egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy, pale golden color with a small white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of hay, barnyard funk, toasted dough, lemon peel, and toffee. Taste of toffee, and fresh baked bread, wheat, and a lengthy tart, lemon finish that encapsulated the entire mouth. Really unique Berliner Weisse here, thanks to Mike and the guys at SH for this one!
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to egajdzis for sharing. Pours a translucent yellow with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of green apple, tart wheat, lemon and sour candy. Flavor of sweet tarts, lemon, tart wheat, sour, apples, touch of berries, some cheerios.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2006: Lightly hazed very pale yellow. The aroma was sweet yet oh so tart. Notes of wheat and some fruit. The flavor was very tart but had a sweet component that tried to back it up. It was like the Sweet Tart candies I steal from my kids on Halloween. The picture to the left shows a bottle...oh I hope so.
TheBeerGod (4903) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2006. This was one beer I targetted once I saw the list of brewers and beers. Muddy gold. Small white head. Nose is sweet-sour. Lots of tart fruits, grains, yeast and lightly sweet maltiness. Taste is full on sour! Lots of lemon, unripened or "green" fruits, grains, and yeast. Thereís some straw or hay notes in there as well. Body is light and acidic with a dry finish. Ends like it began - sour! Pretty much a unique beer and as this is only my third of this style, Iím not sure how it compares with "true" German Berliner Weisseís. However, itís pretty damn good on itís own, coming from a lambic lover.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Slightly hazed yellow with a thin white head...smell is sweet with loads of vanilla at first, then tart grassy and grainy with notes of berry, apples, pears...funk...taste is embracingly sour...dirty funk almost, but "dirty funk" in this case would actually mean orgasmic...straw, grass, berries...tart crisp finish that is quick, but not so quick you donít know that you have just tasted nectar of the gods...wow...maybe whole rating should have just been the word "wow" written over and over again...
GarrettB (842) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 It is interesting that we may forgive a man for the worst transgression of all Ė to become inhuman. He may put on a mask, don a costume or even run about like a chimp, but it is all categorized as the same crime. In all these he has thrown away his humanity; the most precious part of our being and the fruit of our evolution. Yet we hardly notice. When we come face to face with these abominations we call them comical. We would condemn a man dressed as a panda no more than we would a real panda. We may even applaud him. A martial artist throwing his arms about like a mantis is more reverential than a man throwing his arms about like a philosopher (confused or not). We have even come to terms with the tattooing of our bodies, hailing the mysterious cheetah-skinned man as a symbol of free expression. Yet, when we come across an inanimate equivalent, in this case a beer, we are much harsher. How could a beer not be a beer? Itís a rhetorical question that turns us into madmen and martinets, calling for swift reform and the swifter resignation of the inept authorities responsible. If a beer is not a beer then revolution is nigh. But I like to see things a bit differently. Southamptonís Berliner Weiss, sampled at the 2006 GABF, is an excellent case of this masquerade. In the most general and literal sense, it is a beer. But every smell, taste, and bubble, every molecule and ester, every carbon atom is bent towards disguising this beer into a sweet white wine. From the very first look Southamptonís little gem looks like a white wine, clouded and drowsy. Sour green grapes leap from the glass into the nose, punching with a ferocious tartness. Muscat and apple cider follow suit, just as much in the smell as the taste. A sipid tartness holds the Berliner Weisseís reigns, controlling but not demanding. Itís a sweet sourness, like the apple, but distinguished and cold. A savory element bifurcates the flavors, dividing the taste into sweet and non-sweet making for a confusing but delicious experience. Finally, the whole circus of flavors goes dim leaving a faint beam of wheat to carry the beer to a whispered conclusion. This is a prime example of when deception should be heresy. All parts of this beer move to look like a wine, and a really nice one at that. However, this rose (call it by any name) has all the beauty of both drinks. The blasphemer becomes the blessed.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Almost neon green body with a thin ring of bubbles. Sour sweet nose like hard apple candy. Perfect sourness, honey, mouth puckering, wheat. Almost perfect.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Draft... GABF í06... This beer rocks!... sample after sample after sample... Mostly clear, off-yellow beer with a small, fizzy, white head. Sour, funky aroma with notes of lemon, underripe berries, spent grain and pineapple. The flavor is also very sour and grainy with no semblance of balance. Pungent, fruity esters abound. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Sour, dry finish. I would drink this brew five nights per week if it were more available and less expensive. At 2% ABV, a real gem of an "almost n/a" brew!
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 GABF 06. Light cloudy straw color. Aroma is very funky, barnyard all over the place. Taste is also very tart/sour, and had a suprisingly full taste considerint itís only 2 percent. I am impressed!
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the blind tiger NYC. syrup added but not stirred, so I got to sample the first half without syrup flavor and the second half with the syrup at the bottom of the glass. cloudy clearish pale yellow, no head. sourish and barnyard aroma. flavor is very tart, like a gueuze. lively to high carbonation. very strong profile, and for 2%, this puts so many beers to shame, proving you donít need ABV to craft a fine tasting beverage. the syrup in the finish gave a good sweet balance.