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

very good
1,745 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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best hefeweizens I've ever had.

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a frothy cream-coloured head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is cloves, coriander and spices. Wheat is upfront in the nose and a lot of sweet malt in the background.

The taste is a lot of coriander and clove and is a very well balanced hefeweizen. Not overly sweet with a pleasant herbal hop profile that isn't overpowering. Yeast comes through in the taste also.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with a medium to high carbonation which makes this beer very refreshing.

The best hefeweizen that I've had so far. This beer alone made me love the style. Goes great with pea soup.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.87/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5L stein.

Appearance: very very surprizingly dark for a hefeweizen... especially "The Original" german hefe-weizen ale... not very consistant with the style. Head dissapated very very quick. No lacing, no head after 15 seconds at all.

Smell: Smells very very sweet. Almost too sweet. Bottle says "bottle fermented" and that leads me to believe the sweet smell is from the added sugar used to carbonate and ferment the beer. Not appealing. I get overripe peaches and cantelope.

Taste: Tastes very sweet, like cantelope and sweet sugary apricots. Not anything close to the refreshing other german varieties like weinstephaner , hacker and paulaner and augustiner.

Mouthfeel: good solid carbonation keeps through the session. Very sticky, not my preference.

Drinkability: Suprisingly light for the taste and smell. Its easy drinking, but too sweet for my palate to drink a lot of these.. On a drinking night I would maybe have more than one, but not in my line of go to german beers for any night

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky, surprisingly dark color that is a blend of amber and chestnut brown (lighter at the foot than at the top); not as much of a head as I would have expected from the style, but it does leave some splashes of lace behind

Smell: More clove than banana, which was also a surprise, with a real wheat bread backbone

Taste: Starts out with a banana bread flavor, with the clove building and then fading by mid-palate; after the swallow, the clove returns to form and lingers around for quite a while, and, while the banana flavor never really fades, it is joined by a bitter orange element in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with sharply effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps not among the top tier of hefes, this sure is close and is an interesting contrast to some of the others that are more conforming to American expectations

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

Review #600!

Consumed on 12/30/08.
Pours a cloudy light-to-medium yellow. Lots of suspended particulate matter and lots of bubbles. Very sticky white foam lacing.

Aroma is tangy: wheat and bananas and zesty lemon and cloves.

Flavor is much like the smell: muted bananas, some lemon, clove and a malty, wheaty body. A particularly good liquid banana bread. Slight bitterness on finish.

Finish is slightly sweet and moderately dry.

I could drink this all night.

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Photo of morimech
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Seems to have a darker color than other hefes. The color is a ruddy amber with a large white head that has good retention. Had to really swirl the bottle with the last bit of beer to get the yeast out. Has a banana and clove aroma that is customary with the style. Smells really fresh and inviting. Probably the perfect hefe flavor. The yeast and malt work in perfect harmony. Hints of clove, banana, combine nicely with the wheat base. The body is a little fizzy but otherwise is good. This goes down really nice. I am enjoying this in the dead of winter but I can only imagine how nicely this would be on a hot, humid day. Unfortunately I really have to search in my area to find this gem.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this one from a .5 liter bottle at the inn of the hawke in lambertville, new jersey.

nice, golden to light amber color, which a great one inch head. a lot of the spicy and banana aromo jump right out; makes me think of warm spring afternoons spent drinking with friends.

didn't get as much yeast out of the bottle as i would have liked. at first i almost thought this was a krystalweisse, but there's defintiely a haze that you'd expect from a hefeweizen.

great mouthfeel, and i could drink a thousand of these in a night if my liver and stomach could stand up to the challenge.

great beer, and one of the better german hefeweizens.

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Photo of praufs01
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Banana dominates the nose with hints of clove in the background.

Mouth feel - Smooth small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Pretty much just like it smells. Banana dominates the palate with clove in the background.

Overall - Very smooth and sophisticated Heffe.

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Photo of JBogan
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown, a bit darker than I was expecting. Small slightly off white head which leaves soon after and no lacing.

Smelled of banana and clove.

Tastes also of banana (although less so than most beers of this type) and spices.

