had a fairly good head with no sizable lace.

Smell was a healthily hearty (not over the top and overbearing) banana and cloves; and the fresher the batch of this brew, the more bubblegum esters will appear. Had a great malt backbone - it reminds of Duvel not in smell but in quality. Taste was of malt, wheat, nutmeg, all of which were extremely edible and satisfying, and were furthered by a citrusy brightness that rounds it all out toward the end. Also possessed a sharp but light sour in the middle of the swallow. Great light clove and big malt burp, too. Had an active but slightly softened hefe-weizen mouthfeel that accented the flavors extremely well. Ends on a crisp and clean finish, that quietly whispers "Drink More of Me, Soon!" I often sit back and enjoy the overall complexity covered in tons of estery content. Masterful.

The key to hefe-weisses is freshness, and despite loving the Weihenstephaner, its journey to America assuredly diminishes it. But Brooklyn is so close, so their kegs, especially at Mug's Ale House, are super fresh and help makes this highly rated. A personal favorite, have had way too few despite always trying to have at least one every outing in NYC. Everyone who has had this beer on draught in the city, please review it - it needs to be in the top 50 brews!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2003 10:25:29 | More by nomad
Photo of drugsbunny


4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a perfect American version of the classic German Hefeweizen. The typical light colored and hazy appearance. Aroma of bananas and slight clove hints. This beer tasted great, fresh from the local brewery - not stale from being shipped over half the globe. This is the way to enjoy a hefeweizen. The banana and clove flavors carry over to the taste, with a bit of tart apple. It is a treat to find this beer fresh and on tap. It will be an instant favorite if you are a wheat beer fan.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2005 15:41:59 | More by drugsbunny
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried a beer from this company, and I love it! A straight-up awesome brew... A nice golden-straw color leads to an appealing smell of wheat, banana and citrus... The taste is fruity and creamy - certainly more unique than some other varieties I've sampled... Easy drinkability and a good mouthfeel make this a top-notch brew that can be enjoyed any time... Definitely would recommend this one... Will certainly buy another sixer in the near future... Outstanding brew...

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 00:00:35 | More by dsa7783
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow into my allagash glass. 3 finger head which disappears quickly no lacing.

Smells yeasty and malty sweet.

Taste is exceptional. Starts with a spicy yeast and ends with a malty sweet taste which coats your mouth.

Feels like velvetly soft in you mouth little carbonation.

This is one of my favorite heffes! I could drink it all night long. Another great beer from brooklyn.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2008 03:04:57 | More by LennyV
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2003 20:09:52 | More by sponberg
Photo of francisweizen


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyner Weisse is the ultimate American wheat beer! it is a dark golden colour with a very frothy, white head. The aromas are of bananas, cloves, bubble-gum, and yeast. This stuff tastes like a little slice of heaven. The mouthfeel is perfect as is the drinkability.

This is the ultimate wheat beer. I am glad that they are finally bottling it!!!


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 14:10:11 | More by francisweizen
Photo of chaduvel


4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color cloudy complexion and a nice white frothy head. Smells of yeast, bread, some banana and cloves, hint of vanilla if you smell close. Smooth! Yeasty with some spices and just the right amount of carbonation. Superb balance of the clove/banana flavor with the more hearty yeast and grain flavors. Aftertaste isn't bitter, but wheaten, and some cloves linger on the palate. It's different from it's German bretheren, but I'll agree with the man who sold me this and say that the plain looking Brooklyn Brewery label hides the fact that this is the finest American Wheat beer I have ever tasted! I could drink the whole six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 20:13:43 | More by chaduvel
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in my favorite glass, a Duvel tulip. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Says best before Jan 2009. I rarely listen to those dates.

A - A nice bright brownish orange; appropriately cloudy with little head.

S - The most citrusy beer I've smelled. Smells of fresh lemons, caramel and hops. Lovely.

T - Slightly toasty with slight, pleasant hop bitterness. Sweet banana and citrus also present.

