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Brooklyner Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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256 Reviews

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 385
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Reviews: 256 | Hads: 385
Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok another beer sent by Uncle Jimbo..I am a lucky guy!
Comes in a 12 oz brown bottle..with a simple yet attractive green and gold label.
Nice appearance to this one..nice dull ,hazy orange..with a massive pure white head.
This one has a nice typical german hefe aroma of fruits and sour wheat..not as extreme as some Germans but good nonethe less.
Nice clean taste to begin then some bananas ..then a nice spicy clove finish good stuff.
Very nice on the palate but not excellent..OK.
Pretty good American version of a hefe..very drinkable. (545 characters)

Photo of argock
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy yellow-orange with one-finger head that dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lace to speak of

S: Banana, lemon, peach, and cardamom with plenty of tangy wheat behind the scenes

T: Nice blast of tangy, citrusy wheat flavor with smooth fruitiness. Full-flavored without too much spice or fruit.

M: Very smooth and nicely carbonated with pleasant tangy and medium-dry finish.

D: A very nice effort from Brooklyn with an even, pleasant hefe that may not be the most unique, but hits the spot. It avoids the "vapor trap" of a lot of hefeweizens out there. (621 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled at Whole Foods served in a weizen glass.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a white head that went away altogether after a few minutes.

S - heavy on the banana along with some other spices.

T - very good tasting hefe, banana, some bubblegum, wheat, yeast and spice all blended nicely.

F - medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

O - a very good example of the style. (401 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been hearing about this beer for years and can't believe it's taken me until now to try it. Overall a very good beer. A little less Hef than typical Hef's, which in my opinion makes it better.

Appearance is a cloudy orange gold. Very active carbonation and a nice head.

Aroma is yeasty, esthery, fruity but you can also smell the malt coming through. Very well balanced for the style.

Flavor is also very well balanced. You get the hef characteristics but also a lot of the malt. A very refreshing beer and very easy to drink.

I plan on having a few more of these before the summer is over and probably well into the fall. (633 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This weisse beer poured a hazy, yellow brown color with creamy, white foam. The beer was lightly effervescent. The smell was a mild, banana-clove, malty aroma with a bit of hops. The taste was hoppy with some banana and clove flavors and a slightly sweet malty flavor. There was also a bit of yeast in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy. The body was medium with modest carbonation feel. The aftertaste was tangy and hoppy. This was a good unfiltered wheat beer, with quite a bit of hops. (499 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap...poured into pint glass. Brownish golden haze, with a bit of head. Wheaty/hefe aroma...pretty typical (and promising). Bad flavor though...weak and nutty. It almost seems like they got lazy with it. Not a very good example of a hefe OR an american style wheat. With way better options out there, I would never get again. (328 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a light orange color with medium puffy head. Smell is a mixture of light malts, spices, and a bit of lemon. Taste has a restrained cloviness combined with other spices and citrus notes. Ends with a bit of citrus. Good example of my favorite style of beer. (262 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a bit of a straw color, slightly hazy. Not as hazy as one would expect of an unfiltered wheat beer. There was a white head that went away rather quickly. Some spiciness to the nose. Taste has some wheat breadiness, as well as a hint of banana. Some spiciness also. Fairly decent. (291 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma of banana, bubblegum, cloves, and yeast.

Tastes of banana, cloves, lemon, bubblegum, and Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is very clean and light.

Lighter bodied, slightly dry, with a light carbonation.

A very drinkable hefe from Brooklyn Brewery. (318 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A: Poured a cloudy moderate to light yellow color, with tons of carbonation, and about 2 fingers worth of head which stayed at least a froth throughout the session.

S: Bananas, cloves, and a little bit of honeydew melon embedded in the fruity madness.

T: I have had a lot of saisons lately and had to remind myself that I was not drinking one of those, but a hefeweizen. Medium bodied, with a bit of fruit (banana) and spices, but the overall product is a tad watery. After a few drinks, I started to get that hefe "bubble gum" aftertaste, but only after I searched for it.

M: Okay.... no real qualms here. Nice carbonation in general.

D: Not a bad hefeweizen, and considering Brooklyn's track record for making lighter brews IMO (Brooklyn Lager is awesome!), I was a bit disappointed. (852 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow hue gives off an iridescent look. The body was slightly hazy with tons of carbonation.

The scent was nice but light with bits of lemon and clove.

