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 drunkmonk
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and Caged beautiful bottle. Purchased at Sam's Quick Stop in Durham. $12.79/btl Opens with a loud pop. Is this a bottle of Dom?

A- Murky golden,orange. Pillowing white fluffy belgian head, that lasts for quite some time. It finally dissapates to a nice quarter inch steady lace. Impressive rings also stick to the sides of my Karmeliet tulip.

S- Aroma is a nice array of belgian yeast, Clove, bannana, grassy hops, and busquity malt. Almost think I sense some tart barnyard qualities. Very Nice.

T- Semi sweet bisquit malt flavors meld again with minty and grassy hops. Nice belgian yeast profile going on here. Finishes somewhat dry and chalky. Very light hop bitterness in the finish. Left with a citrus like sweetness on the tongue. All things the things going on with this are very nicely integrated. The 8.5abv is nowhere to be found.

M- Light to moderate. Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is lively but not distracting. A very refreshing beer.

D- A tasty refreshing brew, that goes down way to easy for it's strength. I could do bodily harm if not careful with this. Still complex enough to sit back with as well.

Very nicely done. I like this much more than the Schneider-Brooklyner of last year. This one hit my Donkey on its head. I will be heading back to Durham for a few more of these.


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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, slightly hazy orange color with a very nice and sizeable head. Citrus and peppery aroma-quite lemony actually. Citrusy flavor. Cloves and other spices abound. Slight perceived bitterness. Decent body-maybe a tad too dry for me. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Would be a great beer on a hot summers day. Brooklyn rarely disappoints.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pull the cork and it pops like champagne. A thick sweet aroma jumps out at my nose. It seems like a good sign.

Pours a nice clouded brown with orange hues and a thick creme head. Nose is dough, bright young bananas, and some spices. Flavor is nice. A bit hot, but not as hot as I remember the Schneider version being. Nice clove and banana tones. Just strikes me as exactly what this type of beer should beer. Definitely well done. Good feel. Overall this beats the Schneider for me. Extemely well done and definitely shows some brewing prowess.

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Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The American born bastard child of Brooklyn and Schneider breweries. Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. On the second and final pour, the color is a cloudy and milky brown, with a huge loose egg shell colored head that settles into a fluffy cap. The aroma is unique. It is floral, mainly honeysuckle,a touch of floral hoppiness, and a smidge of the typical German yeast spicy goodness. The taste is a true cross of a authentic German Hefe and an American Pale Ale. The brew has a good combination of the clove spice (maybe banana), a nice floral hop & slight honey malt presence. The feel is full with a nice silky texture, with a nice balance, hinting on the floral sweet side. Another unique 750ml offering from Brooklyn. A nice cross mixed style in lines with the Brooklyn One.

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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 Paul68
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead on a Brooklyn Brewery promotion night.
Poured a golden yellow color with a nice thick white head. it smelled friuty and very hoppy with hints of alcohol. very lite on the palate with good carbonation. it went down smooth and for a hoppy beer i really like this one.

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Photo of mltobin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ginger Man on Washington Street in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

A- Deep golden color, with a thick white head.

S- Sweet with vanilla, fruit, and flower aromas coming off.

T- Easy, light, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, incredibly pleasant overall, this beer is awesome. Great beer from the team at Brooklyn and Schneider together.

MF- Very clean and crisp, very nice.

D- This beer is very good, glad that it appears to always be on tap at Ginger Man. I typically always have one whenever I go to Ginger Man. I had no idea until tonight that the ABV was 7.8%, it is such an easy drink, I figured that it was 6.0% abv at highest.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)
Had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT

Arrived at my table in a beautiful weizen glass. Appeared a golden yellow, very almost looked like it had pulp. Big white head had faded a bit by the time I laid my eyes on it, but from the lace on the glass, it was a full two fingers (maybe three).

Wow, a beautiful hop palate. Smells of orange, banana, lemon, pine and grapefruit. Doughy yeast and light ester were also evident. A very interesting smell to a weizen, like nothing I have ever heard of or tasted.

The hops really hit you and then lead way to a very clean malt presence. The taste really mimics the smell, except the citrus is more evident than the pine. Good balance of bittering hops and aromatic hops.

Very light and crisp. Dances on the tongue. Very, very smooth. Drinkability is fantastic. Very close to perfect.

This was a great collaboration and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at American Flatbread.

Color: Orange/light amber color with a frothy head.

Aroma: Floral, hoppy with a bit of spice in the nose. A hint of wheat as well. Smooth.

