Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse
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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-WeisseBrooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse
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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
434
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Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-WeisseBrooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse
Notes: Brooklyn version. This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett's concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other's brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.

Dry-hopped w/ American Amarillo and Palisade.
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kevintaraross from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Grain in Norfolk VA.

Delicious, cloudy, but not an impressive head, great mouth feel, very tasty overall.

This beer is (was?) a joint effort between the original brewery in Kelheim, Bavaria and Brooklyn Brewery, NY.

No issues - would definitely order it again!

Aug 21, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't believe it's been ten years since this was last reviewed. This is a Weizenbock and can be cellared, no?

Anyway this was a gift from a person who cleaned out her beer fridge before a move cross country. I was gonna wait until further in the summer but today was pretty warm so why not? Cork fell apart when I tried to remove it but, when I used a corkscrew there was still an encouraging pop when extricated. Dark orange color topped by a sizeable white head. Smell and taste are sweet; the bananas have faded but replaced by a more malty and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is just fine.

I have no idea what this was like fresh but I'm really surprised nobody else tried cellaring this.

May 06, 2018
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imthecw from Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found it aging in my basement. Amazing beer and hope I didn't wait too long. Honey doesn't overwhelm the nose or the fell but is still a welcome addition. Overall, I feel that it was still in its peak and has great sweet notes but still bitter. 10 years too late? Don't think so.

Jan 22, 2017
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86sportster883 from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured my Hopfen-Weiss into a tall glass and it transformed the base to a warm amber with hues of pure honey with orange highlights. A big foamy white head provides a stark contrast with very good retention. The nose is dominated by a rich, pleasant, tangerine citrus freshness that is as unique as it is intoxicating. There is no hint of alcohol, but maybe a hint of banana and ripe cantaloupe. The initial sip is a whole host of flavors ranging from honey sweetness up front that is quickly overcome by a balanced drying bitterness that lingers long on the palette.

Right from the outset the beer seems more polished than I remembered. I had been carrying this one around for possibly 5 years prior to opening, and it apparently aged well. As I slowly consume this one in my snow covered back yard in MD, I start to notice a touch of clove spiciness prior to drying out to a distinctive bitterness. The initial full mouthfeel is carried off deftly by a moderate carbonation before handing over the baton to the bittering hops. The 8.2% abv is well hidden.

I think I remember this beer as being a little harsh on the finish when it was younger, but time has turned this one into a masterpiece. As I gladly take in a cold, sunny, quiet afternoon, this beer is the perfect compliment. I notice the random tight lacing that forms on the bottom half of my glass. I was fairly confident that a collaboration between one of the best Bavarian brewers, and an icon in American Craft brewing, would put out a great beer, but this beer (in its aged state) well exceeded my expectations.

I had initially poured this beer at a temperature of around 45 degrees, and between the backyard and the house it probably never got warmer than 50 F. But as it warms the dry finish has a creamy component that somehow reminds me of an old fashion soda fountain egg cream (for all you NYC beer-dos). Even as it warms, the Noble hops serve to mask the beer's bigness. The yeasty spiciness becomes more pronounced toward the bottom of the bottle despite my effort to leave the "Noagerl" behind. But this doesn't, in any way, detract from the beer and nicely brings it back closer to its Bavarian roots.

Sure hope I find another one of these in my stash...

Feb 28, 2015
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DmanGTR from New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Bottle probably aged for a few months.

Poured a deep tangerine/sienna hue (or perhaps a cloudy amber??) with a huge fluffy off white head. Big citrus notes with big bananas and hint of clove. Earthy overtones as well and a light honey tinge too. Very tasty, the sweet banana comes up first, then spice, then earthy and citrusy finish. Very nice. I like this.

Apr 29, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been hunting down this beer for a while; probably there aren’t many bottles still available.
It produced a big stomp after releasing the cork. Amber golden color with a thick off-white head with apparent carbonation, great retention and leaving some laces.
Wonderful intriguing aroma, subdue notes of banana with honey, cloves, overripe oranges, peaches soaked in rum and mango chutney.
Flavor of wood, Cointreau liquor, subdue banana, caramel malt, pine, wheat, honey, spices and Weiss yeast. Interesting that I also got some floral and herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is harmonic with the overall beer.
Excellent Weizenbock, bold flavor with great complexity. It would be interesting to compare it to the German version.

Jan 05, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A collaboration between two solid brewers that somewhat alters/updates a classic style? I'm in. This stuff pours a cloudy sunrise amber-brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, dry wheat, light clove (I think), and a couple twists of orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly fresher wheat component and a bit more clove. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this stuff. It's not really bad, per se, just not my cup o' tea, what with the grassy hops not really fully melding with the mild citrus and wheat. I dunno, something like that...

Aug 30, 2013
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a white bubbly head -- good retention.

Smells of freshly mowed grass with orange and spice backed by a floral bouquet.

Grassy with a bitter herb punch, followed by sweet citrus that flows into the slick malt backbone and is lost in deliciousness. This a big beer with lots of flavor and subtle complexity.