Mouthfeel was somewhat on the thin side, but not overly so. Very prickly carbonation on the tongue which I liked.

Overall this is a good but not great Hefeweizen. Not quite up there in taste or smoothness with the top notch brews, but still a worthwhile beer worth checking out.

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Photo of Deingeist
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Der Zeughauskeller in Zurich Switzerland. Bought some back home here in the states and it was much fresher in europe due to the production and restaurants caring about the freshness of their bottles.

A - This beer stands out in how it looks. Very tall fluffy head with good atop a cloudy dark golden body, with great sticky lacing. Looked great in the Schneider Weizen glass as well.

S - Yeast, a bit of clove, and that trademark banana.

T - Some smooth yeasty wheat right up front but not super powerful, moving into the banana esters with a hint of that clove. Doesn't have the huge Aventinus flavor, but I rather like that about it. Makes it more drinkable. Smooth finish.

M - A bit watery but overall very nice, just carbonated enough to make it interesting.

D - Drinkability is good on this one because it is not an extremely intense Weizen. It's easier to throw back Harpoon UFO's, but it's easier to drink than Aventinus (which is a prime beer so don't get me wrong). Besides, throwing back beer is only one part of drinkability. I don't want to throw back a Schneider, I want to enjoy it.

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Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good hefeweizen that doesn't quite make the top tier. For me, this beer might suffer most from comparisons within the Schneider & Sohn family of beers than from comparisons to its actual style competition. Aventinus is a wonderful beer that makes the brewery really shine. This beer has a similar but toned down spicy wheat flavor. It's still far better than the vast majority of wheat beers. Schneider has an extremely special wheat flavor, and Aventinus expresses this flavor best. This beer mutes the flavor somewhat for a drier, less fruity experience. The flavor is still very good, full of spice and fruit (banana) esters. It's a very drinkable beer, even amongst other hefeweizens. The feel is a touch watery but otherwise very nice. The beer's appearance is great. A column of dusky amber liquid glows beneath a frothy head. Little lacing remains as the head fades away, but the color makes up for it. While it isn't the best entry in Schneider's family of beers, it's still quite good and very drinkable.

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

The first amber hefe I've seen. Pours clear amber with very little head. Aroma is strongly bananas, with some spice. The taste is one of the smoothest I've had. Sweet and light up front, then more of the wheat comes out in the end. Crisp finish. A really good beer.

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

Pours a murky brown with amber edges, dense billowy white head, great retention and thick lacing. Smell: wheaty, yeasty, bready, faint banana, clove, and citrus. Taste: bready, wheat cracker, sour-ish grain, clove, no banana. Mouthfeel: carbonation is nice, but a bit minerally and acidic rather than the soft feel of other hefes. Very drinkable but less flavorful than others.

A month later, tried another, a lot more banana in the nose, and a little in the taste. This really tastes like a half-Aventinus, scores adjusted up accordingly.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into my Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: A darker colour for a weizen. Kind of an opaque rust-mahogany; a darker orange-brown colour. A medium-big fluffy white head disappears slowly and ends in a film. Decent lacing remains on the glass. A decent amount of carbonation evident; more than average. Colour is unique and looks nice.

SMELL: Wheat malt and some bready yeast as well. The scent of dough and some slight banana in the background, but not much.

TASTE: More wheat malt and yeast as well. Taste of bread is there and a slight bit of sour dough and citrus lemon creep through as well. No real banana or lemon esters evident; the malt is definitely more prevalent. Not bad but not that interesting. Bread becomes more prevalent as it warms.

PALATE: Medium-thin body is well carbonated, but not too much. Goes down very smooth and slightly creamy. No bite and finishes slightly sticky. Decent, but could be a little fuller.

OVERALL: A decent weizen, but missing that banana / lemon character that makes the German style unique. Malt is more prevalent and that bread taste comes through strongly. It's a drinkable brew and it has a beautiful colour, but not something I'd crave. There are better in the style.

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Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden amber color with a huge forthy white head. Citrus aroma with hints of orange, lemon, clove and yeast. Excellent Hefe-Weizen. Sweet malty taste with hints of clove, banana, lemon and orange peel, yeast and spice

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Photo of darklordlager
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured lightly into a Weizen glass, it produced a beautiful 3-4 inch lofty white head. Great blanket of small uniform off-white bubbles that holds....Golden coloured.

