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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - 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 (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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 (317) - 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 (15040) - 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 (13942) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy blonde colour with a decent white head. Aroma of peach, banana, cloves, wheat, yeast and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750ml bottle $10.49 Bright orange color, hazy and cloudy, foamy head. Smell is wheat and a bit of tartness, not bad. Taste is more wheat, hint of citrus and a lactic quality, just slightly tart. Overall not bad but not one that I would revisit for the price. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-12-2012 01:43:28

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle. Poured hazy light yellow color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeast, alcohol and sour aroma. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet & sour flavor with a medium sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
Poor execution. I would expect more of a sourness and lower abv from the style. Yeasty and some sour fruit aroma. Cloudy deep yellow. Boozy. Only a little sour. So-so drinkability.Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
750ml bottle from Binny’s Depot in Chicago. Cloudy ochre, nice aroma of ripe fruit, flavours of sweet fruit, malts and yeast. Not sour or tart.

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