Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Greenmarket WheatBrooklyn Greenmarket Wheat

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 08-22-2013

Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat Beer is brewed from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley. Drinking this lovely beer helps reinvigorate the state’s grain industry and benefit GrowNYC's mission to support family farms, farmers markets, gardens, recycling and education. Greenmarket Wheat is as bright and refreshing as a summer day. The Raw wheat gives this beer its zing, barley malt brings depth, and Belgian yeast lends complexity. Accented with orange peel, local honey and a dash of coriander, the beer is naturally carbonated by re-fermentation in handsome 750ml bottles.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston St as a Christmas brew for my friend and I, having never seen this before. I would buy nearly anything offered by the Brooklyn Brewery on blind faith alone and that was the case here as well.. Thankfully, this was a solid beer that was stylistically true to form while being easy to drink at the same time. The alcohol was well-hidden and none of the flavors were too strong, although everything mentioned on the bottle was certainly present. What else would you expect from these guys?

Nice big bottle here with a cork to undo. The beer didn't foam out of the bottle but it the head was sufficient enough once I poured it into my glass. The aroma was that of grass, coriander, and straw and all of these could be tasted in the mouthfeel. This had a nice, buttery feel to it with a hint of sourness like a Belgian Farmhouse and some orange peel tossed in for good measure. Not a lot of stickiness from the honey but a bit of it could be detected in the sweetness and even in the appearance, as there was some amber here and a somewhat cloudy hue to boot. Not a lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but there was a hint of swirling needed to get it out.

Gotta love the fact that the alcohol was nearly undetectable in this, like in any good Witbier. The story behind this that it was locally sourced only made me appreciate the effort put into this even more, and like the Wisconsinite from Lakefront, a beer like this proved that something crafted with this much care need not cost more. Not only was this beer good for New York, but it was just as good for anyone who got their hands on it. This was another winner from Brooklyn that's likely to offend no one while pleasing anyone who loves their beer full of wheat, taste, and joy. Fun stuff indeed!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint at Kent Ale House. Reminds me of Schneider Weisse and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a similar yeast. There's orange peel popping into the flavor, but the clove, earthy spice, and wheat bread dominate. Very smooth and drinkable. A great hefe.

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bit confused by the reviews. The label on the bottle state that a Bavarian yeast was used. Perhaps the 2014 version is different. I am reviewing this beer as a hefeweizen.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short puffy white head that settled into a small cap. No big pillowy head that I usually see from a hefe. Not a lot of yeasty residue from the bottle.

The aroma is of a wheat malt, slightly musty with a hint of metal. Nice banana and clove notes from the yeast. A touch of tart apple.

The taste is strong on the yeast. Banana and clove are forefront. Nice crisp wheat flavor. Light lemon and tart apple. The malt shows through a bit more than most hefeweizens, a bit more crisp.

Moderate feel. A bit crisp. Sweet and spicy on the palate. A bit tart in the finish.

A nice hefe, not mind blowing. Drinks easy. Not an overly yeasty hefe.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, tried for the first time.

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of orange peels.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of wheat malts and has some hints of honey and coriander, the latter of which stands out a little bit more towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. The beer seems a little similar to the Brooklyner Weisse, although you can definitely tell that Belgian yeast was used in lieu of Bavarian yeast and that honey and orange peels were included in the ingredients.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour - comes out an inviting deep, burnt orange/tangerine to golden hue. Cloves and coriander come out in the aromatics, with a banana accented yeastiness on the front end of the taste. Refreshing and light on the palate. Lively, seemingly built for spring and summer days. Goes down nicely.

Photo of melitameister
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best thing about this beer is the color. Gorgeous golden apricot. Tiny head quickly falls flat.

First hit in the nostrils is yeast and raw malt followed by some tropical fruit and clove and candy sugar. No great dimension going on here.

Taste is sweet candy apricot, mango, banana and clove. Conventional. Texture is thin.

Overall, surprisingly uninteresting for something from this great brewery.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with a light amount of honey sweetness in the aroma as well. There is also a hint of banana/clove + a light amount of traditional Belgian witbier yeast. Very light hints of orange peel.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of wheat malts with just a hint of honey sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel and spicy Belgian witbier yeast (including coriander). Finally, this beer finishes with the flavors of banana + clove. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable, this would be a great beer on a really hot spring/summer afternoon. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is sessionable.

Photo of mikeg67
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and sour dough. Body is medium and crisp. Wheat malt, yeast, bananas, pears, sulfur and spices fill the mouth. Finish is medium and fruity. I’m not impressed by this brew.

Photo of Vylo
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

golden witbier with light head and lacing. Smooth taste, maybe could use a bit more carbonation, but still quite good.

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours banana yellow and hazy with a bone white head that lasts and lasts and leaves sheets and spot s of lace. Touch of orange blush when the light hits the beer the right way. Nose is tall golden wheat, a depth from the barley. a slight hint of honey, a light herbal and some peppery clove with the perfectly light and ripe banana. Taste follows the nose all the way except there is a bit of orange/citrus to the middle . Peppery clove, a gentle herbal and taste of honey. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium. It has a thinness to it and some softer but active carbonation that keeps this moving across the palate beautifully. Perfect balance in this beer. It has complexity and all the flavors can be perceived, yet none of them stands out too far in front of the others. Finishes just dry with only enough bitterness for balance . No real long lingering aftertaste. This one is refreshing, crisp and finishes with that light little herbal and a malt that seems to have a depth that you cannot help but ponder.

Photo of phipshelton86
1/5  rDev -73.6%

I like this beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this on June 29, 2015 -my birthday enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the bottle.

The color is a golden hue with light hazed look and quick dropping white head with ring of beads left with moderately slow moving bubbles of carbonation apparent. The smell is toasted wheat with clove-like yeast scent with slight sweet malt odor. The feel is medium carbonation level with light sweetness and fruity yeast texture with light alcohol and semi-dry finish with subtle spice in the feel.

The taste of light fruit with a subtle tropical tanginess and mild spice from the yeast with slight wheat malt character in the flavor with a mineral quality from the yeast and mild citrus accent with clove-like taste that is complimentary in the dry and tangy finish. Overall the taste of this wheat ale is good with dry and drinkable summery quality with refreshing level of carbonation

Photo of gymbob721
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like it with a lemon wedge.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the packaging is gorgeous and the mission is important, supporting local agriculture and using seasonal and sustainable ingredients, i like that project, but i also feel like beers with a cause like this, and with some strong tie to some social or ecological objective, are often pretty average beers. you want to showcase new york grain, but you make a wheat beer that tastes very common, not letting the grain differentiate itself enough to make it special, at least in my opinion. a good wit though, no denying that, it tastes great and its up to brooklyn quality standards no doubt. the thing that makes this, and most of their beers special is the bottle conditioning. its a different kind of carbonation and mouthfeel experience when the beer isnt force charged, its so much more dry and refined, and i think these guys do it as well or better than anyone else in the game. i can always tell a brooklyn beer by this before i see the label or the handle, its so them, and this beer shows it so well. the wheat flavor is good and bold, and i like that the grain is out in front of the orange and coriander, but it just tastes like a wit, not unique really in any significant way in terms of flavor. i wanted more out of it, but i expect the world from these guys, so thats on me. still worth trying, and i am happy to support this mission as a native new yorker.

Photo of Shaw
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my coworker. Thanks, Scott!

Banana and clove aromas and flavors are what this beer is all about.

It's very good.

Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.