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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of Darkale
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Darkale, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of daliandragon
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.

daliandragon, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of TLove
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

(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.

TLove, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of mzwolinski
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

"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.

mzwolinski, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of KevinB
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

KevinB, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

WesWes, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

twiggamortis420, May 23, 2012
Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

aracauna, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of zerofear13
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

zerofear13, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of jahred
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

jahred, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

MuddyFeet, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

winomark, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of laintringulis
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.)

laintringulis, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

assurbanipaul, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of biggmike
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

biggmike, Sep 09, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.