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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 75
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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 Risser09


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared from a growler by mac300 - Poured into a tulip - Had the German versiob abd was anxious to try this one.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, and incredibly lit golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing. I think it's a growler thing.

Smell: Hops, bubblegum, banana and some clove which resides in the background. Bubblegum stands out the most to me with this beer. I was told this occurs when yeast is forced to attenuate at certain temps.

Taste: Strong flavor of bubble gum initially, followed by sugar, apple, honey and some clove. I really like the flavor of this beer, and both versions. I think their intentions are spot on and the power that comes across in the flavor is quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Small touch of carbonation with a medium alcohol burn. Remember, this beer is almost 8% alcohol. Slippery and easy to go down.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite beers this year. It is smoothe, sweet and refreshing. A great summer beer. Seek it out.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2007 12:54:59 | More by Risser09
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this one over the course of about 7-10 days on tap at the Blind Tiger in down town NYC. This "made in Brooklyn, NY" version, poured cloudy, slighty yellowy light amber, under a near white head, that was somewhat loose and leaves middle of the road lacing. yeasty, wheaty, hoppy brew, a fine combination IMHO. Pineapple hop notes shine through, making this another, interesting and complex offering from Bklyn. and Schneider. Gotta love it when world class and innovative brewers team up to create envelope pushing beers. Seek out and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2007 11:39:58 | More by Billolick
Photo of ajbogs


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this brew both from the bottle and off the tap, so here I will be reviewing the draft version as it is slightly different.

A cloudy beer with orange hue and an even head of foam, this beer gets better as the experience deepens. Upon first whiff you may recognize all the familiar symptoms of a weiss: cloves, bananas and other ester smells will meet your nose, but don't let the first smell fool you--there is a lot of depth to this beer so keep on whiffing throughout the experience (you'll thank me later). A notable scent to pick up on is strawberry; see if you can see where I'm coming from.

The first sips are an explosion on the palate, so it takes a couple of minutes to warm up to you. Speaking of warming up, this beer can be enjoyed at many temperatures. Cold serving allows the hops to come forward, while warmer temperatures will allow the deep and complex malts to display their talents. No matter what temperature you drink it, the bright, fruity aspects of this beer will tickle your senses and excite your imagination.

The beer finishes nicely, with a faint reminder of all the flavors you've experienced, topped off with the flavor of cheesecake (the kind with graham cracker crust) and strawberry's on top.

I never thought I would find myself eating a homemade P.B. & J and my local pub, but it has quickly become a favorite pairing of mine. It works perfectly, especially if you have the luxury of apple bread. This hopfen-weisse is also a good match for cornbread.

This is a top flight beer produced by masters of the craft. I suggest it to everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 17:52:50 | More by ajbogs
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous cloudy golden yellow. Lots of beautiful foamy head. Really radiant, and yet so cloudy. Nearly flawless.

Heavy scents of wheat and strong orange peel. Only a hint of banana. Sweet, but grounded by the thick yeast aroma. Very nice, esp for a hef. Not saccharine; balanced.

A hoppy hef? This has the sweetness of the orange/banana on the hef part, but a final swallow of bitter grapefruit hops. The balance is an unusual welcome. Gorgeous hoppy aftertaste. Great for style.

Thick and smooth, but a tad fizzy. Nice, bitter hop film. It's smooth, but has a lot more than the average hef. Really nice hops. Smooth but substantial. A uniquely excellent brew.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 05:30:04 | More by williamherbert
Photo of PorterLambic


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy, dark honey-orange color. Big, light tan head. Creamy on top, great retention. Looks like unfiltered apple cider (yummy stuff).
Smell is yeast, malt, citrus, hops with hints of vinegar, wood and pepper.
Taste is malt, yeast, alcohol, wood/ More like a dunkel weisse.
Medium-full body, very light effervescence. An unexpected development but a welcome one. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 02:18:04 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler purchased at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY

A - clouded, straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that settled to a layer, leaving spots of lacing.

S - sweet, banana, clove, and yeast/wheat aromas.

T - fine tasting brew, sweet start with a banana bubble gum flavor, some yeasty taste midway with a bitter hop bite on the finish.

