Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson SauvinSchneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany
schneider-weisse.de

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by imbibehour on 10-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
291
Reviews:
110
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy murky orange color, thumb of head with solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - A unique citrus scent with orange and lemon rind, bready notes, biscuit, wheat comes through on the finish.

T - Light fruity flavour, nice bananas and hints of cloves, wheat lingers alongside a touch of alcohol sweetness. A nice earthy bitterness comes through nicely as well.

M - Lighter bodied ale that could use a bit of a carbonation lift, but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - A yummy wiezenbock well worth taking for a spin. Super stoked that the LCBO brought this one in. Fantastic ale and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Summer 2012 release a the LCBO @ $8.95/ 1pt 9.4 Fl Oz
Label states "Brewed in 2011 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ABT Cafes in Holland"
Poured into Weizen glass.

A- Slightly hazy orange/gold pour. Two and a half fingers of soapy snow white head. Lacing is just glued to the glass and the amount of carbonation ascending from the bottom of the glass is astounding.

S- Banana and cloves as expected, slight cookie aroma. Followed by a faint orange and lemon presence from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Quite sweet and citrusy.

T- Right off the bat you get a floral hop with a nice juicy citrus. The banana takes second fiddle to these which really ramps up the fresh feeling and taste without shying away from the fact that it's a Weizenbock.

M- Light with a juicy feel and a quick dry finish. Great carbonation.

O- I really didn't see how this beer would be special. After tasting what only changing a hop variety can do it's quite remarkable the difference.

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Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nelson Sauvin hops are characteristically lemony and German hefeweizens typically smell and taste of banana. This beer, which blends the two, looks it: bright lemon yellow at some angles while more of a tarnished golden (like banana peel) in other light. The head is a giant crater, looking like the surface of the moon or something.

The aroma clarifies: this is a weizenbock, not a hefeweizen! The extra few notches of alcohol are more apparent than the unusual hops; the banana, rather than fresh fruit, smells like a festering, blackened peel and the bubblegum seems like something donated by the witch from Hansel and Gretel. There's enough clove to make your sneeze.

The beer does taste, however, much like a conventional hefeweizen, albeit that much stronger and with lemon put in place where banana usually goes. The soapy, citrusy acidity of Nelson Sauvin hops is a little more appreciated in the flavor, though it's still easily overlooked in a weizen that boasts plenty of spice, herbals, and fruit esters.

Though very recently imported, all the bottles in this market say "abt 2011". Unless the brewery decided to brew this again and were too cheap to shell out for new stickers, that would mean that this bottle is no spring chicken (possibly not even a late summer rooster, depending). That might explain why it's not quite up living up to expectations...

What's missing most, in contrast to something like Schneider Weisse Original that is, is a creamy fullness and refreshing, spritzy carbonation. This isn't without those features, mind you, but they've bowed to the strength of alcohol, spicy phenols and esters of bruised, fermenting fruit. It's not the patio quencher I thought it'd be, that's for sure.

None of what I've described is bad. In fact, these are inherently good features. However, when I imagined combining one of Germany's most refreshing wheat beers with citrusy, lemony hops, I was expecting something more easily approachable and refreshing. This lends itself more to slow drinking, which is unfortunate as it loses luster once losing its chill.

Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin is a wheat beer as heavy as the bottle it comes in. It's also as strong as its name is long and hard to pronounce and, as a German beer that showcases New Zealand hops brewed for a Dutch cafe, is every bit as distinctive as it sounds. That said, I didn't enjoy it terribly and will think twice about buying it again. The earlier collaboration with Brooklyn was, for my tastes, a much better offering.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Appearance:
Hazy gold [hint of red gold]. Very thin and disappearing white head.

Nose:
Fruity yeast, with bready undertones.

Tongue:
Yeasty and balanced taste - neither too sweet, nor too sour; after first impression, some floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Refreshing, though concentrated, medium however fantastic integrated carbonation.

Afterthoughts:
There is a pleasant alcohol warmth [not a burn] recognizable - most bitterness is fading away, though an agreeable trace is over several minutes detectable.

Overall:
Unique beer - from start to the end - it is even sold in a nice but uncommon 0.75l bottle [rather a prosecco bottle]. Not necessary 100% my taste, but better than most other wheats. Thumbs up!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner hefeweizen glass. Bottled 2011. Slow pour did not carry a lot of the yeast sediment along.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow/amber color with an off white thin foam on top about 1/16" thick. Persistent islands of lacing noted. Tiny little bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: Fruit (grapes?), yeast, cloves, mild floral notes.

Taste: Fruit (grape again - mildly white wine like) up front, them moving into malt sweetness in the middle, short bitter finish - not a lingering finish on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation, nice thickness. Mildly spicy on the tongue - not sure if that's the carbonation or the beer though.

Overall / Drinkability: Too expensive to get often, but quite interesting to try out. I suspect that the grape fruitiness I'm tasting is the Nelson Sauvin hops, but I don't know that for sure. A bit more flavorful than other Weizenbocks I've had, but I suspect part of that is due to the fact that I did not get all the yeast sediment into the glass. I've found far more often than not that if too much of the sediment comes into the glass, everything gets muddled and dominated by the yeast. In this case, the yeast was pretty well caked onto the bottom of the bottle (had to really shake it when rinsing it out) so I think the fact that the yeast didn't come along in the pour really helped me taste this beer and the unique hops put into it. So overall, a very drinkable beer (wishing I had more right now) and quite interesting, but due to the cost, it's more of a special occasion beer. The special hops really do come through, but I think only because most of the yeast stayed behind. Had the yeast come through I think I would have missed all the aroma and flavor like some of the other reviews suggest. Therefore I can say that this is a good beer. Not amazing, but definitely good if you leave the yeast sediment behind.

