Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser OriginalSchneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Weisse Original.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a half liter bottle, the beer is strangely colored for a hefeweizen. Almost copper in color with a finger of soapy white head.

S: Rather heavy on the spice notes, mostly clove, with a bit of bubblegum to it. The banana is not super strong, but it is there and is sweet. A moderate breadiness, but not all that malty.

T: Sweet, but moderate in strength, banana flavors are present up front. Clove provides plenty of spice and is the bulk of the flavor here. Some decent bread and wheat, but, like the nose, not super heavy on the malt.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A good hefeweizen, but not one of my favorites. Easy enough to drink, of course.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears autumnal orange with a thick , lasting, light tan head. An odd color for a hefeweizen, but still a good appearance. Moving on...The aroma offers bananas, clove, malt, booze...slightly sweet. The flavor is smooth and balanced, with banana character gaining strength in the finish. Additional flavors aside from the norm include a pronounced malt flavor with some candy sweetness. Less bold than some of my favorite examples of the style. That said, this beer has some character and pizzaz. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is solid, but I would never choose it over Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with some cherry highlights. Light head with weak retention.

S - Clove, banana, touch of peppermint, some light alcohol as it warms.

T - Tough to nail down. Light toast, smooth yeast, hint of peppermint, fleeting banana. Aftertaste is herbal hops.

M - Almost no carbonation to speak of. Smooth though. The alcohol and hops leave a light tingling in your mouth.

D - Mild flavors and a light mouthfeel make it fairly drinkable

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a mahogany, slightly hazed orange amber hue with a tan bubbling head. This hefe is looking just like a dunkel, but it's not. The aroma is chalk full of vinous banana, and cloves completed by a nice flowing trace of caramelized brown sugar thrown in. The sharp wheat with a barrage of highly carbonated yeast created flavors of banana, cloves, along with the amazing touch of brown sugar come together to form the flavor of this fine hefe. Incredibly smooth making this beer one that will be calling me back again and again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy wheat body, several shades darker than most standard wheats. Closer to a dark amber. Sturdy beige head good retention.

S - Tangy and spiced with earthy bread grains. A little yeasty and slight fruit notes.

T - A crisp, sweet and tangy wheat flavor. Mild spice and a yeast kick. Bread and a hint of banana and alcohol warmth.

M - Chewy, yet refreshing. Medium body with a clean finish.

O - A good quality wheatbeer and a classic.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A real dark muddy brown body, opaque with a fairly creamy head that manages about two fingers and settles to a simple puck. Some good rising carbonation, but hard to see through the body. Kind of looks like a sewer. Wait a minute there is actually a piece of GRAIN on my head. Never seen that before.

Faint burnt clove smell, and bile. Good toasty grain also like a mild or English bitter strangely. Interesting, quite different.

Palate hits with a wet body, quite fizzy and club soda like in texture too. Finishes wet and clean, but with classic banana like esters also. Not much lingering flavor on the finish here either. Really missing the classic wheat chew on this.

Overall a real odd mix with a toasty mild grain like taste, and wet banana hefeweizen. Not feeling it, not a horrible beer though, but I am not a fan of this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Schneider Weisse glass;

Pours clouded amber (dark for a HW) with a large head that descends to a lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

Smell is of banana/clove with a slight medicinal touch.

THe taste is of banana/clove or rather clove/banana. It has a caramel sweet touch and a hint of almond-like nuttiness. It finishes with a crisp, slightly medicinal dryness.

Light-bodied and somewhat effervescent.

Easy-to-drink and refreshing. It is on the darker side of the style (without crossing into dunkelweisse) and a clovey/herbal character.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The classic hefe, medium sized bottle, has some dating info on the rear label, but it makes no sense to me. Pours dark apricot/brown, with almost a light purple blush. Fluffy light tan head, leaves ample thick lace. The familiar coriander and cloves both in the nose and following through in the flavor profile. Been enjoying this one for years, along with a lot of other beer lovers. Always tasty. You cant go to wrong giving this one a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color here is not what the average beer drinker expects a hefe to have, but this is the Bavarian style. A muddy dark orangish, nearly brown near the crown, lighter at the foot. The head on it is full,lush,voluminous, white. Aroma is light, sweet, soft, delicious, delightful, focusing on flavors of citrus (lemon), honey, flowers, and mild spices. Texture and mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth, with a graininess up front that fades fast.
Clean, brisk, uncomplicated, easily drunk, and yet brimming with taste. Substantial body, perfect malt, and a swift, but recurring, bright and lively finish. Citrusy hops return again and again to delight the tastebuds.
A very flavorful weizen, and a perfect brew for mealtime, hot Julytime, feellikehavinganotherbeertime.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a nutty-gold coloring that is crystal clear. Short stacked head of white, small bubbled foam that settles into a film, but retains some cling to the glass. Aromas of nutmeg, clove, and banana bread sweet. Flavors are effervescent and light, with a nut sweetness and bready character. The aftertaste is light and sweet, with a lemon zest highlight. The finish is light and clean, with a slight nutty linger. Decent.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into an Erdinger Hefeweisee wheat beer glass. Beer is dark brown, hazy, carbonation is moderate to high and has small bubbles. Beer was served with sediment. Head was thick and off white, head falls away and leaves lacing on the glass. This beer is darker than most hefe, good looking beer.

