Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The sh*t tastes like champagne! Big thanks to JW77 for the share.
The pour was hazy, opaque gold into a goblet. Immediate 1/4" froth like beaten egg whites came up and dissipated almost as quickly, leaving thin white lacing behind.
The aroma had some clear lemon zest, light florals, and hint of yeasty funk. The taste? See opening sentence.
Very refreshing and drinkable, IMO. Had the right amount of tart so as to wake up your palate, but not fry it. One of my favorite Berliner Weisses aside from ccbís ich bin ein rainbow jelly donut.
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Miami Fandango í10 gathering. Thanks to JW77 for the share.
Pours golden straw, white head.
Aroma is tart, grainy, corn like with lots of lemon.
Flavors, sour/tart and effervescent mouthfeel with a lot of citrus/lemon and a lasting corn finish.
Definitely a style that deserves more attention. Light in body and yet complex for 2% abv.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Gold with a thin head of white wisps. Mostly dirty nose, light grain with heavy lemon. Flavor is less milky, more grain and lemon. Tart body lessened by heavy carbonation adding some bitterness, biting with prominent grain in the finish and only light lactic notes. Heavier, more lemon-forward example, so while refreshing and unique, not my favorite of the style.
translucent gold, heavy effervescence, consistent thick but small-bubbled white head. Heavy mineral nose, light apple, faint bread and lactic, very pleasant, so many elements, only lightly sour, but incredibly refreshing and intriguing. Flavor is very subtle, no element overriding, stinging lemon at front palate evolving into minerals and then a warming bread and lactic kiss in the finish, balanced and harmonius. The palate mutes no flavors but is still playful, all elements on display, incredibly intriguing, almost gravel/wet-pavement like through the bone-dry, quenching finish. How opinions change.
MeadMe (1174) - Riverview, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Thanks to JW77 for this rare treat.
A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow hue. Very small head no retention or lace.
S: Aromas of light grainy malt. Saltine crackers, lemon zest, and tart green apples.
T: Drinkable with a subtle tartness. Mildly grainy with hints of bready yeast. Light brine with a nice citric sting. Granny Smith apple tartness with mild lactic notes.
M: On the lighter side, zippy carbonation, crisp, champagne like...damn tasty.
D: Very nice. Very good brew.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 # 1550. 22 oz 2010 bomber(gold foil #52/150). Pours a slightly cloudy white yellow gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of hay, bread, pears, sour notes, tart white grapes and light lemony funk. Taste of sour notes, pears, tart white grapes, bread notes and light lemony funk. Impressive for a 2 %er.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 batch, props to MrChopin for sharing! Hazy light gold in color, fizzy white foam that fades to a thin ring. Mostly wet grains in the aroma with a slight lactic note. Prickly carbonation on the tongue at first, lots of husky grain flavors and then a slight tart lactic finish. Great body for something so low in abv, very refreshing.
LilBeerDoctor (3230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 batch, bottle #3/150. Pours a super carbonated deep yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly recedes. Aroma of tart grapes, sour malt, bready malt. Flavor is initially super tart and sweet with a bready, malty finish. Crisp, a little prickly but mostly an easy drinking palate. Tons of flavor for just a 2%-er. Top notch Berliner!
blklab2007 (1781) - Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle #47 of 150. pour is a pale yellow in color with a thin covering of white fizzy head and a steady stream of carbonation off the bottom of the glass. aroma reminds me of dry white wine. dry white grapes, light tartness, fresh cut wheat, champagne yeast, and swirls of lemony citrus. light crisp mouth feel with plenty of prickling carbonation. flavor has fantastic tartness, musty yeast, wheat, white grape skins, green apple, and pokes of citrus. I had high hopes after standing in line on a freezing day for this rare bottle. the dryness on this just keeps on coming and it has a somewhat earthy natural side. as far as the style goes to make something so bold and unique at this abv is quite a feat and the flavors did not disappoint. it is so easy to consume and completely enjoyable. this is a beer where rating this to style is deserved and extra points are awarded for nailing something difficult to produce.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 1, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2011 Pastel yellow body with a quickly fading, effervescent, white head. Nose is ground corn/wheat, perceived tartness, and a little beeswax funk. Flavor is beautiful lactic tartness, wholesome grains, and a subtle hint of earthy, beet-like tang. Mouthfeel is appropriately light with prickly carbonation, and works perfectly to carry the flavors towards a clean, refreshing finish. I truly love the style, and this one is rated accordingly. You cannot ask for more from a traditional berliner. My favorite 2% ímonsterí.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 88 / 150; 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010
A softish pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers of pale, almost white colored head that falls back fairly quickly after a couple minutes. The beer is a yellow, straw-gold color and quite pale; it shows a hazy, bright yellow color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of raw bread dough, lightly tart lactic acid, hay-like wheat, with touches of lemon. There is some mustiness to the nose, and maybe a hint of medicinal character, but behind the lactic and wheat aromatics this is fairly clean.
The beer is well carbonated as it has an effervescent prickle to it as it rolls across the tongue. The beer has a light, though dominant lactic acidity to it that never gets overwhelming. This reminds me a bit of lemons, and the lactic acid produces a touch of slickness in the texture of this light bodied, quaffable beer. This is incredibly refreshing as both the acidity, the carbonation, and the light body make for the perfect beer to consume mass quantities of on a hot Summerís day. The wheat flavors produce a light hay like note and, in combination with the lactic character, a flavor of raw bread dough.
My second pour is a bit more hazy from bottle sediment, and because I got to drinking it faster, it has a much more aggressive carbonation. It is really interesting that lactic acid is able to contribute an almost creaminess to the texture that keeps a beer like this from being watery, but still doesnít inhibit the high-quaffability that the style needs. I definitely canít ask any more of this beer from a textural stand-point.
It is a crime to this style that this is produced in such limited quantities, this is a beer perfect, and appropriately so, for mass quantity consumption. This is a nice representation of the style, and it perfectly captures the clean, bright acidity and the bready wheat character that the style dictates; having said that, I might just prefer a Berliner Weiss with a bit more funkiness and complexity (though the aroma seems to be have a touch more depth than the flavor does). That still doesnít keep me wishing that I had a ton of this in the cellar, and this is certainly a benchmark for the style. My 22oz bottle of this disappeared way to quickly and it has me running to the cellar to crack open a bottle of Hottenroth. Actually, in comparison to Hottenroth, it really becomes apparent how good this beer really is. The lactic character is just so much more complex and toothsome.