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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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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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Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sunny, radiant golden body that in appearance much more closely resembles a pilsner than an unfiltered wheat beer. Far be it for me to call Brooklyn liars, but my sample of their "unfiltered hefe-weizen" is sparkling clear, even 'mit hefe'. They're also off the mark claiming it as traditional because the lack of head is anything but. There are visible signs of carbonation but they amount to little more than a soapy trim.

Fortunately, the aroma smells every bit as German as the beer's name is spelled. Pungent notes of spicy clove and fruity notes of banana both waft right below the nostrils. That smell of banana leaves the impression of something summery or tropical. Notes of wheat husks abound, the beer smells more grainy than sweet. And, just a touch of vanilla bean surfaces as the beer starts to warm.

The taste is exceptionally light, even for a wheat beer. Largely lost are those suggestions of summer flowers and tropical fruits. Even the distinctly straw-like graininess of wheat is numbed. The flavour is mainly that of sweetened bread with clove being more of an afterthought and banana nothing more than a footnote.

The flavour profile fails to really bring the spice or fruit; the mouthfeel is drab and characterless. Apart from sweetness, there is little else by way of texture, nothing to resemble the graininess or spiciness suggested by the aroma anyhow. My first order of business would be more carbonation; some thought might also be given to a bolder yeast.

Brooklyn Brewing is capable of having the golden touch - which with their Weisse beer kind of turns to bronze. It is in no way a bad beer but is simply not on the same level as most of the authentic German offerings. Certainly, the beer is not up to the brewery's usual standard. In most cases, Brooklyn captures a style with pin-point precision. Here's wondering if this bottle was just a little out of focus.

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

On tap at the brewery, December 09.

Really nicely cloudy pale yellow, just the right colour, although a little dull. Head is creamy and thick, a wonderful crown of white bubbles. Overall, a damn good looking hefe.

Very clear and traditional hefeweizen notes on the nose. Lots of clove noticeable. Smooth and fragrant, and very genuine. A really good nose.

Taste is also pretty true. Clove again noticeable, almost turning to charred wood in its spiciness. Clean and smooth with sweetness all the way through, leaving a pleasantly silky experience on the palate. Mouthfeel is generally creamy with just a light prickling of carbonation.

This is a very genuine hef. Lots of good true-to-style characters, with plenty of lovely fragrance. Australian brewers do a poor imitation of the style. At least here in Brooklyn, they do it right.

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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 beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tangerine orange color, thin off white head.

S: Sweet caramel and citrus grind dominate the nose with just a touch of herbal hopping.

T: Some fresh oranges and lemons provide some background flavor along with some honey hints. Fresh lemon hopping provides a nice citrus tang and lasting fade in the finish. Lacks any strong hefe yeast traits.

M: Light creamy mouthful, caramel malt blends nicely with wheat backbone producing a nice fluffy texture.

D: Overall has a moderate drinkability and limited complexity but would make for a decent summer picnic beer if nothing else.

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Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orange body with decent carbonation but a flat lining heard. Not only did I pick up citric fruits and sour fruit notes along with some floral hops, but a hint of some toasted and/or caramel malt. I've never picked that up in a hefe before. Smooth, even creamy, and sharp with both citric notes and some clove and pepper spice. Medium bodied and fluffy; you could chew on this beer. All around a good hefe you can tip back anytime.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of soft and light malts with good amounts of overripe bananas and clove. The clove aromas are a bit larger than the bananas. As the beer warms mild amounts of wheat aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with influence from soft wheat kick things off. Shortly thereafter good amounts of banana flavors make their way into things before being supplanted by clove midway through the sip. The spicy flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall besides the relatively weak head retention this is a pretty solid beer for the style. Worth a shot.

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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 jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulup...Dirty medium honey gold pour, light white head, whispy, watery but still good retention...The aroma is very sweet wheat, cloves, but add depth with some spiceyness that is really nice...The taste is surprsingly flavorful but still too sweet to be great. Sweet wheat, orange peels, spice.

