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:
38
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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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 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 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 RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick ! Cloudy apricot color with a moderate off-white creamy head but a bit low for the style. Nice balanced banana-clove aroma and flavor. Fruity flavors dominate with a nice soft grainy wheat touch. Medium-full bodied and creamy.

Vary nice and refreshing American-Bavarian Hefe !

Per Brooklyn website:
Malts: European Barley Malt (half) and Wheat Malt (half)
Hops: German Perle
1997 GABF - Gold - German Wheat Ale

Best Before: Oct '04 ('4045' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 08/23/04

($6.29 / 6-pack)

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a weizen glass. Produced a dark brown color, with hints of yellow. Seemed much darker than other beers of this style. Had a decent head that dissipated after a time, with some lacing as well.

You can really smell the wheat on this one. Also, there was something sweet in the aroma.

The wheat in this overwhelmed everything else. It was a little hard going down. Not entirely without charm, but certainly not great.

Had a fair amount of carbonation, for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't impressed with this beer. It wasn't very complex in taste and left something of a weak aftertaste. If you want a good weisse get a Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale, golden, cloudy color with a decent amount of carbonation. Subtle hints of clove and banana stand out. Taste is kind of thin and somewhat watery with hints of clove and banana as well that stand out after another sip. Not a bad example of this style but I swear I've had better ones.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulup...Dirty medium honey gold pour, light white head, whispy, watery but still good retention...The aroma is very sweet wheat, cloves, but add depth with some spiceyness that is really nice...The taste is surprsingly flavorful but still too sweet to be great. Sweet wheat, orange peels, spice.

A decent hefe, unique spice notes that help the sweetness, but drinkable. A non craft drinker liked it so maybe a good gateway beer, especially have he liked this better than r10.

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

I had this on tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City, served in a 0.5L weisse glass. The beer was golden colored with strong hints of haziness, but normally I think the best weisse beers are completely hazy. The smell and taste was completely right (banana/clove) but a little light. Nice creamy mouthfeel, very easily drinkable. A great American wheat beer, reminiscent of Penn Wheat to me.

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

Pours a hazy golden color....nose is soft banana's and interestingly enough caramel...flavor is a little different than traditional Hefe's but very tasty...buttery...some light banana...also vanilla....just a hint of cloves on the finish....body is pretty impressive for this style...thicker than most....ut maybe not as quaffable...overall this is very good and definitely an interesting take on the style...worth a stab if you see it...

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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 WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of OCT 2012 stamp. Pretty sure this is the same beer, although my bottle says Wheat Beer instead of Weisse Beer. Pours a hazed orange color with a fast-fading white head. Surprisingly lame retention and lacing...especially for a wheat.

Nose has a fair amount of wheat and bananas, but lacking a bit in the clove and bubblegum department. Not bad, a little more earthy than most.

The yeast esters just dont really pop in this beer and just seem a bit dull. It's not un-flavorful, but there is something about this one that doesnt quite do it for me. I dont think it comes remotely close to a fresh Franziskaner or Paulaner, and there are more than a few domestic versions that Id rather have. The mouthfeel is not as creamy and smooth as the best of the style display. Re-reading my review it sounds like I didnt like this beer at all...not true. I liked it well enough and the sixer didnt last long in the fridge, but I dont see myself heading back for more unless it is the freshest sample I can find. Mr. Oliver - the freshness dating is much appreciated, especially on a Bavarian style wheat beer.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Solid haze of yellow somewhat darkish in color, large white fluffy head grew fast but faded within a half minute or so to a solid skim always present and some lacing in small patches. Smell is very dullish and musty as hell with alot of wheat-ly malt sweetness, some lemonyness, banana, clove, it tends to give off just about every wild yeast on the spectrum, picks up some medicinal and wet cardboard fumes as well. Taste of unfiltered wheat and yeast abound in this hefe-weisse with a strong musty sweetness that really stands out. Good amounts of dullish lemon and banana plus, of course, lots of fluffy wheat malt and some clove bouncing around. Very solid finish of wheaty texture and grainy sweetness and has a bit of the yeast/cardboard showing up in a bit of the aftertaste. Feel is medium body softness in front and gains a bit of a chewy texture then finishes stronger then at first with lingering sweetness.
Overall this unfiltered wheat beer is a pretty good showing of the style and gets a bit nicer on the palette as it warms.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottles.

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Photo of argock
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy yellow-orange with one-finger head that dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lace to speak of

S: Banana, lemon, peach, and cardamom with plenty of tangy wheat behind the scenes

T: Nice blast of tangy, citrusy wheat flavor with smooth fruitiness. Full-flavored without too much spice or fruit.

M: Very smooth and nicely carbonated with pleasant tangy and medium-dry finish.

D: A very nice effort from Brooklyn with an even, pleasant hefe that may not be the most unique, but hits the spot. It avoids the "vapor trap" of a lot of hefeweizens out there.

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

Appearance – Beautiful, hazy orange in color with a big, frothing head.

Smell – The big, giant yeast was plenty enough to cut through the standard barroom smells.

Taste – The taste is a little more relaxed than the nose. The light, typical Weissbier fruits mix nicely with the yeasty backbone.

Mouthfeel – There was some good fluffiness to this light to medium-bodied Weissbier.

Drinkability – This is a terrific summertime bier that I would love to have over and over.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color and for a hefe, a below average white head, no detectable lacing. Has a nice smell of bananas and bubble gum. The taste is of banana and crisp slightly metallic wheat malt. The feel is light and well carbonated, has a nice balanced finish. A very good version of an American Hefe, respectable against the German counterparts. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5%

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