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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 76
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brooklyn version. This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett's concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other's brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.

Dry-hopped w/ American Amarillo and Palisade.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2007)
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scootny

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 l bottle corked and caged. Genesis of the beer on the label. Pops upon opening and a thick and initially lightly soapy head forms on top of an orange-brown liquid. It rises to fill my Sisson's weiss glass. Oh so slowly it settles down and I try to finish my pour. On the fourth gentle attempt I'm done. Off white and meringue like the head sits above my glass and does not run down. Beautiful. Carbonation bubbles streaming up on a mission keep the head alive through most of my consumption.

The smell is seductive. Banana and light clove. Sweet malt and faint pepper. A gentle alcohol note is played in the background. Lemony. A wisp of caramel. Honey courses through the entire scent like discrete smoke signals. Then there's the hops. Ohmygosh! Strong and multidimensional. Piney, floral, citrus, pervasive and intoxicating.

Taste is excellent. Strong sweet malt and hops. Alcohol follows and then pepper. More hops in the finish with another alcohol bite. The honey note in the nose is a prominent feature of the overall structure and interleaves the wheaty aspects of the malt sweetness. A light bready yeasty aspect mixed with tropical fruits as well. However the sweetness and heat of the alcohol combine in an almost but not quite cloying fashion. The hops rush in just in time to keep it in check. Barely, but they do in a delightful fashion. As it warms the alcohol/honey palate becomes broader. Best to drink at lager temperatures. Finish is dryer than it has a right to be and draws you back into the glass.

Mouthfeel is medium and exquisite. A slight hoppy chewyness and resinous girth. Lightly active carbonation keeps the mouth ready for more.

The first one goes down nicely albeit a little strong. Drinkability suffers from the aforementioned sweet heat. Alcohol seems more prominent in this version even though the abv is lower. Could be the sweetness brings it out. I did not get the Schneider-Brooklyner upon its release and time may change this. While I could see myself going through a few bottles with friends it is not what I call would a session beer. It is the weizenbock equivalent of a Louis XIV Cognac. Delicately constructed and sophisticated. Not a refreshing beverage to turn to with a dry throat.

I have the Schneider-Brooklyner in my cellar and had to directly compare the two. Admittedly the older had the advantage/liability of age but I found it superior in drinkability, refreshment, and general taste as it had a cleaner character to it. The Brooklyner-Schneider may develop this as it matures but I'll be drinking my older stash in the meantime while I cellar the former.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:53:02 | More by scootny
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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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