Steve Hindy and Tom Potter founded Brooklyn Brewery in the mid 1980’s. In the beginning, most of the beer was brewed on contract sites in upstate New York, until they found space in Williamsburg for a functioning brewery. It all started with Brooklyn Lager, but today the brewery produces over 16 year-round brews with an additional 8 seasonals. They have grown well beyond their microbrew roots, to one of the most recognizable brands on the market today.
The ingredients for their Greenmarket Wheat is sourced entirely from the state of New York. They partnered with GrowNYC for local grain, even the hops are grown on a family farm in up state New York owned by member of the Brooklyn Brewery team.
This beer pours a light yellow hazy color, with carbonation swirling from the bottom. A small off white head forms before quickly fading away.
On the nose there are notes of grains and a heavy malt presence. In the background there are hints of light fruits, and almost earthy aroma. Some hops finish it a touch of pine.
A little more body then you would expect from a wheat beer without being overtly dry. A strong wheat presence leads to heavy malt flavors similar to what you would expect from an old world German style wheat beer. Slightly more hoppy without an overly acidic finish.
Wheat beers typically don’t stand out this time of year with a lot of brewers pushing stouts or porters. While this may not be one to help keep warm around a fire it still makes a case for heavier old style German brews during the colder months. A nice paring with a hearty pot roast, something lighter like raw oysters or something sweet like cheesecake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints