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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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 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 akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a serving of Blanche de Brooklyn at BCTC. It is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a pale yellow color to it, not much to look at at all. There is a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a spicy aroma of coriander and orange peel.

Taste: Rather than rely on the orange peel to add a flavor kick, the beer adds a heavy malt character that imparts a caramel flavor on the beer. It makes it light but heavy enough to notice something askew.

Mouthfeel: The caramel notes are a very interesting addition to a normally very-spicy ale.

Drinkability: The drinkability is good with an abundance of spices and firm malt flavor.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a yellow golden straw with a large lacey head with plenty of carbonation. The smell is full of a citrus aroma with some wheat. The taste is full of wheat and citrus,like the smell. This is a nice summer beer. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a tasty brew. A real treat on a hot summer afternoon.

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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 Citadel82
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Growler filled at Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Awesome White Ale. Poured from the growler the collor was hazy bright yellow, like a lightly dusted Lemon Bar. Creamy large bubbled white head that lingered and left plenty of sticky lace.

Taste was lemony citrus, grassy. coriander/cilantro and some bitter leafy hops. Wheat malt evident throughout

Mouthfeel was medium but on the lighter end of the scale. Citrus taste lingered in the throat and mouth.

Drinkable - hell yeah - a fine summer quencher.

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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 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 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 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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, white with a nice head of off-white head that fills out my glass. Aromas of coriander, orange peel, lemon, other spices, and a wheaty, Belgian yeast influenced aroma is in the mix as well. The taste is very thirst-quenching and refreshing, and yet complex as well. Fruity, spicy, and satisfying in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good as well. Another solid products from my hometown heroes.

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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet scent that boasts of wheat malts. It reaks of bananas and cloves, very nice. The taste is good as well. It has a fine wheat malt flavor that is dry and finishes fruity with Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good witbier. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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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 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 ADR
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, AOBF 2004...

Very bright (almost too bright) neon pineapple color, hazy. Nice delicate head, laces the glass in sugary patches. Light banana esters, some pie spices, slight detergent sense. Spritzy mouthfeel. Malt flavors lean heavily on the estery side, spice is subdued at first (heavy cloves on later pulls) with a piney sense concluding the flavor profile. Initially, aside from mouthfeel, this beer resembles a Hefeweizen more than a Wit, but better spiceness seems to come on later in the overall impression.

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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 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 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 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 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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Blanche De Brooklyn from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 46 ratings