Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-WeisseBrooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: 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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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 Lupe
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A beautiful looking beer. Pours at cloudy golden color with a huge thick creamy off-white head. There is a milky-white cloudiness to this beer that is oddly appealing. The head does not stop and leaves tons of sticky lace behind.

Wow, some serious big American hop aroma. Loads of citrus and pine with a definate acidic character. Very faint wheat-beer character, some yeastiness and spice, thought the spice may be from the hops. The hops just completely take over the aroma, possibly due to the soft and subtle nature of wheat. They are raw - like opening a fresh package of hops before brewing. Unbalanced and slightly off-putting.

And that huge hop aroma can barely be found in the flavor. Lots of yeastiness, tons of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Mild floral and citrus hop flavors. Not much depth and fairly one dimesional - wheat and banana. Alcohol brings a little heat. I am not really into this beer.

Decent mouthfeel, soft but a little thin and overly carbonated. I had enough after a few sips.

The fall off from super hoppy aroma to one-note wheat flavor just didn't work for me. I'm not going to bash this beer just because I didn't like it, it's just not my cup of tea (or mug of beer). I just hope the Schneider better suits my tastes.

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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 TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
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...

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Photo of aforbes10
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn version. Fancified bottle purchased at City Wide in South Bend. Pours a tawny orange brown with a rocky/puffy white head that retains well. Smells of bananas and grassy hops, some yeasty orange odor too. Taste is a mix of warm bananas, sweet malt, bitter and peppery hops, and a tangy wheatiness. Hint of fusel alcohol on the finish. Less lemony than the german version, and also less balanced in its presentation. At the same time, it has more of a hefeweizen quality than its bunkmate, which is interesting. Still, im not sure I like it as much as the other. Love the idea nevertheless, and its certainly not even close to being a bad beer.

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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 jasonjlewis
3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed on my phone.

pours a huge head. retention is great. color is a cloudy pale yellow.

smell mixes pear and banana esters with citrusy american hops. the drawback is that a distinct fusel alcohol is very apparent.

hot alcohol is a significant flaw in this beer. it masks the nice underlying sweetness that mixes with a lovely blend of weizen flavors and citrusy hops.

full and crisp mouthfeel but there is a slight solvent note.

the recipe seems good on this one but the fusel alcohols are too much.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Map Room...Medium honey gold, very hazy. Light white head, not much retention or lacing...The aroma is light mostly wheat, a bit of alcohol...The taste is way way to sweet, makes it really hard to drink a lot of this. Tons of sweet honey, just sweet in general, way to much. The feel is ok, hard to drink a whole glass of this.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 10.071, purchased at LCBO. Poured into a beer stein, as I had nothing better at the time...

A: Poured with little head & no lacing, which is surprising. The beer itself is orange-yellow and cloudy.
S: Sweet malt. Banana dominates cloves. None of the dry hop really comes through to me.
T: A little too cloying sweet, bitterness comes through on finish. The main flavours are the same as the aromas.
M: Carbonated lower than I expected, but nice, especially as the beer seems thick.
D: ABV is not notable., but the sweetness hampers its drinkability.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Brooklyn side, the American/German collaboration brew. Great on draft last year, let's try it in the bottle. Hm, funky scum that smells like hop residue and yeast at the neck of the bottle, which leaves floating bits in the beer. Not too appealing. First pour, somewhat hazy amber gold color with a thick, creamy head. Second pour, gold with an almost milky-white cloudiness and only a small collar of head.

Aromas of big American hops that kind of encompass the spectrum of what American hops have to offer: rich and acidic, piney and citrusy, along with a hint of tropical fruits. Enticing. On the palate, mild malt contribution -- the show here is for yeast and hops. The yeast imparts some phenolic, clove-and-spice flavors, while the hops give robust bitterness and spicy fruit notes. Mouthfeel is jekyll and hyde -- for the first pour, there's a nice lightness about the beer that is largely due to perfectly suited carbonation. However, the second time around things are practically flat -- all the carbonation is gone. This detracts considerably, as it makes the beer heavy and lifeless.

Overall, this is either an iffy bottle or an iffy foray into bottling this beer. Compared to the keg version it's inconsistent and has some considerable flaws, notably sediment and lack of lasting carbonation. This could be considerably improved. To do so would take it from interesting and alright to something truly special.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Poured a slightly dark golden color. Opaque. Small off-white head.

Aroma is hops up front with some bubblegum and spices.

Taste has hops, banana, clove and some malt. Interesting. Quite unique.

Mouthfeel was slightly flat.

Overall, a decent brew. Quite interesting. I'm a big fan of Schneider, but was less impressed with this collaborative effort. Still, worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-opaque medium gold color, almost like an apple cider. Thin, off-white head and spotty lacing in the glassware. The nose is surprisingly hoppy up front with wheat malt accents all the way through. Both herbal and fruity notes abound here - banana and sour citrus. The palate threw me for a loop - is this a weizenbock or is this an IPA? Perhaps it's both. By far, the most hop-dominant hefe-style beer I've ever sampled, but as assertive as the hops are here the beer yields to a more balanced wheat character that is true of a Bavarian weizen. The sweet malt and the floral hops play off of each other quite well here, making for a very complex and unusual palate. The mouth feel is rather thick, but off-set by the astringency of the hops leaving a dry finish with lingering herbal notes and spice. What a beer. A very unusual combination of flavors going on here ... like a highly hopped pale ale infused with a Bavarian Dunkel Hefe. This is a classification challenging beer all the way. All in all, it works for me.

