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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 34
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001)
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Photo of cypressbob
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

355ml bottle poured into a Franziskaner wheat glass

Pours with a light amber body, slightly hazy from the sediment. Thick two inch thick head with great retention. Little lines and strands of egg white head all over the place

Smell, slightly musty wheat aroma, some slight fresh fruity esters (melon and a touch of banana), some clove and fresh herbs. Some soap character too and an almost stagnant water aroma, this bottle doesn't seem that fresh. B/B May 07

Taste, crisp and malty, spicy slightly phenolic character, cloves, heather, cinnamon, fresh fruit on the finish to some extent. Crisp sharpness from the malt, dry chalky yeast on the finish

A little disappointing, not a particularly fresh bottle. The nose was a little off putting with a few aromas that just didn't fit. That said all the flavour is there, this is very true to the hefe style too.

cypressbob, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

12oz bottle

appearance - cloudy golden colour, frothy white head

aroma - lemon zest, coriander, cloves, pepper

taste - citrus, lemon zest, clove, orange aftertaste

mouthfeel - decent carbonation, light bodied somewhat sweet taste

drinkability - these can go down pretty smoothly

decent hefe, doesnt really hold up against the German versions of the style, but on its own, pretty solid

keithmurray, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

A sunny, radiant golden body that in appearance much more closely resembles a pilsner than an unfiltered wheat beer. Far be it for me to call Brooklyn liars, but my sample of their "unfiltered hefe-weizen" is sparkling clear, even 'mit hefe'. They're also off the mark claiming it as traditional because the lack of head is anything but. There are visible signs of carbonation but they amount to little more than a soapy trim.

Fortunately, the aroma smells every bit as German as the beer's name is spelled. Pungent notes of spicy clove and fruity notes of banana both waft right below the nostrils. That smell of banana leaves the impression of something summery or tropical. Notes of wheat husks abound, the beer smells more grainy than sweet. And, just a touch of vanilla bean surfaces as the beer starts to warm.

The taste is exceptionally light, even for a wheat beer. Largely lost are those suggestions of summer flowers and tropical fruits. Even the distinctly straw-like graininess of wheat is numbed. The flavour is mainly that of sweetened bread with clove being more of an afterthought and banana nothing more than a footnote.

The flavour profile fails to really bring the spice or fruit; the mouthfeel is drab and characterless. Apart from sweetness, there is little else by way of texture, nothing to resemble the graininess or spiciness suggested by the aroma anyhow. My first order of business would be more carbonation; some thought might also be given to a bolder yeast.

Brooklyn Brewing is capable of having the golden touch - which with their Weisse beer kind of turns to bronze. It is in no way a bad beer but is simply not on the same level as most of the authentic German offerings. Certainly, the beer is not up to the brewery's usual standard. In most cases, Brooklyn captures a style with pin-point precision. Here's wondering if this bottle was just a little out of focus.

biegaman, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

This weisse beer poured a hazy, yellow brown color with creamy, white foam. The beer was lightly effervescent. The smell was a mild, banana-clove, malty aroma with a bit of hops. The taste was hoppy with some banana and clove flavors and a slightly sweet malty flavor. There was also a bit of yeast in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy. The body was medium with modest carbonation feel. The aftertaste was tangy and hoppy. This was a good unfiltered wheat beer, with quite a bit of hops.

UncleJimbo, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of TheJudge
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at the Lazy Boy Saloon. Poured a nice, unfiltered cloudy appearance. A nice golden color with a good pure white head. Lots of tiny bubbles up the side of the glass. It is exactly what you would look for in a wheat beer appearance wise. On smelling, it smells strong, almost like a sweet wine. This is not what I expected, as I expect wheat beers to generally be somewhat softer on the alcohol side. The strong smell came through in the taste as well. The tiny bubbles make it feel like champagne on the tongue, but this actually helps, as the strength doesn't coat your tongue. It feels fizzy and strong, but not unpleasantly so.

Despite these good features, it tastes too strong to be a session beer. I almost went one lower in the rating, but didn't want to skew the scoring. This is a fine offering. Perhaps a little to wine-like, but a fine offering nonetheless.

TheJudge, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A: Tangerine orange color, thin off white head.

S: Sweet caramel and citrus grind dominate the nose with just a touch of herbal hopping.

T: Some fresh oranges and lemons provide some background flavor along with some honey hints. Fresh lemon hopping provides a nice citrus tang and lasting fade in the finish. Lacks any strong hefe yeast traits.

