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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.

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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy yellow-orange with one-finger head that dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lace to speak of

S: Banana, lemon, peach, and cardamom with plenty of tangy wheat behind the scenes

T: Nice blast of tangy, citrusy wheat flavor with smooth fruitiness. Full-flavored without too much spice or fruit.

M: Very smooth and nicely carbonated with pleasant tangy and medium-dry finish.

D: A very nice effort from Brooklyn with an even, pleasant hefe that may not be the most unique, but hits the spot. It avoids the "vapor trap" of a lot of hefeweizens out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:19:45 | More by argock
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a weizen glass. Produced a dark brown color, with hints of yellow. Seemed much darker than other beers of this style. Had a decent head that dissipated after a time, with some lacing as well.

You can really smell the wheat on this one. Also, there was something sweet in the aroma.

The wheat in this overwhelmed everything else. It was a little hard going down. Not entirely without charm, but certainly not great.

Had a fair amount of carbonation, for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't impressed with this beer. It wasn't very complex in taste and left something of a weak aftertaste. If you want a good weisse get a Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 14:45:56 | More by avalon07
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zerofear13

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle, standard of the Brooklyn line-up. The Weisse is a bit harder to find than the other Brooklyns like Lager and Monster Ale. Pours out an inch high head. Smells of coriander and banana with other spices lingering. Taste follows suit. Spicy herbs with ripe banana and coriander. Very smooth and un-bitter, but the tastes linger on the tongue long after the beer's gone. Overall, a delicious tasting beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the banana-flavor. It doesn't rank too high on my list of favorite Brooklyns.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 22:12:37 | More by zerofear13
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Zeckster

North Carolina

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

Served in a chilled pilsner flute

This had an exceptionally sturdy head. It was quite pale and retained a very carbonated body.

Slight banana smell and a smidge of wheat.

This was a delicious beer and very drinkable. A slight bit of carbonation but it plays well.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 22:40:48 | More by Zeckster
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CrescentLake

New York

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very good American brewed wheat... bavarian style. I'm often skeptical of a american brewed weisse, but this was damn good. The clove was slighty overshadowed by the banana, but I love my fermenting ester flavors so I dug it. it's pour was too filtered, for claiming to be unfiltered and too bottle carbonated- the pitfall of most popular american heffeweizen (Widmer-UFO)... But the taste was nice banana ester, but not as strong as the nose. I would recommend this beer both as a meal beer and a drinking man's beer, versatile and a solid wheat... not too fruity, but not to plain...too carbonated, but I imagine a great american/bavarian weisse on tap. I think it's a premire brooklyn brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 16:29:45 | More by CrescentLake
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Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

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

Had it on tap at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, PA.

A- Bright, cloudy golden yellow. Tall white head fell very quickly.

S- Wheaty with citrus like lemons.

T- Fruity, citrus and wheat throughout. A slight tartness.

M- Light to medium bodied. Smoothe.

D- Very refreshing. I haven't had many other beers of this style to compare it to, but I will do so in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 19:38:10 | More by Jerzdevil1116
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

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

From notes taken 1/5/08.

Served fresh at the brewery while I was waiting for the tour.

A cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white head which lasted quite long.

Wonderful aroma of bananas and clove and bubble gum. This was truly fresh because usually I can't smell the bubble gum.

A wonderful palate as well. I was struck initially with a lemony bite before being lulled with a soft, bready sweetness. And then, a light fruity note of banana. Very refreshing altogether. Creamy and yet crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 03:41:02 | More by edskirk3
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TheDeuce

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a wheat glass, very golden and very heady. Smell of banana and citrus, hops sit in as well. Very strong flavor of banana, alcohol is well hidden with just a light touch at the end. Full and flavorful brew, also refreshing and light in character. One of the better hefes I have tried in a while, Brooklyn continues to impress me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 03:54:20 | More by TheDeuce
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 17:22:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried a beer from this company, and I love it! A straight-up awesome brew... A nice golden-straw color leads to an appealing smell of wheat, banana and citrus... The taste is fruity and creamy - certainly more unique than some other varieties I've sampled... Easy drinkability and a good mouthfeel make this a top-notch brew that can be enjoyed any time... Definitely would recommend this one... Will certainly buy another sixer in the near future... Outstanding brew...

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 00:00:35 | More by dsa7783
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nickfl

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 05:23:25 | More by nickfl
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

Rubbed my eyes when I saw this six pack available at McLean Ave Dist in Yonkers NY. I've enjoyed it at the Brewery on Friday nights and at bars, but never seen retail.

Poured into Heffe glass with small but tight amber head. Body is cloudy dark tan and orangesque. Well balanced carbonation as it breathes.

The smell of fruit with emphasis on orange is detectable. More than likely Garrett has cloves and bananas within as well.

T: This is where the show really picks up folks. This could be the best American Weiss I have ever had out of a bottle. Medium to strong wheat meets your pallet. Rich complexity of the beer comes through in the 2nd aftertaste. This is where the darkesh hue cloudy color came through with spades.

M: Smooth and tight.

