Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

very good
256 Reviews
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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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 DannyS
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in my favorite glass, a Duvel tulip. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Says best before Jan 2009. I rarely listen to those dates.

A - A nice bright brownish orange; appropriately cloudy with little head.

S - The most citrusy beer I've smelled. Smells of fresh lemons, caramel and hops. Lovely.

T - Slightly toasty with slight, pleasant hop bitterness. Sweet banana and citrus also present.

M - Interesting, to say the least. Short on aftertaste and leaves a feeling like there's a film on my tongue. Carbonation's good, but this is the weak point of this otherwise excellent brew

D - Smooth and tasty, I could drink this all day. An excellent everyday beer.

Overall - This is going to be one of my refrigerator standbys. Tasty and easy drinking, I'm going to enjoy this one a long time.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my .5-liter weizen glass, Brooklyner Weisse pours a decidedly orange-ish-amber color, cloudy with delicious yeast. A moderately aggressive weizen pour (with swirl) yields a three-finger, off-white head, which recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap. I'd liken the overall appearance of this one to Schneider-Weisse -- both are considerably more amber-hued than most wheat beers.

Smell -- Awesome! A powerful bouquet of bananas, bready yeast, and something approaching brown sugar. This is among the best-smelling hefeweizens (and, thus, best-smelling beers) I've encountered. Nice work!

Taste -- Also wonderful. As should be the case with hefeweizens, the flavor follows the nose. Bananas, yeast, wheat bread, and sugary malt. Great stuff; probably my second-favorite American weizen, flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel -- A little disappointing. I'm starting to get the sense that the water supply at the brewery may lead to an odd "wateriness" or a "hole" in the mouthfeel of many Brooklyn beers. Carbonation is crisp, fine, and appropriate to the style, but the carbolic bite is followed by an off-putting emptiness that arrives at the same time as the malt flavors. Strange.

Drinkability -- Mouthfeel notwithstanding, this is an easily drinkable brew, suitable for consumption year-round (if you ask me). Likely to be very versatile with food, this beer is highly recommended. If you like traditional Bavarian wheat beers, you've got to give this one a try.

I suspect this one would be even better on tap, as nearly all hefeweizens are.

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


Pours a cloudy gold, fluffy white head.

Nose is banana and bubblegum, yeasty, bit of wheat.

Taste is fairly standard fare for a Weiss - crisp and light, lot of bubblegum and banana from the yeast, dry as a result, crisp finish. The wheat comes through a bit harshly. It's a nice enough package, but the why it all hits together is just a bit off.

Light bodied, Crisply carbonated.

Still, I can always drink a good hefe, and this certainly qualifies.

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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 hopdog
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a local pub that also gave away a free Brooklyn Weizen Glass (and I didn't have a weizen glass at home - bonus).

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with an averaged sized head. Aromas and tastes of bananas, wheat, and spices.

Notes from: 7/15/04

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind TIger. Pours a super cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and yeast. Flavor of yeast, clove, pepper, and a nice sweetness. Quite enjoyable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of LennyV
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow into my allagash glass. 3 finger head which disappears quickly no lacing.

Smells yeasty and malty sweet.

Taste is exceptional. Starts with a spicy yeast and ends with a malty sweet taste which coats your mouth.

Feels like velvetly soft in you mouth little carbonation.

This is one of my favorite heffes! I could drink it all night long. Another great beer from brooklyn.

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Photo of billyhongkong
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice tannish orangish color. decent head but dissipates pretty quickly. I'd like it to be much more carbonated though. very good taste with a nice fruity finish. decent mouthfeel. over all a very good beer, without a doubt the best heffeweisse i've had in america

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tangerine orange color, thin off white head.

S: Sweet caramel and citrus grind dominate the nose with just a touch of herbal hopping.

T: Some fresh oranges and lemons provide some background flavor along with some honey hints. Fresh lemon hopping provides a nice citrus tang and lasting fade in the finish. Lacks any strong hefe yeast traits.

M: Light creamy mouthful, caramel malt blends nicely with wheat backbone producing a nice fluffy texture.

D: Overall has a moderate drinkability and limited complexity but would make for a decent summer picnic beer if nothing else.

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

I bought this on the cheap ($2.50 for a sixpack) from my local beerporium, likely because it's marked "best before January '08". Oh well, we'll see how its age affects its flavor. It poured a darkish yellow with copper highlights with a single-finger head and some aggressive visible carbonation. The smell is pretty fruity, with some orange and banana and some wheat smell. The taste starts off with some orange and banana that gives way to some spices and an interesting amount of floral taste. The mouthfeel is a little watery with decent amount of very fine carbonation that makes for a very crisp feeling. This is a very drinkable beer, and doesn't seem to have suffered from its age. I'd love to try it on tap somewhere to compare.

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

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem. Served with brinner (breakfast for dinner). It looks a cloudy straw yellow with a white head and thin lacing.

I love finding American hefe's that actually taste like they're from Germany. This really reminds me of Franziskaner for the creamy orange (creamsicle) aroma and taste. Really, it reminds me of biting into a fresh orange. This beer, however, has a bit more banana in the background and the body is a touch thinner.

