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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

386 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Photo of Dkilner
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of taez555
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of rajendra82
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours hazy golden hue with a huge, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of yeast, cloves, lemon, banana and wheat malt. Medium, creamy body. Taste is similar to aroma. This brew is an average American hefe, which is not on par with the best German examples of the style.

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Body is a slightly hazy yellow. Pour produces <1 finger foamy white head that quickly fades to a thin collar which retains well. No lacing is left behind in the glass. A hefeweizen should be much cloudier than this.

S- Nose is in-line for the style. Banana, clove, and a sweet yeastiness can be detected.

T- Faint banana upfront with a mild sweet, yeasty background. A touch of hops and clove kick in for the finish.

M- Carbonation is low to medium and body is thin and somewhat watery though some yeast can be detected.

D- This is an ok beer. Not sure if it was the bottle/batch or if this beer is always this way. I won't be paying for this one again.

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 SaCkErZ9
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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 JohnW
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Bar in Terminal C, Newark Airport, June 2008, at the usual Airport rip-off price of $8 a pint!

Was served in the traditional Weiss style glass, with slice of orange on the glass rim. Much less foaming head than I expected, which thinned very quickly. Aroma was what I would expect from a Weiss beer, fruity, bananas, cloves and spice, also rather dry and with a hint of tart apple skins. Have to say - regretfully - I was rather disappointed with the taste. It leaned on the rather dry side, almost sour at the back, and not much depth at all. It somehow seemed very 'two dimensional' rather flat, and dare I say it - boring. There was no depth of flavour, all up front and dry, nothing else came through as I drank it, no character coming through as it went down.

Unless I was just unlucky and had an under par sample, was rather disappointed, as I expected great things. Not a patch on some other US Weiss beers (think Penn Weiss is much better) and no comparison at all the the German Hefe Weiss beers like Schneider, Wehenstephener, Andechs, Paulaner and the like.

I will have to try it again, just in case I was unlucky at the time.

JohnW
B'ham UK June 2008

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date noted) into a weizen glass. Wouldn't have it any other way!
Appearance: typical hefeweizen coloration; turbid peachy hue, liberal dose of carbonation streaking to the surface, and a short-lived fluffy head.
Nose: not-ripe banana and clove spiciness prevail. Also a slightly "off" aroma I just couldn't quite pin down but unlike any aroma I've picked up in a hefe before. Not like it went bad, just..well..not consistent with how it should be for a hefeweizen.
Taste: ditto, except it was even more noticeable here. Bready, yeast-sprinkled malts, wheat notes, and the usual banana and clove combination is there. But also a nearly corn-like quality that was way out of place.
Feel: light, crisp, refreshing.
Overall: Brooklyn's weisse beer seemed to miss the mark here, but not by a whole lot. Still, it wasn't all that bad. I can just think of a number of better hefe's out there I'd rather indulge in.

Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jurbanik
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue, with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was mostly a clove spiciness. There was a slight banana aroma as well.

The taste was spicy as well. The cloves dominated upfront, whereas the wheaty biscuit flavor took over at the back of the mouth. Overall, the flavor could have been a bit more complex.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. There was good carbonation throughout.

Overall a nice hefe. Not the best domestic example of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of Naes
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is a bit cloudy and copper colored. The head is medium sized and white.

The nose detects yeast, cloves and a bit of citrus with spice.

Its flavor is yeasty, a bit of citrus and has an aftertaste that almost reminds me of a portabella mushroom.

The mouth feel is sparkly with generous amounts of carbonation and light in the body department.

This one is an easy drinking beer, but not one that I will go out of my way to get another of.

Photo of soultrain
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass. Freshness date Oct. 06

A-Clear (too clear?) golden beer, 2" head quickly settles and remains at 3/8" for the duration of the beer. Nothing pillowlike about the head on this hefe. Some very slow rising bubbles. Not a very visually appealing hefe. Some lacing, though. Note: I've found that if you pour this beer straight into your weisse glass, shake the last inch of beer to gather the yeast, than pour that into the glass, the results are much better.
S-Very grainy; bannana is here, too. Some alchohol esters as well. Aroma of this beer improves greatly after the yeast pour: bananna being quite outstanding.
T-Metallic? sharp fruit cocktail, bannana, some sourness that's not quite lemon in the taste and has a sourish aftertaste. Very lager-like grain flavor as well. Yeast pour indeed added a bit more flavor and cloudiness to the beer, and deadened the carbonation, naturally. The yeast pour is, IMHO, essential: I enjoyed the beer more afterwards. This beer tastes more complex than the top German Hefes, so naturally it lacks their elegant simplicity somehow. Also, the warmer it got, the more I liked it, too.
M-Good/great mouthfeel for a hefe, carbonation is not visible, but is indeed there as miniscule bubbles caress the palette. Above average mouthfeel for a hefe.
D-Subsequent beers have revealed this to be a decent drinker. The yeast flavor is good, but must be included from the bottom of the bottle, otherwise this brew may be lackluster.

CRUX: I HAD THIS ON-TAP YEARS AGO IN BROOKLYN WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT AND WAS VERY IMPRESSED. That was under ideal conditions, though, and this bottle, naturally, didn't taste like the same beer to me. NOTE: When I bought this beer it was 90 degrees outside, and inside, the beer store. This can't be good. Still, if you are lucky enough to find this on-tap, get it!

Photo of JISurfer
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The big one for this brew was the apperance and the smell. Both were pretty nice, but then you get to the taste. Taste wise, it's a little bit too "hoppy" for a Weisse beer in my eyes. Sure, there was the elements of citrus fruits and light wheat tastes, but it seemed a little too overpowered by the hops. It's not a bad beer by nay means, but it's nothing I will go back to.

Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served with a lemon wedge, which threw me off a bit, but in a Brooklyn Brewery glass. Not very cloudy - it seems like this is partly dependent on whether a wheat is served on tap or not. Wheaty and citrus nose... I didn't come away with a whole lot of the banana that reviewers have mentioned, but citrus and some cloves for sure. For me, the flavors that have a chance to shine in wheats weren't as complex in this one as in some other wheats. Not a bad beer, but not a sessioner.

Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.