If you can get your hands on this German-American gem, you won't be disappointed. Satisfy your desire for two beer at once!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Moxley
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a small pilsner glass. Cloudy apricot with a foamy ½ inch head that stuck around to the end of the tasting. Sheet-like lacing.

S - Lots of wheat and apricot in the nose, with a slight floral sweetness

T - Standard wheat beer flavor up front, reminiscent of Duvel, but this beer has a hoppy bite on the finish.

M&D - Smooth, full-bodied wheat beer with a slightly sticky mouthcoating on the finish. Alcohol warmth in my chest towards the middle of the tasting.

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off I was really excited to get my hands on this beer and try it. So here it is
L:A cloudy greenish color to the beer? The head was a huge frothy white.
S:I am picking up an overwhelming sweet candy. A fruit loops kind of smell as well.
T: Oh man that cnady sweetness is right up front. There is a bit of a hop structure, but it gets covered up immediately by the candy and the fruit loops.
M:Really thick and syrupy.
D:This is a good brew but I was expecting way more hops. Instead it was just super candy sweet with a touch of hops.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Delaney's Tap Room, New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with plenty of carbonation discharged. The head took a few moments to build into a two-finger, white head.

S: Smells like a combination of citrus fruits, spicy cloves and rubbing alcohol. The nose is a bit too alcoholic, but there's some nice lemon and orange zest to offset it somewhat.

T: The initial taste is pure citrus hops. The mid-palate is filled with pine notes and darker fruits; some muted banana. The finish is dry and well-hopped, but there's not enough malt to balance this weisse out.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and astringent because of alcohol presence and content. I couldn't chug it, but with a brew this complex, why would you want to?

D: I would maybe consider having one more of these in a night and then calling it quits. Not for a lack of flavor, but this brew is too uneven, my palate would be shot.

If I wanted a hoppy brew, I'd go for an IPA or DIPA. The fact that Aventinus is my standard for Weizenbocks might have turned me off a bit to this. It's not a bad selection at all, and Brooklyn always gets the respect it deserves from me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

German grassy hoppiness and long-lasting enormous head. Average plus mouthfeel. Drying. Wheat, citrus.I don't think I enjoyed this as much as the S-B version, but maybe a bomber was too much.I have liked several weizen bocks more than this.A strong Hefeweizen, cloves, some bannana.

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Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a good blast of yeast and hot alcohol. Lots of lemon and citrus too with hints of meringue. The body is a cloudy yellow with a fluffy two finger thick white head. Lemon, hot alcohol, black pepper, clove, yeast and a somewhat piney hop presence. Not a huge fan, but it is interesting.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, bottled on the 259th day of 2009. Thank you to drabmuh for this big want via Secret Santa 2010!

The color is a straight yellow with a bit of haze and depth. Think of all the incremental shades of banana yellow. The head is a towering affair in eggshell with good retention.

The aroma carries a lot of chalky, banana dominant Weizen yeast and light wheat bread. There's a green wood note and one can tell that this was originally highly hopped with American hops. Unfortunately they've mostly gone and only a background note of grapefruit and Meyer lemon zest. Clove goes from nothing to a lot as it warms.

Initially the beer is lightly wheaty with the expected banana esters. Things take a turn away from Weizenbock expectations when a sturdy citric bitterness hits; it's reminiscent of West Coast style. Apricot, green apple, and pear are playful fruity flavors. Once the big American hops have mostly gone, this is apparently a good, fairly standard Weizenbock.

Moderate-high creamy carb in a moderate body. It's not clean and the flavors linger on.

I'd like to try this beer fresh to really see its difference from standard Weizenbocks. As it is, hints of citrus and a moderate bitterness work passably well with a solid base beer. I like it but wish I'd opened this with my brother.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, where to begin. I had expectations for this beer, and I was completely stunned. I expected a taste of a Schneider beer here and it tasted like a brooklyn. Also paired this with the Schneider-Brooklyner in a side by side with friends.

A - Nice cloudy, hefe color. Heavy head even on a soft pour.

S - Good aroma, more hops that anything else.

T - Tasted the hops from the get-go. Usually it is the other way around. Subtle banana/citrus taste.

M - This beer has a lot of texture.

D - Not really sure. Could probably have another and call it a good night.

Big ol' bottle into a wee lil' glass.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Healthy head with nice lacing. Strong deep gold color, slightly hazy.
First aroma is spicy - cloves then sweet biscuity malt. Earthy noble hops are present along with some alcohol evident. Expected a little more hops given the description.
Flavor is complex, it starts dry then becomes sweeter and malty as it is balanced by a crisp, spicy bitterness. Sweet layers of malt taste like a light cake batter. Finishes dry with hints of lightly toasted bread. Very interesting beer, haven't tasted anything quite like it. Not an everyday drinker but nice to try once.

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Photo of gabeerfanswife
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this along with its sibling beer Schneider-Brooklyner.

A: Dark yellow/light brown. Hazy but not cloudy. Kept its head.

S: Lots of banana. I personally was not able to smell a strong hop presence.

T: I could taste hops though. It was almost the inverse of what I smelled. Lots of hops-little banana.

M: Pretty thick.

D: 1-2 glasses is the limit for me but its quite good.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish straw yellow with lots of sticky foam

S - nice hoppy aroma and banana, cloves and spices

T - starts off with a nice citrus hop flavor that leads to a nice banana, bready, clove & corriander taste

M/D - Medium body, crisp feel, just a bit too much carbonation, but overall a pretty good tasting beer.

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