D: As easy as rolling out of bed. Has some tartness at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 13:44:19 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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KevinB

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a glass. Poured revealed a hazy ,dark bronze body topped with an ivory white head that quickly dissipated.
Smell is somewhat faint, hints of wheat and yeast with a very light fruity aroma.
Taste is somewhat subdued , wheat is the backbone flavor of this brew, along with yeast tones mixed in with very light banana and other fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a tart dry finish.
Overall this is a nice brew, I would prefer a slightly stronger flavor, maybe a little spice here and there, but I can't knock Brooklyn for trying something on the more subtle side. Definitely worth a try and makes the cut for being a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 03:06:23 | More by KevinB
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is of citrus and bananas. Taste is garden-variety hefeweizen...clove and banana. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Not a bad effort, but something is lacking that keeps it from being with the Weihenstephaners and Franziskaners. Still, pretty high on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 15:46:54 | More by biggmike
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 12:58:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a soft gold with ok but low carbonation for a Hefe. The Head was smallish, 2 fingers of white fluff, some lace was left.

The smell was good a solid banana clove aroma.

The taste followed. Nice banana taste, mild cloves and some other mixed fruit noted.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing buy the carbonation was not up to snuff.

The drinkability was good. A solid hefe all in all. Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 04:25:16 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange gold with minimal head. Displays fine carbonation.

Clove and banana nose along with the rest of the typical Hefe Weizen smells.

Taste is well balanced, actually pretty impressive. Very tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and light.

Great drinkability. In many ways it compares favorably to some of the best with the appearance being the only area lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:43:25 | More by techdiver
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best by Oct. '07 - it pours a hazed orangey/bronze with medium carbonation and a finger of whitish head that leaves little lacing. The aroma begins with clove and banana, but moves to tart wheat and yeast later. On the palate, there are notes of the above with nutty wheat, toasted malts?, little residual sweetness, and a mild bitterness from the hops that evolve from grassy to spicy as I drink. The body is light and dry, with tingly carbonation and a short finish. Overall pretty good, but could use a bit more sweetness to help round out the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 00:00:36 | More by mmmbeer
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rowew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Brookyln styling in green. Best by date notched on the label, and a good description on the neck - kudos for the full set of information.

Appearance: Pours orange with some red hints and a bit of haze, average head, but good retention.

Smell: Yeasty and some malted wheat, also seems to be a bit of spice.

Taste: very nice combination of yeast notes and plent of wheat flavor, if there is spice here, it is very light and highly complimentary.

Overall impression: Nice weisse beer - good notes I expect from the style, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:52:44 | More by rowew
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Gmann

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color and for a hefe, a below average white head, no detectable lacing. Has a nice smell of bananas and bubble gum. The taste is of banana and crisp slightly metallic wheat malt. The feel is light and well carbonated, has a nice balanced finish. A very good version of an American Hefe, respectable against the German counterparts. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 01:31:18 | More by Gmann
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Rudgers73

New York

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

Pale, cloudy, yellow, 1/2 inch head. Definite weisse aroma. Dry, wheat, cardboard, orange peel, coriander, yeast. The taste is very similar to the smell. A standard wiesse beer with a full body, rich taste and clean mouthfeel. Brooklyn can sure make a clean beer and with the low ABV, it will make a great addition to my summer sessions.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 21:20:50 | More by Rudgers73
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Good, if a bit tame American interpretation of a hefe.

Nice cloudy amber-orange colour. Tame wheat and corriander smell, very faint spicy hint to it.

Maltier than normal taste. Good wheat profile, fairly subdued on the spice. Smooth on the tongue, a bit too smooth. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation...but great served ice cold on a summer night.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 04:18:38 | More by BDTyre
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

I had this on tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City, served in a 0.5L weisse glass. The beer was golden colored with strong hints of haziness, but normally I think the best weisse beers are completely hazy. The smell and taste was completely right (banana/clove) but a little light. Nice creamy mouthfeel, very easily drinkable. A great American wheat beer, reminiscent of Penn Wheat to me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2007 03:12:51 | More by TurdFurgison
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shererjt

Texas

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

Poured a hazy, slightly orangish-yellow color. Head was large and white though less billowy than expected. Fairly effervescent. Very nice fruity, wheaty nose with a tiny bit of citrus. Soft, light-to-medium body with some cloves. Smooth, creamy texture. Drinkability was nice as well.

A good, somewhat subdued American weizen. Light on phenolics, but very tasty and drinkable. Also should note that the sample tested was 2 months past its freshness date. Probably much better when straight from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 02:25:54 | More by shererjt
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It would be hard to be in the Beer arena without seeing the positive effect that Brooklyn Brewery has in promoting and nuturing the Craft Beer movement. It is because of this that I have wanted, albeit unsuccessfully to find one of their beers that makes a strong impression until I tried this outstanding brew.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Maisel's Weisse glass.

A. A deep cloudy amber. The head dissipates quickly.

S. Banana, clove, bubblegum. This is a classic Hefe and is loyal to the style.

T. As it smells. This is a good solid Hefe.

M. My personal preference is for a more highly carbonated Hefe. This was a little light.

D. This is where this beer shone. It is quite easy to drink this beer, especially on a hot day. My friends and I were amazed at how quickly it went.

In summary, a SOLID example of a Hefe, completely loyal to the styyl. Now I want some Broooklyn-Schneider Hopf Weisse even more so!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 21:30:35 | More by MarkSCCOT
Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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