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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

256 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 385
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a different beer in the bottle than on draft, but pleasing nonetheless. In fact, I find it quite unique! The typical Bavarian-weisse appearance is intact with a very hazy yellow body that's capped by a bright-white head of creamy foam which holds well. The lacing is quite nice as well, and is left throughout the glass. The nose, however, is what's intriguing. It's a bit smokey at first, masking much of the sweet, bready malt and clove beneath it; yet it all eventually comes through - even the soft note of vanilla! Although I realize there's no smoked malt invovled, it reminds me of the weizen brewed in Bamberg! The body is light/medium; and it's gently crisp and then creamy in the mouth - very nice! The flavor delivers a soft fruitiness upfront, followed by some bready sweetness and vanilla as it warms and then a mild clove note at the tail which increases in the swallow. An underlying bitterness balances quite well and it finishes drying with a lingering note of soft clove. Well done!!! Although I've always felt that FX Matt's Saranac Weizen was a very good brew, I'm surprised at how well they've done with this tasty little treat. Kudos! (1,162 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure white, centimeter thick head. It doesn't last long. The beer is a golden yellow and pretty clear. Good lacing. Very pleasant aroma. I would give it a 4.25 if I could: the extra quarter for the real oomph of the smell. I guess I'll round up to 4.5. The aroma is definitely the best thing about this beer. A traditional hefe, and lots of it. Wheat, lemon, spice. It tastes good, but not great. Not as chewy as I like. It feels crisp, but a little sour. Light aftertaste that makes me forget what I was drinking, not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't lure me back to the glass. I'll enjoy this and have again on occasion. Brooklyner Weiss on tap is one of my favorite beers... I'm disappointed with the bottle. (726 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
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!! (1,434 characters)

Photo of Kwak
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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
another!

the perfict wheat. (265 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good stab at a hefe for a US brewer, but Brooklyn is outshone by their New Jersey neighbors High Point, brewers of the superlative Ramstein wheat beers. Still this is pretty good. A relatively clear hefe, with emphasis on the malt characteristics, mild hoppage, and a very small yeast element. This beer only available on draught which might explain why it is lacking the yeasty, dense, hazy elements of the best bottle-conditioned Bavarian hefes. Although it is subdued for a hefe, it is still a substantial beer and does not lend itself to easy drinkability. Does not quench the thirst the way some hefes can either. Still another example of the skill and craftsmanship that go into each of Brooklyn's beers, extraordinary considering how diverse their styles are. (776 characters)

Photo of John
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a 23oz. Hefe glass. This brew had an unusual appearance. It was a deeper gold color than the typical Hefe. Also it was clear, missing the suspended yeast. Maybe a result of settling in the bottom of the keg? Strangely, it had a minimal effect on the flavor which had plenty of banana, clove and a certain sweetness. It did not possess the tartness typically found in this style. The body and mouthfeel are sub par though due to the missing yeast. I would liken this experience to pouring a bottled Hefe without disturbing the yeast at the bottom. (565 characters)

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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