Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

very good
388 Ratings
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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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had an eye out for this for awhile now, finally crossed paths.

6 oz serving. More than enough to get the gist. Poured with a fluffy, cottony head that stuck all over. Very nice. Color was a pale, light saffron. A little murky with what appeared to be some kind of sediment suspended. Eh.

The yeast be kickin' in aroma, taste, AND mouthfeel as well. Bready, or better yet, cereal smell. More densely concentrated all around than I am used to in this style.

Hits tough with the yeast - almost like a nice clean kristalweizen with a tablespoon of heady yeast dumped in and some sprinkles of wheat germ. Not so much of the spicy, banana or clove notes - they're lingering weakly.

Slightly creamy head. Felt the grit of bran/yeast on my tongue as it went down. Wasn't unpleasant, just different. There's a clean medium-light body under that sediment.

I'd say it's a somewhat unique character they have going with this. Not bad at all - worth another try. But I'll pass over it in favor of a Paulaner or Weihenstephaner any time probably.

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Photo of tzieser
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the pour farm in new bedford Massachusetts.

Pours a cloudy golden color that quickly settles.

Notes of banana and clove, similar to an authentic German hef.

Big wheat flavor with hints of banana, clove and other spices. True to style.

Smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.


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Photo of donniecuffs
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden/yellow into a weizen glass, with less than a finger of white, bad head retention, and modest lacing. The nose revealed the expected banana, bubblegum, and clove, but not as pronounced as I have come to expect. The taste was in fact a little better, with more generous notes of banana and clove, but also mixed with a little too much lemon citrus, that progressed to a thin finish. Mouthfeel was modestly carbonated, and on the thin side. Definitely sessionable, but again I would like more banana/clove at the expense of the lemon/citrus.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy pale yellow in color into a weizen glass with just a few bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of clove, banana and yeast in the nose.
T: There is some mild sweetness in the overall taste, which lots of flavors of wheat and clove with notes of banana and spices. The initial taste is very strong but there isn't much of an aftertaste in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very thirst quenching.
D: This beer is very drinkable on a hot summer day and is perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light hazy gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild head of foam. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cloves, vanilla, tart wheat, and lemon zest.
Taste is of the aromas with crisp flavors of refreshment.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, clean, zesty, and easy drinking.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of soft and light malts with good amounts of overripe bananas and clove. The clove aromas are a bit larger than the bananas. As the beer warms mild amounts of wheat aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with influence from soft wheat kick things off. Shortly thereafter good amounts of banana flavors make their way into things before being supplanted by clove midway through the sip. The spicy flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall besides the relatively weak head retention this is a pretty solid beer for the style. Worth a shot.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

appearance - cloudy golden colour, frothy white head

aroma - lemon zest, coriander, cloves, pepper

taste - citrus, lemon zest, clove, orange aftertaste

mouthfeel - decent carbonation, light bodied somewhat sweet taste

drinkability - these can go down pretty smoothly

decent hefe, doesnt really hold up against the German versions of the style, but on its own, pretty solid

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Photo of m1ked
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful spring day at BT...finally! I hope winters cold grip is behind us, and stave off summers muggy, stinky breath as long as possible.

A- Typical cloudy brassy sandy brown with a good 1 " white tight bubbled head on top. No thanks on the lemon though.

S- Clovey banana bubble gum with a touch of lemony zest.

T- Just like the nose I get the same banana-gummy flavor with some clovey yeast and touch of coriander white pepper. Citrusy finish.

M- Good consistent bubbly carbonation throughout, dryish finish.

D- I really enjoy this style, makes me think of summer time. I am no expert in the german hefes, but I do endorse this beer as a great represetation of this style done by any US brewer. The spice / floral notes are very pronounced, which is not for everyone....but thoroughly enjoyed by me.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, drank on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery on 2/19/10.

a - Pours a murky, golden color that is somewhat transparent but not very. About one inch of white head with little retention. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of yeast. Also some lesser smells of citrus, cloves, and fruit. Pretty good.

t - Tastes strongly of yeast and some citrus. Also hints of banana, and clove again. I thought it was a little lacking.

m - Medium body with little carbonation.

d - I thought this was an ok hefeweizen. Nothing jumped out but a solid beer none the less. Definitely something you could have a few of and I'd try again.

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Photo of Stimack
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to pick up this brew more or less based on the cost. The brew poured into a traditional Hefeweizen glass with a nice sized white head that broke down very fast and left little to no lacing. The aroma was pretty nice, good amount of banana and some bubble gum and zest of lemon. Nice yeast aroma. Was highlighted by the banana and other fruit like flavors as well as a light spiciness. Pretty crisp feel as the carbonation is adequate. Over all this is a pretty good brew, while nothing to truly write home about this is an above average Hefe.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-cloudy gold body and a thick white head

S-strong veggie smell overpowers other things

T-spicy front and lemony in the middle, the finish is kind of like bubble gum

M-light and highly carbonated

D-mine was a little too cold to enjoy but as it warmed up it was quite pleasant.

