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Huguenots may have originated the style as they traveled through France to Flanders, having first mentioned it in the 1600s. During their time, there were said to be seven hundred weissbier breweries in Berlin. Later, in 1809, Napoleon and his troops identified Berliner Weisse as the Champagne of the North. He requested the beer be served w/syrup to cut its extreme level of acidity. Bayrischer Bahnhof’s interpretation is a slightly softer, more mellow version of the “Berliner Weisse” style with a beautiful balance of tartness, fruitness, and sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Super pale (clear) straw. Lightly wheaty, but strongly lactic aroma. Rather lactic flavor, with a light wheatiness. Quite dry. Light-moderate mouthfeel. This would be more refreshing if it were less lactic, as it really dominates and is all I really taste after just a few sips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 My Bottom Line:
A soft but expansive effervescence carries delicate lemons, apple must fruitiness and crisp cereals into a mineral finish where light tartness rises amongst the prevalent sensations of dryness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam stays atop the cloudy pale yellow.
-The body is dry and highly effervescent. This is perfect for the patio in summer.
-Phenols, sometimes plastic-y, move about behind the fruitiness.
-The tartness barely surfaces and evaporates well before the finish is reached.
-The flavor profile is elegant but perhaps too timid for those looking for something sour and lingering.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2007
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
themightyomega (92) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
obguthr (3841) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
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.

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