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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.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001)
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aquatonex

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my... what a great Weisse!

Pours a dark, cloudy golden-amber. A little darker than the Weisse's I've had previously. Also, a bit clearer. I like them cloudier. Nice, delicate head. Smell is pleasantly infused with fruits, yeasts, and some wheatiness. Taste is smooth wonderful. The balance between the yeast, wheat, and fruit is exceptional. My favorite Weisse at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 21:38:13 | More by aquatonex
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taez555

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a small white head over a clear golden/yellow body.

The nose was a soft mix of yeast, dactyl, wheat, some soft fruits, banana even some touches of biscuit.

Light body with a very clean and crisp taste. A present bitterness with touches of fruit, yeast, banana, wheat, soft malt and dactyl. Not really much more to this beer. Very smooth from start to finish, very easy drinking. Sort of reminded me of a straight ahead ale/macro with hints of traditional weis.

Overall a decent beer. Don’t know if I’d call it a traditional German weis by any means, but it’s smooth and refreshing if you’re looking for a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 09:50:59 | More by taez555
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winomark

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful bright gold with a small off white head. Lots of tropical and banana esters. Typical hefeweizen nose. Bananas, good fruity flavors dominate the palate. Good, crisp, slightly sweet finish. Very nice. Light but flavorful mouthfeel. Slightly short on the finish. A very well done hefe. Not as funky as other offerings. Crisp and flavorful throughout. Good example of the style, IMO. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 15:45:48 | More by winomark
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twelvsies

Maine

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

Virtually no head, but a nice hazy squash color. This beer just looks smooth. Smell surprised me here, definately some yeast and some light malty sweetness. Taste somehow reminds me of a Belgian beer, though not as extreme. Very yeasty up front with some nice spiceyness to it. A mellow sweetness comes out as much in the taste as in the smell. Not a lot of hop presence noticeable, but that's ok, this beer still works. Silky smooth yet substantial mouthfeel. This beer is a cinch to drink. Yum. Don't really know why, but I didn't expect this beer to be as good as it is. A nice surprise and a solid beer on the lighter side of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 02:06:32 | More by twelvsies
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strangely, the first thing I have to say about this beer is about the label: the lime green label struck me as a tad bit odd, but certainly eye-catching. The beer inside the bottle is top-notch however, and it just might be the best American wheat beer I've ever had.

Brookylner Weisse pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a decent foamy head that lasts about 2 minutes and leaves some sticky lace. The aroma was a bit average for a hefe: yeasty, some banana notes, and perhaps even a bit musty. The moutfeel was low in carbonation and quite smooth. Quite a summer quencher and dangerously quaffable. The flavors in this brew are very true to the style. The banana, cloves, spices, and yeast are all here. A sweet beer but there is some dryness in the finish to help balance things out. Not really complex but very flavorful. The dryness continues into aftertaste with some wheat flavors and some spices, and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

As I mentioned before, this is probably the best American made wheat brew I've had, and it is also probably a contender for the best hefeweizen I've had. Quite an accomplishment for a hefe that isn't even made in Germany! Great thirst quencher, and I couldn't even fathom tarnishing this with lemon, so leave it out if you pick up this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 08:19:53 | More by Beastdog75
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pgroove

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

***Now I need to preface this by saying that I am a biased reviewer of this beer. I have been drinking it for years, and this is the beer that opened my eyes to the world outside of Budweiser (when I was 19 or so).

It has a beautiful cloudy orangy-yellow color and is a truly aromatic drinking experience. It has always reminded me of autumn because there is a very strong clove overtone, but other people have said they can smell and taste banana in it. Best served in a weisse glass with a twist of lemon squeezed into it (dropping the lemon in will kill the beautiful inch and a half of head). It's a great sipping beer, but I can not drink more than one or two because it's a touch acidic on the stomach.

Long available only on tap, my happiest (and saddest) day ever was when I found that Brooklyn was finally producing it in bottles. I nearly had an accident when i saw it in the beer distributor's aisles. Then I got home with a case of it and cried because it lost a lot of flavor in the bottling process. Still a good brew, but so much better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2004 04:52:11 | More by pgroove
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carln26

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don’t ask me why, but I’ve been avoiding trying this beer. Too often, I’m disappointed by American attempts at a Weiss beer. Big mistake, this beer is a candidate for best American Weiss. It came from the tap a hazy pale yellow. Just a slight head, and no lace. It had a light fruity aroma, with just a touch of the yeast on the nose. The taste had
great fruit (banana, maybe a little orange) up front. Just a light malt flavor in the middle. A long spicy taste on the back. Great light mouth feel. Very drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2004 18:45:40 | More by carln26
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rajendra82

