Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Meine Hopfenweisse | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Schneider version. This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett's concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other's brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.

Dry-hopped w/ Hallertauer Saphir.

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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This pours a very murky coffee with extra cream color, due to the exceptional quantity of yeast suspended in this bottle! There isn't much of a head but what there is, is dense, creamy and off white in color and really doesn't dissipate at all. Lacing leaves a little bit more to be desired but overall this looks like a fine Dopplebock!

S- Citrusy hop presence is duly noted in the aromas and is very much upfront! Following smells of malt sweetness, fresh grainy wheat and barley, slight woody aromas, creamy biscuit, spices such as clove and pepper and fresh leafy bitterness on the finish!

T- Wow! The overall flavors are very well balanced between creamy yeast and bread, various spices, citrusy/banana fruit and everything is tied together with crisp, fresh hop cones/leafy bitterness! I really can't say much more in terms of this category, and both styles used to create this beer meld perfectly on the palate!

M/O- Super creamy/buttery smoothness with limited carbonation in terms of aggressiveness. The body of this brew leans towards full, and is not only excellent on it's own but with a Wensleydale cheese! The balance of this beer came together very well in all areas....the look perhaps could be improved on but other than this a most excellent sociable beer to enjoy throughout an evening with good friends!

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a fuzzy dark orange in color with a nice white head.

Smell - There are some super-sharp citrusy hops in here that are full of spices and herbal notes. There is some nice yeast in here but it is really hard to find. The light banana though keeps this one honest.

Taste - These flavors remind me more of a stiff Belgian bitter, and then you have the banana and clove of the weizen style. This is really a complex beer with flavor combinations that I have never had before. I get everything from the nose with maybe a bit more malt.

Mouthfeel - Man is this a thick beer. It's almost full-bodied and is a meal unto itself. The carbonation is strong but fluffy.

Drinkability - This is a very different beer and almost impossible to rate using style standards or comparisons to past examples of the style. I know it was very fun and exciting to drink though so thumbs up for that.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks (3.5/5) – Pours a rich gold with some nice orange colours to it. Head is decent: it rises a bit small on a hard pour; it’s texture is a bit soapy; it falls very slowly to a decent cap that really lasts and leaves little lacing. It is really ridiculously opaque, which makes it look a tad dark.

Smell (4.5/5) – The smell is a really great marriage of the hops and the yeast. The yeast is very citrusy, it has some lemon, but it’s pretty firmly in the grapefruit- range. That’s complemented really well by the banana notes of the weizen yeast. There’s also some light fruit notes like orange peel and pear that come through on the finish that are probably yeast (maybe spicing or hops). I notice that the clove yeast aroma is relatively minimal, which I think works for the style.

Taste (4.5/5) – Really nice; it actually reminds me a bit of the Dogfish Blood Orange Hefe. The malt character is fairly mild, but falls into a lightly sweet graininess and a bit of that distinctive wheat flavour a bit of crystal and/or biscuit. The hops are of the same, primarily grapefruit flavour. There’s some citrus and a very little bit of resin, but this is really about that one citrus flavour. That plays really well with the yeast, which is more complexly fruity than many hefeweizens; the banana plays really well with the grapefruit, adding a bit of softness to the harsher grapefruit flavour, but there is also a good assortment of other fruity notes (pear, peach, apricot, etc) with a bit of high-alcohol perfume in there. A high-medium hop bitterness carries through the end with the grapefruit flavour the really balance the sweetness.

Feel (4/5) – I think this one was like a really good hefeweizen in its feel. Light-Medium body and relatively good carbonation (actually a touch lower than usual here) mix with the mouth-coating hops and a slight hint of alcohol to make it feel something like whipped cream.

The balance of this brew is really something great. The new world hops with that grapefruit flavour meets really well with the hefeweizen yeast. I think this mix was especially good because that yeast – for whatever reason – seemed to have a bit less clove. Now, I love clove in my traditional hefeweizens, but this just played it so well. It’s rare that these beers pop up in the LCBO and I love it when they do.

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Photo of blitz134
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this one, figured I'd give it a shot. I like the style, but not something I pick up often.

