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
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Weisse Original.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schneider Weisse claims to be the "original" hefeweizen. Upon first glance, one will notice that the color is a bit different than your everyday, run-of-the-mill hefeweizen. Perhaps this was the way the first hefes were brewed? I personally don't know, but after sampling this brew I can attest to its quality and now rank it near the top of my favorite wheat brews.

Schneider Weisse pours a nice amber/copper color, unlike the golden yellow color weissbiers that I've had in the past. It is moderately hazy, even after adding the yeast sediment (which there wasn't that much of). A nice foamy head forms and lasts for about 3 minutes before thinning out, with soapy lacing is left in its wake. The aroma focuses very much on the spicy and clove-like aromas, with some dry wheaty notes present underneath. The carbonation stings the tongue at first, but I quickly adjusted to it and it was pleasantly bubbly on the palette (also note that the carbonation made this beer a bit on the noisy side). The flavors of spice and cloves were again in full force here, and I really didn't notice any banana-like flavors. A hard-to-describe fruitiness becomes more evident as the beer warms, along with a dry wheat-cracker like presence later on. Although not hoppy, the finish is pleasantly dry. The aftertaste has a continuation of the spiciness and dryness present throughout the beer, and there is no alcoholic warmth in its conclusion.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. The color falls between hefe and dunkel territory, but the flavors do lean towards normal weissbier land. This is no doubt a top class hefeweizen.

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

Tasted on 6/5/04. From a 500ml bottle into my my fat Schneider-Weisse glass.

Appearance: Not at all what I was expecting. Dark for a Hefe, amber-brown with huge rocky tan head.

Smell: Cidery almost, with notes of plum, caramel apple, spice, yeast, bananna.

Taste: Bready-yeasty, with clove, apple and citrus. Finishes with a nice bite.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and elegant with fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Exceptionally so.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the was my first meeting with Schneider Weisse, which the bottle proclaims "The Original German Hefe-Weizen, Ale," and it was a good one.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my Crate and Barrel wannabe weizen glass, the beer came out a cinammon beer-bottle brown-- much darker than i had anticipated. A huge but soft, feathery cream-colored head filled the glass. It took some waiting before i could get the whole beer and the yeast in there, and it was hard to wait because of the aroma just flowing from the glass.

I inhaled aggressively through my nose--was this actually beer? It smelled like dinner. Asian cuisine? Mediterranean? I picked up olives, vinegar and ginger on that first smell. Next big sniff brought cloves and then basil and tomato, like a baking pizza.

I took a sip, fighting my way through the head, and greeted a light-bodied beer with refreshing carbonation. The taste didn't overwhelm me like the aroma did, but I found nice cinammon and bready hints combined with the more traditional hefeweizen clove, banana and bubblegum flavors. There was a light, drying bitterness that definitely refreshed the palette.

I paired this beer with a nice vegetarian omlette I made, with garlic, tomato, spinach, asparagus and extra sharp chedder, and the meal was excellent. The carbonation took care of the thick coating flavors from the cheese and egg, and the clove and bubblegum taste gave way to darker earthy flavor that matched the crisp vegetables. The dry finish left me ready for the next bite or sip--it was hard to decide which I wanted more.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another good German Weissbier, best thing for a hot summer day. This one is a bit weak in the flavor and mouthfeel department, but still a very tasty brew. Quite a bit darker than most Weiss biers with an off white head. Bannana and bubblegum fill the aroma. Flavor is a bit light, but still quite good. Typical high level of carbonation.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, creamy, dense, ivory head. Darker than most hefes I've tasted. Smells deeply of clove and banana with persistent hints of bubblegum.

Tastes of a nice blend of banana, bubblegum and clove. Lemony with other citrus flavors throughout (orange and light grapefruit). All nicely supported by sweet wheat malt. The mouth is a bit thin but overall a surprisingly good Hefeweizen. Flavorful, refreshing warm weather beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a darker, brown colored beer, cloudy, bubbly white head on top. The nose is bubblegum, some wheat characteristics. This is a great tasting brew, with an emphasis on the wheat and bubblegum aspects of a hefe. Some banana and clove comes through. A darker body than most hefes ive had, but this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy deep amber color, medium-thick head and a light malty aroma. Slight bananaclove taste is smooth on the palate but would be more refreshing if it wasn't for the excessive bottle carbonation (I think this is the most carbonated beer I've ever had.) Detracts a bit from the drinkabikity as well, as it can turn you into a belch machine pretty fast. Overall though a good mellow beer and good thirst-quencher in warm weather.

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Photo of joecast
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours with a foamy off-white head that formed large but disappeared to a fine lace rather quickly.
dark burnt orange in color.
strong "yeast" aroma in the glass but didnt venture too far out. i like my hefe aromas to fill the room. am i asking too much?
nice refreshing flavor, but a hint of sourness in the finish that coats the mouth.
may have been light affected but no real way of telling. it was within date by about a month.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, poured a dark golden brown cloudy color with a thick fluffy white head. The head stayed around for a while, and there was a little lace on the glass, not much. Smells typically of bananas and cloves. Taste begins kind of grainy, sour, and then slight clove-spice. Pretty light body, which helped it seem so refreshing. This is fairly light in alcohol, and very thirst quenching. A summertime favorite of mine for sure!

