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

948 Ratings
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

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Photo of vazy
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend picked this up for me the other day so I thought I'd give it a go.

A- a foggy caramel color with a hint of orange fill the glass will tiny black specs that sink to the bottom. Also pours a decent head.

S- Like pure cane sugar or brown sugar

T- The cloves just come forth and hit your nose. I smell some apple flavors too

M- Its kind of dense and thick but creamy too

O- A magnificent display of flavor and an overall exceptionally great beer. Maybe I'm more in love with this because its organic, but I appreciate it!

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Photo of strangemusic
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Take their Original Weisse and hit the button marked "More!" - more complex, more interesting, more of a challenge.

Pour - very cloudy gold, lots of evident carbonation.

Smell - loads of banana with apricot, orange, biscuits, lots of clove, the faintest hint of vanilla and... whoa, mango? That was unexpected! A little bit of soapiness/herbal that comes through more in the taste. (Is this a Schneider thing? Their regular Weisse has it too.)

Taste - lots of clove and spice, with orange and apricot as in the smell. A bitter herbal (minty? grassy?) twang, then sweet grapefruit, backed up by sturdy wheaty dry flavours and a long-lasting lemony/herbal tartness in the aftertaste. Complicated! Not as refreshingly tasty as other weissbiers, mostly on account of the bitterness, but a pleasure to drink.

Feel - very lush, lots of carbonation, very "full" in the mouth. Drying, almost cheek-puckering, at the end of the sip.

Drink - more of an alcohol-forward and strongly flavourful beer than the other Weissbiers I've tried, what it gives you in complexity it takes away from quaffability. Probably won't replace Weihenstephaner as my all-around favourite, but a unique and strong contender.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey-amber with a 2" head the slowly reduces to a white film. Bubbles of carbonation languidly propel themselves upward.

Fruity alcoholic esters and spicy clove. Sweet wheat malts and a slight note of citrus.

Spicy cloves and nutmeg transitions into citrusy (lemon and lime) notes. A sweet wheat backing is kept in check by moderate carbonation. The predominant malt however has the vague taste of sourdough mixed a mellow yeast nuttiness. The flavors are somewhat off kilter, but in an exciting rather than disappointing way. The taste has a raw visceral quality to it and the alcohol makes itself known. The beer has a sort of elegance and viciousness that makes for a nice combination.

Creamy and medium-bodied (which feels a bit thick for a Hefe). The carbonation is perfect.

The entire flavor experience is compressed in a quick and colorful moment as the glass touches my lips and the murky golden liquid slips down my gullet. The aftertaste is sourdough and cloves and a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkable and extremely pleasing.

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Photo of bobsy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah... after last week's foray into faux-micro hefeweizen, drinking a Schneider is like taking a big draught of God's urine. She really is a beauty in my Denisons weisse glass - hazy orange with a huge whipped egg white head that was as generous with its lacing as it was with its longevity. Spicy clove, wheat and banana in the nose are all expected, but there's something nicely tropical about it, which makes this a pleasure to sniff.

Beautiful taste with awesomely integrated cascades amping up the citrus and bitterness slightly, but never overpowering the underlying wheat, clove and banana base. Phenolic and lightly sweet throughout, this beer hides its slightly higher than normal ABV well, but I still find that I'm not knocking it back at the rapid rate I usually do for one of the most drinkable styles out there. I'm not sure why, perhaps it's the slightly fuller body and the pillowy carbonation which give it the feeling of something heftier.

Paired well with a rare Jays victory.

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Photo of cratez
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO. Part of the 2010 Spring Beer Release. Glowing and cloudy amber orange, dark golden hues, two fingers of beige head, and patches of lacing on the weizen glass. Some brownish yeast sediment lingers on top of the foam. Smell and taste are clove, lemon, citrus, yeast, banana bread, spice, and wheat malt in the finish. Very subtle aromas of cantaloupe and vanilla on the nose. Mouthfeel is delicate, soft, sharp and refreshing C hop bite, dryly malted wheat/clove aftertaste. A welcomed twist on a weissbier. Drinks too easy for 6.2% ABV. Thank God this finally made it to Ontario!

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The carbonation on this thing should be apparent even to the blind; crackles and fizzing give sound to the bubbles' stimulating impatience. Their sight is also quite a spectacle: they slingshot off the bottom with breakneck speed only to launch themselves into a bed of foam the size of a sofa cushion. All this is set to a drowsy backdrop of old gold.

