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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 75
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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Photo of Donnie2112
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

appearance: cloudy, pale amber, yellow with a bit of green in there with a big fluffy white head and nice lace. towards the end of the bottle I emptied the yeast into the bottle and it looks almost like orange juice.

smell: the nose is HUGE, could smell it from 3 feet away when I opened it. lots of clove and banana extremely sweet also a bit of floral hop aroma in there.

taste: banana as expected, nutty yeast and some clove, I really like the citric hop finish

mouthfeel: heavily carbonated, rather light and just a bit oily

drinkability: the cleansing hop finish and overall nice light wheat beer taste contribute to this being an exceptionally good drinkin beer

probably my favorite wheat beer of all time.

Donnie2112, May 06, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

750ml bottle corked and caged.

A- Lets start with the bottle...this is probably one of the most attractive beer labels i have seen yet. Garrett and crew really went all out with this one.
Now the beer...Pours an extremely hazy yellow with a huge white head, lots of sediment in all 3 glasses. The 750 erupted upon a pretty gentile opening. The beer not wiped clean from the glass got hard and crusted down the neck of the bottle after about an hour...

S- Tons of Alcohol and Hops, subtle spicing.

T- The hops hit you first, hard. The very soft wheat character shoots in and really mellows things out a bit, this is something incredible, but pretty unbalanced. The alcohol is very apparent. As it warms and breathes this on just gets better

M- Solid, not heavy, solid. After it warms for about a half hour it really thickens up

D- Great, the 750 just gets better as it warms I would say buy a few but at the 12.99 shelf price you can use your own judgement.

R- A bit too extreme in nature. But an excellent beer all the same!

*wash your glass as soon as your done with this one. I had about an inch of yeast left in my Brooklyn glass when finished!

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of gcarl
4.18/5  rDev 0%

purchased at Charles St. Liquors, noticed the new addition and swiped it up.

750ml bottle corked and caged

Appearance: poured into a tulip has a hazy orange color.

Smell: Musty musty musty, citrus, clove

Taste: I was turned off by the smell quite frankly. The taste blew me away. It has the PERFECT balance of sweetness, tartness and hoppiness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The carbonation makes this brew go down smooth and easily hides any alcohol taste.

yet another great brew from Brooklyn!!

GC

gcarl, May 03, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

750ml corked and caged bottle served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a weissbier glass. The code on back label reads 0378.

Appearance- Wow... first off, this is much *paler* in color than I would ever have imagined. With a sudden pop of the cork, this beer begins to emerge out the neck... no worries, I'm tilting this 45 degrees and watching it glug into the glass. Hazy and pale gold, there are small pieces of yeast sending microbubbles straight up into the crown, keeping it four fingers tall. Humongous gobs of lacing are everywhere... this is real pretty.

Smell- BAM!! Amarillo hops *big time*... this was dry hopped according to the label with those and Palisade as well... oh shit... the beer has been creeping out the neck for the last several minutes, leaving a huge puddle of golden elixir on my desk... that's really not fair at all!

The huge hop nose is being countered (and well balanced) by clove and licorice, with banana and what smells like spearmint not far behind. Very unique and intriguing... I didn't think this combination of aromas would work out so well.

Taste- Damn, this is unbelievable! The usual wheat malt character that Germany's classics are known for come through more briskly, thanks in part to the sharp, cutting hop blast. The dry hopping is so incredibly good and fresh tasting, the back of my nose is itching and I'm sneezing (that's only happened once before with Dark Lord back in '05 with EPseja and the boyz). After the swallow, the clovey/spicy thing is accentuated by a lingering, everlasting hop bitterness. The far, back sides of the tongue are ringing out with hops, like an 18" crash cymbal left to fade away on its own. Terrific job to all involved. Wildly impressive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Seafoamy with a set of balls... until the final pour, when it smooths out entirely. What a treat! This was so amazing on its own that I'll be buying at *least* another two to experiment with food pairings. And then one more to drink again on its own.

yelterdow, May 02, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A: A pretty hazy golden blonde pour. A fizzly-foamy head with a bit of a rocky quality to it... retains alright. Leaves a patchy lacing sticking about.

S: This is interesting... quite floral, some banana notes, a bit of citrus tossed in there - mostly grapefruit/pineapple kind of scents. Some grassiness, and a detection of something like apple or pear in there. A little finish of spicy alcohol in there, but very mild and pleasant. Takes a few sniffs to get a good feel for it... have a nice weizen glass ready! Something in there almost smells perfumy, as well - not as in the strong chemical smell of a bottled perfume or gin... rather, the soft smells of a nice bar of soap or something. Hard to put it in words.