The taste and feel we're very much intertwined with strong bubbly expression. Almost champagne like, the bubbles lifted the flavor off of the tongue and dampened any real taste. Touches of lemony sweetness, banana and clove were present but hard to detect because of the large amount of carbonation. Overall, I wonder if I simply got a lovely batch or there's more hiding in this that I just missed. (561 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This brew initially poured a crystal clear golden color with a finger of stark white head over top. Looking into the bottle, I saw all the yeasty goodness hanging out there, so I poured a little beer back in to swish around and pull the culture into my brew. The addition of the yeast dampens the color down to a deep testaceous, with a massive haze. The nose is creamy, with light banana notes and a solid clove spiceyness. The esters just seem a little distant for my taste. The flavor is focused towards the wheat creamyness and the clove spice, with a kiss of banana fruityness and a lighter lemony zest on the finish. Not bad. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very minimal carbonation. I would like to have a touch more bubble to it to break the mouthfeel down a little. Overall, this is a solid and servicable hefeweizen. I'm happy to see an American brewery sticking to the hefe yeast in their wheat brew. I would have this one again. (951 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's kind of strange that I have never run across this beer before, but I was happy to try it on-tap at the Blind Tiger In New York.

A very hazy, cloudy yellow-gold body with a thick white head greets me upon service of this beer. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma has lemon, banana, some spice and a ton of wheat.

Wheat rules this one, as it should. Lots of wheat twang and light, sweet, bread notes. Next comes a mix of lemon and banana, with the banana being the most powerful. Underneath those flavors is a peppery coriander flavors.

Just big and creamy enough for me.

This is a solid American-made Hefeweizen from Brooklyn. (645 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazed amber hue, a splash of head that fizzles out fairly quick. A decent amount of clarity for an unfiltered Hefe.

The aroma is a heady pungent bullseye for the style: the typical banana, nutmeg and bubblegum are all there, wearing their party dresses and blowing bugles. Intense.

Tart and zesty pretty much round out the flavour profile, the yeast is the star of this show. Soft sweet wheat up front with rounded banana and bubblegum, followed by a good dose of zesty lemon rind, finishing with an almost mouth puckering dry lime character, which lingers long into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit too rambunctious with carbonation, jagged and somewhat abrasive, especially on the finish. Doesn't align well with much of the flavour profile, the rounded wheat and yeast, although it adds some extra octane to the citrus zest.

Overall a decent domestic Hefe, although it's considered an import from our lovely southern neighbour (and the price tag will vouch for that). Aside from the somewhat rough mouthfeel and lack of frothy head, it hits all the right buttons. (1,097 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried a beer from this company, and I love it! A straight-up awesome brew... A nice golden-straw color leads to an appealing smell of wheat, banana and citrus... The taste is fruity and creamy - certainly more unique than some other varieties I've sampled... Easy drinkability and a good mouthfeel make this a top-notch brew that can be enjoyed any time... Definitely would recommend this one... Will certainly buy another sixer in the near future... Outstanding brew... (487 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a hazy straw yellow. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... no lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of honey sweetness aroma for a hefe, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint clove spiciness, peppery..

Taste – Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, limes, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, very light sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, very faint clove, no real hops... maybe all just a little on the bland side..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - An OK hefe weizen... pretty drinkable but probably could do with the clove spiciness and fruits cranked up a bit... (987 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A hazy golden yellow body, topped by a healthy frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty, with the expected banana and clove sensation. Taste is clean, maybe too clean. While I would certainly say "wheat" in a blind taste test, it is lighter than many of the hefes I've had. There is not a lot jumping out on the tongue, other than the familar, generic wheat beer taste. However, it is a very refreshing, very clean beer, perfectly suited for a hot summer afternoon (lawnmower or no). Has some crossover potential.

A weisse beer for those who aren't that crazy about weisse beers, perhaps? (586 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn version of a Hefeweizen. Out of the bottle this beer poured a hazy honey gold color with one and half fingers of off-white head. Moderate retention but rather weak lacing. The aroma was nice, clean malt, wheat, some "horse blanket" funk and hints of sweetness. The flavors were similar though more focused on the funk. The first flavors I got were the wheat and hints of spices followed by some musty malt and a little vanilla. Rather uncomplicated. The finish, while crisp, was a little odd, similar to clover honey sweetness but not as rich. It was very smooth and easy to quaff. This is a very sessionable beer and good for the summer but it falls a little short of greatness for me despite being solid. (719 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bierkraft growler received in my latest trade with hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one...been looking forward to it. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed golden yellow color. A big two fingers of fluffy head rests on top and lingers for several minutes before slowly fizzing its way down to the surface. Very good looking hefe.

