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

750 mL bottle tried 28 May 2010.

Served in a 0.4 L Paulaner wheat glass. Huge yellowish head fills most of the glass. Well carbonated. Cloudy deep golden color. Aroma is strong, cloves, spicy orange. Juicy and packed with flavor, cloves, orange, white pepper. Sweet and spicy. Lingering orange finish. Zest and peel in the aftertaste. Medium chewy body. Ethanol noticeable.

Would be great to be able to get this in 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- yellow to orange and very murky and cloudy off the pour, nice carbonation a thin white head,

Smell- wheat upfront on nose and then a very hoppy nose, slight orange and citrus also present

Taste- very unique flavored beer for sure but definitely in a good way, i enjoyed alot of the flavor profile on this beer, had a unique balance of being both a wheat beer and still being sharply but balanced hopped up, the wheat also brought a touch of sweetness and citrus aswell, good complexity,

Mouthfeel- a little light in body, high carbonation and very smooth

Drinkability- this beer was quite enjoyable and the alcohol was extremely masked in this beer for sure, it was a very unique beer with good balance and very refreshing, was a big hit and would certainly recommend others give this a try for something different

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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 jpittman80
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy gold color with huge, rocky, off-white head that lasts.

S - Really unique, which is what I guess was the point. Huge citrus and pine hop character mingles with the trademark Schneider yeast, which is full of clove and banana, with a hint of bubblegum.

T - Sweet weizenbock flavor and yeast character with big time hop flavor and medium bitterness. The hops mingle in a way that is greater than the sum of the parts... a large pineapple character is here, as well as grapefruit and banana, which makes a surprisingly tropical flavor. Delicious.

M - Smooth. Can't feel a bit of the alcohol. Dry bitter finish that saves this from being a fruit punch beer.

D - As I've said, this is delicious without betraying the high alcohol content.

This is a craft beer in every sense; this is an amazingly crafted beer, and a delightful drinking experience.

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Photo of speter
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The initial pour into my Weizen glass was almost 100% foam, so I switched over to nonic. When the head settled, I had a nice lemon-glow hazy weizenbock.

S: Holy lemony amarillo, Batman! The normal aroma from a weizenbock has the citrus kicked up at least two notches by the hops. The clove and ethanol scents are largely subsumed, though.

T: I had always suspected that amarillo would be the perfect hop for a weizen, but I'm not entirely certain anymore. Don't get me wrong: this is one fantastic beer, but I think I slightly prefer the Schneider version of the collaboration. If you don't like the clovey side, this one's for you, though.

M: Great body with (as mentioned) ample carbonation, even above and beyond that of a normal weizen. The ABV is very well hidden, much more so than the usual weizenbock.

D: This went down so well that I was shocked to be faced with an empty glass.

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Photo of chaz01
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting size portion at a beer tasting event at a local grocery stored. Poured into a champagne flute type glass.

A: Deep gold, hazy with a thick foamy white head.

S: Very lemony in the aroma with some piney scents.

T: Somewhat spicy mixed with hay and grass notes in the taste. Strong bitter bite to this beer.

M: Lite bodied, with good carbonation levels. Dry finish with a very bitter lasting aftertaste.

D: Nice refreshing beer with lots of flavor and a pretty big kick to it. I'm thinking it would be best paired with a spicy cajun dish, maybe a cajun tilapia filet.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a nice slightly hazy golden colour with lots of foam in the duvel glass. Smells of sweet citrus hops and a little pine. The taste follows suit with the hops and a slight citrus, spicy background. Very tasty and goes down quite smooth. I should have picked up another bottle of this while in the states. Looking forward to trying the Schneider Brooklnyer. Very damn good beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold in color with a 2 inch fluffy/cloudy white head; decent lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells like an IPA and hefe-weizen combined, with a nice citrus aroma, as well as orange peel, a bouquet of hops, yeast, grass, spices like cloves and pepper. Quite an interesting nose indeed.

