Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

very good
256 Reviews
Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 08-01-2001

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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 388
Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a cloudy golden wheat color, topped with a big, frothy white head. I had some yeast sediment in the bottom of my bottle, so i don't know about this being unfiltered. Not as cloudy as some weiss beers I've had, but still attractive. Great head retention, keeping a thick foam.
Aroma is excellent, with plenty of clove and some banana. Clove is very pronounced, with a pleasing spiciness. Soft wheat malt, with a bit of yeasty aroma. A bit of phenolic thinner-like feel you get with real german weissbiers. A bit mild and subdued, not quite up to speed with the imported versions, but definitely a fine rendition from an american brewery.
Flavor is very light and refreshing. A soft, gentle wheat malt caresses your tongue with a sparkly effervescence, giving way to a rich, almost cloying, estery phenolic fruitiness. Moderate banana, with a hint of bubblegum. Spicy clove follows, finishing the beer with a resurfacing wheat presence and some powdery yeast. A lingering maltiness, leaving a powdery, dusty yeasty feel in your mouth. Nice and dry in the finish. Extremely satisfying on a hot summer day.
Easily one of the best domestic wheat ales this summer. Not quite up to the standard of Schneider or Ayinger hefeweisens, but very good. I thoroughly enjoyed the single i bought, and promptly went back for a six pack.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Where's the Yeast?"
Sorry, I just have a hard time getting excited about a non-bottle-conditioned wheat beer. This one's alright, as far as krystals go. A bit lacking in carbonation, though, which makes for a boring looking beer (clear gold, no head), and a bit too much sweetness in the flavor. Aroma has typical banana notes. Flavor is, as mentioned, sweet, but with a fair bit of clovish spice to the finish. Drinkable, to be sure, but uninspiring.

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

Thanks to chaduvel for this one. Pours a hazy golen orange with a big white marshmallowy head. Big aromas coming off this one: sweet bananas, cloves, vanilla alcohol (whatever that is). This is a great hefeweizen. Malty, yeasty, with just the right touch of cloves, bananas, and bubblegum. Not too sweet, yet very tasty. Finish is slightly (naturally) bitter with lingering roasted bananas and white wine. My top hefeweizen so far. I wish I would have had a case of this for the summer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly sourish sweet smell to the brew. Hazy straw yellow look with lots of bubble action in the pint glass. Persistant sticky white airy head. Chewy sweet wheat dominant flavor with a fruity yeasty influence from start to finish. Also there is a little citrus (orange peel) in the finish as well. Smooth and refreshing. A solid backbone gives the beer character and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and would be great with food (spicy food). A session selection!

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Photo of goz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden pour with a decent sized white head, mostly diminishing, but leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity (mostly banana, but maybe some kiwi), and lightly spiced with cloves. Flavor is more spicy than it is fruity. Medium in body, lively carbonation, super easy to drink and enjoy.

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

Appearance: Golden clear, nice white head. Fairly clear beer for a wheat. Good head retention.

Aroma: Spicy banana. Slight citrus, with a hint of corriander in the nose. Sweet aroma.

Taste: Very dry flavor. Dry up front and finishing quite dusty. A bit of fruit on the front of the tongue, but not too much. Carbonation level seems high.

Notes: The fruit and spice level doesn't come through into the taste very much, very drinkable. Good thirst quenching backyard summertime ale.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color cloudy complexion and a nice white frothy head. Smells of yeast, bread, some banana and cloves, hint of vanilla if you smell close. Smooth! Yeasty with some spices and just the right amount of carbonation. Superb balance of the clove/banana flavor with the more hearty yeast and grain flavors. Aftertaste isn't bitter, but wheaten, and some cloves linger on the palate. It's different from it's German bretheren, but I'll agree with the man who sold me this and say that the plain looking Brooklyn Brewery label hides the fact that this is the finest American Wheat beer I have ever tasted! I could drink the whole six-pack.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok another beer sent by Uncle Jimbo..I am a lucky guy!
Comes in a 12 oz brown bottle..with a simple yet attractive green and gold label.
Nice appearance to this one..nice dull ,hazy orange..with a massive pure white head.
This one has a nice typical german hefe aroma of fruits and sour wheat..not as extreme as some Germans but good nonethe less.
Nice clean taste to begin then some bananas ..then a nice spicy clove finish good stuff.
Very nice on the palate but not excellent..OK.
Pretty good American version of a hefe..very drinkable.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A hazy golden yellow body, topped by a healthy frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty, with the expected banana and clove sensation. Taste is clean, maybe too clean. While I would certainly say "wheat" in a blind taste test, it is lighter than many of the hefes I've had. There is not a lot jumping out on the tongue, other than the familar, generic wheat beer taste. However, it is a very refreshing, very clean beer, perfectly suited for a hot summer afternoon (lawnmower or no). Has some crossover potential.