M - light bodied, crisp carbonation.

D - very drinkable brew.

Final Note: I'm glad that these two brewmasters are friends and that they made this beer.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2007 21:29:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of sulldaddy


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle of this brew at cellar temp poured into a snifter. My bottle says 8.2% ABV.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with soft fluffy eggshell white head of 4 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. Fades very slowly.
Aroma is bready yeast, some cloves, white grape, grassy hops, some ripe banana as well. Fairly sweet nose on this one.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet very fizzy carbonation. Texture is a little on the thin side but not watery.
Flavor is some light sweet bread and then a bit of tart cherry and some lemony notes as well. A little funky must flavor comes in and actually lingers a bit on the finish. The flavor is also cloves in the linger. Quite complex, tastes a little different with every sip. I dont really get any of the alcohol in here, very nice.

Tasty brew, give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 00:50:35 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Delaney's Tap Room, New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with plenty of carbonation discharged. The head took a few moments to build into a two-finger, white head.

S: Smells like a combination of citrus fruits, spicy cloves and rubbing alcohol. The nose is a bit too alcoholic, but there's some nice lemon and orange zest to offset it somewhat.

T: The initial taste is pure citrus hops. The mid-palate is filled with pine notes and darker fruits; some muted banana. The finish is dry and well-hopped, but there's not enough malt to balance this weisse out.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and astringent because of alcohol presence and content. I couldn't chug it, but with a brew this complex, why would you want to?

D: I would maybe consider having one more of these in a night and then calling it quits. Not for a lack of flavor, but this brew is too uneven, my palate would be shot.

If I wanted a hoppy brew, I'd go for an IPA or DIPA. The fact that Aventinus is my standard for Weizenbocks might have turned me off a bit to this. It's not a bad selection at all, and Brooklyn always gets the respect it deserves from me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 04:53:24 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Jredner


3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a good blast of yeast and hot alcohol. Lots of lemon and citrus too with hints of meringue. The body is a cloudy yellow with a fluffy two finger thick white head. Lemon, hot alcohol, black pepper, clove, yeast and a somewhat piney hop presence. Not a huge fan, but it is interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 01:08:47 | More by Jredner
Photo of Phatz


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Capone's and graciously shared by mac300.

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a partly transparent body and a huge white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Banana clove and citrus rind. This version has more Orange Zest in the nose, bold American hop attribute, than the German Counter part.

Taste: I think the dry grassy hop of the German version was more bitterness but the hops stand out more in this the American version. Nonetheless there is a fruit attribute, comprised of peaches banana apple and splash of orange with honey drizzle and sprinkle of clove. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is certainly an easy drinking beer. Refreshing and surprisingly quaffable. Be careful that 8% will sneak up on you in this one.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2007 22:21:04 | More by Phatz
Photo of djamieson

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read up on this to be a sort of hybrid between the Schneider Hefeweisse and the Brooklyn East India Pale. Two beers that individually do not thrill me whatsoever. Together, a different story. This beer is rich, as evidenced through the appearance of a dense white head and a body of translucent cloudiness. The flavor is what struck me, perfectly balanced hoppiness (West Coast?) against the hefeweisse malt sweetness (yes banana and clove, but just the essence not overpowering). I could drink this beer all niht long. Excellent! A must for hop heads and weisse beer fans alike. Get it fresh on tap if you can.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2007 01:46:27 | More by djamieson
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Stirling Hotel in Stirling, NJ. (A great place) Poured a wonderfully rich yellow color. It was cloudy with a half inch of creamy white head. Nice lacing with this beer. Smelled of rich hops. Nice citrus undertones. Reminds me of orange rine. Soft hops are present from the front to back palate. If I had to guess I would say that if was a wet hopped beer. Very long finish with hints of grapefruit and lemon.

Moderate carbonation with a really nice, creamy mouthfeel. The creaminess reminds me of Dog Fish Head 120 Minute...at a fraction of the price.

