Tap X Nelson Sauvin
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

Tap X Nelson SauvinTap X Nelson Sauvin
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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #8
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,591
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 9.47%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
307
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SCORE
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Tap X Nelson SauvinTap X Nelson Sauvin
Notes: Brewed with the rare Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand this bottle-fermented wheat beer resembles an expressive Sauvignon Blanc. An exotic flowery bouqet followed by a malty body, slightly tart fruitiness and a light, dry finish. A fascinating combination of freshness, fruitiness and elegance!

Hops: Tradition and Nelson Sauvin.

30 IBU
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mishi_d from Romania

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with white head, aroma of bananas, wheat, oak and caramel, taste of bananas, oak, caramel and vine, medium body, average carbonation.

Dec 20, 2019
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- As always, this has a great masculine looking bottle...solid thick neck and top! As for the liquid, well, it pours a golden amber color, that is semi clear....perhaps slightly chill hazed. The head is just off white in color itself, very dense and meringue like, and the retention factor is quite amazing! The lacing is just as well, with an even coat of patchy dense foam clinging to the inside of the glass, which itself covers the many columns of rather aggressive carbonation rising to the underbelly of the head. Great looking stuff!

S- Nice brown sugar malts right off the bat, with balancing hop presence rounding everything out. Slight citrus rind, vanilla robustness, grassy grain, honeyed clove spice, wine grape, yeasty bread/biscuit, wheat grain.....just a medley of different smells rising into the nasal cavity!

T- Wow! Simply put, this is an example of what a proper Wheat Ale should taste like! Awesome caramel malts, banana esters, blended with mild citrus flesh and rind provide the backbone of this one. Slightly tart wheat malt dryness, hints of clove spice, fresh orchard apple nuances....perhaps even some pear fruit! The hop presence is what I would call a clean semi sweet leafy character....I just cant explain well enough how nice this tastes!

M/O- Champagne like carbonation......a huge amount of wee tiny bubbles that explode on the palate, releasing the various flavors! Highly drinkable, this would be an excellent session-able wheat Ale that pairs well with extra old cheddar, and retains enough sweetness/cleanliness to counter a wide variety of foods. This has to be one of Shneider-Weisses' best outputs to date! Wonderful!!!!

Sep 01, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium: Capped 2017 edition, teku glass.
Opacity: Clear with a slight veil and low activity.
Color: Dark golden going for amber.
Head: Slightly creamy beige 1 finger.
Legs: Average with okay swirl reaction.
Smell: Grapes/Caramel/Wheat.
Taste: Apples/Apricot/Brown sugar/Banana yeast/Coriander.
Feel: Estery/Bready/Resinous/Spicy.
Body: Medium slick and smooth, gets a bit oily as it warms.
Carbonation: Light prickly, moderate crisp.
Overall: A bit on the sugary side, but with a low syrup profile while slightly more sour and sharper than usual for the style. Decent warming sensation. Feels like a cross bock and IPA. High quality craft.

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 6/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

May 10, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light golden amber coloration with a huge, foamy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smell is quite hoppy for a Weizenbock, with little malt character showing through except for some light doughy, caramel malt, but being dominated by the Nelson Sauvin, with distinct notes of white grape and gooseberry, as well as lighter estery spice notes. Taste follows the nose, being a lot less malt-forward than you might expect of a Weizenbock, but with light doughy, very slightly caramelly malt and a distinct dry and hoppy white wine character with notes of white grape, gooseberry and just a hint of peach, straw and estery fruit/spice: apple skin, clove. Finishes quite dry, with a light bitterness and some white grape/gooseberry notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This really has more in common with a Belgian Pale Ale than a Weizenbock in every way, be it looks, aromatics or taste, but is still quite an enjoyable brew in its own way, especially if you like Nelson Sauvin hops, which really shine through here with those typical dry, white grape/gooseberry notes. There's also some lighter estery fruit and spice notes of apple skin and clove to this though, which complement the Nelson Sauvin hops well and add a little depth. All in all, quite an interesting, enjoyable brew, although not what you might expect from it. This actually reminds me a lot of Tap 5 Hopfenweisse and is basically the same thing, just brewed with Nelson Sauvin. As such, I think that this is much better fresh and does not age as well as other Weizenbocks. While the Nelson Sauvin was still distinct in this, it wasn't nearly as vibrant as the hops in a fresh Hopfenweisse.

