auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 Oz Bottle. Fantastic tangy sourdough aroma. Bready, rich, and full of enticing, perplexing yeast tones. So primal and of the earth. An incredibly distinct fresh bread dough note, alive and warm. Pours a translucent mid-day sunshine and straw. Rimmed in a rocky, opalescent white soap. Flavor is wonderful and as expected. A gentle sour tang lays on the tongue and then slides gracefully through some rich, grainy sugars to a light lemon snap on the back end. It’s just great, with the soft wheat sugars and bread flowing throughout and making a great accent counterpoint to the faintest hop crisp back end. Not sweet, not distractingly thin. Perfectly drinkable. I wish I was quaffing this in a biergarden in Berlin in July. Delightful little dapplings of lemon zest and pith mingle with the sugars and the tang. I could have used maybe a nip more sourness and carbonation but other wise this great stuff. Thanks so much Andy!
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small bottle into St. Bernardus glass (are you really supposed to serve this in a bowl? I need to get some berliner weisse’s at a bar some day). Pours like a slightly more golden champagne with less head, more foamy. Nice yeasty wheaty smells emerge right from the bottle, but die off quickly, to be replaced by some soft grape and pilsener grains. Somewhat fizzy at first, which is a nice complement to the surging citrus and melon acidity that attacks the sides of your mouth below the tongue and linger there far into the finish. Pretty soft and uninteresting besides that. The acidity is lemony on the front of the tongue as well, blending into the melon on the sides. Stays nice and juicy, doesn’t dry out at all (which I actually think would be a nice counterpoint). Corny sweetness in the finish detracts a bit (you can start to smell it as the beer warms, too). I see how this could be a kick-ass style if there were more going on in the middle, and if the yeast added some character to the finish. I will have to seek more of these out.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy light straw with a small white head. Delicate little wheat and citrus aroma. Thin flavor, with a lemony tartness and a tangy wheatiness. A touch of funk on the end adds character. Refreshing and inoffensive, but nothing to get excited about.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From an 11.2 oz. bottle--Light and soapy lemon yellow-white body with a bushy two or three-fingered head of white. Light watery and mildly sour lactic flavor. Tart, rich, quenching finish. Blends well with fruit syrups.
bhensonb (10805) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very light citrus aroma. Slightly hazy very light pale gold color with a fizzy white head that left quickly. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is sourish lemon. Passes to remnants of sourish lemon. No strong flavors. It’s tart; it’s refreshing. Some cardboard notes at the finish. Overall it’s ok, and it does make a break.
themightyomega (92) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours very yellow, very hazy with white head that died rapidly. There were crudnicks floating therein (hazy I can deal wit. Crudnicks bug me a bit). Sour citrus aromas. Very sour, very lemonade-like, just a little grain flavor, no bitterness to speak of. Watery, light on the mouth. Probably would be much better with a shot of raspberry syrup:) Like nothing else, though.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours an odd hazy straw to white paper with white head. The aroma is a light mildly lemony tartness flavor with the addition of some funk. The taste has an up front tart bite that is tempered with a mild wheat malt. It ends mildly tart and watery with thin shots of funk here and there. Refreshing hot weather brew.
obguthr (3665) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
1.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Babyfood banana aroma. Shimmering pale yellow, thick snow white head
with floaties. Extremely sour yet almost flavorless with a touch only of wheat and oat. Slight plastic aftertaste. Watery mouthfeel. I rather like the style, but this is nothing more than a novelty sour beer. Next time, I’ll suck on a lemon which has more flavor.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle. Pours a hazy yellow/gold with an initially frothy white head. Smells of tarte lemons, lactic, hints of straw and residual sugars, some sweet wheaty hints. Tastes moderately sour with some underlying tartness. Watery as is expected of this type of beer. Lots of sweet wheat touches and some lemony hints. Initially, this reminded me of lemonade. Finish yields some funkiness. Lots of sweetness with only touches of tartness. Definitely an enjoyable experience and yet another interesting traditional beer from this brewer.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought and tasted at the Pizza Port bottle shop with Brad. I’ve been eager to try a Berliner Weisse after reading much about how to make sour beers. Cloudy pale light yellow color. Lemony sour aroma is very mild. A little phenolic aroma from the yeast. Easy to drink. Nice session pizza beer.