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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy pale yellow in color into a weizen glass with just a few bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of clove, banana and yeast in the nose.
T: There is some mild sweetness in the overall taste, which lots of flavors of wheat and clove with notes of banana and spices. The initial taste is very strong but there isn't much of an aftertaste in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very thirst quenching.
D: This beer is very drinkable on a hot summer day and is perfectly sessionable. (617 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 (522 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color weizen with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium wheat with some spices probably coming-out the yeast strain. Taste is also dominated by some wheat malt notes with some spices. Body is average with some average carbonation. I thought this was very average overall. (342 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,749 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I finally got a hold of a bottle of this while I was at the store the other day. Your guess is as good as mine as to why it took me soo long to gt one, Love Hefe, Love Brooklyn, should be a case closed...

A - Poured a nice orange amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

S - Lots of wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.

T - Damn good, great wheat, earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop.

M - Light enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

D - Superb, I could drink this all day long, the flavor and feel combine to make a perfect summer taste, great hot weather drinker.

Overall this was a damn fine hefe. Pretty much exactly what I would expect. I could easily see myself putting down a few while I mow the lawn. Very nice feel and overall flavor. Graet job on this brew. (1,095 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightl hazy golden/orange with pretty thin head,nice aroma of citruis and cloves and malted wheat nice array going on there.Very refrrshing brew lots of lemon with a light spice and a wheaty taste in the finish and aftertaste,very nice.One of the better wheat beers I have had in awhile and its American to boot.Could drink these under the sun with ease. (363 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of spiced bananas, wheat dough, and teaspoon of sea salt, and a slight yeast character.

Taste: Somewhat tangy malted wheat flavor with just a touch of breadiness to it. Taste of saltines. Some tastes of bananas and spice with a sip of spring water to wash'm down. Light, fleeting bitterness. Finishes tangy and crisp. Everything you'd expect from a hefe is there, just dialed down considerably.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though all around mild, it's still a fine lil' hefe. (619 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden color with one finger of white head on top. A swirl of the bottle and one final pour produces a nice, clean haze.

S - Phenolic spiciness and some fruit, but bubblegum dominates.

T - Wheat spiciness and some clove. As in the aroma, bubblegum dominates the flavor. Just a bit of hops in the finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation.

D - Good, drinkable beer. My only complaint is that the head is a bit weak compared to the towering mass of foam that tops the best German examples. Other than that, this is a great example of the style; and while I prefer banana to bubblegum (In meinem weißen Bier), it is always good to see an american brewer make a weisse beer with an appropriate level of yeast character. (732 characters)

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 mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, according to the brewery. Just slightly hazy amber in the pint glass. Very little head, and less of the sudsy carbonation that I generally look forward to in the style.

Pretty good estery flavors. Lots of cloves, less of the banana. Kind of a dishwater taste, however, that adds to the murkiness. Very light body. Rather pleasant for a quick gulp, though not much to encourage slow savoring. Low marks for carbonation and lack of sudsy mouthfeel.

On tap at the Perch on Broad St. in downtown Philadelphia along with a good selection of interesting beers. Notes from visit on June 1, 2012. (628 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber large white head holds for a bit then dwindles into a collar leaving random spots of lacing. Aroma: Mild banana and clove tones inspired by the yeast strain, semi-funky wheat backing not bad just not as authentic of a weizen compared to the German originators. Taste: A bit husky of a husky tone that clouds the banana, clove, and vanilla yeast characteristics there's a sharp citrus sweetness to it that's decent. Mouthfeel: Thin lacks the fluffiness and texture that I have come to know and love from a hefe. Drinkability: Good overall lacking on what makes other wheat beers great like Ayinger, Franzy, Paulaner, and Weihenstephaner the yeast strains are clearly different. (708 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, drank on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery on 2/19/10.

a - Pours a murky, golden color that is somewhat transparent but not very. About one inch of white head with little retention. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of yeast. Also some lesser smells of citrus, cloves, and fruit. Pretty good.

t - Tastes strongly of yeast and some citrus. Also hints of banana, and clove again. I thought it was a little lacking.

m - Medium body with little carbonation.

d - I thought this was an ok hefeweizen. Nothing jumped out but a solid beer none the less. Definitely something you could have a few of and I'd try again. (634 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dull, hazy yellow color, with a large, creamy, pillowy white head, a pich-perfect weizen look.
Aroma: big banana nose, some lemon and spices, lively, vibrant, assertive.
Taste: smooth, mellow, simple and uncomplicated, but with a continually tasty, unrelenting citric flavor. Medium body, generous texture, they hit it on the nose with this one, an excellent interpretation of the Bavarian weizen style.
Good job, Brooklyn, and thanks to UncleJimbo for providing the bottle! (489 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  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. (654 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is great. It smells of fruity esters and sweet wheat malts. The taste is average. It has a watery feel and falls short of many hefes I had before. It is unfiltered so it has the yeasty flavor, but I still think it's a weak example of this style. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied ale with very little carbonation. This beer drinks fine, but is a disappointment for experienced wheat beer drinkers. (480 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat, with some grain husk and light banana notes. The flavor is very similar. The wheat notes come through the most, with some banana and clove notes thrown in. I also get some light lemon and orange citrus character. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (338 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  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. (1,652 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating notched on label. Pours a nice straw color, cloudy,white head,small bubbles and some lacing. Yeast, malt and spice in the nose. Typical german wheat flavor notes, yeast,cloves, a hint of spicy melon, bananas. Soft malt mouthfeel, smooth and pleasant. Minimal grainy hop notes come in late. Nice but not great Weisse offering from Bklyn. Good everyday summer brew. (404 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at Rattle N Hum NYC.

Not much head is presented for the pour, but a simple off cream white collar remains. Body color is a nice lemon and almost orb yellow, opaque. Looks like standard Hefeweissen.

Nose matches classic hefeweissen styles. Sweet malt chewy wheat, dense banana, mild clove. Big fruit density and cream very nice.

Taste brings all of it into play. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich chewy malt. Aftertaste is very taffy like but not too sweet. Banana but nothing cloying, surprisingly malt takes over banana richness on the finish. Really lingers even some faint honey.

Overall solid, real easy drinking, could easily consume many of these on a hot day. (698 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem. Served with brinner (breakfast for dinner). It looks a cloudy straw yellow with a white head and thin lacing.

I love finding American hefe's that actually taste like they're from Germany. This really reminds me of Franziskaner for the creamy orange (creamsicle) aroma and taste. Really, it reminds me of biting into a fresh orange. This beer, however, has a bit more banana in the background and the body is a touch thinner.

This hefe is a winner and can stand up to the great beers of Germany, though I'd stop short of saying it's better. If you love wheat beers, try this. (635 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, drinkable beer with a bit more flavor than some dometic Weissens. Pours with good clarity, more of a kristalweissen look, with a head that fadews way too quickly to nothing. Golden in color. Lots of banana and fresh wheat in the smell and a nint of clovey spice at the end. Slightly sweet and bready with banana bread flavors and some grainy wheat. A little grainy in the mouthfeel, but substantial enough without being too heavy and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Fairly tasty and simple and definitely easy to drink, but not the definitive Weisse beer by a long shot. (582 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light hazy gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild head of foam. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cloves, vanilla, tart wheat, and lemon zest.
Taste is of the aromas with crisp flavors of refreshment.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, clean, zesty, and easy drinking. (327 characters)

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.