Brand Weizen | Brand Bierbrouwerij

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Brand Bierbrouwerij

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Filosoof on 10-24-2011

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Photo of Tomblerone
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Filosoof
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In 2010 Brand got the idea to brew a new beer. Though: new? After all those German wheat beers and the imitating Dutch guys (Grolsch, Hertog Jan - who introduced Dutch weizeners) Brand obviously wouldn't miss this train.

I can be short about the result: an impressiveless beer, almost an insult of the German wheat beers with which the brewer wants to compair it with.

Characteristic is that even their own brewer cannot tell exactly what it tastes like (two short phrases on their site) and that the site needs 8 phrases to tell you how you should pour the beer in a glass. As if there's any difficulty of chucking a wheat beer in a big glass. A blind man could do it.

L: golden blond; lasting top ofcourse;
S: a touch of hop round a quite weak smell;
T: according to theire site there should be clove in it; I'm sorry that I didn't find it;
M: poor, flat and thin, the little hop makes it a not-completely-dead-one.
O: a big brewer wants to compete, but can't.

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3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pub (Cafe Hoppe, I think) in Amsterdam, May 2012:

Served in a tulip glass, the beer appeared a hazy yellow in color that produced less than a finger of foamy white head, which was not well retained. The beer gave off a nice strong aroma, sweet, fruity malt aroma with no hop. The taste was weaker than expected, given the aroma, but it seemed to be a bit watered down. The beer had a light feel to it, with good carbonation, but the weak taste reduced the drinkability of the beer. Overall, this beer is not the worst here that I have ever had and by no means even close to the best that I have tried, but I might give it a shot again if I ever found myself back in Amsterdam.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap.

Solidly in the German wheat beer category. Lots of banana esters with clove in a hazy golden beer.

Good easy drinking wheat beer perfect for hot as ever days.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Found this at a local supermarket. Very curious whether it's a German or a Belgian style wheatbeer, as Brand is from Limburg, wedged inbetween both experts on this.
Straight from the bottle is banana aroma, with some clove. Very much a German tradition.
Taste is heavy from the start, full body of biscuit and banana bread, a hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel is coating, not as crisp and light as I'd expect when it would be more citrus Belgian style.
Overall this is a decent try with hefeweizen, but it's just too malty sweet cloying towards the end to be anywhere near the quality in Germany or Belgium.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 Oct 2012 saw me, my wife and 26 other members of the CAMRA Investors club have a wonderful afternoon as guests of the brewery: after a film show and giuded tour of the brewery we adjourned to the tasting celler bar where we were given seven different brews to taste: I had plenty of each apart from this one.

I don't want to be unkind to the brewery because we were looked after so well but: this beer is a poor imitation of what I expect a good Weizen to be like. It may look the part: a cloudy light orange brew with a thinning head but it lacks aroma, flavour and depth. Weak vanilla esters in the nose and a slight yeasty feel to the taste don't add up to a good beer, sorry.

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Photo of BdM
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 54V4G3
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Douberd
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ABV 5,1%

300 ml bottle, poured into its original Brand Weizen glass. I expected a huge head with good retention but instead I got one two fingers in size that didn't last long. Colour is hazy orange, quite transparent for the kind.
Aroma is fruity as expected, with banana, clove and bubblegum the most obvious smells.
Taste follows the aroma, only less sweet than someone would expect from the smell. Some slight bitterness on the aftertaste too.
Carbonation is average and it's quite thin on the body.
A bit dissapointed by this one on the appearance and on the body, but other than that is a pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A refreshing Weizenbeer. It has a nice fruity taste to it, as you would expect from it. It does not have the strong flavours as some German Weizenbeers have. Still, it is a nice Weizenbeer

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JTuomi
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tottel
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle consumed at Grand Cafe Central in Gouda, and served with its own branded weizen glass. On to the beer:

This is toasted yellow to yellow-orange in color, topped with a large two inch head. It retains itself well, and several strings of lace appear around the glass. The aroma of mild banana and a decent spice shows some display of the classic German style. Taste is decent; the banana flavor is there, but it tastes watered down. There's a decent bread and clove note which adds needed character. It's wheat base is solid and makes itself known. What it also shows is its light body and watery character.

Brand Weizen is decent. It doesn't beat the Germans, however it doesn't cost a pretty penny in the Netherlands.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jayamefu
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Zet
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Yellow-orange in colour, a bit hazy, with a finger of foam that doesn't retain well. Nice smell of cloves with some citric. The taste disappoints however. Clove again, but none of the sweet fruit and especially banana I tend to expect in a Weizen. The aftertaste was very malty, which also distracts from the Weizen character. Refreshing, but also pretty watery and weak in taste. I have a weakness for Brand, because I think they offer a quite diverse range for a macrobrewery, but this one is a miss in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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