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RATINGS: 119   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.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6849) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10902) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (1892) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (603) - 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 (7200) - 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 (6568) - 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 (4842) - 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 (6004) - 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 (5536) - 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.

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