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Photo of Wildman
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an unusual color for the style. It poured light copper amber color and formed a nice huge foam white head that left traces of lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, clove and banana with some yeast present. A flavor of malt, yeast and some banana. The finish was a touch sweet with some bitterness. Not a bad hefe, but a bit unusual for the style.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a bit of a strange color for a hefe, I think: clear, amber/brown. Yeast pour is cloudy. Head is big, noisy, huge, bubbly, dirty-whitish. It dies too quickly. Nice, sweet, spicy citrus nose. Pepper and apples in the front. Spritzy, tingly, fruity through the middle. Fresh bitter, darkish malty, very bready finish. A little corny in the aftertaste. Interesting: a nice, fruity, nutty, darkish hefe. Very nice spicy yeast pour.

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

This Hefe shows to be slightly darker than most with an almost clear look to the body. What really grabs me is the complexity of the taste as it is not all bananas and cloves. Good malt and some fruitiness, this beer tastes more March/April than July/August. I love the way this beer promotes your appetite and makes you want to eat rather than filling you up with "too much beer".

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

Beautiful cloudy orange golden colored brew sitting below a massive head of white foam that holds up pretty well. The aroma has a nice backround of sweet fruits and citrus with a clove and banana combo to really make it a nice whiffer. It just gets better as I swirl the bottom and dump in the rest of the yeast.

The carbonation is nice and tingly, not overdone in the least. Mouthfeel becomes creamy and smooth after the bubbly start. Bananas are huge in the flavor as well as grains and touches of fruit, sweet and citric. It is very refreshing, and this nice sunny day provides a near perfect atmosphere. Complex and enjoyable to the very last sip. This may just be my favorite german weiss to date.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall tapered neck brown half liter bottle with a fairly elaborate multi-colored label. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 8/29/04, I opened it on 4/4/4.

Pours a lovely cloudy copper, much darker than a "normal" Hefeweizen (I would have called this a dunkles Hefeweizen), under a one finger off white head that lacks in contour and is a bit too thin. The head sticks around a little while, but leaves no lacing (Disclaimer: I drank this while sitting with my kid in the bath, so the humidity might have something to do with the head retention). The nose is subdued but right - spice and yeast. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. There's a good blend of spice (coriander, nutmeg), yeast and wheat. Nothing dominates, all are in harmony. There are no hops. The yeast and spice finish together, with the malt coming back to determine the aftertaste. This is a very good Weizen.

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Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orange-copper color. The large head disappears quickly. The usual hefe weizen aromas, wheat and yeast, and a salty sweetness, if that exists.

Classic hefe weizen taste: wheat, yeast, some citrus. Grapefruit and lemon. The mix of salt and sweetness kind of bites the tongue (I don't think that's the best description, but I couldn't find anything better...). No bananas, unlike other hefe weizen. Nice carbonation. Some thickness in the aftertaste, light hints of hops. Very drinkable, like other hefe weizen. Not outstanding in its style, but a decent example of it.

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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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Photo of GreenWBush
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Properly presented in .5L logo glass from bottle.

This pours out a ruby hazed bronzish color with a huge white cloud of head. You cannot see through this beer due to the traditional hefe bottle conditioning.

Even in a restaurant, where I usually discount lack of adequate lacing due to washing methods there was a spectacular Brussel's lace throughout the glass.

The nose is big wheat tones cut by a slight whiff of medicinal alcohol.

Nice tones of orange and lemon in the yeast profile as well as the expected lightness of wheat-being. The hops at the end proved to be quite powerfully cleansing and are especially evident in this brew, which is always a plus in my book. Really makes the beer seem refreshing. I'd love to drink one on the hottest of summer days, but works damned well in the winter. The mouthfeel is lucious, but with slight hints of a "Coke" like character that I didn't like.

There is a little too much sweetness to the finish of this beer, but overall a good "gold standard" for other beers to match up to. I enjoyed this thorougly except for the fact that it disappeared much too quickly.

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

Appearance: dark for a hefe, cloudy, IMHO not as pretty as traditional hefe yellow
Smell: fruit and spice...that's nice, relatively strong spice component
Taste: high clove to fruit ratio, unique for a hefe, very surprising, in a good way
Mouthfeel: velvety smooth, full
Drinkability: very quaffable, spice component makes this a little, and I mean a little, heavier for a hefe
Overall: Unique among hefes! Great beer, just a little different than the norm

