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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2001

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Photo of thecheapies
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into the Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Swirled in the yeast and the beer turned a dark, muddy amber with burnt orange hues. An almost-beige colored head crowns the liquid with excellent lacing and stick. Looks effing tasty. 4.0

Sour lemons in the nose are very prominent. Light backing of clove and banana esters (more clove). That yeast strain is pulling out all the stops; funky, musty, almond nutty. Rich bready malt aromas with a sourdough character. This is a phenomenal-smelling hefe. Unique. 4.5

More of a nutty yeast coming through in the flavor with some tart banana, tart lemon, apple must, oxidized fruit, clove, coriander spice, and metallic notes. There really is a lovely fleshy apple coming through with a little funk rot. A breath of alcohol in the finish. Otherwise, lip-lickingly good. 4.5

Medium-bodied and soppy. More of a booze note than expected, although this is upper-eschelon with a 6.2% abv tag. That carb is churning with vim and vigor. Still drinks like a champion. 3.5

Incredible nose and taste. One-of-a-kind tart character with a lively spunky yeast strain to-die-for. It would be criminal to cut this with a lemon wedge, but I'd love to taste it like that. Absolutely WILL purchase again... and again... and, I can't believe I've been skipping over this one for years now. That fun green-labeled bottle on the shelf must be scooped up. I now know this. Highly recommended. 4.5

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy/bubbly orange/straw body, 2 finger
fluffy head, nice lacing

S: big clove, banana, wheat, hint of grassy

T: sweet banana, big wheat, lots of clove,
smooth finish

M: med body, mild bubbly, smooth mouth

O: UBER-Weisse! Another random beer,
I just picked up and wow, amazing offering.
Will get again and highly recommend.


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Photo of Murrhey
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white creamy head with large bubbles. Heavily carbonated so the retention is boosted to about a minute. Cloudy orange-yellow coloration. This is a nice looking beer.

S- Bananas and wheat with a distinct hay kind of notes. Cloves and cinnamon smells in the background as well. Sweet but not overpowering.

T- Light flavor, but distinct hef notes. Banana and cloves with a nice sweetness. But very very light.

M- Watery. Not at all the creamy sort of feel one usually gets with a hef. Strange. Tad bubbly as well.

O- Started so nicely. Then dropped down low.

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Photo of treque
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it presents a very nice body, a little bit cloudy the is a wide range of color from a pla to a deep gold looks really good, the carb activity is huge, it generates a magnificent white, long lasting head

S: this is a way to learn how a hefeweizen should smell, you can get the banana, some clove, some grainy that comes from the wheat for sure

T: i was expecting something more intense and refreshing, but i mean is really good taste, the fruit ester and phenol are well balanced, a small bublegum after taste, the bitterness is enough

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Completely cloudy honey colored body with a huge tall cool whip head. Awesome classic wheatbeer looks.

S - Clove, spices, citrus rinds. Grassy, sweet wheat aromas. Musky plant/grass naunces. Tangy bread dough, yeasty and starchy.

T - Hearty spices like clove and something similar to grains of paradise. Peppery and spiced throughout, with a tangy yeast backdrop. A batch of sweet and chewy wheat along with grassy flavors. A bitterness here with alcohol, spices and whole grains.

M - Robust and chewy with a hearty wheat body. Good carbonation helps hold the brew together and balance. Tingly and partly dry in the aftertaste.

O - A superb wheatbeer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere Brewing wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 1/4 inch head (which is surprisingly small since the bottle immediately started gushing once it was opened) that leaves soon and becomes a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Light surface foam and minimal lacing.

S- Strong wheat smell brings to mind fresh banana plus a bit of yeasty spice.

T- Luscious and sweet. Lots of banana, wheat, clove, coriander and bubble gum notes with an unexpectedly firm hop kick. Delicious. Need I say more?

O- Light but has plenty of carbonation activity which is relatively medium-high.

O- This is just about everything I expect from a Hefeweizen. Also, probably the first organic beer I've ever liked. The Germans sure do know their shit.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour down the side of a half liter glass mug produces a voluminous head, reaching the lip before the bottle is emptied. Settling down a bit, the head releases some grassy aromas mixed with the smell of fresh baked biscuits and a hint of banana bread.

As the bright white head slowly recedes to a thin carpet, the golden-orange color of the hazy brew catches the eye. Plenty of active carbonation keeps the head replenished.

Knocking back a good gulp fills the mouth with frothy, fruity pleasure. The flavor profile has a well-developed character, with grapefruit and maybe a little tangerine melding with a light caramel and toffee sweetness at the back of the palate. The balanced hop presence serves to highlight and intensify the toastiness of the malts.

