ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
DialSquare (2657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from House Beer ($4.99). Murky yellow pour with a thin white head that leaves a ring. Aroma of wheat, lemon jam, funk. Tastes are acidic candied lemon, bread, oak. Light even tartness. Not a lot of depth - wheaty, lemon, sweet-tart. Decent tart fix - especially at the price.
Dogbrick (8119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Pint House. Hazy yellow color with a medium white head that burns away quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of tart fruit, wheat and yeast. Light to medium body with flavors of funky yeast, fruit and wheat. The finish is moderately sour with a lemony aftertaste. Decent overall.
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
13th August 2014
GBBF Day 2. Cask. Hazy gold beer, small white head. Palate is light, dry and crisp. Nice lemon seltzer and a touch of skunk. Dry finish. All.right.
Beese (1783) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity at GBBF 2014. Poured a hazy yellow, with no head. Aroma of sweet and sour fruits and some hay. Tart berries in the flavour, some grapes and overall very acidic (even for a BW). Finish was cooked fruit, straw and more residual sourness.
UDBeernut (1712) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
picked this one up from stateline on my trip down 95. pours hazy light gold, minimal head. nose is light wheat. taste is a flat line of acidic sour, lemons from start to end. light body and refreshing in this floriduh heat.
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
jjsint (768) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mR_fr0g (3106) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
harrisoni (13704) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.