Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
86
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
Ratings:
388
Reviews:
256
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 388 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass somewhat all the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet wheat malt, some banana, and some citris as well.
T: The taste is alot like the nose only the banana is much more potent. Nice wheat malt under a bit of citris, som spices, and then a bigger but not overpowering banana flavor.
M: Very smooth and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer as it isn't overpowering in any one flavor.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma of banana, bubblegum, cloves, and yeast.

Tastes of banana, cloves, lemon, bubblegum, and Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is very clean and light.

Lighter bodied, slightly dry, with a light carbonation.

A very drinkable hefe from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 50 oz. mason jar.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with beige-orange ringlets within it. Head retention was excellent, and there was noticeable sedimentation.

S: Smells of mashed up bananas, chewing gum, some spicy cloven aromas and lightly sweet citrus hopping.

T: The taste is a light, refreshing blend of muted citrus and banana flavors, paired with mild, mint gum, a slightly funky wheat zest, and a clean, phenolic finish, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a little chewy.

D: I had no problem putting away a few of these. On a hot day, this brew knows no limits. Great summery look and taste with sessionable ABV makes for a very drinkable brew.

A great success for Brooklyn. I'm really starting to seek their stuff out more and more, as their consistency and dedication to keeping true to a style, while still being unique, is truly something to enjoy. Nice hefeweizen!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, drinkable beer with a bit more flavor than some dometic Weissens. Pours with good clarity, more of a kristalweissen look, with a head that fadews way too quickly to nothing. Golden in color. Lots of banana and fresh wheat in the smell and a nint of clovey spice at the end. Slightly sweet and bready with banana bread flavors and some grainy wheat. A little grainy in the mouthfeel, but substantial enough without being too heavy and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Fairly tasty and simple and definitely easy to drink, but not the definitive Weisse beer by a long shot.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Typical hazy orange/yellow. Small, one finger head receded very quickly to thin white collar. Some lacing.

S - Expected banana smell is there, but it leans a little closer to sweet corn. Backed by pronounced phenols.

T - Next to flavorless. The slight fruit esters make a brief appearance early palate, with some uninteresting, slightly sour malt in the middle. Finish begins with a growing bitterness accented by phenolic character. The earthy hop bitterness becomes almost unmanagable and is completely inappropriate for the style.

M - What the hell?? Moderately carbonated and otherwise just plain watery. Extremely watery even by APWA standards.

D - I could drink this all night if I had to, but I wouldn't.

I was actually really excited to find this and had been saving it for when I was in just the right mood. After having Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse last week I thought this would at least be a decent stab at a hefe, but in reality it sucks. The taste is too muted and too full of hops, and while the mouthfeel perhaps suits this flavor, it certainly can't work with a hefe.

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Photo of JohnW
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Bar in Terminal C, Newark Airport, June 2008, at the usual Airport rip-off price of $8 a pint!

Was served in the traditional Weiss style glass, with slice of orange on the glass rim. Much less foaming head than I expected, which thinned very quickly. Aroma was what I would expect from a Weiss beer, fruity, bananas, cloves and spice, also rather dry and with a hint of tart apple skins. Have to say - regretfully - I was rather disappointed with the taste. It leaned on the rather dry side, almost sour at the back, and not much depth at all. It somehow seemed very 'two dimensional' rather flat, and dare I say it - boring. There was no depth of flavour, all up front and dry, nothing else came through as I drank it, no character coming through as it went down.

Unless I was just unlucky and had an under par sample, was rather disappointed, as I expected great things. Not a patch on some other US Weiss beers (think Penn Weiss is much better) and no comparison at all the the German Hefe Weiss beers like Schneider, Wehenstephener, Andechs, Paulaner and the like.

I will have to try it again, just in case I was unlucky at the time.

