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Blanche De Brooklyn - Brooklyn Brewery

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Blanche De Brooklyn
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

46 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002)
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ManekiNeko:
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pale, slightly cloudy straw color. 1/4 inch of rather ephemeral head.

Aroma: Mostly lemon on the nose, faint traces of coriander.

Taste: Lemony sourness and coriander flavors in great balance. Slight grainy taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and very clean. Quite the taste quencher. Very palate cleansing.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable, like most wit beers. I could have easily had more.

ManekiNeko, Sep 11, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer was simply gorgeous. It was a light fuzzy yellow in color and was about as witbierish as you can get. The brilliant white head came up nicely and showed great retention.

Smell – The big, pale yeast leapt from the glass. It was a raw, “rising dough” kind of yeast aroma that was terrific. The light summer fruit smells were plentiful as well. I particularly enjoyed the big melons and peaches.

Taste – The taste brought a bit of herbal flavors to the table here. The yeast from the nose made it rightly to the tongue and there was some good, light spicing as well.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Witbier has a delicate, fluffy mouthfeel in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – Again, this beer was right on style if lacking a bit in harmony. It was otherwise a very good effort at an extraordinarily difficult style and was really one of the better beers at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest.

Comments – The ’04 BBF rocked, and I’m quickly finding Brooklyn Brewing to be one of the gems back East.

RoyalT, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Other Side Cafe

Cloudy orange yellow color, excellent lacing all the way down the glass from an active carbonation. Smells of sweet malt with a faint lemony twang and spice. Semi-chewy malty body with a solid malt sweetness. Just enough spicing to balance the malt with thick coriander and orange peel ... hint of pepper as well. Snappy dry finish with a clean lemony yeasty twang.

Jason, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mini growler pour from American Bev in Broklyn. Pours very light golden, very clear, minor near white head and no lace left behind. On the low side on the carbonation scale. Just a whiff of powdered sugar for the nose to enjoy. Heavy coriander notes, some light yeast and flowery, fruity sweetness. Quite light and very easy drinking BPA. Sort of Belgian Lite beer for the masses. If I was at the METS game I would put 2-3 of these down with ease

Billolick, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, AOBF 2004...

Very bright (almost too bright) neon pineapple color, hazy. Nice delicate head, laces the glass in sugary patches. Light banana esters, some pie spices, slight detergent sense. Spritzy mouthfeel. Malt flavors lean heavily on the estery side, spice is subdued at first (heavy cloves on later pulls) with a piney sense concluding the flavor profile. Initially, aside from mouthfeel, this beer resembles a Hefeweizen more than a Wit, but better spiceness seems to come on later in the overall impression.

ADR, May 11, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy banana / lemonade hue and it forms a large creamy white head which not only sticks around for awhile, but it also leaves ample even strips of lacing down my pint. Aroma contains citrus and spice...mainly coriander and clove notes brings a heavy vanilla with a touch of creamy banana bread finishing with some herbal hop notes. Taste...creamy spiced soft slightly acidic wheat light citrus soothing herbal hop bringing a flowery flavor about...reminds me of Oberon of the past very tasty wit. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, while the carbonation is even and smooth bringing out a somewhat creamy texture. Drinkability is very very nice what an excellent summer beer textbook to style maybe even competing with some of the standards in this style is up there with St. Bernardus witbier and that says alot.

WVbeergeek, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a yellow golden straw with a large lacey head with plenty of carbonation. The smell is full of a citrus aroma with some wheat. The taste is full of wheat and citrus,like the smell. This is a nice summer beer. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a tasty brew. A real treat on a hot summer afternoon.

jmz62565, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical witbier.

Very hazy golden-orange body beneath a short head of frothy white foam. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass.

The nose expresses delicate malt with a hint of wheat, a spritz of soft lemon, and a dusting of mild coriander.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and lightly zesty with a median carbonation.

The flavor is as the nose suggests but with more spiciness, yeast character, and orange rather than lemon. There's a mild acidity to it that helps its firm bitterness keep it in check. It finishes dry with a coating of light spice and soft twist of lemon amidst some lingering dusty yeast.

Overall it's a very nice interperetation of the style with no flaws of any sort. It's definitely drinkable in summer with a refreshing quality; but it's also complex enough to be enjoyed at any other time of the year as well.

NeroFiddled, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clark's Ale House for $4 a pint. This is an all-around delicious beer. It could have been more drinkable with natural carbonation, but that's my only criticism. Otherwise, there's a lovely and subtle spicy lemon taste over mild dry wheat grain. It drink smoothly and is well-made. Another winner from Brooklyn.

tempest, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex - State College - Oct 29, 2007. Pours a bit too clear in pale straw and almond flesh. A top fading, rocky clean white. Aroma is a rich, bready yeast. Heavy on the wheat and spiced oils. Nice. Flavor is a bubbly, fresh, bright and active clean wheat juice, sweetened white tea and calming chamomile. Mingle ample bread and spice with a real refreshing muscatel, lemon water and almond mist for a real refreshing blow. The hops are a fine point of this beer and I am impressed with Brooklyn consistent good use of Noble hops for real gummy, resin-heavy presentation. Wonderful utilization and a fine end to the beer. Also, good yeast character and dryness. Could use some more chewiness and density from the wheat, but overall maintains decent nuance through a sprightly gulpable body.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of UncleFlip
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy yellow- sort of like really thin pineapple juice.

The smell carries clove, pineapple, and a hint or orange.

