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

very good
1,768 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2002

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of ToddT
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy caramel brown with a thick off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves a little spotty lace on the glass.

S- Banana, clove, spice, caramel malt and wheat.

T- Banana and clove right away with a nice amount of wheat to balance things out. Hints of nutmeg in the middle and a touch of lemon zest at the finish.. The finish is dry, crisp and clean with a lingering note of clove and spices.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, very lively on the palate.

O- Nice refreshing Hefe, not what I was expecting from the looks of it. It’s a lot darker than what I’m used to in a Hefe. Taste is more complex than most and the 5.4% ABV make it an easy drinker.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date of 10.251, probably a full year after that FWIW

A: Semi-cloudy golden brown pour with a big white head. Retention is great, not a lot of lacing.

S: No notice of oxidation, thankfully. Light and fruity. It smells a lot like the Aventinus. Pretty dark for a hefe.

T: The taste is holding up quite well. Deep like a bock, yet light like a hefe. Clove, dark fruits, candied sugar. Well balanced and very drinkable.

MF: Very light and a medium to low amount of carbonation.

O: I was ready for this to have turned for the worse, but it was quite good! Kudos to you Schneider.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden brown to almost amber colored. darker than the average hefe. inch-high head with little lacing

aroma: distinctly wheat-y with strong scent of apple. certainly some banana and clove in there too

palate: taste is similar to aroma, no surprises nothing that comes out. a little too carbonated for my preference, but aside from that a balanced flavor; apples, banana, lemon(?), cloves

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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 patra7
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber red, much darker than your usual weiss beer. Very large, at first, dark beige colored head.
Smell: Notes of banana -not overwhelming- are the first to hit me. Strong presence of yeast, some wood, alcohol.
Taste:Yeast makes its presence felt all over. Hop bitterness strikes me at the beginning and end (not too aggressive) but there's an undercurrent of sweetness that keeps things in balance. Some citrus-like flavors thrown in for good measure.
Mouthfeel: Quite full-bodied, but high carbonation gives it a refreshing feeling.
Overall / Drinkability: A very pleasant, fulfilling, quality beer that I always enjoy drinking.

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4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours cloudy with a two-finger head at the end of the pour. After swishing the bottle the dark pieces that are forgotten can be coaxed into the glass. This makes this beer extremely lively and fun to pour.

S: Clover hops with hints of banana bread.

T: Clean wheat taste with hint coming through at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation.

O: One of my go-to beers! Absolutely love every aspect of this beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark caramel color with a very lively pour. Be careful because this foams up. The foam is easily 2 fingers which slowly dissipates to a 1/2 finger foamy head.

S: Banana bread smell with clove hints.

T: Sweet banana foretaste that is very pleasing that leads to a nice clean wheat taste and leaves a banana bread aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonated almost full bodied beer, very pleasant going down.

O: I'm enjoying this very much, very bold in flavors and easy to go down. Well worth every penny.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark, deep, cloudy color! Muddy honey hue with a fine tan head. Sedimentation settles to the bottom of the glass from the unfiltered particulate. Not so pretty, but really tasty.

S - Warm, yeasty smell, almost savory.

T - Slight sweetness upfront, hint of molasses. Smooth yeast flavor with nutmeg-like flavor. Citrus, peach, and cinnamon after flavor which develops to contain some banana aroma.

M - Great mouthfeel. Smooth, satisfying and very easy to drink. Carbonation dissapates after a while to create a creamy experience.

O - Looks terrible! Like bilge water, but taste is big and rewarding. A great surprise. Unfiltered nature makes the beer richer and creamier. Well-developed flavors with a great taste at every stage of consumption.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. Cloudy darkish golden color with three finger foamy white head and no lacing; looked very good and tasty. Strong wheat and yeast smell. The taste was a good and balanced combination of wheat, yeast and hints of banana and bread. It leaves some bitterness in the aftertaste but nothing too bad that gets in the way of enjoying it.

Overall, it was a very good beer, very representative of its style.

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

From 8/15/11 tasting notes.

500 ml bottle poured into weissbier flute.

A) Darker than I expected. Not quite dunkel dark, but a pretty deep and slightly murky amber. A good two inches of white head, not much retention, not much lacing.

S) Wheat and yeast, spiced banana bread. Smells pretty good.

T) Wheat, clove, banana sweetness. Nice aftertaste.

M) A medium body. This is well carbonated. It is crisp and refreshing. It goes down with ease, and has a pretty good feel and finish.

O) This is a solid hefeweizen. Glad I picked this one up, and would certainly recommend it. Prost...

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured with a very hazy, dark brown color with a slight yellow hue to the beer. Large, frothy head that eventually dissipated to some patchy lacing and thin head. A slightly roasted aroma, almost almond like, with some spice and fruit. A good whiff gave me a full flavoring of the aromas, which were quite nice. The taste is a bit lacking though, compared to the full body aroma of the beer. Moderately bitter with some bready flavors, but nothing that really stands out. The mouthfeel gave it a slightly refreshing, light body with a good carbonation. Overall, great aromas and body, but slightly lacking in the flavor compared to the potential.

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy brownish orange, 2.5 fingers white head, good lace left on the glass. Smell is of banana, bubble gum sweet notes, yeasty, clove and some bread like malts. Taste is malty and lightly sweet, clove and banana, yeasty with a light to medium bitterness, bready banana finish and aftertaste. Med to high carbonation, medium body, lightish feel. Very drinkable stuff and quite enjoyable, this is one of my favourites that is always available near me, solid brew.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a large off white head with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has bananas and cloves. Smells very nice.