A weisse beer for those who aren't that crazy about weisse beers, perhaps?

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

This beer poured with a nice fluffy head, it was cloudy, or "hazy" as the label states. I could definitely smell the yeast (this is good), and upon first sip, I could definitely taste the yeast (also something good for a weisse), however, something very strange happened; the sips which followed seemed to lose some of that initial flavor. I can say, this is a nice summer beer when you want something refreshing and not heavy.

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Photo of vitesse
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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 far333
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mr. Oliver generally does a pretty good job with each style he attacks, and this one is a fine example. It's pretty new in bottles, and I'm having trouble with the lime-green label. Orangey yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity, with clove coming through. Flavor is rich and tart with a smooth mouthfeel. Very crisp and fresh, but most of the flavor seems to come through in the finish and aftertaste with lots of clove and a bit of pine. Perhaps a little too sweet and clovey to have high drinkability.

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

23 oz pour at the JFK Airport pub. Hazy, dark yellow to golden color. Big creamy fluffy off-white head, specs and holes in it. Sticky. Lots of usual spot on for the style smells of cloves, herbs, sweetness and bananas. Taste was crisp and refreshing with a sublte spiciness to it. Definitly a tart citrus crispness that matched the full weisse bananas sweetness. Light to medium body, very easy going down. No harsness, a true weiss, and very good for the style. I really enjoyed this one. Bit pricey though about $8.50 for a beer.

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

Solid haze of yellow somewhat darkish in color, large white fluffy head grew fast but faded within a half minute or so to a solid skim always present and some lacing in small patches. Smell is very dullish and musty as hell with alot of wheat-ly malt sweetness, some lemonyness, banana, clove, it tends to give off just about every wild yeast on the spectrum, picks up some medicinal and wet cardboard fumes as well. Taste of unfiltered wheat and yeast abound in this hefe-weisse with a strong musty sweetness that really stands out. Good amounts of dullish lemon and banana plus, of course, lots of fluffy wheat malt and some clove bouncing around. Very solid finish of wheaty texture and grainy sweetness and has a bit of the yeast/cardboard showing up in a bit of the aftertaste. Feel is medium body softness in front and gains a bit of a chewy texture then finishes stronger then at first with lingering sweetness.
Overall this unfiltered wheat beer is a pretty good showing of the style and gets a bit nicer on the palette as it warms.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottles.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was Brooklyn's first beer produced at their brewery in Williamsburg, NY (draft only facility) back in '96. Until this summer, it was available as a draft only product.

It pours a hazy orange color w/ a white head into my 20 oz Brooklyner Weisse glass. It has typical aromas of banana, clove and hint of bubblegum at the start. Along w/ their Blanche, this in another outstanding summer quencher.

Atfer seven yrs in production, this was finally bottled by their contract brewer, FX Matt in Utica, NY as a summer seasonal. Almost seems like the draft version's little brother. While still a very good beer in its own right, it lacks some of the complexity of the draft version. I would probably knock off 1/2 to 1 point in each category.

Had bought a sixtel of this for my kids' birthday party last year and it was a real treat drinking it on a hot summer day.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very happy to try this beer now that it is in bottles. Wonderful fluffy white head with a vigorous pour. A little clear for it's style, but certainly enough presence of yeast floating in the glass. Aromas were wonderful, with classic bananna and clove like scents. Very fresh tasting- this would have fooled me into thinking it was from Germany had I not known. Spicey and slighty tangy, this beer is the first American made Weissbier to really match up against the Germans. A smooth beer, perfect for the warm months, as easy to drink with all kinds of food.