Jul 08, 2012
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a Belgian Pale Ale, cloudy orange in color with a bright white head. The head has good retention and a slightly sticky lace.

Very fruity nose, smells like banana bread with lots of spices. Ever so faint scent of bubble gum.

Taste is a little bit fruity banana and biscuity. Pineapple in background. Straw with some alcohol esters in the swallow.

A bit spicy, ever so sweet, mostly cleansing bitter finish, along with some heat from the alcohol.

I'd heard good things about this collaboration, and while the beer is good, it's not world class. The smell is sharp, but the taste is slightly duller. Still a good beer.

Jun 17, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with some citrus notes with a heavy side of wheat malt with light residual sugar notes. Taste is a good mix between a solid wheat malt backbone with light residual sugar which are balanced by some pretty dry hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very solid and unique offering. I would definitely like to try again.

May 23, 2012
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warnerry from Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange brown with three fingers of craggy white head. Nice retention, but not much lacing.

S - Nice citrus aroma, with a big orange presence. Also quite floral.

T - Nice floral hops, though the hops have likely faded a bit. Held on to this bottle a bit too long. Good wheat malt presence. A bit of spice. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty refreshing tasting beer.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is petty smooth, with a semi-dry bitter finish.

O - Would love to try a fresh bottle to get a bit more hop bitterness, but this is still a very nice brew.

May 19, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow orange, carbonated, some sediment, two finger head.

S-Bananas, clove, yeast, wheat, orange

T-Clove, orange, bananas, some yeast, wheat and spice notes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-Weizenbock is an under utilized style, one I enjoy from the few I've had.

Apr 29, 2012
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MTNboy from Germany

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured very cloudy yellow when it settled it was still somewhat hazy in the carbonation. The head was creamy white domed in the middle. The lace was thick and the residue was sticky.

Smell: It was like a citrus fruit bouquet, orange, grapefruit and lemon with floral accents.

Taste: I knew the hops were coming and they still caught me off guard. Great floral hops taste with some bitter grapefruit. Then came weizen traits banana and clove with allot of malt.

Mouthfeel: Some bite with a chewy dry finish.

Overall: Overall complex, but great. It was like an IPA Wiezen Bock. Three styles that are great by themselves or combined

Dec 26, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The head leaves a nice spotted amount of lacing on the glass with a decent retention. The smell of the beer gives off a soft wheat aroma along with plenty of hops too. The taste of the beer started with the wheat upfront that fades into a pretty strong bitterness that the hops bring to the beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty nice.

Nov 19, 2011
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BeerAndBourbon from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a one and a half finger creamy white head that slowly recedes.

S. Nice orange/ lemon citrus aroma, some nice floral hop notes, and some nice spice.

T. Nice yeasty spiciness, clove, sweet malt, a touch of banana, and nice floral citrus hops - orange and lemon.

M. Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

D. A nice collaboration beer with interesting contributions from both parties. Also my first of the style (style #99).

Oct 11, 2011
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turnstile from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked-and-caged bottle. The cork shot out of the bottle on its own after loosening the cage - a first for me.

Dark golden/copper in color with a rocky head. Very hazy.

Aroma is hop-forward, but well-balanced with toasty malt and yeast. Generally floral and honey-sweet in the nose. Alcohol scent is faint.

Hop flavors are prominent but not overwhelming; notes of orange peel, grapefruit, honey and peach dominate. Faint bitterness in the finish - much less than expected.

Almost medium-bodied with tingling carbonation.

I'm extremely impressed with this collaboration, and I'll be on the lookout for the Schneider version.

Aug 21, 2011
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MrIce from Germany

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure to taste the Brooklyner - Schneider Hopfen Weisse at Munich - Bavaria.

Great Weizenbier - with an outstanding hop aroma. Opaque amber, medium white head, orange, fruity, banana aromas, some grapefruit . Nicely balanced, with bitter finish...

Worth checking it out, any time,

Jul 21, 2011
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FosterJM from California

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

611th Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen
750ml c/c

Big thanks to my wife for finding this in upstate NY for me on a business trip.

App- A darker yellow with orange radiants and a big puffy head. Great three fingers of head and a decent amount of cling and lace.

Smell- A yeasty balanced hop aroma. A little bit of sour on the nose but I did walk throug a casino before opening. My nose could be off.

Taste- A lot behind this one. Very hoppy, yeasty, a little bitter with a nice wheat backbone. This was very tasty, crisp and refreshing. Hit the spot at midnight in LV when it was still 85 out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium/ high carbed. Not much remains but the bitter hops.

Drink- This was a big want of mine for a while. Very glad the wife was nice enough to bring one home. I would love to have another bottle. Also want to find the other version.

Jul 04, 2011
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tbrown4 from Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my second time with this brew, first of this bottling. My sister-in-law shared this 750ml with my wife and I.

