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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (607) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle from 2012. Pours cloudy copper with a big beige head, excellent retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of hay, wheat, caramel, lemon, apricot. Medium body, velvety smooth. Medium sweet, lightly tart, light bitter finish, with a mineral undertone. More malty and less sour than usual for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - MAR 7, 2014
Bomber. Aroma is wheat with tart, citrus notes. Pours golden, straw colored with a decent, white head excellent lacing. Taste is a lot like a wheat beer to start. Finishes dry, with the citrus notes coming through strong on the finish. Not bad, but just a little tart for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1573) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
he 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Poured a golden color from the bottle with aromas of wheat, light lemon, and some fruit. Flavors were wheat, and light tart lemon, not the best beer to style, but ok overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bomber at WTWBA. Hazy light gold pour with a white head. Dry and puckering. Not all that good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (9829) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChinoSkillzian (181) - The LBC, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2941) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7999) - 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.

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