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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a golden color with a finger of fizzy foam that settles out quickly. On the nose there is a light lemon tartness and lots of belgian yeast ester... hmmm not really the aromas Id expect from a berliner weisse. The palate unfortunately follows the nose with a big sticky belgian ester that reads nothing like a berliner. Not sure what happened here as the beer in it finishing stages shows glimpses of lactic and lemony tartness but the majority of the beers flavor profile read like a Belgian golden and not a berliner. Poopy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Uhhhhh. Pours like orange juice. Huge banana wheat stuff going on, a lot like a hefeweizen, with maybe a mild tartness. Heavy and gross from the laughable ABV. Skip this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39784) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

[ Courtesy of jackl ]. Unclear medium yellow colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, grass, citrus, moderate yeasty, tart citrus, funky, lactic notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light acidic - sour milk with a long duration, tart citrus, citrus peel, hoppy, yeasty, citrus. IMO. quit fresh. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121201]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, funky yeasts, sourness, lemon zest, tart green fruits, bit of oak. T - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, funky yeasts, some tart green fruits, lemon zest, and some light oak and vanilla. M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky and tart finish. D - Nicely balance berliner weiss. Could have used a bit more kick.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
LTBC16 (16) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Absolutely one of the worst examples of a berliner Weisse I have ever experienced. Stay away ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle @ Fonefan. Cloudy yellow body with a small white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, tart. Flavor is fruit, tart, light bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
pours a hazey yellow, large quickly disapating head.This beer has a light citrus to it, a lot of sour fruits flavors and a light grain taste this beer is fairly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14423) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, citrus and light tart. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic finish. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 110113

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15094) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
¨Bottle @ fonefan berliner weisse, cream ale multistate tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is hazy golden. Aroma and taste are brett, citrus, fruits, wheat malt and hops. Light acidity and mild. Hides alcohol quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13133) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle, 7.5%. Hazy dark yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, spices and herbs. Flavour is malt, fruit, orange peel, little citrus, wheat, little banana and medium sweet.

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