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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 0 | 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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rarevos

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Hazy, cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of fluffy head. Retention was good. It's unfiltered, but there's not a whole lot of yeast in the bottle.

S: Lemons, cloves, banana, vanilla and wheat. Pretty aromatic, actually.

T: Like a spicy banana bread with cream cheese frosting, though without the mouthfeel that that implies. Banana and wheat up front, and spice toward the middle. Finish has a bit of astringency to it, but not much.

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: Pretty good. Better than some of those America Pale Wheat beers that masquerade as hefeweizens, but it's still a bit on the light side. I still look to Germany for all my hefeweizen needs, but this is a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 23:26:18 | More by rarevos
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This began looking very promising, and ended up really average. It poured wonderfully. I looked like most any other hefe, with a nice snow white crown and its cloudy, pale yellow body. Smell was very lemony with a clovey spice background. Taste was very bland and lifeless. In fact, toward the finish, it was actually bitter and seemed to almost have some hop character. Not a good thing for a hefe. As I slowly made my way through this, it became clearer and clearer that as much as I wanted to enjoy this, it was simply a poor example of a hefe. Perhaps this has its fans, but as for me, I really didn't care much for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 23:10:13 | More by SilentSabre
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy golden yellow color, that pours out with a good head that quickly dissipates to a small rim of carbination around the top. The smell is overwhelmingly of cloves and bananas, as is the style. The taste is mellow and sweet, a good beer on a hot day. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Overall this is a fairly drinkable beer, although I'm not a fan of the strong clove flavor, but this is the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 02:13:58 | More by gmfessen
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale, hazy yellow with a bubbly 3 finger head that fades to a lasting ring.

Aroma is crisp and very wheaty, with hints of lemony citrus, banana, clove, and Bavarian yeast.

Flavor is exceptional for an American Hefe. Crisp wheat, lemon peel, mushy banana, light clove spice, and peppery hops make this one of my all-time summer favorites.

Body is medium, slick, and wheaty with a soft mouthfeel and infinate drinkability. Light, loose carbonation add to the slippery mouthfeel. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 22:01:01 | More by AlexJ
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

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

poured this out to a light golden with a nice light head. It was a hot day; This was a welcome taste with a medium to light moutfeel/body, and a healthy wheat twang. This tasted as good as some european hefe-weizens, albeit not as complex and cloudy, and not as mystical. This certainly was a standout among the american weisse beers because of the twang; they got it right.

And the drinkability in heat was exceptional based upon the light body and refreshing twang.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 12:08:38 | More by andjusticeforale
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malty

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/06 notched-out of the label.

Pours a cloudy-hazy golden orange with a bright white 1/2" with visible carbonation. Not really any lacing to speak of.

A funky straw earthiness is present in the nose, along with a bland cereal-like maltiness. I swirl my pounder pint glass and catch some lemony-citrus notes.

Nice clove flavors along with a stony mineral-like flavor. Not much banana or bubblegum, but there's the bright citrus edge which is nice. Flavors seem a bit muted seeing this is touted as a 'traditional Bavarian style wheat beer'.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for a wheat. Playful carbonation and a tad bit lighter in body that lets say a 'traditional Bavarian style wheat beer'.

Drinkability is very good. Quenchingly perfect for this mid-80s early evening.

A good wheat beer. Just good. I'd love to try this on-tap at the source. Until then, I'll stick with the Weihenstephaner, as long as it's FRESH.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 23:32:31 | More by malty
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Kendo

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. . . .

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 02:55:59 | More by Kendo
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice cloudyness, fluffy white head, but disipates quickly.

S: Mostly citrus and yeast with some malty sweetness.

T: Initally banana sweetness, followed by quick yeast nuttyness. Malty aftertaste and some cirtusy yeast, in conjuction with a slight bitterness.

M: Moderatly full, small bubbles, good carbonation, mouth watering finish, which I like.

D: Hefes are bound to score pretty high, here. Light and refreshing, but I can't take too much hefe flavor after awhile.

Good overall flavor, though not as complex as some hefes. Still really good, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 00:26:23 | More by 51mmz0rz
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dragonbrew

New York

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

After several Brooklyn styles I decided to give this a go. Looking for a lighter summer beer, this is the ticket.

Light golden staw color as with many Hefe weizens. This one was a bit more transparent (see through, not artificial) then many others. It came off as highly carbonated when I poured it and looked it over, bubbles everywhere. The head dissipated quickly and settled out to some fine lacing over the top and eventually down the sides.

I detected a slight foral aroma with this beer, although not overwhelming. The slight spicey clove scent was also noticable, but not so much of the banana hints that other hefes give off, a bit more citrusy too.

The taste had a refreshing quality to it almost effervescent, like I was tempted to take big swigs even though I was trying hard not to. A very easy drinking lighter beer even for this style, which is usually characterised as light.