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Photo of kimbo33
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, purchased December 2011.

Pours a surprisingly clear light amber with a small head for a Weisbier style. Nice lacing, average retention.

Aroma has a pleasant spiciness to it, with phenolic notes of clove and nutmeg. Not much hops, though a bit of grapey tang (Nelson?). Overall it smells like a typical Weizen to me.

The flavor is light yet complex. The phenols of the aroma carry over to the flavor, with warming notes of clove and other spices. Slightly acidic, with a lot of yeasty flavor. Bready, rustic malts are apparent but never heavy. The finish is exceptionally clean, with a mellow bitterness. Carbonation is surprisingly low for the style; however, the mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety.

Another highly drinkable Weisbier from Schneider. Though it didn't wow me with its aroma or flavor, I think it's well-crafted. My only complaint is that the Nelson Sauvin hops aren't more apparent, especially considering the beer's namesake. Prost!

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Photo of spicelab
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Heavily hazed light apricot with a billowing white head that falls very slowly with spotty lacing to a final raised ring.

Despite the Nelson hopping it's a mostly yeast-driven nose, brimming with esters and floral notes. Banana, bubble gum, candy cane, pears, potpourri and apricot danish. There's a bit of pithy sourness, maybe grapefruit rind and bitter melons. The vegetal Nelson character struggles to come through, but brings a little roundness and relief from the sweetness.

Flavours are drier - which is good, but a fair bit lighter and emptier - which isn't. The Nelson imparts a bit of grassiness which helps offset the sweetness, but there's nothing like the depth in the ester profile that was present in the nose. Pretty much an amorphous sweet, floral, grassy collision.

Light to medium with unexpectedly mild carbonation and a satisfying clean and mildly tart finish.

Had high hopes for this after the nose, but the flavour profile falls a bit flat and the Nelson struggles to get a guernsey.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of danieelol
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to IBS staff.

Pours a nice mango peach spritzer colour. Decent head/lacing.

Smell is nice rich musty wheat notes typical of the Schneider house profile. Think banana paddle pops and massive bubble gum. Do not get a big sense of the Nelson here, there is perhaps a subtle grape/Ribena presence.

Taste is more Schneider house bubble gum. There is a bit of the alluded-to-on-the-label sourness.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, a touch sweet.

Decent wheat beer but the Nelson just doesn't come through. Much prefer the brashness of the Schneider hopfenweisse. In light of this, this beer is pretty poor value. You're paying a big premium for something which tastes just like Schneider's other wheat beers.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Hazy golden colour with a smooth, creamy, off-white head. Decent head retention.

Bright tropical fruit that blends in amazingly with the banana notes of the hefeweizen. The wheat is subdued but the best part is this really well mixed mango and banana.

Again, more great fruit notes with a balance of mango, passionfruit and banana. Tart, crisp wheat adds nice complexity. Refined.

Medium-light body with moderate to moderately-high carbonation.

This is an exceptionally refined and well crafted beer. The combination of hop and hefeweizen is well executed. One of the best beers I've had recently.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Beautiful golden yellow, not quite orange cloudy pour with a huge three finger snow white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is typical Weizen with lots of clove, banana, and pineapple. But for me, the Nelson Sauvin made it stand apart in a subtle and pleasant way. The hops are definitely there, but not as in-your-face as I've experienced in the past with other styles brewed with Nelson Sauvin. The same is true in the taste with the standard hints of clove and banana, but there's more of a fruity flowery and subtle vinous tinge to this beer. I have to believe it's the Nelson Sauvin that make this so unique. I've lived in Germany for 11 years and never been a Weizen fan, but this beer is so much different than the typical German Weizen. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice slightly dry, refreshing finish. Still not a Weizen fan, but I would definitely revisit this beer if the price tag would come down a bit...

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Poured into a brutus-sized weizen glass from a 750ml bottle. The brew appears a clouded light orange custard color. 4 fingers thick pillowy white head appears and fades to a thin layering atop leaving small patchy lace.

The smell is spicy with pepper and clove. Banana and dry fruits a bit like pear and apple skin round things out with a very traditional feel to this. Some grainy wheat tang brings out some sweetness augmented by a hint of white grape juice from the Sauvin hops which takes this brew off in a unique and very enjoyable direction.

The taste is tart with wheat. A lot of spicy character including pepper and clove initially. Some apple/pear skins and a wheat flavor increases bringing out a bit of sweetness. All the while there is a mild bitterness present keeping things in check with a tartness of white grape juice. Mild tannic nature across the back increases the perceived bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and fruity with more of that Nelson character opening up as it warms.

This is a medium bodied feel and moderately carbonated. A bit more hoppiness than expected in this style but that's what this beer is all about. The alcohol warmth is perfectly integrated making this an all around perfectly balanced weizenbier. This is a must try for wheat beer lovers. I'm not sold on the weizenbock classification here. Sure it is of bock strength but it is very pale in color and if not for the increased abv, it is very much a hefeweizen. Regardless, I am sold on this brew and would love to have it again. I hope this I'd a start for new things to come from Schneider. Well done!

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.07 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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