Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-WeisseSchneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Tap 4 - Mein Grünes

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2001

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Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dull amber/orange-yellow. Cloudy with lees. Moderate foam of coarse, soapy bubbles.

S- A lavish, alluring aroma of big clove phenols & spice, sweet caramel, fragrant soft banana, yeast, honey. Juicy Fruit gum esters, and some golden dried fruit... apricot? (My wife says clove-studded orange & hay.) There is a faint but mysterious note of woodsmoke way in the background. Very, very nice.

T- Leads with rich caramel & butter-toffee decoction mash sweetness. The mid-palate is rich with sweet peaches with honey, huge clove and over ripe banana. The finish is of yeasty bread. Thankfully, the hops are so perfectly complementary that they do not interfere with the ideal harmony of yeast & wheat. The Edel-Weisse is very seductive, and draws you in for more.

M, D- Nectar of the Gods! Eminently drinkable. A delicious pleasure, and one of my favorites among a favorite style. This hefeweizen is so substantial that it is bordering on weizenbock territory. Some beers, when revisited, do not offer the same sense of discovery and excitement as they initially did, but not the Edel-Weisse -- it is always impressive and utterly enjoyable. What a beautiful example of the fine art of brewing.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky orange amber with a bit of a glow to it. Reasonable head but not the unbridled monster that some hefes set forth. Sweet fruity aroma, difficult to describe and impossible to resist. Like some sort of flower, but not flowery like many hops are. Velvet smooth with substantial caramel malts and refreshing wheat; bananas, bubble gum, fruit, apples, lemon, cinnamon, cloves all evident. Exquisite, hearty, evocative of fall. Despite its weighty presence, it still can appear light as a feather. Best described as balanced, my friends. This beer could be considered on the heavier end of the hefe spectrum, but so could regular Schneider Weisse. I need to do a side by side comparison to find which is bolder. At any rate this is just about perfect.

(I accompanied this with some take-out Thai/Chinese food and while the beer held up well, it deserves your undivided attention. If you absolutely must going to drink it with food, remember: a world-class beer deserves a world-class meal. Take-out's just not going to cut it.)

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. Again my favorite brewery and I am still hooked. This is my first time to try this one. Pours a very cloudy blondish with red highlights color. The head was robust and quickly settles to a tiny island of foam. The nose is classic German Weisse, lemony citrus followed by malt then subtle hops. The taste is excellent, fruity and sweet with some very subtle bite. I think it is the 6.2% ABV that does it. Not an alcoholic taste but a moderate warm glow in the tummy. This is just damned good beer. This is the first time I have found this style from Schneider. Excellent - I would have to rate this as my second favorite from them only after Aventinus.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed gold with a thick, creamy head that settles to a nice thick lace. The chunky yeast may be off putting to some, but I suggest that you give it a good hard pour regardless. Mouth watering aroma of fresh apple cider, tangy and spicy. The combination of American hops with German wheat and yeasts make this one of the most unique beers I have tried. Fruit and spice character is all over the map, with apple, banana, pear, lemon, clove, pepper, and more substantial hop bitterness than your average hefe. Dangerously drinkable, this is a godlike treat for weizen lovers. My all-time favorite.

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Photo of RobH
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle.

A: Poured into a Belgian tulip glass. Beautiful golden-orange colour. Pillowy, lasting white head.

S: Ahh, almost Belgian-esque yeast aromas of soft tree fruits and general deliciousness.

T: Soft wheat flavors sweetened (not cloying) by the fruity yeast flavors. Just enough hops in the background to keep it interesting, but certainly the yeasty esters define this beautiful Hefe.

M: Soft and smooth, with ideal carbonation. This one goes down quite easily!

D: Yes, bring me another!

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Photo of cliffnorm
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Pours a nice hazy straw color with a good white head.

S : There's some wheat, banana bread, and clove smell

T : Loads of "sweet wheat" flavor with some undertones from the banana and cloves.

M : Smooth and crisp lots of fizz!

D : Incredible. This is now one of my favorite hefeweizens. I could drink multiples of these any day.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with a super strong amount of activity. Creamy and frothy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of citrus, caramel, cookies, and faint banana yeast. Flavors of lemony citrus, toffee, faint ester fruits, roasted grains, faint coriander and noble spices. Perfect zesty sharpness with an incredible sugary bread taste.