Since the beer seemed highly carbonated to me, it was very light in the mouth, not thin in feel, but certainly not to be confused with a heavy winter style in any way.

Definitely would reach for this one again as a thirst quencher of a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 16:01:37 | More by dragonbrew
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this around in NC again, best before date of october '06 on the bottle:
Pours a hazy pale golden color with a descent white head that retains well. The aroma is traditional and authentic, with big banana and clove notes upfront, along with some biscuity malt, funky yeast and additional fruity esters. The flavor is also very authentic with big banana and clove notes upfront, along with biscuit, white pepper, yeast, esters and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and drinkability is very good. A nice and traditional hefe, complex yet refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 06:00:40 | More by silver0rlead
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by August or September 2006 notched on the side of the label. Purchased to enjoy on the boat over the last week or so.
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a sticky and persistent big bubbled white head.
Expected wheat brew aromas, predominated by banana and the other esthers...
All the expected flavors are here (banana, clove, some medicinal and bubblegum at times as well). Much less yeast bite than one gets with many of the bottled versions here in the US.
Lighter mouthfeel with a slight lingering citrus. Incredibly drinkable, especially directly out of the ice supposedly brought along for fish. We'll be coming back to this one again this summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 14:27:09 | More by Dithyramb
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soultrain

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass. Freshness date Oct. 06

A-Clear (too clear?) golden beer, 2" head quickly settles and remains at 3/8" for the duration of the beer. Nothing pillowlike about the head on this hefe. Some very slow rising bubbles. Not a very visually appealing hefe. Some lacing, though. Note: I've found that if you pour this beer straight into your weisse glass, shake the last inch of beer to gather the yeast, than pour that into the glass, the results are much better.
S-Very grainy; bannana is here, too. Some alchohol esters as well. Aroma of this beer improves greatly after the yeast pour: bananna being quite outstanding.
T-Metallic? sharp fruit cocktail, bannana, some sourness that's not quite lemon in the taste and has a sourish aftertaste. Very lager-like grain flavor as well. Yeast pour indeed added a bit more flavor and cloudiness to the beer, and deadened the carbonation, naturally. The yeast pour is, IMHO, essential: I enjoyed the beer more afterwards. This beer tastes more complex than the top German Hefes, so naturally it lacks their elegant simplicity somehow. Also, the warmer it got, the more I liked it, too.
M-Good/great mouthfeel for a hefe, carbonation is not visible, but is indeed there as miniscule bubbles caress the palette. Above average mouthfeel for a hefe.
D-Subsequent beers have revealed this to be a decent drinker. The yeast flavor is good, but must be included from the bottom of the bottle, otherwise this brew may be lackluster.

CRUX: I HAD THIS ON-TAP YEARS AGO IN BROOKLYN WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT AND WAS VERY IMPRESSED. That was under ideal conditions, though, and this bottle, naturally, didn't taste like the same beer to me. NOTE: When I bought this beer it was 90 degrees outside, and inside, the beer store. This can't be good. Still, if you are lucky enough to find this on-tap, get it!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 17:50:07 | More by soultrain
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Liquids

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears heavily carbonated, ultra watery transparent yellow color, with a thin head that completely disapeared in a short period of time. Smell is all wheat, fully and husky, not so much a sweet aroma as yeasty. Taste is sharp carbonation, and stale tasting, watery and unappealing. This is like a macro weisse, and despite the recommendation of a friend, I don't see how this is desirable. Mouthfeel is light and not wheat-like at all. Despite fairly high reviews, I would personally say don't bother. I've had mostly bad experiences with Brooklyn, and find them on basically par with that "other" brewery in Utica...

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 14:00:53 | More by Liquids
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat cloudy (though not as much as is typical for this style) yellow with a thin white head that was fairly well-retained.
The smell was of bubblegum, banana/clove and some yeast. The aromas were clear and solid.
The taste was the same as the smell. It was a bit thinned by water - which subdued some of the flavors, but kept it easy to drink and refreshing.
The tastes stuck around in the mouth for awhile. It left the mouth refreshed.
This was a good replication, though a little lighter than most, of the Bavarian classic weisse. I will certainly be drinking this - rotating it with other weisses - on the coming hot days this summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 20:28:40 | More by jwc215
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snilsen13

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great domestic and generally I don't go for weisse because imports as they just don't taste right. Pours a fluffy white head, that has staying power. This has the sour, mashy, wheaty flavor without a heavy after taste. Goes down smooth, slightly heavy but is definately thirst quenching. It's more complex than I'm describing, but I'm overwhelmed with a solid fondation and freshnesss. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 18:21:57 | More by snilsen13
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bonbright7

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I watched the bartender pour this to a frothy head that looked like a pilsner type of beer as it came before me. After just tasting the Pennant Ale, I was looking forward to something lighter.

