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

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Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Schneider & Brooklyner HopfenweisseSchneider Weisse Tap 5 Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfenweisse

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: 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.

Added by John_M on 07-16-2007

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO, the star of the summer release.

Pours into my weizen glass a hazy golden orange with two fingers of white head pillowed on top, jetstreams of bubbles race to the surface to feed the head and help it maintain some beautiful lacing.

First time I had this beer the citrus hops jumped out of the nose, they were so foreign from a weizen that they stunned me. On further drinkings, the cloves are what stand out to me, alongside banana, a wheatiness and a good dash of citrus rind, candy sugar and a hint of floral arrangements.

Really, a tasty beer. The first bottle was gone so fast I shocked myself, just guzzled it... be careful though, 8.2 percent is not really in the sessionable range. Cloves, black pepper, citrus, candy sugar sweetness, alcohol slightly in the finish, grains, banana, grassy bitterness in the finish as well, cinnamon. Spritzy carbonation, thick chewy and yet oily mouthfeel.

My first go around I was shocked by the immense drinkability and smoothness of this beer. Second, third and fourth occasions have seen the alcohol poke out a bit more and remind me there's still a bit of brute here... perhaps a bit more than the Brooklyner version if memory serves correctly. Still love the vibrant citrus hopping ontop of the hefe - not really a Belgian IPA guy because they never seem integrated but this (while not a Belgian IPA) is my kind of thing.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: A poured the beer is cloudy dark apricot color with a 1" light-tan head that recedes slowly leaving patches and spider-web patterns of lacing and a thin layer of foam on the surface. The layer of foam persists for most of the beer and sipping leaves sheets and scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a pleasant mix of both banana and apricot with some malt and wheat in the background.

Taste: The flavors contain a bit of fruit, more apricot and grapefruit zest than banana. There's also a bit of pepper and some bitter grassy, woody character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied beer with light softness from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins with some fruity sweetness and then trails off into some dry earthy/woody bitterness.

Drinkability: This is an unusual weizenbock but one that I enjoyed. It is a nicely drinkable beer with the bitter hoppiness playing a major role. One sip leads naturally to the next and I could easily have another.

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Photo of Lars3
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this from a bottle on a number of occasions, but tonight when there were few beers on tap that peaked my interest I decided it was time to try this beer on tap.

Ranting the appearance of a Weizenbock (or any weizen for that matter) that hasn't been poured into a proper Weizen glass is a tough call. When I've had this beer from a bottle I've always drank it from my Schneider Aventinus glass and the beer is gorgeous. It is golden in color with a big bright billowing head. On tap tonight it was poured into a Southern Tier tulip, and it looked just wrong. The color was the same, but their was no head to be seen. I'm giving this beer a 4 as a compromise. In the bottle I'd say 5+, but on draught into a tulip a 3.5 is the best I'd offer.

I didn't noticed much of a scent from this beer. I've had a bit of a head cold the last three weeks so my sinuses are way out of whack. I could smell the hops, but none of the other typical weizenbock scents were there.

The taste is hoppy, peppery and full of subtle apricots. Excellent. The pepperyness really sticks to you tongue after all the other flavors have faded. It is too bad more breweries don't experiment with hoppy weizenbocks.

The mouthfeel was exactly as it should have been for a German weizen. The carbonation felt powerful without being effervescent.

With an abv at close to 8% I wouldn't call this a highly drinkable beer. A good hefeweizen of dunkelweizen is only about 4.5%abv which means drinking 2 liters in an evening is hardly a blip on the radar. I could probably have 2 of these in a night, but never more. In fact the one 12oz pour that I had tonight was enough for me to decided that I should head home from the bar early and stick with some low abv beers for the rest of the night.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. It was served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' Schneider event. The beer is generally golden orange in color, but it turns to yellow at the edges of the glass. The head is pure white foam, but it is rather small. The liquid is fully opaque. The aroma is a good combination of sweet wheat and lemon citrus hops. The flavor is superb--the hoppy finish real caught me by surprise, even though I knew it was coming. There is a lot of wheat up front, but as soon as you swallow you get a mouthful of bitterness. It is very well-balanced and extremely tasty. It has a light body and medium carbonation. There is a slight coat, but it disappears quickly. Overall, it is very drinkable. It is a bit too strong to be sessionable, but it is certainly worth the effort to seek out and enjoy over a round or two.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to finally see a beer come to ontario that combines lots of hops with the classic hefe-weizen.

