Brooklyner Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
387
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured darker than most Hefe's and lacked some of the real banana characteristics expected but the flavour was full and rounded which let the beer grow with each sip. A dusting of cloves falls across the finish which seems like a nice take on the style. Worth a try for a different type of hefe.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to chaduvel for this one. Pours a hazy golen orange with a big white marshmallowy head. Big aromas coming off this one: sweet bananas, cloves, vanilla alcohol (whatever that is). This is a great hefeweizen. Malty, yeasty, with just the right touch of cloves, bananas, and bubblegum. Not too sweet, yet very tasty. Finish is slightly (naturally) bitter with lingering roasted bananas and white wine. My top hefeweizen so far. I wish I would have had a case of this for the summer.

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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
(3.7/5)

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

This one is a bit of a straw color, slightly hazy. Not as hazy as one would expect of an unfiltered wheat beer. There was a white head that went away rather quickly. Some spiciness to the nose. Taste has some wheat breadiness, as well as a hint of banana. Some spiciness also. Fairly decent.

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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 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 Brent
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite up to par with Brooklyn's other products I've had the opportunity to try. Hazy gold, with moderate sediment suspension. Nice wheat character to the malt, bordering on bready. Had a nice, traditional German hefe character, but the yeasty spice and fruit flavors were absent - and the beer was incomplete without them. Overall, struck me as what it might taste like if a good German brewer tried to make a bland American wheat beer.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been hearing about this beer for years and can't believe it's taken me until now to try it. Overall a very good beer. A little less Hef than typical Hef's, which in my opinion makes it better.

Appearance is a cloudy orange gold. Very active carbonation and a nice head.

Aroma is yeasty, esthery, fruity but you can also smell the malt coming through. Very well balanced for the style.

Flavor is also very well balanced. You get the hef characteristics but also a lot of the malt. A very refreshing beer and very easy to drink.

I plan on having a few more of these before the summer is over and probably well into the fall.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled at Whole Foods served in a weizen glass.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a white head that went away altogether after a few minutes.

S - heavy on the banana along with some other spices.

T - very good tasting hefe, banana, some bubblegum, wheat, yeast and spice all blended nicely.

F - medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

O - a very good example of the style.

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

This weisse beer poured a hazy, yellow brown color with creamy, white foam. The beer was lightly effervescent. The smell was a mild, banana-clove, malty aroma with a bit of hops. The taste was hoppy with some banana and clove flavors and a slightly sweet malty flavor. There was also a bit of yeast in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy. The body was medium with modest carbonation feel. The aftertaste was tangy and hoppy. This was a good unfiltered wheat beer, with quite a bit of hops.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a hazy straw yellow. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... no lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of honey sweetness aroma for a hefe, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint clove spiciness, peppery..

Taste – Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, limes, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, very light sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, very faint clove, no real hops... maybe all just a little on the bland side..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - An OK hefe weizen... pretty drinkable but probably could do with the clove spiciness and fruits cranked up a bit...

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

poured a light orange color with medium puffy head. Smell is a mixture of light malts, spices, and a bit of lemon. Taste has a restrained cloviness combined with other spices and citrus notes. Ends with a bit of citrus. Good example of my favorite style of beer.

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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 dsa7783
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried a beer from this company, and I love it! A straight-up awesome brew... A nice golden-straw color leads to an appealing smell of wheat, banana and citrus... The taste is fruity and creamy - certainly more unique than some other varieties I've sampled... Easy drinkability and a good mouthfeel make this a top-notch brew that can be enjoyed any time... Definitely would recommend this one... Will certainly buy another sixer in the near future... Outstanding brew...

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Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A: Poured a cloudy moderate to light yellow color, with tons of carbonation, and about 2 fingers worth of head which stayed at least a froth throughout the session.

S: Bananas, cloves, and a little bit of honeydew melon embedded in the fruity madness.

T: I have had a lot of saisons lately and had to remind myself that I was not drinking one of those, but a hefeweizen. Medium bodied, with a bit of fruit (banana) and spices, but the overall product is a tad watery. After a few drinks, I started to get that hefe "bubble gum" aftertaste, but only after I searched for it.

M: Okay.... no real qualms here. Nice carbonation in general.

D: Not a bad hefeweizen, and considering Brooklyn's track record for making lighter brews IMO (Brooklyn Lager is awesome!), I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This brew initially poured a crystal clear golden color with a finger of stark white head over top. Looking into the bottle, I saw all the yeasty goodness hanging out there, so I poured a little beer back in to swish around and pull the culture into my brew. The addition of the yeast dampens the color down to a deep testaceous, with a massive haze. The nose is creamy, with light banana notes and a solid clove spiceyness. The esters just seem a little distant for my taste. The flavor is focused towards the wheat creamyness and the clove spice, with a kiss of banana fruityness and a lighter lemony zest on the finish. Not bad. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very minimal carbonation. I would like to have a touch more bubble to it to break the mouthfeel down a little. Overall, this is a solid and servicable hefeweizen. I'm happy to see an American brewery sticking to the hefe yeast in their wheat brew. I would have this one again.

