This is an interesting concept. A dry hopped weisse and it's a Brooklyn collaboration I had to give this a try when I noticed it. Pours a beautiful glowing yeast induced hazy orange. Unfortuanately not much of a head formed which surprises me. Half finger at it's largest and quickly fading to a thin skim. The body does look damn good though.
Strong orange aromas rise from the glass with a very noticeable wheat twang. A squeeze or two of grapefruit pulp, which I'm guessing comes from the "robust" dry-hopping. Mild clove in the background and a slight medicinal sweetness. The aroma is very unique and very mouthwatering.
Wow. The flavor just doesn't stand up to the wonderful aroma. Very subdued flavors that mesh well together but just don't really stand out like I hoped. Grapefruit and orange are the dominant flavors but it's hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Does have a nice fresh floral/grassy hoppiness to it. Again, hard to pick the difference. Flavor is good but a little too muddled and hard to define.
Thin mouthfeel with sluggish carbonation. It's odd but with the thin mouthfeel it still leaves some residue after the swallow. In my opinion this beer needs a little more creaminess. It seems a little too watery. Higher carbonation wouldn't hurt either.
Easy drinker for the high abv but with the muddled flavors and thin mouthfeel one pint is enough.
This is no doubt a good beer with an excellent aroma but (and I'm not a brewmaster such as the two who got together to brew this so take this with a grain of salt) to me this beer could use a little tweaking and it could be a great treat. I probably would buy again cause it is enjoyable and unique but like I said, one at a time is enough for me.
Price: $3.99 Served In: Weizen Glass
What a nice effort from Schneider and Brooklyn Brewery â€“ I have no idea if this is the beer of the Schneider brewer or Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn, but it is a very nice hop infused wheat beer. It pours a nice medium golden color and has lots of fizzy light amber head. The smell is of wheat, citrus, grapefruit, coriander, and spices. The taste is wonderful and full of flavor â€“ very sweet, hopped up, but the hops are an added flavor here to compliment the wheat â€“ not an overwhelming part of the beer. However, this is not a beer you can have two of â€“ one is enough and likely one a day â€“ it is just too overwhelming, too sweet, and too much to have all the time. And even though Iâ€™m a hop head, this beer has become a favorite â€“ I just hope they keep making it. This was the German produced one, not the Brooklyn produced one and came from a 16.9oz bottle.
Price: $4.99 Served In: Weizen Glass
500ml bottle gotten from Cheers in Carrollton, GA. Poured into a Weizen glass.
A: Poured a beautiful orange with a big, soapy head. This beer is incredibly hazy, and once you get some yeast in there, this beer gets crazy active. This beer is amazing to look at and has great activity.
S: Banana, citrus (lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit), floral hops, yeast, grains and a touch of clove.
T: Once again, banana, mandarin orange comes through real well. The yeast is very nice, and the floral hops (says Hopfen for a reason, they are really there) really go well here. The clove is barely there and a nice compliment. There is a sweetness to this beer but an alcohol bite comes and balances that out as well. Very good balance.
M: A bit of carbonation that tickles flavors across your tongue and back of your throat. Has a somewhat creamy texture to it that keeps the tastes of fruit and hops lingering on your tongue. A touch of alcohol warmth rests on your throat.
D: This is a great brew. One is enough because the alcohol is pretty high and this is a complex beer. It has a lot going on here. I can drink this beer but it will be one a night and I would need a break for a little while. Still a great brew.
Served In: Weizen Glass
Here's another brew from a recent trade with BitterBill, thanks again Bill! I've sampled the Schneider version a few times in the past. Let's see which one I prefer. The first pour of this hoppy hefe I ended up with a surprisingly clear brew with just a touch of haze that's barely noticeable. Large carbonation bubbles explode to the surface of this pale orange liquid. I took it easy on the pour and still wound up with three fingers of sticky, meringue-like white head. Big ol' patches of lace stick here and there. This beer looks mighty fine in a weizen glass.
Big citric American hoppiness greets the nose when it first enters the glass in the form of orange and grapefruit. The hoppiness falls back enough for all the estery qualities to take hold. Banana bread, heavy on the banana and bubblegum both plays a major roll in this brew. There's a nice little touch of peppery spiciness from the yeast also. I'm usually not a big fan of hefes but this one doesn't bring any clove to the party and has a strong American hop backbone to straighten it out.
The first couple swigs I took of this brew it wasn't really my thing. Now that it's been sitting in my glass and I've been taking some deep whiffs of it I really am enjoying it. The flavor is better than the nose suggested. A mild clean graininess sits in behind a slight wheat twang while the yeasty esters and Pac NW hops steal the show. The spiciness is more subtle than the nose suggested and I think it works much better. Bubblegum becomes juicy sweet and the banana bread falls to the back. The hoppy finish explodes with sweet orange and sweetened but subdued grapefruit. The hopping of this hybrid is what makes it so delicious.
For a beer with a 7.8%abv the body is incredibly soft and fluffy. The carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum and pushes this beer through easily. The hops leave a slight bitterness behind that make it all the more addicting.
The drinkability borders on a 4.5 but the esters get in the way slightly as it warms. This beer goes down super easy for its abv and the light body plays a big role in the sheer slam ability.
