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Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 387
Photo of gentlebubbles
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unexpectedly clear for a hefe, but a pretty gold with a bright white head that quickly falls. Smells very sour with just a bit of mustiness. Tastes extremely sour, very lemony and tart, almost like thin, sparkling lemon juice. I find this not just one-dimensional but downright unpleasant. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 cbl2
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A cloudy (though not opaque) off-yellow with a faint white head at the top.


Sharp citrus aroma with a subtle yeast quality beneath.


This tastes like a super weiss. All of the usual flavors are there (banana, citrus, yeast, etc), but seem to be intensified for an unpleasant taste at first. This mellows as you drink it (or maybe I did), and wound up being not bad by the end.

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

Appearance – Beautiful, hazy orange in color with a big, frothing head.

Smell – The big, giant yeast was plenty enough to cut through the standard barroom smells.

Taste – The taste is a little more relaxed than the nose. The light, typical Weissbier fruits mix nicely with the yeasty backbone.

Mouthfeel – There was some good fluffiness to this light to medium-bodied Weissbier.

Drinkability – This is a terrific summertime bier that I would love to have over and over.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a hazy golden color with the typical large hefe head and plenty of lacing. The aroma was a strong base of wheat with the usual citrus undertone and a hint of clove. The taste is all hefe with the characteristic citrus flavor and a hint of banana, I think. I really liked this beer. I haven't had many Brooklyn beers but if they're all as good as this, I will be drinking a lot more. The mouthfeel is especially cleansing with that citrusy ting. I could have had many of these but the day was young and there were other bars to visit.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy, deep, golden orange with a good foamy head. The scent of citrus and honey stand out, tiny hint of spice and the expected banana.
The citrus continues on into the flavor, more lemon than orange. It is a smooth easy going beer. There is a lot going on but none of it is overpowering, just refreshing, nice.
Mouthfeel is good, not sticky and sweet.
No complaints here, I am a fan of the white brews and this is a decent one.

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

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating notched on label. Pours a nice straw color, cloudy,white head,small bubbles and some lacing. Yeast, malt and spice in the nose. Typical german wheat flavor notes, yeast,cloves, a hint of spicy melon, bananas. Soft malt mouthfeel, smooth and pleasant. Minimal grainy hop notes come in late. Nice but not great Weisse offering from Bklyn. Good everyday summer brew.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a marshmallowy white head and a sweet flowery wheat perfume. Downer: it had to be in a plastic cup (gotta start bringing a mug to the brewery.) Upper: no chance of a lemon wedge tarnishing my glass.

Lemon, orange, banana, allspice, cloves all layered over a strong wheat flavor makes it quite tasty. Smooth and very effervescent with a clean dry aftertaste. Quite drinkable, though rumor has it too much can make you crazy...

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Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a nice bright white head that leaves nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma with wheat, banana, clove, lemon, and a touch of vanilla. A fruitness sets things off, followed by bread and spice. Light hops and citrus finish things off and a slight bitterness lingers. Medium in body, crisp and smooth. Easy to drink and very quenching. Very nice.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 99bottles
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This might not be a great review, because as I look at the date label it reads this month. I figured since I was buying a US produced Weiss, it was the first of their spring offerings. I'm reviewing it anyway, but I promise to try a more fresh offering in the future.
Appearance: Pours a nice hefe orange-gold, but seems thinner than some others I've had. Less yeast in the beer makes it more transparent. You can tell its unfiltered, but not really. Yes, I swirled the yeast and poured it also (you gots to!)
Smell: This is where I think it might be past its prime. I get a nice lemon like citrus that burns with skunk. I got it out of a cooler, from the back. I doubt light affected it, maybe it ought to have been stored room temp to let the yeasts ferment? I don't know. Smell was very poor.
Taste: Light and clean, with some minimal aftertaste of skunking. The thing is, I don't think I really got a bad bottle. I think this beer would do a lot better fresh or within 2 months of bottling. There are faint citrus notes of lemon and orange, no real spicing comes through. Really, it's pretty boring considering what can be done within the hefeweizen style.
Mouthfeel: Eh, thin. I like more yeast, something interesting
Drinkability: Fine I guess. The aftertaste hurts me though. I ought to find this on tap next time I visit my girlfriend's family right outside of the City. Brooklyn rules the taps in nothern NJ, but I haven't yet tried it fresh.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, very hazy, with a filmy white head. The smell is a very strong wheat with a slight clove. The taste is a very strong dominating wheat, with a bit of banana taste and slight clove. Mouthfeel is about what's expected. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Not a bad wheat at all. A nice, strong dominating flavor makes this one that I'd have in the future!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber large white head holds for a bit then dwindles into a collar leaving random spots of lacing. Aroma: Mild banana and clove tones inspired by the yeast strain, semi-funky wheat backing not bad just not as authentic of a weizen compared to the German originators. Taste: A bit husky of a husky tone that clouds the banana, clove, and vanilla yeast characteristics there's a sharp citrus sweetness to it that's decent. Mouthfeel: Thin lacks the fluffiness and texture that I have come to know and love from a hefe. Drinkability: Good overall lacking on what makes other wheat beers great like Ayinger, Franzy, Paulaner, and Weihenstephaner the yeast strains are clearly different.