Smell: Banana and clove are the dominating smells in this one... With a leafy organic smell lingering somewhere in back.

Taste: Hits you with a sugary refreshing burst, that transforms into a strong flavour of clove with some banana.

Mouthfeel: Glides over the tongue easily, and goes down smoothly...Great.

Drinkability: The flavours may be the only thing me back from sessioning this, as they may become overbearing after a while...

Overall, a great example of the style.

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Photo of kinger
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite hefe's. Awesome dark golden orange color deeper than any I've seen. Gigantic pillowy head with subtle lacing. Very cloudy, it just looks inviting. Prominent well balanced aroma of banana and citrus with spicy cloves. Flavor follows the delicious aroma with a thick malt content. Smooth to the palate but I get a watery thinness at the end, not too detrimental but it holds back the overall feel. Wonderful wheat costs about a buck more than my other favorite but well worth it.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this is a perfect 5 in my opinion. I really debated if I should go that high but I can't think of one thing that could make this appearance better, honestly. Huge frothy, rocky white head that towers pretty much as high as you want it to. Mine looked just like the picture on this site. The head stays FOREVER and finally leaves a nice lace on top. Great sticky lacing on the glass. Beer is a muddy brown, mahogony color and is nice and cloudy. I can actually barely see through the glass if at all. Nice champaign-like bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - bready yeast up front that smells like fresh-baked bread. Some sweetness coming through from the moderate hops. Very slight clove and not much banana coming through the backend.

T&M - Nice and yeasty up front with a soft palate and almost champaign-like bubbles. A bit maltier, in a good way, than I'm used to with most hefeweissens. Less banana than usual but the clove comes through nicely giving a little sweet tang. Some metallic notes as the beer warms a bit.

Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. I will definitely be having this again.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, somewhat full bodied hefewiezen that I really like for the slightly darker character that is kind of like being half way between a regular hefeweizen and a dunkelweizen.

Somewhat dark, hazy amber, it has a big, long-lasting off-white head that slowly shrinks and leaves some lace.

The aroma is fruity with banana, pear, whole wheat bread (though mild), and a hint of caramel.

The flavour has a strong whole-wheat bread taste with fruit, citrusy tartness, and hint of spices. The finish has a lot of whole wheat and spices. It is somewhat sweet and full bodied, yet crisp and tingly.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, murky amber color, very dark for what I'm used to in a hefe. Head is 2-finger, white, creamy meringue that lasts for a while but leaves no lacing.

Banana and floral aromas in the nose, yeast is quite evident.

Very floral - lavender and hyacinth. Cashew-butter yeast flavor with some white pepper underneath.

Creamy and carbonated in the mouth with a buttery texture and a phenolic coating on the tongue. Finishes a bit on the heavy side, but is nonetheless highly drinkable. I like.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Pemaquid point light weiss glass this beer is an unusual (for a hefeweizen) dark tawny amber color with a tremendous foamy three finger cream colored head. Cloudy and sedimented with fine bubbles continually marching to the top as if to join the troops of foam above who continually fall to a well retained 1/4 inch cap.

Scent is spicy at first: clove, pepper and coriander followed by lemons and banana and a whiff of sour wheat and yeast.

Taste is at first sour yeast and grainy wheat. Fresh sweet bananas. Sour tart lemons dance on the edges of the tongue and linger delicately. Id swear there is lemon zest on my lips. Tangy, sweet and sour, soft sour dough. Spice is present but doesn't play a leading role, content to wait in the background to be discovered.

Mouth is creamy, smooth and finely carbonated.

Drinkability is excellent.

A fantastic hefeweizen. Soft, subtle and refreshing yet overflowing with vibrant flavors. The darker color is intriguing.

