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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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801 Reviews
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Reviews: 801
Hads: 1,646
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 52
Gots: 214 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2002

Formerly Schneider Weisse Original.
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Reviews: 801 | Hads: 1,646
Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours darker then your typical hefe's. This one is a deeper amber brown. A small head formed on the pour which was very mousse like. Bold carbonation cascades to the top.

The aroma is more malty and grainy then others. Also the yeasty phenols giving the clove and banana aroma is very subtle.

Drinks tart and semi dry and very malty. Lots of malts in there.

By this time the beer was pretty much flat looking. It drinks smooth and clean in the aftertaste.

A different take on then others in this style. None the less it's still pretty good.

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Photo of zac16125
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a hefe glass
bottling number: 240214

A: Pours a very hazy, light brown with 1 fingers width of white colored head. Head has decent retention but hardly leaves any lacing. Darker than most hefeweizens.

S: Sweet and spicy wheat notes, banana-y esters, subtle clove.

T: Fairly spicy, lots of wheat characters (obviously), a big sweetness, subtle mild bitterness on the finish.

M/D: On the fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation on the heavier side which is appropriate, drinkability is average but it is pretty filing.

O: Overall, pretty good, but I had higher expectation. Certainly worth a try, but I'll take a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier over this any day.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cellar temperature into my weizen glass.

It pours with a one to two-finger, frothy white head and has a crystalline, copper-like honey-amber color. Like gold in the narrow part of the glass, and bronze in the flared -out part.

The aroma veritably bursts with banana, yeasty bread, vanilla, caramel, apples, dark red cherries, and lemon zest. A remarkably exquisite and intense aroma.

Flavors of both the sweet and tart fruits mingle with caramel in the taste, but above all else, it is supremely bready. As it should be.

The feel is quite carbonated, and, while not heavy, has a substantial weight and presence.

One hell of a hefeweizen. And I love that it has some dunkel leanings.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a .5 liter weizen glass. Normally I love the look of wheat beers, but this one was fairly dark with just a hint of gold. I couldn't really see the color variations or streaming bubbles that I like so much in wheat beers. I gave it a fairly strong pour and it produced surprisingly little head and no lacing.

S - Very mild wheat characteristics. Slight yeast. Mild sweetness.

T - Follows the nose for the most part. Nothing here really stands out, although it certainly tastes good. A little sweeter and a little less yeast characteristic than I like.

M - Getting better here, but no much going on behind the medium body.

O - A good beer and I'm glad I tried it, but as long as it's sitting next to Weihenstephaner at my local store it's not really a difficult decision.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a couple of bottles of Schneider Weisse Tap 7 in a tavern. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color, more brown than I was expecting. Thick foamy head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, like a honey dew melon.

Taste is a clove spice flavor, and some malted grain, not a lot of fruit or banana flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a good Bavarian Style Hefe. The one's i have has before were sweeter, with a lighter golden color, and a banana flavor. But this one is very good.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Hazy amber-orange pour with a creamy two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. The nose is classic Hefeweizen with lots of banana and clove along with hints of apple, bready yeast, and subtle caramel. The taste is classic as well with loads of banana, apple, and clove along with hints of pear, lemon, wheat, caramel, nuts, subtle yeast, and just a touch of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is subtly chewy with fizzy carbonation, great balance, and an earthy, dry finish. Overall, I love that the bubblegum that's sometimes overpowering with Hefeweizens is very subtle here. Hugely drinkable for a guy who's not a big fan of wheat beers.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's really not much to say. I don't love it. I'm not sure I even like it. The pour was mediocre. The head dissipated in seconds. I could hardly take a picture before the head was gone. Also, no lacing.

Smell is a bit on the acidic side: malty, sweet, weak red wine.

Taste is the most impressive quality, but there's nothing worth noting flavor-wise. The champagne-like mouthfeel is interesting.

Overall...never again. Am I glad I tried it? I don't know. Am I glad when I floss my teeth?

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker than I expected for a weiss. A bit amber in appearance I suppose. Two finger head with great retention and good lacing as well.

S: Banana, clove, the typical hefe.

T: I liked the maltiness on this one and it was also quiet unexpected. Just a touch of some caramel like or munich like sweetness comes through. Banana, a bit clove and most predominately a bready like character make themselves into the beer. None of the overdone bubblegum flavors come through and the esters and phenols while nicely present and not out of whack as in some poorer examples.

M: Carbonation is good and refreshing almost spritzy like but I mean that in the best sense, not like a seltzer but retains the refreshing palate scrubbing qualities of one. Body is good as well.

O: A great beer definately recommend and was pleased with the unexpected malt character.

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Photo of danmouer
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perhaps I should not review this bottle because it has somewhere along the line lost someof its pressure. That said, I am writingthis review withnot onlythe present bottlein mind, but numerous examples I have had inthe past.

If poured carefully, the beer is a brilliant medium amber...what I imagine Munich beers to look like at their best 150 years ago. If poured the way I prefer to pour a hefeweissbier, it's a murky medium light brown ho-hum color. That said, the hefe is, to me, an important part of the experience of drinking a bottle-conditioned and bottle-aged wheat brew. I scored down the mouthfeel because this bottle has gone partly flat, but I scored appearance on a careful pour of the first 2/3 ofthe bottle.

