Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse
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Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse

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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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Ratings: 388 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of Dithyramb
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by August or September 2006 notched on the side of the label. Purchased to enjoy on the boat over the last week or so.
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a sticky and persistent big bubbled white head.
Expected wheat brew aromas, predominated by banana and the other esthers...
All the expected flavors are here (banana, clove, some medicinal and bubblegum at times as well). Much less yeast bite than one gets with many of the bottled versions here in the US.
Lighter mouthfeel with a slight lingering citrus. Incredibly drinkable, especially directly out of the ice supposedly brought along for fish. We'll be coming back to this one again this summer.

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Photo of soultrain
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass. Freshness date Oct. 06

A-Clear (too clear?) golden beer, 2" head quickly settles and remains at 3/8" for the duration of the beer. Nothing pillowlike about the head on this hefe. Some very slow rising bubbles. Not a very visually appealing hefe. Some lacing, though. Note: I've found that if you pour this beer straight into your weisse glass, shake the last inch of beer to gather the yeast, than pour that into the glass, the results are much better.
S-Very grainy; bannana is here, too. Some alchohol esters as well. Aroma of this beer improves greatly after the yeast pour: bananna being quite outstanding.
T-Metallic? sharp fruit cocktail, bannana, some sourness that's not quite lemon in the taste and has a sourish aftertaste. Very lager-like grain flavor as well. Yeast pour indeed added a bit more flavor and cloudiness to the beer, and deadened the carbonation, naturally. The yeast pour is, IMHO, essential: I enjoyed the beer more afterwards. This beer tastes more complex than the top German Hefes, so naturally it lacks their elegant simplicity somehow. Also, the warmer it got, the more I liked it, too.
M-Good/great mouthfeel for a hefe, carbonation is not visible, but is indeed there as miniscule bubbles caress the palette. Above average mouthfeel for a hefe.
D-Subsequent beers have revealed this to be a decent drinker. The yeast flavor is good, but must be included from the bottom of the bottle, otherwise this brew may be lackluster.

CRUX: I HAD THIS ON-TAP YEARS AGO IN BROOKLYN WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT AND WAS VERY IMPRESSED. That was under ideal conditions, though, and this bottle, naturally, didn't taste like the same beer to me. NOTE: When I bought this beer it was 90 degrees outside, and inside, the beer store. This can't be good. Still, if you are lucky enough to find this on-tap, get it!

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Photo of Liquids
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears heavily carbonated, ultra watery transparent yellow color, with a thin head that completely disapeared in a short period of time. Smell is all wheat, fully and husky, not so much a sweet aroma as yeasty. Taste is sharp carbonation, and stale tasting, watery and unappealing. This is like a macro weisse, and despite the recommendation of a friend, I don't see how this is desirable. Mouthfeel is light and not wheat-like at all. Despite fairly high reviews, I would personally say don't bother. I've had mostly bad experiences with Brooklyn, and find them on basically par with that "other" brewery in Utica...

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat cloudy (though not as much as is typical for this style) yellow with a thin white head that was fairly well-retained.
The smell was of bubblegum, banana/clove and some yeast. The aromas were clear and solid.
The taste was the same as the smell. It was a bit thinned by water - which subdued some of the flavors, but kept it easy to drink and refreshing.
The tastes stuck around in the mouth for awhile. It left the mouth refreshed.
This was a good replication, though a little lighter than most, of the Bavarian classic weisse. I will certainly be drinking this - rotating it with other weisses - on the coming hot days this summer.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great domestic and generally I don't go for weisse because imports as they just don't taste right. Pours a fluffy white head, that has staying power. This has the sour, mashy, wheaty flavor without a heavy after taste. Goes down smooth, slightly heavy but is definately thirst quenching. It's more complex than I'm describing, but I'm overwhelmed with a solid fondation and freshnesss. Well worth trying.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I watched the bartender pour this to a frothy head that looked like a pilsner type of beer as it came before me. After just tasting the Pennant Ale, I was looking forward to something lighter.

The first impression was that it was very dry without much body to speak of and the taste of hops just jumped out. I tried to find something useful to taste it with on the bar's menu, but this just wasn't going to be my beer.

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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 riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden,with lots of bubbles.Thin white head, no retention,and some lacing. Smell is nice,but not strong. The usual citrus, with a bit of a malt edge.Body is light and carboniated. Taste is banana, and citrus. This is a smooth refreshing beer. Try it this summer!

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Photo of cooter
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the best noses I've encountered. Sweet, clove, with an earthy, grassy malt backbone. Extraordinarily enticing and clean.

First sip is unimpressive, in contrast to other experiences with this beer. Lemony, a tad thin, again clean and malty. Nothing too complex with this one--has it gone bad? Quickly turns a mite sour. Distinctly and disappointingly average mouthfeel.

