Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
388 Ratings
Brooklyner WeisseBrooklyner Weisse
BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 08-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
388
Reviews:
256
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 388 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber large white head holds for a bit then dwindles into a collar leaving random spots of lacing. Aroma: Mild banana and clove tones inspired by the yeast strain, semi-funky wheat backing not bad just not as authentic of a weizen compared to the German originators. Taste: A bit husky of a husky tone that clouds the banana, clove, and vanilla yeast characteristics there's a sharp citrus sweetness to it that's decent. Mouthfeel: Thin lacks the fluffiness and texture that I have come to know and love from a hefe. Drinkability: Good overall lacking on what makes other wheat beers great like Ayinger, Franzy, Paulaner, and Weihenstephaner the yeast strains are clearly different.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at Rattle N Hum NYC.

Not much head is presented for the pour, but a simple off cream white collar remains. Body color is a nice lemon and almost orb yellow, opaque. Looks like standard Hefeweissen.

Nose matches classic hefeweissen styles. Sweet malt chewy wheat, dense banana, mild clove. Big fruit density and cream very nice.

Taste brings all of it into play. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich chewy malt. Aftertaste is very taffy like but not too sweet. Banana but nothing cloying, surprisingly malt takes over banana richness on the finish. Really lingers even some faint honey.

Overall solid, real easy drinking, could easily consume many of these on a hot day.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating notched on label. Pours a nice straw color, cloudy,white head,small bubbles and some lacing. Yeast, malt and spice in the nose. Typical german wheat flavor notes, yeast,cloves, a hint of spicy melon, bananas. Soft malt mouthfeel, smooth and pleasant. Minimal grainy hop notes come in late. Nice but not great Weisse offering from Bklyn. Good everyday summer brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Appearance: dull, hazy yellow color, with a large, creamy, pillowy white head, a pich-perfect weizen look.
Aroma: big banana nose, some lemon and spices, lively, vibrant, assertive.
Taste: smooth, mellow, simple and uncomplicated, but with a continually tasty, unrelenting citric flavor. Medium body, generous texture, they hit it on the nose with this one, an excellent interpretation of the Bavarian weizen style.
Good job, Brooklyn, and thanks to UncleJimbo for providing the bottle!

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Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -47.5%

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 LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is great. It smells of fruity esters and sweet wheat malts. The taste is average. It has a watery feel and falls short of many hefes I had before. It is unfiltered so it has the yeasty flavor, but I still think it's a weak example of this style. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied ale with very little carbonation. This beer drinks fine, but is a disappointment for experienced wheat beer drinkers.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Very traditional looking for the style.

The aroma has banana clove, wheat, and bit of citrus. There's also that yeasty ester that comes with hefeweizens. Not a huge aroma, but still spot on.

The flavor follows with banana, clove, vanilla, orange peel.

Then mouthfeel is a bit lighter on this one and the flavor falls out to be a bit watery on the end.

Still, the beer is pretty spot on with the flavors and a good American example of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat, with some grain husk and light banana notes. The flavor is very similar. The wheat notes come through the most, with some banana and clove notes thrown in. I also get some light lemon and orange citrus character. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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 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 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 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 Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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