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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 (http://eatanddrinkitall.blogspot.com/...) 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.

            1. I've had this a number of times recently and love it.

              1. Not a fan of Brooklyn beer, but Schneider really knows how to help em out! Delicious.

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                1. re: hawaiigrl2003

                  Good Lord, this is delicious.

                  First, as a Londoner, my favourite beers are probably Aventinus and 90min DFH IPA, so this is exciting for me.

                  I'm drinking the yellow/blue version I assume is the Schneider, from Utobeer @ Borough Market in London. We often have to pay up to 8-10£ for decent American curiosities so I'm thankful this was around the 3£ mark and will be back shortly to purchase the rest of their stock.

                  Delightful, the best of both worlds. The alcohol content is a bit of a bugger, given the delicious taste.

                  1. re: kidtofu

                    Both beers have blue/yellow labels. The difference is which logo, and the size of the bottle. The Brooklyn version is 750mL, the German 500. Brooklyn's has their logo, and Schneider's theirs. Either one is fantastic.

                    1. re: Josh

                      "Brooklyn's has their logo, and Schneider's theirs."

                      Unless one comes across a bottle from the first batch of the Schneider-Brooklyner (i.e., brewed at Schneider, as opposed to the Brooklyner-Schneider, from Brooklyn), which did have the Brooklyn "B" logo on the label.

                      "Either one is fantastic."

                      Yup- in fact, I opened a S-B (batch 2- no "B") upon reading this thread...

                      1. re: Josh

                        A-ha, well it was the 500, would love to try the Brooklyn on my next trip stateside, is it available at decent beer stores in NY?

                        1. re: kidtofu

                          The Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen Weisse is relatively easy to find in the NYC metro area - dependent on the release date, of course. Haven't kept a good track of how often they're brewing it nor the number of batches up until now (first was all-draft, IIRC, then a couple of bottlings- notable due to a change in bottle design after the threat of a lawsuit over the "ring" around the neck by New Belgian Brewing Co. and some Belgian brewers http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/200... ) but the fact that it's now got it's own page on the Brooklyn website implies it's apparently at least "semi-regular" release now.