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RATINGS: 128   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.


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
750ml bottle. 2012 Vintage. Poured a cloudy golden color with an averaged sized head. Would not have guessed this was a Berliner Weisse ... fruity with lighter citrus. Had an over carbonated and somewhat fizzy body that drowned everything out.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChinoSkillzian (163) - The Hills, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Pours a cloudy darker golden color. Nose is malty, sweet, fruit, a hint of acidity. Palate is heavy for the style, with flavors of fruit cocktail syrup, some grain, a bit of tartness, little acidity. Medium dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Sampled from bottle at RBAG 2013. Gold pour, hazy, small swirl of white cap on top. Nose has spices, yeast and bread with slight citrus and fruit. Taste is bready, yeasty with lemon. Some spice at the end with dough and yeast. Not very traditional, but a decent summer beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2013. Lightly hazy yellowish gold with a creamy white head. Not much lacing present. Aroma is sweet, some lemon grass, wheat with just a touch of underlying citrus. The palate is much the same, but comes over far too sweet for the style, very little salty/citric/sharp/refreshing tangyness one would expect. And at 7.5%, way too high in alcohol. Not very subtle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6788) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2013. Lightly hazy yellow-gold topped by a creamy white head; spare lacing. Aroma is sweet and wheat with an underlying tanginess. The palate is much the same, quite sweet though, not quite syrupy but certainly stickier than a Berliner weisse should be in my mind. Not bad, but not what I had hoped for I guess.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4339) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle - Light grains, lemon grass and some sweetness. Clear gold eith a decent white head. Grains, some lemony sourness and yeast. Refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (3975) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Big bottle in a stemless bulb. Pours golden with a fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, spices, hints of tartness but very little. Flavor the same. Agree with adamjackson’s rating, not a Berliner Weisse

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayOfBeer (671) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap: hazy golden yellow with virtually no head. Aroma is tart grass and funky yeasy on the nose. Flavor is mostly lemony tart with a punch of sweetness, grassy wheat, and a yeast funk. Unusual flavor, would have more pop with greater carbonation, would make for a nice hot weather refresher.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AdamJackson (2638) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Hazy golden orange Lots of coriander and honey.s Spicy taste. Honey and a bit of lavender. Sweet pumpernickel bread This is not a berliner weisse

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2013
750 ml bottle from Red Stone Liquors. Nose is apricots, candy sugar and over ripe fruit. Flavor is lemons, clove like notes and again dried fruit. It has a solid wheat back one which I enjoy. The beer itself is pretty good. It is nowhere near a Berliner Weisse, more like a Belgian ale. No sour or tart notes anywhere here. I understand raters being angry with what is advertised. Because if you want sour or tart you are not going to find it in this brew. Still all in all not bad.


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