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

950 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2001

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

A - beautiful golden-orange and cloudy, with a big fluffy head that dissolves quickly.

S - punchy, light, fruity, bready wheat!

T/M/D - a very smooth, light, citrusy malt flavor, with a doughy feel. I hardly the noticed the 6.2% ABV on the first sips but it comes out a bit more as the beer warms. I could drink this one all sunny afternoon!

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

Organic and the biggest surprise is that I found this to be a world better than the original Schneider Weisse.

A- darker than the original
S- much cleaner and balanced malt smell
T- looses fruit from the original, but I actually liked that fact
M- much nicer than most weisse
D- The mouth makes makes this a very drinkable beer.

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

A - Poured light amber with a finger of head that vanished soon after. Bubbles race to the top for a long time.

S - Delicious. Pear, clove, and alcohol.

T/M/D - Good amount of carbonation and spiciness. Alcohol is apparent but blends well into the flavor. I still get pear as the dominant fruity flavor. Finishes very light. Not too sweet, and certainly not bitter. This is an above average hefe. Easily one of the best German Hefeweizens I've ever tasted in my limited experience, if not the best. I could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy but a little bit darker than other heffs out there. Nice big two finger head. No lacing though.

S: More on the grassy side than anything else. No hints of banana or clove.

T: More on the earthier side and a little heavier than other heffs. Maybe its the organic factor.

M: Medium body. Thicker than most beers of the style.

D: For the style the drinkability is low but overall still good. I would skip this one and just get the normal one.

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Photo of mhewes
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

S : There's some wheat, banana, and cloves but the dominant smell is bubble gum

T : Loads of bubble gum flavor with some undertones from the banana and cloves.

M : Smooth and crisp

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

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Photo of Murchmac
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods after years of just at staring countless german labels.

Tried one of those upside bottle in the glass pours, it turned out looking and sounding like the glass was chugging. Dont think I did it right, still got in the glass though.

Everything you'd expect from a Hefe and more, if it were a mexican beer, it'd be a jefe.

De-fricking-licous. Like taking a bunch of hubba bubba banana flavored gum, carmalizing them with lemon peel, and then makiing a beer out of that liquid.

Lingering sweet aftertaste.

Classic German Hefe, even if they cant spell Son right.

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

This is a very impressive hefe. The few beers I have had with "organic" in the name, have been disappointing. Not so with this one. Pours a darker more orangy shade of hazy straw than most hefes. Moderate size white head that faces fast with no lacing.

The smell is pronounced: cloves/spices, banana and wheat. Taste is the same and more so. A nice light, crisp but distinctive tasting hefe. Mouthfeel is rich and crisp.

This would be an ideal session beer. Very tasty and refreshing. One of the best hefeweizens I have tried.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This beer poured a nice hazy orangey yellow with a nice cloudy haze of yeast.

S- Clove is the dominant smell with a hint of banana and yeast.

T- Wow, this is a wonderful beer, clove and banana very well balance wiesen beer.

M- Very smooth and crisp not too dry. This is one nice beer.

D- Excellent drinkability, could definately session this beer.

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Photo of elniko
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tall Blue Moon glass

A: Poured smoothly, 2 fingers of head, light lacing. Nice murky appearance with high level of carbonation.

S: Smells wonderfully of wheat and spice, great on the nose.

T and M: Great taste, smooth but definitely a bite on the after taste. One of the better hefeweizens that I've had and very cool that it is certified organic. Can't say that I've had a lot of organic brews.

D: Highly drinkable, I could definitely put a few of these back any time during the year.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 100% organic hefeweizen pours a dark yellow to orange color. Its hazy and it looks thick since its unfiltered. The head is big and fluffy white. It sticks around for quite awhile before slowly but surely sinking back into the beer.

Smell is sweet fruit, cinnamon, cloves, a bit of holiday potpourri and some nice yeastiness. Quite a pleasant smelling beer. Another one I'd like to make into an air freshener.

Tastes spicy and sweet. A couple sips and I can make it some green apples, cloves and some wheat. I was surprised that this beer was brewed with cascade hops since I really don't taste any of the citrus that they usually provide. Its definitely not a big, juicy fruity beer like Aventinus. Instead its a little more thin in mouthfeel and very easy drinking. This is pretty much perfect on a warm/hot day. Its very thirst quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of danielharper
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours dark yellow, clear body, very thick white foamy head. The clarity makes it look more like a helles lager or a pilsener than a hefeweizen -- points knocked off for style, although it is overall an attractive beer.