Poured into a tall hefe-glass. Murky, yellowish-brown body. Large white head on the top that held on well. Sporadic lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells really good. Lots of banana and clove. Loaded with spicy, floral hops. Has a pineapple, wedding punch aroma as well. Smells exactly like wedding punch to me actually. I like wedding punch, haha.

Spicy yeast, wheat body. More spices in this than the typical banana profiles. A bit more subdued than the aroma indicated. Don't know what else to say about it. Tasty, typical hefe taste for me. As it warms some alcohol become noticable.

Nice full body. Crispness introduced by the carbonation, a bit prickly actually.

Overall a tasty beer and a bit unique with its level of hoppiness, especially in the aroma. Good stuff and worth a try.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served in a large Kapuziner wiessbier glass. Pours a murky amber body with a titanic offwhite head that initially occupies most of the glass. Second pour with the yeast swirled in produces a dirty mustard brown color. Head retains well and becomes rocky and pitted.

Aroma begins with a prominent clove essence. Fresh sliced Valencia oranges add a nice citrusy ester. American IPA type hops provide notes of grapefruit and pine resin. Interesting, but odd, atop the German yeast and wheat malt.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation.

Tastes just like what I imagine a mixture of an IPA and Hefe would be. Citrusy grapefruit bitterness trumps the faint banana note. Clove and white pepper add a pleasant spiciness. Wheat is subdued but yeast is a major player. Finishes grapefruity bitter somewhat like an IPA.

An interesting collaberation to be sure and exquisitely crafted. Personally, I just don't care a great deal for such an aggressively hopped German Hefe.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Honey yellow with a light haze and a torrent of fast rising carbonation. Topped with a finger of white fluffy head.

Fruity, I get candied grapefruit, marmalade, very jam like. Pineapple, a hint of Brett, caramel, and over all, really complex.

Follows through from the nose and does not disappoint in the least. This is an amazing brew. As I described the nose, but up it 5 times in intensity, and that’s what it tastes like. A hint of bitterness on the end but overall its sweet.

Medium body with a light syrupy quality, and lots of carbonation.

Really well done. As Adventus, it reminds me of a Belgian brew in some ways but in the case of Tap 5, its like a blond or even some triples. Found in Chiang Mai, drank April 1st, 2016. Its no joke!

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Photo of Tomais
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dear god, this is good.
I got a box of four Schneider-Weisse beers (with a lovely glass) and went for the one I hadn't tried before, without reading the label beyond 'Tap 5'.

Looks great. Lovely big head, cloudy, unfiltered looking.

Can smell those hops straight away while pouring. You know this is no "normales Weizen".
Also clove -- a little, what's that medicinal word... phenolic.
The balance of the clove and hops is lovely.

This taste too is beautifully balanced clove and hops, smooth and full-flavoured, with lovely carbonation -- fine and not too strong. I was so absorbed in the taste and drinkability, it took me a while to notice that this is a really strong beer (I'll be on my ear before dinner is on the table).

Weizen is rarely my first choice in beer, although Schneider-Weisse make some of the best. This beer takes the best of weizen (to my mind), and adds hops in a beautifully balanced way.
Compared to a regular wheat beer, it's a lot drier, and bananas are largely left out of the equation (but there in the background).

At the strength, it's probably just as well I dont have no more of these right now.
But I look forward to drinking again...

Beer was 7 months before sell-by date
Served in unusual Schneider-Weisse Weizen glass (very bowl shaped on top)

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Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cellar temperature in my weizen glass.

Classic German wheat beer presentation of a rocky white head over a glowing cloudy orange. Dense, elegant lacing. Beauteous to behold.

That aroma is somethin' else. A distinct citrus bouquet of orange, lemon, and lime, some peach, honey, and vanilla. And sweet white bread. Woo!

The flavor is like fresh squeezed orange juice at first! Then I get more tropical fruit like pineapple and peach. The incredibly juicy fruitiness dries up into a crispy-clean, biscuity, bready finish. Well done.

The feel is appropriately full, sprightly, and spritzy.