Taste: Floral and hoppy, fruity with a nice wheat bite. Finishes dry. Seems very drinkable.

Verdict: I love the floralness of this beer. It's a nice, warming beer that makes me long for the summer and the taste of hefeweizens and IPAs. A pleasant surprise and well worth what I paid for it.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pouring this into a chalice. Apparently, I just don't give a darn.

Hazy golden appearance, huge white head.

Aroma is ever manner of hops, bright and citrus-y, full of pine and lemon rind, some orange and pineapple, vibrant and pungent. Nothing I'd expect from a Weizen, nor any German brew! All Hallertau? Fascinating!

Hops slap the tongue and blaze the palate. Then it fades a touch, and the wheat texture rolls into place. Smack, smack, smack, then smooth and easy-drinking, highly palatable. This is a schizophrenic beer, made for manic masochists. Not too often are fanatics of weizens and hop bombs housed in the same human shell, and this beer insists on appealing to that mutant, two-headed beer geek.
Honestly, who out there equally craves American-style hop blasting, and traditional German hefe weizens? I mean, in equal measure of enthusiasm...

Drinks down beautifully. This is genius.

A juicy, pithy, yet smoothly wheat-textured delight. What a queer creature, a zoological oddity of the beer kingdom, phyus, & genus. And Lord love this awkward beast, all praise it's unlikely existence. Let's hear it for carnival freaks in bottled form! Weirder still, we're not talking about any American hops, this is German stuff, but applied in ways they normally don't, at one of the more revered, traditional houses.

My lederhosen's off to Garrett and Hans-Peter! Great stuff!

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Photo of blackie
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: In a standard pint glass, big fluffy white head shows nice retention and good lacing. The beer is a moderately hazy golden color.

s: First up is the great, floral and herbal dry-hopped aroma...very unique for a wheat. Clean wheat and pilsner malt aromas with notes of clove, doughy yeast, and light ester.

m: smooth, higher carbonation and a light to medium body

t: Great. Floral and tropical hop flavors carried on a backbone of clean malts. Some light dough flavors from the yeast, with a gentle clove presence. Perfect bitterness in the finish.

d: would be awesome on a hot day, unbelievably drinkable for the abv

on-tap at Tyler's Carrboro...I'm not really holding this one to the weizenbock style when reviewing, as it kinda crosses the lines of a few styles

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this weizenbock arrives at my table a hazy dark yellow with a pure white rocky head that laces to a rima after a minute or two

S - an explosive aroma of clove, coriander, orange peel and wheat, spice-wheat bomb of an aroma, incredible

T - the taste is like that of the aroma, only better, the clove, corainder, orange peel, and wheatiness, with the addition of some ginger, banana and even some style fitting bubble gum, what a complex and layered flavor, damn good

M&D - complex, so much so its nearly confusing, definitely demands your attention when you try it, you almost don't want to swallow each gulp it tastes so damn good, well done Garrett and Brooklyn

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Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A glowing draft pour of murky orange that seems to glow from within. A craggy white head forms stiff peaks as it slowly melts into a steady veil.

Intense aromas of ripe banana, bubblegum, clove, and white pepper give way to wheaty undertones and light herbs. The alcohol aroma is warming and expected.

The flavor is huge for this style! Massive banana and clove with the distinctive flavor of those yellow (banana flavored?) bubblegum cigars you see in old-timey general stores. The finish dries with biting white pepper and grassy, herbal hops. One of the most complex Weizenbocks I've sampled.

Body is medium, perfectly carbonated and very creamy and wheaty-slick. Easy to drink but two had me buzzzzed. Totally kick-ass beer!

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Photo of Risser09
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared from a growler by mac300 - Poured into a tulip - Had the German versiob abd was anxious to try this one.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, and incredibly lit golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing. I think it's a growler thing.

Smell: Hops, bubblegum, banana and some clove which resides in the background. Bubblegum stands out the most to me with this beer. I was told this occurs when yeast is forced to attenuate at certain temps.

Taste: Strong flavor of bubble gum initially, followed by sugar, apple, honey and some clove. I really like the flavor of this beer, and both versions. I think their intentions are spot on and the power that comes across in the flavor is quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Small touch of carbonation with a medium alcohol burn. Remember, this beer is almost 8% alcohol. Slippery and easy to go down.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite beers this year. It is smoothe, sweet and refreshing. A great summer beer. Seek it out.

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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 ajbogs
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this brew both from the bottle and off the tap, so here I will be reviewing the draft version as it is slightly different.