Pours a very intriguing cloudy peachy-orange with lots of floaters and a thick white head. The head subsides leaving some lacing, but the beer seems flat after a while.

What a wonderfully smelling beer. Mandarin oranges, cloves, bananas, peaches, tropical fruit, citrusy hops, this beer has everything! The alcohol is noticeable as it warms up(and as I get slightly buzzed).

Tastes nice and bitter up front with some citrus orange zest, cloves, spices and bananas. The hops are noticeable and balance well with the typical wheat beer flavours. Unfortunately the alcohol isn't very well covered up and comes through as it warms up.

Overall this is a delicious, unique brew, and a style that I would like to see more of. Will definately be seeking this beer out again, mostly for the aroma!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Sierra Nevada Kellerwies glass

A - A coudy deep yellow colour with a hint of orange. Half a finger of thick white head.

S - Strong smell of cloves up front with some faint citrus notes.

T - Cloves up front with some citrus and bready malts to provide an excellent compliment. And ever-so-slight bitter citrus taste in the finish.

M - Medium body with some good chew. Smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent example of the style. Can barely tell that this packs an 8.2% ABV punch.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at das bierhaus poured into a half liter Schneider glass.

Pours above cloudy golden wheat color. With a small light white head that shrinks really quick but lingers the whole time. Nose is light, fruity and sweet. Lots of banana and wheaty notes.

Taste is very light and crisp, it's sweet and smooth with a lot of those fruity notes as well. It's really easy drinking and very smooth. Totally worth checking out, very tasty.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle, $4.99 from Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Code stamped on label: 09.229 1-3 0093 2717 (whatever the hell that means).

Smells of wheat soon after cracking the seal. A hearty pour gives 1" of eggshell head on top of a thick and very cloudy orange brew. Nose is full and hearty, heavy on citrus: pineapple, candied orange rind, some very mild grass and pine hops, all on a good background of light malt and wheat. Taste follows directly from the nose, though overly sweet, plus some milky/ lactose aspects. Reminds me of a creamsicle. A little yeasty funk. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with soft carbonation.

Overall pretty good, but too milky and too sweet, and too simple... like an orange-pineapple citrus bomb. I want to like this more but there are too many things wrong with it.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a lovely cloudy orange with a decent amount of foam in the duvel tulip glass. Also have drank several of these out of a Erdinger weizen glass. Tastes of nice mild hop bitterness with a little sweet dark fruit lingering around. Goes down quite smooth and is very drinkable for 8.2% alc. Glad I have a few more bottles of this one. Very solid beer overall. I can't stop coming back to this one.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a weizen glass, the body is hazy golden with a 2-finger white head. Nice thick foaminess to that head, and it leaves behind good foamy splotches of lace.

S: Yeasty stuff is there -- banana and a hint of cloves -- but there's also a nice touch of earthy, floral hops. Thought maybe the hops would overwhelm given the collaboration (and the "Hopfen" name), but the nose is balanced.

T: Fruity stuff up front -- ripe bananas are there, along with ripe peaches and maybe even melon. Once again, hops are more subdued than expected. They show up at the back end of the sip in the form of basic bitterness with a touch -- just a touch -- of grassiness. Finishes nice and clean, though with a touch of spice lingering.

M: Very smooth and somewhat creamy; surprising for the style. Heft is also a bit heavy for the style; I'd call this one medium, or at least bordering on medium in weight.

D: Excellent. Goes down like a good hefe -- that is, quickly. That 8.2% ABV is well masked and does not slow you down at all.

Notes: take a lighter APA and mix it with a Hefe and this is what you get. Good stuff.

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Photo of uno99
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this one since it was announced as a seasonal release by the LICBO.

A: Very hazy burnt orange. I actually cant think of a more cloudy beer. not much head, and not much lacing in my incredibly clean weizen glass. (3.5)

S: My nose got wet a few times smelling this beer, so I guess that means it's good! Its definitely clove centric. Not much fruit going on there besides citrus - but then you smell those wonderful hops! It's like having an IPA in one nostril and a Wit in the other. pretty cool. (4.5)

T: Somehow the German malts and wheat play nice with the brash IPA style hops. Taste is more fruity than the nose, but perhaps an even more balanced and complex play between the two styles. very interesting stuff. (5.0) +.5 for originality

M: I find the carbonation a bit harsh, I'd recommend letting it sit for a couple minutes unless your a slow sipper like me. (4.0)

D: Alas, not the most drinkable stuff. In fact - I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these even if the alcohol was more controlled. I'm finding it a little filling. However, for an %8 beer with so much going on, it does a good job of not being too in your face. (4.0)

Conclusion: Very interesting, and I will buy more. Its like having two beers at once! A nice diversion from the norm.