M: Light creamy mouthful, caramel malt blends nicely with wheat backbone producing a nice fluffy texture.

D: Overall has a moderate drinkability and limited complexity but would make for a decent summer picnic beer if nothing else.

beerthulhu, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of shererjt
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured a hazy, slightly orangish-yellow color. Head was large and white though less billowy than expected. Fairly effervescent. Very nice fruity, wheaty nose with a tiny bit of citrus. Soft, light-to-medium body with some cloves. Smooth, creamy texture. Drinkability was nice as well.

A good, somewhat subdued American weizen. Light on phenolics, but very tasty and drinkable. Also should note that the sample tested was 2 months past its freshness date. Probably much better when straight from the brewery.

shererjt, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a bottle with a "best before" date of October '06, into a Weizen glass. Hazy golden with a huge, 2.5-finger fizzy white head. Little bubbles continued to rise as I drank this beer. A very nice presentation. . . .

I thought the nose was a bit one-dimensional: cloves. However, that's fairly consistent with the style, so I won't deduct too many points there. I just didn't sense anything other than the yeasty cloves.

As for taste: cloves once again, maybe some allspice and fruity, citrusy esthers. A very faint bitterness lingers on the back of the throat, but it feels more like a citrusy, lemony bitterness than a hop bitterness, and if you're not paying close attention you'd probably miss it.

Mouthfeel was also consistent with the style: light, clean and nicely carbonated.

Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day, although again I thought it was a tad bit one-dimensional and that one dimension -- cloves -- may get a bit old after a few. But I'll bet it would taste great with a lemon. . . .

Note: this is only my 2nd Hefe Weizen reviewed and unfortunately for the Brooklyner Weisse, it just doesn't match up to the Weihenstephaner, especially in mouthfeel. I think it's a solid version of the style, but not nearly as good as my first Hefe. . . .

Kendo, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured darker than most Hefe's and lacked some of the real banana characteristics expected but the flavour was full and rounded which let the beer grow with each sip. A dusting of cloves falls across the finish which seems like a nice take on the style. Worth a try for a different type of hefe.

canucklehead, May 23, 2007
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

The Brooklyn version of a Hefeweizen. Out of the bottle this beer poured a hazy honey gold color with one and half fingers of off-white head. Moderate retention but rather weak lacing. The aroma was nice, clean malt, wheat, some "horse blanket" funk and hints of sweetness. The flavors were similar though more focused on the funk. The first flavors I got were the wheat and hints of spices followed by some musty malt and a little vanilla. Rather uncomplicated. The finish, while crisp, was a little odd, similar to clover honey sweetness but not as rich. It was very smooth and easy to quaff. This is a very sessionable beer and good for the summer but it falls a little short of greatness for me despite being solid.

thekevlarkid, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber with minor cloudiness. A thin white head appeares which does not lace the glass at all.

Smell: Notes of banana, some citrus, and minor malt tones hit the nose. Also some other estery yeast tones are noted.

Tastes: Citrus and lemon hits the palate first, with a light refreshing carbonation. Flavors of slight banana and wheat hit in the middle along with some dry biscuit notes. This beer finishes dry with a slight bite to it.

Mouthfeel: This beer is crisp and the carbonation gives it a nice little zing to it. Light body for a weisse.

Drinkability: Due to this beers lightness it is very drinkable. Flavors go together well to make this a decent summer brew.

bigbeerdrinka, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

ElGordo, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Understated whiffs of banana and clove

Taste: Starts with a moderate banana flavor that is rather spicy; after the swallow, an unexpected sourness kicks in that joins with the earlier flavors

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly thin but with plenty of spritziness

Drinkability: Although this beer doesn't have the hefe flavors of some other examples of the style, it is certainly refreshing and enjoyable

brentk56, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of vitesse
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

served in 12 oz. bottle.
apperance is somewhat cloudy. nice banana and clove yeasty smell. the taste is good, but restrained. the german hefeweizens still pack more punch but this a good beer. very light mouthfeel and body. very drinkable, especially in hot muggy weather.
i recommend this. it will have a lot of crossover appeal with non-beergeeks.

vitesse, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Good, if a bit tame American interpretation of a hefe.

Nice cloudy amber-orange colour. Tame wheat and corriander smell, very faint spicy hint to it.

Maltier than normal taste. Good wheat profile, fairly subdued on the spice. Smooth on the tongue, a bit too smooth. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation...but great served ice cold on a summer night.

