drjay44 (2130) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 750 ml. bottle. Pours a fluffy white head, with good retention, some lacing, over a hazy, yellow (SRM 3) body....nose is cereal, bread, lemon, light acid, banana/bubblegum....taste is sweet lemon, light cereal, banana/bubblegum, clove hints, ending with a light acid...mouth feel light, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds a pleasant spritz to the acid. This is wrongly categorized as a Sour/Wild. There are almost no Sour/Wild characteristics in the aromas or flavors. The label on the bottle says it is a Berliner Weisse. It almost completely misses that low alcohol, very acid dominated style. It is high in alcohol, low in acid, and rather sweet. It is almost a Hefe with a hint of acid. I think this is a failed experiment as to style. It will sell as a mongo step up from anything pale and yellow because it does not taste bad. It just has no style. BJCP 6/3/12/4/5 Re-tasted this at Elevation as a flight of Berliner Weiss, and it remains sweet with pear, apple tones that make it almost a sour cider (Scrumpy) in type.
Dunt (214) - Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle picked up at Binny’s, actually pretty excited about this one. Pours a hazy golden orange, with a dense, fluffy white head probably two fingers worth in height. Nose isn’t very reminiscent of a traditional berliner weiss. Instead, this reminds me more of a bavarian style weiss. The nose is predominantly Belgian yeast, clove, and banana. The flavor has a lot of the same characteristics as the nose, but there is also a light tartness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I would like for a berliner, but it has good carbonation and a moderate finish. Pretty odd interpretation on a berliner by Grand Teton. Being that Grand Teton set out to put their own twist on a traditional berliner, I would say that they were successful in making a unique beer. It will be interesting to see how tart ths gets with some age.
Bacterial (417) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had my hopes up for this one, as I was really looking for something tart and snappy. Pour was cloudy golden with a white head. Smell was nice, some fruit (pineapple/tropical) in there. The taste was good, just a touch of acid / sour to it - really overwhelmed by sweet / malt. I polished of the entire bottle though and I will probably pick up one more to forget about until next summer.
adnielsen (6194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Cloudy, fluorescent yellow orange appearance with a fluffy, white head. Lightly lactic, lemon spritzy, mild vanilla/coconut, effervescent, spicy yeasty, wheat malty aroma. Fairly sweet, quite wheat malty, lightly sour, a touch acidic, lemon citrusy flavor. The sourness doesn’t seem to have developed yet. Not sure if sitting on it will help, but at this stage, it’s too sweet, malty, and boozy for the style. If the lactic element develops, maybe this one will be more worthwhile.
Beaver (1061) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small fine white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is wheaty malts and sour almost rotten tropical fruits and bananas with a little stinkiness.
The flavor is sweet sugary fruity malts and bananas with a little acidic tartness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, too sweet with not much sourness. Crabtree’s version is much better.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle. Hazed yellow-orange pour with lots of visible carbonation. A medium white head sits on top. Aroma of grains, wheat, mild tangerine and cantaloupe. I also get hints of pineapple, mild grains of paradise, some lime. Also, lots of banana and clove notes. The Flavor is mostly belgian yeast and wheat. I sense a very slight twinge of tartness. Sour? No. Berline Weisse? No. This is like a belgian with a twinge of sourness. Medium bodied, slight syrup in the body. It has a cool name. I’ll give it that. They shouldn’t call it a Berline Weisse, though. They’re just asking for extreme disappointment. However, as a sour beer, it’s middle of the road, if uninspiring.
SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. cloudy gold with a very small, white head. floral nose with apricot, pineapple, and honeydew melon notes. flavor has a tropical fruit(pinapple) hint with floral accents. has some typical hefeweizen resemblances, but really lacks any tartness, acidity, or saltiness associated with a traditional example. not sure if it needs more time to develop or what. a nice beer, but doesn’t register as a berliner to me.
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st to rate! Good beer overall. Smell a bit of acidity and sourness on the nose, but mostly overwhelmed with banana and a slight touch of clove. The beer looks great, but I thought it would have a denser head and I definitely gave it a hearty pour - lacing was also minimal. Taste is a tad much on the banana, decent lactic sourness, but needs more to balance out the sweetness with this ABV. I wonder how this would taste in a year? Still, I drank the entire bottle and I would have one again if I saw it on tap somewhere.