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RATINGS: 141   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.

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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
750ml bottle. Rating #61. Hazy golden pour with a thin white head. Fruity aroma, banana and apple come to mind and with a little spiciness to add to the overall strangeness of it all. Flavor is similar, more fruitiness, light banana and not much tartness. Nice beer, but it’s not terribly berliner weiss like, tasty stuff though. (2467)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pours hazy golden with a a fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Flavor is lightly tart lemons, wheaty malt, and typical hefe flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
damzz (314) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Head is thick dissipating to dancing lacing in a sanitized glass - yeah, it looks like dancers and no, I’m not drunk. Color is hazy wheat burnished gold. Nose is fresh citrus. Palate is cirtus with the lacto bite with upfront wheat mildness and a refreshing wheat light/medium body. Recalling that Napolean’s troops called this Berlin champagne or something similar, I can understand that in this version which has an ABV of 7.5 % closer to champagne than the standard 3%. As so few beers do, it has a strong nose, which I appreciate. 2012 vintage brew in a 25.4 oz bottle. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
musinj6 (448) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
pours a hazy straw color with 4 finger head with minimal lacing, but lingers. Spicy clove with hint of banana. Bready malt flavor. mildy sweet up front, but turns very tart with bright citrus flavors. Citrus hops present, but not prominent. Medium body with active carbonation. Long bitter and tart finish. Very good. i like this. I only wish I had a second to save for the cellar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Supposed to be a Berliner, but lacks any acidic bite. It’s a decent beer with some yeast and spicey notes. But missing some things to make it taste as detailed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7139) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
On tap at Kupro’s, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a thin off-white head and a sourish fruity aroma. There is a slightly sour apricot flavor with a dry tart finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 750mL bottle. Lightly hazy golden pour with a nice fluffy off-white head. Light chalky aroma with touches of tropical fruit and tartness. Overly sweet fruity flavor with barely light tartness. Too sweet and not enough tart. Eh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
anders37 (18541) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2012
Brewster’s (Sheraton Four Points LAX), Los angeles, CA. Pours a hazy yellow color with a whit ehead. Has a fruity tart citrus aroma. Fruity malty tart citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty tart sour citrus finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
I am sorry but this just isn’t a berliner. Just a sweet and overly spiced wheat beer. Not one single iota of tartness or lactic anything. Its would be ok if in the wheat beer category.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6791) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a deep yellow color with a small white head. An Imperial Berliner Weiss? A fruity nose with some earthy malts and pepper. The flavor doesn’t come across as tart but zingy with some lemon, dust, banana, very odd. The Hefe yeast has taken over here a bit. Quite big. OK.

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