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

941 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 WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass beer boot

Honey yellow with light carbonation leading to a thick, fluffy white three finger foam cap. Faint lacings .

Aroma of hops and banana yeast. Hint of citrus.

Traditional Wiesse beer taste, hint of banana. Light mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Smooth, slight bitterness on the side if the tongue. Smooth finish.

Great smooth drinking Wiesse beer. Worthy of multiple repeats, preferably on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A very nice complex weizen. Definitely do not forget to swirl the bottle before pouring as it is a better tasting beer with the sediment. 4

A – Poured a clear golden (without disturbing the sediment) with a white/white dense one-finger head. Good head retention. Lacing pour. After swirling the beer it poured an appropriately cloudy faded gold color. 4

S – Spicey over top of citrus notes, wheaty, minor clove over top of even fainter banana. 4.25

T – Slightly peppery, wheaty and bready. 3.75

MF – A bit thin, light bodied, medium dry finish with some lasting sharpness on the palate. 3.5

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap #4 Weisen Edel-Weiss. Date on bottle says "13.186". Guessing that means it was bottled on the 186th day of 2013, which puts it around July 5th?

Appearance: Beautiful, hazy, orange colored beer with a large, frothy white head. Really good looking beer.

Smell: Tons of your typical hefe aromas like banana and clove, mixed in with some citrus. Bready wheat malts and sourdough yeast. Top notch.

Taste: Medium bodied with a thick texture. Very chewy compared to a regular hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Something is lacking here. There is a strong twang in the finish. Does not go down as easy as it seems like it should. Maybe the strength of the ABV has something to do with it.

Overall: One-step away from being a world class beer. Needs to be more drinkable to reach it's full potential. Just slightly too abrasive on the palate. Really good beer overall though.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottling date 13.151.

Appearance: Totally hazy, golden body, good-sized creamy head.

Smell: Strong banana, like pureed style; wheat profile, bready, slightly floral.

Taste: Banana chips as well as mashed up bananas, some tangy spices in the middle, hops show some teeth.

Mouthfeel: Long feel from start to finish.

Overall: A nice liquid meal, very well done.

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Photo of pkalix
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

typical Weiss-colored brew. bright and golden with some foam on top. beautiful pour.
smells rich and fruity; yeasty and wheat-y....
taste is full. lots of richness to it. very typical of a wheat, Weiss. very nice. I have to admit I burned out on this style a couple years ago, but I can still offer a fair review. just finished a Tap 6, this one is less intense, lighter, and richer. others are saying a green apple flavor, but I can still get a little banana from this. maybe it's the tartness....
overall, a solid hefe. I've had this one before, but not reviewed it. I purchased it because I was running out of options at the local Total Wine (maybe I AM drinking a bit too much lately....) and wanted a decent brew to help tide me over while I nurse myself back to health.... the Tap 6 was good. I think Tap 5 is next? or the Dr. Tongue? two hefes in a row, three wheats in a row, may be too much for my sensitive taste buds...

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Photo of Jwale73
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle served in a tulip (didn't bring a weizen glass on vacation). Label reads Wiesen Edel-Weisse, so I'm not sure of the bottle age. Pours a caramel hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose, butter-colored head that immediately disperses into nothing. Copious tiny bubbles adhere to the walls of the glass and effervesce in-solution. Nose is not what I expected - tart green apples fermenting towards cider, a bready character and cut grass. Taste consistent with nose; however, a bit duller and also a little wet cardboard towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and lively with some astringency. Overall, less than impressed with this beer. Not sure if it's past its prime, but really doesn't possess any of the attributes I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Schneider Weisse Tap 4 George Schnieder's Weisen Edel-Weisse: Appearance: cloudy apple cider look; Smell: faint apple cider scent; Taste/Mouthfeel: apple pie dough; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This review is of the tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse. Light amber colored. Good clarity. Millimeter thin layer of foam on top. Enticing banana and fresh baked sourdough bread aroma. Refreshing on the front of the palate. I get a lot of wheat on the forefront and some light clove on the back of the palate. Another sip and I swear I get a bit of sourdough pretzel flavoring. Fairly elaborate for a style that tends to be pretty simple.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head that dissipates to a 1/4 finger. Lacing is good. Somewhat spicy aroma with coriander and clove. Good crisp taste with coriander, leading into a spicy clove. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer was dated 2/12/15, so I am not sure if that makes any difference, good or bad, but it was a good drinking beer.

4.25 3.75 4.0 4.0 4.0

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown-tinged straw color with a perfect (at first) two-inch head of creamy beige foam; really active, champagne-like carbonation visible. Excellent retention; spotty lacing.

Really pungent with a lot going on. Floral and ripe banana aromas are definitely at the forefront. Nice doughy odors as well with just a touch of booziness and some slightly spicy vanilla.

