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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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.

Weíve always intended these beers to be wonderful fresh but also to be ďcellarableĒ--to improve with months or even years of proper storage. Over the years weíve been happiest cellaring our strong malty beers. Thatís 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 summerís day.

In Berliner Weisse we think weíve 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 thatís responsible for yogurtís 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, weíve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case weíve 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Broke4Beer (9) - denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012 does not count
Iím not sure what Grand Teton was thinking when they brewed this beer and then called it a Berliner Weiss. To be honest, I knew I was in trouble when I saw that it was coming in at 7.5% abv. Berliner usually have no more than 3.0% abv, with 1809 being a notable exception that tops the chart and defines the style. So needless to say, I had no idea what to expect when I poured the beer into a glass. Initially it smelled vaguely of some sort of Belgian golden/farmhouse/saison. It also had a note of acidity and a little barnyard funkiness. Somehow, this combination didnít work quite as well as it may sound like it could. It mostly just amounted to being vaguely Belgian-y and weirdly infected smelling. The taste was no better. In fact, dare I say the taste is worse. There is no subtlety whatsoever, and the beer is sweet with a slight vinegar-y flavor, spicy from whatever Belgian yeast they threw in to try and develop flavor, and weirdly buttery from the yeast. Itís like it was balanced in exactly all the wrong ways. Acidity, sweet, spicy, and buttery. Just gross. But I could even excuse nastiness, if the attempt to understand and brew to style was sincere. Itís clear that they didnít even try. This exactly what needs to be removed from the craft beer industry, as it puts our reputation on the line.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChainGangGuy (4426) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Samís Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Dark golden body, moderately clouded, with a brief but unyielding, not-quite-fizzy, white head.

Smell: All of the wheat malt aroma you would expect from a big wheat beer, with notes of clove, sugar-laced bananas, florals, and tired lemons.

Taste: Sweet with plenty viscous, creamy malted wheat flavor. Slight perceived honey taste, with a growing banana character. Pinch of clove. Low citrusy hint. Lightly acidic, very little tartness -- not nearly enough to cut through the rich wheatiness (if it werenít for the carbonation, this would be even more of a mess). Closes out nearly as sweet and wheaty as it started.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I cannot tell you h--actually, I suppose I can tell you. I was very excited to purchase a Berliner Weisse. I was very disappointed to learn it was anything but. For a few minutes I tried to pretend it was a Belgian golden ale loaded with wheat. No dice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5216) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2012
750ml bottle shared by Dallas, thanks
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized white and some lacing
Aroma: Fruity. lemon and spices
Taste: Malty and fruiy
Nice and tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle: Pours a dirty blonde color with gold. Head is big, but short lived. I enjoyed the aroma; citrus, grass, florals, and hints of tart. A little tartness in the taste, but also a softer wheat vibe. Still a little citrus and more wheat. Better as it warms and imo better that a lot of the prior ratings would suggest, but I guess thatís part of the deal when you put a pretty mediocre brew in a cellar series and charge too much for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2379) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. The aroma is tart apple, lemon, doughy. The flavor is thick dough, lemon, tart apple, dusty, peach. This is a heavy berliner. Not as bad as I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KyotoLefty (6831) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2012
Taster at Four Points. Estery weizen-like nose with banana and clove and buttery diacetyl. A bit sour and milky, or is that butter? This is a mess. Glad I didnít get a pint. Not a Berliner at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ads135 (3155) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Holy crap. Is this a white mixed with lemonade? The citrus here is intimidating and syrupy. Some clove, but mostly just tartness. Tried at the Cuniganís tasting party in 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3321) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 21, 2012
750 ml bottle purchased at Gomers in Leeís Summit, Missouri. 2012 bottle. The pour is a lightly hazed orange yellow with a fluffy 3 inch white head. Thick, splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a soft tart citrus, along with a sour sweet vanilla sort of thing. The taste is cracker malt initially, than moves to a lactic sourness that has some of the fruit, reminiscint of yogurt. There is also wheat and some general clove yeast that carries the finish. The aftertaste lingers a touch with the citric, though its a bit saltly and odd. The palate is medium bodied, active carbonation, and the citric sweet yeasty salt finish lingering. Not really refreshing in the traditional Berliner Weisse sense, though I did enjoy this well enough. I think they should have called this more of a generic ale, it was certainly a style bender.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (32988) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2012
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Arom a fruity andnlight toasted malty. Bitter and light fruity. Ends dry amd spicef to hoppy finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11839) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
A very hazy golden orange color with a white head. Smells surprisingly sweet for a berliner. A bit of fruit, some lactic tartness, and some sort of hefeweizen like notes of clove and banana. Flavor is quite fruity with lemon, banana, and peaches. Itís also sweet, maybe a bit of honey to it. The tartness is there, but not as prominent as usual in a berlinerweiss. Sort of heavy on the palate, too.

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