And the aroma, or more specifically the yeast, is every bit as buzzing and sprightly as the bubbles! Like the one kid that hits his growth spurt early, freshly ground clove is head and shoulders above all the other scents. So towering is this clove, in fact, that I can barely make out of the tart apple, alpine herbs or fruity bubblegum esters that supplement it.

There is a lovely green mint element in both the nose and the taste; separating the wheat from the chaff (so to speak) isn't easy and I'm not sure whether it's result of the Cascade hops or the yeast. The citrusy flavour tailgating it leads me to believe it's the former. In any case, the pink grapefruit and pink bubblegum flavours go great together.

Especially when taken in with the notes of banana and vanilla as well. The malt base is light and tactfully sweet, lending just enough creamy graininess to dilute the spicy clove. The Cascades don't amount to any more bitterness than is usual, although they may or may not have something to do with the beer being as refreshing as a moist towelette.

There's enough suds in this that I feel as though I've taken my tongue through the car wash. There's enough body and flavour (bananas, oats) in this I feel as though I've eaten breakfast. There's enough refreshment in this I feel as though I've run through a sprinkler. And in the end, most importantly, I feel as though I've had a good taste of Bavaria.

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Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks great (glowing, hazy golden-yellow) but the head could be better. Retention and lacing are not great, leaving a thin covering of bright-white head. Still, a good looking beer.

Typical weisse smell. Wheat, yeast, coriander, banana, light clove and nutmeg, astringency, minerals...smells good. Schneider knows their stuff, of course.

Again, a typical (though fresh and tasty) weisse. Wheat, yeast, banana, light clove and nutmeg...a pretty accurate translation of the nose really. Maybe the relatively-higher ABV is slightly more noticeable than a standard 5% would be but it's still smooth. The finish is a little drying, showing the slightest bit of noble hops.

Smooth medium-light body with light to moderate carbonation. Nice feel.

This is a super drinkable weisse. A little strong to be sessionable by "definition", but I still would. No flaws here, but not a mind-blowing weisse either. I think I actually prefer this to their Schneider Weises Original. Definitely a great beer for the summer. It also happens to be the best organic brew I've tried...bonus.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this brewery as my regular go-to hefeweizen and was glad to have a chance to try this organic hybrid of Hefeweizen and an Edel-weisse offering. It's amazing that they don't add some kind of alpine herbs and get this flavour while sticking to the 1516 German purity law.

It pours like a traditional hefe and has a nice creamy head to start but recedes with no lacing in my weizen glass (maybe it needed a good rinse first).

Smells huge with bubblegum and cloves.

The taste delivers the same with surprisingly more bitter citrus and a drier finish than most of the hefeweizen style. The aftertaste is a little more spicy and complex too. Smooth with little courseness.

Great stuff. Kudos for going organic.

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Photo of uno99
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite obvious from all the Ontario reviews below, that this is an LCBO seasonal release...Thought Id try this out before it dissapears.

A: quite dark and golden. almost like fresh motor oil, but tranparent of course. Probably more cloudy than the average hefe (and I havent even poured the whole bottle), and lovely little champagne bubbles feed the fluffy white head.

S: Yeast. fresh bread, grassy cloves, suggestions of pear, apple, and pineappe. excellent as expected from this master brewer of the wit beer.

T: well,... it's bloody good and refreshing. I do pick up the bubblegum suggested by other reviewers as well as the flavours I caught on the nose.

M: Good mouthfeel is important to a wheat beer and this brew really dances accross the tounge. quite thick feeling but washes away clean and crisp. A good companion to a meal or by itself on a hot day.

D: Tastes great, no off flavors. I could see this being a little filling after a couple though due to high carbonation and overall yeastyness

...As expected - a stellar wheat beer from an excellent brewer. not sure how much the organic ingredients help this beer, i'd be intrested in doing a blind test someday.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice russety turbid amber, darker than your typical hefe, topped by a thick moussey head that goes the distance.

Smells like a hefe, but heavy on the cloves and light on the banana with a light note of pink bubblegum and a trace of honey.

