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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2001

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1,056
pDev:
11.06%
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malt, citrus hops, spice. Nice balance for its style, unique wheat. Grainly, prickly carbonation. Bittersweet lemony finish. Cloves, ginger, apple, banana. Medium mouthfeel and interesting aroma. Stronger yeast than expected from a wheat, though fruity. Alcohol warming.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/8/11.

Pours a murky light orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spices, and slight banana. Taste is much the same with an aftertaste of grain and banana. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy yellow into a weizen glass with a perfect foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are familiar aromas of banana, bubble gum and cloves in the nose, although there are some hints of malt in the background that you would not normally expect from a wheat beer.
T: The taste is very well balanced between the flavors of bananas and spices and bready malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: This goes down very easily and is a perfect for the spring or fall when you're not looking for a wheat beer that's light and refreshing. It's also quite filling and leaves you feeling like you've just had a snack.

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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid brew, that perhaps gets overlooked. Brewed in true German Hefe fashion, the beer is formal, clean, and pure. But, this brew does have a few deterants that cannot be overlooked. Pours an orange / copper hue that takes on rusty sediments and an earthy look. The carbonation seems high, and never forms the pedegree foam-stand that the wheat should give--leaving the beer quite fizzy to the eye and abrasive to the palate. Flavors are solid with barley malts, wheat malts, yeasty esters, peppery / spicy hops, and a plethera of fresh fruits (banannas, oranges, and lemons to name a few). The carbonation keeps the beer from the soft, velvety texture, but facilitates a clean refreshing character. Finishes a bit muddy and dull hurts drinkability.

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4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - still called 'George Schneider's Wiesen Edel-Weisse' on the newly arrived product in Alberta. Purity Law of 1516, blah, blah, blah, Cascade hops. Wait, what?

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of over-flowing (right, the label says 'Original Bottle Fermentation') puffy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice loopy coral reef lace around the glass as it eventually seeps away.

It smells of sharp citrus, competing with equally sharp wheat grain, the fruitiness of the hops tipping the scale, before the banana, clove, and yeast usual suspects come to stake their rightful claim. The taste is grainy, edgy wheat malt, moderately bitter lemon and orange citrus, some dry banana chip fruitiness, unfettered clove spice, and tame earthy and leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but do make themselves known here and there, the body a sturdy middleweight, and actually rather smooth, very little messing with that metric. It finishes sweet, wheaty, and still nice and fruity, of the hoppy sort - orange/banana smoothie, mostly, the spice and hop still holding on to a lesser extent.

Even the stubborn Germans are giving in to the Pacific NW hop craze, whodathunk? Well, it's not really that big of a surprise, as it doesn't technically violate the Reinheitsgebot, but it is a bit of Sturm und Drang for those with specific Bavarian beer expectations. A decent old-world hefe, with well-integrated bitter 'n fruity New World hops. What's not to like?

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3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing Mein Grünes and the prior version "Wiesen Edel-Weisse" one after the other here.

Wiesen Edel-Weisse is first. 1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with attractive label art and branded pry-off cap served into a Samuel Smith's nonical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 6.2% ABV confirmed. Cost was $4.49. USDA ORganic. Best before: 12/08/14.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely foam; a good eight fingers worth (out of a possible 10). Beige in colour. Decent creaminess. Okay frothiness. Great (~10+ minute) retention, though the ABV isn't all that high which lessens the achievement. No real lacing as the head recedes. Complexion is fairly attractive, but not as soft or smooth as it should be.

Body colour is a murky hazy orange-yellow. Average vibrance for the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent but nontransparent.

Not in league with the best beers in the style, but certainly en pointe.

Sm: Clove. Unusually fruity for a hefeweizen; I get orange and lemon citrus but also some fruity hops. Clean malts, pilsner malts, wheat. Banana (from the yeast). A bit bready. On the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. Allspice. A kiss of funky yeast; odd for the style. Maybe a bit overhopped? Cascade isn't ideal here. A pleasant aroma of mild strength, but it isn't very fresh or refreshing. I'm intrigued, but it's not ideal or perfect. No off-flavours are noticeable.

T: Wheat, pale malts, pilsner malts, clean barley. Banana and clove from the yeast. Complementary floral hops. Some unwelcome sour dough. All the right notes are there, but the balance and freshness just isn't. It doesn't come together in that classic gestalt hefeweizen way. Great hefeweizens are artful combinations of subtlety and complexity using very few ingredients. This is pretty good, but falls short of the best in the style. No alcohol comes through. Raw and unsophisticated.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Pretty good presence on the palate. Pretty good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Not oily, gushing, or hot. Decent body, but it does feel a bit timid.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but I hoped for better from a traditional German brewery. It's a pretty good hefeweizen, but there are far better traditional German offerings at or below this price range. As much as I love Schneider & Sohn, this just doesn't live up. A biteen pricey for the quality.

B-

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Now for Mein Grünes - compared side by side with the Edel-Wiesse. (Review truncated to meet Beeradvocate's word limit).

A: Pours almost entirely foam; 4 fingers wide out of a possible 5. Smooth complexion. Beige. Nicely thick. Creaminess could be better. No lacing.

Body colour is a bright clearer pale copper-yellow than the Edel-Weisse. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. More vibrant.

Sm: White pepper. More sourdough. Fruit is far more restrained; less orange and lemon citrus. Hop profile is timid. Mild to moderate in strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable; not getting any clove or banana.

T: Cracker malts, pronounced sourdough. White pepper. Almost saison-esque. Orange and lemon citrus are sorely missed here. Maybe a bit of banana. No real clove. Yeast is quite restrained. The floral hop profile is nice, but is quite minimal. Again, the balance, complexity, and subtlety just isn't here for a great hefeweizen. It's much more spicy (from the white pepper) than other traditional German examples of the style.

Mf: Same as the Edel-Weisse.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but strangely built for a hefeweizen. I wouldn't get this again at it's $4.49 price.

Low B-

Overall, I prefer the Edel-Weisse.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with the typical hefe head which remains around for the duration and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Banana esters waft from the glass along with cloves and lemongrass

Taste: Starts out with a lemony, banana bread flavor that, by mid-palate, is joined by the clove spice and bitter, grassy hops; after the swallow, the banana and clove esters form one layer, with the grassy hop elements adding another underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with relatively high carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting to get a layer of hoppy bitterness accompanying the usual hefe taste; worth seeking out as a twist on the style

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color wheat ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of great wheat malt a mix between some dry hops and some light citrus hops. Aroma of lightly sweet malt is quite dominant with some notes of dry and floral hops which provides an interesting and unique finale to this beer. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done and while not adhering to any purity law it retains some good drinkability and uniqueness.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours out a golden, yellow color with a two-finger head. Highly carbonated. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted mildly spicy with a blend of wheat, yeast and clove.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very good hefe and reasonably priced.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy blond body topped by a frothy white head. Sweet, bready aroma. Banana and apple, mild spiciness. Complex palate, but sweet for the style. Banana bread, green apple, white pepper and clove wrapped in malty sweetness. Good, but a little cloying; it starts and finishes sweet. Schneider has better beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 2/21/2013. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big orange zest, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big orange zest, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of orange, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great balance of malt/spiciness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Cloudy, amber/golden with a huge, rocky, off-white head. The aroma is quite complex but somewhat restrained: spicy, earthy, hoppy, citrusy, bubblegum, clove, and light banana. The body is light but the mouthfeel is filling - more zesty than creamy. The flavor is sharper than most weizen - rounded, but less sweet. The wonderfully balanced spicy malt and hop character is remarkably refreshing. Finishes soft and gently spicy. Noteably unique and quite impressive.

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