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Beer Available At White Labs Tasting Room (arranged by most recent)
White Labs / O’Sullivan Brothers Red (WLP 051) , White Labs / O’Sullivan Brothers Red (WLP 023) , White Labs / O’Sullivan Brothers Red (WLP 013) , White Labs / O’Sullivan Brothers Red (WLP 001) , White Labs Leeuwenhoek Saison (WLP 644/645) , White Labs Leeuwenhoek Saison (WLP 590) , White Labs Leeuwenhoek Saison (WLP 566) , White Labs Leeuwenhoek Saison (WLP 565) , White Labs Pasteur Porter (WLP 515) , White Labs Pasteur Porter (WLP 060) , White Labs Frankenstout (F96) , White Labs Pasteur Porter (WLP 051) , White Labs Pasteur Porter (WLP 005) , White Labs Pasteur Porter (WLP 006) , White Labs Leeuwenhoek Saison (WLP 670) , White Labs / Coronado Milk Stout (WLP 500)
BeerandBlues2 (803) San Diego, California | May 17, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
I rather enjoyed visiting White Labs, despite it being right at closing. The bar tender indicated it was last call but served us as if there were hours left, which made us feel right at home. It is nice to be able and sample the same recipe using multiple yeasts, so I see this as a regular stop, particularly once the new brew system is online. This is one of the better San Diego stops.
joeneugs (184) Livermore, California | May 10, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited on a Tuesday afternoon. It’s located in an industrial park near lots of other RB places and breweries. The tasting room is really well done with probably about 10-12 seats at the bar and some tables around the small/medium space. They have some plaques on the wall explaining yeast culturing and giving bio’s on people like Pasteur and Leeuwenhoek. Pretty interesting. There’s even a window that gives you a peek into the lab. It almost has a museum feel to it in that corner of the room. There’s usually about 5-6 different beers on tap, but several different versions of each (different yeast strains of course) which give them close to 30 unique beers at a time. I enjoyed trying the different Saison strains and was surprised at how different some of the common ale strains were. Very informative if you’re a homebrewer or hard core beer geek. The service was pretty good, but unfortunately, the beers were a tad below average. I would definitely go back just for the fact that you do learn a lot about yeast here, which I guess is the main point.
fluffheady (109) Chicago, Illinois | April 20, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
White labs is for the ultimate beer dork experience. They make flights of beer that use the same malt and hop recipe but with different types of yeast. Among other beers, these flights included a Porter flight, a Milk Stout flight, a Saison flight, and a Wit flight, each with four different styles of yeast. It is truly amazing how different the beers can be just because of the yeast. Also, the lighting was really cool.
I could definitely see that if you bring someone here who isn’t really into beer they could be frustrated and say "they all taste the same, wtf". But if you like beer at all, you MUST visit here. It’s also up in Miramar - home to many different awesome breweries. You can make a great afternoon out of beer touring, and this must be a stop.
Marheb (250) San Diego, California | February 21, 2015| Updated February 22, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Se pointer dans ce salon de dégustation c’est se prêter à un jeu divertissant pour n’importe quel curieux de la science brassicole. Saison, porter, sweet stout, ipa et hefeweizen se retrouvent dans différentes déclinaisons de levures et/ou de houblons. L’endroit est pas ce qui a de plus excitant mais le contenant n’est pas si important dans ce contexte-là.
sir__v (125) Lille, France | February 17, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited the 10th February with a friend - The place is near to Green Flash brewery. When I was there, White labs is redoing is labs so we can’t visit the place. We tried the taproom. Nice taproom on a industrial style. The place is made to taste the yeast and compare them. There are flights yeast style and this is a great initiation for the yeast taste. Price is ok and the selection is just only batch with different yeast. The service is nice and people friendly. Good place if you want to upgrade your yeast level.
rlgk (383) Göteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Midsize place, not far from Alesmith. Interesting to see how different yeaststrains vhanges the beers, but it gets a bit too geeky for me. Beers were not that great, service was ok. Noy my favorite in this area.
GT2 (650) San Diego County , California | October 21, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..10.15.14
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . .North SD, close to Alesmith
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .Immense, 20+ house beers
Bottle Selection. .Probably none
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ...Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .Perhaps
Beer Level. . . . . ..Modest
Food Level. . . . ...None
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ...Yes
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Modern, Dark Wood
Good for Kids. . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Good for ticking only
Comments: New, modern tasting room to showcase White Labs’ yeast strains. They make a handful of base beers and then you can sample four or more versions of the same base wort fermented with various WLP strains. It is more of an educational experience than anything else. Great for understanding how yeast affects beer flavor. Excellent for getting your tick on as well. Any given time, there are probably over 20 new beers ticks to be had. It is close to Alesmith and many other SD breweries. Could be worth a stop.
MOlsonNotBeer (31) Illinois | August 24, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great place to check out how different yeasts affect your recipe. Sometimes they run out of a version making it hard to see the impact of the different strains on a particular batch.
chinchill (128) South Carolina | July 1, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Offered 15 beers in groups of 3-4, beers within each group being identical except for the yeast strain. Also a stout made with 96 different yeast strains!!
Nice artsy/sciencey atmosphere and decor. Bar plus table seating.
A must visit for homebrewers.
Naven (97) Poway, California | March 30, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
This place is super cool and the staff are always really nice - I really enjoyed the tour. I completely get the concept here - and appreciate it, but the beers are rarely good, some have been down right poor. Last time I was there, a big party bus with drunk idiots came in like a tornado touching down. Kinda ruined it for me.
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