Fantastic weizenbock. The hoppiness went over my head a bit since I'm a hops-desensitized IPA drinker, but they definitely have more of a presence here than in other wheat beers I've had. More notably, it gushes tropical fruit, which really makes it shine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an unlikely collaboration, and a beer I really enjoyed. this pours cloudy pale brass color with a good two inch white head. the nose is really hoppy. so many hopfen beers just pay lip service to it, but this one is super hoppy in terms aroma. there is fruity hops, almost citra, but apparently some hallertau variety is used. its more hoppy than almost any other german thing ive had, and I love it. there is also a lot of heavier wheat malt and alcohol taste to this, as well as a very dry finish that is fruity and bitter from these hops. the is entirely unlike any weizenbock ive had out there, and one that I will be coming back to. its a little filling, and the alcohol can get you going pretty quick, but the flavors are fantastic and the mouthfeel works for what it is. really good carbonation on such a full bodied beer is a nice change of pace. overall the highlight of this beer for me is the hop complexion, its big and bold and unique, especially for the style. the is exceptionally well done.

edit: this is a little harsher from the tap, more residuals, more bitterness, a sweetness too, not as evolved on the yeast front. one of those odd beers i much prefer in the bottle for whatever reason, they two formats yield a vastly different product, strange as it sounds...

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
2.56/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

L - dark golden orange body, white thick lingering head
S - hops? Piny, grassy notes
T - pine, bitterness
F - little to no carbonation, smooth, light coat
O - I was expecting a banana filled weizenbock and I experienced a double IPA. Really threw me off. Maybe I just got a beer with bad hops. Maybe it got hot cold hot cold on the way here. Different from other weizenbock's I've had in the past.

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Photo of dmberger
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Good god. Stick your nose into this recently-poured beer, and you just get a fruit bouquet to your dome. Primarily orange notes, with other fruits (imagine a good, fresh, fruit salad smell with good-sized orange slices).

Taste is hoppy, but not overly so--accenting the fruitiness of the hops without too much of the bitter. The bitter is best defined as 'citrus rind', on the back end of the taste. Wheat and subtle spices play around with the citrus notes throughout, and get better as the beer warms up.

The beer looks amazing, with ample yeast clouding up the brownish-yellow liquid. I'm not much for judging amount of head or anything, but it behaves much like any other Schneider Weisse beer. But--it's nothing like their Aventinus.

The warmth from the alcohol tells me this is a great autumn beer; could pass for summer, too. Hell, I'm going to drink this all the time, now. It's that damn good.

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Photo of titvs
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15C, adapted). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 2719121113. AROMA: a very pleasant combination of hop aromas (floral and pine) with wheat, bock-like notes (dried fruits) and vanilla phenols. APPEARANCE: amber color and hazy. medium moussy, slight ivory head with average retention. TASTE: a very rich combination of bock components (bread, vanilla), some dark fruits, with a wheat background and hop flavours (citrusy and floral). low bitterness with a somewhat dry finish, some alcohol warmth. PALATE: medium-full body with moderate carbonation. some alcohol sensation. OVERALL: a very good weizen bock with a floral hop twist.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second in consecutive days of the great collaberation stuff from Brroklyn and Schneider and bothe are great beers in my mind.Poured into my Aventinus glass a mix of light goden and peach with a very nice fluff-sticky white head just a great pour,citrus dominates the nose with a bit of spice,wow 8.2% ABV couldnt be more well hidden its just fresh and citrusy with light spice and good leafy herbal notes.I really liked this beer maybe even a little more than the American variety its just refreshing and flavorful great for a warm day.

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Photo of ricke
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow with brown hues, plenty of yeast haze. 4 cm white airy head that dissipates after a while, while leaving nice lacings on the glass.

S: Nice hop character up front - grapefruit, grass an resins, some pine-needles. Banana. Some yeast. Quite a lot of white pepper. Decent malt character beneath - white bread, wheat. Quite nice overall, but there are some notes that are slightly too assertive, not really harmonious.