Wow! Soft and almost sweet, but it walks a fine line. Never gets overwhelming. Very nice. Slight tea taste throughout. Increasing bready sweetness (really tastes/feels like cream soda) with a little lemony finish.

Soft and well-carbonated. The head is a nice creamy counterpart to the prickly carbonation. Medium body, but easy drinking.

A genuinely good beer. This is a really nice drinkin' beer and is well worth enjoying. It has a lot crammed into (very well, to be sure) a beer that usually is characterized as being fairly neutral (also in a good way). This is what makes it (to me) so good. It is in-your-face and bold but still has all the complete unoffensiveness of most other wheat/wit/weiss beers
Would definitely get it again (hell, I am going to pour myself another right now).
Worth finding.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
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.



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 andrenaline
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to joemcgrath27 for including this in our most recent trade...

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Heavy bready malts, hints of clove and citrus rind and

T - The bready malts, wheat and citrus rind dominate with a sour citrus and clove flavour that lingers. Hints of cotton candy and bubble gum also come through.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty hefe, solid flavour profile that will easily satisfy your hefe craving. These guys have this style wired and its not surprising that this brew is yet another tick in their line-up that kills it.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: Pint poured into a weizen glass.

A: Dark cloudy gold with a thick white head.

S: Banana, wheat, clove, sugar, citrus, medicinal.

T: Medicine, citrus, spice, alcohol.

M: Medium

O: A heavy wheat with nice spice and flavor, but it could benefit from more zip and a lighter body.

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Photo of acevenom
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a weizen glass. The beer pours clear golden with a white head and lots of visible carbonation. The aroma is the classic banana and clove smell you get from a hefeweizen along with the wheat. The taste follows the nose. The banana and clove aren't extremely forward, but are there. There's some breadiness from the malt and some back end hop bitterness. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is clean and this is a very drinkable beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dull gold with almost a miniscule hint of green, first pour is relatively filtered, but I see lots of sediment in the bottle. 1 finger of creamy slight orange tinge head. Medium carbonation.

S: Bready, yeasty, bananas, cloves, Belgian like yeasts, grass, pheonols, orange peel.

T: Wow. Complex, and it tells quite a story. First I get a yeasty burst like Belgian style yeasts much like you'd find in a tripel, then bubble gum and coriander, pheonols galore, back to a yeasty bready light body that's dry and almost champagne like, then again and intense hit of phenols, orange peel, coriander and Belgian yeasts. Little bitterness. Light sweetness throughout.

M: Medium light body, medium high carbonation, dry finnish.

O: I am so glad I found this one, and got it inspite of the price here in China (almost 8 bucks for half liter). Lots of complexity and beauty. I love this brewer, and Tap 6 is one of my all time favourites (their Weizenbock). This one is renewing my interest in Hefeweizens, which I’d lost after so many poor examples of little heard of cheap German imports that I suppose are duping some Chinese.

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Photo of mizx
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle (Best Before 22/12/13), poured into a pokal/weizen like glass.

Cloudy orangey brown colour with some carbonation rising steadily. Pours a thick frothy off-white head that subsided to a thin cap, slightly sticky lacing.

Fruity hefe aromas, slight very lightly toasted bread, something like a proper pale cloudy apple juice and brown sugar/honey.

Tastes like a loaf of bread left to soak up a few bottles of hefe. Some very lightly toasted bready malt yeast & wheat, the effervescence and hop spice hits just afterwards, and the honeyed appleness comes through in the finish. It's a tasty refreshing beer with just a little alc. presence. Medium body and med/high carbonation.

This is somewhat like Weihenstephaner Vitus to me (more of an apple/pear and caramel), and at a lower ABV far more drinkable. I'd easily take this over Vitus in future.

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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 LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

George Schneidner's 'Wisen Edel-Weisse' an Organic Hefeweizen @ 6.2% , served from a 500 ml bottle and #4 green/blue bottle cap with an all green label purchased for $4

A-pour is slightly hazy straw/gold with a frothy medium size white head , lots of lace along the weizen glass after ever sip

S-hints of fermented yeast , earthy grassy , herbal , some similarity to a pilsner

T-smooth crispness , a bit of a hoppy bite on the swallow , mostly banana & clove

MF-lots of carbonation , medium body , still some bitterness lingering on the back of the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , haven't had many organic beer's or this style , I will try again

sampled alongside 3 other Schneider beers & local brewer Moon Under Water's 3 latest offerings

prost LampertLand

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Photo of AmitC
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. An extremely good beer. Hats off to the makers.Pure German ecstasy.

Schneider Weisse Wiesen Edel-Weisse Tap 4 is just an overly awesome ale.