Tastes much like the aroma, but a little bit lighter. Still very good. Sweet and somewhat spicy with bananas and cloves. The clove flavor is stronger than the banana flavor, and I would prefer it to be the opposite. Still good though.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, with a slight banana / bubblegum aftertaste. A nice beer for a warm summer day.

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

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
10.315 on the back label.

A - The label wasn't lying when it claimed the beer to be amber! Light amber but amber none the less. Despite a half-full bottle swirl, the beer remains clear. That's too bad. Strong carbonation keeps the four-finger head afloat for a while but the sparkly pile leaves no lace. Appearance gets an ugly muddy color when the dregs are added.

S - Big yeast nose classic of the German hefe, there's a bouquet of damp clay earth, banana, and spicy coriander. Subtle wheat and pale malt develop in the background.

T - Earthy more than anything, the yeast takes over in flavor adding plenty of clay and dirt notes. Banana and clove fall to the back while the soft wheat is elevated more than in the nose.

M - Creamy and smooth despite the high level of carbonation, this medium-bodied hefe is both smooth and belch-inducing.

O - A little ugly in appearance but otherwise good across the board, this weiss has all the classing makings of a hefe, it just doesn't fit together exactly right like some others.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber, seems a bit dark for the style. There are two fingers of light tan head that fade quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of spice notes, cloves etc. There is a more mild fruit note, reminds me of banana. Lots of sweet malt as well. Quite nice.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't stand up to the smell. All the same things are there, but the banana and clove notes don't pop. There is some bready malt as well. The finish has a slight bitterness to it. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side of medium. The finish is dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but there are other beers of this style I would pick first. Not bad by any means, but not my go to either.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle last year when i was in Germany. Had it all the time in the back of the fridge, saw it today for the first time, forgot all about it. Best before feb 2011, whoops a bitt over date...

Poured in my Struise glass this beer surprises me. Fluid is like tea with a huhge white bubbly head. Very nice carbonation.

Smell is like Hoegaarden, a bit of a dry twist. Not spectacular.

Taste is ok, the corbonation is felt in the mouth.

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Photo of RickS95
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not like I expected. Medium brown in the glass. Only slightly hazy. Medium head with little retention. Near the end of the pour I gave it a good swirl and got some particulates which saved it a bit.

Smells nice. A combination of spices (cloves) and funky, almost fruity yeast.

The spices carry over to the tastes, but there's not much else there. It's a bit earthy, but the spice remains constant.

Pretty thin in the mouth. Almost a slight watered down flavor. Lacks any kind of bitterness.

Better than average, but not quite good. Bordering on light-bodied which is a deal breaker for me. Again, not a bad beer, but my expectations were pretty high.

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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz (660ml) weizen glass.

A - Pours with just over three fingers of fizzy, light tan head; not much retention, but some. Much darker in color than expected. It's kind of a hazy amber-orange brown.

S - A lot of cloves and spicy, yeast bread malt. Sweet citrus and light wheat are also easily detected. There's a distinct spice in there, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Every time I go to take a drink, it smells absolutely delicious.

T - A rather simple taste compared to the aroma. Upfront it's yeasty and bready, without much else on the initial taste. The citrus is much more mild than expected. Light clove and a hint of banana round out the flavor, but I was expecting a bit more in this department. The flavor certainly has a darker character to it than the average hefeweizen. It's still quite enjoyable, but it does feel a little flat compared to some of its contemporaries.

M - The carbonation feels smooth, but crisp. Light to medium feeling body. The refreshing and light character of the beer is complimentary of the style, but could have been executed with a little more zip in the feel.

D - A very enjoyable and refreshing beer, but for the style I've had better. Still, it had a nice flavor, it was smooth, and it went down easy. It doesn't possess a complex flavor or have a fantastic feel to it, but I certainly enjoyed it.

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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 500 mL bottle along with some other randoms. This hefe pours an opaque, cloudy brown colour, a bit darker than I'd expect from a wheat beer. Atop this is seated a creamy, puffy, ample two-finger head that dies down to a more manageable level over the next few minutes. A creamy cap remains in place for most of the session. The smell is a blend of wheat, yeast, cloves and some banana, hitting on basically all of the textbook hefe notes. Enticing so far.

Taste is dominated by bready malt character; wheat and yeast are the major flavours but there are also some banana notes. These all take the front seat, with subdued clove and coriander spiciness rounding out the back. A little sweet overall (not overwhelmingly so) with a little bit of a sticky tang in the mouth afterward. Wheat and yeast linger in the aftertaste, but not terribly long. Thin to medium-bodied, and silky-smooth going down.

Years ago this was the first hefe I ever had the pleasure of trying and it's still one of the best. A great summer session beer that is highly recommended.

[Updated Feb. 18 2014]

Another bottle, this time comparing it side-by-side with a few other German hefes (Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Erdinger). This one probably has the most phenolic character of the four, with a decent clove/coriander bite as well as some peppery spice - in fact, the bite is probably strong enough to limit this one's sessionability. While Schneider Weisse Tap 7 doesn't quite wow me the way it used to, it's still a fabulous brew and remains one of my favourite examples of the style.

Final Grade: 4.09, an A-.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,768 ratings.
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