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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Napoleon’s troops referred to Berliner Weisse as the "Champagne of the North" due to its lively and elegant character. Today this style is described by some as the most refreshing beer in the world. Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn’t very impressive, a one finger white shade with crap retention. It just fades away into a dinky collar in no time flat, without leaving much (if any) lacing on the glass. S: There’s not much sourness here. What this does have, is funk. The stank-ass cheese notes are in full effect here - overpowering a backbone of apple and *maybe* some wheat buried beneath. Another reviewer said ’diapers’ and I’m prone to agree with him. The aroma doesn’t quite agree with me, though. T: Wow, this is cidery. There are a ton of apple notes to open this up, with a touch of cheesy funk on the back end. Other finishing notes include some wheat, and a touch of butter. No hints of sourness anywhere. The more I drink it, the less it tastes like a cider and the more it tastes...off. These off notes aren’t fully endearing, either. M: Not quite as lively as I’d like it to feel - the syrupy body seems to conceal some of the carbonation. Instead of being wickedly drinkable, it’s only kind of drinkable - a Berliner should always achieve the former. However, I would call it ’refreshing’. O: Man, I’ve given out a lot of mediocre scores these past couple of days, haven’t I? Anyways, I’m 0 for 2 when it comes to Berliners, and this one didn’t even have any sourness to it. Instead, this seems like an odd cider - drinkable, yes, but not particularly good. I’ll have to blow more $$$ to really gauge whether White Birch deserves its status as a memetic joke brewery, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Old rating. This berliner was off to me. Dark gold pour. Strange aroma…bready, almost nutty. Not what I expected in BW. Tasted better lemon, tart, funk, grassy, wheaty. Okay, I guess.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
islay (1378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2015
22 oz. bottle. Clear pale gold but murkily cloudy in the final pour. Moderate to high effervescence rescues the appearance from being subpar. Small amount of nearly white head. Funky, tart aroma. Apple, unbaked pie dough scents. Not the most pleasant smell if I’m being honest. Sour taste features crabapple flavor. Funky, tree bark, pretzel finish. Off-putting, funky, rotten cheese aftertaste. Not a lot to the flavor. Aqueous in the palate. Frothy. Overall, boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3054) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle - Pours pale golden with a ring of white head. Nose is sweet wheat, peanut butter (!), apple juice. Taste is lightly tart, apple, white grape, and a little sticky sweetness. Fluffy with a thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1170) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle dated Summer 2013. Pours clear copper gold with a white head. Aroma is dried cherry, some funk. Taste is tart, dried cherry, slight metallic. Quite effervescent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2030) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Refrigerated brown bottle, abv on bottle 5.5%, poured into a glass. Pours deep golden with small off-white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is tart and bready, medium body, lower carbonation, and little small-bubble lacing. Taste is tart and bread. Not as light and refreshing as other Berliners, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18767) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2014
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2014. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour tart aroma. Fruity very sour acidic citric flavor. Has a fruity very sour tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5188) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle from Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clear gold in color with a thick white head. Aroma of creamy wheat, sourness, lemon and slight metal. Malty and sour flavor with some citrus before a creamy and bready wheat finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
Sample at Great British Beer Festival 2014. Hazy golden beer with a small offwhite head. Sourish aroma, grassy, minerals, hay notes. Salty sourish flavor, minerals, citrus, herbal, some grapefruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1452) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bomber listed at 5.5% alcohol. A bacterial funk indicates that this brew was actually brewed with lacto, not just a wheat beer with lactic acid added. Aromas of funk, lemon, wheat. Pours very pale with a small head. Taste is lightly tart and funky. Flavors of tart wheat, some genital warts, some funk. Quenching. Finished with a thin mouthfeel and a light sweetness coupled with a light tartness. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HughConway (828) - Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bomber bottle of the Summer 2014. ABV is listed as 5.5%. Pours hazy yellow, minimal head, some carbonation sparkles. Slight sour fruit funk aroma, taste is crisp sour. Not bad beer. Would be nice in volume for the summer.

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