A cloudy beer with orange hue and an even head of foam, this beer gets better as the experience deepens. Upon first whiff you may recognize all the familiar symptoms of a weiss: cloves, bananas and other ester smells will meet your nose, but don't let the first smell fool you--there is a lot of depth to this beer so keep on whiffing throughout the experience (you'll thank me later). A notable scent to pick up on is strawberry; see if you can see where I'm coming from.

The first sips are an explosion on the palate, so it takes a couple of minutes to warm up to you. Speaking of warming up, this beer can be enjoyed at many temperatures. Cold serving allows the hops to come forward, while warmer temperatures will allow the deep and complex malts to display their talents. No matter what temperature you drink it, the bright, fruity aspects of this beer will tickle your senses and excite your imagination.

The beer finishes nicely, with a faint reminder of all the flavors you've experienced, topped off with the flavor of cheesecake (the kind with graham cracker crust) and strawberry's on top.

I never thought I would find myself eating a homemade P.B. & J and my local pub, but it has quickly become a favorite pairing of mine. It works perfectly, especially if you have the luxury of apple bread. This hopfen-weisse is also a good match for cornbread.

This is a top flight beer produced by masters of the craft. I suggest it to everyone.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous cloudy golden yellow. Lots of beautiful foamy head. Really radiant, and yet so cloudy. Nearly flawless.

Heavy scents of wheat and strong orange peel. Only a hint of banana. Sweet, but grounded by the thick yeast aroma. Very nice, esp for a hef. Not saccharine; balanced.

A hoppy hef? This has the sweetness of the orange/banana on the hef part, but a final swallow of bitter grapefruit hops. The balance is an unusual welcome. Gorgeous hoppy aftertaste. Great for style.

Thick and smooth, but a tad fizzy. Nice, bitter hop film. It's smooth, but has a lot more than the average hef. Really nice hops. Smooth but substantial. A uniquely excellent brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy, dark honey-orange color. Big, light tan head. Creamy on top, great retention. Looks like unfiltered apple cider (yummy stuff).
Smell is yeast, malt, citrus, hops with hints of vinegar, wood and pepper.
Taste is malt, yeast, alcohol, wood/ More like a dunkel weisse.
Medium-full body, very light effervescence. An unexpected development but a welcome one. A very good beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler purchased at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY

A - clouded, straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that settled to a layer, leaving spots of lacing.

S - sweet, banana, clove, and yeast/wheat aromas.

T - fine tasting brew, sweet start with a banana bubble gum flavor, some yeasty taste midway with a bitter hop bite on the finish.

M - light bodied, crisp carbonation.

D - very drinkable brew.

Final Note: I'm glad that these two brewmasters are friends and that they made this beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle of this brew at cellar temp poured into a snifter. My bottle says 8.2% ABV.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with soft fluffy eggshell white head of 4 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. Fades very slowly.
Aroma is bready yeast, some cloves, white grape, grassy hops, some ripe banana as well. Fairly sweet nose on this one.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet very fizzy carbonation. Texture is a little on the thin side but not watery.
Flavor is some light sweet bread and then a bit of tart cherry and some lemony notes as well. A little funky must flavor comes in and actually lingers a bit on the finish. The flavor is also cloves in the linger. Quite complex, tastes a little different with every sip. I dont really get any of the alcohol in here, very nice.

Tasty brew, give it a shot!

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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 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 Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Capone's and graciously shared by mac300.

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a partly transparent body and a huge white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Banana clove and citrus rind. This version has more Orange Zest in the nose, bold American hop attribute, than the German Counter part.

Taste: I think the dry grassy hop of the German version was more bitterness but the hops stand out more in this the American version. Nonetheless there is a fruit attribute, comprised of peaches banana apple and splash of orange with honey drizzle and sprinkle of clove. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is certainly an easy drinking beer. Refreshing and surprisingly quaffable. Be careful that 8% will sneak up on you in this one.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of djamieson
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read up on this to be a sort of hybrid between the Schneider Hefeweisse and the Brooklyn East India Pale. Two beers that individually do not thrill me whatsoever. Together, a different story. This beer is rich, as evidenced through the appearance of a dense white head and a body of translucent cloudiness. The flavor is what struck me, perfectly balanced hoppiness (West Coast?) against the hefeweisse malt sweetness (yes banana and clove, but just the essence not overpowering). I could drink this beer all niht long. Excellent! A must for hop heads and weisse beer fans alike. Get it fresh on tap if you can.

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