Smooth creamy oily full body with champagne like heavy carbonation. Medium strength finish, ending with a roasted malts feel, citrus tongue coat, toffee feel, a little grassy, and faint oak.

Overall exquisite quality craft. Delicious complex flavors that are perfectly balanced and intensified. Insane bread and wheaty feel, best ever tasted. Incredible citrus sharpness, almost feels like a witbier. Thick satisfying body that is very filling. Would drink this all day long, one of the best beer ever.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't even know the freshness date of this one - it may well be past it, but it's still beautiful, a top Weißbier.

Appearance: beautiful cloudy gold with a lot of sediment. Doesn't keep the head very well, but it pours nicely and there's still enough head to maintain the delicious Hefe aroma.

Smell: Everything a Weizen should be, and with a tart freshness to top off this refreshing brew.

Taste: Just what you'd expect of a top-quality Weizen. Banana, phenols, diacetyl etc but also a hint of sourness on the back of the tongue. Very satisfying, nothing to criticise.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, delicious, perfect.

Drinkability: This was the only one left at the bottleshop, and there's tears in my eyes. I'll remember this brew.

Overall: Love it, will definitely have it again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This looks like almost every other Hefe albiet a little more orange hued but this is a beer to really define the style. This is big citrus and banana esters with a refined and big backbone. Hands down the best Hefe I have ever had and I must say one of the best beers I have tasted. Smooth, refreshing, complex yet challenging, this beer shows why Germany is still one of the great beer nations on the planet.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- a cloudy golden yellow colored beer on the pour, high carbonation with lots of bubbles streaming all through the glass, lots can be seen in terms of yeast ect. in the glass, a moderate white thinning head, really beautiful bubbles can still be seen as it calms from pour, really alot going on even right from the get go of the appearance

Smell- Aromatic all around, lots strong yeast, corn, wheat, freshness, great odor, citrus hops

Taste- VERY DELICIOUS, long lasting finish and extreme balanced beer, alot of zesty wheat flavors with a definite slight citrus or lemon fruit kick, even some definite slight malts and hops balancing each other out, a complex beer in the flavor department that just tastes so very fresh and so pure impressive for sure

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp, with some carbonation but nothing crazy or over pouring,

Drinkability- I thought crazily highly of this beer, even keep in mind I am someone who in many cases have not really loved wheat beers in the past but I think this may very well be the one that has won over a new found love and respect for the style, its so fresh, so complex, and extremely refreshing, this is a beer where you can just taste and feel the purity and quality of the ingredients that must be being put into the beer, a beer I am glad I have found and will have many more times to come, give it a try I hope you will enjoy as much as I have

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a wizen glass.

Really starting to love these beers. Hefeweizens have come full circle with me. This one pours a very light yellow color that is somewhatbhazy but reallybhas a lot of bubbles. Aster shaking up the yeast and pouring Ito the glass the color got much darker. Has almost an orange honey color. Aroma is verybnice. Balanced sweet peaches and bananas with very evident corn chip aroma. Taste is so balanced and perfect. Another perfect Schneider weisse beer. Drinkability is perfect. Has that great crisp lemony finish that quenches the thirst. Really recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer previously on tap and out of the bottle, but the gravity fed version I had at Max's during their German beer festival was a revelation.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with OK head retention and lacing. I think this beer had been tapped for a day or two before I got my glass, so I was actually a bit surprised and impressed by how attractive it appeared. On the nose.... mmm.... this is as good as it gets in a weizen/hefeweizen. I get huge aroma of smoked banana, clove and nutmeg. This beer smells gorgeous, and the flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose. The amount of spice in this moderately sweet beer is astonishing. If anything, this beer tastes even better then it smells. In addition to the spice, this beer has the flavor of an orange vanilla icecream popsicle. I also get some light tartness and wheatiness, which mixes well with the spice and vanilla orange. As expected in a gravity fed beer, this beer is incredibly smooth, long and creamy, with a finish that approaches perfection. Drinkability is exceptional, with the alcohol in this beer barely an afterthought.

