Brooklyner Wheat Beer | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyner Wheat BeerBrooklyner Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: 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
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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 bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 diamondc
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only $6 for a sixer! Best Before Oct 2012

A: Humungous, fluffy head. Not much lacing after the head has died down, though. Unfiltered.

S: Big clove aroma, nutmeg, smoke, cinnamon, banana bread.

T: More clove-y, spicy, sugar cookie-ish, an orange tartness aftertaste. Not much hop action.

M: Quaffable, suprisingly a bit light on the carbonation.

O: A good hefeweizen at a great price. Not up to par with the best authentic hefes, but still really good. I'd buy again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sure enough, I was working the other night. Lots of rain, traffic, and fares in New York but thankfully, I had a person going back to Jersey for the night. I made a stop at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City before going back on-duty and I nearly did a double take when I saw this on the shelf. I loved the Brooklyner Weisse and nearly thought that this was that, until I saw the label. Going on their website gave me the background on this beer and even though it wasn't quite the same as the Summer offering that I once enjoyed, I was still excited to have this out of a bottle again for the first time in years. While this wasn't much of improvement over the Weisse, this has enough going for it that it's still a great choice for this time of the year and easily enjoyable without being light or feeling watered-down.

The pour to this was a bit darker than I remembered it being, with cloudy, golden hue that almost looked taupe. Not much of a head to this until I swirled out the last of the wheat at the bottom of the bottle and slowly let it drip into my pint glass. Whoosh! Now we're talking...and once that settled, there was a bit of the foam left to enjoy as I made my first sip. Clove? Yup. Banana? Yep. Bubble gum? Yup. Wheat? Yup. Grass? Yup...but not that much and the citrus twang in the midst of the former version of this wasn't to be found here. So this was a bit more mellow but the carbonation was present enough to add an air of lightness to all of this and there was just a hint of Saison-like spice and sourness too, adding just a nice hint of color while allowing this beer to be true to its roots.

While just a hint over 5.00% ABV, this would still make a great session beer if I had time to enjoy more than one in a sitting. It's not as good as the top-rated beers in this category but as I've been saying for so long, this *should* be the Summer offering from Brooklyn as I find it to be more colorful, full-bodied, and enjoyable than their Summer Ale. This won't blow anyone anyway but come to think of it, anything that comes out this time of the year. A warm-weather beer should be inviting, relaxing, and still leave you wanting for more as the sun slowly fades into the horizon and I'm so happy to say that this is exactly how this beer makes me feel. No doubt that I'm gonna be making the trek down to Jersey City for another six-pack of this before the season's over!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 with your thoughts.

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Photo of riversider76
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is of candy, and fruit. Body is on the lighter side of medium and carbonated. Taste is of sweet tart fruits. Nice finish with hints od banana. Great version of this style!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a shaker. BB nov 2013

pours a copper color with an inch or white head. good malty aroma. taste is traditional german hefe...crisp and very malty. impressive from an american brewer. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall great for the price if you enjoy the style.

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Brooklyner Wheat Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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