BDTyre, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind TIger. Pours a super cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and yeast. Flavor of yeast, clove, pepper, and a nice sweetness. Quite enjoyable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20
(3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

RockyTopHeel, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of jneiswender
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-cloudy gold body and a thick white head

S-strong veggie smell overpowers other things

T-spicy front and lemony in the middle, the finish is kind of like bubble gum

M-light and highly carbonated

D-mine was a little too cold to enjoy but as it warmed up it was quite pleasant.

jneiswender, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a subdued yeasty/breadiness with light hints of clove and banana, with a touch of vanila.

Tastes like it smells - like a junior version of a hefeweizen. There is a light yeasty/bready flavor upfront with mild clove and banana. The vanilla is actually more pronounced in the flavor and lingers a bit at the finish. Refreshing on a warm eveing.

Light body, solid carbonation.

This beer is quite drinkable and does have a very pleasant taste. But, when considering the style in my review, it's just a very tame version of what a real hefeweizen should be. My scores for this beer don't reflect my true enjoyment, as I just can't score it on par with the standards for this stye such as Weihenstephaner.

MaltyGoodness, May 10, 2007
Photo of gueuzegeek
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

This beer poured with a nice fluffy head, it was cloudy, or "hazy" as the label states. I could definitely smell the yeast (this is good), and upon first sip, I could definitely taste the yeast (also something good for a weisse), however, something very strange happened; the sips which followed seemed to lose some of that initial flavor. I can say, this is a nice summer beer when you want something refreshing and not heavy.

gueuzegeek, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a hazed golden with some orange highlights. Whitish head, dies pretty fast. Some wheaty, bready, fruity aromas, but rather subdued. Tastes rather thin, but has a good weisse feel to it. Seems to lack the yeasty character that most other weissbiers have, but makes up for it in the fruitiness. Pretty good, though.

crookedhalo, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

I bought this on the cheap ($2.50 for a sixpack) from my local beerporium, likely because it's marked "best before January '08". Oh well, we'll see how its age affects its flavor. It poured a darkish yellow with copper highlights with a single-finger head and some aggressive visible carbonation. The smell is pretty fruity, with some orange and banana and some wheat smell. The taste starts off with some orange and banana that gives way to some spices and an interesting amount of floral taste. The mouthfeel is a little watery with decent amount of very fine carbonation that makes for a very crisp feeling. This is a very drinkable beer, and doesn't seem to have suffered from its age. I'd love to try it on tap somewhere to compare.

TheTrevor, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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!

SkunkWorks, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle.

Pours a cloudy gold, fluffy white head.

Nose is banana and bubblegum, yeasty, bit of wheat.

Taste is fairly standard fare for a Weiss - crisp and light, lot of bubblegum and banana from the yeast, dry as a result, crisp finish. The wheat comes through a bit harshly. It's a nice enough package, but the why it all hits together is just a bit off.

Light bodied, Crisply carbonated.

Still, I can always drink a good hefe, and this certainly qualifies.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Minimally hazy apricot with multiple bubble streams leading up to a good-sized cap of creamy beige. Weisse is darker than most hefe weizens and could probably pass for an IPA if the lights were low. Although the head is persistent, it has a nearly featureless surface and isn't exactly wowing me with lace.

The nose is nicely aromatic and fits the style to a capital 'T'. There's plenty of fruit (banana) and spice (clove), even through several fingers of froth. If the flavor profile follows suit, this will be one of the better domestic hefes that I've had.

I'm not sure what it is, but BW falls short of greatness. Goodness is debatable, while better than average is not. Maybe the dark color is leading me astray, but the beer tastes like an amber ale-hefe weizen hybrid. I wonder if less barley malt and more wheat would help.

A lightly toasted graininess holds down the bottom end while bruised banana and a moderate amount of clove occupy the top end. Things are mildly sweet early and mildly bitter late, with tangy-sour keeping its nose out in front at all points along the way. While this is an enjoyable ale, I wish the pieces fit together a little more tightly.

The mouthfeel is smack dab medium, fading to light-medium on the swallow. An acceptable amount of carbonation gets the job done without being flashy about it. Unfortunately, the expansive light creaminess that I look for in beer of this style is noticeably absent.

Brooklyner Weisse is decent beer that does nothing to stand out from the hefe weizen crowd. I wish I could be more specific about why I don't love it, but it just doesn't float my boat. If you're looking for something both delicious and thirst quenching from Brooklyn, I'd suggest either Lager or Pilsner.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 04, 2007
Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.