T: The taste is not as impressive as the smell. Again, there are plenty of hops, but they are not as well defined as in the smell (grape, grass, floral notes). A rather sweet and juicy malty backbone mixes with a prominent spicy character (mostly white pepper). Some flavors of bubblegum, and of course banana. The finish is mildly bitter and dominated by a very sweet and sticky taste of alcohol, making the beer slightly perfumy. Faint mineral-notes, bread and hints of lemon lingers in the mouth.

M: Moderate body, plenty of carbonation but the bubbles are rather calm. Slightly chewy due to the alcohol.

D: This is a rather good beer, but for some reason it didn't really do it for me. This one proves that more hops is not always better. It lacks balance, the flavors are not integrated with each other and the alcohol is too prominent.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -DF-
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diesel59
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG! this might be the greatest beer I have ever had!... It is the best of both worlds... the centurys of German knowledge in brewing ...combined with the hop craze on this side of the pond... equals what I would say is a hybrid between an American IPA and a german hefe- weisse!... I can't believe I have never heard of or read any posts on this brew... It is only a matter of time before everyone gets hip to this... and it will be untouchable...

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a hazy dark yellow with a creamy two finger head and lots of active carbonation with some patches of lacing. Aromas start with somewhat toasted grains that quickly gives way to a blast of spicy, herbal hops. Yeast, cloves and a touch of fruitiness. The noble hops really lead the way here and mask much of the standard weiss aromas. Interesting.

First sip brings a toasted grain maltiness with a hint of caramel. It's easily overshadowed though by a huge spicy, herbal hop flavor. Somewhat floral as well and quite unique. As it flows down there's a nice yeasty hit with some cloves and a fruity aspect as well. Finishes with a sturdy hop bitterness and a lingering hop flavor. An interesting weizenbock without a doubt.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with huge carbonation that makes it a bit prickly and adds some creaminess at the same time. Goes down pretty easily. Overall, this one just doesn't really grab me, maybe I'm not a fan of this particular hop. Either way it's an interesting collaboration with a big punch of hops. It's still worth trying at least once if you can find it.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of elinash
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try the first of the two schneider-brooklyn collaborations (the other being this same beer done at Brooklyn...yet to come).

Appearance was cloudy on the first pour with good off white head that faded. The pour at the end of the bottle looked like blended oatmeal that you couldn't see through with a flashlight.

Aroma was all up front astringent hops.

Taste doesn't stray too far from the acidic hop in the aroma. Mouthfeel is ok, pretty thin overall. Sweetness does come through and fades pretty quickly into a bitter finish.

I wasn't thrilled, as you might be able to guess. I'm hoping that the Brooklyn version will be better.

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Photo of mbrandon2w
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold. Nice head, but not long lasting.
Aroma is of hay, a bit of alcohol and a lot of juicyfruit bubblegum.
Taste is solid, with a nice sweet malt flavor, some banana, and still a lot of bubblegum. Very nice.
As it warms though, the brew picks up too much of the alcohol flavor, so it takes a hit on drinkability.
Overall, a very nice, solid beer, that I plan on picking up some more bottles of.

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Photo of generallee
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: (Part of a 5 pack gift set with glass.) It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into the Aventinus glass that came with the beer. The label on the bottle has the abv (8.2%) and a description of the beer on the back. There is no freshness date but there seems to be a batch number or bottle code on the back label.

Appearance: It has a thick cloudy, yeasty looking body with a tan/orange color and a tall white head. The head fades fairly fast and leaves just a small ring of foam on top. Lacing is minimal and spotty and slick.

Smell: The aroma has a good wheat bready and yeasty character with hints of ripe banana and citrusy herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bit of bready/yeasty character and flavor. I get mild notes of banana, pineapple, clove and hints of orange. The hop profile is more noticeable than most Weizenbocks and adds a good balance of spicy, herbal, (almost minty) and citrus bitterness. The palate has a smooth and silky, almost oily texture with mellow carbonation.

Notes: The hop balance gives this beer a nice complexity and interesting flavor. This is one to seek out, especially if you liked the Brooklyn version.

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Photo of dgfool
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Meine Hopfenweisse from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,441 ratings