Tap X: Meine Porter Weisse
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

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From:
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
 
Germany
Style:
Weizenbock
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
145
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 03, 2020
Added:
Jan 07, 2014
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  20
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Rated: 4.21 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

May 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Apr 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really nice Weisse. Very different from many of their other wheat beers. Porter qualities really come through. Thick, chewy, almost nutty. A thoroughly enjoyable beer from Schneider.
Aug 24, 2016
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from the lcbo for $10 or so
May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by byronic from Canada (ON)

May 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one was a real gem. Schneider is king of the weizens, and here they managed to perfectly blend in a classic English porter, so that elements of both are noticeable and compliment each other. Nice nutty and dark roast grains from the porter on top of a thick, chewy and potent weizen bock. Excellent.
Apr 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
BOTTLE: Purchased at Ambrosetti in Berlin. 750ml format (which is rather uncommon in terms of German beer packaging). Brown glass. Classy oval label. Pry-off crown cap is unbranded, but there's a neck ribbon that runs over it advertising the vintage - 2014 in this case.

7.0% ABV. Weizenbock per the label. London Porter/Weissbier hybrid per the website. 24 IBUs. Brewed with Hercules, Cascade, and Hallertau. 50% wheat, 50% barley.

Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

As with many of their 750ml format beers, Schneider has included a plastic seal washer on the underside of the crown cap, which should help with carbonation creep to make this cellar well.

HEAD: ~4cm wide. Pale khaki colour. Frothy, somewhat foamy, adequately thick. It's indeed somewhere between a weissiber and a porter, but it didn't exactly get the best of both worlds. Nice consistency, generally speaking. Soft-looking, but not to the extent you'd find in a great weissbier. And it's not as rich and dark a head as those of the best porters. Retention is quite good - ~8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Not the robust opaque black of a porter, but rather a diluted cola brown-black almost more in line with a schwarzbier. Nontransparent. I see no yeast within.

It's an odd overall look, but then this is an experimental hybrid. Not unique or special, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Has more dessert-like sweetness than anticipated, leaning heavy on chocolate malt sweetness, cream, and hazelnut. Wheat is there softening things up when I look for it. I don't detect any stout-like roasted barley, or any harsh coffee or anything. Hop presence is quite mild - maybe just floral notes?

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a beer more porter than weissbier, but in no way a weizenbock...the yeasty esters (banana, clove, bubblegum, what have you) just aren't there and the yeast doesn't seem prominent in the build.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy, medium-bodied, soft, smooth, and wet on the palate, in classic porter fashion. And while the wheat helps achieve that softness, it also leavens the beer, robbing the porter of any robust malt backbone. While the chocolate malt/schwarz malt sweetness is nice, and nods towards richer dessert beers, I'm not sure the yeast attenuation is quite right. I want it to either commit to full dessert beer or to stick with the mellow wheat & malt sweetness, but this sits awkwardly somewhere between the two.

Weizenbock yeast character is absent...maybe some bubblegum, but no citrus peel, banana, clove, etc.

Depth of flavour is adequate albeit unimpressive. Flavour duration and intensity are moderate.

I don't think that the porter constituent clashes with the weissbier constituent per se; this doesn't feel as uneven or chaotic as, say, a Firestone Walker blend. There's definite cohesion here, and the flavours do work together to an extent...just not to the extent they need to; they don't harmonize. The sweetness is off, but I can't decide in which direction, the yeast profile awkwardly tries for lager cleanliness with ale attenuation, the hop profile is kind of there but kind of reticent...it's not a simplistic beer or bland or anything, but there's not a unity of flavour and it's missing a clear deliberate focus or direction. Nebulous criticism, but nevertheless honest.

I do like it for what it is; I just find it something of a failed experiment.

Minor note: Carbonation is high, but the softness of the mouthfeel makes that kind of okay.

OVERALL: I always applaud experimentation, and leave it to Schneider to be on the cutting edge. Trying to balance the traditions of two rich brewing cultures in order to make a hybrid that exceeds the sum of its parts, Meine Porter Weisse has to walk a fine line indeed - and unfortunately, it comes up short. It's a spirited effort, though, and the result is a drinkable albeit somewhat uneven and distracted beer with an interesting hodgepodge of constituent flavours. I wouldn't buy it again, but I'm glad to have tried it, and I think it unfair to call it disappointing.

I always hope for greatness from this brewery (and it so often delivers exactly that), but to invoke an American cliche - if you want to hit it out of the park you've got to accept sometimes you're just going to strike out. Or something like that...I've got beer to drink, damn you.

C+ (3.13)
Feb 17, 2016
 
Rated: 2.96 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Feb 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by dryndantheman from Ireland

Dec 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Riik3 from Illinois

Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by kaiyote from Ohio

Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Aug 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by killcore from Russian Federation

Jul 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by CPAles from Illinois

Jul 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by jkane101 from New Jersey

Jul 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.51 by oldn00b from Virginia

Jul 01, 2015
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L:
-pours a dark,mahogany brown with a medium,frothy,beige head
-medium-high carbonation visible
S:
-chocolate,caramel,toffee,licorish,molasses,roasted malt
T:
-Follows the nose plus a dark fruit (plums,raisins,figs) character,sour cherries,toast,a slight tartness and a touch of vanilla
F:
-full body,medium-high carbonation
-slight alcohol warmth
O:
Another outstanding Beer from Schneider
Jun 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Malt_Man from England

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served cool from 750ml bottle into Schneider Weisse bier glass.

L) Dark chestnut brown, opaque, huge foamy well off-white head.

S) Roasted malt, light coffee, definitely rich red fruit, raspberries and redcurrants. Not so much the banana / clove of standard weisse biers.

T) Roasted malt with a bit of bitterness, balanced with very open light fresh fruit flavours, maybe peach and melon. Deep down, the sweet banana-like flavours are there. This definitely highlights the 'porter' aspects rather than the weisse bier aspects, which is surprising for a Schneider Weisse bier.

F) Fairly light and refreshing for a 7% bier, although there is some weight in there and the roasted malt bitterness gives it a good presence in the mouth. No skanky bitter aftertastes in there. Really good.

O) Superb beer, a nice well conceived and well executed departure for Schneider. Expensive, but worth it as a one-off treat.
Jun 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by PEIhop from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2015
Tap X: Meine Porter Weisse from Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 145 ratings