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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 2   EST. CALORIES: 93   ABV: 3.1%
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Brewed in memory of my Grandparents (Fred and Sarah Hottenroth), this tart German-style Berliner Weisse is as authentic as it gets. We used lactobacillus and a hint of brettanomyces to sour this very unusual, low gravity wheat beer. To cut the tartness for those with sweeter tastes, raspberry or woodruff syrup is a traditional way to sweeten the beer. Almost an extinct style, we hope to help revive the Berliner Weisse in memory of two great people (ABV 3.1%, IBU 2, SRM 2, Format 30L kegs).


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2009
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a medium size fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is soap, dust, and herbal hops. Flavor is tangy light citrus. Light body. A nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Courtesy ChzMan. Bottle. Hazy whitish yellow. White carbonation. Nice lactic tartness, tangy wheat, popcorn. The popcorn is a bit off-putting and it’s not very complex, but it’s still enjoyable and real easy to drink. Medium/light to light body, balanced carbonation, tart and tangy finish. Solid session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Cloudy light straw color with a diminished white head. Citric and sourdough bread aromas. I catch a bit of grape skin as well in the nose. Soft feel, with just enough zip to keep it lively. Hints of sweetness that are quickly ushered away with a light citric acidity. Almost a bit too sweet and thick at times. I’m sure this would do well with either of the syrups if used sparingly. Linger has a nice return of pale malt along with a touch of vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2010
Hazy bright yellow with a small but dense white foam. Wheaty and somewhat acidic aroma with milky and bready undertones. Flavor starts with a nice acid kick but you quickly turn imune to it and the brew leaves you with a somewhat watery impression. Ends on a dry slightly acidic and bready note with odd milky and yeasty undertones. Nice thirst quencher and I dig it but it certainly is a summer brew with its rather thin overall character. Higher drinkability than bud though, thats for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle from River City Cellars on 02/13/2010. Cloudy white body with a medium frothy white head. Sweet wheat aroma with light tart notes. Tart light citric flavor with a good wheat background. Medium light body with high carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (4313) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2010
Barnyard funky aroma with buttered popcorn and vinegar notes. Clear yellow, thin vanishing white head, consistent streams of carbonation. Strongly tart lime flavor which gives way to limey malt. Neat take on the style, but not as well executed. Still, I liked this very much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2050) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle.

Nice Berliner Weisse lacto-heavy aroma, sour and a bit like some vomited in the urinal, but I mean it a good way of course. Easy drinking, very mellow, not sour just lemony and lovely. Good rendition.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2010
750 ml. Pale yellow body, cloudy. Bubbly white head mostly diminishing. Aroma of lemon peel, lime, hay, peach. Notes of sweat and cheese and a bit of mustiness. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter and moderately acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly bitter and moderately to heavily sweet. Light body, thin texture, lively carbonation. Nice fizziness on the tongue to compliment the sourness. Tastes of lemon, peach, dough, Band-Aid. Not complex, but refreshing. A good low alcohol, summer beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
A-very pale yellow, slightly hazy with some bubbles rising to the top. head is bubbly but creamy and eggshell white in color S-the nose is pretty big, tons of lemon with notes of spicy clove. hints of sour tartness in the back but light. T-the lemon hits right up front and stays throughout. notes of spice with clovves and just a hint of banana in the back. the finish is somewhat sour and tart showing some acidity but not overpowering. M-light body and prickly on the palate. somewhat creamy in the front with a fair amount of carbonation. D-big flavors and very light body. easy session beer but the tartness makes me not want to keep drinking it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8311) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Crunchy wheat crackers dominate this Berliner Weisse, until gentle tartness and firm dryness take control of the citrusy finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam disappears into the misty pale golden.
-This is relatively clean and soft on the funk for a Berliner Weisse. Was there a sour mash involved?
-This is obviously thin-bodied, but it is never watery.
-Carbonation is fizzy, which works well with the dryness.
-This is a classy and refreshing example of the style; very nice for a Californian summer.

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