T: Much of the same complexity here as in the scent. Banana and clove that blend in to a citrus and earthiness. The hoppiness just stands out enough to provide a nice and interesting taste profile to what might normally be something closer to a dunkelweizen. A nice spicy touch that adds just a gentle warming and added flavour. A nice direction for these two to have taken.

M: A touch of carbonation bite, a little bit of a 'soapy' feel (perhaps alluding back to the scent?) Quite smooth and clean (not alluding, and thus not a pun).

D: A moderate sipper, with room for some decent mouthfuls on each is the best idea I can come up with. It's got a heavier edge to it, but some of the accessability of even a nice summertime hefeweizen. An impressive merging of two minds, and something I would happily recommend trying out. The hoppiness is a nice profile here that makes it stand out a bit from the rest of the crowd. Well done.

Proteus93, May 01, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into my Brooklyn Weiss glass provided to me for this occaision at a tasting. This is the batch brewed by Brooklyn Brewery.

Cloudly yellow body with a huge white, fluffy head with great retention and lacing. Very nice.

Nose is dominated by the typical Weiss smells, with bubble gum and bannana coming through. However, I do smell the Hops in the background.

Very nice brew. There is some bannana sweetness upfront, and then I taste some citrusy hops. Finishes with both a bubble gum taste and some piney hops. This alternating flavors could be my imagination, but that is what I taste. And I like it, very well balanced, very tastey. Wheat backbone is also noticeable.

Good mouthfeel for the style, and very drinkable.

An all around great beer that I will buy a few more bottles of for sure.

Hojaminbag, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.6/5  rDev +10%

This one was MUCH better than the schneider version. Wow! What a great beer. Extremely complex and tasty.

Shared with a buddy of mine at Andys.

Poured into a weiss glass...

A- A gigantic fluffy white head on top of my weiss glass. Beautiful glowing golden yellow color with some cloudy points. Lacing was out and about as well.

S- I got a huge dosage of sweet tropical fruits here. Big ones for me were pineapple, grapefruit, apple, and melon. The yeast was evident in the nose as well.

T- Holy taste bomb! As previously stated, the fruits are there. Fairly large amount of spices as well (cloves, corriander, etc). The fresh hop taste really balanced this one out nicely. here was something different about this beer that I can;t put my finger on that gave it such a fresh and classy taste- possibly that yeast.

M- Carbonation bubbles provide the drinker with a tingly mouthfeel. This one is smooth and easy drinking.

D- So much flavor here, you cant help but keep taking sips. This was an awesome beer that I will be sure to look out for over and over.

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Grabbed a bottle of this beer at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square, Somerville. Poured in to a Weizen glass a clear, and very appealing pale gold color on first glass. The second pour was even more good looking with the addition of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. This time it was significantly more murky, with darker hues at the top, which sort of reminded me of how a Tequila Sunrise looks in a strange sort of way. Aroma has elements of orange, cream, mild spices, and a very earthy core. Taste is a melange of flavors, with touches of lime, grapefruit, chalk, grass and even more spice. Mouthfeel is medium, but light as far as the style goes. There is a nice champaign like quality to it, backed up beautifully by the hops. Alcohol is also very well hidden, before I knew it, the bottle was empty. Im not sure if I like this one or the Schneider version better (although I did review that one also, so I guess the scores will speak for themselves). Either way, they are both great beers, and I could totally see myself picking up another bottle at some point, since the Schneider version was gone far too quickly. Cheers

jamie2dope, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from the corked bottle into two hefeweizen glasses. Huge white fluffy head that lasted the entire glass. The color was a nice straw yellow. Super spicy smell that tingles the nose. The taste was an odd combination that I actually liked. It really reminded me of a hybrid combination of a hefeweizen with a hoppy American ale. It looked a like a hefe, but smelled and tasted like hops and cloves at the same time. Very different, but it was a new combination that worked. Worth trying just for the uniqueness. It will be interesting to see if other brewers will try to pull off a bit of this same magic.

morebeergood, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
First time I ever saw this bottle available, after hearing about it for a while and learning about the apparent friendship between the two brewmasters of Brooklyn and Schneider...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, straw-colored, golden hue with an inch-big thick, foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Strong aroma bursting with nuances of ripe fruit, fresh florals, straw, wheat, and yeast...
Excellent, sweet, crisp, fruity flavor that strongly complemented the aroma to the highest degree... Definitely tastes very similar to an ultra-strong, super-sweet Hefeweizen...
Excellent, creamy, rich flavor that really makes itself known on the tongue...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel with strong nuances of sugar, wheat, and florals...
Excellent level of drinkability with no alcohol detected at all...
Glad I was able to find this one...
Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

scootny, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of dough
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

I first saw this bottle on display and thought it was Local 1 as it is in the same bottle. I had this on Tap last Summer and wanted to try it again.