Apr 01, 2019
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csmrx7 from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid wit with great Nelson hop and that signature green grapes. The sweetness of the wit is the perfect combination. Would love to try this fresh where the Nelson would really shine.

Jun 11, 2018
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jonb5 from England

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, poured into Kasteel Chalice.

A: Bronze, slightly hazy, medium sized head which faded fairly quickly but left some lacing.

S: Had a hint of gooseberry, but it was nowhere near as pronounced as a Sauvingion Blanc wine, quite phenolic, like a Belgian Pale Ale.

T: Sweet, wheaty and phenolic. The gooseberry was present, but suppressed, hid the booze pretty well.

M: Light body, crisp texture.

O: This was very much like a Belgian style pale ale, didn't really have much in common with a normal wheat/weizen beer.

Apr 17, 2018
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good initial head, drops off to nothing

Apple/pear thing going on, but with a buttery diacetyl thing also

Kind of a weird mix of hefeweizen notes with apple/pear cider/white wine consistency to it. Little bit of grassy/buttery off-note. Lacking any real hop note.

Seriously, the consistency of this along with the flavor could pass for a white wine.

I have no idea what this was like in 2011, it's presumably a bit past its prime?

Mar 04, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

new review June 27 2018

L: /
S:
-grapes,grassy,soapy,oranges,slight mango,gooseberry,wheaty,honey
T:
-Follows the nose

O:
The first bottle i tried hadn't had much of a hop character, this bottle kept much better.
This felt like a different take on the Tap 5.


old review Jan 11 2018
L:
-pours a hazy golden with a medium,fluffy white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-herbal,honey,clove,white bread
T:
-honey,grainy,herbs,grassy,grape skin,white bread,biscuity
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
The Nelson Hops aren't THAT noticeable.I expected a bit more, but it is a good, herbal & floral Weizenbock.

Jan 11, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice deep orange with a huge amount of light head. Aroma is heavy on the citrus. Lemon and orange notes explode from the glass. Picking up some pine, vanilla, and some caramel candy. Taste follows the nose. A bit sweet initially, but with some really nice fruit and slight bitterness immediately after. Overall, I would call this more sweet than bitter. I get a decent amount of orange creamsicle. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and creamy. Really smooth and nice. Definitely recommended.

Nov 19, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From Cervezasespeciales. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Bad End. The usual notes of a hefe combine well with the fresh hoppy notes of the nelson hops, providing grape reminiscences

Oct 02, 2017
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ccrida from Oregon

2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

On draught at the Delirium in Amsterdam, appearance is a dull gold with small off-white head leaving tight, foamy lace.

Smell is very heavy diacetyl, the first wifts being quite off-putting. After some air and olfactory adjustment, some green apple, continues to improve as it breaths, but from such a low base...

Tasty is a bit more aligned with my expectations, the classic hefe banana esters really dominating. A little more of that green apple and Riesling thing, a save compared to the nose, but too exaggerated, cloying.

Mouthfeel is off-dry, medium-light body.

Drinakability isn't too high for me. I dont like the smell, and the hefe esters are over the top.

Sep 27, 2017
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber with excellent steady off-white head.
Smell - gooseberry, spicy, white vine, yellow fruits.
Taste - weizen + vinous traits.
Medium body, smooth, medium carbo.