Tastes of orange peel, spices (pepper and clove as mentioned before), yeast, lemon, wheat, coriander, grapefruit, faint banana, grass, hay, spicy hops, floral hops, light sweet caramel, as well as a touch of malt and butterscotch. Extremely complex and well balanced, to the point that each sip has the potential to bring out a new flavor, and as it warms the reserve flavors start to appear as well. The revolving door of tastes made this very enjoyable to drink slowly.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with little to no carbonation and a smooth silky feel on the tongue. This beer was medium bodied with some weight to it, but not heavy by any means; perhaps the variety of ingredients gave the feel of more mass than there actually was, but there was still the hefe-weizen characteristics which made it highly drinkable.

It goes down very easy and is very enjoyable. Quite simply, this beer is borders on spectacular, and I have enjoyed it immensely each time that I've had this beer (several times over the past year). The complexities hide the alcohol well and make for a very smooth, crisp and refreshing beer that has excellent flavor. A great beer, period. I love this beer and recommend trying it.

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Photo of obywan59
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. The number on the back label was faded, but I'm pretty sure it was #2500.

Pours a tropical orange-golden color with a pure white 3 finger head leaving light lacing. Slightly cloudy.

Smell of bananas, cloves and sweet citrus.

More bananas, cloves, and citrus, but also a harsh piney bitterness (at first). It mellows out somewhat as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Some alcohol burn.

I think the harshness slowed me down more than the ABV.

Not as good as I remembered from the first time I tried it.
I liked the Schneider-Brooklyner better.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated 1/27/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a clear amber orange color body. With a huge white foamy head, very lasting. Very hoppy citrusy resiny aroma. Some fruitiness too. Light fruit like apple, pear. Floral. Floral, hoppy bitter taste. Grapefruit and fruitiness. Like a very hoppy Belgian ale. Damn good! Doesn't pair so well with carrot cake. Fizzy, heavy mouthfeel. Some alcohol bite.

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

Bottle #2854. This poured a slightly hazy light gold, with tons of white head. It smelled like pine and lemon zest and grassy hops, with some sour yeast and tart white grapes, and a bit of wheat and wild honey. It tasted like pine and grassy/waxy hops and salty sour yeast and lemon zest, with some tart white grapes and spicy yeast. It was slightly oily with lots of carbonation that smoothed over time, and had a lasting sour aftertaste.

Overall this was a pretty complex beer that was pretty harsh up front, but really mellowed out after the bottle had been open for 30-45 minutes (a lot like a wine). It was a refreshing taste, although nearly overpowering at first. The flavor elements aren't what I consider delicious, but they were mostly appropriate for the style. But I was really expecting more wheat character, and not as much sour grapes. It had a nice body and hid the alcohol well. If you can find this and afford it, you may want to try it. But I personally didn't find that it was anything special. (The Schneider version was much better.)

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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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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark yellow with slight haziness and a big head. The level of carbonation was so high that the head never disappeared from the top.
S: There are aromas of flowery hops and spices with hints of alcohol.
T: The initial taste is sweet, but there is good balance between the hops and the underlying wheat. The finish is somewhat bitter and spicy with some alcohol heat. The flavor is rather unique and imparts qualities of a hefeweizen and an IPA.
M: The beer feels medium bodied on the palate, although the level of carbonation makes it feel very smooth and not too heavy or thick.
D: It's very drinkable if you like IPAs that have a lot of hop flavor, however the alcohol content will catch up to you.

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

Pours glowing amber-yellow with sediment cloudiness and a whipped egg white head that sticks and laces. Nose is waxy yeast, orangeade hops and pineapple. Spicy wheat up front with country white bread malts and a hint of papaya. Then comes orangey, resiny hops with hints of white pepper and nettle. Mouthwatering dryness to end. Lemongrass linger. Lively, medium, round, some burn.