Looks yellow with a small-bubbled, easily multiplied-via-swirling head that clings to the edges very well. Above average lacing.

I was expecting more, frankly. Usually Brooklyn has my back on solid beers. I'm chalking this one up to a bad batch for some reason. Overall it's still satisfying...but barely.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow coppery color with a medium sized white head. The smell has a wheat ,lemon, orange and maybe alittle honey. The taste is honey, wheat ,lemon, and sweet malt. A nice crisp clean beer. Very refreshing. The m/f is light and well balanced, this is a terrific beer. This is a classic summer beer. After cutting the lawn I can see myself a few of these. Mmmm.

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Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp golden orange color that left a thick white head that disappated quickly leaving a small lace. The aroma is fresh, brisk, orange and lemon zest followed by a generous helping of citrus and piney hop bite. It follows with a sweet banana and spice background typical with a Hefeweizen. The taste is highly carbonated, sharp bitter bite of hops round out this sweet bready fruity interpretation of the style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue, with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was mostly a clove spiciness. There was a slight banana aroma as well.

The taste was spicy as well. The cloves dominated upfront, whereas the wheaty biscuit flavor took over at the back of the mouth. Overall, the flavor could have been a bit more complex.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. There was good carbonation throughout.

Overall a nice hefe. Not the best domestic example of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit it - I'm biased. I live near Brooklyn's Brewery, attended a few events there and around this area recently, and I've met Steve, Tom, and Mr. Oliver. This was one of the beers I anticipated for this spring, since I had fond memories of enjoying it last year. I wish it was released a bit earlier, but the wait was well worth it, as this is still one of their finer offerings!

The pour was great, and I've gotten into the habit of swirling the last bit of beer before pouring it in. Wonderful amber hue, tall head (even thought it didn't last long), lots of bubbles on the lacing that slid down rapidly, and a smooth, clove and citrus nose rounded out this beers attributes. Very easy to drink, with a light, grassy tone to it and the abovementioned olfactory notes right behind it. Almost no bitterness, but this was full without being too malty. The aftertaste was nearly nonexistent, but with something this smooth and enjoyable, it felt nice to just have it slowly fade until the next sip. This resembled the Brooklyn Lager a bit in terms of the underlying taste and yeast strain, but this wasn't as sharp and would be much easier to drink in warmer weather.

This beer's a winner in my book, hands down. Even though it's available year round, this just screams out "spring!" all over it. From it's label color, taste, smoothness, and enduring lightness, it's one of the season's best session brews and would be a great start for someone getting into craft brews and/or Hefe Weizen's. This was very enjoyable on many fronts!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before Date Ocotober 2005, Sampled April 2006
When poured with the yeast this beer is a lightly hazy, slightly chunky, orangish gold color. It has a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that recedes in a moderate amount of time. As I pour this beer I get light notes of bubble gum. When I go in for a deeper sniff of the nose the bubble gum is still noticeably, but only lightly so, it is in much better balance with the rest of the aromatic notes. The aroma is lightly tart, with a grain-like note, apparent clove and fruity banana esters. All in all this has quite a lively aroma, much more accented by the yeast characteristics than the malt and hops.

The taste is lightly tart up front, quite quenching as it goes down as well. The beer is a touch too cold right now, but this is about perfect on the hot day. The taste is not as estery as the nose, but I do get light notes of bubble-gum followed by a touch of spicy clove. The beer is quite light, which also helps with the easy drinking nature of this beer. There is a touch of grain sweetness here, which just helps to balance with the tartness, and which keeps this beer from being too thin. The finish has a sweetness to it that seems to be imparted by the fermentation character (the clove & bubble gum being the likely culprits), rather than by malted grain. The carbonation imparts a light spritziness that in combination with the light hop bitterness give this beer a touch of a bite.

All in all this beer is quite enjoyable, it really hits the spot on this warm, almost Summer's day. Light, quaffable, with enough character to keep it interesting.

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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 kpantz
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Makes me actually look forward to mowing the lawn! Slight age to the case had me worried, but I'm happy I gave it a shot. Had this one last summer at the NJ Beer Festival, and it's just as good as I remember it. Fantastic interpretation of the style. I think I've found a new summer staple!

Just bought a case of this from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Told it was fresh, I found later that the bottles say "Best by October '05." Figured I'd give one a shot before returning it. Glad I did!

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/light amber into my glass, with a less fervent head than I expected, but I'll attribute some of that to the age.

Smell: Wheat, bananas, cloves. Prototypical Hefe here.

Taste: My dear Lord. Just fantastic. Good wheat backbone with a good dose of yeast. I'm not getting the bubblegum here that others have reported. Perhaps it's because mine isn't as fresh. No matter...I've got a wonderful, bright tasting Hefeweizen here.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style. Good, but not overpowering carbonation and moderately thin body. Wonderful for the summer!