I love this beer, but I prefer the German version.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2007 02:07:25 | More by brantadid
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flying Saucer Charlotte. Served in a gold-rimmed Brooklyn Tulip a slightly hazy dark straw yellow with a nice frothy head that left decent lacing. The aroma was of citrus hops and bubblegum providing an interesting mix above some sweet malts. The taste was sweet wheat malts and earthy citrus hops in a great balance. The beer was wonderfully crisp and light bodied, very well hidden alcohol. This is certainly one of the best wheat beers I've ever had, very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2007 02:59:26 | More by atsprings
Photo of atigerlife


3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Poured a slightly dark golden color. Opaque. Small off-white head.

Aroma is hops up front with some bubblegum and spices.

Taste has hops, banana, clove and some malt. Interesting. Quite unique.

Mouthfeel was slightly flat.

Overall, a decent brew. Quite interesting. I'm a big fan of Schneider, but was less impressed with this collaborative effort. Still, worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 23:37:54 | More by atigerlife
Photo of DIM


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy opaque bright yellow, bordering on orange. Fluffy billowing white head.

s: Smells strongly of bananas and cloves as expected with a hoppy surprise expertly blended in.

t: Starts with a strong mix of pineapple bananas and cloves, perhaps a bit too much as the hops are almost drowned out. Still, it certainly is hoppier than any weizenbock I've had. Big points for uniquness.

m: Prickly and peppery as expected from a weizenbock. Lip smack inducing.

d: The novelty is almost a drawback here. I spent more time dissecting this beer than enjoying it. Still, I'd love to run onto this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 11:04:39 | More by DIM
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this version on tap at the BSP in Decatur, GA a while ago (Thanks Dave!). I liked this version quite a bit more than the bottled Schneider version, but both had their points. Overall I felt that this version had a yeasty tang with more banana and clove that I loved. The Scneider version was dryer and less fruity with more of a coriander accent. This one poured a hazy orange golden with a good fluffy head initially that faded to a cap. Decent lacing. The smell is winey, with banana andd tangy yeast esters. A touch of dry spiciness on the finish. The taste is mellow and smooth with banana foremost, then honeyed malt, a bit of earthy hops, tangy yeast, and some clove to round it out. Mouthfeel is smooth, tangy, and zippy- just a delight to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 15:03:00 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of BBM

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly an interesting concoction. Poured on tap at BoBBiQue in Patchogue NY. It pours out a completely opaque, bright yellow with a tight white head atop the brew. The aroma was pineapple and bubblegum, with maybe some hints of spices. Very pleasing to both senses.

The taste is where things really get interesting. It's a spiced-up, hopped-up hefeweizen, which makes it not only unique, but a bit overwhelming. I found the spice profile mixed with the hops gave off a basil-esque flavor up front. This isn't a bad thing, just a bit jarring. That was followed by a very mild sweet banana taste, and then back to a somewhat bitter finish. There's also a hint of the alcohol as it warms. There's so much going on here that it's hard not to appreciate it. Mouthfeel is carbonated perfectly and medium-bodied. I'd call this one cautiously drinkable.

I love where this beer is going, and I love the take on the style. It's remains so dynamic throughout the entire session, that if it were only refined a bit more, it would be an all-time great. But it's still a stellar brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 23:28:48 | More by BBM
Photo of canfielder

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery. It was excellent, essentially a amped up heffen weisse. I don;t think its possible to find this anywhere but the tasting room at the Brooklyn Brewery, but if you have a chance to try it, make sure you do.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 22:55:08 | More by canfielder
Photo of Hautacam


4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap first at Eli's the night Garrett Oliver was there with both German and American versions. The German one was better on tap than the bottled version; but the American version , for my taste , was the best. I had a few more at the Brass City Brew Fest the following weekend.
Hazy straw gold with a big fluffy white head. Smells of wheat and citrus mostly. Tastes great....sweet , bready malts, honey, with banana and clove.... earthy , bitter, grassy hops kick in and clean up the finish. As it warms up , it gains some complexity...some other fruits and spices that I can't put my finger on , but all work very well together. ...one great brew that I guess we better enjoy while it lasts. The mouthfeel was medium body with velvety carbonation. Another great Brewmaster's Reserve.
OK, it's about 8% , but so drinkable...have your Guiness drinking buddies drive you home.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 00:03:32 | More by Hautacam
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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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