I'm a sucker for the hybrid styles, but this just takes the cake. Amazing interplay between lemon wheat and citrus hops, plus so soft and drinkable.


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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this from the Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Pours hazy gold with a color range from orange brick to wheaty yellow. Booming, foamy, big bubbled head tops this one off.

S - Sharp hops cut through lighter, fruitier notes.

T - Lighter and chalkier than it is crisp, but not so completely shifted into the wheaty world. The hops are sharp enough to cut through and give this a lot of balance. Still some sweet, light spices and light banana fruity flavor thrown in the mix.

M - Medium bodied, nothing too outrageous.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse. 750 ml.

On the back label in gold text:
"Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse is a collaboration between Brewmasters Hans-Peter Drexler of the Schneider Brewery and Garett Oliver of The Brooklyn Brewery. Together they bring you a new sensation, a pale weissbock fermented with the Schneider yeast, then robustly dry-hopped with a blend of Amarillo and Palisade hops. Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse is a delicious blend fo Bavarian craftsmanship and American ingenuity."

Poured generously into a white wine glass. Honey yellow, thick and hazy. Big bleached white head blossoms to about 1.5" and stays there for a long time. Lacing is superb -- thick, full, and persistent.

Sweet wheat, and citrus (orange) burst forward into the nose. Its a bit funky and mired in floral bitter notes.

There's a predominant upfront malt profile that's very nice, thick, heavy, and sweet. Wheat tones are strong and hardy. Orange and lemon swim around in the background adding a bit of character. Bitter hops dominate at the finish. The American Amarillo dry hopping is pretty clear, while the Palisades are harder for me to discern. Overall, I like it. A bit funky, and stronger than I expect, but quite delicious.

Medium bodied, but not all that interesting. Carbonation is appropriate (on the medium side). It doesn't really have that much effect on the sensory experience though -- It's a bit thick in the mouth at first, but quickly dissipates, leaving... nothing much.

There's a bit of alcohol bite there. Overall, I found the 8.5% and the funkiness to hamper the drinkability. Mind you I had 75 cl. quite enjoyably, so it can't be that bad.

Really like the bottle design on this one. The label is fantastically shaped and glossy: gold, red, blue, and yellow with a big blue B in the middle. The glass itself has been embossed with a big B and some writing -- very fancy looking! By the way, there's alos a Schneider version of this brew I'm looking forward to trying.

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

25.4 oz corked bottle poured into large snifter. This is a cloudy peach-brown color with a couple inches of fluffy head. Smells of hoppy banana, sugary cloves, and apple juice. Smell is really interesting and off the wall for a wheat beer.

Flavor mixes citrus fruits, bananas, cloves, pepper, and peaches. Finish is bitter with a strong hop presence. Alcohol is hidden fairly well, but this still a heavy slow sipping beer. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, really exceptional.

This was a pretty unique beer to me, seemingly a hybrid of several styles. Interesting and worth trying.

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Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden/yellow color. A large bubbly white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt with some fruity aromas. Apples, pears, and pineapple is what I get. Floral hops and some grapefruits linger.
T: Sweet malt and fruits that follow the nose. Grapefruit hops linger. Though it is not overly bitter at all. Dry and floral hops.
M/D: A medium body that is a little thin for my liking. Easy to drink. A good beer to sip on.

This is a very good beer, just like the Schneider version. Without a doubt the best thing Brooklyn has done outside of their Chocolate Stout. Recommended.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into my pint glass with a huge three finger head which is slow to dissapate. A very cloudy, pale, straw color. Nice presentation.
S: All kinds of hoppy spice cut by the wheat and citrus notes. When agitated, the scent really picks up and you get some nice lemony notes.
T: Outstanding. Very balanced. A nice blend of the malty wheat sweetness and the mildly bitter hops.
M: Medium bodied but very smooth. A long but very pleasant aftertaste.
D: I took down a bomber in no time and didn't think twice about it. Very smooth and easy going. I will be having this again and storing up before it goes away.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mikey711 helped me track this one down. Thanks!

