Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse
BA SCORE
62.4%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 388 ratings
Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 08-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,817
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
388
Liked:
242
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
12.37%
Alströms:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Photo of Eric_Leon
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of scooter231
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with an abundance of white, frothy head that slowly disappates. No lacing. Smells wheaty and malty, sweet but a dry sweetness- nothing too overpoweringly sugary. Also getting whiffs of vanilla and a nice presence of banana. Just a lovely nose on this guy.

Taste is dry and slightly tart- more banana, wheatyness, and some sweet malt. A light sour tang in the background that's a tich lemony. Some spices are floating around in there that I can't quite pinpoint- clove, maybe?-, but it livens the beer up. A nice-feeling, light breadyness near the end of the sip. All very well-balanced- though just a taaaad lacking compared to the nose.

The mouthfeel is lightly chewy, light, very easy to drink. I could have a few of these, easy, especially at the end of a hot summer day. Refreshing.

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Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sunny, radiant golden body that in appearance much more closely resembles a pilsner than an unfiltered wheat beer. Far be it for me to call Brooklyn liars, but my sample of their "unfiltered hefe-weizen" is sparkling clear, even 'mit hefe'. They're also off the mark claiming it as traditional because the lack of head is anything but. There are visible signs of carbonation but they amount to little more than a soapy trim.

Fortunately, the aroma smells every bit as German as the beer's name is spelled. Pungent notes of spicy clove and fruity notes of banana both waft right below the nostrils. That smell of banana leaves the impression of something summery or tropical. Notes of wheat husks abound, the beer smells more grainy than sweet. And, just a touch of vanilla bean surfaces as the beer starts to warm.

The taste is exceptionally light, even for a wheat beer. Largely lost are those suggestions of summer flowers and tropical fruits. Even the distinctly straw-like graininess of wheat is numbed. The flavour is mainly that of sweetened bread with clove being more of an afterthought and banana nothing more than a footnote.

The flavour profile fails to really bring the spice or fruit; the mouthfeel is drab and characterless. Apart from sweetness, there is little else by way of texture, nothing to resemble the graininess or spiciness suggested by the aroma anyhow. My first order of business would be more carbonation; some thought might also be given to a bolder yeast.

Brooklyn Brewing is capable of having the golden touch - which with their Weisse beer kind of turns to bronze. It is in no way a bad beer but is simply not on the same level as most of the authentic German offerings. Certainly, the beer is not up to the brewery's usual standard. In most cases, Brooklyn captures a style with pin-point precision. Here's wondering if this bottle was just a little out of focus.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat, with some grain husk and light banana notes. The flavor is very similar. The wheat notes come through the most, with some banana and clove notes thrown in. I also get some light lemon and orange citrus character. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Gives a fluffy, 1.5" off white head when poured into my hefe glass. Good retention. The beer is a bright golden-copper in color.

s: Honeyed bread and estery yeasts first greet the nose. Wheaty with subtle hops. Not really much to it.

m: The carbonation is a crisp medium, and the body on the fuller side of the light range.

t: Certainly a solid hefe. Clean wheat malts dominate with a light pale malt sweetness and bready yeasts. Could use a little more banana or other estery fruit. Delicately hopped...wouldn't mind a touch more spice here. Pretty smooth overall, I suppose...seems almost a hefe-American wheat hybrid. Needs depth. Something wierd in the aftertaste that I can't put my finger on.

d: ez

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Photo of billyhongkong
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice tannish orangish color. decent head but dissipates pretty quickly. I'd like it to be much more carbonated though. very good taste with a nice fruity finish. decent mouthfeel. over all a very good beer, without a doubt the best heffeweisse i've had in america

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Photo of cypressbob
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a Franziskaner wheat glass

Pours with a light amber body, slightly hazy from the sediment. Thick two inch thick head with great retention. Little lines and strands of egg white head all over the place

Smell, slightly musty wheat aroma, some slight fresh fruity esters (melon and a touch of banana), some clove and fresh herbs. Some soap character too and an almost stagnant water aroma, this bottle doesn't seem that fresh. B/B May 07

Taste, crisp and malty, spicy slightly phenolic character, cloves, heather, cinnamon, fresh fruit on the finish to some extent. Crisp sharpness from the malt, dry chalky yeast on the finish

A little disappointing, not a particularly fresh bottle. The nose was a little off putting with a few aromas that just didn't fit. That said all the flavour is there, this is very true to the hefe style too.

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Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a "best before" date of October '06, into a Weizen glass. Hazy golden with a huge, 2.5-finger fizzy white head. Little bubbles continued to rise as I drank this beer. A very nice presentation. . . .

