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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Napoleonís 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 (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isnít 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: Thereís 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 ídiapersí and Iím prone to agree with him. The aroma doesnít 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 arenít fully endearing, either. M: Not quite as lively as Iíd like it to feel - the syrupy body seems to conceal some of the carbonation. Instead of being wickedly drinkable, itís only kind of drinkable - a Berliner should always achieve the former. However, I would call it írefreshingí. O: Man, Iíve given out a lot of mediocre scores these past couple of days, havenít I? Anyways, Iím 0 for 2 when it comes to Berliners, and this one didnít even have any sourness to it. Instead, this seems like an odd cider - drinkable, yes, but not particularly good. Iíll have to blow more $$$ to really gauge whether White Birch deserves its status as a memetic joke brewery, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Benzai (8068) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Sampled @ GBBF day 2. Hazy pale yellow pale golden color, virtually no head. Smell and taste some sourness, straw, hayish, lemon. Iím disappointed actually, expected more from this. Not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (725) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Gravity cask at GBBF 2014. Straw coloured with less cloudiness than many Berliners but still quite hazy. Aroma of talcum powder and sour lemon drops. Sour tartness hits you, then dissipates into a dry woody finish. Superb. Mouthfeel is a bit weak though. All in all this is a pretty phenomenal sour. The big ABV probably helps. Chuffed to get this on cask, I didnít think a Berliner would work on cask but I was wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (2847) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Cask gravity at 2014 GBBF. Hazed yellow straw coloured pour with a fleeting white head. Aroma sour mashed grains, slightly stale and sharp lemon rind. Flavour is sour grapes, wheaty doughy grains and sharp acid. Tangy fruit finish, palate is doughy and flabby. Grape skins. Moderate carbonation. Lacks punch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
At GBBF 2014. Hazy pale gold lasting white head. Lemon cabbage aroma. tasty lemon sour with some character. Some lactic flavour. Itís ok I thought. Bit dry on the finish. Ok lemom a tad lactic but I like the dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Cask gravity at GBBF 2014. It pours cloudy golden with a small white head. The nose is toasty, grainy, salt & vinegar chips and barnyard. The taste is bitter, tart, grainy, strong vinegar, lemon peel, grainy, lactic, cheesecake and milk curds with dry finish. Light-medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Very vinegary. Poor berliner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScipioA (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Unassuming yellow straw body with a white head. Smells nice and tangy, taste is a little weaker than I prefer. Solid Berlin, especially at its price point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Purchased in Portland. Hazy yellow color. Mildly acidic aroma. I taste some lactose even though there is none in here. Sour, light notes of citrus, and light wheat sweetness. Refreshing and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1225) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
From tap at the Tip Tap Room in Boston. Pours a light golden and is topped by a small white rim that leaves no lacing. Nose is of fruits, tart wheat, lemony and lightly grassy. Taste is tart, almost salty like a gose but not quite. A little rotten fruits is what I tasted at first but it quickly went away and all I was left with a more than fair berliner. Body was light, carbonation medium-high and it was really refreshing. This would not win "best in style" by any mean but it was good and refreshing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a hazy golden body and gives a quick one finger white head appears for less than ten seconds. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen and no lacing is around the sides of the glass. I also hear the carbonation fizzing fairly strong. The smell has a sour wet wheatness with some pale malts in the background. The taste has a large presence of lemon and that strong wet wheat combined. It comes across very tart and sour. The palate is about a light to medium, highly carbonated with a powerful acidic finish. Overall, though Iím not really into this beer, I canít say too much about it since it is my first one of this style. Iíd probably only revisit to compare to others of this style, but will say this: this is a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pours deep golden. Nose was pleasant sour at first then got sweet, malty, and sourness became pungent and acetic. Flavor was malty and pungent acetic acids. meh

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