Poured into a Hefe glass. Color is hazy with an orangish tint. Very nice head that sticks to the glass.

I am picking up a nice Wheat beer smell with a strong citrus smell from the hops. As I take my first sip I am greeted by a nice Weizen flavor balanced with a generous hop flavor. This is a very good Weizenbock in that it is quite balanced and refreshing. The Hop flavor is quite pleasant but does not overwhelm. Give this one a try.

dough, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of grandq
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a hazy color between straw and amber with a crazy foaming white head. Taking a whiff - pine and pineapple show up in the upfront hops - heavy on the tropical fruit, sweet wheat and some banana and clove. Were it not for the wheat backing that shows up toward the back of the tongue, I would peg this for a Belgian IPA - the hops are on full display. An initial burst of mango and pineapple hits with support of some biscuity malt, quickly evolving into pine and mint. Here the wheat shows its face before giving way to a peppery finish. It lingers fairly sweet and chalky. The mouthfeel is creamy but effervescent, with heavy carbonation contributing to a dry finish in spite of the substantial body. High marks for drinkability, this goes down easy, doesn't feel too boozy, and makes for a refreshing brew to usher in spring. Seems on the lighter side of Weizenbocks and definitely more hop-assertive than the German counterpart.

grandq, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

From mental notes taken during last night's Brooklyn dinner:

This was the Brooklyn beer I expected to enjoy most, and I am glad to report that I was not disappointed.

A - More head than the Weisse, if that's even possible. Hops made the lace nice and sticky.

S - Out of this world. Resinous American hops, wheat, definitive mango and pineapple esters. Banana and clove from that Schneider yeast as well.

T - Quite hoppy. Does not clash at all with the wheat backing. Nearly perfect balance of hops here, something I noted in all the Brooklyn brews I tried.

F - Good pop for a weizen of this strength.

D - Not one to pound, I was happy with one glass, though it certainly deserves further enjoyment.

Patrick999, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -4.3%

750 mL bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a huge white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a very even balance of citrusy hops and the yeasty/bready fruitiness of a hefe. Extremely well balanced as both characteristics are quite evenly exhibited.

Citrusy hops immediately upfront that give way to a meaty weizen base full of yeasty and bready tones. Medium bitterness that bites near the finish, just before it finishes dry with a pleasant lingering citrus hop flavor.

Medium-full body, abundant carbonation.

Overall, a unique collaboration that made for a tasty brew. Definitely unlike any other weizenbock that I have ever had, and well worth the price.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
4.22/5  rDev +1%

Corked and Caged beautiful bottle. Purchased at Sam's Quick Stop in Durham. $12.79/btl Opens with a loud pop. Is this a bottle of Dom?

A- Murky golden,orange. Pillowing white fluffy belgian head, that lasts for quite some time. It finally dissapates to a nice quarter inch steady lace. Impressive rings also stick to the sides of my Karmeliet tulip.

S- Aroma is a nice array of belgian yeast, Clove, bannana, grassy hops, and busquity malt. Almost think I sense some tart barnyard qualities. Very Nice.

T- Semi sweet bisquit malt flavors meld again with minty and grassy hops. Nice belgian yeast profile going on here. Finishes somewhat dry and chalky. Very light hop bitterness in the finish. Left with a citrus like sweetness on the tongue. All things the things going on with this are very nicely integrated. The 8.5abv is nowhere to be found.

M- Light to moderate. Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is lively but not distracting. A very refreshing beer.

D- A tasty refreshing brew, that goes down way to easy for it's strength. I could do bodily harm if not careful with this. Still complex enough to sit back with as well.

Very nicely done. I like this much more than the Schneider-Brooklyner of last year. This one hit my Donkey on its head. I will be heading back to Durham for a few more of these.

Recommended.

drunkmonk, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Nice, slightly hazy orange color with a very nice and sizeable head. Citrus and peppery aroma-quite lemony actually. Citrusy flavor. Cloves and other spices abound. Slight perceived bitterness. Decent body-maybe a tad too dry for me. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Would be a great beer on a hot summers day. Brooklyn rarely disappoints.

lackenhauser, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

I pull the cork and it pops like champagne. A thick sweet aroma jumps out at my nose. It seems like a good sign.

Pours a nice clouded brown with orange hues and a thick creme head. Nose is dough, bright young bananas, and some spices. Flavor is nice. A bit hot, but not as hot as I remember the Schneider version being. Nice clove and banana tones. Just strikes me as exactly what this type of beer should beer. Definitely well done. Good feel. Overall this beats the Schneider for me. Extemely well done and definitely shows some brewing prowess.