I thought the nose was a bit one-dimensional: cloves. However, that's fairly consistent with the style, so I won't deduct too many points there. I just didn't sense anything other than the yeasty cloves.

As for taste: cloves once again, maybe some allspice and fruity, citrusy esthers. A very faint bitterness lingers on the back of the throat, but it feels more like a citrusy, lemony bitterness than a hop bitterness, and if you're not paying close attention you'd probably miss it.

Mouthfeel was also consistent with the style: light, clean and nicely carbonated.

Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day, although again I thought it was a tad bit one-dimensional and that one dimension -- cloves -- may get a bit old after a few. But I'll bet it would taste great with a lemon. . . .

Note: this is only my 2nd Hefe Weizen reviewed and unfortunately for the Brooklyner Weisse, it just doesn't match up to the Weihenstephaner, especially in mouthfeel. I think it's a solid version of the style, but not nearly as good as my first Hefe. . . .

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden,with lots of bubbles.Thin white head, no retention,and some lacing. Smell is nice,but not strong. The usual citrus, with a bit of a malt edge.Body is light and carboniated. Taste is banana, and citrus. This is a smooth refreshing beer. Try it this summer!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

appearance - cloudy golden colour, frothy white head

aroma - lemon zest, coriander, cloves, pepper

taste - citrus, lemon zest, clove, orange aftertaste

mouthfeel - decent carbonation, light bodied somewhat sweet taste

drinkability - these can go down pretty smoothly

decent hefe, doesnt really hold up against the German versions of the style, but on its own, pretty solid

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This weisse beer poured a hazy, yellow brown color with creamy, white foam. The beer was lightly effervescent. The smell was a mild, banana-clove, malty aroma with a bit of hops. The taste was hoppy with some banana and clove flavors and a slightly sweet malty flavor. There was also a bit of yeast in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy. The body was medium with modest carbonation feel. The aftertaste was tangy and hoppy. This was a good unfiltered wheat beer, with quite a bit of hops.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tangerine orange color, thin off white head.

S: Sweet caramel and citrus grind dominate the nose with just a touch of herbal hopping.

T: Some fresh oranges and lemons provide some background flavor along with some honey hints. Fresh lemon hopping provides a nice citrus tang and lasting fade in the finish. Lacks any strong hefe yeast traits.

M: Light creamy mouthful, caramel malt blends nicely with wheat backbone producing a nice fluffy texture.

D: Overall has a moderate drinkability and limited complexity but would make for a decent summer picnic beer if nothing else.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a hazy straw yellow. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... no lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of honey sweetness aroma for a hefe, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint clove spiciness, peppery..

Taste – Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, limes, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, very light sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, very faint clove, no real hops... maybe all just a little on the bland side..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - An OK hefe weizen... pretty drinkable but probably could do with the clove spiciness and fruits cranked up a bit...

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Photo of shererjt
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, slightly orangish-yellow color. Head was large and white though less billowy than expected. Fairly effervescent. Very nice fruity, wheaty nose with a tiny bit of citrus. Soft, light-to-medium body with some cloves. Smooth, creamy texture. Drinkability was nice as well.

A good, somewhat subdued American weizen. Light on phenolics, but very tasty and drinkable. Also should note that the sample tested was 2 months past its freshness date. Probably much better when straight from the brewery.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my tall Konig Ludwig weiss glass. Nice deep golden color with a 2-inch stark-white head and plenty of carbonation. Beautiful aroma of yeast, wheat, allspice, and clove. Once it hits the palate, the aroma transfers beautifully to the tongue. Nice sweet character that I can't quite place. Notes of citrus, yeast, and wheat, all enveloped by a golden sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and creamy for a weissbier, but still pleasant. I like it, but it's a little rich for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured darker than most Hefe's and lacked some of the real banana characteristics expected but the flavour was full and rounded which let the beer grow with each sip. A dusting of cloves falls across the finish which seems like a nice take on the style. Worth a try for a different type of hefe.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn version of a Hefeweizen. Out of the bottle this beer poured a hazy honey gold color with one and half fingers of off-white head. Moderate retention but rather weak lacing. The aroma was nice, clean malt, wheat, some "horse blanket" funk and hints of sweetness. The flavors were similar though more focused on the funk. The first flavors I got were the wheat and hints of spices followed by some musty malt and a little vanilla. Rather uncomplicated. The finish, while crisp, was a little odd, similar to clover honey sweetness but not as rich. It was very smooth and easy to quaff. This is a very sessionable beer and good for the summer but it falls a little short of greatness for me despite being solid.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber with minor cloudiness. A thin white head appeares which does not lace the glass at all.

