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Blanche De Brooklyn - Brooklyn Brewery

Blanche De Brooklyn
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BA SCORE
89
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%


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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mschofield

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 17:13:41 | More by mschofield
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 15:08:51 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: growler

11-09-2009 23:11:35 | More by Billolick
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 04:01:35 | More by tempest
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2009 23:10:15 | More by BeardedBoffin
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 21:28:18 | More by hopdog
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz clear pint glass

A: Opaque hazy golden color with thin cusp of foamy white head. Lace sheets the glass.

S: Luscious fruit and wheat scents abound with pear, apple, orange, and banana with strong coriander component and great wheat twang. Less fumes and more powerful aromas.

T: The flavors are delicious with tangy wheat layer with orange rind and lighter-than-expected coriander contributions.

M: Unlike many other witbiers with its solid, heavier body more reminiscent of a hefeweizen (rather than thin, fumey, ethereal body on most average witbiers). Still crisp and spritzy with active carbonation and a sweet wheaty aftertaste.

D: Another excellent Brooklyn Brewery creation that cuts down the style boundary between Hefe and Wit with style and tons of flavor with an excellent mouthfeel. Maybe -- Imperial Wit?

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2008 01:56:49 | More by argock
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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 15:05:17 | More by PorterLambic
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Ozone34

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 05:05:26 | More by Ozone34
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Shaw

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2007 03:14:58 | More by Shaw
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 00:18:35 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2007 03:53:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2007 13:34:13 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2006 17:38:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

A: Head fades quickly. Body is pale, very light yellow and totally opaque. Decent lacing.

S: Nutty yeast and spice mostly. Some citrus also.

T: Citrus and spice, with a clean aftertaste. Very slight bitterness which doesn’t last. Aftertaste is leftover citrus.

M: Heavy carbonation, a bit watery, but a really clean finish.

D: Since there is little aftertaste, and nothing overpowering, I could drink many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2006 21:05:41 | More by 51mmz0rz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 20:20:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2006 03:19:28 | More by akorsak
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jmz62565

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2006 00:21:30 | More by jmz62565
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whartontallboy

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn VSK night at the Blind Tiger.

Pours out a cloudy golden yellow with a medium-sized white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell has lots of lemony citrus, banana, coriander, and the other standard wheat scents. Very clean scent, quite refreshing to sniff.

The flavor explods with coriander, citrus, and a flavor that goes beyond coriander or standard witbier tastes and hits an almost cinnamon note. Sounds weird, but it's quite refreshing and offers an interesting change of pace from the standard wit. Bit of yeast sneaking in as well.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, quite nice.

Overall: A really nice wit that rivals anything you can get on tap domestically for my money.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2005 03:39:04 | More by whartontallboy
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Citadel82

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2005 15:36:16 | More by Citadel82
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the '05 American Beer Festival

Pours with a slightly hazy orange-yellow body and a clean white head with plenty of lace. The smell is very pleasantly fruity with strong citrus notes, a bit of tropical fruit, and some nice spice notes, all rounded out with some malt. The taste also has some strong citrus at the front, with some softer mellow spice notes rounding it out. Finishes with a soft clove-like flavor. Very pleasant, with a nice light and creamy mouthfeel. A very pleasant and drinkable wit.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2005 14:05:29 | More by kaszeta
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A milky but vibrant orange yellow with a small, soft, foamy, slightly off-white head that rapidly diminished to a tenacious film. Good lacing all the way down.

Smell: Fruity and sweet. Pineapple, banana, coriander, soft malts, and a hint of peach and lemon.

Taste: Fruit and citrus are most notable. More pineapple, a little apple, and orange. Also some yeast and a light bready malt. Some good spice in there as well that really comes out on the finish, mostly clove and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very light and refreshing. Highly sessionable. A great summer brew!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2005 20:47:09 | More by ski271
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UncleFlip

Alabama

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2005 01:02:40 | More by UncleFlip
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the bar slightly hazy pale yellow with a low white and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was citrusy and fruity with with noticeable coriander spice presence.

The flavor was light with citrus, namely orange peel, flavor and was slightly soapy and sweet with a nice roundness of wheat. The wheat flavor was lasting and assisted with a nice malt backbone and a slight lactic note to create a nice flavored witbier. The sweetness in the flavor was well done and melded nicely with the coriander and orange.

The finish was lasting with coriander and citrus flavors into the finish. The body was medium or just below. A very nice witbier, the coriander burbs are worth the price of admission alone. It could use just a smidge more peel bittering for my tastes. Became very crisp as it warmed.

Pint at Sawmill Tap Room. Finally got my mits on a pint of this, have wanted to try it for years.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2005 20:21:27 | More by GCBrewingCo
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francisweizen

Arizona

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2005 08:17:29 | More by francisweizen
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Blanche De Brooklyn from Brooklyn Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.