I much prefer this version to the Schneider brewed one. I didn't think I'd appreciate this beer near as much as I thought I would, but it really is a delicious, interesting brew that keeps growing on me as I drink. Thanks again for another great trade Bill!
Served In: Weizen Glass
Bottle Number 0668; Sampled August 2008
A fairly careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass still produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has a very fluffy texture to it and it leaves a nice amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a hazy, light amber hue that still shows a hazy, orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite vibrantly spicy with hop notes, but is still quite obviously a Hefeweizen too. Aromas of tropical fruit, ripe apricot and a spicy herbal note from the hops are backed by significant clove phenols as well as a touch of fruity banana that lies just underneath. Other notes of lemon zest, pale-whole-grain cracker notes, and a fresh crushed wheat aroma. I really like the mix of spicy notes that come from both the Palisade hops and the fermentation character; huge woody pepper aromatics, perhaps a touch of sweet pickled ginger, a touch rosemary / menthol.
Fairly sweet tasting, but much of this is accentuated by the fruity hop character that provides notes of bergamot, apricot and lots of tangelo. The ample hop flavors that are packed into this beer also provide flavors of minty pine, light herbal notes and a significant, herbal leaning bitterness. In the flavor the hop character is a lot more noticeable than it was in the aroma; how this is really manifest is that the Weizen flavors are a bit muted under the hop character. Traditional Weizen notes of clove are certainly the most prominent, but there is also a nice fresh wheat character that both adds texture and flavor, a touch of tartness typical of the style can also be noticed and there is just a hint of banana that seems to be noticeable in the lingering finish. This is quite well carbonated, but the viscous body does a good job of hiding this fact; really though the ample carbonation does a good job of balancing out the medium-heft that this beer has, such that this remains fairly quaffable (the hop character also seems to help with this too). This can get a little hot in the finish at times with a mix of spicy phenolics and higher alcohols, but it doesn't seem to detract too much.
Quite tasty and I really like the vibrant hop character, despite it drowning out the yeast character a bit. This certainly retains the refreshing wheat character that is typical of a Hefeweizen; speaking of which, I really do see this as more of a strong Hefeweizen than a Weizenbock, as I usually associate that last with being darker and richer.
Served In: Tulip
Picked up a bottle yesterday at South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I’ve been wanting to try this beer since it came out and I’m really surprised it started showing up in San Diego.
Poured into my Aventinus glass. A very light orange color with a massive head, great retention with about a half inch of foam maintaining throughout the coarse of the beer, and some lacing.
Huge notes of clove, banana, and citrus! Sweet wheat aromas with a floral overtone. Bubblegum is there along with some yeastiness and a touch of earth. A hefty bready aroma comes through and mixes great with the sweet banana. There’s also a touch of honey. I wish the aroma just kicked it up a notch and it would be fantastic.
Very fruity taste, banana, bread, clove, yeast, and a bit of alcohol and earthy bitterness in the finish. A little more citrus pushes through, some orange, lemon, and a bit of grass in the end. A little metallic and/or grainy in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth, really soft carbonation which is what I like about wheat beers. Alcohol is also pretty well hidden.
Very good beer, I’m pleased with it.
Served In: Stange
A - This one is very carbonated. A normal pour produced over half a glass of head. Slightly off white and fluffy. Body is a nice hazed yellow-orange. Great head retention.
S - Big wet wheat and hay. Slightly spicy. Clove and banana. Touches of citrus. Nice.
T - Very nice and full flavored here. Starts of sweet, with citrus playing a part. Some light berry along with pineapple, apple and pear. Pale malts come in with some flavor of sweet Hawaiian bread. Wheat and hay. Finishes smooth with some light hoppiness, but no bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with nice, soft carbonation. Super smooth.
D - Very nice team effort here. Would be nice to suck down at a ballgame, but could provide trouble when it's time to drive home.
Served In: Other
Gorgeously opaqued in a heavy cloud of dark gold. Massive, fluffy, shiny, crunchy looking off-whitish foam sits and hardly moves from its place once its poured. Keeps a head about it for superior strength and length. Impressive. The lacing is covered in all sorts of thickly shelved webbings.
Big wheaty aroma with fine hints to banana, orange, pineapple, and other citrusy peels that are perhaps a bit over ripened and soggy. Quite a big and complexingly delight of fun fruityness on the nose.
Flavors are bold and ripe with fruity tropical punch and wheaty tang that start out well but pale out after a while and become a heavy faction of wheat toned tang and orangey/banana mush. Which isn\'t bad mind you, but it seemed to lose its complexity a bit as it went along. But damn if it isn\'t good. The extra pithy character of yeast and hops is quite unique and bright. Making for a nice tropical bite in the finish.
Feel is just over medium with a huge wheaty base and tang of tropical fruit goodness and partailly parching bite and bitteness of pith and peels. Big on the orange character with a twist of pine, grapefruit. lime, and lemon.
What a fun beer to enjoy. Big, fruity, wheaty, and hopped up with a delightful gleem of tropical sensations. A very nice concoction between Brooklyn Brewing and Schneider Weiss!
Served In: Weizen Glass
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