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Jul 26, 2008 02:48 PM

Schneider Hopfen Weisse

Collaboration between Schneider and Garrett Oliver. Pale weissbock, dry hopped with Hallertaur. 8.3% but you'd never know it. Really tasty stuff. Banana and clove notes, with a citrusy zing from the hopping. Definitely worth a try.

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  1. I really like the Schneider brewed version of this collaboration, the Brooklyn brewed one, not so much.

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    1. re: LStaff

      Funny, I came away with just the opposite impression. I didn't particularly care for the lemony, herbacious hop character of the Schneider but I loved the pineapple and pine hop profile, as well as the spices I found in the Brooklyn.

      I guess that's why they make vanilla and chocolate.

      1. re: brentk

        Brooklyn version is too phenolicy with overpowering clove and cinnamon for my tastes which I think conflicts harshly with the hops. Schneider version is more balanced between banana and cloves with that wonderful Hallertauer flavor - anyone know if the second brewing of this version is still using Saphir hops?

        Yup, different strokes for different folks.

        1. re: LStaff

          The bottle of Schneider I bought a week or so ago was dry hopped using the Saphir hops. By the way, what does phenolicy mean? Even my trusty Websters doesn't give me a satisfactory answer.

          1. re: FlaHopper

            Cliff Notes version

            Phenols(spice) are flavors created at lower temps
            Esters(fruit) are flavors created at higher temps

    2. The aroma alone makes this beer "worth a try" <g>. I think I spend the first ten minutes after pouring it into the largest weiss beer glass I have just smelling the stuff. Ditto that the alcohol is extremely well hidden. It was a bit of a shock to be tasting both the German weiss beer yeast notes AND hops at first (I can understand LStaff's saying the "conflict" in the Brooklyn version), but I quickly came to love the stuff.

      Still haven't done a side by side with the Brooklyn-Schnieder version - mostly because of the expensive and relative rarity of the B-S and the amount of alcohol that would be consumed after two bottles of both. Probably would be an ideal thing to do in partnership with another beer lover.

      1. I did a side-by-side of these recently ( and enjoyed them both, but prefered the Brooklyn version. I liked that it was more robust than Schneider's, which seemed to stick closer to the flavors traditional in weisse beer. Still, I thought doing the project was a great idea.

        1. Terrific collaboration. Period.

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          1. re: kelarry

            agreed. just brought home the last 3 whole foods had. enjoyed about 18 of them last year, this year i found 'em too late.

          2. Another vote for the "different stroke" notion. I liked the Schneider one better, which really didn't surprise me. I first heard about this on a craft beer podcast (forget which one) and while they liked the Brooklyn better, from their descriptions of the two I was pretty sure I'd like the Schneider more.

            Still, I think the idea is an awesome one.