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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 Brent
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

Not quite up to par with Brooklyn's other products I've had the opportunity to try. Hazy gold, with moderate sediment suspension. Nice wheat character to the malt, bordering on bready. Had a nice, traditional German hefe character, but the yeasty spice and fruit flavors were absent - and the beer was incomplete without them. Overall, struck me as what it might taste like if a good German brewer tried to make a bland American wheat beer.

Brent, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

Me loves the Booklyn..lets see if their hefe is up to the challennge. Finding quality German hefes is usually easy so I don't often even try the domestic efforts.

A big negative off the bat when this pour produced almost no head at all on top of an amber colored cloudy body. Nose is yeasty and laced with citrus against a frail wheat malt backround. Not quite the proverbial banana and cloves but not terrible.

Taste hits most of the right notes for a hefe with mild fruit notes and a crisp, refreshing texture but also is cursed by carbonation and some sourness in the finish. All the right ingredients are in this beer to make a good hefe but something went wrong in the process, which is unlike Brooklyn, whom I generally think of as overachievers. This is palatable but they need to get back in the lab and make it great.

daliandragon, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Caught somewhere between a German Hefeweizen and an American Wheat Ale, Brooklyn Brewery's Weisse is grainy-sweet with a balance that hinges on the success of citrus fruit and supple spice.

Pouring a pale and hazy straw color, the cloudy ale releases a cottony white head that quivers before folding back into the glass hardly midway through the session. Its short-lived lacing dissolves quickly and leaves the beer looking somewhat dull before long.

A light musty-wheat note plays on the nose while background lemon candy sweetness and clove. Grain and white pepper follow closely behind in taste, just as the taste of bread and dough build. Lemons, apples, and musty apricots pronouce until a bubblegummy middle reaches a crescendo and the dry peppery character dictates after that.

Its bready upstart unfortunately recedes to watery proportions and grainy-sweetness in the middle before the alcohol and spice carry its finish. If not for that unforgivable middle palate, the beer could be relevent in its class. Its much more of an American Wheat Ale than it is a Hefeweizen.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

In fairly typical fashion, this one pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a moderate white head that leaves a minimal amount of residue on the glass and dissolves fairly quickly.

The aroma is a mild wheat, fruit mix with some citrus and banana holding down the fruit aspect here. Yeast is present as well in a pretty big way. Basic, but effective overall.

The flavour is basically more of the same with a nice yeast/fruity balance (banana leading the way again), and even a touch more candy sweetness to boot. Again, simple but tasty. The mouthfeel is a touch above average...a bit crisp at times and a bit not.

I liked this one as it's just solidly tasty without trying anything fancy. It won't wow you but you'll enjoy it nonetheless as it hits well on key aspects of the style. A nice offering from Brooklyn overall.

SixpointJMH, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

rarevos, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

SilentSabre, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of gmfessen
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

gmfessen, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

AlexJ, Aug 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

andjusticeforale, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of malty
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

malty, Jul 30, 2006
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
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

51mmz0rz, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of dragonbrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

dragonbrew, Jul 13, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

silver0rlead, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

Dithyramb, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of soultrain
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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!

soultrain, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of Liquids
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%

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...

Liquids, Jun 23, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

jwc215, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of snilsen13
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

snilsen13, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

bonbright7, Jun 18, 2006
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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
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

riversider76, Jun 15, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

cooter, Jun 10, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

jmz62565, May 28, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Franchise, May 25, 2006
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