Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-WeisseBrooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 433 |  Reviews: 306
Reviews by Teleweizen2:
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - ayinger wheat

A - incredibly massive dense white head of foam rests on top of a slightly cloudy golden beer. Decent head retention and thick lacing.

S - a citrus hop smell is most evident at first but there's a lot going on with this brew. Soft yeasty aromas ad well as sweet maltyness, hints of cloves, some bannana, and juicy fruit.

T - smooth wheat maltyness covers the tounge. very soft and delecate flavor. In the middle of the brew it turns to a big citrusy hop fest and as a bit of an alcohol warming sensation. Pouring the yeast at the bottom of the bottle adds a little extra to the sweet and tart flavors.

M - silky slick mouthfeel. Lighter medium bodied with high carb.

D - fairly drinkable dispite the abv. Nice flavors and good balance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to finally get my hands on this,poured into the Brooklyner-Schneider glass made just for this beer a murky lemon tea color with a nice large fluffy head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled ever so slowly.Lighter aromas than expected I picked up some Amarillo resiny-citric presence along with some yeasty clove,man was this complex on the palate starting out somewhat phenolic and clovey with some banana esters than the hop presence shows through with some resiny features along with some lemony citrus notes,slightly medicinal with some spicey white pepper in the finish.Alot of stuff going on with a great American hop presence to go along with alot of weizenbock attributes,a great brew.

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Photo of ricke
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange color, very hazy. A very big slightly off-white head leaves plenty of lacings.

S: Lots of malted wheat, banana and grass. Some leafy hop notes. Spices. Some phenols and a hint of lemon. Also, I pick up a gentle fruity/bubblegum-like smell. All in all, it's a bit edgy and sharp.

T: Not much going on in the mouth. White bread and malted wheat with notes of banana and spices. Grass and a gentle citric note. The mostly sweet flavor is accompanied with a slightly tart and sharp lemony tartness in the middle. The finish is quite bitter with some citric hop notes, phenols, lots of spices and an almost burning sensation of alcohol. The finish is actually not very good at all.

M: Very smooth, medium body going toward full. Gentle carbonation. This is the best aspect of the beer.

D: This is a decent beer, but considering the quality of the two brewers who's created it, it's a bit of a letdown. The other version (Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse) they created is way better. Although it's tasty for the most part, it comes out as rather uneven and unbalanced, and the finish really ruined it for me.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gigantic white head and it hangs around for awhile, hazy gold with moderate carbonation.

S - Light grain with fruity hop characteristics, that is the Amarillo coming though. Wish there was more.

T - Smooth delivery of a lot of flavors! Lots of pale malts, slight wheat flavor, and a yeasty tang. The hops come through with some nice but not too prominent flavors with a touch of bitterness. There is a little hot alcohol on the finish, but it only slightly detracts from the overall flavor.

M - Big beer with a clean feel dry feel. They got this to attenuate well and the carbonation and alcohol make it finish amazingly dry.

D - Is it possible for a beer that has an ABV of 8.5% to be refreshing? I have to say, this one pulls it off. Very drinkable for a big beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A seriously good beer. It had a hazy golden color with at least a two inch white head. Little bit of lacing. It had a fruity and spicy aroma. The taste was more on the fruit side, with a good malt presence. Also some lingering hops bitterness. A well-balanced, eminently enjoyable beer.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from brown 1pint 9.4oz bottle into a weizen glass. I did not notice a freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a deep hazy orange colored body with lots of visible carbonation. The head is off white in color, tall, thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and makes lots of slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a light pleasant aroma of wheat, a light wisp of clove, subtle fruity yeast and just a very subtle hint of smokiness.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor starts with a big tangy wheat and grain base that adds fruity and spicy yeast notes of banana and clove as well as some citrus notes from the hops. The hops really stand out in the finish which becomes dry and has solid bitterness for the style. It has a full body and the texture is thick and chewy with a heavy well rounded mouth feel. Its carbonation is very active and cleansing on the palate.

Notes: Outstanding!!!

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Photo of shark262
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudos for the brewers for this collaboration, which prompted me to buy in the first place. I love the weisse style and think the input from both brewers will create a great brew.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with huge head of foam. Lacing present once head subsides.

S: Clove, green apple and some herbal characteristics from the hops

T: Fairly bitter on the palate for a weisse beer. Alcohol warmth, especially in the aftertaste. Wheat and hops combination create a pleasant, tangy taste.

M: Highly carbonated, which is appropriate for the style. Lingering alcohol warmth after each sip.

D: Overall a very refreshing and drinkable beer. Bitterness somewhat overshadows the herbal characteristics, but is not overpowering. Great for a summer barbeque.

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Photo of Hoptrollop
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did like this one better then the Schneider-Brooklyner I'm guessing because the hops are more pronounced.

My smell score was so different then the taste because of the abundance of banana in the nose. Yes, I know that banana is to style. It's just not my favorite, I usually don't even review Wheats because of it.

This one I enjoyed enough to share my thoughts and that really says it all.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this one over the course of about 7-10 days on tap at the Blind Tiger in down town NYC. This "made in Brooklyn, NY" version, poured cloudy, slighty yellowy light amber, under a near white head, that was somewhat loose and leaves middle of the road lacing. yeasty, wheaty, hoppy brew, a fine combination IMHO. Pineapple hop notes shine through, making this another, interesting and complex offering from Bklyn. and Schneider. Gotta love it when world class and innovative brewers team up to create envelope pushing beers. Seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-straw color with a huge white fluffy head that lingers and remains present until the glass is empty. The aroma is very hoppy, with lots of grapefruit and pine. The flavor is bready malt with spicy cloves and pepper as well as hops. You get pine and grapefruit, with the majority of the hop flavor coming through in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I preferred this one over the Schneider version, but they were both very good.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ Hamilton's. Wow. Pours cloudy gold with a puffy white head and decent lacing. Lemons and wheat, coriander and clove, and a very strong and very nice current of pine and pepper. The taste is beyond great. Clean, crisp, sweet, bitter, citrus, candy; it had it all. The lemon-banana-wheat went so well with the mango-pineapple-grapefruit of the hops I can't believe this has not been done before. I may have to drink Hamilton's out of stock.