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Photo of MattyV
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange brown, very cloudy and allows beautiful orange highlights when held up to the light. A little darker in colour than expected, but quite pleasing nonetheless. The nice big thick fluffy head shows good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing in its wake when it does eventually recede.

The nose is first hit with the expected banana and cloves, but is then treated to some quite pronounced floral and tropical/citrus notes from the hops.

At first, this tastes like a more traditional weisse with the banana-ester flavours, along with the wheat and yeast. However, the floral/fruity hoppiness also plays a big role and provides a refreshing new twist on the style. Tropical fruits tend to describe this aspect of the beer's character to me overall. Moderate bitterness that cuts and balances the beer's sweetness and lingers just long enough.

Moderate carbonation, creamy and slightly thicker than I expected. Feels somewhat chewy, perhaps just because of the lighter mouthfeel of the style. This, along with the high ABV hurts its drinkability for me, but this hasn't kept me from picking up a dozen of these for throughout the warmer months ahead. Not exactly a session beer, but an excellent choice when looking for a single pint during the summer.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer initially pours a translucent burnt orange color in my Duvel tulip, though the second pour with the yeast added in significantly muddies it. The initial 3 finger, slightly rocky, white head is impressive, but head retention is poor and lacing is virtually nonexistent. In terms of traditional characteristics, the nose is all clove with no appreciable banana, but there's also a nice juicy citrus hop presence. The aroma is overall a bit muted though. The taste leads off with a blend of clove and banana that, as the nose would suggest, favors clove heavily. Up next is a brief flash of bitterness, before the beer finishes with the citrus hop notes hinted at in the nose, along with a little bit of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is suitably light and smooth, but the beer definitely seems a little bit undercarbonated. It's tasty enough to be somewhat drinkable, but the aforementioned alcohol and carbonation issues hold it back a little bit.

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Photo of liamt07
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer seasonal offering from the LCBO, poured from a 500ml glass into some weiss glassware. Gorgeous golden brown, with a thick off-white head, leaving some serious chunky lacing down the side of the glass. Smells is really hoppy and fruity, some pineapple, banana, cloves and passionfruit and just a real genuine sweetness to it. Taste is quite similar too, not at all bitter but again quite sweet and fruity. Has the mouthfeel of a weiss, very smooth and fullbodied, and a definite easy drinker. The alcohol is very well masked, and I could easily pump a few of these back. Just a great offering from Oliver and Drexler in this collab-brew, and I'm gonna a hoard quite a few of these for this summer.

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Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A helles weizenbock that's hoppier than Vitus!

A: Cloudy, dirty straw with an off-white head, light retention, not much lacing for a weizen.

S: HUGE aroma of cloves, steelie & grassy hops, light pepper & cinnamon spicing, vanilla, mango and passion fruit.

T: Cloves, vanilla, steelie, grassy hops, peppery mango, hints of banana & citrus rind, assertive bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. Germanic flavours with an American punch... I like it!

M: Smooth, moderate body with a modest carbonation.

D: The benchmark for Imperial Weizens?

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Photo of pootz
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Puts a really turbid gold ale in the flute with stiff tight pored cap, great retention massive lacing. Lively carbonation.

Wonderful pungent nose: bananas, grapefruit, spice, some mustiness, bubblegum and a touch of fusel.

Substantial body for a hefeweiss, rounded mellow character , Silken mouth feel, ... smooth as a fruit pudding with NO sharp edges at all!

Big fruits and citrus up front are balanced with spicy tones and citrusy hop bittering, middle is pudding soft and mellow with substantial body with leafy NW hops and malt sweetness joining the liquid fruit cocktail. Light drying in the finish punctuated with bitter citrus...light 'hop burn' in the after taste.

Frikkin' awesome wheat!

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprize to find this at the Summerhill LCBO, a collaboration is always exciting to check out. Thanks to the respective brewing companies.

The beer poured a dark peach puree colour, murky, with a short lived head. Carbonation remained pretty consistent beneath the surface and there were spritzy sparkles on the surface. Darker and more cloudy than I expected, no lace to speak of and hardly a ring.

