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: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 19
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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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades very rapidly leaving a trace level of foam on the top of the brew and almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite heavy in a grainy wheat and banana smell. Along with these aromas are strong smells of yeast and spice. The spice is of coriander, nutmeg and clove with some lighter orange aromas mixed within. Overall the aroma is on the sweeter and wheatier side, but overall is quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a big bready and grainy wheat flavor. Mixed with these flavors is a strong banana taste as well as lots of yeast and spice. The spice, as the nose would have predicted, was mainly of clove and coriander, but these were rather light in comparison to the mix of wheat, banana and yeast. As the taste advances the wheat, while initially more grainy, gets smoother as the taste moves on further to the end. The banana sweetness remains relatively constant throughout the taste maintaining a nice level of sweetness throughout the whole taste with a bit of orange coming to the tongue more toward the end. In the end with the mix of flavors leaves a nice rather smooth wheat and citrus orange spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.1 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The chewier nature as well as moderate carbonation are rather nice for the wheaty flavors of the brew and nicely complimenting the yeast and spice flavors of the brew.

Overall – A tasty hefe with a good wheat, fruity, and yeasty flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of FLima
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber orange color with a relatively low head with short retention.
Nice and bold aroma of banana, honey, oranges, mild pine, yeast and white bread.
Initially spicy flavor that becomes yeasty with notes of cloves, oxidized oranges, bubblegum, some banana and bagels.
Medium body with low carbonation and a licorish sensation.
Very flavorful, though it could be a tad less sweet. Almost a liquid clove bubblegum or a yeast soup.

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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 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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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 vermilcj
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A muddy brown-yellow after swirling in the yeast. Head looks tight. Has a bleachy white color to it and some solidity to the retention. Maybe I should of used a weizen glass for this one.

A little more clove than banana, but both. Actually, a good dose of clove with wheat malts and a sweet fruity yeast element that crosses up the malty dryness. White bread notes are bigger than expected. Almost smells like damp white bread, with a hint of spiciness.

Smooth drinking. More of the clove, louder now. Lots of white bread and a hint of spice. Banana is here, too, but outmatched by the wheat grains. Has a nearly metallic and semi-bitter finish, uncharacteristic of a hefe. But, the swallow is fair. Lots of suspended muck, but the quality of the yeast used could be improved a bit. Faint bubble gum note. Carbonation is very mild and subdued, which allows the flavors to try to pull out and in-front. Pretty wet in the body; rather filled-out. Doesn't hurt in the way that it drinks so easily.

This is a beer that I'd like to get back to. A nothing-special kind of hefe with great drinkability and simple goodness in the mouth. The aroma outdoes itself in ways.

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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 philbe311
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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