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Photo of epicness
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange/Amberish color. I'd compare it to the color of rust on a car. Let's hope it doesn't taste like rust, although, I've never tasted rust before... it just can't be good and we will leave it at that. The head was a nice quarter to half inch head, but I'm not sure because it dissipated so quickly and left no trail of lacing. The head went away so quickly it's like someone pulled a magic trick in front of my eyes.. I'm not even sure if one was there to begin with. (Okay you get my point)

S - Some people say this is the most citrusy beer they have ever smelled. Yeah, I don't get the same feeling. Sure theres some citrus in there, but it doesn't dominate the smell by no means. Lemon for sure, with some spice. Theres also so banana. I don't really feel anything special from the smell.

T - So far neither the appearance or scent really did anything for me. Hopefully the taste can be a lot better than I'm starting to feel like it's going to be. *Long pause* Little bit of hop bitterness I must say. Some orange and banana. Little spicy. Definitely didn't expect this at all. (Not that it's necessarily bad, it just caught me off guard.) I was expecting something a little bit more sweet. I feel like the finish of the beer is really missing something. I'm not sure what it is, but I really feel like I was just waiting for a taste of something else and I never got it. I guess you could say it falls a little flat. No aftertaste at all. I keep forgetting what it tastes like until I get another mouthful.

M - Carbonation is crisp. The beer feels really light. It's just odd how the taste drops off so quickly. I'm not a huge fan of that.

D - Very drinkable beer. Goes down very easy, and they leave you wanting more with the way you can't savor the taste. Could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of TLove
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

Had at Brooklyn Brewery.

Some grassiness and marsala in the smell. Some apricot, fig, cardamom, and some clove in the taste, though the presence of yeast is not particularly strong. A bit of a foamy, bready touch of sourness to the beer, which retains its character.

Medium body with a dry, acidic taste that is a bit unbecoming. Other than that, this beer is pretty solid. It is smooth and consistent. Pretty run of the mill in some aspects. But decent overall.

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

On tap at the brewery, December 09.

Really nicely cloudy pale yellow, just the right colour, although a little dull. Head is creamy and thick, a wonderful crown of white bubbles. Overall, a damn good looking hefe.

Very clear and traditional hefeweizen notes on the nose. Lots of clove noticeable. Smooth and fragrant, and very genuine. A really good nose.

Taste is also pretty true. Clove again noticeable, almost turning to charred wood in its spiciness. Clean and smooth with sweetness all the way through, leaving a pleasantly silky experience on the palate. Mouthfeel is generally creamy with just a light prickling of carbonation.

This is a very genuine hef. Lots of good true-to-style characters, with plenty of lovely fragrance. Australian brewers do a poor imitation of the style. At least here in Brooklyn, they do it right.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours crystal-clear deep amber body (after carefully decanting) with a half inch of off-white head. Smells estery - banana and nut jump out - with a slight hint of tart fruitiness. Tastes like banana, nut, and clove, with a nice smooth transition to a slightly sour dry bite toward the finish. Aqueous light body with moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable with nothing but pleasant balanced flavors to compliment the light refreshing body. Probably even better mit hefe - guess I'll try that on the next bottle. Still one of the best hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured into a Wiezen glass at 47 degree.

Appearance: A very nice 2 finger head that lasted for a few moments. The head is a very foamy and bubbly head. The color of the beer is orange with reddish hues. The body of the beer is cloudy. There are a few effervescence bubbles in the body of the beer.

Nose: A very strong wheat aroma with oranges, honey, and lemon. There are hints of yeast and a floral bouquet.

Taste: A very good wheat flavor with oranges, honey, and, lemon. There are hints of bouquet of flowers and yeast.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium body and the finish is medium. This beer is a very tasty heffe. I like the how well the flavors mesh and how well it was made.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyner Weisse is a hazy, lighter golden beer with a thin, dense, elastic, white head that shows nice retention and lacing. There is wet grass and spicy tones in the aroma. It smells a little dank and cave-like. Possibly apricot or plum in the nose. It has a soft and foamy medium-light body with a dry finish. It tastes sour, with lits of clove flavor. The is a note of dark bread and isoamyl acetate is pretty prominent. The bitterness is wooden and balanced well with the other flavors. There's a little cooking wine in the aftertaste. It's pretty light drinking, but it's reasonably engaging. It tastes like it's from Germany, like a Weienstephaner or something.

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Photo of ChurchillsKGB
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very good color, reminds me of Sam Adams Summer Ale

Smell: Good, nothing stands out except a hint of the cloves

Taste: Best part, of the more unique beers widely available. Perfect summer beer, and the aftertaste has just a hint of bananas and cloves. I didn't think I'd like it much, it started fairly bitter for a wheat, but it was well done.

