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RATINGS: 119   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2012
750mL bottle, 2012 vintage. Poured mostly clear medium golden with an inch or so of white head. The aroma picked up sour fruit zest, cloves, and a pinch of lemon zest over sweet bready notes and a pinch of honey.. pleasant and well-balanced, but too sweet for the style. The flavor opened tart with lemon zest, cloves, and lacto.. slick middle with honey and bready notes again.. some light pineapple bitterness on the edges.. a touch metallic on the back-end, with more spices and some definite hefe yeast. Lighter-bodied with too much carbonation on the palate.. some good pieces to it, but it was too big and not sour enough for the style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
[On-tap] Notes went through the wash, so missing some details. Pours hazy amber with a small head. Aroma is weak with light fruit. Taste has alcohol, a lot of wheat, yeast, sweet tarts. Nice at times. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, long finish. Upon warming, some peach, black pepper and plum came out. Overall, the high alcohol was surprising and completely unnecessary. Not terrible, but not a particularly impressive beer either.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
I was expecting more from this one. Poured prettily but there was no aroma to speak of and the taste wasn’t the tart crispness that I was expecting. Tasted more like a flat wheat beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1498) - Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2012
750 ml. bottle- Pours a very hazy golden with a thin white head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is very citrusy, refreshing, but subdued. The taste is the same, citrusy lemon, banana, refreshing as hell, yeasty, moderate peppercorn or clove, it kind of tastes like a Tripel in some ways. Body is medium to light, carbonation is fairly high. Overall I liked it, good summer beer with a high alcohol twist.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (528) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Growler fill at Growlers, Hilton Head SC. Wheat and clove aroma, subtle sour. Hazy golden body with thin dissipating head. The higher alcohol content of this beer makes it more like a strong ale. Wheat and clove favor, tartness over powered by yeast flavor. A tasty beer but not a traditional Berliner.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of peaches and wheat, with some light tartness. The flavor is very similar. There is quite a bit of fruit - mainly peaches and lemons - as well as some wheat. There is a good bit of flavor, but the tartness level is very light. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2012
On tap at The Bridge. Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a small white head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma of banana, sweet malts, wheat, clove, lemon citrus, grass, and herbs. The flavor follows those same notes closely, with sweet malts, banana, clove, wheat, lemon, herbs, and some floral soapiness. Medium-bodied, with a wheaty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The weisse yeast really comes through and overpowers the lighter Berliner character. Not sure about the the imperial Berliner weisse thing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of lemon, yogurt, grass, and lemongrass. Flavor of grass, herbs, citrus, salt, banana, earth, and light lacto with a dry finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Bright yellow as one would expect from a beer sold as a Berliner Weisse. But this drinks like a super sweet lemon-orange soda, more a amped American wheat than a Berliner. Too sweet, not tart enough for style. Drinkable, if that’s what you want. (#4634, 7/1/2012)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3257) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a thick and fine-bubbled white head that leaves some generous lacing. Wheaty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and hints of lemon and banana. Be careful when drinking it - this stuff foams like a mad dog - er, make that mad badger! Wheaty flavor has a firm yeasty note plus subtle fruity hints. Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz.


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