The smell was really interesting with apricot and a honey sweetness initially; with air came pitted fruit aromas and then strong bubblegum, a dash of banana and clove, almost as if in waves.

Taste was very hop forward, bitterness dominates, passion fruit, strong yeast backdrop, some sourness detracts. Fruit on opening diminished with air and warming. The finish is pretty intense with more yeast and sour fruit. Medium body, cleansing hoppiness, there was a pine resin quality that made it just a bit rough around the edges, that was my impression. With a few subtle changes, I'd score this a half point higher in all categories. Still, a really decent beer and I'll pick up more if there are any left and thanks again to the breweries for providing a real break from the norm.

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Photo of kwjd
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep orange colour with huge white head. Lots of lacing too. Lots of banana, orange and lemon in the smell, to go with hop flavour. A nice amount of bitterness. Certainly not an IPA or anything for hop profile, but the hops are a big component of the taste. This blends really well with the taste of a hefe. I get clove, banana, lemon and orange in the flavour. Alcohol is really well hidden. Really nice beer and I'm glad the Control Borad in Ontario got this as part of the summer release. I'm going to buy loads of this.

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Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to run into this on a random beer run while in Chinatown. I didn't think it had come out in Ontario yet. Nice surprise. The Hopfen-Weisse is pretty dark for a weizen, pouring an opaque, dull amber. The head is creamy white in colour and the retention and lacing could be better. Still, a good looking beer.

Although the hops are indeed from Germany, this doesn't smell German at all. These Hallertauer-Saphir hops seem all-American: tons of juicy citrus fruit salad (lime, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine), papaya and a ginger-like pepperiness combine beautifully with weizen spices (coriander, clove, nutmeg), wild flowers and lots of sweet candy malt. Maybe a little similar to the hopping on Houblon Chouffe, if I remember correctly. This smells like some serious good stuff.

The hops are right up front but so well-balanced, pulling up right along side the weizen base. While Schneider Weiss isn't really my favorite example of the style, the citrusy hops really step this one up a big notch. (If this had been Weihenstephaner-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse, I wouldn't doubt it would be in competition for my favorite beer...). A light grapefruit rind dryness, lemon-lime and a touch of pine are mellowed out by light candy malt and what end up being background spices (bits of coriander and clove). The finish is equal parts drying and smooth, sweet weizen. They kept the IBUs down to 40 here, which is appropriate; it's hoppy while not overwhelming the weizen underneath. I almost wanted to rate this one 4.5 but I'm not the hugest Schneider Weiss fan and can really taste the somewhat-bland base under the (beautiful) hops. Maybe it's worth 4.25. I just noticed this stuff is 8.2%, I had no idea! It was drinking like a 5%er until I noticed a premature buzz coming on. The alcohol is hidden extremely well.

The feel is good but nothing special. Maybe a little more watery than I'd like. The fairly light carbonation could also be turned up a bit as well, IMO. I'd like things a little more lively to pair up with the extra hops. That's all just being picky, though.

This stuff easily joins the ranks of the best summer go-to beers available in Ontario. Thank you LCBO for mustering up an ounce of sanity! Hopefully this sells well and they bring it back. The only thing keeping the drinkability down here is the relatively-high ABV. At 8.2% though, if you were to bring three of these out with you to sip on for an evening, I think that would be just great. You don't need to carry too many around with you.

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Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For all intents and purposes, this is the beer that got me into the craft scene. I've consumed countless bottles of this, finally getting around to reviewing it. 500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Cloudy golden orange pour with a 1 finger white head. No lacing on the glass, although I remember seeing it in previous glasses

S: Sweet fruit, orange and lemon zest, some honey, banana, clove, grassy and floral notes

T: Nothing really sticks out. All the flavors blend well to create a crisp, citrus flavor mixed with wheat and a slight bitterness from the hops

M: Medium bodied, crisp, slight bitterness left on the tongue that only lasts until the next sip. Dry finish

D: Supposedly this beer is 8.2%, but you'd never know it. Very refreshing, easy drinking beer made by two great breweries. And it's a hard price to beat at only $4 a bottle

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Photo of thain709
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy, golden, orange body with some particles suspended throughout the beer...a creamy, white head sat on top and left some decent lacing

S - A nice nose compliments of citrus and spicy hops mixing together with some banana and other spices

T - The weisse part of the beer is present up front...a nice wheat malt flavor and some yeast...that mellows out into a sweet banana flavor...towards the middle-end of the beer the hops become evident...a big pineapple flavor comes across but so does other citrus...the ending is bittersweet

M - Medium bodied...nice and creamy...a great bittersweet finish

D - The idea of adding hops to a hefe was a great idea...I love Aventius and this to me was a lighter verison hopped up...this is a beer that could be enjoyed all year round

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Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Old Engine Oil tulip.