Jul 06, 2017
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janubio from Spain

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy golden colouro, big head with medium retention, creamy lace.
Aroma of cloves, oranges, peaches, banana, pepper.
Full body, creamy palate, good carbonation.
Taste of oranges, cloves, banana, fruits (peaches).
The usual notes of a weizen emphasized and with some new hints of fruits and herbs. Really good.

Jun 20, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange color with a froth, bigger, white head.

Smells of flowery cotton candy, spicy yeast, lemon zest and dextrose. Wet grass and tomato bush tame the subtle sweetness from the caramel malts.

Has a perfectly smooth mouthfeel, exhibiting an easy drinking, medium bodied beer. Still maintains a pleasant refreshment, due to a bubbly finish, establishing a well working antagonist to the yeast supported malts.

Tastes of yeast muddled caramel malts and a flowery hoppiness. Spices get amped up by a bubbly effervescence peak, showcasing anise, allspice and a cardamom bitterness, acting as a very good gateway for putting the focus on the fruity, herbal hops. Finishes sweet and spicy, mellowed by the smooth mouthfeel, together with a very late, lingering hop dryness.

Nice and well made, don't get the hefty price tag though.

Jun 18, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hearty apple juice color with a finger and a half of off-white foamy head. Head foams up quickly, with a fairly quick dissipation time as well. No lacing left behind. Aroma is of apple, biscuit and bread malts, and earthy hops. Flavor profile is loaded with apples at the front giving it an apple cider vibe. Biscuit and bread malts stick around just behind. It has an overall earthy and apple flavor. Mouth feel is right down the middle of the road with a medium thickness and a 50/50 balance between a smooth and creamy feel and a fizzy, particulate feel. Overall, a fantastic brew. It provides unique characteristics, and drinks well, all over a 7%, well aged beer. The one dimensional aroma and flavor profile are really the only fault with either one.

Served in a 12oz snifter. 2011 version.

Feb 08, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden amber body with a white head and lacing. Aromas of grape must, wheat, clove, white grape that is slight tart, banana, and slight earth. Taste follows the nose with orange zest, earth and black pepper, incredible complexity. Feel is wheaty, slightly tart, springy, crisp and full. A great twist on a classic

Dec 30, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this bottle says "This is exceptional", and it is. Nice tempered weizen aromas with a little essence of wine. Pours medium golden with pillowy head and fine but plentiful carbonation. Taste is weizen plus grapes. These hops really blend well with this style. No alcohol burn at all, but feeling the warmth after just a few sips. This a good Sunday afternoon sipper.

Jun 08, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared bottle at RBWG-2015.

Sweet and way less hoppy than expected ... But then I thought at first that this was a pale ale. Very malty especially for a beer featuring NZ Hops.

Feel: full syrupy body with light but adequate carbonation.

O: excellent for style.

Feb 27, 2015
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ssmack from Canada

3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mein Porter Weisse

In small flute.

Dark ruby amber brown colour. 2 inches of thick rocky beige head. Bit of lacing with no retention.

Malty aroma of figs and creamy malted milk. Caramel and semi-sweet chocolate.

Starts as a mild roasted malt taste. Then it tasted like vindgary sour milk but not unpleasant. This resolved to sweet figs and roasted barely. Mild tart aftertaste.

Feel was on the heavy side of medium.

Great aroma but this did not quite fork for me. I missed the swet spiciness of a weisse. Miles behind Tap 6 for me.

Jan 03, 2015
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JSuperman from California

5/5  rDev +21.4%

This was a perfect beer for me! After aging three years, this was a marvellously smooth, tasty and rounded beer. Some of my favorite beers are from Schneider and this was far surpassed the expectations that I had.