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

Is there any beer more beautiful than a freshly poured hefe? Schneider Weisse pours delightfully attractive, with a goliath, large-bubbled head, quickly falling(at least in my glass) to a smaller topping, then forming a ring. If you swirl the bottle and pour the yeast/sediment, then there are small chunks of yeast in the glass, which I think complements the taste. This is one of the darker wheat beers I have seen: in certain light, it could pass for an amber ale! Perhaps it is Schneider Weisse's dopplebock leanings? Anyways, it is unique for a hefe, and the overall appearance absolutely begs for the beer drinker's hand and mouth. Strong spicy cloves exist in the frontal aroma, with detectable malt following. There are unmistakeable yeast aromas, as well as the typical banana, and perhaps strong dried fruits, such as plums or dates. The aroma is very, very full, with a myriad of smells suggesting themselves; indeed, this is a veritable delicious plate of various aromas, mostly fruits. Very appetising and mouth-watering, indeed. This beer is full in the mouth, bursting with flavour, and has a delectable finish. Initially one tastes the fruit characteristics, so sweet and succulent. In the middle is the tartness of the wheat malt, and the finish is sour too, but balanced enough. Only faint traces of hops anywhere in the taste. There is an aftertaste of banana, along with a slight, not unpleasant, numbing quality of cloves. (Taste an actual clove, and you will see what I mean.) The mouthfeel is good, with just enough carbonation to leave a crisp feel on the palate. The drinkability, like all finely-crafted hefes, is spectacular. Almost anyone must admit this is a finely crafted beer, worthy of praise. Not perfect, but exceptionally tasteful.

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

Schneider's Weisse pours a beautiful cloudy gold, and is topped by a nice white head. The aroma is strong of malt, fruit, and spices. It has a delightful taste: a bit of malt topped with spices and hints of fruits, and has some nice tartness to it. The feel is light and oily. This is a fine example of a Weisse as should be expected from Schneider. A fine beer to have if you've only time for one, and a nice beer if you have time for a few.

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

It pours honey-brown, cloudy and carbonated. A quick white head jumps up then settles gradually to a bubble-studded floor of fine foam. Some frilly lacing slides down the inside of the glass before disappearing.

A sweetish grain aroma is offset by the sour tang of yeast. Autumnal spice nots play off a light current of berry and dry citrus. Despite several intriguing elements, the overall aroma can be a little tough to catch, coming off as a little underpowered.

The first sip brings a grain sweetness that is promptly swept aside by a poignant wave of clove, which then fades allowing the sweetness to reassert itself. Faint, dark cherry streaks play along the side of the tongue, then dim a bit to an almost leathery, musky memory. A very slight doughy sourness slides to the finish, then ebbs as a reappearance of the clove lingers gently, dwindling pleasantly.

Medium bodied, it almost seems to ball up on the front of the tongue, then flow outward, leaving a stimulating effervesence and bittersweet tingle.

For whatever reason, I'd just never gotten around to trying this beer, but I'm now glad I did. The mellow wheat sweetness against a backdrop of yeast tanginess and fruit notes make for a very refreshing combination. I cannot think of any occasion when this crisp beer would not be very drinkable. Easy to quaff, and easy to like, it's a flavorful testament to Bavarian brewmanship. While this may not be one of my all time favorites, under no circumstances would I ever say no to one of these.

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

Pours a nice copper color with a thick old head on top.

Smells are floral, with a chmpagne-wheat aroma. Almost like a sweet wine.

The flavor is a very pleasant wheat taste, just what you're looking for in this classic wheat beer. It's refreshingly sweet with a small hoppy bite at the end.

A bit on the bubbly side with a light dance of carbonation.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers that I have tried. I am surprised to see it was not rated higher than it is. Others reviewing this beer have already said it but this is darker than most Hefes. The smell is a nice fruity aroma in which cloves can also be detected. The taste of this beer is great. It can hold up in taste to its darker brother, Aventinus. The combination of fruits and cloves in the taste is great and the carbonation of this beer give it an exceptional mouthfeel. For a nice, relaxed drinking experience, this is a very good beer to try. I've gone through days where I drink nothing but this beer, its refreshing and has a wonderful taste which is a combination that is not the easiest to find.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schneider Weiss is dark and full for a hefe. The beer looks like used frying oil with a gorgeous fluffy head. Fortunately, the nose and palette are pretty classically hefe, deep with clove rather than fruit. Yeasty, indeed, and along the lines of White Labs Hefeweizen IV Ale yeast (WLP380) with less phenols.

The palette opens with wheat and goes into spice with trace notes of apple and tropical fruit. The beer finishes dry with grain and a light, lingering clove. Latent clover honey aftertaste.

The sharp carbonation enhances the grain and dryness and makes for an overall complex hefeweizen that, though dominated by yeast, opens briefly to nuance. Schneider Weiss is medium bodied and very filling, but an otherwise typical German wheat beer.

Relax, relax.

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

This one pours out much darker than expected - more of a murky brown with a firm white head. Aroma is full of good fruity esters..bananas, pineapple, along with a grainy aroma. Taste is top notch for the style. Nothing overpowering but a good dose of taste. We have some cloves, some lemon, lots of grain and just the slightest maltiness. Cloves tend to linger a bit much in the syrupy aftertaste, detracting a bit. Sort of a light and fluffy mouthfeel, and pretty darn drinkable. This is the best Hefe i've had. Kind of like an "Aventinus Light"

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