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Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 08-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,697
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
388
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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37
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Photo of saintwarrick
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best part of summer is all the wheat beers to try. This one from Brooklyn is new to these parts, pours a dark, old gold that is slightly cloudy. Aroma is cloves, citrus fruits and a familiar wheat-beer yeast. Taste is pleasant and tangy with a clean finish, though there is only a little bite and not much bitterness to offset the tart taste. Smooth and refreshing, a great summer-time beer. A definite must-have on a hot day.

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Photo of sleazo
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Mildly cloudy wheat coloured golden ale. Minimal head, decent lacing though. A nice stream of loose bubbles.

S-Highly cloved scent lingers. The clove actually dominates the nose and does not let anything else into the party.

T-The cloves hit up front followed by something of a hop bitterness. The finish is actually a bit hollow as there is nothing but a little tingling left by the carbonation. There is a bit of salt here as well. Very small ammount of banana comes through when it warms.

M-Thin with a sharp carbonation, I like my hefes a bit thicker. A bit selzer like.

D-I am a Brooklyn supporter but this does not do it for me. This definitely tastes like a foreign version of a perfected German style. The banana notes are completely missing here and there is a definite lack of phenols period. the clove taste is a bit overpowering. With so many great German Hefeweizens out there, why bother?

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Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale, golden, cloudy color with a decent amount of carbonation. Subtle hints of clove and banana stand out. Taste is kind of thin and somewhat watery with hints of clove and banana as well that stand out after another sip. Not a bad example of this style but I swear I've had better ones.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a subdued yeasty/breadiness with light hints of clove and banana, with a touch of vanila.

Tastes like it smells - like a junior version of a hefeweizen. There is a light yeasty/bready flavor upfront with mild clove and banana. The vanilla is actually more pronounced in the flavor and lingers a bit at the finish. Refreshing on a warm eveing.

Light body, solid carbonation.

This beer is quite drinkable and does have a very pleasant taste. But, when considering the style in my review, it's just a very tame version of what a real hefeweizen should be. My scores for this beer don't reflect my true enjoyment, as I just can't score it on par with the standards for this stye such as Weihenstephaner.

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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 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 jackorain
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Yellow cloudy looks like a hefe should. Tight white head fades to thin coat consistenly over five minutes or so.

S- Banana, pear, clove, yeast wheat, husk

T-crisp, banana and pear, almost sweet, clove, wheat.

M-Smooth creamy perfect carbonation.

D-Not my style but pretty good within this style

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Photo of BBM
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a bright, sunny yellow from the tap. There's a thin white sudsy head and decent lacing. The aroma is bananas and some spices. Hints of caramel malt, as well.

The taste is akin to the smell; bananas, vague spices, and a nice malt backbone. There's also a smooth wheat/bready context to the flavor. Very little bitterness, but a clean and refreshing finish. Mouthfeel was pleasant. This is a very solid hefe, and if you're a fan of the style, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pub glass. Pours a light pale yellow with small white frothy head that thins quickly into a small ring. No lacing. Large amount of tight carbonation throughout drinking.

Smells: Mild wheat, primarily yeasty/bready smell. Light banana, clove, and citrus. I'm not sure if I smell ginger or not.

Tastes as smells. Tastes more yeasty than anything. It is very light on the banana, clove, and citrus tastes. It came off of as a lightly flavored wheat beer than a hefe. I also taste a vague corn syrup taste. The clove and banana come through as clove oil and banana oil, almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied, pleasant light oiliness and lightly dry citrus finish. I would have preferred a little more body and mouthfeel from this beer. Easy to drink; easy to session, but if you looking for a good, serioud hefe, you probably will be disappointed. Good lawn mower beer though.

This is by far the worst Brooklyn Brew that I've had. I can't seem to stop drinking the others to sit down and geek them (especially the stout.)

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Photo of malcontent
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, hazy straw body with a strong head. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Sharp lemon, hay, fresh-cut flowers all mingle in the nose. A straight-forward smelling weizen.

As with the smell, this is a standard, but well-executed, take on the hefe weizen. Crisp, citrus/wheat interplay dominate the experience. Light sweetness in the aftertaste.

Great texture and exceptionally refreshing. This could be something, especially in warmer weather, that I could drink for a while.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite up to par with Brooklyn's other products I've had the opportunity to try. Hazy gold, with moderate sediment suspension. Nice wheat character to the malt, bordering on bready. Had a nice, traditional German hefe character, but the yeasty spice and fruit flavors were absent - and the beer was incomplete without them. Overall, struck me as what it might taste like if a good German brewer tried to make a bland American wheat beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Me loves the Booklyn..lets see if their hefe is up to the challennge. Finding quality German hefes is usually easy so I don't often even try the domestic efforts.

A big negative off the bat when this pour produced almost no head at all on top of an amber colored cloudy body. Nose is yeasty and laced with citrus against a frail wheat malt backround. Not quite the proverbial banana and cloves but not terrible.

Taste hits most of the right notes for a hefe with mild fruit notes and a crisp, refreshing texture but also is cursed by carbonation and some sourness in the finish. All the right ingredients are in this beer to make a good hefe but something went wrong in the process, which is unlike Brooklyn, whom I generally think of as overachievers. This is palatable but they need to get back in the lab and make it great.

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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 SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In fairly typical fashion, this one pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a moderate white head that leaves a minimal amount of residue on the glass and dissolves fairly quickly.

The aroma is a mild wheat, fruit mix with some citrus and banana holding down the fruit aspect here. Yeast is present as well in a pretty big way. Basic, but effective overall.

