Monday, June 09, 2008

99 Bottles of Beer on the Blog - Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse

Serious American beer drinkers have a justifiable lack of enthusiasm for wheat beers. American wheat beers tend to be lightly hopped, bland, and often a little sweet. They function as an "entry level" craft beer - a step up from Bud-Miller-Coors, but still very approachable. On a hot summer day, they can be refreshing, especially with a wedge of lemon.

One bottle of Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse changes all that.

The result of a collaboration between the brewmasters from Schneider Weissbier Brewery and The Brooklyn Brewery, this beer marries the snappy hop tendencies of American brewers with the traditional yeasty banana and clove esters of the great Bavarian brewers.

Bavarian wheat beers are an entirely different beast from American-style wheat beers. The special yeast used in brewing them creates flavors of banana, cloves and citrus, without adding any of those actual ingredients. The result is a refreshing, effervescent, generally light beer. A Bavarian wheat beer is cloudy and has a fluffy, white head.

Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse brings all that, and more. The flavors explode on your tongue - you get the full dose of banana and clove flavor, and the citrus flavor is enhanced by a completely non-Bavarian dose of post-fermentation hops. Where Bavarian wheat beer is generally light in alcohol, this one packs an 8.2 percent wallop.

This beer is a treat - I wouldn't want to drink it very often, and it probably is not a great introduction to the Bavarian wheat beer style, since it's so hoppy and big. But if you want to get jolted out of your Boulevard Wheat complacency, hunt up a bottle of Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse and go to town on it. After that, expand your understanding of what wheat can accomplish in beer by picking up a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, or maybe a K├Ânig Ludwig Weiss.

It's summer - time for the hefeweizens to brighten the picnic tables pub tables of beer drinkers.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Chimpo said...

I can't tolerate the hefes. I only recently semi-enjoyed choking down a dunkel, which I was previously oblivious to the existence of.

6/09/2008 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan try DAB from Argentina. I think you'll like it.

6/09/2008 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan try DAB from Argentina. I think you'll like it.

6/09/2008 11:55 PM  
Blogger ryan said...

DAB? The Dortmunder style lager from...(wait for it)...Dortmund, Germany?

6/11/2008 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan you are right I made a mistake. I meant try Quilmes from Argentina. I was also going to recommend DAB but decided not to.

6/11/2008 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Nuke said...

OK Dan,and the rest of you all, if you are gonna suggest good beers I ask you include at least 1 of 2 pieces of information. Tell us a bar/grill/pub/whatever that serves it and/or a liquor shop that sells it.

Now that I am at or under a beer a week, I only buy stuff that I find interesting and tasty. Sadly tho, while I know where to get a cold Bud, some of these others are total mysteries to me.

Thanks!

N }:-

6/13/2008 11:22 PM  
Blogger maire said...

I just got home from 10 days in Germany and tasted so many amazing beers. Even their Pils were better than AB (though God-forbid InBev buys AB). Thanks for the post!

6/19/2008 11:49 AM  

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