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RATINGS: 646   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - 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.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (465) - Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Pours a very pale straw color with a fleeting white head. White wine, grapes, and hay aromas. White wine tartness, vinegar, hay, and sour grapes. Light body with a high level of carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2729) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle: Pours a pale, opaque color that I can only compare to pear juice. A finger of bright white head is quicky gone. Nose is musty, dirty, straw, and florals. Very barnyard. At first sip, it is lightly vinous and fruity up front, brisk sour and tartness to finish. Wheat is present, but mild. Sour and tartness mellows as it warms making this 750 very easy to polish off solo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2549) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Pours out a very pale hazy golden color with a small off white head. Aroma is tart with some sour citric funky notes. Taste is light and refreshing, some light tart citrus notes, some grain and light funk hiding in there also. Solid, and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17593) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy very oale yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity tart sour citrus aroma. Fresh fruity sour citrus flavor. Has a fruity fresh sour tart citrus finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2010
750ml bottle from Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a white head that recedes quickly. Nice carbonation visible coming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is wheaty and white wine. Medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Flavor is wheat, tart, and lemon. Nice sourness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Nice to see more brewers making this style. Refreshing summer beer and won’t put you on your rear. Tart but fairly toned down, I don’t think it requires any syrup. Tasty. Aroma has some hay and some funk to the small. Serving: Bottle

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (743) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2011
From a 750 from Whole Foods Devon into a big ass snifter. Pours a clear to cloudy yellow... but a nice yellow.... Smells like dirt... but a nice dirt! Very earthy due to the bacteria, etc. used to brew this beer. Plenty of lemon too. Pours with a couple inches of fizzy head which dissipates into nothing. Mouthfeel is very light but a tad too much fizzz, I guess that’s to be expected. Taste is fairly tart but not like sucking on a lemon. Some bread, funk and dog too. Overall a solid beer but for the price... go with Oarsman or Festina Peche instead.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - AUG 27, 2011
Berliner Weisse is a very nice style, great for summer. I definitely don’t see enough of it around, so it was good to see this. Light and wheaty, with touches of lemon and cider vinegar. Nice. On draft at Good Beer.


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