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Photo of marburg
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly on the lighter side of the golden spectrum of hues common to the style, this one pours with a medium-sized, fluffy head. The aromas are impressively diverse and interesting: muted lemon reminiscent of hard candies, phenols, sugar, and a dash of vanilla extract. Truly, I'm immersed in my own little world where I'm baking a lemon-flavored cake. Very sweet in the nose. Good, refreshing, light, citrusy flavor that finishes bigger than it starts. A soft lemon and grainy flavor moves to a big, noticeable wheat kick. A very enjoyable little brew. I'd love to try this one in a nice big weizen glass on draft.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyner Weisse is the ultimate American wheat beer! it is a dark golden colour with a very frothy, white head. The aromas are of bananas, cloves, bubble-gum, and yeast. This stuff tastes like a little slice of heaven. The mouthfeel is perfect as is the drinkability.

This is the ultimate wheat beer. I am glad that they are finally bottling it!!!


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Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color....nose is soft banana's and interestingly enough caramel...flavor is a little different than traditional Hefe's but very tasty...buttery...some light banana...also vanilla....just a hint of cloves on the finish....body is pretty impressive for this style...thicker than most....ut maybe not as quaffable...overall this is very good and definitely an interesting take on the style...worth a stab if you see it...

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Photo of Loki
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draught at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

Poured a cloudy yellow with a fair head that didn't last. The color and cloudiness are dead on, but the head retention is not there and the lacing is only fair.

Aromas of clove, bananas, with sweet bready malt with wafts of spicy hops. Truly inviting.

Tastes a bit tangy then sweetmalt with lots of clove and spicey pockets. Very crisp and clean. Goes down very smooth, but a bit light in the mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable and a truly great summer choice. Yet another great beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an ultra white tight & long lasting head, over classic yellowish-golden yeast-hazed liquid. The nose is yeasty with fruity tones of banana & cloves natch. Taste is light, crisp-bodied with a soft maltiness wrapped around juicy fruitiness, slight bubblegum flavors and some clovish/banana notes mixed with a light sourness/tanginess...very pleasant drinking. Finishes firm and fruity with an afterthought of hops. Very authentically brewed and worth trying.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer started off with a great appearance - cloudy straw color with a snow-white foam head. The head made it all the way to the last sip and left a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma was very yeasty and strong with banana, could benefit with a little citrus bite - maybe a lemon slice would be good. The taste is also very soft and banana-y, could have used just a litle more of a crispness to it. It was also a little on the sweet side, I would have liked a little more dryness. Overall though this is very comparable to the best of this style and drinkability and quality are both good.

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Photo of edchicma
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm. This was one refreshing beer. The appearance was a nice cloudy gold. Smell was citrusy and inviting and the mouthfeel was extremely smooth, without being watery. Extremely smooth going down, inviting you to have another. I read several reviews of other beers from this brewery and think I will try some more. No fancy names here, just solid brews from the big apple.

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

It looks like I'm going to be going against the grain of the reviews, here.

First, the aroma to me is off-base and unpleasant. Yes, I smell some wheat and some citrus, but overall I smell something sour and unpleasant, almost like charcoal briquets.

Offwhite head dies to a brief white patch. Cloudy, apple juice colored body.

Crisp wheat taste. Hints of apple, slick and sweet. Moderate carbonation. Slightly raspy.

There is something sour and off-tasting about this beer. Not my favorite weisse.

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Photo of sponberg
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow gold with a white head that trails off to lace. Very appetizing, lemony-wheat nose with a background vanilla/clove esteriness.

Yeahboy, this is the stuff! If I were a hefeweiss, this is what I'd want to taste like. A big, chewy body full of clove, vanilla, and wheat malt, with a citric component to keep things in a nigh-on perfect balance to my taste. Very slight banana ester presence in the background which rounds out the flavor profile. Slightly prickly mouthfeel at the start, but then it relaxes a bit after several sips. So do I, for that matter. As it goes down it leaves a clove followed by vanilla-banana flavor that lingers. How does it taste when it warms up? I may never find out. Simply an outstanding example of a hefe - drink it like you vote, early and often.

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