Blanche De Brooklyn | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of PBoegel
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Kwak
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blanche is Brooklyns attempt at a wit, i say great.
very good pour
nice thick cremy head full of taste.
Nice body very good color ,a pale yellow
Crisp and cleen taste every sip is exccelent and refreshing.

Brooklyns best !

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Photo of nomad
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like a very pale piss yellow. My glass was filled with tons of carbonation and a super soft, soapsud-looking head. Not much else to speak of visually.

Had the most abundant nose: of cinammon, clove, sugar, banana, vanilla, coriander A seriously intoxicating blend, this beer's smell is sickening in how addictive and quieting it is for me. Smelled like a heavenly bread just recently out of the oven.

Taste was the most exquisite wheat in a belgian wit, accompanied by a great sugar tinge, and some vanilla notes. Also had some doughbread tasting body build up in my mouth. Definitely could use a little more spice or curacao, but it does at least have some real high quality hops in it. The hops are impressive especially for how specific and well they fit with this style.

Finally, with a soft as a cloud mouthfeel, but a thin summer beer swish, this beer was way too easy to drink. Simply put as fabulous. BUT only if on draught near NYC so you can get extremely fresh Garrett Oliver (not F.X. Matt) brewed 5 gal. kegs. This ain’t no commercial lemon water.

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Photo of Ozone34
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely Cock and Bull pulling out another "one outer" as we say in the poker industry. Howie says that Brooklyn Brewery "special" sent this for them.

It has an exceptional taste, full of everything that is delicious and wonderful. I love the complex yet balanced flavors of lemon and citrus and pepper and malts and hops and spices and WOW. Everything that is good and is better. You NEED to try this beer.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy yellow- sort of like really thin pineapple juice.

The smell carries clove, pineapple, and a hint or orange.

On first taste, it's very clovy....a hint of pineapple hits just after, then orange. In this respect, the smeell is a VERY good indicator of the flavour.

This starts fizzy, with a body that's a bit thin, but not watery.

This would be VERY refreshing on a hot summer day- VERY drinkable.

Be well

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Photo of ghowehattrick
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caught somewhere between a Witbier and Saison, this beer could pass for either. Not quite as funky as a Saison, but certainly stronger abv, spices, and esters than a Wit. A standard canary-yellow pour brings tons of creamy co2, firm head retention, and a silky smooth feel. Boldly peppery, estery, fruity, and juicy aromoas infuse well into the flavor. Brings out soft pilsner malts, alternating tart, powdery, musty sensations that are coralled by citrus (lemons and orange rinds). Hops only moderate the sweetness and accent the fruits and spices. finishes extreamely clean, crisp, and with a soft cotton-candy, citrus sensation. As easy to drink as Hoegaarden. Hat's off to Brookly -- you nailed this brew.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the '05 American Beer Festival

Pours with a slightly hazy orange-yellow body and a clean white head with plenty of lace. The smell is very pleasantly fruity with strong citrus notes, a bit of tropical fruit, and some nice spice notes, all rounded out with some malt. The taste also has some strong citrus at the front, with some softer mellow spice notes rounding it out. Finishes with a soft clove-like flavor. Very pleasant, with a nice light and creamy mouthfeel. A very pleasant and drinkable wit.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in smaller glass(sorry forgot the name) with cloudy yellow hue. Not a large head at all but unimportant after you quench your pallet with your first drink. I simply love the multiple tastes within this beer. Each time i drink it, there are currents of different fruit flavors that always prevail in my mouth afteward.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

A: Head fades quickly. Body is pale, very light yellow and totally opaque. Decent lacing.

S: Nutty yeast and spice mostly. Some citrus also.

T: Citrus and spice, with a clean aftertaste. Very slight bitterness which doesn’t last. Aftertaste is leftover citrus.

M: Heavy carbonation, a bit watery, but a really clean finish.

D: Since there is little aftertaste, and nothing overpowering, I could drink many of these.

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

Pours an opaque cloudy orange-amber, topped with a two finger white head, leaves thick webs of lacing.
Full clove and tobacco aroma, orange zest, curaco oranges.
Sweet taste, wheat and tobacco, some lemon and spice.
Light-medium body, a little tart, refreshing.

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

Served on-tap in a 16oz clear pint glass

A: Opaque hazy golden color with thin cusp of foamy white head. Lace sheets the glass.

S: Luscious fruit and wheat scents abound with pear, apple, orange, and banana with strong coriander component and great wheat twang. Less fumes and more powerful aromas.

T: The flavors are delicious with tangy wheat layer with orange rind and lighter-than-expected coriander contributions.

M: Unlike many other witbiers with its solid, heavier body more reminiscent of a hefeweizen (rather than thin, fumey, ethereal body on most average witbiers). Still crisp and spritzy with active carbonation and a sweet wheaty aftertaste.

D: Another excellent Brooklyn Brewery creation that cuts down the style boundary between Hefe and Wit with style and tons of flavor with an excellent mouthfeel. Maybe -- Imperial Wit?

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Photo of ski271
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A milky but vibrant orange yellow with a small, soft, foamy, slightly off-white head that rapidly diminished to a tenacious film. Good lacing all the way down.

Smell: Fruity and sweet. Pineapple, banana, coriander, soft malts, and a hint of peach and lemon.