Beer smells kind of metallic. There isn't much in the way of esters, there is a slight wheaty smell, the aroma is a little off.

Medium body, some fruitness, a mild AT but it is not unpleasant. This beer is the opposite of dry, very wet, quenching, a beautiful beer. I am really enjoying this beer. Drinkability is really high and mouthfeel is good. There is nice palate connectivity between the front and the back. Some wheat like mild-bitterness, mild not too noticable. Overall a great example of a hefe.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best from a brewery that only does weizens. Dark for a hefeweizen, but full bodied. Flavor is like a nice farmer’s loaf of dark bread. This one’s a real treat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with great retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready dark wheat, light banana and a hint of clove, somewhat malty. Flavor of wheat, a hint of carmel and banana, clove. Finishes with a mild clove bitterness and residual husky wheat. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. This was a little bit of a surprise; the color is darker than expected and the aroma was wheat, but a deeper and more malty than any other hefe I've tried. The flavor is much closer to standard with good wheat flavor in the start and finish. The caramel note was also unexpected, but quite pleasant.This hefeweizen leans a little more towards a dunkel in color and flavor, but still adheres to style. A nice wheat beer from a classic German brewer.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zum Schneider in the East Village. Served in a tall Schneider weizen glass, its a hazy amber-brown with a thick off-white head.

I really dig this wheat beer, it's a nice change of pace with the earthy character. The wheat has a raw character to it that matches the mellow clove, pepper, and slight banana yeast character. It's rich in flavor on all fronts and has a wonderfully smooth and creamy feel.

This is one of the great German wheat beers and change of pace for your typical hefe. Recommended.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light brown/copper color with a lot of carbonation. Huge creamy head which leaves some nice lacing. Scents of malt, banana. Nice sweet maltly taste with a light body. This is a very drinkable/session beer. A thurst quencher for sure, very nice on a hot summer night.

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Photo of WesWes
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great. It has a nice creamy clove and banana scent that is quite intense. It has a wonderful fruity yeast finish. The taste is great as well. It has an awesome wheat flavor and an equally good fruity yeast finish. It goes down smooth and quick with excellent mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a perfect drinking hefe. It has everything: aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle from Pacific Ranch Market, on to the beer:

A murky mixutre of faded orange and brown colors, the head is soay and forms large. Big smell of phenolic (plastic), spice, and banana bread. The taste is straight-forward. There's some pumpkin pie spice and clove hindering in the back, but it's mostly banana bread with a side of apples. The aftertaste is mildly spiced. Another solid wheat beer from Germany, though this brand costs more $$$.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark for the style, a rich brown. Darker than expected, almost like a dunkel weizen appearance.

Smell: Yeasty, with banana and clove notes typical of Bavarian yeast. Also some slightly pungent euro hops.

Taste: Almost like a pale wheat ale. Definate wheat with muted banana being balanced by a grassy bitterness. This is a hefeweizen in the raw, straw and hay like flavors abound. Alot of hop flavor for a Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth finish, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent wheat, but not as tasty as the rest of the Schneider lineup. This was a rather average interpretation of the style, but the hops and grains used were certainly authenticly German.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark golden/amber, with a slight chill haze but no real cloudiness. Very little head. The smell is all banana and clove. The taste is crisp, fruity and lemony with a subtle banana finish. A touch of clove right at the end. Very crisp and drinkable despite being a little darker than most hefes. A nice summer beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: rich gold-brown hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of ivory head. Head doesn't seem to leave much lace as it collapses. This beer seems a bit dark for a hefeweizen.

Smell: nice mix of banana and clove aromas. There's a touch of refreshing wheaty tartness here, as well. Good stuff.