Drinkability: Can drain bottle after bottle of this. This would be perfect for a summer BBQ. May have to remember it.

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Photo of crwills
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot.

Got a pint of it at the Brooklyn Jazz Bar in Newark Liberty International Airport. Poured in totally the wrong glass, but I won't hold that against it.

Probably one of the best hefes I've had. Nice and cloudy, a little lighter than some... no head at all, but I think that was the glass.

Great banana-and-clove smell, as befits the style. Some hoppiness in there as well, and some more sour fruits... apples or pears maybe. Also a bit more malt presence than some others.

Taste matches the aroma very well. Bananas and spices, primarily, with some grainy notes, and a slightly more bitter bite than I'm used to in a hefe weizen.

Very easy drinking for the style, and I think I wouldn't get as tired of the flavour as fast with this one than with others I've tried. Too bad it cost me $8 for the pint. Yeesh.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served with a lemon wedge, which threw me off a bit, but in a Brooklyn Brewery glass. Not very cloudy - it seems like this is partly dependent on whether a wheat is served on tap or not. Wheaty and citrus nose... I didn't come away with a whole lot of the banana that reviewers have mentioned, but citrus and some cloves for sure. For me, the flavors that have a chance to shine in wheats weren't as complex in this one as in some other wheats. Not a bad beer, but not a sessioner.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Brooklyn Brewery in a plastic Brooklyn Brewery cup.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden, with moderate carbonation. A creamy white head persists as a quarter-inch layer, with nice lacing.

Smell: There are light clove and banana notes, though not as pronounced as the Saison. The most obvious aroma is a yeast, musty smell.

Taste: This is lightly sweet at the beginning, with cloves and bananas at the center. There isn't much bitterness or flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation up front. Other than carbonation this beer is very light-bodied, almost watery.

Drinkability: This beer is light and easy to drink, what flavors there are are pleasant.

Overall: This was a pretty disappointing beer. The fruity and spicy flavors and aromas of German Hefes are present, but the flavors just fall flat. Look to Live Oak Hefe Weizen for one of the best American made German style Hefes.

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Photo of Higravity
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to throw the lemon off the side of the glass and the bar tender gave me a smile like I was doing the right thing, but I had no time to talk with him. A good yellow with no cloudyness but a decent white head that yeilded lace. Smell of citrus, grass, and sort of a pilsner smell with clvoe but no real bannana. This was all about cloves and it tasted very spicy with some citrus and grassy flavors all atop a decent wheat beer. Not sure if this was a spice wheat or if they used some sort of hefe-yeast. It had a good body on it and was drinkable but I was expecting more from GO and company.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow orange. Minimal head. Hazy, but not as much as a German hefe would be. Bits of weird sediment float about. None too appealing.

Pleasingly crisp wheat smell. The yeast adds character. Bananas are abundant, as well as some citrus towards the end.

A noncomplicated banana taste takes this one over, with a backbone of wheat that is present but not pronounced. Chalky mouthfeel at the end.

This is a refreshing beer. Very quaffable.

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Photo of ski271
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a hazy light amber with a small, white, frothy head with good retention. The smell is light and fruity, with aromas of clove and banana accompanied by a good bit of yeast and light malt. The taste was more of the same, plus coriander, honey and a long, dry citrus finish. It has a medium-light body, dry texture, and lively carbonation. This is a wonderful summertime drink but also made an excellent fall beverage. Nicely done.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am so impressed with this brewery, everything rocks. I sampled this at the high falls beer festival and love ti so i picked up a six pack. It smells great! The aroma is malty, spicy-sweet and has a lot of banana in it. The head is small but leaves nice lacing. Nice rising carbonation. The body is a good hazy looking orange yellow. Wow the taste. This contains an assload of the great clove-banana combination. yeasty. Some hop flavor that balances out the maltiness. The mouthfeel also is nice; creamy yet carbonated. Full and sticky. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perhaps my only real criticism of this as a hefe weizen is that it could have had more head. Vibrant, hazy cloudy wheaty yellow golden in apperance.
Smells sharp and spicy.
Light, tangy, wheaty and more spicy in the flavor with some slickness to the mouthfeel.
Witbier meets hefe, perhaps.
An excellent American hefe weizen... really very true to style as well as being fresh and delicious... well, pretty fresh (drink by 10/05).
Another fine brew in the Brooklyn Brewery lineup.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar (Newark airport).

A tiny, white head leaves small, meringuy swoops. Beer is hazy, orangey-gold. Spicy nose: ink, some corn. Hugely fruity taste: bananas, lemon, lots of clove, sweet, spicy, corny. Almost dominated by the clove. Fairly bitter in the corny finish. It's a very refreshing, tasty beer. Full, tingly.

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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 62.4% out of 100 with 388 ratings
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