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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 375
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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shererjt

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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!

07-22-2007 21:30:35 | More by MarkSCCOT
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

07-21-2007 17:48:25 | More by mikesgroove
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blackie

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

a: Gives a fluffy, 1.5" off white head when poured into my hefe glass. Good retention. The beer is a bright golden-copper in color.

s: Honeyed bread and estery yeasts first greet the nose. Wheaty with subtle hops. Not really much to it.

m: The carbonation is a crisp medium, and the body on the fuller side of the light range.

t: Certainly a solid hefe. Clean wheat malts dominate with a light pale malt sweetness and bready yeasts. Could use a little more banana or other estery fruit. Delicately hopped...wouldn't mind a touch more spice here. Pretty smooth overall, I suppose...seems almost a hefe-American wheat hybrid. Needs depth. Something wierd in the aftertaste that I can't put my finger on.

d: ez

07-19-2007 03:12:18 | More by blackie
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Hazy, golden yellow with an average size, fine head that drops off quickly into a persistent ring. While not fitting the typical profile exactly, the nose is right for the style. Banana, spice, and yeast are present for sure but as part of a more complex profile. The taste too is not wholly typical but also not as interesting as the nose. Crisp mouthfeel up front with a nice mix of grains and yeast. While the spices are somewhat muted, there's an orange flavor present. A bit watery in the middle but drinkable and pleasant overall.

07-12-2007 00:14:36 | More by BitteBier
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albern

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

I had this one on tap so its characteristics may differ from the bottle, but it was sufficiently cloudy, straw colored, frothy, with a dissipating head that one would expect with the style. The smell was okay, but a bit musty, or as one reviewer stated, a bit like wet hay. The taste is banana, a bit of tangy lemon, some spiciness, and a smallish yeasty bite. This is a refreshing beer for summer. It is a slightly more medium bodied than many other weiss beers, to its credit, but not my favorite by a long shot. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are good but unremarkable.

07-07-2007 10:53:37 | More by albern
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SSBrennan

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a light amber color with a frothy white head that falls slowly with no lacing. Not as cloudy as I expected.

The smell is notable with diverse fruit notes and a strong backing of biscuit and yeast.

Taste follows from smell with a good yeasty sweetness in the background with all the right banana tastes for a hefe. The flavors are relatively subtle but well balanced.

The mouthfeel is rich, slightly heavy but the weight is balanced by carbonation.

Very drinkable, the sweetness fades and isn't a problem.

07-06-2007 21:23:55 | More by SSBrennan
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle with an Oct 07 drink by date. Comes out a golden amber color that is fairly clear with a white head. The head is thin, falling to a crown with little or no lacing.

The aroma is fruity and banana-like. The taste is a fruity apricot flavor with a touch of clove. I like the tangy mouthfeel.

07-05-2007 02:08:15 | More by abcsofbeer
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a large hefeweizen glass. Light copper color with some slight haziness. White head of minimal size and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is estery and sour. Lots of cloves and some banana, spicy black pepper, and some sour pear aromas.

I wasnt too fond of the taste of this one. Decent flavor. Plenty of sourness with defenite wheat flavors and plenty of cloves. Not quite as spicy as the aroma would lend but decent enough overall.

Just an average hefe in my opinion. Pretty thin mouthfeel with little body. Very clean and dry in the finish. I like more banana flavor and aroma and a little more spice in the flavor. Certainly not bad but I like other examples out there.

07-02-2007 19:41:24 | More by SaCkErZ9
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

This beer had a nice, golden body with no real head present. It had a decent lacing that held with the beer. The banana esters were very prevalent in the smell. However, upon the first sip, the banana esters seemed to become more of an aftertaste than a taste and a more citrusy, fruity taste came out and stayed that way throughout the beer. The mouthfeel was decent and smooth. The overall beer was good and pretty drinkable. Very refreshing and smooth taste.

06-30-2007 00:27:22 | More by maddogruss
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

12 oz bottle. This brew initially poured a crystal clear golden color with a finger of stark white head over top. Looking into the bottle, I saw all the yeasty goodness hanging out there, so I poured a little beer back in to swish around and pull the culture into my brew. The addition of the yeast dampens the color down to a deep testaceous, with a massive haze. The nose is creamy, with light banana notes and a solid clove spiceyness. The esters just seem a little distant for my taste. The flavor is focused towards the wheat creamyness and the clove spice, with a kiss of banana fruityness and a lighter lemony zest on the finish. Not bad. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very minimal carbonation. I would like to have a touch more bubble to it to break the mouthfeel down a little. Overall, this is a solid and servicable hefeweizen. I'm happy to see an American brewery sticking to the hefe yeast in their wheat brew. I would have this one again.

06-27-2007 02:18:27 | More by kmpitz2
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sweethome

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours golden with just a little haze. Wispy head of white is gone in an instant. Just a hint of clove on the nose and little "burnt" malt. Silky smooth entry - fills out the palate well. Spritzy, a little bit of clove, lots of wheat malts - that slight burnt character. A rich flavor profile. Love the mouthfeel and finish. A nice dose of hops.

A very good wheat beer of distiniction.

06-27-2007 01:11:32 | More by sweethome
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Best part of summer is all the wheat beers to try. This one from Brooklyn is new to these parts, pours a dark, old gold that is slightly cloudy. Aroma is cloves, citrus fruits and a familiar wheat-beer yeast. Taste is pleasant and tangy with a clean finish, though there is only a little bite and not much bitterness to offset the tart taste. Smooth and refreshing, a great summer-time beer. A definite must-have on a hot day.

06-26-2007 06:04:49 | More by saintwarrick
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sleazo

New York

2.53/5  rDev -33.4%

A-Mildly cloudy wheat coloured golden ale. Minimal head, decent lacing though. A nice stream of loose bubbles.

