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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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.


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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2012
750 ml bottle from Binnys Marcy (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich glowing golden orange hue, healthy glow and lively carbonation. A cakey whitish head sits atop, sticks around as a layer and laces ok overall. Lively carbonation, firm haze and inviting glow. Aromas are tart sour mash, lactobacillus, lemons and dust. Flaked wheat, bready malts, and touches of yogurt. A more vibrant lemony and orange aroma starts to grow as it warms, firm sourness on the front. Lactic, yogurt, and dry bready grainy malts, mellow sweetness swept up into a sufficiently citrusy sour nose. Simple yet inviting. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thicker and sweeter up front presenting some estery fruit, apple and touches of banana. A yeasty dryness, grainy bready, straw and dry grass. Mellow spice, gentle pear, light touches of tartness hit the palate, a firm kick of sweetness, straw, and estery fruit. Middle is a bit thick and more in line with a wheaty beer, lacking a stronger tart kick, remaining a bit sweet, malty, with some flashes of dryness. Backend offers yogurt, spicy yeast, and flaked wheat and estery fruit. Lacks the refreshing sourness and lighter easily drinkable body I’d want. Perhaps some time will do it good, but it shouldn’t be drank right now.. It’s mildy tart with more defining bigger wheat ale characterstics, estery fruit, spice, and dryness, flaked wheat elements and some thicker body in there. Nose wasn’t bad, but the beer falls well short of the goal it set for itself. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s just much different than expected.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (4099) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2015
On tap. Comes a somewhat cloudy pale gold with an average white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and yeast. Taste is citrus, fruit, spice, malt, and yeast. Decent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
[Tap] Light golden color with a white head. Cloudy pour. Musty grains, green apples and wet grass in the nose. Notes of dough, citrus, clove, peppercorn and some alcohol in the taste. Harsh levels of acidity. Lots of carbonation. Lingering tart citrus finish. Thinner body. Not that easy to drink. Tasting notes from 8/2014.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
benfergy (232) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2015
The aroma of this beer isn?t very strong; the most present element is the yeast. The taste is very good; there?s both sweet and (citrus) sour. The palate is refreshing. Good beer, even though I?m still not certain how much I like the Berliner Weiss style.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GreatDane1632 (823) - USA - DEC 7, 2014
12oz bottle Poured into a tulip -- Pours and smells like a really good Berliner. Flavor doesn’t back it up, too sweet not enough sour. Decent drinker.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle - Now that this guy is in 12oz, I can get it in a mix-six. Pours golden with a ring of white head. Nose is banana, clove, white grape, pear, and a bunch of sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet banana, pear juice, and a bit of tart apple on the finish. Slick and medium-thin with ample carbonation. This is not a berliner weisse.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12113) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle, from Bottlecraft Little Italy, split on the hotel patio SD on the evening of 13/11/14. Lightly hazed golden with a decent off white swirl and edgeing. Nose is lemon rind, bitter citrics, straw, tarte peach, light woody tunes. Taste comprises yeast esters, straw, hint of vanilla, bitter lemon. Medium body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a tarte citric wash. Ok ’Linner erring towards basic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (807) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2014
Tap; pours a cloudy gold with a white head; aroma is wheat and citrus; taste is sweet with citrus, wheat, and yeast; finish is wet and slightly bitter; not sure if this is a true Berliner Weisse as it does really have the sour characteristics of a Berliner Weisse, however this is not a bad beer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2728) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Tart and slightly sour, hazy golden body with tiniest ring of a head. Aroma is floral, and yeasty like a Belgian ale. More tartness in the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2770) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2014
12 oz bottle of Snarling Badger with bottled on date of 23 June 2014. Pours clear, light amber with a small head. The aroma is an unappealing mix of yeast, citrus, bready malts and funk. Flavor: mildly tart with a mostly lemony citrus tone. Some bready light grains. O: get past the aroma and you’ll find a quite drinkable weisse beer with well hidden ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Acidic/lemony aroma; some sweet malt and earthy character. Tart flavor, balanced with malt sweetness. Sweeter finish, and more sour in the aftertaste. Subtle fruity and earthy flavors. Slight dishwater flavor.


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