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

A- Slightly cloudy pale yellow color with a small off white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Citrus, banana, clove, spices and bubblegum dominate the nose.

T- Orange and banana first, then some nice clove and spice notes, followed by a mild sweet finish. Kind of falls a little flat at the finish as the sweetness needs to be a little stronger.

M- Medium in body and feels light in the mouth, decent carbonation.

D- Easy drinking summer brew and with an ABV of 5.1% it makes a decent session beer.

If they can work out the finish this could be a great hefe.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the Perfect Pint

Pours a golden hue, with a thin white head and no lacing.

Smells slightly of banana and spice and a strong citrus and molasses nose is present.

It tastes clean and clear with a strong citrusy flavor. Pretty simple beer and really easy to drink. Overall pretty mild taste with simple undertones. The carbonation is just right for the type of beer

Overall drinkability is very high. I could drink this beer all night because of its simple, refreshing, and light flavor. I'm a big fan of Brooklyners and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of mhatters
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint shaker glass at the Brickside in Exton

Pours an amberishgolden color, a bit hazy with a real thin white head

The citrus jumps out in the nose, with a spice backing and some sweet sugary malt as a subtle touch.

The citrus continues in the flavor, with some honey-sweetness. There is not much traditional hefeweizen yeastiness, more fresh citrus and subtle spice (a bit too subtle).

Very easy to drink, especially on a hot day. An overall simple beer, stands up nicely and is fun to drink. A nice beer for a day in the yard, or on the beer bar patio.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Weizen glass a hazy golden color with a white head and clingy lace. Smells of bananna and cloves with wheat bread malts. Tastes a bit tart at first and then mellows with wheat flavor and some fruitiness but not as much as expected from the nose. It is slighty watery in the feel but a good choice for a summer's day. A respectable showing of the style here from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 ounce long neck bottle into a tulip. The pour produces a 2 inchwhite foamy head. The beer is a transparent pale amber with a little chill haze.
Leaving some little lace drapeing streaks and a colar of retention

Aromas of bubble gum, bananas clove and a touch of lemon. Just a little bit of cracked peppercorn spice in there too.

Its light and carbonated with a thin crisp feel. Semi-sweet upfront with more bubblegum and plenty of cloves, just a bit of fruits here. Some mild banana and somthing like pinneaple. Just a little bitterness through the finish and some grassy hops. This is a nice light beer, easily drinkable. Not my favorite style, but definatly true to the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sunny, radiant golden body that in appearance much more closely resembles a pilsner than an unfiltered wheat beer. Far be it for me to call Brooklyn liars, but my sample of their "unfiltered hefe-weizen" is sparkling clear, even 'mit hefe'. They're also off the mark claiming it as traditional because the lack of head is anything but. There are visible signs of carbonation but they amount to little more than a soapy trim.

Fortunately, the aroma smells every bit as German as the beer's name is spelled. Pungent notes of spicy clove and fruity notes of banana both waft right below the nostrils. That smell of banana leaves the impression of something summery or tropical. Notes of wheat husks abound, the beer smells more grainy than sweet. And, just a touch of vanilla bean surfaces as the beer starts to warm.

The taste is exceptionally light, even for a wheat beer. Largely lost are those suggestions of summer flowers and tropical fruits. Even the distinctly straw-like graininess of wheat is numbed. The flavour is mainly that of sweetened bread with clove being more of an afterthought and banana nothing more than a footnote.

The flavour profile fails to really bring the spice or fruit; the mouthfeel is drab and characterless. Apart from sweetness, there is little else by way of texture, nothing to resemble the graininess or spiciness suggested by the aroma anyhow. My first order of business would be more carbonation; some thought might also be given to a bolder yeast.

Brooklyn Brewing is capable of having the golden touch - which with their Weisse beer kind of turns to bronze. It is in no way a bad beer but is simply not on the same level as most of the authentic German offerings. Certainly, the beer is not up to the brewery's usual standard. In most cases, Brooklyn captures a style with pin-point precision. Here's wondering if this bottle was just a little out of focus.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a modest white head.

The aroma is wheat and yeast joined by fruit, banana and orange, mostly. It's overbearingly sweet, and I'm voting this isn't my style at all. However, this is my first hefe, and I've smelled worse wheat beers.

Very much about the wheat and yeast on the palate. Banana and spices (cinnamon? clove?) come in second, and they're mild enough not to turn me off. The fruits are balanced well, as are the spices. The carbonation is too snappy and prickly for my taste, but the body fills out quite well. The aftertaste is brown sugar, but in a coarse, almost drying real-brown-sugar way, not in a super-sweet syrupy way.

This really isn't to my taste as a beverage, but it would make an excellent desert. Assuming everything is to style, which I get the impression that it is (though I have no reference for appearance), this isn't a bad beer.

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