Brooklyner Wheat Beer | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyner Wheat BeerBrooklyner Wheat Beer

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vickersspitfire on 07-28-2012

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by hoplover82:
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small to medium fleeting head.
The aroma is a typical german style hefe, mild bannanas and cloves, maybe a hint of noble hops. And yeasty bread aromas
The flavor is the same as aroma, nothing impressive imo
mouthfeel is creamy and light with a balnced finish
overall it's an ok beer, nice for the summertime for sure. nice to drink outside on a hot day

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Photo of Razr86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Just the slightest of crisp audibly fizzy bone white colored head that displays zero retention and quickly fizzes away leaving no lacing or collar in its wake... The color is a mix of pale gold and muted amber... There is a slight yet distinct haziness that permeates... From a side view there is a limited bit of micro bubbled carbonation towards the top of the glass... From the top view there is a good bit of carbonation rising and bursting through the surface..

S - A fairly bold nose for the stye... Loads of Belgian yeasty goodness... Fresh wheat... Some faint orange zest... A hint of bubble gum... Ripened bananas... Perhaps even a slight kiss of spiciness...

T - The boldness of the aroma serves as a bit of a misnomer when it comes to the rather pedestrian experience that awaits for the palate... The Belgian yeast i there... The wheat is there... The orange zest is there... The over-ripened banana and bubble gum is there as well... However the flavors don't seem to compliment one another as I would expect... There is a slightly cloying honey quality that lingers on the finish for a bit...

M - Medium bodied... A bit sticky... Not thick, but certainly thicker than expected for the style... Briskly carbonated...

D - A decent and certainly respectable American interruption of the Hefeweizen style... I have no real superlatives to offer, nor do I have any real complaints... A simple, satisfying, straight-forward offering that may find it's way back into my glass at some point next spring or summer...

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out into a hefeweizen glass, its got a nice hazy burnt orange and golden brown body topped off with a semi-thick bubbly head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin layer of soft creamy bubbles accompanied by some strong lacing that marks your beer level after every sip. I can pick up some wheat, spices and citrus aromas like orange peel grapefruit, and even some apple. The aromas aren’t very strong and there is a slight hint of sweetness to it as well. The beer is really crisp when it hits the tip of your tongue and the ester flavors do come through along with some banana bread , the flavors like the aromas aren’t very strong, but they aren’t lacking either. It’s a bit bitter when it hits the sides of your mouth and calms down as you swallow, and so do the flavors. After it warms up a bit, the flavors are a bit more present in its aftertaste. This is the same beer as the Brooklyner Weisse, but the recipe has been altered just a bit:

For those who don’t want to copy and paste, here’s the page straight from the horse’s mouth:

Refreshing, light, and brisk, wheat beers have been popular in Bavaria for centuries. Weissbier or hefeweizen (wheat beer with yeast) was once brewed exclusively by the Bavarian royal family. In the 1800’s, they were popular among German immigrants to the United States. Our Brooklyner Weisse is brewed in the classic German style from German wheat and barley malts. Our special Bavarian yeast produces the flavors and aromas that wheat beers are prized for – bananas, cloves, and melon, with a smoky note in the background. This beer is traditionally left unfiltered, so there’s a dusting of yeast still in the beer, adding the hazy appearance and greater depth to the flavors. Pour, admire the big fluffy head, and enjoy sunshine in a glass.
We're currently working on an experiment to bring Brooklyner back to the bottle. We've released a slightly different formula under the name "Brooklyner Wheat Beer" in a few random locations. If you happen to see it, grab a Brooklyner and email [email protected] with your thoughts.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a nice cloudy golden orange with a thick white head that quickly fades.

S: This has that nice potent Hefeweizen yeast smell of fruit and also has a nice malt smell.

T: The taste to me is one of the best Hefeweizens I have ever had. It has a fantastic fruit flavor, some yeast and a bit of lingering malt.

M: This is a very smooth beer that goes down with ease. It has a tiny bit of carbonation that I feel on the back of my throat. All around a great feeling.

O: I absolutely love this beer. It is so easy to drink and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of 007rtw
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyner Wheat Beer has a thick, off-white head and a hazy (after swishing the bottle), yellow-orange appearance, with a huge amount of streaming bubbles, but almost no lacing. The aroma is sharp and yeasty, and the flavor provides water, coriander, white wheat bread, some banana, and sugar. There is minimal bitterness here. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Brooklyner Wheat Beer finishes semi-dry and very refreshing. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of killcore
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden in color, with a moderate, persistent, fine-beaded off-white head, thick lacing, which rings the glass walls, and profuse, small, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Prominent aroma of bread, cloves, ripe bananas and bubble gum, very appropriate to style.

Taste: Begins with a strong wave of wheat malt, and notable earthy yeast flavors. As well there are cloves and bananas, which present well against the wheat backbone. Finishes with a mild, lingering spiciness and an understated herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very soft, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Very refreshing and drinkable, an excellent rendition of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove, coriander, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and citrus juice/zest. There is also some clove/coriander and a bit of banana flavour.

Overall –A pretty textbook example of the style. Lots of typical flavours found in a hefe and a fitting mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. It does come off a little more heavy than refreshing, but still a good beer worth trying.

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Photo of J-Mel
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Hazy Orange with 1 finger head and decent carbonation.

Smell - Lots of banana, grassy notes and very authentic German scents you would find in the several World Class/Excellent rated Hefeweizens.

Taste - Excellent and Authentic German Hefeweizen crafted beer. Sweet and malty and smooth delivery. Very little hop presence as expected. A tad dry in the finish so for a light beer its quite flavorful but the dryness makes you want more to quench the thirst.

Mouthfeel - Very pleasant for the style.

Overall - One of the better made Hefeweizen I've had that is made here on the left side of the pond in the US. I highly recommend a trying one if your in the mood for a German Hef. and its on the menu our in your local bottle shop.

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Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid is a cloudy golden color with a fluffy off white head that slowly dissipated. It's aroma is dominated by yeast with lots of clove, banana and some funky grassiness. The taste is slightly tangy with lots of yeast backed up by lemon, wheat and more banana. It has a medium body with lots of subtle carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This beer is an excellent example of the style and I found it very enjoyable.

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Photo of DerekMorgan
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 11/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, banana, orange zest, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, clove, wheat, bread, light pepper, floral, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, citrus, clove, wheat, bread, light pepper, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hefeweizen style! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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