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz. bottle arrived courtesy of Lupe, as a part of BIF 10. The bottle was rolled several times to distribute the yeast before pouring, and the body of the beer was decently cloudy and pale golden in color. Despite the agitation and the particulate matter, the head on the beer was very puny and extremely short lived. The lack of a nice creamy head was uncharacteristic of a Hefeweizen, and so was the faintness of the lemony tart aroma with just a touch of the banana, clove esters. The taste was crisp and refreshing, but lacked the soft roundness that a Hefeweizen yeast strain should impart. Instead the yeast was very lemony and a bit peppery, resulting in a sharp feel. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and the beer went down quite easily despite not being able to match up with the giants of the style. Had this been labeled a wit, or an American Wheat, I’d have rated it higher. If you are looking for an authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen, this is not the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 04:23:08 | More by rajendra82
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick ! Cloudy apricot color with a moderate off-white creamy head but a bit low for the style. Nice balanced banana-clove aroma and flavor. Fruity flavors dominate with a nice soft grainy wheat touch. Medium-full bodied and creamy.

Vary nice and refreshing American-Bavarian Hefe !

Per Brooklyn website:
Malts: European Barley Malt (half) and Wheat Malt (half)
Hops: German Perle
1997 GABF - Gold - German Wheat Ale

Best Before: Oct '04 ('4045' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 08/23/04

($6.29 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 17:09:24 | More by RBorsato
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bultrey

New York

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum... I have never been a huge Hefe fan, but I am coming around, and this beauty has made me a full convert. But here's the thing -- this is somewhat creamier and fuller than your avg. Hefe, and if that's not what you're looking for in the style, than maybe this isn't for you.
But the smell is pure Weiss -- citrus spritzer, banana, maybe some vanilla -- and the taste is very similar. Not as heavy on the banana as some others I have had, and I like that. This had more citrus, maybe some orange, definitely some lemon, a little bit of clove spiciness, and again, just the faintest banana essence. The mouthfeel is so creamy and delicious, and there is no astringency or watered down character as I have found in too many Hefeweizens. And I could drink this all night. Excellent job, Garrett...

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2004 14:52:53 | More by bultrey
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale cloudy orange with a less than great head in my Tucher Weizen glass. Wispy head remains throughout. Aroma is very clean. Lots of lemon and other citrus. Some clove. Taste is fairly tart with citrus, a little clove spiciness, and fairly bready. Not much banana to speak of. Prickly mouthfeel. Not a very complex brew, but great on a hot summer's day. I think I'll stick with Paulaner or Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 08:42:28 | More by Admiraldinty
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uhoh, judging by this and my last review of a hefe, I think I may be a convert. Or in the process at least. But for the life of me, it is the appearance of a hefe I can never get over. Cloudy brown with a foamy head. I think it is the cloudiness. I liked this hefe, because even though it was wheaty, the wheat was not overpowering the hops. The hops were there, a nice sweet addition to the wheat. There were also hints of lemn and orange in the beer. Another thing that I liked was how the bartender put the lemon on the edge of the glass rather than swueeze into it the beer. The added lemon taste had a more subtle quality.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2004 22:51:06 | More by MuddyFeet
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ElGordo

Oregon

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

12 oz bottle poured into my tall Konig Ludwig weiss glass. Nice deep golden color with a 2-inch stark-white head and plenty of carbonation. Beautiful aroma of yeast, wheat, allspice, and clove. Once it hits the palate, the aroma transfers beautifully to the tongue. Nice sweet character that I can't quite place. Notes of citrus, yeast, and wheat, all enveloped by a golden sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and creamy for a weissbier, but still pleasant. I like it, but it's a little rich for a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 01:45:35 | More by ElGordo
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass. Tried well before the "best by" date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark yellowish orange topped by a small white head that quickly diminished to a small layer of bubbles. Wisps of foam were left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Fruity esters abound: lemons, orange, and general citrus scents. There's a hint of spiciness from some cloves. No real banana or bubblegum aromas.

Taste: Slightly sour wheat malts. Very lemony and tart. No aftertastes at all. Overall, quite bready.

Mouthfeel: Light and rather crisp from the acidity.

