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Blanche De Brooklyn - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 46
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  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

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of nomad
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like a very pale piss yellow. My glass was filled with tons of carbonation and a super soft, soapsud-looking head. Not much else to speak of visually.

Had the most abundant nose: of cinammon, clove, sugar, banana, vanilla, coriander A seriously intoxicating blend, this beer's smell is sickening in how addictive and quieting it is for me. Smelled like a heavenly bread just recently out of the oven.

Taste was the most exquisite wheat in a belgian wit, accompanied by a great sugar tinge, and some vanilla notes. Also had some doughbread tasting body build up in my mouth. Definitely could use a little more spice or curacao, but it does at least have some real high quality hops in it. The hops are impressive especially for how specific and well they fit with this style.

Finally, with a soft as a cloud mouthfeel, but a thin summer beer swish, this beer was way too easy to drink. Simply put as fabulous. BUT only if on draught near NYC so you can get extremely fresh Garrett Oliver (not F.X. Matt) brewed 5 gal. kegs. This ain’t no commercial lemon water.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow straw colored brew with a thin, quick-dying white head. My nose is filled with citrus and lemons, and it is inches from the glass. I also pick up some bananas and yeast.

The carbonation is very tingly. With the carbonation leading the way, it has a very refreshing quality. The body is medium to light. Lemons come in first, and they come in big, but not too big. The banana flavor balances very well. This is a great summer drinker. It is a Wit done just the way I like it.

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Photo of ski271
4.19/5  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!

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Blanche De Brooklyn from Brooklyn Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.