This is clearly wheat beer perfection, or at least as close as I'm ever likely to come to it. An absolute treat. Very, very impressive.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice pale color, slight cloudiness and great carbonation. What a great fruity yet rich taste. I love this hefe, it is sometimes a little hard to find but well worth the hunt. Take your time and enjoy with some fruit and like every beer (in my opinion), great with some German mountain cheese and dark bread. WOW, what a hefe!

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Photo of HeroJH
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this one. One of the better German beers I can find. It's also Organic which is a nice bonus. Bottle fermented and unfiltered is always a favorite of mine.

A - Nice looking wheat beer. Honey color, light carbonation, nice and unfiltered which makes me think it's going to have some nice flavor.

S - The expected Banana and Clove. Crisp apple. Clean.

T - Clean and flavorful. Very full and round in flavor but not overpowering. Very Bavarian in style and just plain good. I couldn't pick out any complex notes on this round, suffice to say that it tastes like you'd expect from the smell, but it was just so smooth.

M - Creamy and very smooth, light carbonation, soft and a touch of dry. Very nice.

D - Great. It goes down real smooth. 6.2% abv really creeps up on you. It's easy to drink this fast and easy to reach for another, which is rare for me with these Bavarian styles.

Nerd Notes:
Organic Cascade and Hallertaur Hops. Organic Barley and Wheat. 6.2% ABV. Bottle Conditioned.

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Photo of drtth
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a hefe-weisse glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer was a rich hazy gold color with a 1 ¼” white head that left some lacing and rings as it slowly receded. Sipping left partial rings and thick legs of lacing and there was a ring and some foam for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma was soft and subtle but definite with some floral character mixed in along with the clove, banana and some nutmeg.

Taste: The flavor is predicable from the nose and was delightful, having some gentle spicy clove character, some well behaved banana and a tinge of nutmeg with what seemed to be traces of orange and lemon leading to an earthy bitter end.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel was on the light side of medium bodied and very smooth with some lightly prickliness from the consistent, persistent on-going carbonation. The finish was medium length and began with a bit of floral character and malty sweetness that became gently bitter and slightly dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This was a delightful beer for sipping and I didn’t want it to end. I’ll gladly have another and that that in a blind tasting side-by-side with Wiehenstephaner this beer might well take home the prize. My overall impression is of a very well made hefe weisse beer that can stand among the best.

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Photo of 100floods
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the first german beers i feel in love with.

Pours a nice pale gold hue with some bubbly white head. Sounds of fizzing are accompanied by noticeable carbonation. Very fresh citrus/grass aromas are very dominant, a hint of pepper is somewhere in there or some aromatic spice. The overall aroma is very floral with a hint of yeast. It makes me feel like I'm smelling summer. Extremely crisp, grassy taste. Notes of lemon come secondary but by no means are they sublte. I'm usually indifferent to carbonation, but the amount in this beer is not only extremely present but really has an impact on its taste, too. Sweet yeast flavors are released towards the end of each sip giving the beer a nice, yet brief contrast to the floral explosion. Great beer. Period.

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Photo of ZachT
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L:Light-brass coloured, slight haze, one inch of which, white head when poured into bavarian wheat glass
S: Cloves, nutmeg, yeast, banana, wheat, white bread, orange zest, subtle hop spiciness
T: Much like the nose, cloves, banana bread, white flour, orange peel, touch of malt sweetness
F: Medium bodied, well carbonated, fairly rich mouthfeel, finish is slightly sweet with an ever so slight bitterness
O: Solid hefeweizen, nice balance of banana and clove, great wheat malt character, hops are noticeable but in the background. Worth a try!

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Photo of weizendoc
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one Bavarian that you want to know! It costs $3.29 @ BevMo, which is about $1 more than it's brothers.
16.9 ozs. poured into my Erdinger Weissglas. This pours almost the same color as Ayinger UrWeisse, kind of brownish-orange-murky-lush-ous. There is ample head.
It has a nose of fresh spiced applesauce -like grandma used to make. Each pull wraps around all your taste senses like nothing I've ever tasted in this style. There is fruit galore, spicey cinnamony clove and a light citrus spice finish.
I have found a new HefeWeiss champ!

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky Find at local market.

