Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 Dithyramb
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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 Greggy
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with loads of carbonation bubbles, and a 1 finger head that has some decent retention, but nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of clove, hints of yeast and touch of banana. Loads of wheaty twang, and suggestions of darker breadiness.

T- Starts out with a spot of banana-bread note, then moves into some wheaty twang, some clove, then finishes with light citrus and residual banana flavors.

M- Although the beer displays loads of carbonation bubbles, I only get light carbonation which works well for me.

D- This is one hell of a session beer. It's not a weihenstephaner by any means but more of a gentle twist on the German Style. Quite enjoyable.

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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 Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a 90% clear medium gold into the appropriate Brooklyn weisse glass at fridge temperature. Full 3" soapy head that settles to a constant 1/2" layer, great activity inside the glass.

Smell- Banana nut bread with a slight astringent note, mild clove and yeast undertones are coming through. Layers of wheat show themselves as the beer opens up, adding to the fullness of the aroma. This beer really peaks well into the pour.

Taste- An almost perfect balance of wheat, malt, hops, and spices. Mellow but wonderfully satisfying. A yeasty breadiness lingers inside the cheeks that is just drying enough to warrant the next mouthfull. Malty sweet, not overly complex.

Mouthfeel- So easy, it's criminal. Crisp. Carbonation is minimal but lively, and there is enough body to really enjoy the swallow. Excellent.

Drinkability- With a 5% abv, this one's an all-day quaffer! Drinks effortlessly and rewards you with a thirst-quenching solution to the heat. Damn fine brew.

Thank you Garrett and Co. for your contributions to craft beer, I have never been let down by your works. Cheers.

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a Brooklyn tap house at the Newark Airport while waiting on a connection flight. Served in a weizen glass.

A: Poured a beautiful deep orange, and hazy. If I didn't know better or see some head on this sucker, I would think it was orange juice. Head is frothy and deep white. The retention is ok, little to no lacing. Pretty.

S: Smell is of sweet wheat, cloves, lemon rind, oranges and orange peel, and a touch of banana. Smells fantastic.

T: Taste is of the nose. Sweet wheat and clove are present but the citrus elements really shine. Heavy orange presence. A touch of banana and bubble gum in the finish.

M: Light bodied brew that really is crisp and refreshing. Damn near perfect on the carbonation. The aftertaste is nice with citrus, and bubble gum.

D: This brew is perfect for summer and this was great to ease my troubled soul after being screwed out of a flight. Need more, damnit.

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Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bierkraft growler received in my latest trade with hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one...been looking forward to it. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed golden yellow color. A big two fingers of fluffy head rests on top and lingers for several minutes before slowly fizzing its way down to the surface. Very good looking hefe.

S - Full of wheaty aromas. Lots of spicy cloves and fresh squeezed lemons. Very lemony! This is really grabbing my attention...can't wait to taste.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Slightly tart with tons of lemony citrus, yeasty esters, spicy cloves and a solid base of wheat malt. Perhaps the most citrusy hefe I've ever had...maybe a bit overdone for the style, but I'm finding this extremely refreshing and tasty.

M - A bit on the thin side, tending towards watery, but buoyed nicely by a strong carbonation that really brings the citrus and tart flavors to the forefront.

D - The lively carbonation and the somewhat unique and intense lemon flavors really are hitting me the right way. This is another perfect warm weather beer...makes me think of sitting outside the Schneider pub in Munich on a warm summer day before Oktoberfest. This might be biasing my rating, but I don't care...any beer that can bring me back there in my mind is definitely worthy of recognition.

A somewhat different take on the hefeweizen style, but it meshes pretty well with my flavor preferences...if you like an adult lemonade like beer, give it a shot.

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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 kbub6f
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of silver0rlead
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of ski271
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a different beer in the bottle than on draft, but pleasing nonetheless. In fact, I find it quite unique! The typical Bavarian-weisse appearance is intact with a very hazy yellow body that's capped by a bright-white head of creamy foam which holds well. The lacing is quite nice as well, and is left throughout the glass. The nose, however, is what's intriguing. It's a bit smokey at first, masking much of the sweet, bready malt and clove beneath it; yet it all eventually comes through - even the soft note of vanilla! Although I realize there's no smoked malt invovled, it reminds me of the weizen brewed in Bamberg! The body is light/medium; and it's gently crisp and then creamy in the mouth - very nice! The flavor delivers a soft fruitiness upfront, followed by some bready sweetness and vanilla as it warms and then a mild clove note at the tail which increases in the swallow. An underlying bitterness balances quite well and it finishes drying with a lingering note of soft clove. Well done!!! Although I've always felt that FX Matt's Saranac Weizen was a very good brew, I'm surprised at how well they've done with this tasty little treat. Kudos!

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

A 12 oz bottle into an Aventinus Weizenstarkbier glass. A lightly cloudy gold with a generous head that stays for a minute then fades to a light covering with nice bits of lace here and there on my glass. Moderate carbonation keeps the beer covered.

Smell is lemony with banana and light clove. Strong wheat malt twangs through with a hint of butterscotch. Yeasty esters abound and mix it up nicely.

Taste is more lemon and a strong wheat malt backbone. Light banana, a peppery spiciness, and clove. Tart and sour apples lend a juiciness. Faint bubblegum follows. Finish is dry and tart with light cinnamon, clove, and crusty bread. A subtle mixture that grows on you as you go down the glass.

Mouthfeel is lightweight with lively carbonation that develops into creamy velvet. It is crisp and tingly, smooth and pleasing to the throat.

Just perfect for sessioning. It goes down so easy and smoothly. Quenching and refreshing. Just superb. I went through two reviewing it.

A beer that is more that the sum of it's parts. The velvety feel and easy drinking insidiously wrap themselves around your mouth. Not the best hefe but a very good one that will not let you down.

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

This one was my first of the night in the Blind Tiger at NYC.

Caught me off guard, too, because it was poured into a Schneider Weisse glass which still said "brooklyner-weisse". I thought this was american? i came here for the locals. turns out, it is.

In general terms, this was one of the best Brooklyn beers i tried, because it's a textbook hefe-weizen. hazy golden pour, banana clovey smell, bubble-gumish flavour, you name it- it's definetly german engineered but american brewed. very worthy of a try and highly sessionable, I haven't been disappointed by the Brooklyners so far.

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

Pours a hazy light orange with sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Wonderful, fluffy head that is a sign of a hefeweizen that is true to style. Pleasant, and slightly subdued, scents of fruity yeast, with a tone of grass.

Traditional notes of clove and banana dominate, but in a rather delicate manner. There is a interesting "toasty" note to the wheat malt flavor. A touch of grassiness in the finish keeps this from being too straightforward, bring the ale character and gives the finish a little something special.

A great choice for summer sippin' around the BBQ.

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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 jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 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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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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