Poured into Weihenstephan traditional hefe glass. An infinitely thick head. It takes at least 3 pours to empty the bottle. A very fluffy and softy like white colored head with infinite retention. Dazzling sticky lacing on the sides left by the receding head. Color inside the glass is a very hazy pale strawish golden color. Translucent. A lot of bubbles seen rising up vigorously. Wow.

Aroma is moderately in strength. Sweet banana esters upfront combined well with clove heavy phenols. This is one nice combination to have if done right. Very slight noble German hop aroma. A good amount of yeast mixed with slight wheat sweetness.

Flavors are even better than the nose and a lot different than some very good hefes. The usual banana, clove and wheat flavors tune well with the cascade and noble hops to provide a nicely refreshing slight hoppy bitter touch to this beer and makes it different. The finish still remains semi dry however. A lot of spicy flavor that is mild by my standards but typical hefe stuff.

Mouth feel is nothing sort of a well made hefe. Nicely balanced light to medium feel. A lot of effervescence upfront. High on carbonation. No warmth and astringency.

This is an epic brew. Certified USDA organic. Made with cascade and hallertauer hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got this from Boognoosh23 as a sample.

A - Nice hazy yellow orange color; decent head that sticks around for a bit

S - I can sense that this will have a lot of clove in it; not my favorite flavor, but I can deal

T - Wow, clove bomb

M - nice carbonation; not over-done; really like it; clove aftertaste sticks around a bit much for me

O - not my cup of tea; too much clove flavor for me; will not be revisiting this

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Photo of yourefragile
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Thorpe. 500 mL bottle.

Pours a hazy dark golden with a collar of white head that has adequate retention. Aroma of banana and yeast, green apple and pepper and a little smoke. Flavor is soft and smokey with wheat and clove, some pepper in the finish. Medium thick and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great 500mL bottle poured into a weizen!

Three finger head, straw gold body!

Smells of banana and malt!

Tastes of clove, banana, and malt!

Warming mouthfeel!

Overall, this is an interesting example of the many directions hefeweizen can go! Schneider is an excellent producer of the style, and truly does it again with this beer!

I'd highly recommend this beer to anyone with experience with hefeweizens. This is not for beginners or the uninitiated.

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Photo of OF001
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL btl poured at 3C, tasted at 8C

Deep cloudy and rich orange pour with a thick dense head the settles to 2 fat finger and is maintained by healthy and constant carbonation.

Smells of musty hops, spicy mulled and funky citrus and tropical fruits. hints of coriander, clove. Some activated lemon and wheat-bready yeast fermenting alcohol.
At first the funk is overwhelming and off putting, but after warming up a little it softens and blends with oily citrus fruits.

Sharp citrus based acidity. Sticky spicy sweetness plays well against a lively carbonation. Sweet mandarin and tangerine with hints of wood and crisp lemon tartness balances this summery beer completely. Semi-sour notes counters an otherwise overriding funk that would likewise be unbalanced and overbearing.

Mildly juicy, sticky sugars with only hints of the residual. Crisp but not tight acidity and lightly wooded dry hop finish elevates the clingy funk and citrus along along with fine carbonation.

Well balanced and wheaty as a stack of wheat cakes. Citrus in all the right ways and proportions. The complexities are astonishing and frankly a little much for me at the moment( mainly of the dough-yeast-wheat depths of ridiculousness). As it warms the funk is just right and less dominant than when first poured; the alcohol warming effect is also increased in just the right amount.
Pour, drink, be merry, repeat.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Schneider-Weisse weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a pretty nice head.

Smells very fresh and grassy.

Tastes extremely light, like a hefeweizen but with more herbal hops, almost minty in fact, though more pleasant than it sounds. Less yeast than normal.

Overall a really nice beer to drink.

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Photo of teromous
2.46/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light golden yellow and orange hues, with a very thin layer of white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Slow falling lacing that doesn't stick. Much clearer than I would have expected.

S: Not much nose. There is a faint hint of something that might be flowery, but that's it.

T: It has a familiar banana flavor to it, but the beer is a bit harsher than a Hefeweizen normally is. There is a light cardboard taste to the beer as well (oxidation?). Light bitterness in the aftertastes. The signature banana flavor is very nice and mellow, but I don't get much yeast or wheat flavor from the beer at all.

M: The mouthfeel was a bit rougher than what I'd expect. There is a rather harsh twang from the bitterness. The beer is not as smooth as I'd expect either.

O: Overall I found it to be very below average. It could be that this is because I'm drinking an imported bottle. I probably wouldn't buy it again, unless I was drinking it in Europe or perhaps on-tap in a bar. My bottle is stamped 120525 so I'm guessing it was bottled May 25th 2012? If so it probably lost a lot of flavor over the 7 month period.

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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 941 ratings.
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