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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse

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256 Reviews

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 386
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews: 256 | Hads: 386
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Naes
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of soultrain
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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!

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Photo of Higravity
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to throw the lemon off the side of the glass and the bar tender gave me a smile like I was doing the right thing, but I had no time to talk with him. A good yellow with no cloudyness but a decent white head that yeilded lace. Smell of citrus, grass, and sort of a pilsner smell with clvoe but no real bannana. This was all about cloves and it tasted very spicy with some citrus and grassy flavors all atop a decent wheat beer. Not sure if this was a spice wheat or if they used some sort of hefe-yeast. It had a good body on it and was drinkable but I was expecting more from GO and company.

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Photo of plaid75
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of KevinB
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Where's the Yeast?"
Sorry, I just have a hard time getting excited about a non-bottle-conditioned wheat beer. This one's alright, as far as krystals go. A bit lacking in carbonation, though, which makes for a boring looking beer (clear gold, no head), and a bit too much sweetness in the flavor. Aroma has typical banana notes. Flavor is, as mentioned, sweet, but with a fair bit of clovish spice to the finish. Drinkable, to be sure, but uninspiring.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber large white head holds for a bit then dwindles into a collar leaving random spots of lacing. Aroma: Mild banana and clove tones inspired by the yeast strain, semi-funky wheat backing not bad just not as authentic of a weizen compared to the German originators. Taste: A bit husky of a husky tone that clouds the banana, clove, and vanilla yeast characteristics there's a sharp citrus sweetness to it that's decent. Mouthfeel: Thin lacks the fluffiness and texture that I have come to know and love from a hefe. Drinkability: Good overall lacking on what makes other wheat beers great like Ayinger, Franzy, Paulaner, and Weihenstephaner the yeast strains are clearly different.

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Photo of Darkale
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looks like I'm going to be going against the grain of the reviews, here.

First, the aroma to me is off-base and unpleasant. Yes, I smell some wheat and some citrus, but overall I smell something sour and unpleasant, almost like charcoal briquets.

Offwhite head dies to a brief white patch. Cloudy, apple juice colored body.

Crisp wheat taste. Hints of apple, slick and sweet. Moderate carbonation. Slightly raspy.

There is something sour and off-tasting about this beer. Not my favorite weisse.

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Photo of TLove
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

Had at Brooklyn Brewery.

Some grassiness and marsala in the smell. Some apricot, fig, cardamom, and some clove in the taste, though the presence of yeast is not particularly strong. A bit of a foamy, bready touch of sourness to the beer, which retains its character.

Medium body with a dry, acidic taste that is a bit unbecoming. Other than that, this beer is pretty solid. It is smooth and consistent. Pretty run of the mill in some aspects. But decent overall.

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Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the name, I was expecting a Berliner Weisse, but was I got was something in between a Hefeweizen and a Kristalweizen. It was hazy, but not truly cloudy and I checked the bottle for yeast that didn't make it into the glass and it was clear. It was still huge bananas, actually one of the ones that truly taste like really ripe bananas instead of bubble gum. The aroma is grainy, almost vegetable-like which was a bit off-putting, but other than that a nice beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of OCT 2012 stamp. Pretty sure this is the same beer, although my bottle says Wheat Beer instead of Weisse Beer. Pours a hazed orange color with a fast-fading white head. Surprisingly lame retention and lacing...especially for a wheat.

Nose has a fair amount of wheat and bananas, but lacking a bit in the clove and bubblegum department. Not bad, a little more earthy than most.

The yeast esters just dont really pop in this beer and just seem a bit dull. It's not un-flavorful, but there is something about this one that doesnt quite do it for me. I dont think it comes remotely close to a fresh Franziskaner or Paulaner, and there are more than a few domestic versions that Id rather have. The mouthfeel is not as creamy and smooth as the best of the style display. Re-reading my review it sounds like I didnt like this beer at all...not true. I liked it well enough and the sixer didnt last long in the fridge, but I dont see myself heading back for more unless it is the freshest sample I can find. Mr. Oliver - the freshness dating is much appreciated, especially on a Bavarian style wheat beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of spiced bananas, wheat dough, and teaspoon of sea salt, and a slight yeast character.

Taste: Somewhat tangy malted wheat flavor with just a touch of breadiness to it. Taste of saltines. Some tastes of bananas and spice with a sip of spring water to wash'm down. Light, fleeting bitterness. Finishes tangy and crisp. Everything you'd expect from a hefe is there, just dialed down considerably.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though all around mild, it's still a fine lil' hefe.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is great. It smells of fruity esters and sweet wheat malts. The taste is average. It has a watery feel and falls short of many hefes I had before. It is unfiltered so it has the yeasty flavor, but I still think it's a weak example of this style. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied ale with very little carbonation. This beer drinks fine, but is a disappointment for experienced wheat beer drinkers.

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

Pours a deep, cloudy yellow color with thin-to-no-head, and what head I did have in my glass disappeared almost immediately.

There's a nice yeasty, slightly lemoney scent to the beer. The taste is quite light, and mostly of wheat, with hints of yeast. I also noticed a slight hoppy aftertaste, but not much else was going on in my mouth. I was hoping for some bubblegum/ester/banana/clove notes (as I usually enjoy in my hefeweizens), but they were noticeably absent. The beer was fairly easy to drink, but a bit thin and too simple for my tastes.

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Photo of winomark
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.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy gold with a thin head. Nose is on the sweet side, a bit syrupy.

Taste is lightly malty and sweet. Hints of lemon citrus and honey wheat amid a light grassy nature. Bready, not too much of a yeasty nature, more of a cream ale flavor with a lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy but the sweetness makes it go down easy. I could see how this would be great for a hot summer evening, very refreshing. This should be classified under Berliner weisse instead of a hefeweizen as I think that was the brewer's intent. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this sample.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of biggmike
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.