The first impression was that it was very dry without much body to speak of and the taste of hops just jumped out. I tried to find something useful to taste it with on the bar's menu, but this just wasn't going to be my beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 04:35:42 | More by bonbright7
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 22:59:19 | More by brentk56
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riversider76

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden,with lots of bubbles.Thin white head, no retention,and some lacing. Smell is nice,but not strong. The usual citrus, with a bit of a malt edge.Body is light and carboniated. Taste is banana, and citrus. This is a smooth refreshing beer. Try it this summer!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 00:04:34 | More by riversider76
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cooter

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the best noses I've encountered. Sweet, clove, with an earthy, grassy malt backbone. Extraordinarily enticing and clean.

First sip is unimpressive, in contrast to other experiences with this beer. Lemony, a tad thin, again clean and malty. Nothing too complex with this one--has it gone bad? Quickly turns a mite sour. Distinctly and disappointingly average mouthfeel.

Looks yellow with a small-bubbled, easily multiplied-via-swirling head that clings to the edges very well. Above average lacing.

I was expecting more, frankly. Usually Brooklyn has my back on solid beers. I'm chalking this one up to a bad batch for some reason. Overall it's still satisfying...but barely.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 01:41:40 | More by cooter
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 03:14:04 | More by jmz62565
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Franchise

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp golden orange color that left a thick white head that disappated quickly leaving a small lace. The aroma is fresh, brisk, orange and lemon zest followed by a generous helping of citrus and piney hop bite. It follows with a sweet banana and spice background typical with a Hefeweizen. The taste is highly carbonated, sharp bitter bite of hops round out this sweet bready fruity interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 20:28:45 | More by Franchise
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plaid75

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue, with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was mostly a clove spiciness. There was a slight banana aroma as well.

The taste was spicy as well. The cloves dominated upfront, whereas the wheaty biscuit flavor took over at the back of the mouth. Overall, the flavor could have been a bit more complex.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. There was good carbonation throughout.

Overall a nice hefe. Not the best domestic example of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 02:48:48 | More by plaid75
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit it - I'm biased. I live near Brooklyn's Brewery, attended a few events there and around this area recently, and I've met Steve, Tom, and Mr. Oliver. This was one of the beers I anticipated for this spring, since I had fond memories of enjoying it last year. I wish it was released a bit earlier, but the wait was well worth it, as this is still one of their finer offerings!

The pour was great, and I've gotten into the habit of swirling the last bit of beer before pouring it in. Wonderful amber hue, tall head (even thought it didn't last long), lots of bubbles on the lacing that slid down rapidly, and a smooth, clove and citrus nose rounded out this beers attributes. Very easy to drink, with a light, grassy tone to it and the abovementioned olfactory notes right behind it. Almost no bitterness, but this was full without being too malty. The aftertaste was nearly nonexistent, but with something this smooth and enjoyable, it felt nice to just have it slowly fade until the next sip. This resembled the Brooklyn Lager a bit in terms of the underlying taste and yeast strain, but this wasn't as sharp and would be much easier to drink in warmer weather.

This beer's a winner in my book, hands down. Even though it's available year round, this just screams out "spring!" all over it. From it's label color, taste, smoothness, and enduring lightness, it's one of the season's best session brews and would be a great start for someone getting into craft brews and/or Hefe Weizen's. This was very enjoyable on many fronts!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 07:46:39 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before Date Ocotober 2005, Sampled April 2006
When poured with the yeast this beer is a lightly hazy, slightly chunky, orangish gold color. It has a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that recedes in a moderate amount of time. As I pour this beer I get light notes of bubble gum. When I go in for a deeper sniff of the nose the bubble gum is still noticeably, but only lightly so, it is in much better balance with the rest of the aromatic notes. The aroma is lightly tart, with a grain-like note, apparent clove and fruity banana esters. All in all this has quite a lively aroma, much more accented by the yeast characteristics than the malt and hops.

The taste is lightly tart up front, quite quenching as it goes down as well. The beer is a touch too cold right now, but this is about perfect on the hot day. The taste is not as estery as the nose, but I do get light notes of bubble-gum followed by a touch of spicy clove. The beer is quite light, which also helps with the easy drinking nature of this beer. There is a touch of grain sweetness here, which just helps to balance with the tartness, and which keeps this beer from being too thin. The finish has a sweetness to it that seems to be imparted by the fermentation character (the clove & bubble gum being the likely culprits), rather than by malted grain. The carbonation imparts a light spritziness that in combination with the light hop bitterness give this beer a touch of a bite.

All in all this beer is quite enjoyable, it really hits the spot on this warm, almost Summer's day. Light, quaffable, with enough character to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 23:17:51 | More by Gueuzedude
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2006 18:24:26 | More by Jason
Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.