This is what I'm talking about,when I say that Bavarian beers are classic styleS that few manage to compete with successfully. A deliciously sweet-tart-spicy blend of wheat, Munich-type malts, and noble hops. It is delicious, refreshing, and a wise choice to pair with a great variety of hearty foods...and even some delicate ones.

Schneider...keep it up, bitte!

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Photo of souvenirs
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Murky brown with a couple fingers of head that dissipated slowly, leaving maybe half a centimetre of billowy head when done. Visible carbonation. Darker in colour than I would have expected.

S: Cloves, banana, caramel sweetness.

T: Sour and yeasty. Maybe some lemon. I don't taste what I expected (no banana, no cloves), but it's certainly drinkable.

F: Creamy head, crisp finish.

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Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 25 April 2014

Appearance: A strange brown with a weird beige tinge due to the suspended yeast. Pure white foamy head on the top that I'm sure would have stuck around and left nice lacing if I had a weizen glass. Honestly though, this beer is pretty gross looking.

Smell: Strong assertion of banana on top of sweet malts.

Taste: Slightly overripe banana or fresh banana bread. Very smooth and uniform banana assertion. Finishes quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat fuzzy, as one would expect from a hefeweizen. Good carbonation though to keep the beer lively and to lighten the body a bit.

Overall: A great beer, but one that is weirdly in a grey area between hefeweizen and dunkelweizen. I think this one more appropriately belongs to the latter, not only because of the similar color between this beer and a dunkelweizen, but the riper (overripe) banana flavors associated with this beer.

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Photo of poskok
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In comparation to plenty of generic weizen beers from Germany (better marketed i owned by big companies, smell and body full of banana and cloves), this one is darker, a bit stronger, fuller body and different from them. It has an original note and deserves respect.

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Photo of username
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 9oz. into weizen glass.

A - Not necessarily a deep, dark amber, but the high degree of haze gives it such an appearance. Substantial carbonation, medium-density head, and what little lacing there is, are all short lived.

S - The usual suspects for style; fruit, clove, pepper, wheat. While fruit and wheat forward, it is still well balanced. Disappointed however that apple and pear dominate the fruity side as opposed to banana. No bubblegum.

T - Wheat gives way to fruit, which gives way to clove/spice, in an incredibly consistent way. Predominately green apple/pear, some dank banana and clove hidden in the background.

M - Generally smooth. Some viscosity up front while the medium carbonation does its thing. Finishes almost perfectly between wet and dry. Easy drinker.

O - A very decent brew despite that I was hoping for a banana & bubblegum extravaganza. In short, this bottle failed to deliver the modern style expectation. However, what it delivers is supposedly unaltered tradition, which is hard to argue with, and turns out to be just as satisfying.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. Much darker and more transparent then I expected out of a hefe. Finger and a half of head on the pour. Massively active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Wheat, oats, and some honey sweetness jumps out right away. Bready yeast provides a really solid body. Caramel and some light nuttiness rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Oats and some shallow wheat greet the palate. Medium fruit tones on the body. Honey and molasses sweetness comes on strong toward the end. Lingering sweetness with a good amount of wheat dryness sits on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is bright and bubbly. Potent wheat tones dry out the palate. Body is a definitely on the lighter side and doesn't really give the drinker too much to think about.

Overall: Does not have the feel of a more traditional hefe but this one is still certainly very drinkable. The aroma is inviting and this brew drinks very easily. Wheat tones in the end just do not have the full bodied tones I really look for and enjoy out of a hefe.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold (significantly darker than expected for a Hefeweizen), with a finger's worth of white fluffy head and visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Huge fruity yeast esters (apple, pear, strawberries; somewhat less clove and bubblegum), mild spiciness, and a light underlying grainy malt base.

T: Follows the nose very closely. Fruity yeast esters - banana in addition to the aforementioned apple, pear and clove), with some wheat bready malts. Sweet esters in the hang with mild residual graininess.

M: Light body, more alcohol presence than most hefeweizens I've had. Average carbonation sensation.

O: Pretty enjoyable but sweeter than expected. While I wouldn't say it was "boozy", the alcohol was certainly noticeable (especially for this modest of an ABV), and detracted a bit in my opinion.

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Photo of simont1
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark for a hefeweizen with, obviously a huge head, which is a bit more off white than usual. Smell of banana and nutty toast. Taste spicy with a very refreshing citrus input and big wheat yeasty flavors in the backbone. Extremely drinkable, and I much prefer this over Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As Tap 7 at Bottega in Yountville. Pours deep bronze gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet fruits like pears and bananas, some yeast spice, a bit of sugars and florals. Flavor is sweet banana, clove, pears, brown sugar interestingly enough. Nice and light, with lots of bubbly carbonation and a sweet and refreshing lasting finish. These guys know their stuff. Yum.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy/hazy amber-brown; passes light but not truly translucent; initial full off-white head, fades to scan surface film;
S: bubblegum yeast, meaty-savory, spice
T: per the nose, umami savory, yeast and spice, aftertaste of apple peel
M: light-medium-bodied, slight acidic bite, leaning toward dry
O: Unexpectedly diappointing. I might try again with another bottle, but this has a current of unpleasant meatiness and umami.