On first taste, it's very clovy....a hint of pineapple hits just after, then orange. In this respect, the smeell is a VERY good indicator of the flavour.

This starts fizzy, with a body that's a bit thin, but not watery.

This would be VERY refreshing on a hot summer day- VERY drinkable.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of BeerFan
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn moved this beer back to its seasonal rotation after being available year-round for a few years. Draft only and its seeing more tap time in NYC bars now that it is a seasonal again. I wanted to get some for my kids' birthday party, but no NJ distributor picked it up, so a road trip into Brooklyn was in order. My wife thinks I'm nuts.

Onto the beer. It poured a hazy straw color into my 16 oz Blanche de Brooklyn tumbler. I know that glass would come in handy one day. A thin white head lasts a bit before disappearing. Coriander, citrus (orange peel), and some spice which makes this a very quenching beer on a summer day. Since I only had a handful of "good" beer drinkers coming, a sixtel was all that was needed, which was killed about 10 pm that night. Oh, do I miss you already! "Honey, when is next year's party?"

This beer is a real treat. You should seek it out in the summer months here in the NYC area.

BeerFan, Jul 28, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

ghowehattrick, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a serving of Blanche de Brooklyn at BCTC. It is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a pale yellow color to it, not much to look at at all. There is a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a spicy aroma of coriander and orange peel.

Taste: Rather than rely on the orange peel to add a flavor kick, the beer adds a heavy malt character that imparts a caramel flavor on the beer. It makes it light but heavy enough to notice something askew.

Mouthfeel: The caramel notes are a very interesting addition to a normally very-spicy ale.

Drinkability: The drinkability is good with an abundance of spices and firm malt flavor.

akorsak, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice murky, plae golden yellow. Very very cloudy with a lot of sedimentation and suspended particles in it. A good sized white fizzy head formed on top and hung around for a little while, never getting to completely go away. Nice visible carbonation was very evident throughout the entire session and really helped add some life to the look.



S – Aroma was light, lots of yeast and light fruits from the very start. Hints of peach, apple, banana, and some spice were all very evident and gave it a nice light floral feel overall. The aroma was not over powering, but rather just subtle enough to let you know it was there and to give you a good overall fell for the presence of it.



T – Very light would be the best way to describe it. A good solid light yeast flavor. Lots of fruits mixed in here. Peaches, pears, apples were the most dominant with a nice slightly off hoppy presentation. Good finish with a nice dryness being left over in the finish. A decent brew.



M – Very light, lots of carbonation and a good lively feeling to it. It actually felt really nice going down and had just the right amount of fullness to it to really be a decent one.



D – Pretty decent here. It was very light and refreshing so I do not think that sessionability would be out of the question here. It had a nice overall appeal to it and I could defiantly see myself having another.



Overall this was a fairly decent Belgian-esque style ale. It had a great mixture of yeast which was defiantly a positive and really helped to establish the profile. The feel was superb as the amble carbonation really let the flavor come through and show you that it was styled very well. Did not mention it before but I was surprised by the amount of grape tones present, not to the extent that is caused a sour, or bitter flavor to come though, but just in the notes overall of the back end flavor. But this was defiantly and truly a damn fine light brew. I would defiantly order up another of these sometime as it was just a good solid choice on a hot night.

mikesgroove, Sep 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

PBoegel, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

pathman, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass tasted from tap.

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves and other spices, citrus, and light yeast. Tastes of spices, bananas, citrus, and very light wheatiness.

Notes from 9/27/07

hopdog, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in smaller glass(sorry forgot the name) with cloudy yellow hue. Not a large head at all but unimportant after you quench your pallet with your first drink. I simply love the multiple tastes within this beer. Each time i drink it, there are currents of different fruit flavors that always prevail in my mouth afteward.

Brianmerrilyn, Aug 08, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caught somewhere between a Witbier and Saison, this beer could pass for either. Not quite as funky as a Saison, but certainly stronger abv, spices, and esters than a Wit. A standard canary-yellow pour brings tons of creamy co2, firm head retention, and a silky smooth feel. Boldly peppery, estery, fruity, and juicy aromoas infuse well into the flavor. Brings out soft pilsner malts, alternating tart, powdery, musty sensations that are coralled by citrus (lemons and orange rinds). Hops only moderate the sweetness and accent the fruits and spices. finishes extreamely clean, crisp, and with a soft cotton-candy, citrus sensation. As easy to drink as Hoegaarden. Hat's off to Brookly -- you nailed this brew.

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet scent that boasts of wheat malts. It reaks of bananas and cloves, very nice. The taste is good as well. It has a fine wheat malt flavor that is dry and finishes fruity with Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good witbier. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

WesWes, Sep 19, 2004
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4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely Cock and Bull pulling out another "one outer" as we say in the poker industry. Howie says that Brooklyn Brewery "special" sent this for them.

It has an exceptional taste, full of everything that is delicious and wonderful. I love the complex yet balanced flavors of lemon and citrus and pepper and malts and hops and spices and WOW. Everything that is good and is better. You NEED to try this beer.

Ozone34, Oct 18, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque cloudy orange-amber, topped with a two finger white head, leaves thick webs of lacing.
Full clove and tobacco aroma, orange zest, curaco oranges.
Sweet taste, wheat and tobacco, some lemon and spice.
Light-medium body, a little tart, refreshing.

mschofield, May 26, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mikepcarney, Jul 05, 2013
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Blanche De Brooklyn from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.