>The Midweek: Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfenweisse
First bands, now brewers – I’m talking Supergroups.
When I first heard that Brooklyn and Schneider were brewing together and sharing each other’s hops, my interest was naturally piqued – as a lover of both brewhouses. Surely this would make the brewing equivalent of Hendrix jamming with Led Zeppelin, Or Jeff Buckley duetting with Janis Joplin? (What can i say, I’m a child of Grunge…)
Maybe. I had to drink this beer; this month I managed to get my mitts on a couple of bottles (Thanks, Zak!)
Essentially, Schneider and Brooklyn have created a new beer style; and to be honest, it’s a good, solid beer. The use of Halletauer hops give it a sharp edge, and a somewhat astringent aroma. However, upon tasting you see where the joins are – on one hand you get a citric, tropical burst with much less Banana and Cloves than you’d expect from a weizen – but then those hops come through and give you a high, high bitterness. It drinks really well, smooth and long – but toward the end of the glass it does become a bit of a struggle to drink – possibly simply due to its up-front flavours. This is no shrinking violet of a beer – 8.2abv with attitude to match.
Seek it out, even just to try it – it certainly is worth that. Supergroups – always interesting, but never as good as the original bands. If I can get my hands on the Brooklyn – Schneider version, I will let you know…