Update: I'm leaving my original comments unchanged. I've had a second bottle today, and I would amend the unpleasant umami to a mild note in this one. My understanding is that when unintentional, it comes as a by-product of yeast in an over-aged beer.

Changes: Smell from 2.75 to 3.25, taste from 3.00 to 3.5, and overall from 3.25 to to 3.5.

500mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark copper brow, hazy, with an off white tight head. Nose has a hint of roast, a fair bit of yeast, lightly dusty and lemon notes. Taste is similar, dark malt, lots of yeast, dust is faint, a good bit of lemon and candied sugar. Body is light, moderate carbonation and flavor thins a bit in the finish.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours very cloudy brown gold color with a big 2 finger foamy off white head that faded very slowly leaving minimal lacing.

Smells of orange peel, wheat, yeast, light clove and light floral hops, caramel and like a gingerbread cookie. Nose is nice a soft with the typical Hefe accents expected from this brewery.

Tastes of wheat bread, caramel, yeast, light floral hops, lemon zest and mild spices like coriander and pepper. On par for the style.

Light and zesty with mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter grainy finish. A nice dark Hefe-Weizen that was a nice deviation from the norm and tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In 1977 I spent six weeks in West Germany traveling to NATO bases and fondly remember asking myself repeatedly, “why doesn’t beer in the US taste this good?” Today most of the world class German beers are readily available in the US in bottled form. In a effort to recapture some of that 1977 German beer magic, I am determined to try as many of the current German imports as possible and practical, starting with the Hefe-Weisse category.

(Another name for Weissbier. "Hefe" means yeast, and "Weizen" means wheat, so Hefeweizen is "yeast wheat." Germans prefer to call the brew Weissbier, while North Americans prefer the term Hefeweizen).

The Schneider Weisse Tap 7 was in a 500ml / 1pint 9 oz. bottle and clearly marked with 5.4% ABV. Poured into a Weissbier glass to accommodate it’s half liter volume, the brew attained four fingers of a dense off white head that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing. The beer appeared to be a hazy dark honey color that reminded me of Hefe-Weiss Dunkels. It is unfiltered.

The aroma had definite malt/grain, spices, fruit, and some citrus characteristics.

The complexity of this beer stands out compared to most other German or Hefewizens I have tasted. Flavors of orange/citrus, spicy cloves, caramel dominate wrapped with malt.

The mouth feel also stands out in terms of a viscous, velvety body with medium carbonation and a lingering finish. Very nice.

Overall this is a worthy beer from an excellent German Brewer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Re-reviewing this, as I looked through my ratings recently and was surprised this one wasn't ranked a bit higher.

Appearance - Hazy, muddy orange color with 3+ fingers of head that is dense and frothy. Great retention and some nice lacing.

Smell - Banana and clove, some bubblegum and I got a bit of caramel in there. Potent and delicious smelling, very inviting.

Taste - Big banana flavor, with some bubble gum aftertaste. Not a lot else going on here a bit of clove and some faint peppery / spicy flavor in the back that transitions to a tiny hop bite near the end. Mostly though the sweetness of the banana dominates.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderately high carbonation. Slightly fizzy in the mouth.

Overall - Dlicious and one of the best. This one leans a little bit sweeter than Hacker Pschorr or Weihenstephaner but is definitely one of the best in the category.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with long lasting, white head. Aroma is of cloves, banana, yeast and wheat malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of wheat malt, brown sugar, yeast cloves, banana and hint of hops. Some acidity. Finish is long and spicy. Nice, complex Hefe.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not at all what i expected from tap 7, and frankly, its a step below their other beers even though this is the original. its much darker than i expected for a hefe, more copper than anything else, with very tall and well lasting white head. it smells like stale wheat malt and dark fruit, and odd combination for the style indeed. i get very little of the classic banana yeast complex these styles are known for, and instead get a sort of chalky grainy vibe all the way through. its an easy drinking beer, well carbonated and all, but the flavor profile, especially towards the finish is just a little off putting. its tannic and watery, and the simple relationship between yeast and wheat is nonexistent for me here. its not a bad beer, but its off the style lines for sure, and just doesn't impress me the way their others have. still, at under 4 bucks a bottle, the price is hard to match. i wonder if freshness had anything to do with my lackluster experience.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured properly into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy and tawny in color, leaning harder toward the brown shades. Creamy white head retains very well. Lacing coats the glass in a sheet of foam.

S: Banana bread with walnuts, brown bread, brown sugar. Hints of dates and figs. Traces of white pepper. Yeasty.

T: Cracked black pepper is fleeting. Fruity and juicy esters. Suggestions of raspberry. Touch of clove. Banana bread and brown sugar. Yeast. Yeasty and vaguely spicy finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Well carbonated, wheaty, and creamy. There is a slight suggestion of weight to it; at least more than I'd expect.

O: This is bigger and sweeter than your average hefeweizen. Not bad, but also not really what I'm looking for in the style.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.