The flavour is basically more of the same with a nice yeast/fruity balance (banana leading the way again), and even a touch more candy sweetness to boot. Again, simple but tasty. The mouthfeel is a touch above average...a bit crisp at times and a bit not.

I liked this one as it's just solidly tasty without trying anything fancy. It won't wow you but you'll enjoy it nonetheless as it hits well on key aspects of the style. A nice offering from Brooklyn overall.

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Photo of rarevos
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Hazy, cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of fluffy head. Retention was good. It's unfiltered, but there's not a whole lot of yeast in the bottle.

S: Lemons, cloves, banana, vanilla and wheat. Pretty aromatic, actually.

T: Like a spicy banana bread with cream cheese frosting, though without the mouthfeel that that implies. Banana and wheat up front, and spice toward the middle. Finish has a bit of astringency to it, but not much.

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: Pretty good. Better than some of those America Pale Wheat beers that masquerade as hefeweizens, but it's still a bit on the light side. I still look to Germany for all my hefeweizen needs, but this is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This began looking very promising, and ended up really average. It poured wonderfully. I looked like most any other hefe, with a nice snow white crown and its cloudy, pale yellow body. Smell was very lemony with a clovey spice background. Taste was very bland and lifeless. In fact, toward the finish, it was actually bitter and seemed to almost have some hop character. Not a good thing for a hefe. As I slowly made my way through this, it became clearer and clearer that as much as I wanted to enjoy this, it was simply a poor example of a hefe. Perhaps this has its fans, but as for me, I really didn't care much for it.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy golden yellow color, that pours out with a good head that quickly dissipates to a small rim of carbination around the top. The smell is overwhelmingly of cloves and bananas, as is the style. The taste is mellow and sweet, a good beer on a hot day. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Overall this is a fairly drinkable beer, although I'm not a fan of the strong clove flavor, but this is the style.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale, hazy yellow with a bubbly 3 finger head that fades to a lasting ring.

Aroma is crisp and very wheaty, with hints of lemony citrus, banana, clove, and Bavarian yeast.

Flavor is exceptional for an American Hefe. Crisp wheat, lemon peel, mushy banana, light clove spice, and peppery hops make this one of my all-time summer favorites.

Body is medium, slick, and wheaty with a soft mouthfeel and infinate drinkability. Light, loose carbonation add to the slippery mouthfeel. Great stuff.

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

poured this out to a light golden with a nice light head. It was a hot day; This was a welcome taste with a medium to light moutfeel/body, and a healthy wheat twang. This tasted as good as some european hefe-weizens, albeit not as complex and cloudy, and not as mystical. This certainly was a standout among the american weisse beers because of the twang; they got it right.

And the drinkability in heat was exceptional based upon the light body and refreshing twang.

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Photo of malty
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/06 notched-out of the label.

Pours a cloudy-hazy golden orange with a bright white 1/2" with visible carbonation. Not really any lacing to speak of.

A funky straw earthiness is present in the nose, along with a bland cereal-like maltiness. I swirl my pounder pint glass and catch some lemony-citrus notes.

Nice clove flavors along with a stony mineral-like flavor. Not much banana or bubblegum, but there's the bright citrus edge which is nice. Flavors seem a bit muted seeing this is touted as a 'traditional Bavarian style wheat beer'.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for a wheat. Playful carbonation and a tad bit lighter in body that lets say a 'traditional Bavarian style wheat beer'.

Drinkability is very good. Quenchingly perfect for this mid-80s early evening.

A good wheat beer. Just good. I'd love to try this on-tap at the source. Until then, I'll stick with the Weihenstephaner, as long as it's FRESH.

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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 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice cloudyness, fluffy white head, but disipates quickly.

S: Mostly citrus and yeast with some malty sweetness.

T: Initally banana sweetness, followed by quick yeast nuttyness. Malty aftertaste and some cirtusy yeast, in conjuction with a slight bitterness.

M: Moderatly full, small bubbles, good carbonation, mouth watering finish, which I like.

D: Hefes are bound to score pretty high, here. Light and refreshing, but I can't take too much hefe flavor after awhile.

Good overall flavor, though not as complex as some hefes. Still really good, especially for the price.

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

After several Brooklyn styles I decided to give this a go. Looking for a lighter summer beer, this is the ticket.

Light golden staw color as with many Hefe weizens. This one was a bit more transparent (see through, not artificial) then many others. It came off as highly carbonated when I poured it and looked it over, bubbles everywhere. The head dissipated quickly and settled out to some fine lacing over the top and eventually down the sides.

I detected a slight foral aroma with this beer, although not overwhelming. The slight spicey clove scent was also noticable, but not so much of the banana hints that other hefes give off, a bit more citrusy too.

The taste had a refreshing quality to it almost effervescent, like I was tempted to take big swigs even though I was trying hard not to. A very easy drinking lighter beer even for this style, which is usually characterised as light.

Since the beer seemed highly carbonated to me, it was very light in the mouth, not thin in feel, but certainly not to be confused with a heavy winter style in any way.

Definitely would reach for this one again as a thirst quencher of a hot summer day.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this around in NC again, best before date of october '06 on the bottle:
Pours a hazy pale golden color with a descent white head that retains well. The aroma is traditional and authentic, with big banana and clove notes upfront, along with some biscuity malt, funky yeast and additional fruity esters. The flavor is also very authentic with big banana and clove notes upfront, along with biscuit, white pepper, yeast, esters and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and drinkability is very good. A nice and traditional hefe, complex yet refreshing.

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 388 ratings
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