JohnW
B'ham UK June 2008

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Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the Big Hunt in DC. Haven't been particularly blown away by the Brooklyn stuff I've had...good, but not great. This one definitely exceeded my expectations. Looked okay, but the real pleasant surprise was in the strength of aroma and flavor. Smells just how a hefeweizen should, and you could nearly smell the citrus and wheat across the table. One of the better American hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a straw colored yellow with more clarity than expected for unfiltered. Small thick white head that didn't linger to long.
S- Clove heavy with undertones of bananaa and yeast.
T- Clove at first with a finish of banana and yeast. Crisp and clean and smooth.
M- Nice mouthfeel not as smooth as some hefe's but overall nice feel
D- very drinkable went well with the fish I prepared on the grill. Great beer for warmer weather. Could easily had more than one!

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with out much of a head for me, and it's also surprising that it's a rather clear straw color without much yeast floating around. I bought it as part of a basket of five different beers that was marked down from a ridiculous 25 dollars to $4.99. Still, the label claimed fresh before July.

The smell is extremely clove-heavy as it should be; banana abounds as well. There's a spice that I can't place in the aroma that is really emphasized in the taste. It's slightly cinnamon, a bit meaty, like roasted ham, plus vanilla and butterscotch. There's definitely a lot going on.

The taste is much as i described, but the cinnamon spiciness, and some fruitiness is highlighted.

The mouthfeel is interesting, bready, foamy, sharp on the finish, and of course spicy if that makes sense. Again, complex.

Nothing major to detract from drinkability. True to style.

This might be the most impressive offering by Brooklyn Brewery I've had yet, aside from the appearance, which may have been due to a weak pour. Still, no lacing, no real sign of head retention. If i had another 20 minutes to smell it I could probably find 20 more aromas. Good summer ale.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazed amber hue, a splash of head that fizzles out fairly quick. A decent amount of clarity for an unfiltered Hefe.

The aroma is a heady pungent bullseye for the style: the typical banana, nutmeg and bubblegum are all there, wearing their party dresses and blowing bugles. Intense.

Tart and zesty pretty much round out the flavour profile, the yeast is the star of this show. Soft sweet wheat up front with rounded banana and bubblegum, followed by a good dose of zesty lemon rind, finishing with an almost mouth puckering dry lime character, which lingers long into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit too rambunctious with carbonation, jagged and somewhat abrasive, especially on the finish. Doesn't align well with much of the flavour profile, the rounded wheat and yeast, although it adds some extra octane to the citrus zest.

Overall a decent domestic Hefe, although it's considered an import from our lovely southern neighbour (and the price tag will vouch for that). Aside from the somewhat rough mouthfeel and lack of frothy head, it hits all the right buttons.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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 oelergud
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Green and gold label.
Hazy golden red body with medium carbonation. Creamy off-white head with good retention and decent lace.
Fresh fruit and grain scent with mild honey.
Flowery and fruity flavor. Yeast and abit of spice. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy and sour.
Medium body and a dry finish.
Good drinkability and a good summer brew.

-Oelergud

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Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn's take on a hefe, paired at one of their dinners with a grilled shrimp pretzel with dual mustard sauce.

A - What you would expect from a hefe. Large, billowing head

S - Very good. Maybe I was really hungry, maybe my smell receptors were dialed up, but this had the banana/clove hefe aroma down and then some.

T - Maybe just the power of suggestion, but I tasted a bit of mustard seed along with the fruit and spice contributed by the hefe yeast.

F - A little burpy, but that's something I can't get around with hefes.

D - Good. Tasty, filling...but more than tasty enough to make you want to keep drinking.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Brew is a orangey golden color with a 2 and a half finger head that is white and dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Light fruits dominate the aroma. Pear and green apple are very noticeable, with a slight bubblebum note. Honey rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Wheat is rightfully front and center. Aside from that, pear is prevalent, as are verious other light fruits. Bubblegum is noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Made for a quick drink.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Goes down very easily.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a cloudy, pale, orange-yellow with a small white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer of foam and leaves almost no lace.

S: banana, cloves, spice, citrus and honey

T: honey sweetness up front, followed by a subtle banana-spice flavour that resuces, once again, to a lasting yeasty, honey-sweet aftertaste

M: light and creamy, excellent carbonation and buttey, smooth, yet-crisp citrusy finish.

