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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of techdiver
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  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.

Photo of shererjt
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.04/5  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!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BitteBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of albern
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SSBrennan
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sweethome
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sleazo
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.