RblWthACoz, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev 0%

The American born bastard child of Brooklyn and Schneider breweries. Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. On the second and final pour, the color is a cloudy and milky brown, with a huge loose egg shell colored head that settles into a fluffy cap. The aroma is unique. It is floral, mainly honeysuckle,a touch of floral hoppiness, and a smidge of the typical German yeast spicy goodness. The taste is a true cross of a authentic German Hefe and an American Pale Ale. The brew has a good combination of the clove spice (maybe banana), a nice floral hop & slight honey malt presence. The feel is full with a nice silky texture, with a nice balance, hinting on the floral sweet side. Another unique 750ml offering from Brooklyn. A nice cross mixed style in lines with the Brooklyn One.

Gmann, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%

From the Brooklyn side, the American/German collaboration brew. Great on draft last year, let's try it in the bottle. Hm, funky scum that smells like hop residue and yeast at the neck of the bottle, which leaves floating bits in the beer. Not too appealing. First pour, somewhat hazy amber gold color with a thick, creamy head. Second pour, gold with an almost milky-white cloudiness and only a small collar of head.

Aromas of big American hops that kind of encompass the spectrum of what American hops have to offer: rich and acidic, piney and citrusy, along with a hint of tropical fruits. Enticing. On the palate, mild malt contribution -- the show here is for yeast and hops. The yeast imparts some phenolic, clove-and-spice flavors, while the hops give robust bitterness and spicy fruit notes. Mouthfeel is jekyll and hyde -- for the first pour, there's a nice lightness about the beer that is largely due to perfectly suited carbonation. However, the second time around things are practically flat -- all the carbonation is gone. This detracts considerably, as it makes the beer heavy and lifeless.

Overall, this is either an iffy bottle or an iffy foray into bottling this beer. Compared to the keg version it's inconsistent and has some considerable flaws, notably sediment and lack of lasting carbonation. This could be considerably improved. To do so would take it from interesting and alright to something truly special.

geexploitation, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Paul68
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

had this at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead on a Brooklyn Brewery promotion night.
Poured a golden yellow color with a nice thick white head. it smelled friuty and very hoppy with hints of alcohol. very lite on the palate with good carbonation. it went down smooth and for a hoppy beer i really like this one.

Paul68, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Served on tap at the Ginger Man on Washington Street in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

A- Deep golden color, with a thick white head.

S- Sweet with vanilla, fruit, and flower aromas coming off.

T- Easy, light, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, incredibly pleasant overall, this beer is awesome. Great beer from the team at Brooklyn and Schneider together.

MF- Very clean and crisp, very nice.

D- This beer is very good, glad that it appears to always be on tap at Ginger Man. I typically always have one whenever I go to Ginger Man. I had no idea until tonight that the ABV was 7.8%, it is such an easy drink, I figured that it was 6.0% abv at highest.

mltobin, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev 0%

(From notes)
Had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT

Arrived at my table in a beautiful weizen glass. Appeared a golden yellow, very hazy...it almost looked like it had pulp. Big white head had faded a bit by the time I laid my eyes on it, but from the lace on the glass, it was a full two fingers (maybe three).

Wow, a beautiful hop palate. Smells of orange, banana, lemon, pine and grapefruit. Doughy yeast and light ester were also evident. A very interesting smell to a weizen, like nothing I have ever heard of or tasted.

The hops really hit you and then lead way to a very clean malt presence. The taste really mimics the smell, except the citrus is more evident than the pine. Good balance of bittering hops and aromatic hops.

Very light and crisp. Dances on the tongue. Very, very smooth. Drinkability is fantastic. Very close to perfect.

This was a great collaboration and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait to have it again.

ColForbinBC, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Had this on tap at American Flatbread.

Color: Orange/light amber color with a frothy head.

Aroma: Floral, hoppy with a bit of spice in the nose. A hint of wheat as well. Smooth.

Taste: Floral and hoppy, fruity with a nice wheat bite. Finishes dry. Seems very drinkable.

Verdict: I love the floralness of this beer. It's a nice, warming beer that makes me long for the summer and the taste of hefeweizens and IPAs. A pleasant surprise and well worth what I paid for it.

Brad007, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

First off I was really excited to get my hands on this beer and try it. So here it is
L:A cloudy greenish color to the beer? The head was a huge frothy white.
S:I am picking up an overwhelming sweet candy. A fruit loops kind of smell as well.
T: Oh man that cnady sweetness is right up front. There is a bit of a hop structure, but it gets covered up immediately by the candy and the fruit loops.
M:Really thick and syrupy.
D:This is a good brew but I was expecting way more hops. Instead it was just super candy sweet with a touch of hops.

Scoobydank, Jan 24, 2008
Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.