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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle from Belmont station. Pours a hazy straw color with white rocky head. Some lacing and head retention. Aroma of peardrop, apple, clove, sweet tarts, horsey blanket and banana. The flavor is very similar with the "giddy up" coming through along with some tartness. The tartness is good but a bit mellower than traditional BW sampled before. I like it but the aroma of the beer is a bit offensive. Tried with traditional syrups after intial tasting. The woodrup syrup is best with this brew, raspberry not bad too. I will revisit come warm months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Looks like a slice of lemon meringue pie when you pour it: hazy yellow bottom, white top Lemony/yeasty aroma. Lemony taste. It’s sour as it’s supposed to be

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 bottle. pours hazy golden with white head. nose is sour wheaty, yeasty. flavor is sour wheat, yeasty, bread. refreshing, a nice berliner weisse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle and served in a hefe glass. Pours very very pale with a light cloudy hue topped by a lasting fizzy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of sour apple and lemons, wheat and pale malt. The taste has the expected lactic acid sourness in addition to husky grains and wheat in the background. The mouth feel is sprite and quite refreshing with a dry finish. It is what it is, a light refreshing lower alcohol brew. I would rather a good Berliner Wieß straight up without any syrup, thank you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
Sampled picnic-style in the car (hey, it’s 3%) on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Hazy pale. Tart, lemomy-cidery nose. Tart but smooth on the palate with lemony accents and a clean maltiness. Quick, simple take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
11.2oz bottle, no date. This is almost as light as the Pabst Extra Light I had not long ago, though this does have a hazy whitish component. 1/2 finger short-lived white head, fading to a ring. Though it claims softer and more mellow, I can still easily pick out the lactic qualities. Also some old sweet bananas and lemony wheat. Flavor is that lactic acidity with some light old wheat sweetness to help cut the tang. Minimal amount of wet paper noted. Semi-dry finish that has a lot of wheat building in the flavor at the tail end. Light body with light to moderate carbonation. It’s hard for a beer to be refreshing when it’s 17º outside, but I can definitely see drinking this on a hot and humid Iowa summer night. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
for 3%, it was packed full of flavor. simple, tart, refreshing. the bartender offered me some raspberry syrup to add to it, so i drank half with and half without...i think berliner weisse’s are going to be my summer beer of choice this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Cloudy, almost white like whey. Nose is banana tang, sour, and playful. Mouthfeel is spritzy yet soft. Funk is everywhere. Sour, tangy banana. Sourdough starter. Lactic. Perfectly weird, dry, and clean. So much character and only 3%. Fun and ideal for daytime drinking like a picnic or just stopping by the side of the road to share with a friend...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7247) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Bottled. Poured clear-ish apple juicy golden with a short-lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up sour notes of pineapple, wheat, and apples.. nice and subtle, and as far as I can tell, a solid representation of the style (albeit subtle). The flavor had sour light fruits (green apple, pear, and pineapple) with more of a wheaty texture than flavor.. moderately sour and interesting. Dry on the palate with lower carbonation. This was OK, but it didn’t have anything to keep my attention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Hazy bright yellow with light white head. Aroma is sour and barny with a very citrus presence. Taste is lemon, almost like lemon juice but with a wheaty touch. Nice tart and fruit balance.

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