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

It's kind of strange that I have never run across this beer before, but I was happy to try it on-tap at the Blind Tiger In New York.

A very hazy, cloudy yellow-gold body with a thick white head greets me upon service of this beer. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma has lemon, banana, some spice and a ton of wheat.

Wheat rules this one, as it should. Lots of wheat twang and light, sweet, bread notes. Next comes a mix of lemon and banana, with the banana being the most powerful. Underneath those flavors is a peppery coriander flavors.

Just big and creamy enough for me.

This is a solid American-made Hefeweizen from Brooklyn.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazed amber hue, a splash of head that fizzles out fairly quick. A decent amount of clarity for an unfiltered Hefe.

The aroma is a heady pungent bullseye for the style: the typical banana, nutmeg and bubblegum are all there, wearing their party dresses and blowing bugles. Intense.

Tart and zesty pretty much round out the flavour profile, the yeast is the star of this show. Soft sweet wheat up front with rounded banana and bubblegum, followed by a good dose of zesty lemon rind, finishing with an almost mouth puckering dry lime character, which lingers long into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit too rambunctious with carbonation, jagged and somewhat abrasive, especially on the finish. Doesn't align well with much of the flavour profile, the rounded wheat and yeast, although it adds some extra octane to the citrus zest.

Overall a decent domestic Hefe, although it's considered an import from our lovely southern neighbour (and the price tag will vouch for that). Aside from the somewhat rough mouthfeel and lack of frothy head, it hits all the right buttons.

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Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a "best before" date of October '06, into a Weizen glass. Hazy golden with a huge, 2.5-finger fizzy white head. Little bubbles continued to rise as I drank this beer. A very nice presentation. . . .

I thought the nose was a bit one-dimensional: cloves. However, that's fairly consistent with the style, so I won't deduct too many points there. I just didn't sense anything other than the yeasty cloves.

As for taste: cloves once again, maybe some allspice and fruity, citrusy esthers. A very faint bitterness lingers on the back of the throat, but it feels more like a citrusy, lemony bitterness than a hop bitterness, and if you're not paying close attention you'd probably miss it.

Mouthfeel was also consistent with the style: light, clean and nicely carbonated.

Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day, although again I thought it was a tad bit one-dimensional and that one dimension -- cloves -- may get a bit old after a few. But I'll bet it would taste great with a lemon. . . .

Note: this is only my 2nd Hefe Weizen reviewed and unfortunately for the Brooklyner Weisse, it just doesn't match up to the Weihenstephaner, especially in mouthfeel. I think it's a solid version of the style, but not nearly as good as my first Hefe. . . .

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A hazy golden yellow body, topped by a healthy frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty, with the expected banana and clove sensation. Taste is clean, maybe too clean. While I would certainly say "wheat" in a blind taste test, it is lighter than many of the hefes I've had. There is not a lot jumping out on the tongue, other than the familar, generic wheat beer taste. However, it is a very refreshing, very clean beer, perfectly suited for a hot summer afternoon (lawnmower or no). Has some crossover potential.

A weisse beer for those who aren't that crazy about weisse beers, perhaps?

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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 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 ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - Pours a cloudy yellow and is capped with a persistent off-white froth.

S - The nose is sweaty, banana-centric, and accentuated by a slight herbal and mineral spiciness.

T - The flavor is much closer to banana bread. Or diet banana bread, which is to say that I think this beer tastes a tad watered-down. The basics are a banana note that is not backed up by any real sweetness, with something of a dry pale wheat that is noted, along with a spicy herbal-mineral character.

M - The feel is relatively thin and refreshing, it works well here.

O - Not my cup of proverbial tea, but I would certainly drink something like this if I were in a place with a poor selection (e.g. airport or ball game)

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with nice head and some lacing.

Smell: Wheat mostly, with some clove and spice.

Taste: Strong wheat malt base, with a spicy hop and clove finish. Banana is limited.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: The Hefe yeast is either muted or non existent, as this seems to be an American Wheat. Good, but would have preferred the esters. Not sure if this is a batch issue, as others have noticed a more pronounced, traditional Hefe yeast. Will try again if it appears again on tap near me (or if bottled again). Regardless, it is still enjoyable.

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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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Brooklyner Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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