Poured into a weizen. Hazy gold with a quick white head that laces up a thin ring.

Smell s a bit different than other hefes I've known. Nice the obvious clove and mild fruit, still mainly banana, but there's certainly something else there as well. Some caramel maybe.

taste is really something.the regulars, banana clove. But some nice mild caramel malt and some real interesting hops on the end give this brew a little kick. awesome!

Drinks like candy.

I'll pick this one up whenever I see it again. Real treat.

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Photo of DigitalHype
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/2 litre bottle. I think this is a date-code of some type.
08.189 1-2

This poured out a bright, slightly-cloudy, golden color. It produced about 1/2" of creamy head that quickly faded. Very little lacing. Very attractive, and tempting looking brew.

Smells like orange-blossoms and apricots. It has a very pleasing aroma.

I'm detecting flavors of honey, dried apricots, blood-orange, and biscuit-flavored malts. The fruity yeast compounds are there, start to finish. Very little hop bitterness. Nearly perfect!

Moderate-light carbonation. Alcohol is more noticeable on the tongue than the nose. In short, this is complex, delicious, and very drinkable. I can say. This is one of the best (maybe the best) Hefeweizen I've had.

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Photo of ludachris
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About two fingers of fluffy white head are produced on top of its peachy gold body that displays great retention. Despite its very lively carbonation, the head wasn't as big as other hefe's I've had from Schneider and Sohn's, but that's a minor complaint especially considering the amount of time it sticks around.

The nose has everything a rich and flavourful hefe has; ripe banana, clove, some lemon zest, and a bit of pepper with the addition of a fresh spiciness that in my guess is imparted by the organic Hallertau hops which mesh wonderfully with the rest of the beer and separate it from other hefe's I've had.

The taste is fantastic. Full notes of banana and clove with a bit of lemon are encompassed by a subtle clean, fresh spicy hop character that becomes more pronounced as the beer nears its end. A welcomed touch of pineapple also grazes the tongue in the finish. I asked myself what more could I expect in flavour from this style, and came up with nothing and that's why I gave it a perfect score.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation. Full, bready, and chewy with an excellent balance.

Shew. I think I enjoyed this hefe more than any other. It could be the organic ingredients giving off more flavour or the addition of Cascade and Hallertau hops that impart a spicy/citrus-like character that separates this beer from any other in the style. Either way, I liked this brew and very much so. The LCBO isn't really known for its selection, but this is another world class hefe that they've brought in in their summer seasonal offerings and I'm happy they did. Don't pass up the chance to pick one of these up.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff just screams summer brew. Very light and effervecent. The spicy banana smell will nearly knock you down! Amazing! Tons of spice, banana, clove, yeast, and bread in the smell and taste. This stuff is fantastic. You'd never know this stuff is 6.2% abv. It's very easy to drink. Definately a good hot weather brew.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours slightly hazy golden with a large white generous head that dissipates into decent lacings.

S: Lots of ripe bananas, not too sweet. Spicy and citric; orange sezt. Very strong smell.

T: The wheat malt is balanced with the barley malt - the ripe banana-vibe doesn't get too sweet. Kind of dry, actually. Citric notes; orange sezt and some faint lemon. Spices and yeast. The taste is very well balanced.

M: Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds nice bitterness. Body is smooth, medium full. Carbonation, a bit offensive and sharp, but held to a medium.

O: This is probably the best Weizenbeer I've ever had.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle (Schneider's older bottle design, so no idea on the age)

Bright hazy orange with a giant tan head. (I do recommend swirling this one before pouring to get all of the yeast in the glass)

Very distinctive aroma. Citrus, spices, wheat bread and then more citrus.

Flavor: Lots of spices (clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, a little bit of hops but they are very subdued), wheat bread (maybe with some sourdough notes), maybe a little bit of white wine and honey too.

I think the ABV is higher than the bottle indicates. Lots of nice warmth.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth but a little tingly from the citric notes. Appropriate carbonation.

Gloriously good.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden in color with a white head. Smells fruity with a hint of cloves and spice. Taste is smooth, balanced and refreshing. As the wife says, it tastes good. Really good. A highly drinkable beer. One that should be sought out. I would highly recommend.

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