M - Interesting, to say the least. Short on aftertaste and leaves a feeling like there's a film on my tongue. Carbonation's good, but this is the weak point of this otherwise excellent brew

D - Smooth and tasty, I could drink this all day. An excellent everyday beer.

Overall - This is going to be one of my refrigerator standbys. Tasty and easy drinking, I'm going to enjoy this one a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 21:35:42 | More by DannyS
Photo of techdiver


4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange gold with minimal head. Displays fine carbonation.

Clove and banana nose along with the rest of the typical Hefe Weizen smells.

Taste is well balanced, actually pretty impressive. Very tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and light.

Great drinkability. In many ways it compares favorably to some of the best with the appearance being the only area lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:43:25 | More by techdiver
Photo of RBorsato


4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick ! Cloudy apricot color with a moderate off-white creamy head but a bit low for the style. Nice balanced banana-clove aroma and flavor. Fruity flavors dominate with a nice soft grainy wheat touch. Medium-full bodied and creamy.

Vary nice and refreshing American-Bavarian Hefe !

Per Brooklyn website:
Malts: European Barley Malt (half) and Wheat Malt (half)
Hops: German Perle
1997 GABF - Gold - German Wheat Ale

Best Before: Oct '04 ('4045' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 08/23/04

($6.29 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 17:09:24 | More by RBorsato
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perhaps my only real criticism of this as a hefe weizen is that it could have had more head. Vibrant, hazy cloudy wheaty yellow golden in apperance.
Smells sharp and spicy.
Light, tangy, wheaty and more spicy in the flavor with some slickness to the mouthfeel.
Witbier meets hefe, perhaps.
An excellent American hefe weizen... really very true to style as well as being fresh and delicious... well, pretty fresh (drink by 10/05).
Another fine brew in the Brooklyn Brewery lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 03:21:17 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours crystal-clear deep amber body (after carefully decanting) with a half inch of off-white head. Smells estery - banana and nut jump out - with a slight hint of tart fruitiness. Tastes like banana, nut, and clove, with a nice smooth transition to a slightly sour dry bite toward the finish. Aqueous light body with moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable with nothing but pleasant balanced flavors to compliment the light refreshing body. Probably even better mit hefe - guess I'll try that on the next bottle. Still one of the best hefeweizens I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:12:49 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my... what a great Weisse!

Pours a dark, cloudy golden-amber. A little darker than the Weisse's I've had previously. Also, a bit clearer. I like them cloudier. Nice, delicate head. Smell is pleasantly infused with fruits, yeasts, and some wheatiness. Taste is smooth wonderful. The balance between the yeast, wheat, and fruit is exceptional. My favorite Weisse at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 21:38:13 | More by aquatonex
Photo of edchicma


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm. This was one refreshing beer. The appearance was a nice cloudy gold. Smell was citrusy and inviting and the mouthfeel was extremely smooth, without being watery. Extremely smooth going down, inviting you to have another. I read several reviews of other beers from this brewery and think I will try some more. No fancy names here, just solid brews from the big apple.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 17:53:19 | More by edchicma
Photo of ChurchillsKGB


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very good color, reminds me of Sam Adams Summer Ale

Smell: Good, nothing stands out except a hint of the cloves

Taste: Best part, of the more unique beers widely available. Perfect summer beer, and the aftertaste has just a hint of bananas and cloves. I didn't think I'd like it much, it started fairly bitter for a wheat, but it was well done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 01:08:21 | More by ChurchillsKGB
Photo of pgroove

New York

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

***Now I need to preface this by saying that I am a biased reviewer of this beer. I have been drinking it for years, and this is the beer that opened my eyes to the world outside of Budweiser (when I was 19 or so).

It has a beautiful cloudy orangy-yellow color and is a truly aromatic drinking experience. It has always reminded me of autumn because there is a very strong clove overtone, but other people have said they can smell and taste banana in it. Best served in a weisse glass with a twist of lemon squeezed into it (dropping the lemon in will kill the beautiful inch and a half of head). It's a great sipping beer, but I can not drink more than one or two because it's a touch acidic on the stomach.

