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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Schneider & Brooklyner - Hopfen Weisse

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Hopfen Weisse
Schneider & Sohn GmbH
8938 Krum Ave.Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany
Est. 1872

Brain Damage Quotient = 8.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 16.9 

Postmortem Brew Review
Murky golden yellow color; a little bit turbid in appearance.
Spice, banana, citrus fruit and bread on the nose.
Some good lacing at first from the near-white head.
Bready upfront with clove like spice and some citrus in taste. Hops finish is pronounced.
Moderate carbonation. 
Light to medium bodied. Alcohol is only slightly detectable, if at all.
Complex for a hefe.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
This is the Schneider version or a brew that is the result of a friendship between Brooklyn's Garrett Oliver and Schneider's Hans-Peter Drexler. The two brewers had admired each other's differences in styles; Garrett's hoppier side and Hans-Peter's soft & smoother style. This concept brought them together to produce a hoppy style wheat beer. This was a perfect collaborative symbiosis for the two brewers as well as the two styles. The resulting weissbock beer is dry-hopped using Hallertauer and Saphir hops. (Note: The body is a bit disturbed as it appears to be left unfiltered. Best to gently roll the bottle to incorporated any sediment residue.)

Who knew this could exist in a weiss? Certainly Garrett and Hans-Peter did. The ending result is a smooth and soft wheat beer that has a strongly pronounced amount of hops. Unusual for a wheat, but wonderful to behold.

Oh yeah, beware the generous 8.2% ABV in the equally generous 16.9 ounce bottle. This ain't your standard summer refresher hefeweizen. But, do enjoy, nonetheless. Their website called it "Hoppy Fireworks!"

I'd love to find some of the stateside Brooklyn equivalent.

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