Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat | Brooklyn Brewery

very good
18 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat Beer is brewed from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley. Drinking this lovely beer helps reinvigorate the state’s grain industry and benefit GrowNYC's mission to support family farms, farmers markets, gardens, recycling and education. Greenmarket Wheat is as bright and refreshing as a summer day. The Raw wheat gives this beer its zing, barley malt brings depth, and Belgian yeast lends complexity. Accented with orange peel, local honey and a dash of coriander, the beer is naturally carbonated by re-fermentation in handsome 750ml bottles.

Added by metter98 on 08-22-2013

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 98
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery "Greenmarket Wheat"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 08 2017" and sampled on MAR 20 2017
$1.83 @ (Wegmans) Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice appearance. The foamy white head holds well. Cloudy golden-orange body. Looks like a hefeweizen almost. Clove in the aroma is like a hefe as well, and there's clear wheat. It's supposed to be a witbier though. Ahh, I get some coriander in the nose as well. Ahh, I see on the label that it's a Bavarian yeast, so it's really a blend of a witbier and hefe, or more particularly, a hefe that's got "...honey, orange peel and coriander" added to it. It's interesting. I don't get the honey but that's probably fermented out. Oh, and I see that this was originally done with a Belgian yeast in 750ml bottles - I guess they've changed it. I'm a little disappointed I didn't get a chance to try the original version. Oh well. It's nicely balanced, sweetish and wheaty upfront, and then drier and just lightly spicy in the finish, zesty, I guess. Looking back, the lacing is quite limited, but it's not that carbonated, in fact it seems slightly less than standard. Ahh, I get the orange peel in the aroma as well. Nice. I like it overall, but I wonder if I like it better than either a witbier or a hefe. Sometimes I do want a little bit lighter hefe, of something with a little zest to it, and I guess it fills that niche. But then again, wouldn't a heftier witbier do that? Ah, I don't know. It's OK. It's interesting and well made, and really quite drinkable and refreshing.

 1,591 characters

Photo of NiceTaps
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a beer glass.

Pale yellow color, bubbly and clear(?) with a thin white head and little lacing.

Smells of raw wheat, yeast, steamy grass, spicy. It's unpleasant.

Some wheat, yeast, light fruit, orange, spice.

Harsh feel.

"Lovely" and "raw" are in the commercial description. It comes across as "harsh" to me. I'm being kind.

 344 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Some sediment left on the bottom of the bottle after a full pour.

Hits the nostrils with yeast, clove and banana plus fainter baked bread.

Flavor: largely follows the nose. Good balance for style with none of the elements overly dominant. Grains come to the fore in the aftertaste.

Overall: excellent for style, even by German standards.

 392 characters

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at "The Pub" in Gettysburg, PA. This beer has a murky golden color with a small white head. The aroma is full of fruit and wheat, very nice. The taste is on par with other really good hefeweizens, a lot wheat and fruit mixed with some clove.

 289 characters

Photo of ksimons
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin layer of white head that quickly disappears to leave a ring around the top. Spicey, yeasty, and wheaty aroma. Taste is similar, spicey and yeasty notes, sweet fruits. Light body, crisp carbonation. Overall very drinkable and refreshing, good beer for the summer.

 305 characters

Photo of logicalparadox
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice wheat beer from Brooklyn. Lots of light fruit, hints of esters common to hefeweizens, some tooth to it but lighter and with a lot of clarity for an unfiltered version. The grains come through brilliantly. I'd position this somewhere between an American Summer Wheat and a German Hefe. The addition of coriander, orange peel, and honey make for some added nuance. Not heavy at all, as some Belgian white (wit) beers can be (not that that's a bad thing). Very mild sweetness at the end that carries a medium finish.

 519 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this on June 29, 2015 -my birthday enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the bottle.

The color is a golden hue with light hazed look and quick dropping white head with ring of beads left with moderately slow moving bubbles of carbonation apparent. The smell is toasted wheat with clove-like yeast scent with slight sweet malt odor. The feel is medium carbonation level with light sweetness and fruity yeast texture with light alcohol and semi-dry finish with subtle spice in the feel.

The taste of light fruit with a subtle tropical tanginess and mild spice from the yeast with slight wheat malt character in the flavor with a mineral quality from the yeast and mild citrus accent with clove-like taste that is complimentary in the dry and tangy finish. Overall the taste of this wheat ale is good with dry and drinkable summery quality with refreshing level of carbonation

 879 characters

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint at Kent Ale House. Reminds me of Schneider Weisse and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a similar yeast. There's orange peel popping into the flavor, but the clove, earthy spice, and wheat bread dominate. Very smooth and drinkable. A great hefe.

 256 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the packaging is gorgeous and the mission is important, supporting local agriculture and using seasonal and sustainable ingredients, i like that project, but i also feel like beers with a cause like this, and with some strong tie to some social or ecological objective, are often pretty average beers. you want to showcase new york grain, but you make a wheat beer that tastes very common, not letting the grain differentiate itself enough to make it special, at least in my opinion. a good wit though, no denying that, it tastes great and its up to brooklyn quality standards no doubt. the thing that makes this, and most of their beers special is the bottle conditioning. its a different kind of carbonation and mouthfeel experience when the beer isnt force charged, its so much more dry and refined, and i think these guys do it as well or better than anyone else in the game. i can always tell a brooklyn beer by this before i see the label or the handle, its so them, and this beer shows it so well. the wheat flavor is good and bold, and i like that the grain is out in front of the orange and coriander, but it just tastes like a wit, not unique really in any significant way in terms of flavor. i wanted more out of it, but i expect the world from these guys, so thats on me. still worth trying, and i am happy to support this mission as a native new yorker.

