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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17823) - 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 (16989) - 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 (15524) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle @ Berliner Weisse Takeover, Ulfborg 2013. Pours hazy light yellow with a frothy white head and lacings. Citrus, yeast, esters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a murky gold with a ring of white foam that seems to hang around. Aromas of wheat, lemon, light earthiness and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast and citrus with a smooth citrus finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours with a hazed, bright orange-golden hued body with a large and retentive white. Aromas are bright, lactic acid, floral, bready, grainy, carbonic. Light sulfur. Flavors of green melon, floral, doughy, medium acidity, apple skins. Decently tart, medium clean flavors. Lively carbonation, green apple. Dry and bright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle from Mr. B’s. The pour’s hazy gold with a small white head. The nose is a bit of cheddar cheese, some lactic acid lemon funk, a bit of fruit squash and lemon juice. The taste is much the same - light lemon fruit squash, a bit of lactic acid, mild sugary funk. Hints of chalky mineral. Light body. Overall, this really lacks the tart bite that I would expect in most Berliners. I didn’t find this massively flavorful. Just OK.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brucebruce81 (391) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 1, 2012
This beer was ok it had a citrus taste and had some hints of hops but not many good for summer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jack. Pale gold lasting white head. Quite cereally wheaty baked beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Bottle ahared at Craft, thanks to Jack. Pours lightly hazy gold with a small, creamy white foam head. Nose holds some doughy malts, light lemon. Medium sweet flavor with tons of doughy malts, hints of lemony citrus, bread. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, doughy malt finish, very light lemon tang. Does not have the tartness I would expect from a Berliner weisse. Tasty beer, though.

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