Taste: refreshing, citrusy, wheaty flavor with hints of caramel and even a hint of chocolate. Some of that clovey spiciness comes over from the aroma as well. This beer seems to be walking the line between a hefeweizen and a dunkelweizen, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a little astringency. Carbonation is good, but it doesn't have a really creamy mouthfeel like I want in a hefeweizen. Not bad, but could be better.

Drinkability: I'm finding it rather drinkable. It's refreshing and sessionable, and would be great on a hot day (this July 5, sadly, is a whopping 58° so I'm not sampling this beer in its best context).

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than most typical German Weißbier, this combines curry and carrot for a lustrous, stunningly attractive look. To the light, it appears copper plated with a clean, well burnished complexion. The transparency is hindered only by the beer's deeper tones but that notwithstanding, is spotlessly clear. As standard for the style, a monstrous-sized white mountain of tightly packed suds rises from high above the surface; steady streams of bubbles ensure its tenure will be a long and healthy one.

I thought I was smelling a beer, not a banana. Whether you wish them served over vanilla ice cream or sliced into your morning cereal, the people at Schneider offer a variety of platter combination for how you can order your bananas. Whichever dish you chose, however, will most likely be accompanied with a tinge of lemon and one crack of fresh black pepper. Smells like good eating!

The beer is a little flat for the style. Another notch or so of carbonation could really imprint those nuances of spice and fruit into the palate - not to mention make the beer that much more refreshing. The anticipated mouthfeel of a grainy textured yet spicy and creamy full beer have been met only adequately. The esters responsible for all that banana character as well as the phenols that provided spice are considerably more subdued in taste.

As a matter of fact I'd say disappointingly so. There are still notes of fruits, spices, and cereal grains but they aren't as vivid or lively as I was led to expect. Weißbier typically doesn't travel well nor is it meant for aging; although I can't encrypt the production date I'd be willing to believe this bottle was at some point a whole lot tastier.

Which is the unfortunate thing about reviewing foreign beers. Posting reviews is all about creating a better culture for beer through education. A website such as is an invaluable resource for a consumer. Likewise, brewers can be recognized for their work, both with positive advertisement when good and constructive feedback when bad.

I know - especially from personal experience - that Weißbier is best when as fresh and close to the source as possible. What then to do about a beer like Schneider Weisse (the self proclaimed original wheat beer)? I like this beer a whole bunch - and I love it on hot days - but there's no doubt in my mind it's better had on German soil. So then, my recommendation to you would be to either buy the beer (cause you'll probably enjoy it) or go to Germany and visit the brewery (which you'll definitely enjoy).

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this beer on tap, upon first cut I thought that this beer was fairly clean for a German wheat beer. There was a slight bit of acidity to it, a hint of banana flavor, as well as a bit of clove. Lightly fruity as well. All of this combined left one with a quite refreshing beer in hand. A good drinking summer beer that has all of the characteristics of a classic German HefeWeizen, just lacking a bit more oomph.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz from the Coop for about $3.50... poured into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Big pillow head dies leaving little lacing... quite a bit darker than many German style hefe's.

Smell is traditional hefe nose with more banana than clove.. not much malt aroma.

flavor is classic hefe but some how less than most.. a little sweet and a soft graininess throughout.. dry clovey finish... touches of lemon zest here and there on the full palate... fairly clean but in my opinion, it could use a shot in the arm, the flavor could be a bit more pronounced.

It is still very drinkable just pales slightly to some of the others I've had recently.

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Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite German wheat beer. Should have reviewed this long before now.

The beer pours the perfect (IMHO) hefeweizen color of hazy tannish brown with great head retention and lacing. The head on this bad boy just lasts and lasts. The nose is very complex, consisting of nutmeg, bubble gum, bannana, white pepper and clove. Perhaps the weihenstephner is a bit more complex on the nose, but it would be a photo finish. The beer is pretty much hefe weizen perfection on the palate. One gets a sweetish flavor profile of cotton candy, dry clove and nutmeg. The beer is moderately sweet on the palate, but has a very dry, peppery, hefeweizen finish. The beer is medium bodied on the palate, with very well disguised abv.

This is just super stuff, and I give high marks to the Metro in Baltimore for always having it on tap. The flavors are so complex, I never get tired drinking this beer. Each and every sip is enjoyable and interesting. Really, this is pretty much everything a hefeweizen should be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown brew, might have a bit of yeast haze to it.

Smell is smell is wheat and yeast and a bit spicy.

Taste is the standard hefe flavor. A bit sweet with a strong grain background. Has a dark bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good drinkable darker wheat beer.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,734 ratings.
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