Definitely a superior, maybe even an exceptional brew, and worthy of additional sampling, perhaps with some sauerkraut and brats next time.

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Photo of tronester
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky yellow/white in color with a big white head. Smells quite strongly of banana and clove. Taste is a wonderfully spicy, clovey, bread flavor, with a zesty yeast finish. Mouthfeel is rich, high carbonation. Overall an excellent hefeweizen, I plan on getting this again and again.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a good 3 finger head that calms down to a solid 1-half finger of white foam.

s- a really great aroma here, just a classic hefeweizen smell. usual suspects of banana and yeasty bread shine through here.

t- Over-ripe bananas, very yeasty, cloves and the lightest not of cinnamon. Light citrus peel as well, and a hint of vanilla sweetness. It is quite refreshing, perhaps just a tad bit over-carbonated but that is really nit-picky.

o- what an amazing hefe. a classic and a go-to for me in the summer. It's cold out side but I can pretend it's summer whenever I've got a glass of this.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed December 15, 2011. Poured a 500 mL bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Poured a solid one fingered head. The color is a nice cloudy Fulvous brown with some moderate carbonation rising to the top. The carbonation rises throughout, but sadly no lace.

S: Strong cloves and a moderate smell of bananas rises to the top. Grass notes do appear, but it has an odd wine like smell. This is definitely a Hefeweizen that offers a lot, but I'm not sure how well it will blend together.

T: A sour taste with a mix of cloves is what I first took in. Grass notes are definitely present, slight citrus comes, and an odd smokiness comes in.

M: Feels above moderately carbonated and the body feels moderate in consistency.

O: I honestly have not fallen in love with sours, wheat quality, yet in my beer tasting life. From what I've seen it's the more experienced tasters that enjoy a sour.
I think for wheat beers I think I need to for the right moment for it rather than most other beers where they fit most occasions.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served the 16.9 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: strong cloudy amber body with an elegant three finger foamy white head with good retention. Carbonation visible in the body. Good lacing surprisingly for a Hefeweizen.

S: very strong sweet malty and wheaty aroma that includes banana cloves, cinnamon and spices.

T: faint presence of wheat and banana frutiness. Falls a bit short in comparison with other Hefes...feels almost like a 'light' version.

M: light to medium body. Carbonation is extremely high and offensive.

O: as stated before this beer falls a bit short when compared to others of the same style. Overall it feels a little bit weak and the high carbonation gets in the way of enjoying this one.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: "13.098 191212"
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

A sweet (light caramel, toasted bread), phenolic and yeast-forward hefeweizen that is enjoyable and well-made, but one must not be seeking the banana esters found in other versions of the style, else court disappointment. Good, one I'd seek out again if desiring this flavor combination.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small and medium-sized bubbles, resulting in a slightly frothy to soapy appearance. Retention is good, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes before fading to a thin (0.2cm) cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, with a small scattering of lines and dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is dirty orange-brown, with light bringing out golden brown hues. Carbonation visible through the nearly opaque (95% opacity) body, medium-high in number and activity.

Aroma of hearty yeast, spicy phenols, toasted grain and light caramel sweetness, light banana ester.

Overall flavor is of malt sweetness with spicy phenols, yeast, and a modest background of light caramel and lightly toasted bread. Front of palate tastes light caramel sweetness, lightly toasted bread, sharp and spicy phenols, and a bit of yeast. Mid-palate of spicy phenols, toasted grain and bread, light caramel sweetness, lemon citrus, and minimal banana ester. Back of palate experiences spicy phenols, yeast, with a background of toasted bread and light caramel sweetness. Aftertaste of lingering spicy phenols and slight bitterness with toasted grain and bread in the background.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a softly foamy (1/2) and otherwise smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that compements the beer well and is within guidelines for the style; still could have a bit more carbonation and benefit from it. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate.

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No clear bottled on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, creating a creamy looking effect. Carbonation appears to be fairly aggressive, though somewhat masked by the opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is darkly burnt orange or brown when away from light, quite dark compared to most others I've had in the style, and a watery brown when held up to a light source. As the head descends over the course of a few minutes, reaching a ring around the glass with some islands, it leaves just a bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is dominated by the malt and grain base/character. The beer from this bottle seriously smells like a whole grain breakfast cereal. Some detectable quantities of clove/coriander and slight banana. I seem to be missing several components others are claiming.

Taste is similar to smell, with being very close to Crispix. There's a slight sharpness from what I'd think to be phenols (clove), but most else is drowned out by the grain. While I find this pleasant, it's not what I was expecting at all.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation level high enough that this moves pleasantly along on the palate while sampling. Finish is pleasantly semi-dry, inviting the next sip.

