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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: 12.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 2 | 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 Illinick
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I agree a lot with Boilermaker 88's review.
-Appearance: a more light apricot hue then a lot of hefes. Was a little more goldeny/orange then i expected, but still a decent looking brew with good rising carbonation. Head was thin and short-lived.
Smell: a little bland, but still the typical hefe nose:banana, clove, a little lemon. Also, a sour sort of alcohol smell to it-couldn't put my finger on it but it was off.
Taste: The sour nose continued in the taste and seemed to overcome the banana, clove, and lemon. Also a yeasty, slightly malty beginning.
MF: refreshing as usual, almost medium body.
Note: This hefe doesn't hold a mark to some other american hefes. To be honest I was disappointed with the beer and probably would not purchase it again. This is a surprise since Brooklyn usually makes great brews.

Illinick, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a couple of 12oz bottles into an Oberdorfer Weißbier glass.... Color is medium golden, and mostly clear. Bottles only had a minute amount of sediment in them. Plentiful carbonation within; good sized and constant, like an aerator in a fish tank. Head is marshmallow white and fluffy, rising to about 1" before eventually fading to 1/4". Decent lacing in the glass... looks real nice.

Nose is crisp and a touch bready, with mostly banana aromas along with light clove. Body is a smidge under medium, and there is a light prickliness on the tongue, typical of the style.

Light malty sweet flavors start out, again with mild breadiness and a touch of toastiness. Solid banana comes forth; not overpowering yet well evident. Lurking in the shadows is some clove action and a subtle spiciness. A really decent Bavarian style Hefe...

Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

824

Bierman9, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date noted) into a weizen glass. Wouldn't have it any other way!
Appearance: typical hefeweizen coloration; turbid peachy hue, liberal dose of carbonation streaking to the surface, and a short-lived fluffy head.
Nose: not-ripe banana and clove spiciness prevail. Also a slightly "off" aroma I just couldn't quite pin down but unlike any aroma I've picked up in a hefe before. Not like it went bad, just..well..not consistent with how it should be for a hefeweizen.
Taste: ditto, except it was even more noticeable here. Bready, yeast-sprinkled malts, wheat notes, and the usual banana and clove combination is there. But also a nearly corn-like quality that was way out of place.
Feel: light, crisp, refreshing.
Overall: Brooklyn's weisse beer seemed to miss the mark here, but not by a whole lot. Still, it wasn't all that bad. I can just think of a number of better hefe's out there I'd rather indulge in.

Boilermaker88, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Wonderful, fluffy head that is a sign of a hefeweizen that is true to style. Pleasant, and slightly subdued, scents of fruity yeast, with a tone of grass.

Traditional notes of clove and banana dominate, but in a rather delicate manner. There is a interesting "toasty" note to the wheat malt flavor. A touch of grassiness in the finish keeps this from being too straightforward, bring the ale character and gives the finish a little something special.

A great choice for summer sippin' around the BBQ.

Zraly, Jun 12, 2005
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.

drugsbunny, Jun 08, 2005
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.

Hibernator, May 29, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy gold with a thin head. Nose is on the sweet side, a bit syrupy.

Taste is lightly malty and sweet. Hints of lemon citrus and honey wheat amid a light grassy nature. Bready, not too much of a yeasty nature, more of a cream ale flavor with a lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy but the sweetness makes it go down easy. I could see how this would be great for a hot summer evening, very refreshing. This should be classified under Berliner weisse instead of a hefeweizen as I think that was the brewer's intent. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this sample.

assurbanipaul, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of shapudding
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

shapudding, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Sammy, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The big one for this brew was the apperance and the smell. Both were pretty nice, but then you get to the taste. Taste wise, it's a little bit too "hoppy" for a Weisse beer in my eyes. Sure, there was the elements of citrus fruits and light wheat tastes, but it seemed a little too overpowered by the hops. It's not a bad beer by nay means, but it's nothing I will go back to.

JISurfer, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of tweeder263
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

tweeder263, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
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.

aquatonex, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of taez555
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a small white head over a clear golden/yellow body.

The nose was a soft mix of yeast, dactyl, wheat, some soft fruits, banana even some touches of biscuit.

Light body with a very clean and crisp taste. A present bitterness with touches of fruit, yeast, banana, wheat, soft malt and dactyl. Not really much more to this beer. Very smooth from start to finish, very easy drinking. Sort of reminded me of a straight ahead ale/macro with hints of traditional weis.