Smell: Notes of banana, some citrus, and minor malt tones hit the nose. Also some other estery yeast tones are noted.

Tastes: Citrus and lemon hits the palate first, with a light refreshing carbonation. Flavors of slight banana and wheat hit in the middle along with some dry biscuit notes. This beer finishes dry with a slight bite to it.

Mouthfeel: This beer is crisp and the carbonation gives it a nice little zing to it. Light body for a weisse.

Drinkability: Due to this beers lightness it is very drinkable. Flavors go together well to make this a decent summer brew.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lazy Boy Saloon. Poured a nice, unfiltered cloudy appearance. A nice golden color with a good pure white head. Lots of tiny bubbles up the side of the glass. It is exactly what you would look for in a wheat beer appearance wise. On smelling, it smells strong, almost like a sweet wine. This is not what I expected, as I expect wheat beers to generally be somewhat softer on the alcohol side. The strong smell came through in the taste as well. The tiny bubbles make it feel like champagne on the tongue, but this actually helps, as the strength doesn't coat your tongue. It feels fizzy and strong, but not unpleasantly so.

Despite these good features, it tastes too strong to be a session beer. I almost went one lower in the rating, but didn't want to skew the scoring. This is a fine offering. Perhaps a little to wine-like, but a fine offering nonetheless.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Understated whiffs of banana and clove

Taste: Starts with a moderate banana flavor that is rather spicy; after the swallow, an unexpected sourness kicks in that joins with the earlier flavors

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly thin but with plenty of spritziness

Drinkability: Although this beer doesn't have the hefe flavors of some other examples of the style, it is certainly refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, if a bit tame American interpretation of a hefe.

Nice cloudy amber-orange colour. Tame wheat and corriander smell, very faint spicy hint to it.

Maltier than normal taste. Good wheat profile, fairly subdued on the spice. Smooth on the tongue, a bit too smooth. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation...but great served ice cold on a summer night.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind TIger. Pours a super cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and yeast. Flavor of yeast, clove, pepper, and a nice sweetness. Quite enjoyable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20
(3.7/5)

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Photo of vitesse
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in 12 oz. bottle.
apperance is somewhat cloudy. nice banana and clove yeasty smell. the taste is good, but restrained. the german hefeweizens still pack more punch but this a good beer. very light mouthfeel and body. very drinkable, especially in hot muggy weather.
i recommend this. it will have a lot of crossover appeal with non-beergeeks.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimally hazy apricot with multiple bubble streams leading up to a good-sized cap of creamy beige. Weisse is darker than most hefe weizens and could probably pass for an IPA if the lights were low. Although the head is persistent, it has a nearly featureless surface and isn't exactly wowing me with lace.

The nose is nicely aromatic and fits the style to a capital 'T'. There's plenty of fruit (banana) and spice (clove), even through several fingers of froth. If the flavor profile follows suit, this will be one of the better domestic hefes that I've had.

I'm not sure what it is, but BW falls short of greatness. Goodness is debatable, while better than average is not. Maybe the dark color is leading me astray, but the beer tastes like an amber ale-hefe weizen hybrid. I wonder if less barley malt and more wheat would help.

A lightly toasted graininess holds down the bottom end while bruised banana and a moderate amount of clove occupy the top end. Things are mildly sweet early and mildly bitter late, with tangy-sour keeping its nose out in front at all points along the way. While this is an enjoyable ale, I wish the pieces fit together a little more tightly.

The mouthfeel is smack dab medium, fading to light-medium on the swallow. An acceptable amount of carbonation gets the job done without being flashy about it. Unfortunately, the expansive light creaminess that I look for in beer of this style is noticeably absent.

Brooklyner Weisse is decent beer that does nothing to stand out from the hefe weizen crowd. I wish I could be more specific about why I don't love it, but it just doesn't float my boat. If you're looking for something both delicious and thirst quenching from Brooklyn, I'd suggest either Lager or Pilsner.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery? Hefeweizen? This can't help but be good, I'm sure...

Not so fast, my friend. It poured a golden color with a thin, white head--pretty strange looking for a hefeweiss, with no trace of cloudyness and only a little drop of yeast. There's little depth to this one, which has a nice, wheaty flavor with hints of citrus and spice, but not much else. On the plus side, it is very drinkable, and enjoyable--even if it is a touch simplistic.

I blame myself for expecting too much from what is a good but not great beer.

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 62.4% out of 100 with 388 ratings
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