This hefe is a winner and can stand up to the great beers of Germany, though I'd stop short of saying it's better. If you love wheat beers, try this.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn version of a Hefeweizen. Out of the bottle this beer poured a hazy honey gold color with one and half fingers of off-white head. Moderate retention but rather weak lacing. The aroma was nice, clean malt, wheat, some "horse blanket" funk and hints of sweetness. The flavors were similar though more focused on the funk. The first flavors I got were the wheat and hints of spices followed by some musty malt and a little vanilla. Rather uncomplicated. The finish, while crisp, was a little odd, similar to clover honey sweetness but not as rich. It was very smooth and easy to quaff. This is a very sessionable beer and good for the summer but it falls a little short of greatness for me despite being solid.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy,orange color with a small foamy head and a decent lace.
The aroma of bananas,cloves and some yeast.
The taste was really sweet,less clove and more banana. Wheat and a touch of citrus.
The feel was creamy,smooth carbonation,light body and crisp.

Notes: Sweet on tap and while I like this beer,I had one and craved no more.All in all it was still a good beer,but strangely I prefer the bottle.

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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 clayrock81
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orange body with decent carbonation but a flat lining heard. Not only did I pick up citric fruits and sour fruit notes along with some floral hops, but a hint of some toasted and/or caramel malt. I've never picked that up in a hefe before. Smooth, even creamy, and sharp with both citric notes and some clove and pepper spice. Medium bodied and fluffy; you could chew on this beer. All around a good hefe you can tip back anytime.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Body is a slightly hazy yellow. Pour produces <1 finger foamy white head that quickly fades to a thin collar which retains well. No lacing is left behind in the glass. A hefeweizen should be much cloudier than this.

S- Nose is in-line for the style. Banana, clove, and a sweet yeastiness can be detected.

T- Faint banana upfront with a mild sweet, yeasty background. A touch of hops and clove kick in for the finish.

M- Carbonation is low to medium and body is thin and somewhat watery though some yeast can be detected.

D- This is an ok beer. Not sure if it was the bottle/batch or if this beer is always this way. I won't be paying for this one again.

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

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass somewhat all the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet wheat malt, some banana, and some citris as well.
T: The taste is alot like the nose only the banana is much more potent. Nice wheat malt under a bit of citris, som spices, and then a bigger but not overpowering banana flavor.
M: Very smooth and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer as it isn't overpowering in any one flavor.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma of banana, bubblegum, cloves, and yeast.

Tastes of banana, cloves, lemon, bubblegum, and Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is very clean and light.

Lighter bodied, slightly dry, with a light carbonation.

A very drinkable hefe from Brooklyn Brewery.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, drinkable beer with a bit more flavor than some dometic Weissens. Pours with good clarity, more of a kristalweissen look, with a head that fadews way too quickly to nothing. Golden in color. Lots of banana and fresh wheat in the smell and a nint of clovey spice at the end. Slightly sweet and bready with banana bread flavors and some grainy wheat. A little grainy in the mouthfeel, but substantial enough without being too heavy and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Fairly tasty and simple and definitely easy to drink, but not the definitive Weisse beer by a long shot.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Typical hazy orange/yellow. Small, one finger head receded very quickly to thin white collar. Some lacing.

S - Expected banana smell is there, but it leans a little closer to sweet corn. Backed by pronounced phenols.

T - Next to flavorless. The slight fruit esters make a brief appearance early palate, with some uninteresting, slightly sour malt in the middle. Finish begins with a growing bitterness accented by phenolic character. The earthy hop bitterness becomes almost unmanagable and is completely inappropriate for the style.

M - What the hell?? Moderately carbonated and otherwise just plain watery. Extremely watery even by APWA standards.

D - I could drink this all night if I had to, but I wouldn't.

I was actually really excited to find this and had been saving it for when I was in just the right mood. After having Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse last week I thought this would at least be a decent stab at a hefe, but in reality it sucks. The taste is too muted and too full of hops, and while the mouthfeel perhaps suits this flavor, it certainly can't work with a hefe.

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Photo of JohnW
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Bar in Terminal C, Newark Airport, June 2008, at the usual Airport rip-off price of $8 a pint!

Was served in the traditional Weiss style glass, with slice of orange on the glass rim. Much less foaming head than I expected, which thinned very quickly. Aroma was what I would expect from a Weiss beer, fruity, bananas, cloves and spice, also rather dry and with a hint of tart apple skins. Have to say - regretfully - I was rather disappointed with the taste. It leaned on the rather dry side, almost sour at the back, and not much depth at all. It somehow seemed very 'two dimensional' rather flat, and dare I say it - boring. There was no depth of flavour, all up front and dry, nothing else came through as I drank it, no character coming through as it went down.

Unless I was just unlucky and had an under par sample, was rather disappointed, as I expected great things. Not a patch on some other US Weiss beers (think Penn Weiss is much better) and no comparison at all the the German Hefe Weiss beers like Schneider, Wehenstephener, Andechs, Paulaner and the like.

I will have to try it again, just in case I was unlucky at the time.

B'ham UK June 2008

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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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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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