The tastes is a nice bready maltiness with the cascade hops integrated expertly, imparting a nice light bitterness followed by a peppery bite in the finish with a bit of lemon lingering long in the aftertaste. As in the aroma, this one's leaning towards the clove rather than the banana, with the same plasticy phenolic character found in Schneider Weisse original that I kind of have a love-hate relationship with.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice lift of carbonation.

Overall a nice slightly bitter twist on a hefewiezen. I like it. A lot.

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Photo of pootz
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: very fresh sample, 15 days old.

Pours a clouded tawney-orange ale in the Weiss glass. Puffy 3 finger white cap lasts well.

Aromas are pungent: clove, banana, exotic fruit, fresh bread, some citrus...glorious hefe aromas.

Sharp peppery mouth feel.

Flavor profile is a decadent balance between big bready-biscuit malts and succulent fruity esters and spicy yeast phenols. Finish goes dry, a tad tart with a lemon kiss at the end from the hops.

Fresh, flavorful, bracing, quenching, satisfying....this one has pretty much all I look for in a patio beer. World class Hefeweizen, this could put me off my Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into my Schneider Weisse Weissbier glass.

A- Dark amber cloudy body, with lively beading, 3 finger white head that reduces slowly with good lacing.

S- Lots of spice such as cinnamon, some cloves, minimal banana. Hint of ginger - reminiscent of Hopfenweisse but not as apparent.

T- Spice again on the tongue, with a delicious minimal toffee note, very a full creamy feeling on the tongue in the finish, with a hint of a refreshing bite.Little bit of ginger again. Alcohol very well hidden

M- Creamy in the finish but with a lively refreshing carbonation. Delicious.

D- A superb weissbier, just a wee bit minimal on the banana note but spice notes are well balanced with a creamy yet refreshing bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is perfect- not watery, delicate, refreshing with a creamy quality. Delicious and extremely drinkable

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Opaque medium-orange, with about an inch of head. Head receded a bit quicker than I'd like (even after a swirled pour of the final drops in the glass), and not much in the way of lacing.

Nose was spot on for the style. Banana, cloves, hops, perhaps a bit of yeast character.

Similar to their standard hefe (of which I'm a big fan), except the bubblegum flavour is more pronounced, and the finish is tarter with a dry bitterness to it. Very drinkable on the patio; went down smooth.

Medium body, good mouthfeel for a hefe.

Quite a tasty little hefe. Can't decide which I prefer, but the "organic" might be the clincher. A great weizen for the summer!

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Photo of kwjd
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with huge, thick white head. Smells of spicy cloves, banana and some bubblegum. The taste has the same elements, with some added mild hop bitterness. Great carbonation adds to this beer.

This just came to the LCBO in the spring release and I'm going to buy a bunch of them. It is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dirty gold color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light caramelized malts, bananas, and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there is some sweetness that comes in next from flavors of bananas, caramel and spices. The hops presence is mild and bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it's not a bad beer but I was expecting a little more from this beer given the rep of the brewer. Overall, there are not many beers in the style that I would select this beer over.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stawberry, solid hue, colour with a bunch of fuzziness, disapating the head quickly. That is where the negativity ends. Smells of banana, cloves, and a touch of whiskey. Very clovey, smells great. What a top medium bodied taste. Almost like a double-hefe (if their could be such a style)! Very malty. High clovey taste with banana and a touch of orange. One of the best BEERS, I've ever had. Will do again.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500-ml brown glass bottle poured into a half-liter Weißbier glass.

Pours a hazy deep orangeish-gold with a full, rich head of slightly off-white foam that recedes quickly to a nice fat half-finger of froth that shows superb retention, sticking around until the end, but only hanging on to the walls of the glass in a couple fat legs.

The nose is a bit subdued; only a faint spicy hop character shows through alongside a touch of clove and fruit and a little wheatiness.

Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent; mildly sweet at the onset, shifting quickly to a grainy, wheaty base that is layered in the middle with citrusy hop notes and some clove-like spiciness, the hop bitterness and yeast-derived spiciness drying things out significantly and carrying through into the finish where the wheaty malt character shows through once again and lingers, with a hint of spice, on the back of the tongue.

Refreshing but a bit heavier than most Hefeweizens and also a bit fuller in its flavor range, not being quite so dominated by the heavy banana-and-clove notes so apparent in most examples of the style. Quite interesting, though from an American perspective, and from the perspective of one who enjoyed the collaborative Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, a bit more character from the Cascade hops would have been interesting and welcome. Still, a nice variation on the style from a respectable German brewery, something that is very refreshing indeed.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a short one finger head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: banana and yeast are the most prominent tones picked up by the nose.

