Hopfen-Weisse is part of a collaboration between Germany’s Schneider Brewery and New York’s Brooklyn Brewing Company. Each brewery made this beer using the same recipe, but locally grown ingredients. This review is for the Schneider version and it has a 8.2% ABV.
This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett’s concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other’s brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.
This weizenbock pours a cloudy marigold color with gold highlights. It pours with an off-white head that quickly fades to a practically non-existent film. A few bubbles are present, however.
Wow, there are a lot of things going on in the nose of this beer. I picked up wheat, corn, flowers, citrus and pepper notes. This is a very fragrant beer!
Hopfen-Weisse takes like a citrus soda, but with corn and wheat taking the place of the carbonation. There is an odd, but fantastic flavor path that this beer takes when you’re drinking: corn –> wheat –> lemon –> spice. There is a zesty effervescence about this beer. Hops become more apparent as it warms. Hopfen-Weisse essentially tastes like a wheat beer meets a saison meets a pale ale.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a noticeable cloudiness. It clings to your mouth, but thankfully doesn’t dry it out. Hopfen-Weisse goes down smooth and is quite refreshing.
This is a fantastic beer! I love finding beers/brewers that blur lines and test the boundaries of styles. I hope to someday try the Brooklyn Brewery version of this beer.
Overall: 8.5 out of 10
As a WEIZENBOCK: 9 out of 10
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