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

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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Wiesen Edel-WeisseSchneider Weisse Tap 4 Wiesen 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 and Tap 4 - Meine Festweisse

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 Daniellobo
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and rich hefeweizen.

Presentation: 500 ml. bottle. Apple green and golden classic label design around the brand text, seal, brewery ingredients and an image of fairground buildings. Back notes briefly the history of the brew. Does not show best before date although there seems to be some illegible batch number. Notes brewing according to the reinheistgebot, and displays profusely USDA Organic emblems on all labels. Notes Alc. by Vol. (10%) Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Medium amber hazy pour,, with an early assertive head, that does not show much retention, and poor lacing. A bit short in appearance after a very rich initial pour.

S - Complex wheat and clove aromas, and a sweet caramel hint woven back into the spices.

T - Wheaty flavor, assertive and rich, with clove notes and a spiced caramel range, a bit of banana, floral hop touches...

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation, plenty of visible bubbles early on.

D - Good drinkability. Not so much a regular quaffer given the nice complexity but rather pleasing.

Notes: Slightly more complex than their regular offering? Rich with an organic fad in the packaging that is fair, more so with a brew this rich.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with the obligatory wheat beer swirl, the Edel-Weisse is a rich and hazy brownish orange. The head is big and fluffy, with a nice layer retaining most of the way down.

Nose is big time phenolic, with a hugely spicy clove note.

Flavor is excellent. This is a full-flavored hefeweizen that doesn't skimp on bready maltiness. But it isn't a sweet beer. It's almost like a phenol-ester bomb. The yeastiness is completely unrestrained with this Hefe. Tons of banana, apple and clove, with an almost soapy character. But boy, is it delicious. The rich, medium-bodied mouthfeel was good, and the carbonation was spot-on effervescent for the style. The 6.2 ABV is noticeable, but only in the added "extra-hefeweizen" buzz. Goes down quite easily.

An awesome Hefe that deserves to be ranked up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of nokes
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour into a weizen glass brought a nice head that died to a film but lingered throughout, with active carbonation plainly visible through the mildly hazy orange-amber. Nice. Looks good...like a hefe should.

Smell is really nice. Ripe banana and citrus, with some spicyness thrown in. Had a variety of warm weather beers tonight, and this one took the cake aroma-wise, hands-down.

Taste was good, fairly tart, actually. Fresh and somewhat complex, with fruits, citrus, and spice all there in varying degrees. Balanced nicely, but I remember liking the Weihenstephaner more.

Mouthfeel was really quite good, snappy and crisp, dry with a clean finish.

Quaffable, and definitely a nice beer for a warm day, which this was. Good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow toned orange in colour, translucent and hazy with suspended trub. It's pillowy head is abundant and retentive, and leaves behind a patchy lace. It smells of banana and vanilla with hints of clove and orange. Rich banana and citrus flavour, clove phenols at the back of the mouth. It even has a bit of a tropical fruit quality to it. Bubblegum flavour really comes forward as it warms. Extremely mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied and well carbonated; bubbles are very fine. Has a very soft mouthfeel with a refreshing tartness. I find hefeweissebiers pretty tangy to begin with; the addition of a citrusy American hop variety gives that quality some amplification. Super refreshing, this is something I could see myself drinking all summer long.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a compact but very long lasting head. Dense swathes of lace coat most of the glass on the way down. The aroma is of tangerine, banana, cloves and bubblegum. The taste is fruity with a noticeably tart edge. Citrus and banana bread mix with clove notes and honey. The mouthfeel is luscious and creamy with tiny carbonation bubbles. The finish is malty and crisp with a nice lingering tart fruityness.

A very nice Hefe, nice balance between herbal and fruit flavors, though maybe a bit on the tart side. Still, very easy to quaff. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark cloudy yellow using the duvel tulip glass, and the foam was gushing as I opened this. The taste follows with some bitterness and lots of banana cloves in the finish. Goes down quite smooth and is quite refreshing. A pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of VolcomBrewer
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In our local Grocery store, I happened to come across this ON SALE for $2.50. I had to grab it and give it a try.

Appearance: Poured nice golden-hued and hazy liquid with a nice white head of two-fingers. This head had staying power and lacing was clearly evident.

Smell: I always love the smell of Wiesenbiers to be honest. But this one was exceptional. Strong smells of banana and clove along with a nice citrus nose from the hops.

Taste: This tasted great! A great blend of Banana and clove, with a taste of fresh wheat, followed by a hint of hop bitterness...but the only thing is it was followed by an alcoholic bite. Not too harsh, but still there.

Mouthfeel: It felt dense, almost a light syrup-like feel to it. It quickly fades however and just leave a refreshing feel about the palate after consumption.

Drinkability: For a 6.2 ABV, I think the alcohol taste could have been blended a bit better here. I've certainly had others that hide this much better, but still a worthy beer.

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

Cloudy golden color with a big poof of prickly white head, diminishing quick and leaving abunch of sticky lacing. Smell is of biscuits, hay, banana, orange, lemon, apricot, flowers, spicing (clove and pepper)... very complex. Taste is very upfront with the floral and spice notes, developing into a blend of the grain and citrus and mellowing out into a nice biscuity flavor. Faint hints of earth at the end. Medium bodied with full carbonation, slightly drying. An excellent Hefe, one of the best ive experienced.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from a recent LCBO batch, pours a murky banana/apple juice color, almost looks like silt sliding around in there. A couple fingers of pillowy head which has some good retention.

Nose is bursting with cloves up front and mellows to a banana, apple juiciness, a hint of apricot and some tropical fruit vibes going on.

Cloves out front again followed by a sharp wheat quality, banana, bubble gum, a hint of mint, dried apricots, a herbal slightly floral hopping, almost medicinal. Light drying in the finish along with something a little minerally, almost like soft water.

Lush carbonation cascades around the tongue - edgy at times. Flavor seems a little thin though. Goes down pretty easy though I can't say it's my fav. Perhaps with some food or on a hot summer day the situation would change. Good but it's not a game breaker IMO.

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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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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Wiesen Edel-Weisse from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings
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