Drinkability: Is this supposed to be a hefe or a Berliner Weisse? I suppose it's possible I got a bad 6-pack, but the store I got it from does a good job tending to their beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 14:30:07 | More by ManekiNeko
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necoadam

Connecticut

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

This brew haunted me this past week. I brought a 6 pack of this stuff and after having one each day, I finally came to the conclusion that I like this beer. Perhaps the toughest beer that I had to review yet.
Poured out a dark yellow/golden color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of tartness mostly. Some bananas make their appearance, but quite light. Taste was mostly spicy/tartful which took me a while to get to a conclusion for this beer. I was expecting more banana flavor to offset the spicy touch of this beer, but it wasn't all that bad. The first 2 I had to get used to them, but after the 5th one I like it. I had one each day to see how the beer was. But it is a good Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 02:00:19 | More by necoadam
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

Pours the usual cloudy golden orange color with a good white head of foam. The head drops to a ring of bubbles soon enough and leaves minimal lacing that quickly disappears. A very pleasant aroma is in this with a lemony wheat malt scent dominating this brew. The taste is similar to the nose with a lemony zest that accompanies a bit of wheat and spice. Mouthfeel is about medium to light with good carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing, something that is good in the summertime. Pretty good wheat beer that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 23:07:41 | More by meathookjones
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 01:21:20 | More by oberon
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unexpectedly clear for a hefe, but a pretty gold with a bright white head that quickly falls. Smells very sour with just a bit of mustiness. Tastes extremely sour, very lemony and tart, almost like thin, sparkling lemon juice. I find this not just one-dimensional but downright unpleasant. Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 23:23:05 | More by gentlebubbles
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

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

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber with minor cloudiness. A thin white head appeares which does not lace the glass at all.

Smell: Notes of banana, some citrus, and minor malt tones hit the nose. Also some other estery yeast tones are noted.

Tastes: Citrus and lemon hits the palate first, with a light refreshing carbonation. Flavors of slight banana and wheat hit in the middle along with some dry biscuit notes. This beer finishes dry with a slight bite to it.

Mouthfeel: This beer is crisp and the carbonation gives it a nice little zing to it. Light body for a weisse.

Drinkability: Due to this beers lightness it is very drinkable. Flavors go together well to make this a decent summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 19:24:46 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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cbl2

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

A cloudy (though not opaque) off-yellow with a faint white head at the top.

Smell:

Sharp citrus aroma with a subtle yeast quality beneath.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This tastes like a super weiss. All of the usual flavors are there (banana, citrus, yeast, etc), but seem to be intensified for an unpleasant taste at first. This mellows as you drink it (or maybe I did), and wound up being not bad by the end.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2004 13:55:52 | More by cbl2
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – Beautiful, hazy orange in color with a big, frothing head.

Smell – The big, giant yeast was plenty enough to cut through the standard barroom smells.

Taste – The taste is a little more relaxed than the nose. The light, typical Weissbier fruits mix nicely with the yeasty backbone.

Mouthfeel – There was some good fluffiness to this light to medium-bodied Weissbier.

Drinkability – This is a terrific summertime bier that I would love to have over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2004 01:49:41 | More by RoyalT
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rdrummer

New Jersey

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

The beer was a hazy golden color with the typical large hefe head and plenty of lacing. The aroma was a strong base of wheat with the usual citrus undertone and a hint of clove. The taste is all hefe with the characteristic citrus flavor and a hint of banana, I think. I really liked this beer. I haven't had many Brooklyn beers but if they're all as good as this, I will be drinking a lot more. The mouthfeel is especially cleansing with that citrusy ting. I could have had many of these but the day was young and there were other bars to visit.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2004 22:55:26 | More by rdrummer
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy, deep, golden orange with a good foamy head. The scent of citrus and honey stand out, tiny hint of spice and the expected banana.
The citrus continues on into the flavor, more lemon than orange. It is a smooth easy going beer. There is a lot going on but none of it is overpowering, just refreshing, nice.
Mouthfeel is good, not sticky and sweet.
No complaints here, I am a fan of the white brews and this is a decent one.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 05:58:25 | More by hungryghost
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 18:56:10 | More by Billolick
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a marshmallowy white head and a sweet flowery wheat perfume. Downer: it had to be in a plastic cup (gotta start bringing a mug to the brewery.) Upper: no chance of a lemon wedge tarnishing my glass.

Lemon, orange, banana, allspice, cloves all layered over a strong wheat flavor makes it quite tasty. Smooth and very effervescent with a clean dry aftertaste. Quite drinkable, though rumor has it too much can make you crazy...

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 01:07:53 | More by PopeJonPaul
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