While I enjoyed drinking this, I'm not sure that it's a "top 5 wheat beer," as the heavy cereal flavor is definitely quite different from traditional hefeweizens. Regarding the other components of this beer that I'm missing, maybe I bought an old bottle. Something to try again at a later date and see if my thoughts change.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass

A: Very cloudy with color ranging from deep gold to pale straw around edges of glass. Thick fluffy white head.

S: Pronounced banana and grainy malt aroma. Grassy European hops, lemon peel, clove, coriander.

T: Raw wheat malt, clove, pepper, and other spices are more noticeable in the taste. Mild grassy hop, some funky yeast, and a bit of banana; not nearly as strong as in the nose however. The alcohol is slightly warming, not very intense, but definitely more so than most weiss-beers.

M: Prickly carbonation that gives way to a full creamy mouthfeel. Delicate and refreshing finish.

O: Delicious and bold hefeweizen. This had more hop than any other German Hefeweizen I've tried thus far. Looking forward to my second bottle that was brought to me from afar.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a large weizen glass.

Appearance: Expectedly cloudy, with a nice foamy froth and plenty of lacing. Deep gold bordering orange in color.

Smell: Hay, noble hop flowers with grassy notes. Yeast driven.

Taste: Dark breads, herbal hopping, and a banana like fruityness. A touch of citrus oil, and even bitterness. Ample flavor, authentic at that.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, clean, very drinkable brew.

Overall: A great beer. The bottle proclaims this was a special original recipe brew for an Oktoberfest, the last year before the brewery was bombed, in WWII. Its a very good thing this recipe surivived.

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Photo of bobhits
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

As far as German beers go Hefs are so standard that everyone knows what to expect. So what makes this one different?

Well, there is a significant hop flavor here, that isn't to say this is hoppy but they interrupt the normal showcase of yeast and malt. The nose is cleaner and lacks as much bananas and sweetness. The body is perhaps over carbonated and not giving off that sweet creamy effect.

Bottom line is this is a good beer, but it comes off a touch off the style and a bit less than enjoyable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy honey gold color with tremendous carbonation and a massively thick three fingered head, looks absolutely in awesome sitting the Weiss glass.

S - Bready, wheaty, coriander, spices, cloves, doughy, and some banana/fruitiness. The bottle has been sitting for awhile so some of the aroma isn't as invitingly pungent as others I've had in the past.

T - Mimics the nose with a spicey, bready malt body full of cloves, some bananas, and slight peppery floral character with a few lemons added in. Hops lay low in the background and let the malt shine through in a refreshing way.

M - Medium chewy body, sprightly and crisp carbonation on the tongue, finishes with a nice bready clove finish.

O - This is another outstanding Weiss Beer from Schneider and has been a long time favorite. This beer is as solid as it gets and such a great representation of this style.

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Photo of ToddT
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden tan topped with an off white head. The head fades quickly to a ring and leaves a little spotty lace on the glass.

S- Hints of banana, clove, citrus, and spice.

T- Slightly bitter character right away, but not from hops, hints of clove and banana balance things out. Slight medicinal quality at the middle and the finish is a wash of dry citrus notes and a biscuit aftertaste.

M- Medium in body and ample carbonation. Finish is clean and dry.

O- Decent beer, not my favorite Hefe but not at the bottom of my list either. The 6.2% ABV shows up a little as this warms but it doesn’t detract from the taste.

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Photo of sommersb
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-01-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle
Glassware: Aventinus weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

The label has a story of how this beer was brewed to commemorate the participation of Georg Schneider in the annual Munich Oktoberfest, before their brewery in Munich was destroyed.

A: Color is dark gold or orange, with a hazy clarity. A good amount of bubbles are seen. The head is 3 fingers high, with a fair amount of lacing and retention.

S: Crisp and traditional hefeweizen aromas of bananas and wheat malts, with some sweetness and floral hop notes. Also has some grape and wine like aromas.

T: Clove and bananas from the yeast, with a nice citrus character of lemon and oranges. As in the aroma, there's a bit of a wine-like grape taste, along with some peppery spices.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy on a light to medium body. The finish is semi-sweet and fruity.

O: Its not a Märzen lager as in the Oktoberfest tradition, but I enjoyed this hefeweizen on a crisp cool night. Overall very good and recommended if you're a fan of wheat ales.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Organic Hefeweizen Brewed with Cascade Hops
How had I not tried this before?
Split with Saramisu
6oz->Unstemmed Wine Glass
A ~ Pours a rich & cloudy/hazy/murky mix of Beige & Yellow-Orange. Great head retention & lacing to style.

