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RATINGS: 133   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.

Weíve always intended these beers to be wonderful fresh but also to be ďcellarableĒ--to improve with months or even years of proper storage. Over the years weíve been happiest cellaring our strong malty beers. Thatís 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 summerís day.

In Berliner Weisse we think weíve 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 thatís responsible for yogurtís 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, weíve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case weíve 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours hazy gold honey color. Aroma is lemony with hints of apricot and fresh cut grass. Flavor is malty, tart and sour and some vanilla on the finish...kind of boozy too i like this quite interesting and enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a light hazy orange with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddled film with a small collar and had really good sheeting of lacing. The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian Brett yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple and a hint of coriander. The taste was sweetly tart with a good strong dose of citrus from the onset, becoming rather yeasty and bit fruity with a tart and mildly spicy finish. The flavor lasted and average duration following the swallow with a nice sour citrusy flavor left behind. Mouthfeel was right in between light and medium in body with a creamy and slightly dry texture and a prickly carbonation. Overall this was a really flavorful brew with lots of sweet fruitiness and a bold yeasty tart ending...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. 2012 vintage. 3.5 A: Moderately hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy/fizzy white head that falls quickly and leaves just a few whisps of lacing. 3.0 S: It doesnít smell bad, but itís missing many of the things I love about the style. Foremost, it isnít tart in the nose at all. It smells more like an APWA. Secondarily, itís got a lot of bready yeastiness which prevents it from smelling refreshing if that makes sense. Peppery spiciness, surprisingly potent wheat, and bready yeastiness. 3.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is muddled by yeast. Thereís a bit of funk, but again lacking tartness. Spicy peppery yeastiness, breadiness, and wheat. Again it tastes like an APWA. 3.0 M: Medium body. Not light and refreshing, which is something I like about the style. Rather, itís dense and chewy. I canít ding it too much though as it goes down easy enough. 2.5 D: They need to rethink this beer or stop calling it a BW. Itís not bad (itís not good either), but itís not what I wanted. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2012 23:18:57

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rodriguez (264) - Quito, ECUADOR - OCT 14, 2012
Golden, banana, citrus, clove aroma, the same in flavor, with some tartness thanks to lactobacillus. The commercial description says it all, to be honest. A good twisted beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1864) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 An imperial Berliner Weiss? The increase in strength made it almost too sweet for the style. The tartness is matted down by the malt. Drinkable enough though the missus thought it reminded her of a slightly sour tripel. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (975) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours hazy orange with a fast fizzling white head. Smells tart, lemony, and a little sweet. Taste is tart, lemons, and a hint of banana. Light-bodied with a wet, refreshing texture and fizzy mouth-carbonation, Grand Teton Snarling Badger finishes a little tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very heady slightly cloudy wheat yellow color witha pillowy white heas. Citrus and wheat in the nose. Hmmm, doesnít taste like an Berliner Iíve had before. Slight green apple notes, wheat, and bubblegum. Berliner? I think not. Nevertheless, the flavors arenít bad. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 27, 2012
750ml bottle (2012) from Yellowstone. Bright cloudy golden orange with a big thick foamy off white head. Aroma of lemon, fruity wheat, peaches and some light lacto. Flavor is mostly sweet fruity wheat with alcohol, dough, zesty lemon and light tartness. Medium to light body with active carbonation. More of a big wheat beer than a Berliner, the tartness is very subdued by the fruity wheat and alcohol. Interesting, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle shared by drowland, pours an unclear golden with a think white head, aroma has some fruit but seems more like spices than anything, the flavor is pretty light and there isnít a whole lot there, overly sweet and not a lot of tartness to speak of, meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (3311) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Bottle. Pours Hazy golden amber, large creamy white head, some lacing. Aroma of wheat, grain, lemon. Flavor of Tart lemon, wheat, lemon rind bitter finish.

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