Taste: Fruit and citrus are most notable. More pineapple, a little apple, and orange. Also some yeast and a light bready malt. Some good spice in there as well that really comes out on the finish, mostly clove and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very light and refreshing. Highly sessionable. A great summer brew!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy banana / lemonade hue and it forms a large creamy white head which not only sticks around for awhile, but it also leaves ample even strips of lacing down my pint. Aroma contains citrus and spice...mainly coriander and clove notes brings a heavy vanilla with a touch of creamy banana bread finishing with some herbal hop notes. Taste...creamy spiced soft slightly acidic wheat light citrus soothing herbal hop bringing a flowery flavor about...reminds me of Oberon of the past very tasty wit. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, while the carbonation is even and smooth bringing out a somewhat creamy texture. Drinkability is very very nice what an excellent summer beer textbook to style maybe even competing with some of the standards in this style is up there with St. Bernardus witbier and that says alot.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn VSK night at the Blind Tiger.

Pours out a cloudy golden yellow with a medium-sized white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell has lots of lemony citrus, banana, coriander, and the other standard wheat scents. Very clean scent, quite refreshing to sniff.

The flavor explods with coriander, citrus, and a flavor that goes beyond coriander or standard witbier tastes and hits an almost cinnamon note. Sounds weird, but it's quite refreshing and offers an interesting change of pace from the standard wit. Bit of yeast sneaking in as well.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, quite nice.

Overall: A really nice wit that rivals anything you can get on tap domestically for my money.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow straw colored brew with a thin, quick-dying white head. My nose is filled with citrus and lemons, and it is inches from the glass. I also pick up some bananas and yeast.

The carbonation is very tingly. With the carbonation leading the way, it has a very refreshing quality. The body is medium to light. Lemons come in first, and they come in big, but not too big. The banana flavor balances very well. This is a great summer drinker. It is a Wit done just the way I like it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer was simply gorgeous. It was a light fuzzy yellow in color and was about as witbierish as you can get. The brilliant white head came up nicely and showed great retention.

Smell – The big, pale yeast leapt from the glass. It was a raw, “rising dough” kind of yeast aroma that was terrific. The light summer fruit smells were plentiful as well. I particularly enjoyed the big melons and peaches.

Taste – The taste brought a bit of herbal flavors to the table here. The yeast from the nose made it rightly to the tongue and there was some good, light spicing as well.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Witbier has a delicate, fluffy mouthfeel in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – Again, this beer was right on style if lacking a bit in harmony. It was otherwise a very good effort at an extraordinarily difficult style and was really one of the better beers at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest.

Comments – The ’04 BBF rocked, and I’m quickly finding Brooklyn Brewing to be one of the gems back East.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn moved this beer back to its seasonal rotation after being available year-round for a few years. Draft only and its seeing more tap time in NYC bars now that it is a seasonal again. I wanted to get some for my kids' birthday party, but no NJ distributor picked it up, so a road trip into Brooklyn was in order. My wife thinks I'm nuts.

Onto the beer. It poured a hazy straw color into my 16 oz Blanche de Brooklyn tumbler. I know that glass would come in handy one day. A thin white head lasts a bit before disappearing. Coriander, citrus (orange peel), and some spice which makes this a very quenching beer on a summer day. Since I only had a handful of "good" beer drinkers coming, a sixtel was all that was needed, which was killed about 10 pm that night. Oh, do I miss you already! "Honey, when is next year's party?"

This beer is a real treat. You should seek it out in the summer months here in the NYC area.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the bar slightly hazy pale yellow with a low white and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was citrusy and fruity with with noticeable coriander spice presence.

The flavor was light with citrus, namely orange peel, flavor and was slightly soapy and sweet with a nice roundness of wheat. The wheat flavor was lasting and assisted with a nice malt backbone and a slight lactic note to create a nice flavored witbier. The sweetness in the flavor was well done and melded nicely with the coriander and orange.

The finish was lasting with coriander and citrus flavors into the finish. The body was medium or just below. A very nice witbier, the coriander burbs are worth the price of admission alone. It could use just a smidge more peel bittering for my tastes. Became very crisp as it warmed.

Pint at Sawmill Tap Room. Finally got my mits on a pint of this, have wanted to try it for years.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Other Side Cafe

Cloudy orange yellow color, excellent lacing all the way down the glass from an active carbonation. Smells of sweet malt with a faint lemony twang and spice. Semi-chewy malty body with a solid malt sweetness. Just enough spicing to balance the malt with thick coriander and orange peel ... hint of pepper as well. Snappy dry finish with a clean lemony yeasty twang.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pale, slightly cloudy straw color. 1/4 inch of rather ephemeral head.

Aroma: Mostly lemon on the nose, faint traces of coriander.

Taste: Lemony sourness and coriander flavors in great balance. Slight grainy taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and very clean. Quite the taste quencher. Very palate cleansing.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable, like most wit beers. I could have easily had more.

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Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this beer when I visited my local pub, The Cock & Bull. It turns out the brewery is treating the C&B to special brews. Whoot!

It is very cloudy with a sticky white head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass throughout the drinking.

It smells of spices and wheat malt, and those aromas carry over to the taste. This is a lighter beer, but one full of the flavors of pepper, citrus and wheat.

I am very impressed with Brooklyn's beers. They are very well designed and show that this brewery knows what they are doing.

This is worth having, especially for witbeer fans. Another winner from Brooklyn.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clark's Ale House for $4 a pint. This is an all-around delicious beer. It could have been more drinkable with natural carbonation, but that's my only criticism. Otherwise, there's a lovely and subtle spicy lemon taste over mild dry wheat grain. It drink smoothly and is well-made. Another winner from Brooklyn.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 46 ratings