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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Grand Teton Brewing Company has been brewing bold, flavorful beers and serving them from large, beautiful bottles as part of its Cellar Reserve Series since March 2004.

We’ve always intended these beers to be wonderful fresh but also to be “cellarable”--to improve with months or even years of proper storage. Over the years we’ve been happiest cellaring our strong malty beers. That’s made selecting styles for our summer Cellar Reserve releases a challenge, since the best beers for cellaring are not always the best beers to enjoy on a hot summer’s day.

In Berliner Weisse we think we’ve found the perfect style for our summer Cellar Reserve. This north German wheat beer is traditionally brewed and released very fresh. It has a light body from the wheat and refreshingly tart acidity that make it a perfect summer thirst-quencher. Its lemony tartness is provided by a secondary fermentation with lactobacillus, the same microorganism that’s responsible for yogurt’s tang. That tartness increases and improves with age, so the people of Berlin are known to buy extra bottles to bury in their gardens for two years or more.

As usual with our Cellar Reserves, we’ve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case we’ve tripled the strength over the traditional beer, which should only increase its aging potential. For the primary fermentation we used a traditional Bavarian hefeweizen yeast that produces soft notes of banana and clove. We followed that with lactobacillus and six months in conditioning to create a complex fruity acidity that compliments the soft sweet malt tones and a unique ale that is both fulfilling and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (599) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is citrus lemon and wheat. Flavor is wheat, yeast, lemon, citrus fruit, spices, and sour notes. Light body with medium carbonation. Average brew overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
A brewery that i have had many sub-par or infected beers from. This one is maybe their best. Totally off-style but a nice peachy but powerfully alcoholic summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6503) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at SPSBF. Pours a cloudy pale yellowish gold with a white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has some sweet tropical fruits with a hint of tartness with an underlying sweet wheat. Flavor is similar with sweet wheat and tropical fruits with only a hint of tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaBier (4788) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear orange pour with a medium off-white head. Funky aroma with creamy wheat and mild tartness. Malty flavor with funky esters and a bit of tartness. Not quite as tart as I prefer a Berliner Weiss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, clear yellow pour with some off banana, plastic and sour sweetarts flavors, wheat sour finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) hazy medium gold, effervescent, fine creamy white bubbles. Nose of wheat, muscat grapes, white wine. Taste of white wine, muscat grapes, wheat, well carbonated, medium thick body and sort of tart, but not like a sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1885) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle: Medium gold/orange pour with a thick bubbly head. aroma is a bit too sweet. Malty bordering on caramel, lemony and tropical fruit. yeasty, clove spice and banana. Impressions of a too sweet smelling strong wheat beer so far. The tartness is downplayed quite a bit in the flavour. Just a hint of that tartness behind malted wheat, light estery fruit, and spice. I think amping this up into an imperial verison of a Berliner definitely failed for me. Not nearly tart enough to be considered a Berliner. Might have been more lenient on it if they had just aimed for a weizenbock or something like that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2012
750 ml bottle from Binnys Marcy (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich glowing golden orange hue, healthy glow and lively carbonation. A cakey whitish head sits atop, sticks around as a layer and laces ok overall. Lively carbonation, firm haze and inviting glow. Aromas are tart sour mash, lactobacillus, lemons and dust. Flaked wheat, bready malts, and touches of yogurt. A more vibrant lemony and orange aroma starts to grow as it warms, firm sourness on the front. Lactic, yogurt, and dry bready grainy malts, mellow sweetness swept up into a sufficiently citrusy sour nose. Simple yet inviting. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thicker and sweeter up front presenting some estery fruit, apple and touches of banana. A yeasty dryness, grainy bready, straw and dry grass. Mellow spice, gentle pear, light touches of tartness hit the palate, a firm kick of sweetness, straw, and estery fruit. Middle is a bit thick and more in line with a wheaty beer, lacking a stronger tart kick, remaining a bit sweet, malty, with some flashes of dryness. Backend offers yogurt, spicy yeast, and flaked wheat and estery fruit. Lacks the refreshing sourness and lighter easily drinkable body I’d want. Perhaps some time will do it good, but it shouldn’t be drank right now.. It’s mildy tart with more defining bigger wheat ale characterstics, estery fruit, spice, and dryness, flaked wheat elements and some thicker body in there. Nose wasn’t bad, but the beer falls well short of the goal it set for itself. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s just much different than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (7956) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow orange. White head. Nose/taste of banana, sour wheat malt, yeast and citrus. Mild acidity. Heavily carbonated. Lighter bodied. Finishes with banana and lightly soured citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9506) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of wheat, lemon, light earthiness and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast and citrus with a smooth citrus finish.

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