(Correction as I got towards the bottom of the 16oz bottle -- all the yeast was at the bottom of the beer, and the appearance is very different. Very dark, almost brownish, extremely hazy. Much closer to what I was expecting for a hefe -- points given back.)

Smell: Sweet, dry, vaguely citrus. Not very pronounced, even when I let the beer warm. Not unpleasant, but not impressive.

Taste: Slightly sweet, bready. Finishes dry but not unpleasant. Again, dead average for a hefe -- doesn't give me anything to dislike, but somehow lacks the oomph I'd like to see from the beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation relatively high for a hefe, but overall the mouthfeel is somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Overall this beer is pretty much dead-average for the style. It's not great, but it's okay. Not really worth it for the price. Go drink a Franziskaner or a Paulaner Hefeweizen instead.

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Photo of loosey
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle

poured into a pint glass, took on a quick 1/2 inch head that settled quickly... beautiful burnt orange, specks of yummy sediment on the bottom and a wispy cloud of curdled milk at the top as i dropped in the last drops of bottom yeast

where is aroma, nose tip wet from fishing trip, banana and clove (thats a haiku)

wow...taste is nice even blend of wheat malt and hop, banana peels, doughy moist bread pudding, its crispy citrus bites then settles down into a nice coating of the entire mouth leaving you quenched and thirsty at the same time, why does my tongue swell? its a neat trick.. i don't know if organic ingredients has anything to do with it but this shit tastes fresh!

i would drink this again and again and again....its like sitting on the porch after mowing the lawn while an elder, yet still comely, woman brings out lemonade except its not lemonade it actually an organic wheat beer and you are talking to her husband about the particulars of some inane local political issue that you know you will never think about ever again after you leave but you will remember the beer

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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 scottg
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy, light orange color with a thin creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Aromas of banana, cloves, and wheat are powerful. Very clean flavors, the blend of wheat, hops, and barley malt are so well blended and that they all share the leading role in the up front, middle, and finishing tastes. No extra spices or fruit flavors are added or needed. A clean, crisp mouthfeel allows for easy drinking. This is a classic example of German weisse beer. Certified Organic is also a bonus.

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Photo of chileman13
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me this was a very good clean Hefe. Right off the bat its aroma lead me to believe I was in for a treat. I tried this one before reading any review so that I wouldn't be influenced in any direction. It was cloudy with a dark straw color. 1 finger creme-white head. Wheat and hops top with very mild malt post. Would I drink this again? Oh yea, it's a keeper.

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Photo of jmscott
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Weisse beers. Perfect on a warm summer evening, served in a 0.5l weisse glass with a slice of lemon. It has a slightly cloudy appearance with a thick, burnt-orange color. The lemon really brings out the aroma of the beer. Taste is full-bodied, a bit moreso than the average Hefeweizen. There's a pleasant sweetness in the aftertaste that lingers for a while. Sips nicely and goes down smooth. It's the embodiment of everything a hefeweizen should be. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, had a brownish-yellow color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A strong wheaty smell, along with some fruits (bananas?). Nicely subtle.

T: You get a big shot of wheat, bubble gum and fruit in the taste. It's a pretty well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish (although the wheat taste does push its way up in the aftertaste). This is a full-bodied beer, to be sure.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable weisse. It isn't my favorite, per se, but it goes down easy and has a complex taste.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in a traditional classic hefeweizen glass. Date on the bottle reads 07.295, packaged in late October 2007. 500ml version.

Appearance- A cloudy, murky beast right out of the gate... wheaty and golden, it flaunts a solid three finger head that remains thick throughout. More opaque than translucent... this looks like a meal in a glass.

Smell- Some cool, metallic phenols combine with aromas of wheat malt, not-quite-ripe-yet bananas, and toffee. It even smells thick, like dessert. Moments pass, and there's a suggestion of bike tires and kickball.

Taste- Clean, above all else. It's rather quick too, the duration from beginning to end with regard to flavor. The subtle, cakey wheat malt concedes to a largely unmemorable middle... there's just not that much happening... then the zippy Hallertaus kick in for a quick finishing bitterness. Besides the residual light sting from the hops, there's not really an aftertaste. I'm noticing the ABV is about 1% higher than most for the style, and it unfortunately shows.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For a classic German hefeweizen, this beer could drink much smoother and more elegantly. It's highly prickly at first, zapping the tongue without remorse, then quieting near the end. The strength here as I mentioned feels unnecessary, making this particular beer from Schneider *not* a great choice for sessioning. Points though for using strictly organic ingredients... at least there's care being taken from an Earth perspective. Prost!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've started my research for a class on exposing the truth of organic foods, but by no menas am I going to use this beer as part of my research. I've been very happy with the couple of Schneider & Sohn beers I've had, and organic or not, I have high expectations on this one. On to the beer:

The head is a bust on this one, it's soapy, fizzy, and dissapears in a flash after the pour is complete. As for the body, it's a darker blonde color, partly cloudy, and a rush of carbonation bubbles to the top. Malted wheat, buttered wheat toast, and what appears to be honey and nutmeg are scented through the nose.