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Photo of jiffymon
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ohmybock
2.58/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a large, corked bottle. I drank this side-by-side with the latest bottled Schneider version. Although quite similar, I liked the Schneider version just slightly more. The Brooklyn version was slightly darker and has a different hop profile. There was a bit of soapiness (like I found in the Schneider version), but not as prevalent. Like the Schneider version, I still don't appreciate the hop flavor and aroma in this brew. The hops in the Brooklyn version come off as a mix of minty with a hint of orange. I'm guessing the orange is from the Amarillo and the mint is from the Palisades, but I'm not sure. I love hoppy brews and German-style weizens, but I'm not crazy about this mixture. It seems like an expertly-brewed beer, but just not one I enjoy. Oh well, I still look forward to trying other new and/or unusual offerings from Brooklyn. (Some recent ones I enjoyed were Local 1 and draft-only Abbey Ale and Brooklynator.)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a pale golden sunburst, hazy with fine yeast particles floating among the effervescent stream of carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass. The head simply billows right out of my glass with a doughnut like shaped top arising above the rim of my glass. Aroma has wonderful herbal and zesty fresh hop character with grapefruit accents and tropical fruit notes, really excellent stuff. Mineral water tones with mild fruit esters apparent with mild notes of banana but no so much clove, I actually think the heavy handed dose of hops just mask some of the traditional Schneider yeast qualities bringing this hybrid of a style into existence. Flavor such a heavily hopped weizen, bitterness brings out raucous layers of pineapple and herbal grassy notes. Citrus notes galore with a touch of banana and clove from the yeast strain utilized. Sulfur notes with a cleansing mineral water character. Alcohol although evident plays second fiddle to everything else but definitely becomes evident in this brews overall make up. So aggresively hoppy it's a wonderful experience to try a wheat beer that is this rich in hops in both flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is an effervescent bottle conditioned piece of beer nirvana, carbonation cuts through anything but the hop oils remain on the teeth and the palate so hop bitterness just kinda moves in and stays there. As the last bits of yeast sediment are poured in the beer takes on a smoothie texture with a bit of a powdered dryness to the complement all of those hop oils. Drinkability is incredible I wish I had a whole case of this, so far with Brooklyn's big bottle series they have hit two home runs. Excellent continue to be inspired by the traditional beers across the pond but Local 1 and Hopfen Weisse have set the bar for creativity in old time recipes.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body with an orange hue that turns a hazy brown orange with the swirled second pour. There is a foam of dish water bubbles on top of a layer of off-white cream. The carbonation is strong with tiny bubbles that pop through the haze.

S- This smell of fresh green hop pellets has some soft wheat dough hints and yeast hints come through when the beer has warmed a bit.

T- The slightly sweet yeast flavor is mixed with a soft pilsner malt flavor. The finish is a full green snap hop with some faint watermelon qualities. As the beer warms there are light caramel malt notes with some fruity notes with white bread dough and bubble gum hints that compliment the hops well.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a nice velvety fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a great crisp hops flavor with a nice crisp wheat beer flavor. The wheat and yeast qualities are those great German Weizen flavors and complexities with a great fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy medium apricot orange hue, with a multitude of thin foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random droopy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of fruity pale malt, Belgian yeast, a bit of acrid warming alcohol, and grassy pine hops. The taste is crisp boozy sweet wheat grain, mild banana and orchard fruit esters, more restrained yeast, alcohol in equal measure, and forest essence hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-full in weight, fairly even, though just south of creamy territory. It finishes with a rising boozy, malty warmth, taking the grass and pine needles up with it.

A tough customer, this - Belgian and American both. Tasty, yes, but where the booze is of the sort where you sense it more than taste it, making it eminently more threatening.

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Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of RomanW70
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. I've been looking forward to this beer for a while. Pours cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Great aroma of superfresh hops, imparting a spicy, earthy, citrusy aroma in addition to the more traditional bread and banana notes. Taste is similar, with really fresh hop character and a distincitive clove/spice quality. Excellent beer. Will definitely have again. This is definitely my favorite of the pair.

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Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle, served in a Stone Levitation flute-type glass

A - big, big mound (almost 2") of insanely puffy, pillowy, and sudsy bright white foam. the beer is very clear, bright gold in color with lots of active bubbling. leaves behind some thick chunks of lacing around half the glass.

S - begins lightly spicy, with a big kick of active Belgian yeast, some lemon zest, grassy hops, and wheat. turns slightly fruity from ethers with a bit of banana, bubblegum. nice.

T - punchy bright wheat and grains with a pronounced yet not overdone sweetness. bananas, lemon, hint of apple provide fruity sweets being balanced by yeast and cloves. grassy hops and some alcohol finish this out.

M - light bodied with active, prickly and lively carbonation. creamy in the middle. explodes in the mouth before fizzing away, leaving some lingering grainy must, lemon, grassy bitterness.

D - well, color me impressed with the other side of this series as well. completely forgot about this until i cleaned out the cellar today, drinking perfectly right now. up there with my favorite Brooklyn beers. making me add a Weizenbock to the list of beers I want to brew.

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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 433 ratings