Unique and delicious
A Review of Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse by Brooklyn Brewery
Posted on 8/7/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
I was recently provided the chance to try the Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse in the company of a few good friends, and knowing me, how could I pass it up? This beer is the collaboration between the brewermasters at Brooklyn and Schneider, in which each brewmaster essentially brewed the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other's brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor. What you end up with is quite the interesting brew. Now for those not familiar with what a weissbock is, basically it is the strong version of an unfiltered weissbier or hefeweizen. Seems simple enough, right? Well try to follow along and see if you are still thinking that at the end of this review.

In the glass, this beer takes on the look of a heavy, unfiltered wheat beer. It was a hazy gold, that provided plenty of evidence of being unfiltered. There was a good bit of head on it, and you have plenty of it sticking around throughout the beers duration. The aromas are abundant. There is a big fruit body jumping out of the glass that you can't miss. Pineapple, light mango, apricot, and even some orange scents were easily found. There is also a very floral hops profile that comes through, but it's more complimentary than anything else. In light notes, you could pick up on some spices that added a good bit of character to the nose. You can even pick up on an estery smell from the alcohol that some might find a little harsh, but I found it more inviting than anything else.

The flavors were more bold than what I was expecting from this beer, but I'll take that almost any day. The fruit layers that were present in the nose were also there in the taste, but in very distinct locations. Hops, surprisingly enough, were what took the front seat on the flavor train. No worries though. They were, like in the nose, floral and that's it. There might have been just enough of a bitterness to balance out the sweetness from the fruits that start to poke their heads in from that point forward. Pineapple kept coming to mind over and over. It was just a sweet and crisp taste that was hard to get away from. The apricot was noticeable at the end of every sip, and really no where else. And strangely enough, I noticed a bit of a light caramel taste at the end of every sip. The alcohol smells that were present in the nose, were very hard to detect in the taste, but if you are careful, you can pick up on it from time to time. I have no reservations in telling you that this beer has a very unique and interesting flavor train that demands your attention. The body and mouthfeel was pretty much spot on for the style. A little on the heavy end, but not to the point of concern. You come away after every drink with an overall ''impressed'' feel for the beer.

Simply put, I sit here saying to myself that this is a very delicious beer. I enjoyed it, and I believe that either beer camp could enjoy it. Its mighty tasty. It has a lot of flavors going on, and is an interesting study no doubt. The beginners could really find this one to be an assault on the senses, yet appealing to the palate at the same time. The more experienced drinkers would most likely enjoy the beer for all the same reasons that I did. Big flavors, good body, and an overall good beer experience. I don't know that I would suggest that you seek this beer out, but I would say that if you were looking for something different and unique, this would be the beer to pick up. One just needs to keep in mind that this beer is so far from typical, you might need to take a seat when you settle in for a glass of it.

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