 1,366 characters

Photo of Barnoloid
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour - comes out an inviting deep, burnt orange/tangerine to golden hue. Cloves and coriander come out in the aromatics, with a banana accented yeastiness on the front end of the taste. Refreshing and light on the palate. Lively, seemingly built for spring and summer days. Goes down nicely.

 297 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours banana yellow and hazy with a bone white head that lasts and lasts and leaves sheets and spot s of lace. Touch of orange blush when the light hits the beer the right way. Nose is tall golden wheat, a depth from the barley. a slight hint of honey, a light herbal and some peppery clove with the perfectly light and ripe banana. Taste follows the nose all the way except there is a bit of orange/citrus to the middle . Peppery clove, a gentle herbal and taste of honey. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium. It has a thinness to it and some softer but active carbonation that keeps this moving across the palate beautifully. Perfect balance in this beer. It has complexity and all the flavors can be perceived, yet none of them stands out too far in front of the others. Finishes just dry with only enough bitterness for balance . No real long lingering aftertaste. This one is refreshing, crisp and finishes with that light little herbal and a malt that seems to have a depth that you cannot help but ponder.

 1,020 characters

Photo of melitameister
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best thing about this beer is the color. Gorgeous golden apricot. Tiny head quickly falls flat.

First hit in the nostrils is yeast and raw malt followed by some tropical fruit and clove and candy sugar. No great dimension going on here.

Taste is sweet candy apricot, mango, banana and clove. Conventional. Texture is thin.

Overall, surprisingly uninteresting for something from this great brewery.

 406 characters

Photo of mikeg67
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and sour dough. Body is medium and crisp. Wheat malt, yeast, bananas, pears, sulfur and spices fill the mouth. Finish is medium and fruity. I’m not impressed by this brew.

 327 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with a light amount of honey sweetness in the aroma as well. There is also a hint of banana/clove + a light amount of traditional Belgian witbier yeast. Very light hints of orange peel.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of wheat malts with just a hint of honey sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel and spicy Belgian witbier yeast (including coriander). Finally, this beer finishes with the flavors of banana + clove. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable, this would be a great beer on a really hot spring/summer afternoon. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is sessionable.

 1,241 characters

Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a neat looking straw and bright sunset orange, thin ring like lace. Malty sweet aroma, cake like, hint of wheat. Sweet and grassy taste. Slightly tart finish, lemony, and peppery. Crisp, refreshing and light. A tasty wheat beer good as a palate opener or for warm weather.

 278 characters

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bit confused by the reviews. The label on the bottle state that a Bavarian yeast was used. Perhaps the 2014 version is different. I am reviewing this beer as a hefeweizen.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short puffy white head that settled into a small cap. No big pillowy head that I usually see from a hefe. Not a lot of yeasty residue from the bottle.

The aroma is of a wheat malt, slightly musty with a hint of metal. Nice banana and clove notes from the yeast. A touch of tart apple.

The taste is strong on the yeast. Banana and clove are forefront. Nice crisp wheat flavor. Light lemon and tart apple. The malt shows through a bit more than most hefeweizens, a bit more crisp.

Moderate feel. A bit crisp. Sweet and spicy on the palate. A bit tart in the finish.

A nice hefe, not mind blowing. Drinks easy. Not an overly yeasty hefe.

 869 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston St as a Christmas brew for my friend and I, having never seen this before. I would buy nearly anything offered by the Brooklyn Brewery on blind faith alone and that was the case here as well.. Thankfully, this was a solid beer that was stylistically true to form while being easy to drink at the same time. The alcohol was well-hidden and none of the flavors were too strong, although everything mentioned on the bottle was certainly present. What else would you expect from these guys?

Nice big bottle here with a cork to undo. The beer didn't foam out of the bottle but it the head was sufficient enough once I poured it into my glass. The aroma was that of grass, coriander, and straw and all of these could be tasted in the mouthfeel. This had a nice, buttery feel to it with a hint of sourness like a Belgian Farmhouse and some orange peel tossed in for good measure. Not a lot of stickiness from the honey but a bit of it could be detected in the sweetness and even in the appearance, as there was some amber here and a somewhat cloudy hue to boot. Not a lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but there was a hint of swirling needed to get it out.

Gotta love the fact that the alcohol was nearly undetectable in this, like in any good Witbier. The story behind this that it was locally sourced only made me appreciate the effort put into this even more, and like the Wisconsinite from Lakefront, a beer like this proved that something crafted with this much care need not cost more. Not only was this beer good for New York, but it was just as good for anyone who got their hands on it. This was another winner from Brooklyn that's likely to offend no one while pleasing anyone who loves their beer full of wheat, taste, and joy. Fun stuff indeed!

 1,807 characters

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of orange peels.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of wheat malts and has some hints of honey and coriander, the latter of which stands out a little bit more towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. The beer seems a little similar to the Brooklyner Weisse, although you can definitely tell that Belgian yeast was used in lieu of Bavarian yeast and that honey and orange peels were included in the ingredients.

 871 characters

Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat from Brooklyn Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.