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

Pours a deep, cloudy yellow color with thin-to-no-head, and what head I did have in my glass disappeared almost immediately.

There's a nice yeasty, slightly lemoney scent to the beer. The taste is quite light, and mostly of wheat, with hints of yeast. I also noticed a slight hoppy aftertaste, but not much else was going on in my mouth. I was hoping for some bubblegum/ester/banana/clove notes (as I usually enjoy in my hefeweizens), but they were noticeably absent. The beer was fairly easy to drink, but a bit thin and too simple for my tastes.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden with some orange highlights. Whitish head, dies pretty fast. Some wheaty, bready, fruity aromas, but rather subdued. Tastes rather thin, but has a good weisse feel to it. Seems to lack the yeasty character that most other weissbiers have, but makes up for it in the fruitiness. Pretty good, though.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of yankeeheel
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy yellow with a big, thick, foamy, white head. Smells strongly of yeast and slightly of lemony citrus. Served in a big beautiful Brooklyn Weisse beer glass.

The taste is oh so nice and mellow. Lots of grass, lemon, and yeast fill the tounge. You can discern a scant amount of pale malt, but the yeast and lemon really dominate the palate. Mouthfeel is the beer equivalent of butter and the drinkablitity ranks right up there.

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Photo of pezoids
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy and pale golden color with a thin white head of foam. Fruity bubblegum comes through in the aroma. The flavor is bubble-licious, slightly touched with sour cherries and yeasty. Maybe even a hint of band-aids in there. The body is light and the beer goes down easy enough. A somewhat flavorful and drinkable wheat beer. A bit middle of the road and muddled. Expected a bit more I guess.

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

This one is a bit of a straw color, slightly hazy. Not as hazy as one would expect of an unfiltered wheat beer. There was a white head that went away rather quickly. Some spiciness to the nose. Taste has some wheat breadiness, as well as a hint of banana. Some spiciness also. Fairly decent.

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

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is great. It smells of fruity esters and sweet wheat malts. The taste is average. It has a watery feel and falls short of many hefes I had before. It is unfiltered so it has the yeasty flavor, but I still think it's a weak example of this style. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied ale with very little carbonation. This beer drinks fine, but is a disappointment for experienced wheat beer drinkers.

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

On draught at the brewery. Poured a not-so-hazy golden color with a thin white head. Not as much yeast sediment as I had expected. Soft aroma of banana, lemon, and a hint of clove. Not overly complex in any of its characteristics, but has a smooth, mellow citrus/spice flavor throughout. Finishes with just a bit of hops. I'd definitely have this again...a solid Weiss from Brooklyn.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange yellow, white head that pours strong, and settles nicely.
Smells like banana, yeast and a spice I can't place.
The banana expands to include pear and bubblegum in the taste, the yeast is there at first, but that slipped away after a few sips.
This is very refreshing, slightly above light body, fruity taste.
Last night I had it out of the bottle, and previously at the brewery (contracted out, so it's not on tap), it seemed more bubblegum flavored at the brewery. On a hot day, it's even better. I'll definiately seek this out once summer rolls back around.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dull, hazy yellow color, with a large, creamy, pillowy white head, a pich-perfect weizen look.
Aroma: big banana nose, some lemon and spices, lively, vibrant, assertive.
Taste: smooth, mellow, simple and uncomplicated, but with a continually tasty, unrelenting citric flavor. Medium body, generous texture, they hit it on the nose with this one, an excellent interpretation of the Bavarian weizen style.
Good job, Brooklyn, and thanks to UncleJimbo for providing the bottle!

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Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the name, I was expecting a Berliner Weisse, but was I got was something in between a Hefeweizen and a Kristalweizen. It was hazy, but not truly cloudy and I checked the bottle for yeast that didn't make it into the glass and it was clear. It was still huge bananas, actually one of the ones that truly taste like really ripe bananas instead of bubble gum. The aroma is grainy, almost vegetable-like which was a bit off-putting, but other than that a nice beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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