A: Hazy orange body with only a wisp of foam atop the exceedingly full pour. I blame the bartender more than the beer though, but of course getting an extra ounce of liquid beer isn't exactly something to complain about.

S: Classic aroma of hefe yeast, with banana really standing out from lighter notes of bubblegum, spice, and floral yeast. Pleasant and just a bit different from the usual.

T: Much like the nose, but with more emphasis on the bitter, floral, grassy hops. Lovely balance and interplay of flavors, but the finish gets a bit overly astringent. Quite tasty overall.

M: Very lively medium body. Smooth and enjoyable.

D: Very tasty, and appropriately refreshing for the weizenbock style. The board at Prime 16 called this 6.4%, though, not 8.2%, so I initially gave this a 3.5. Take of that what you will.

Notes: The hops really add a lot here, without detracting from the standard characteristics of the style. This is definitely a solid result for a collaboration.


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Photo of RuudJH
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'Meine Hopfenweisse Tap 5'. 0.5 l bottle. bottled december 2009. Great hoppiness on this beer.

Colour hazy amber with a good head. good lacing.
Smell and taste are fresh with malt, yeast and clear hops. Classic hefeweiss notes as banana and citrus are not so noticable anymore, unfortunately, but some nice floral notes have entered.
The bittersweet balance in this ale is exceptional.
Also very refreshing in the mouth, making it excellently drinkable. You would never know it's 8.2% abv, if you hadn't read the label.

Great traditional Hefebock.

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Photo of MrHall
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We just got this in Ontario! Hurray...Didn't know there were two versions...

A: Beautiful light apple cider colour, thick with clouds and a surprising head for 8.2%

S: I opened the bottle a good foot away from my face and could already smell the hops. Lots of fruit and alcohol going on.

T: Well this is one fine hefe-weisse. That it. My favourite that I can recall.

M: I'd like them ease back on the bubbles just a tad, but I guess that helps cut through the abv.

D: If it wasn't 8.2% I'd have much much more.

Bottom Line: I wasn't crazy about weisse, Hefe, or Beligian Wits before this season.

Schneider's Edelweisse really turned me onto the style and this may be my beer of the season!!!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-yellow that just barely leans into the orange part of the spectrum. As you would with a hefe-weizen, I swirled the last half-inch of the bottle before the final pour, which gave a pineapple/pear/banana juice-like opacity. Total fruit juice fog. Head is a super-creamy, long-lasting, foamy thing of beauty.

Smelling this beer is to experience pure aromatic glory...on a horse...bearing a sword...riding to victory. Ahem, ok, waitaminute...seriously, I cannot get enough of the aroma. It's a fantastic merger of sweet pastry dough, clover honey, white pepper, fragrant and flowery perfume, lemon rind, and glazed doughnut. The gentle but present alcohol underlines all this with a warm breeziness. Oh c'mon, how can a beer smell this awesome???

Flavor is pretty much a mirror of what the aroma gives, but when it all bursts to life on the tongue, it's unbelievable: grapefruit (rind and flesh); perfume-like wildflower sharpness (like, if you actually chomped down on any type of wildflower); clover honey; lemon pie; white pepper; Sauvignon blanc grape/wine; pineapple; glazed doughnut; sourdough bread. Fairly dry, lightly tart and a bit puckery in the finish, which leaves a nice balance of sugary sweetness and earthy bitterness on the tongue. As with the aroma, the alcohol comes in just enough to add flare and detail. Just stupidly delicious.

Lightly coating/sticky, but mostly fluffy and creamy, buoyant and silky, and just enough carbonation for some pizazz. How can it smell, taste AND feel this good? Damn.

The brewers say it's a "hefe-weizen," BA says it's a "weizenbock," but I think it's a German WeizenIPA, clearly a totally unrecognized and undefined type of hybrid. It offers the best of Germany's various wheat beers smacked upside the head with some American-style hoppiness, exercising the balance, depth, complexity and quality that both brewers usually deliver. Calling it "good stuff" is like calling Black Sabbath a "decent band." Truly top notch.

Note to self: Buy This, Savor This, Repeat Daily.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfenweisse from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,392 ratings.
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