Nov 15, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a very interesting idea here, a german wheat lager with nelson hops, has to be great right? well, it is great, but the bottle i shared was dated 2012, and i have to wonder if the one of a kind character of the nelson hops has tailed off a little bit over time. it sure seems that way, not to say the haze beige bronze colored heady beer isnt hoppy, because it is, but that tropical nelson character is pretty minimal, lost in a denser bodied strong wheat base. the bitterness is there, and so is a light lemony fruity element, but i couldnt not place it as nelson, which is concerning to me because i think its the most unmistakable hop varietal out there. love the creamy feel, the snappy finish, and the luxurious nature of the beer. prickly little bubbles lift up the malt, and the hops really do bring it alll together in the finish. its great beer, a new direction for the germans for sure, but i would love to compare this to a fresh bottle and see how it has changed over time. still awesome stuff though, just not the nelson bomb i had anticipated.

Nov 14, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Laschet's in a 10 oz. or so glass.

Opaque orange yellow, fluffy head of white meringue foam that leaves behind lots of delicate lacing to admire, and lasting surface coverage. 4.25

Aroma seems a bit subdued as it was served pretty cold. As it warms there are yeast esters, though it's hard to pull out much signature characteristics of Nelson Sauvin. Smells kind of like a strong hefeweizen, bubblegum and clove yeast esters. 3.5

Taste seems to have a slight oxidation present, papery notes to the wheat, some mild nebulous stonefruit, and a dry finish. Full bodied and fairly big in the abc department. Overall it was a bit of a letdown, not sure the age of the keg, but it didn't really seem hoppy or unique. 3.5/3.75/3.5

Sep 18, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/2/2011. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, white grape, pear, apple, lemon, banana, pineapple, clove, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, white grape, pear, apple, lemon, banana, pineapple, wheat, honey, bread, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, white grape, pear, apple, lemon, banana, pineapple, wheat, honey, bread, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice weizenbock. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 02, 2014
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AllForAugust from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

God fucking dammit. I had this whole review just about wrapped up and the browser crashed. Fuck everything. Ok. Redo. Speed run.

Bought a 750mL bottle at a liquor store in Wellington. Why? Well the bottle was pretty, it came with a free glass, I've never had a shitty beer from these chaps before, and it said 'Nelson Sauvin' real big on the label. Lots of reasons.

A: Nice golden-brownish cloudy color and a greater head that's continuously upkept by the generous amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Head retention is great and there's very little lacing. We have a real clean beer here, y'all. Even at the end of this bottle-fermented beer, there is very little yeast residue.

S: The usual aromas you'd expect from a German produced wheat beer. Bananas, cloves, yeast and malts all give my olfactory a friendly high-five why the fruity aromas of the Nelson Sauvin wait behind to offer a coy handshake before hiding behind its parents. It's there. It's well done. But the hop head in me wants it to be more prevalent.

T: Damn. There's a really fun chardonnay flavor present here. Tight weizen characteristics throughout. I might be getting a little bit bold here, but I feel like there's an underlying sourness to it. In a perfect world, we'd see this aged and soured a few years in some pinot gris barrels. But perhaps that would be making an already outstanding and complex flavor too extreme.

M: Bang on. Not spectacular, or game changing, but they really nailed it. There is hardly any heat to it despite the 7.3%ABV. Carbonation feels great on the tongue and the body leaves little to be desired.

O: As weird as it sounds, I've had plenty of German wheat beers that were made with NZ ingredients/hops. This one takes the cake. I'm going to go buy another bottle for the cellar right now, actually. Definitely in contention for favorite weiss.

Jun 04, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 750ml bottle for around $6.50. Served at 8deg C in a water glass. 2012 Edition

A- Pretty good. Opened well, poured with a decent head. Clear, mildly brown

S- Pretty good too. Hints of hops and citrus. Yeasty and fruity.

T- Excellent. This one sat for around one year after purchase. Nice wheat beer

M- Excellent. Very creamy and slick

O- Very good. Glad I have one more to savour this summer

Food Pairing

This nice little wheat paired well with... Spicy tuna sushi! Rolled a couple tonight and this went well!

Enjoy

Mar 22, 2014
Tap X Nelson Sauvin from Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 307 ratings