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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (529) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Growler fill at Growlers, Hilton Head SC. Wheat and clove aroma, subtle sour. Hazy golden body with thin dissipating head. The higher alcohol content of this beer makes it more like a strong ale. Wheat and clove favor, tartness over powered by yeast flavor. A tasty beer but not a traditional Berliner.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5667) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of peaches and wheat, with some light tartness. The flavor is very similar. There is quite a bit of fruit - mainly peaches and lemons - as well as some wheat. There is a good bit of flavor, but the tartness level is very light. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2012
On tap at The Bridge. Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a small white head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma of banana, sweet malts, wheat, clove, lemon citrus, grass, and herbs. The flavor follows those same notes closely, with sweet malts, banana, clove, wheat, lemon, herbs, and some floral soapiness. Medium-bodied, with a wheaty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The weisse yeast really comes through and overpowers the lighter Berliner character. Not sure about the the imperial Berliner weisse thing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of lemon, yogurt, grass, and lemongrass. Flavor of grass, herbs, citrus, salt, banana, earth, and light lacto with a dry finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (5693) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Bright yellow as one would expect from a beer sold as a Berliner Weisse. But this drinks like a super sweet lemon-orange soda, more a amped American wheat than a Berliner. Too sweet, not tart enough for style. Drinkable, if that’s what you want. (#4634, 7/1/2012)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3282) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a thick and fine-bubbled white head that leaves some generous lacing. Wheaty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and hints of lemon and banana. Be careful when drinking it - this stuff foams like a mad dog - er, make that mad badger! Wheaty flavor has a firm yeasty note plus subtle fruity hints. Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is light berry, earthy and barnyard/funky yeast, straw and Pils malt with a light lactic character. Flavor is mildly tart and lactic with fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6850) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Amber beerw ith a whitish head. Tart and malty aroma with light grass. Sweet malt and tart flavor with light wheat, banana, and light spice. Medium bodied. Sweet malt and tartness lingers with wheat, light banana, and spice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Pours cloudy orange gold with a slight layer of transient whitish bubbles. Aroma is very fresh - light notes of banana and spice. Near med body. Flavor starts banana, moves to clove. Lemon seems in it. It’s pretty tart. Berliner weisse? Why not. A very spicy one, and one that doesn’t have extreme tart/sour, but sure. Drinks real nice.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (1902) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Crushed at Fresh Craft. Cloudy orange pour. Not sure this fits style. Basically a tart wheat ale. A bit heavy and just tastes unintentionally infected and sold as something else.


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