Bottle -> Weyerbacher tulip

A - Hazy straw gold, tall big bubble white head, light lacing, 1/4" head retained through the tasting

S - Light creamy lemon citrus, fieldy spices, sharp hop notes

T - Huge sharp hops up front, very light watery citrus in the middle, long bitter finish

M - Thin to medium

O - This is a good beer. However, I prefer the other bottling to this one. I'm fairly certain that one was done in Germany and this here. The German one had a much creamier, almost lemon meringue flavor to it that was much more dessert like. This very is much thinner and hop forward.

May 14, 2011
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL custom amber champagne bottle with no freshness date. This is a pale weizenbock, brewed with German pilsner malt and wheat, Willamette and Cascade, dry-hopped with Amarillo and Palisades, and fermented and bottle-conditioned with Schneider yeast. Pours a chill-hazed gold, with medium carbonation and two fingers of frothy head that retains well and leaves decent lacing. Very cloudy on the second pour. Pretty much all hops in the nose, with notes of stewed pineapple, citrus, mango, orange, pine resin, green tea and peaches and apricots later. Pretty similar on the palate, with the addition of floral alcohol, moderate bitterness and a dash of spicy/clovey yeast. The wheat and yeast really take a long time to come out, and the lees are very bitter, so be careful there. The body is dry, well-carbonated and warming, with chalky dry yeast in the second pour. This is an interesting brew, and one that is hard to judge as any established style - an American weizenbock perhaps? It is not very German, nor is there that much yeast or wheat, but it is tasty and much better than Schneider's version.

May 10, 2011
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Chimay goblet. Poured in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a two finger head, disappointingly thin, of poor retention, and very little cream. Semi transparent yellow colour. More haziness was expected.

Sm: Very floral and estery. Delightful. A medium strength scent. I'm excited to try it.

T: Very floral, but the esters are more limited. Alcohol does punch through, unfortunately. Body is very hoppy. There isn't a clear three act division, though the finish is comprised on lingering body flavour and alcohol. Not a great finish to an otherwise well done beer, throwing off the balance. Built well for the style, although admittedly atypically - nothing wrong with effective innovation. The first two thirds is much more flavourful than the last third. I like it.

Mf: Moderate thickness to support the flavour, but to the detriment of suitability to the style. Delightfully coarse, bringing out the notes of the body. Certainly not light. Wet until towards the finish, where some slight dryness enters in.

Dr: The off-balance and the alcohol are severe limitations for this beer. Clean up the finish and focus the flavour, and it'd be an A.

May 08, 2011
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Bung from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Macs Steel Creek.
Lightly cloudy gold pour. Just a ring of white bubbles.

Aroma, caramel, malt some spicey grain.

Taste starts with some malty caramel. Light apple, caramel covered apple and a grassiness. Clove, allspice, banana some nice herbal hops.
Less overbearing banana and clove, which is what usually turns me off to wheats and wheat bocks. This was really enjoyable.

Lighter side of medium. Lively carbonation keeps this from being sticky. Goes down like a regular wheat even though it is 8.5%.

May 07, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julio's on a whim, pretty darn glad I did.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a big, rocky over two finger white head that slumped down to become a creamy white blanket atop the gold with heavy side lacing. Really nice looking.

S - Very light aromas here. Getting some of the light spice notes, but not any of the banana that others have stated. I do get plenty of alcohol though.

T - Much like the nose its kinda like a hoppy weize. You've got the nice yeast/spice notes and just the faintest of banana. Some light almost grassy hop notes but again, very light.

M - Really nice carbonation here. Medium carb keeps things very light and crisp, which is shocking considering the ABV. That 8.5% is incredibly well hidden.

O - Pretty good brew here. Really interesting callaboration here. Some super impressive head here kinda wish I had tried this fresh though, think it lost alot of its hop characteristics.

Apr 30, 2011
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Spica66 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with gwuilliums. Poured from 750ml bottle into tulips.

A: Dark yellow/brass color. Slightly hazy. Excellent head formation and retention. Good carbonation. Some lacing.

S: Wow!! Spicy and woody and hoppy. Has some banana and citrus, maybe. What a complex nose.

T: Even better than the nose. Spicy and fruity and just ever-so-slightly funky. Really complex. There is more bitterness than the nose hints at, so this ends up being a very balanced beer.

M: Medium body, slightly dry finish. Excellent carbonation persists. Very nice.

O: I bought it because it was on sale. I went back and bought two more because it is a fabulous beer!

Apr 18, 2011
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dragonWhale from New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07 Hopfen-Weisse on tap at the Gate for the Brooklyn evening. Had remembered hearing good things about this beer, so I made it my first stop. An almost clear dark yellow pour with a little bit of haze. Very sexy looking. Smells of sweet wheat, clove, and a bit of background citrus. Really nice. I suppose the banana had faded all out of it, which meant my lady actually got to enjoy it.

Flavor started out with a little bitterness and a burst of bright sweet wheat with a bit of lemon, followed by a wave of clove and a little pine and orange hop flavor. It was really well-integrated, smooth, very easy drinking and enjoyable. Excellent work all around.

Apr 09, 2011
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 434 ratings