A decent hefe, unique spice notes that help the sweetness, but drinkable. A non craft drinker liked it so maybe a good gateway beer, especially have he liked this better than r10.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Very traditional looking for the style.

The aroma has banana clove, wheat, and bit of citrus. There's also that yeasty ester that comes with hefeweizens. Not a huge aroma, but still spot on.

The flavor follows with banana, clove, vanilla, orange peel.

Then mouthfeel is a bit lighter on this one and the flavor falls out to be a bit watery on the end.

Still, the beer is pretty spot on with the flavors and a good American example of the style.

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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 ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color....nose is soft banana's and interestingly enough caramel...flavor is a little different than traditional Hefe's but very tasty...buttery...some light banana...also vanilla....just a hint of cloves on the finish....body is pretty impressive for this style...thicker than most....ut maybe not as quaffable...overall this is very good and definitely an interesting take on the style...worth a stab if you see it...

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
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)

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

Solid haze of yellow somewhat darkish in color, large white fluffy head grew fast but faded within a half minute or so to a solid skim always present and some lacing in small patches. Smell is very dullish and musty as hell with alot of wheat-ly malt sweetness, some lemonyness, banana, clove, it tends to give off just about every wild yeast on the spectrum, picks up some medicinal and wet cardboard fumes as well. Taste of unfiltered wheat and yeast abound in this hefe-weisse with a strong musty sweetness that really stands out. Good amounts of dullish lemon and banana plus, of course, lots of fluffy wheat malt and some clove bouncing around. Very solid finish of wheaty texture and grainy sweetness and has a bit of the yeast/cardboard showing up in a bit of the aftertaste. Feel is medium body softness in front and gains a bit of a chewy texture then finishes stronger then at first with lingering sweetness.
Overall this unfiltered wheat beer is a pretty good showing of the style and gets a bit nicer on the palette as it warms.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottles.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyner Weisse is the ultimate American wheat beer! it is a dark golden colour with a very frothy, white head. The aromas are of bananas, cloves, bubble-gum, and yeast. This stuff tastes like a little slice of heaven. The mouthfeel is perfect as is the drinkability.

This is the ultimate wheat beer. I am glad that they are finally bottling it!!!


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Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Hazy golden yellow with a scant head. Where's the giant fluffy head I expect from wheats? Anyway, smells like wheat, hint of floral/grassy hops, some tangerine peels, and pale malts.
Feels light and bubbly. Not big on this. So yeah, onto the next one.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a couple of 12oz bottles into an Oberdorfer Weißbier glass.... Color is medium golden, and mostly clear. Bottles only had a minute amount of sediment in them. Plentiful carbonation within; good sized and constant, like an aerator in a fish tank. Head is marshmallow white and fluffy, rising to about 1" before eventually fading to 1/4". Decent lacing in the glass... looks real nice.

Nose is crisp and a touch bready, with mostly banana aromas along with light clove. Body is a smidge under medium, and there is a light prickliness on the tongue, typical of the style.

Light malty sweet flavors start out, again with mild breadiness and a touch of toastiness. Solid banana comes forth; not overpowering yet well evident. Lurking in the shadows is some clove action and a subtle spiciness. A really decent Bavarian style Hefe...


overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to chaduvel for this one. Pours a hazy golen orange with a big white marshmallowy head. Big aromas coming off this one: sweet bananas, cloves, vanilla alcohol (whatever that is). This is a great hefeweizen. Malty, yeasty, with just the right touch of cloves, bananas, and bubblegum. Not too sweet, yet very tasty. Finish is slightly (naturally) bitter with lingering roasted bananas and white wine. My top hefeweizen so far. I wish I would have had a case of this for the summer.

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

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind TIger. Pours a super cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and yeast. Flavor of yeast, clove, pepper, and a nice sweetness. Quite enjoyable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of hopdog
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a local pub that also gave away a free Brooklyn Weizen Glass (and I didn't have a weizen glass at home - bonus).

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with an averaged sized head. Aromas and tastes of bananas, wheat, and spices.

Notes from: 7/15/04

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