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Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.8/5
Very Good
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:
#15,955
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
388
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
8
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit past due, a good beer for its style. Cloudy whitish yellow. Retaining head with a tiny amount of wheat. Dry finish, easy drink with good carbonation. Good have this all night. Medium mouthfeel. Cloves, apple, banana, sugar, lemon, vanilla. Smooth.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy pale yellow in color into a weizen glass with just a few bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of clove, banana and yeast in the nose.
T: There is some mild sweetness in the overall taste, which lots of flavors of wheat and clove with notes of banana and spices. The initial taste is very strong but there isn't much of an aftertaste in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very thirst quenching.
D: This beer is very drinkable on a hot summer day and is perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between a German Hefeweizen and an American Wheat Ale, Brooklyn Brewery's Weisse is grainy-sweet with a balance that hinges on the success of citrus fruit and supple spice.

Pouring a pale and hazy straw color, the cloudy ale releases a cottony white head that quivers before folding back into the glass hardly midway through the session. Its short-lived lacing dissolves quickly and leaves the beer looking somewhat dull before long.

A light musty-wheat note plays on the nose while background lemon candy sweetness and clove. Grain and white pepper follow closely behind in taste, just as the taste of bread and dough build. Lemons, apples, and musty apricots pronouce until a bubblegummy middle reaches a crescendo and the dry peppery character dictates after that.

Its bready upstart unfortunately recedes to watery proportions and grainy-sweetness in the middle before the alcohol and spice carry its finish. If not for that unforgivable middle palate, the beer could be relevent in its class. Its much more of an American Wheat Ale than it is a Hefeweizen.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color weizen with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium wheat with some spices probably coming-out the yeast strain. Taste is also dominated by some wheat malt notes with some spices. Body is average with some average carbonation. I thought this was very average overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a different beer in the bottle than on draft, but pleasing nonetheless. In fact, I find it quite unique! The typical Bavarian-weisse appearance is intact with a very hazy yellow body that's capped by a bright-white head of creamy foam which holds well. The lacing is quite nice as well, and is left throughout the glass. The nose, however, is what's intriguing. It's a bit smokey at first, masking much of the sweet, bready malt and clove beneath it; yet it all eventually comes through - even the soft note of vanilla! Although I realize there's no smoked malt invovled, it reminds me of the weizen brewed in Bamberg! The body is light/medium; and it's gently crisp and then creamy in the mouth - very nice! The flavor delivers a soft fruitiness upfront, followed by some bready sweetness and vanilla as it warms and then a mild clove note at the tail which increases in the swallow. An underlying bitterness balances quite well and it finishes drying with a lingering note of soft clove. Well done!!! Although I've always felt that FX Matt's Saranac Weizen was a very good brew, I'm surprised at how well they've done with this tasty little treat. Kudos!

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightl hazy golden/orange with pretty thin head,nice aroma of citruis and cloves and malted wheat nice array going on there.Very refrrshing brew lots of lemon with a light spice and a wheaty taste in the finish and aftertaste,very nice.One of the better wheat beers I have had in awhile and its American to boot.Could drink these under the sun with ease.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden color with one finger of white head on top. A swirl of the bottle and one final pour produces a nice, clean haze.

S - Phenolic spiciness and some fruit, but bubblegum dominates.

T - Wheat spiciness and some clove. As in the aroma, bubblegum dominates the flavor. Just a bit of hops in the finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation.

D - Good, drinkable beer. My only complaint is that the head is a bit weak compared to the towering mass of foam that tops the best German examples. Other than that, this is a great example of the style; and while I prefer banana to bubblegum (In meinem weißen Bier), it is always good to see an american brewer make a weisse beer with an appropriate level of yeast character.

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Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, according to the brewery. Just slightly hazy amber in the pint glass. Very little head, and less of the sudsy carbonation that I generally look forward to in the style.

Pretty good estery flavors. Lots of cloves, less of the banana. Kind of a dishwater taste, however, that adds to the murkiness. Very light body. Rather pleasant for a quick gulp, though not much to encourage slow savoring. Low marks for carbonation and lack of sudsy mouthfeel.

On tap at the Perch on Broad St. in downtown Philadelphia along with a good selection of interesting beers. Notes from visit on June 1, 2012.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of spiced bananas, wheat dough, and teaspoon of sea salt, and a slight yeast character.

Taste: Somewhat tangy malted wheat flavor with just a touch of breadiness to it. Taste of saltines. Some tastes of bananas and spice with a sip of spring water to wash'm down. Light, fleeting bitterness. Finishes tangy and crisp. Everything you'd expect from a hefe is there, just dialed down considerably.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though all around mild, it's still a fine lil' hefe.

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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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Redbones in a pilsner flute.

Quite pale, cloudy pale yellow. Remarkable head retention. Aromas and flavors of banana puree, powdered clove, plain bubble gum and a twang of fermented wheat. Very balanced and refreshingly crisp to say the least. Highly drinkable, played well against the homemade sausage at Redbones.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, drank on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery on 2/19/10.

a - Pours a murky, golden color that is somewhat transparent but not very. About one inch of white head with little retention. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of yeast. Also some lesser smells of citrus, cloves, and fruit. Pretty good.

t - Tastes strongly of yeast and some citrus. Also hints of banana, and clove again. I thought it was a little lacking.

m - Medium body with little carbonation.

d - I thought this was an ok hefeweizen. Nothing jumped out but a solid beer none the less. Definitely something you could have a few of and I'd try again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I finally got a hold of a bottle of this while I was at the store the other day. Your guess is as good as mine as to why it took me soo long to gt one, Love Hefe, Love Brooklyn, should be a case closed...

A - Poured a nice orange amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

S - Lots of wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.

T - Damn good, great wheat, earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop.

M - Light enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

D - Superb, I could drink this all day long, the flavor and feel combine to make a perfect summer taste, great hot weather drinker.

Overall this was a damn fine hefe. Pretty much exactly what I would expect. I could easily see myself putting down a few while I mow the lawn. Very nice feel and overall flavor. Graet job on this brew.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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