Taste: wheat, yeast, banana, clove, lemon zest, and a mellow bitterness make up a mild flavored hefe.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: overall a so-so hefe IMHO. Mildly refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of icetraxx
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger head that dissipates to a one finger in seconds. A decent example of what a typical German hefe should look like, despite the minimal lacing and poor head retention. (3.5)

Strong bubblegum and spicy noble hop aromas. Banana and apple esters are very forefront, with a hint of clove in the backdrop. A crazy amount of aroma for a wheat beer. This one also has a very strong wheat presence in the background. (4.5)

some spicy noble hops and spicy clove dominate. This one has a strong wheat backbone, almost pastry like. This is the first beer I've ever had that reminds me of gingerbread cookies, and I have had a lot of different hefes in the past. The fruity esters are less pronounced in the taste, possibly due to the dominating clove spiciness. This beer is very flavorful for what it is, it could stand up next to a DIPA as far as intensity of flavor goes. There is lingering clove on the finish, but the finish is relatively quick and clean with a slight acidity that makes you want to take another sip. Sweetness is nicely low, with a nice bitter balance. (4.5)

M: Well carbonated, the suspended yeast and bottle conditioning lend a nice and thick medium body for a hefe. Not quite as cream as some other hefes I have had, the lack of head retention definitely doesn't help. (4)

D: The strong flavor makes this one a nice winter warm-up beer, the refreshing aspect of most wheats is not present in this beer. I could drink a second one quite easily. (4)

O: An excellent hearty wheat beer that isn't for those that can't stand flavor in their beer.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color. Has a medium-sized foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of fruits, especially lemons, oranges, and bananas. Has faint hints of cloves, spices, and yeast.

Taste: Starts bitter and yeasty. Finishes spicy with hints of bananas and oranges.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and exceedingly refreshing.

Drinkability: A great hefeweizen. Contains everything a hefeweizen needs (yeastiness, fruitiness, refreshing feel). Maybe not the best out there but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass from the 500 ml. bottle.

A: Cloudy golden to light amber in color, with a two-finger thick head that retains very well. Lacing is excellent, and carbonation is very fine.

S: Fruity and spicy malt aromas are present, with hints of cereal and a bit of hayfield. Hops are more prominent in this beer than others of the same style.

T: Lovely! Bready malt and spice, with hints of banana, fig, and some honey. The finish is hoppy. Citrus, grass, and some larch dry out the beer, and result in a long-lasting aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and has a very soft mouthfeel. The finish is long, but very clean.

D: I cannot believe I haven't reviewed this beer in the past. It's always been one of my favorite Hefes. Very smooth, easy to drink, and complex. It's a beer that everyone needs to try at least once, even if one doesn't care for wheat beers.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is hoppy!

A: Very cloudy, dirty straw; pours with an off-white head, some retention & lace, but not as much as their other hefes.

S: Clove, cinnamon?, lemon citrus & rind. Different, but certainly intruiging.

T: Clove, citrus, rind, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, steelie-grassy & floral hops, pineapple, hints of banana & wheaty biscuit. Good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden, but it's effect is noticable as it's so damn drinkable. Not as traditional as I had expected, but I like it.

M: Moderate body is well attenuated & smooth, with a drying finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of this style, and this one is truly a classic. Everything is a bit more noticable in this beer, from the banana notes to the light malts that carry this through to the end. This is very balanced, somewhat muted in a good way, that allows the flavors to come through. Overall, one of my favorites.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very impressive beer with strong grapefuit and citrus notes. Floral hops and fruity esters dominate and the beer is not on the bready side.

The colour is a beautiful orange and the ABV is hardly noticeable in this beer. Could very esily have several of this one.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a darker than normal golden-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spices - clove mostly with hints of coriander - with underlying light fruits. As the beer warms very light hints of earthy hops enter into things.

Tastes good. The spices are a bit more muted than the smell would intimate however the light fruit flavors - almost all banana but with very light amounts of orange peel - step in to help out. These flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with coating carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but I didn't think the flavors popped enough for it to break into the top tier for the style. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.08 out of 5 based on 948 ratings.
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