D: This is a great hefe - I'm diggin' the extra honey touch on this one compared to most other Hefe's I've tried. Nice flavour, good body and very refreshing. I could see myself throwing back a few of these on many occasion in the future. Brooklyn continues to impress me.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy yellow-orange with one-finger head that dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lace to speak of

S: Banana, lemon, peach, and cardamom with plenty of tangy wheat behind the scenes

T: Nice blast of tangy, citrusy wheat flavor with smooth fruitiness. Full-flavored without too much spice or fruit.

M: Very smooth and nicely carbonated with pleasant tangy and medium-dry finish.

D: A very nice effort from Brooklyn with an even, pleasant hefe that may not be the most unique, but hits the spot. It avoids the "vapor trap" of a lot of hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a weizen glass. Produced a dark brown color, with hints of yellow. Seemed much darker than other beers of this style. Had a decent head that dissipated after a time, with some lacing as well.

You can really smell the wheat on this one. Also, there was something sweet in the aroma.

The wheat in this overwhelmed everything else. It was a little hard going down. Not entirely without charm, but certainly not great.

Had a fair amount of carbonation, for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't impressed with this beer. It wasn't very complex in taste and left something of a weak aftertaste. If you want a good weisse get a Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle, standard of the Brooklyn line-up. The Weisse is a bit harder to find than the other Brooklyns like Lager and Monster Ale. Pours out an inch high head. Smells of coriander and banana with other spices lingering. Taste follows suit. Spicy herbs with ripe banana and coriander. Very smooth and un-bitter, but the tastes linger on the tongue long after the beer's gone. Overall, a delicious tasting beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the banana-flavor. It doesn't rank too high on my list of favorite Brooklyns.

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Photo of Zeckster
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled pilsner flute

This had an exceptionally sturdy head. It was quite pale and retained a very carbonated body.

Slight banana smell and a smidge of wheat.

This was a delicious beer and very drinkable. A slight bit of carbonation but it plays well.

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Photo of CrescentLake
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very good American brewed wheat... bavarian style. I'm often skeptical of a american brewed weisse, but this was damn good. The clove was slighty overshadowed by the banana, but I love my fermenting ester flavors so I dug it. it's pour was too filtered, for claiming to be unfiltered and too bottle carbonated- the pitfall of most popular american heffeweizen (Widmer-UFO)... But the taste was nice banana ester, but not as strong as the nose. I would recommend this beer both as a meal beer and a drinking man's beer, versatile and a solid wheat... not too fruity, but not to plain...too carbonated, but I imagine a great american/bavarian weisse on tap. I think it's a premire brooklyn brew.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, PA.

A- Bright, cloudy golden yellow. Tall white head fell very quickly.

S- Wheaty with citrus like lemons.

T- Fruity, citrus and wheat throughout. A slight tartness.

M- Light to medium bodied. Smoothe.

D- Very refreshing. I haven't had many other beers of this style to compare it to, but I will do so in the future.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 1/5/08.

Served fresh at the brewery while I was waiting for the tour.

A cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white head which lasted quite long.

Wonderful aroma of bananas and clove and bubble gum. This was truly fresh because usually I can't smell the bubble gum.

A wonderful palate as well. I was struck initially with a lemony bite before being lulled with a soft, bready sweetness. And then, a light fruity note of banana. Very refreshing altogether. Creamy and yet crisp.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a wheat glass, very golden and very heady. Smell of banana and citrus, hops sit in as well. Very strong flavor of banana, alcohol is well hidden with just a light touch at the end. Full and flavorful brew, also refreshing and light in character. One of the better hefes I have tried in a while, Brooklyn continues to impress me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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 dsa7783
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried a beer from this company, and I love it! A straight-up awesome brew... A nice golden-straw color leads to an appealing smell of wheat, banana and citrus... The taste is fruity and creamy - certainly more unique than some other varieties I've sampled... Easy drinkability and a good mouthfeel make this a top-notch brew that can be enjoyed any time... Definitely would recommend this one... Will certainly buy another sixer in the near future... Outstanding brew...

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 388 ratings.
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