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Blanche De Brooklyn - Brooklyn Brewery

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Blanche De Brooklyn
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BA SCORE
89
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 20
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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2/5  rDev -50.6%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Sturmthis, Jun 14, 2013
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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Citi Field while catching a Mets game. Blanche de Queens had dense cold haze about it with a nice creamy cap of foam. The aroma consisted of a generic graininess, clove and orchard fruits such as pear and Golden Delicious apple.

The beer is a little sweet--as this style tends to be at times--but pleasantly so. Yeast wisps by through the center leading to a quick light and snappy finish.

I enjoyed to beer and it went great with the frites!

BeardedBoffin, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of PorterLambic
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with green hint. Nice, creamy head with good lace.
Light scent just lemon, apple & wheat.
Taste is lemon, touch of orange, hops, malt, pepper, hint of clove.
Tangy, light-medium body with medium effervescence. Nice aftertaste fades to a banana note heretofore unseen.
A solid offering.

PorterLambic, Aug 26, 2008
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 akorsak
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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

pathman, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GTB, Jan 27, 2013
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 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
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
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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 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
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of WesWes
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Danobold, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

lupercmda, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, white with a nice head of off-white head that fills out my glass. Aromas of coriander, orange peel, lemon, other spices, and a wheaty, Belgian yeast influenced aroma is in the mix as well. The taste is very thirst-quenching and refreshing, and yet complex as well. Fruity, spicy, and satisfying in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good as well. Another solid products from my hometown heroes.

francisweizen, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Growler filled at Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Awesome White Ale. Poured from the growler the collor was hazy bright yellow, like a lightly dusted Lemon Bar. Creamy large bubbled white head that lingered and left plenty of sticky lace.

Taste was lemony citrus, grassy. coriander/cilantro and some bitter leafy hops. Wheat malt evident throughout

Mouthfeel was medium but on the lighter end of the scale. Citrus taste lingered in the throat and mouth.

Drinkable - hell yeah - a fine summer quencher.

Citadel82, Aug 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rcjennings, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this beer when I visited my local pub, The Cock & Bull. It turns out the brewery is treating the C&B to special brews. Whoot!

It is very cloudy with a sticky white head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass throughout the drinking.

It smells of spices and wheat malt, and those aromas carry over to the taste. This is a lighter beer, but one full of the flavors of pepper, citrus and wheat.

I am very impressed with Brooklyn's beers. They are very well designed and show that this brewery knows what they are doing.

This is worth having, especially for witbeer fans. Another winner from Brooklyn.

Shaw, Oct 07, 2007
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
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Blanche De Brooklyn from Brooklyn Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.