This may be my new favorite hefeweizen and I will definitely look for it again.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml or 1 pint .9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It had a dark bronze color like a Dunkelweizen. The body was hazy and had some visible carbonation. It produced a thick billowy head that was cloudy white in color and had good retention and slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma had a fruity yeasty character that stood out over hints of wheat malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: It is very smooth and creamy on the palate with soft carbonation and a good solid medium body. The flavor has a big solid malty presence with creamy wheat, sweet bready and lightly toasted caramel notes. Flavor notes of fruity yeast, banana and clove are present and well balanced. Its hop flavor is very mild and it finishes fairly crisp and balanced.

Notes: Overall I enjoyed its wonderful deep malty flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Way darker than the usual weissebier, as this pours a hazy copper. Fluffy tan head lasts for a while and leaves behind some lace.

Big aroma of toasted banana bread - much maltier in aroma than other wheats. Hints of yeast and clove round out the nose.

With a theme going here, the flavor is hefe with a twist. Banana, clove, and yeast are all present, but mellow compared to others. Citrus zest and some tropical fruit add fruitness. Toasted malt adds a satisfying breadiness and solid platform for the other flavors. Very fresh tasting, well balanced with no one flavor overpowering. And damn tasty.

Medium bodied with incredible smoothness. Not as light as other hefes. Drinkability is great - not overly fruity where you would tire of the flavor. This is my new favorite hefe.

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Photo of Bobo77
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug a surprisingly red tinted color with a quickly dissipating soda like head displaying a very effervescent body. I'm not sure if the head problem is due to sediment at the bottom not being poured in yet, if there is any sediment. Typically I pour the sediment in but my mug didn't hold as much as the bottle did so it wasn't possible to do this on the initial pour.

In the nose there is a scent of yeast with a mild, sweet floral aroma. Very pleasant, not too bold. Some clove veiled underneath.

Upon sipping I noticed some mellow citrus, most likely orange and apricot. This is an interesting beer. It is extremely smooth, somewhat fruity but certainly not the bananna and clove bomb that most Hefeweizens I have tried are (those are usually American renditions of the style.) This beer is very fresh tasting. Some clove is apparent in the taste but it is definitely not overpowering.

Not bad at all, this is one good, refreshing hefeweizen.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. fitted glass.

Appearance: A dirty orange beer with slow but plentiful carbonation, a foamy white head that fades into a sheen of lace, and runny, glittery lacing that, while nothing to write home about, definitely holds its own.

Aroma: Lots of wheat here, more so than in many hefeweizens, and it comes through clean and crisp, which is nice. There's also the obligatory one-two banana-clove note, though it's not as pronounced as I'm used to.

Taste: Fairly mild, and similar to what you'd expect from the nose. Predominantly powdery wheat, sweet and crisp, with a few citrus twangs, bananas, and white pepper/cloves.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, reasonably thin, a little uneven, spritzy. Stylistically accurate.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong here. Crisp, refreshing, light, low in well-hidden alcohol - a fine summer (or unseasonably warm fall, eh, Virginia?) brew.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml/16.9 oz. bottle, Stumptown Coffee Roasters in downtown Portland. Poured to a slender pilsner glass.

A: Barista poured the first 3/4 of the bottle, presenting a barely hazed, sienna-brown glassful with minimal head (I guess they're trained to make slow, careful pours with all beers, regardless of style). The glass, fortunately, couldn't hold all 500 ml, so the remnants of the bottle were left me. Took a long drag off the top, swirled the bottle a poured that sludgy/yeasty goodness in. Now considerably cloudy, this beer held a good finger-worth of ivory head and clinging creamy lace.

S: Appropriately sweet-smelling yeasty doughy, plenty of clove spicing. Banana bread, bubble gum sugariness, toasted walnuts.

T: Solid 'hefeweizen' flavors: banana, clove, mild fruit esters, candied nuts from a darker grain roast. 'Fruit' is like apple, date, light raisin; bready is wheaty and grass-like, lending dryness and spice.

M: Perhaps a little over-carbonated for my liking. Light-medium feel with an active, airy bubbliness. Cleaner than some hefes and refreshing.

D: Another one of those spicy/wheaty hefeweizens one could easily enjoy a couple of on a warm 'Indian Summer' day like today. Perfectly drinkable, well balanced, modest ABV. A mainstay among the traditional German Hefeweizens.

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