I wasn't expecting much in phenolic flavor baed on the appearance, and my hypothesis holds true. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and wheat malt in the taste. This just isn't as wildly interesting as I hoped I would get. For the most part, I feel like I'm drinking Honey Nut Cheerios. As I push farther along, while it doesn't become a bad brew, it becomes a very monotone brew.

This would have been a solid hefe, but it got diagnosed with a mono flavor halfway through the drinking.

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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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle picked up at the Coop on Thursday for $4.40.. poured into my small weizen glass.

Nice 2 finger head.. doesn't stick around all all that long.. no lacing.. very clear (maybe I should have swirled the bottle) very carbonated golden brew.

Aroma is less than the traditional Schneider hefe.. but still the hefe nose is plenty abundant.. more cloves and than banana... bready pale malts.

Flavor is again a little bit less.. but still very nice.. touches of pink bubblegum mix with the clove and banana bread... faint citrusy hops with touches of lemon zest... Descent body.. with a carbonation that bubbles nicely through the final sip.

I am really starting to enjoy a good German Hefe.. For years I took them for granted.. I've brewed a bunch, but mine are always heavy on the bubblegum spectrum.. I am now much more enjoying the banana esters and the spicy clove notes.. This is a great brew.. and another benchmark on the style.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a cloudy old gold, not as bright as most german beers of this style. creamy white head with some fine, dark particulates. powerful aromas of bananas and cloves and doughy, honeyed sweet malts. taste is a bit of sweetness upfront balanced by a lemony, tart finish. frothy and medium-bodied.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice two finger head which degenerates into a small lingering head. Very little lacing on the glass. The beer is a pleasing vibrant orange. I poured the sediment from this unfiltered beauty into the glass so it's very cloudy.

S: Cloves, bananas, cloves, and lots of coriander (possibly other spices).

T: Very small amount of bitterness. Sweet, spicy, and tart. Tastes like lemon, bubblegum, with some banana in the mix.

M: Smooth. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: At 6.2% the abv is on the high end for a hefeweizen, but the higher alcohol content is unnoticeable in this beer. I'm a big fan of bavarian hefeweizens and drank a plethora of different ones traveling through Germany. This is one of the better ones that I have tasted and I will buy it again, and again, and again. Very drinkable and I'd probably session it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sample was perhaps the ultimate Hefeweizen... can't get a much better representation of the style than this one... all around, in terms of aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and drinkability, this was top-notch, world-class stuff... Copped a 500 ML bottle for about $2.75 from Bottle King in Parsippany... had Schneider's original Hefeweizen, but this was certainly a superior depiction... green logo stickers states "USDA Organic"... a hazy, cloudy color with minimal frothy head leads to a wonderful aroma of fresh florals, citrus, lemon, and coriander... taste was very similar to the aroma, with strong fresh grapefruit, pears, and lemon flavors... very creamy, rich, and thick taste with a nice 6.2% ABV for a Hefe which made this a step-above most other renditions of the style... sediment is noticeable at the bottom of the bottle, and a superb mouthfeel coupled with an equally terrific taste makes this one of the better German beers out there on the market... One of the best in its class... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of satowns
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness dated of 07.219 1-2. So it was bottled the 219th day of 2007; sometime in July. Pours with the effervescence of a soda, the bubbles popping sound like rice crispies in milk! The beer pours cloudy (on purpose, because I roused the yeast at the bottom) and is an orange-tinged hue of yellow. The head recedes fairly quickly but does not disappear. No lacing on the glass. Extremely high level of carbonation appropriate for the style. So many bubbles it almost looks fake...

Lots of clove and spicy black pepper in the aroma. Slight hint of vanilla and pancake batter. Hops are not present in the nose.

Nice earthy beginning, also the expected bubble gum. Clove again shows up as well as a slight tart lemon complement. Big ripe banana in the finish.

Not the beer I would normally buy in the dead of winter, but its nice to mix it up a bit. I would like to see a bit more spice in this beer, more earthy phenols and I would expect better head retention. Being an organic homebrewer, I also like the fact that this is certified organic (although most anything grown in Europe is pretty close to organic).

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Punk Rock Girl by the Dead Milkmen

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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 950 ratings.
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