S ~ Aromatic yeast & fresh grains through & through. Bit of bright citrus. Great Aromas here.

T ~ More grains specifically Wheat..Strong Yeast flavors lending mild banana bread, banana peel, & bubblegum. Hops lend notes of Citrus (lemon peel & orange) & Prairie Grass. There's a delicate touch of white pepper & apricot on the finish.
Upon warming, more malts come out & hops become a little more bitter & aromatic, bringing even more balance to very complex yeast notes.

M ~ Great balance of German yeast with American Hops. A complex flavor profile, constructed very fluidly. Simply enjoyable.

D ~ Simply a great beer. Very good beer from a very good & very consistent company. Should be easy to seek out & very affordable. Cheers.

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Photo of bump8628
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly beefed up German Hefeweizen, and it's organic too! This was my first selection at the 2011 Choctaw Oktoberfest, and it was a great apertif to the smoked German wieners I would be eating later in the evening.

Wheat forms a solid malt base for the mostly clove-like yeast-derived flavors. Banana, smoke, and vanilla fall to the background and a surprisingly firm spicy hoppiness almost manages to overcome the heavy wheat and yeastiness.

Perfectly hazy and gold with an orange tinge and the soft, fluffy head associated with high percentages of wheat.

Perhaps one of the more overlooked beers in the style. I should drink this more often.

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Photo of sfprint
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Born on 7/1/11, exp 3/1/12

Bought this one in Amsterdam, since when I bought it I had never seen it in Berlin. I have since spotted it at Ambrosetti.

A: Huge head, at the top quite creamy, underneath fairly porous. Medium dark orange, with barely visible rising carbonation.
S: The most phenol I've detected in a German beer, with that being said, its moderate, but the main smell. Some sweetness, creamy yeast.
T: Also, phenols are fairly strong, though the overall flavor (including the phenols) is relatively mild. Slight bitterness. Nothing besides the phenols really sticks out. Fairly neutral.
M: Bitter, almost no carbonation, light to medium body. Slightly to moderately astringent.
O: Average. I wish it hit my taste buds like it seems to hit everyone elses.

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Photo of NV9
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking beer, 2 finger head that stayed around for a while, almost clear at the bottom of the glass more cloudy as it builds towards the top. Some lacing after the head finally dissipated.

Clove smell hits first, with a malty aroma mixed in as well. Slight orange smell but faint.

Dry citrus taste, with the clove from the smell coming through as well. Some slight bibblegum taste as well.

Full taste with strong carbonation in combination with dryness that takes away a little bit from the mouthfeel IMO. Otherwise, a sweet tasting nicefinish.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle tonight at Porter Cafe in WR. Served in a Schneider Wiesen stemmed glass. Light orange in color. Slight thin white head. The glass just made the beer look damn good. Smell was of bananas and clove. Taste was really nice, with loads of spice and bubble gum flavors. The only knock I have against this beer would be the mouthfeel. While its not watery, I would have loved to have seen a bit more malt to lend some extra body to the beer. Also, the abv is a bit high for a hefe, but who is complaining? A great tasting beer from a brewery that never lets me down.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in weizen glass.

Look (4/5) - pours an extremely pale gold, about 4*SRM. It is a bit too clear for the style. Head is ideal: large, white, and fluffy.

Smell (3.5/5) - The smell is a bit more tart and sharper that many other hefes. The banana-clove balance is good and there some light fruit notes, with a tangier (pear or apple) aroma. Pretty standard.

Flavor (3/5) - The flavor is a bit absent from this one. There's a bit of light banana, tasting a bit on the riper side. There's not a lot of spice to balance this out and it ends up being too light and banana-like.

Feel (3.5/5) - The body was also a bit too light. Mayhaps this was for the same reason the brew was a touch too clear: not enough suspended yeast. Higher carbonation dries out the finish, but the flavors are still a bit too sweet.

Drink (3.5) - Despite the problems with this one, I thought it was pretty drinkable. That being said, I like a hefe with a bit more body and spice to it. This one just didn't have that.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly, but coats the glass in a nice, thick layer of lace.

S - Very rich, bready malt with some light caramel and toffee. A little bit of spicy clove in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with a little bit of caramel. Some light clove and just a touch of bubblegum in the middle. The finish is full of banana bread character with a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very malty with a much less significant yeast character than the other Schneider beer that I have had. It has a spicy character to the yeast that works well with the malt and gives the beer a baked character that is kind of reminiscent of banana bread.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
91 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.