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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Weizen Bock
Brooklyn, New York USA


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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This Beer is served on DRAFT and in 750ml BROOKLYN bottles.
In May 2007, Garrett Oliver traveled to the 400 yr-old Schneider brewery in Kelheim, Germany, to brew Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse. This was dry-hopped with the local Hallertauer Saphir hop variety. In July, Drexler brought his yeast to Brooklyn and brewed Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, choosing the American Amarillo and Palisade varieties for the dry-hopping. Now you can taste the result, the latest beer in our Brewmaster’s Reserve series. The beer has a full orange color and the aromatics pair the banana and clove notes from the Schneider yeast with the mango and citrus qualities of the hops. The bitterness is robust but balanced, and the beer has a clean, hoppy finish.
Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse pairs well with Caribbean seafood preparations, crab cakes, jerk chicken, Thai cuisine, Szechuan cooking and many Mexican dishes.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 9/25/07
Thin, but dense off-white head is well-retained, leaving light lacing. Medium clarity in this peachy-gold colored beer, with ample carbonation.
Tremendously hoppy nose is full of lush grass and herbs, with almost an afterthought of very light pine. Some minor tropical fruit notes can be found too. Though it’s quite dominant in aroma (and flavor), I can’t deny it’s very enjoyable. Add to this the soft banana, mild wheat and medium-dry toffee notes that break through, and you’ve got some type of German IPA, you might say. With each sniff, I get something different, sometimes lemon/lime, sometimes hickory nuts, sometimes pineapple or even cherries. The well-attenuated malts allow the hops room to roam, but you can sense a solid backbone of pale malts and only light medium malts (toffee, as mentioned). Medium-high strength of aroma, with no flaws or alcohol.
Just as vividly hoppy in flavor, though, with a superb maltiness that manages to provide both a soft, supple body and balance to the (low) bitterness of the hops. Not much balance is needed, because they’re mostly finishing hops, thankfully, though there is a moderate lemony punch on the finish from the acidity. Creamy wheat and vanilla/honey-like pale malts work perfectly with the succulently grassy, fruity, juicy hops. Mild carbonation, but enough to boost the drinkability. Very good, much more focused/cohesive than its counterpart (though I need to try that one again).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2007
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2007) Draught. Hazy golen, nice white head. Grassy bitter aroma with spicy notes. Hoppy bitter flavor, metallic and with fruity notes. Some wheat, bana and tropical fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2749) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draught at Barley’s. After having Schneider’s bottled rendition of this, I was very excited to try the Brooklyn version with American hops! Pours a cloudy gold with a magnificent head. The aroma is spicy, green, and grassy. Banana, citrus, and deep leafy, grassy scents tantalize my senses. Hm, I take a sip and find loads of fresh, fruity, juicy flavors. This is a delightful thirst quencher with depth and a huge amount of orange, melon, and leafy flavors. I reluctantly say that I enjoyed the prior recipe more with the Hallertau because it had more sharpness and a dryer finish. . . and dare I say it was more hoppy? This was very enjoyable though and a really unique concoction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2979) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2007
From tap poured hazy golden with lots of head. Nice hefe flavor with a solid finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3367) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Draught. Growler filled at Superstar Beverage in Huntington, NY. They had a tough time filling the growler becuase the head was so lively. It never did fill completely. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a thin white head (I think the head would have been thicker but for the filling problem at the growler station) that eventually faded to a thin white film that left light lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of lemons, wheat, some banana, and cloves. The lemon citrus was less noticeable in the flavor, while the wheat and cloves were more pronounced. Cloves were also present along with some black pepper. Light bitterness at the finish. This was a very different and very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 [draught @ Sunset Grill] Cloudy yellow color. Strong bubblegum aroma, with plenty of citrus hop character. Very interesting flavors, sweet wheat and banana. Impressive hop bitterness. Overall, very interesting and tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Hazy yellow with huge white head. Intense hop and spice aroma is strong enough to make me cough, but also has delicate pineapple undertones. Taste is intense as well, and singes my palate with cloves and massive amounts of resinous dry hops. Vastly different from the Schneider version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Name: Hopfen
Date: 09/22/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Asheville

opaque yellow? lasting dense white head, lots of drippy lace, spicy sweet banana aroma, creamy body, lots of sweet banana flavor, well balanced by a pepperyspicy clove character with a light bitterness, the great spicy character makes this beer

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
The Weisse part really works, with familiar clove and banana, but clashes with the assertive nature of the hops. The amount of hop presence is part of the problem here; the type of hops is another. I’m sure my personal preference is another. Still, I have to hand it to Mr Oliver to get Schneider to participate in a great experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
pours out a nice straw color with large white head. Aroma had some clove, citrus to it. flavor was fantasitc. I was completely taken off guard by the beer. Lots of yeast and spice. Had no idea this brew was near 8%. Fantastic job!!

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