S - Full of wheaty aromas. Lots of spicy cloves and fresh squeezed lemons. Very lemony! This is really grabbing my attention...can't wait to taste.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Slightly tart with tons of lemony citrus, yeasty esters, spicy cloves and a solid base of wheat malt. Perhaps the most citrusy hefe I've ever had...maybe a bit overdone for the style, but I'm finding this extremely refreshing and tasty.

M - A bit on the thin side, tending towards watery, but buoyed nicely by a strong carbonation that really brings the citrus and tart flavors to the forefront.

D - The lively carbonation and the somewhat unique and intense lemon flavors really are hitting me the right way. This is another perfect warm weather beer...makes me think of sitting outside the Schneider pub in Munich on a warm summer day before Oktoberfest. This might be biasing my rating, but I don't care...any beer that can bring me back there in my mind is definitely worthy of recognition.

A somewhat different take on the hefeweizen style, but it meshes pretty well with my flavor preferences...if you like an adult lemonade like beer, give it a shot. (1,493 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - Pours a cloudy yellow and is capped with a persistent off-white froth.

S - The nose is sweaty, banana-centric, and accentuated by a slight herbal and mineral spiciness.

T - The flavor is much closer to banana bread. Or diet banana bread, which is to say that I think this beer tastes a tad watered-down. The basics are a banana note that is not backed up by any real sweetness, with something of a dry pale wheat that is noted, along with a spicy herbal-mineral character.

M - The feel is relatively thin and refreshing, it works well here.

O - Not my cup of proverbial tea, but I would certainly drink something like this if I were in a place with a poor selection (e.g. airport or ball game) (724 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a "best before" date of October '06, into a Weizen glass. Hazy golden with a huge, 2.5-finger fizzy white head. Little bubbles continued to rise as I drank this beer. A very nice presentation. . . .

I thought the nose was a bit one-dimensional: cloves. However, that's fairly consistent with the style, so I won't deduct too many points there. I just didn't sense anything other than the yeasty cloves.

As for taste: cloves once again, maybe some allspice and fruity, citrusy esthers. A very faint bitterness lingers on the back of the throat, but it feels more like a citrusy, lemony bitterness than a hop bitterness, and if you're not paying close attention you'd probably miss it.

Mouthfeel was also consistent with the style: light, clean and nicely carbonated.

Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day, although again I thought it was a tad bit one-dimensional and that one dimension -- cloves -- may get a bit old after a few. But I'll bet it would taste great with a lemon. . . .

Note: this is only my 2nd Hefe Weizen reviewed and unfortunately for the Brooklyner Weisse, it just doesn't match up to the Weihenstephaner, especially in mouthfeel. I think it's a solid version of the style, but not nearly as good as my first Hefe. . . . (1,283 characters)

Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mr. Oliver generally does a pretty good job with each style he attacks, and this one is a fine example. It's pretty new in bottles, and I'm having trouble with the lime-green label. Orangey yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity, with clove coming through. Flavor is rich and tart with a smooth mouthfeel. Very crisp and fresh, but most of the flavor seems to come through in the finish and aftertaste with lots of clove and a bit of pine. Perhaps a little too sweet and clovey to have high drinkability. (531 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic Hefe glass, glowing a deep golden orange. It showed a one finger head of off-white bubbles. This retained decently, receding into a foamy ring around the glass. Lacing was otherwise minimal, and there was haze but no sediment. Carbonation appeared average. The nose showed wet wheat, sweeter sugary inclusions, clovey phenols, and creamy pale malts. Our first impression was that the flavoring was mild, but the malts present were nice, and didn’t approach adjuncty or cheap at all. As we sipped, simple wet wheat and orange peel hit the palate with warm, pale malts. The middle peaked with sour grain, herbal hops, biting grassy grain, and white sugar sweetness. The finish was with clovey phenols, grainy wheat, water, and mineral sourness. The aftertaste breathed of musty grain, more wheat, and more bready malts. The body was medium, and the carbonation was prickly. There was a light prickly coating, leading to a final light astringent slickness. The feel was nice and clean, and the beer was refreshing. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh flavoring. There was nice spice, cream, and wheat, and at no point did things seem cheap or low quality, despite the huge malty bill. Of everything, the look was the weakest, as we were hoping for a thicker haze, and more of a head and cream. (1,463 characters)

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