Poured from the attractive 750 ml into my tulip.

A - These guys do presentation right, the beer looks even better in the tulip than it does in that cool corked bottle. Standard pale color, with the expected cloudy wheat mixed in just slightly. Nice 3 finger head that is very slow to go away. Tons of big thick lacing. Wow.

S - This might be the first time I've been able to identify a specific hop in the nose with the Amarillo. I know Palisade is there as well and I'm not sure the how that effects it, but the dry hopping give it a nice soft hop spiciness to the nose as it warms. The bready wheat is slightly underneath that.

T&M - This beer tricked me. At first, I had such high expectations from the appearance that an almost bland taste let me down. Then, as it warm and the subtle blend of wheat and pale malts, together with strong, but not overpowering hops won me over. I've discovered I'm not a huge weizenbock fan as they are generally too sweet for me, but this is a great balance. This isn't an extreme beer, but still manages to impress.

D - Would be great with dinner, and I'd love to have it around and open one without thinking too much about it, as it is very drinkable. I only wish it was a) cheaper and b) more readily available... Oh well...

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

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a big fluffy 2" head that lasts a long time. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: wheat, citrus, and floral bitterness is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with yeast, wheat tones, bits of orange and lemon, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Very long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this one was easy to quaff and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JarrinBrew
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK everyone this is my first review so please be gentle. Let me just say that this brew was nothing but jaw dropping coming out of the sexy 750! Once the cork popped off the first thing to my mind was orange peels surrounded in hop buds. It pours smooth with a cloudy body that just screamed DRINK ME!

In my recommendation, I say enjoy this one nice and slow. It's a kick in the pants.

Also I only rated this at a 4.5 because if it was the true 5.0 then it would of been made of gold and Jesus Christ himself would of made it a requirement to drink it at communion!!!

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Photo of crossovert
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml corked bottle, a slightly different presentation from the Schneider one.

This one has a great scent, you can smell the dry hopping and it has a nice citrus spice character. Theres some traditional fruity wheaty hefe scent in here too which intrigues me to try it. The dry hops in this one were more impressive than the ones in the Schneider.

It's a taste experience, it has a nice balance though its as expected a far hoppier version of the darker hefe's. It starts with a typical wheat flavor and then leads into a nice bit of hops, nice and bitter.

It's medium bodied and not quite the most drinkable brew.

Overall it's a style thats very taboo and hard to find a decent example of but this is probably the quintiseential hopfen-weisse.

Put against the Schneider one they are almost equal with this one smelling and looking slightly better an the Schneider one tasting slightly better.

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Photo of elniko
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into weizen glass. Part 2 of back to back taste test of Schneider and Brooklyn version.

A: Poured surprisingly relatively unhazy with absolutely gigantic head despite appropriate pour. Heavy lacing and ridiculous carbonation. Much better looking than the Schneider version.

S: Smells delicious, slight wheat tones with citrus hops notes and a little bit of bubble gum coming though. Much better than the Schneider.

T & M: The cloying sweetness that I got in the Schneider not apparent in the Brooklyn. Just overall a better balanced brew. Wheat tones apparent up front with a nice somewhat subtle fruity hop quality on the finish. Carbonation definitely apparent in the mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable, high price but the clear winner in my opinion between the two Hopfen-Weisses.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse
Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.80 %
"Schneider yeast, GO used Amarillo & Palisade hops"
Appearance is a cloudy yellow straw color, Hefe like with good 2 finger head and excellent retention.
Aromas of bubblegum, citurs, banana, minor clove hints. Citurs & floral hop aromas. reminds me of some Belgian IPA character.
Tastes as it smells on a solid wheat base with a good APA balance, but still bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium body, high carbonation.
If you like wheat beers, and you like hops, find this beer!

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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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