Long available only on tap, my happiest (and saddest) day ever was when I found that Brooklyn was finally producing it in bottles. I nearly had an accident when i saw it in the beer distributor's aisles. Then I got home with a case of it and cried because it lost a lot of flavor in the bottling process. Still a good brew, but so much better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2004 04:52:11 | More by pgroove
Photo of alexgash


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to chaduvel for this one. Pours a hazy golen orange with a big white marshmallowy head. Big aromas coming off this one: sweet bananas, cloves, vanilla alcohol (whatever that is). This is a great hefeweizen. Malty, yeasty, with just the right touch of cloves, bananas, and bubblegum. Not too sweet, yet very tasty. Finish is slightly (naturally) bitter with lingering roasted bananas and white wine. My top hefeweizen so far. I wish I would have had a case of this for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 17:26:25 | More by alexgash
Photo of Hibernator


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When in NYC drink beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

Brooklyn Weisse Beer
12 oz brown bottle
Best before date clearly notched October 2005.
Served in a glass

Cloudy yellow in appearance with an excellent white head on top. Sticky lacings leave trails all over the glass.

Aroma is beautiful blend of cloves, bannanas, corriander and wheat. I keep on smelling this beer, its so inviting.

Taste of cloves and spices with a backdrop of wheat dryness. Crisp citrus juice combines with wheat flavors to create one thirst quenching brew. I could drink this beer all day long on a warm today like today.

The Brooklyn Weisse pars or exceeds any solid German hefeweizen I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 21:24:26 | More by Hibernator
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a wheat glass, very golden and very heady. Smell of banana and citrus, hops sit in as well. Very strong flavor of banana, alcohol is well hidden with just a light touch at the end. Full and flavorful brew, also refreshing and light in character. One of the better hefes I have tried in a while, Brooklyn continues to impress me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 03:54:20 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 15:00:58 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draught at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

Poured a cloudy yellow with a fair head that didn't last. The color and cloudiness are dead on, but the head retention is not there and the lacing is only fair.

Aromas of clove, bananas, with sweet bready malt with wafts of spicy hops. Truly inviting.

Tastes a bit tangy then sweetmalt with lots of clove and spicey pockets. Very crisp and clean. Goes down very smooth, but a bit light in the mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable and a truly great summer choice. Yet another great beer from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 17:46:49 | More by Loki
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum... I have never been a huge Hefe fan, but I am coming around, and this beauty has made me a full convert. But here's the thing -- this is somewhat creamier and fuller than your avg. Hefe, and if that's not what you're looking for in the style, than maybe this isn't for you.
But the smell is pure Weiss -- citrus spritzer, banana, maybe some vanilla -- and the taste is very similar. Not as heavy on the banana as some others I have had, and I like that. This had more citrus, maybe some orange, definitely some lemon, a little bit of clove spiciness, and again, just the faintest banana essence. The mouthfeel is so creamy and delicious, and there is no astringency or watered down character as I have found in too many Hefeweizens. And I could drink this all night. Excellent job, Garrett...

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2004 14:52:53 | More by bultrey
Photo of carln26


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don’t ask me why, but I’ve been avoiding trying this beer. Too often, I’m disappointed by American attempts at a Weiss beer. Big mistake, this beer is a candidate for best American Weiss. It came from the tap a hazy pale yellow. Just a slight head, and no lace. It had a light fruity aroma, with just a touch of the yeast on the nose. The taste had
great fruit (banana, maybe a little orange) up front. Just a light malt flavor in the middle. A long spicy taste on the back. Great light mouth feel. Very drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2004 18:45:40 | More by carln26
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am so impressed with this brewery, everything rocks. I sampled this at the high falls beer festival and love ti so i picked up a six pack. It smells great! The aroma is malty, spicy-sweet and has a lot of banana in it. The head is small but leaves nice lacing. Nice rising carbonation. The body is a good hazy looking orange yellow. Wow the taste. This contains an assload of the great clove-banana combination. yeasty. Some hop flavor that balances out the maltiness. The mouthfeel also is nice; creamy yet carbonated. Full and sticky. I could drink this forever.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 23:18:57 | More by kbnooshay
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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.