S-Highly cloved scent lingers. The clove actually dominates the nose and does not let anything else into the party.

T-The cloves hit up front followed by something of a hop bitterness. The finish is actually a bit hollow as there is nothing but a little tingling left by the carbonation. There is a bit of salt here as well. Very small ammount of banana comes through when it warms.

M-Thin with a sharp carbonation, I like my hefes a bit thicker. A bit selzer like.

D-I am a Brooklyn supporter but this does not do it for me. This definitely tastes like a foreign version of a perfected German style. The banana notes are completely missing here and there is a definite lack of phenols period. the clove taste is a bit overpowering. With so many great German Hefeweizens out there, why bother?

06-24-2007 04:01:38 | More by sleazo
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Brad007

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

This beer pours a pale, golden, cloudy color with a decent amount of carbonation. Subtle hints of clove and banana stand out. Taste is kind of thin and somewhat watery with hints of clove and banana as well that stand out after another sip. Not a bad example of this style but I swear I've had better ones.

06-15-2007 02:38:48 | More by Brad007
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured darker than most Hefe's and lacked some of the real banana characteristics expected but the flavour was full and rounded which let the beer grow with each sip. A dusting of cloves falls across the finish which seems like a nice take on the style. Worth a try for a different type of hefe.

05-23-2007 02:42:59 | More by canucklehead
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a subdued yeasty/breadiness with light hints of clove and banana, with a touch of vanila.

Tastes like it smells - like a junior version of a hefeweizen. There is a light yeasty/bready flavor upfront with mild clove and banana. The vanilla is actually more pronounced in the flavor and lingers a bit at the finish. Refreshing on a warm eveing.

Light body, solid carbonation.

This beer is quite drinkable and does have a very pleasant taste. But, when considering the style in my review, it's just a very tame version of what a real hefeweizen should be. My scores for this beer don't reflect my true enjoyment, as I just can't score it on par with the standards for this stye such as Weihenstephaner.

05-10-2007 00:52:22 | More by MaltyGoodness
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a hazy straw yellow. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... no lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of honey sweetness aroma for a hefe, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint clove spiciness, peppery..

Taste – Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, limes, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, very light sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, very faint clove, no real hops... maybe all just a little on the bland side..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - An OK hefe weizen... pretty drinkable but probably could do with the clove spiciness and fruits cranked up a bit...

05-08-2007 13:53:59 | More by mdagnew
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

355ml bottle poured into a Franziskaner wheat glass

Pours with a light amber body, slightly hazy from the sediment. Thick two inch thick head with great retention. Little lines and strands of egg white head all over the place

Smell, slightly musty wheat aroma, some slight fresh fruity esters (melon and a touch of banana), some clove and fresh herbs. Some soap character too and an almost stagnant water aroma, this bottle doesn't seem that fresh. B/B May 07

Taste, crisp and malty, spicy slightly phenolic character, cloves, heather, cinnamon, fresh fruit on the finish to some extent. Crisp sharpness from the malt, dry chalky yeast on the finish

A little disappointing, not a particularly fresh bottle. The nose was a little off putting with a few aromas that just didn't fit. That said all the flavour is there, this is very true to the hefe style too.

03-14-2007 18:56:30 | More by cypressbob
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

A-Yellow cloudy looks like a hefe should. Tight white head fades to thin coat consistenly over five minutes or so.

S- Banana, pear, clove, yeast wheat, husk

T-crisp, banana and pear, almost sweet, clove, wheat.

M-Smooth creamy perfect carbonation.

D-Not my style but pretty good within this style

02-17-2007 23:52:17 | More by jackorain
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BBM

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Beer pours a bright, sunny yellow from the tap. There's a thin white sudsy head and decent lacing. The aroma is bananas and some spices. Hints of caramel malt, as well.

The taste is akin to the smell; bananas, vague spices, and a nice malt backbone. There's also a smooth wheat/bready context to the flavor. Very little bitterness, but a clean and refreshing finish. Mouthfeel was pleasant. This is a very solid hefe, and if you're a fan of the style, I'd recommend it.

02-12-2007 17:36:39 | More by BBM
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laintringulis

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Served in a pub glass. Pours a light pale yellow with small white frothy head that thins quickly into a small ring. No lacing. Large amount of tight carbonation throughout drinking.

Smells: Mild wheat, primarily yeasty/bready smell. Light banana, clove, and citrus. I'm not sure if I smell ginger or not.

Tastes as smells. Tastes more yeasty than anything. It is very light on the banana, clove, and citrus tastes. It came off of as a lightly flavored wheat beer than a hefe. I also taste a vague corn syrup taste. The clove and banana come through as clove oil and banana oil, almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied, pleasant light oiliness and lightly dry citrus finish. I would have preferred a little more body and mouthfeel from this beer. Easy to drink; easy to session, but if you looking for a good, serioud hefe, you probably will be disappointed. Good lawn mower beer though.

This is by far the worst Brooklyn Brew that I've had. I can't seem to stop drinking the others to sit down and geek them (especially the stout.)

11-22-2006 12:48:08 | More by laintringulis
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malcontent

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Pale, hazy straw body with a strong head. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Sharp lemon, hay, fresh-cut flowers all mingle in the nose. A straight-forward smelling weizen.

As with the smell, this is a standard, but well-executed, take on the hefe weizen. Crisp, citrus/wheat interplay dominate the experience. Light sweetness in the aftertaste.

Great texture and exceptionally refreshing. This could be something, especially in warmer weather, that I could drink for a while.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste.

11-17-2006 07:46:20 | More by malcontent
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

10-23-2006 14:14:23 | More by Brent
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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.

09-06-2006 02:00:57 | More by daliandragon
Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.