Overall a decent beer. Don’t know if I’d call it a traditional German weis by any means, but it’s smooth and refreshing if you’re looking for a thirst quencher.

taez555, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful bright gold with a small off white head. Lots of tropical and banana esters. Typical hefeweizen nose. Bananas, good fruity flavors dominate the palate. Good, crisp, slightly sweet finish. Very nice. Light but flavorful mouthfeel. Slightly short on the finish. A very well done hefe. Not as funky as other offerings. Crisp and flavorful throughout. Good example of the style, IMO. Definately worth a try.

winomark, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually no head, but a nice hazy squash color. This beer just looks smooth. Smell surprised me here, definately some yeast and some light malty sweetness. Taste somehow reminds me of a Belgian beer, though not as extreme. Very yeasty up front with some nice spiceyness to it. A mellow sweetness comes out as much in the taste as in the smell. Not a lot of hop presence noticeable, but that's ok, this beer still works. Silky smooth yet substantial mouthfeel. This beer is a cinch to drink. Yum. Don't really know why, but I didn't expect this beer to be as good as it is. A nice surprise and a solid beer on the lighter side of the spectrum.

twelvsies, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strangely, the first thing I have to say about this beer is about the label: the lime green label struck me as a tad bit odd, but certainly eye-catching. The beer inside the bottle is top-notch however, and it just might be the best American wheat beer I've ever had.

Brookylner Weisse pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a decent foamy head that lasts about 2 minutes and leaves some sticky lace. The aroma was a bit average for a hefe: yeasty, some banana notes, and perhaps even a bit musty. The moutfeel was low in carbonation and quite smooth. Quite a summer quencher and dangerously quaffable. The flavors in this brew are very true to the style. The banana, cloves, spices, and yeast are all here. A sweet beer but there is some dryness in the finish to help balance things out. Not really complex but very flavorful. The dryness continues into aftertaste with some wheat flavors and some spices, and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

As I mentioned before, this is probably the best American made wheat brew I've had, and it is also probably a contender for the best hefeweizen I've had. Quite an accomplishment for a hefe that isn't even made in Germany! Great thirst quencher, and I couldn't even fathom tarnishing this with lemon, so leave it out if you pick up this beer.

Beastdog75, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of pgroove
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.

pgroove, Sep 25, 2004
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.

carln26, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz. bottle arrived courtesy of Lupe, as a part of BIF 10. The bottle was rolled several times to distribute the yeast before pouring, and the body of the beer was decently cloudy and pale golden in color. Despite the agitation and the particulate matter, the head on the beer was very puny and extremely short lived. The lack of a nice creamy head was uncharacteristic of a Hefeweizen, and so was the faintness of the lemony tart aroma with just a touch of the banana, clove esters. The taste was crisp and refreshing, but lacked the soft roundness that a Hefeweizen yeast strain should impart. Instead the yeast was very lemony and a bit peppery, resulting in a sharp feel. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and the beer went down quite easily despite not being able to match up with the giants of the style. Had this been labeled a wit, or an American Wheat, I’d have rated it higher. If you are looking for an authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen, this is not the beer for you.

rajendra82, Aug 27, 2004
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)

RBorsato, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of bultrey
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...

bultrey, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale cloudy orange with a less than great head in my Tucher Weizen glass. Wispy head remains throughout. Aroma is very clean. Lots of lemon and other citrus. Some clove. Taste is fairly tart with citrus, a little clove spiciness, and fairly bready. Not much banana to speak of. Prickly mouthfeel. Not a very complex brew, but great on a hot summer's day. I think I'll stick with Paulaner or Weihenstephaner.

Admiraldinty, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uhoh, judging by this and my last review of a hefe, I think I may be a convert. Or in the process at least. But for the life of me, it is the appearance of a hefe I can never get over. Cloudy brown with a foamy head. I think it is the cloudiness. I liked this hefe, because even though it was wheaty, the wheat was not overpowering the hops. The hops were there, a nice sweet addition to the wheat. There were also hints of lemn and orange in the beer. Another thing that I liked was how the bartender put the lemon on the edge of the glass rather than swueeze into it the beer. The added lemon taste had a more subtle quality.

MuddyFeet, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

ElGordo, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass. Tried well before the "best by" date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark yellowish orange topped by a small white head that quickly diminished to a small layer of bubbles. Wisps of foam were left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Fruity esters abound: lemons, orange, and general citrus scents. There's a hint of spiciness from some cloves. No real banana or bubblegum aromas.

Taste: Slightly sour wheat malts. Very lemony and tart. No aftertastes at all. Overall, quite bready.

Mouthfeel: Light and rather crisp from the acidity.

Drinkability: Is this supposed to be a hefe or a Berliner Weisse? I suppose it's possible I got a bad 6-pack, but the store I got it from does a good job tending to their beer.

ManekiNeko, Aug 10, 2004
Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.