ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
flatmatt (1400) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can. Pours a fully-hazed golden with a couple yeasty chunks and a white head. Kind of a sour aroma, somewhat off at first, but mellowing and becoming more pleasing. Flavor is sour lemony with a wheaty biscuit finish, touch of saltiness. Really darn tasty after the first few sips.
malrubius (2452) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Clear gold with ring. Tart aroma with a hint of honey and white wine. Fairly tart apricot sweetness with some cheesy funk a hint of leather and lingering fruit. Light and fairly lively. I think I tend to like low-rated Berliners better than high rated one. Not a favorite style.
JStax (4595) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce can poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a moderately hazy copper with a white head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma has subtle grainy bread with a touch of fruity tartness peaking through. The taste has more of the acidity, but it is a fairly balanced approach to keeping doughy and tart on equal playing fields. The acidity comes through more in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.
rocbyter (2050) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially sweet aroma then developing into sour yeast. Cloudy golden color with a small white head. Sour beginning that builds to a strong finish and doesnít fade until the end.
superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly dry/crisp from acidity and carbonation. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Berliner weiss. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the lighter acidity. This wasnít as acidic as I was hoping for; but it had a solid amount and a unique flavor profile as well. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Jow (3237) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at home. Peachy apricot looking beer with some bubbles but now head. Nose is various citrus and sour wheat. Tastes of apricots, tangerine, lacto, rhubarb, wheat, dough. Zesty palate touch slick though. Semi weird veggie aftertaste.
rondphoto (3626) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
can @ The Andersons / Columbus OH --- Cloudy dirty grapefruit color, fizzy white head that quickly disappears, no lace. Doesnít appeal on looks. Aroma of sour malt. Taste is wheaty malt that turns fizzy and sour on the swallow, turning more sour as it moves through a long finish. Good for palate cleansing, as well as pucker practice. I think this needs some of the German sweeteners : lemon, raspberry, or woodruff. Otherwise, a pretty stiff drink.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can pours a clear fizzy yellow with a thin white head. a slight funky citrus taste
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A can from late summer trip. Medium yellow with a little head. A tad watery. Wild yeasty aroma. A decent tartness, though it be dilluted.
Martinus (4355) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange golden colour. Aroma of citrus, lactic acid, wheat, malts, cactus and shi-take. Light sour flavour, tart citrus. Tart finish, some umami note.
(from draught @ GBBF í14, London, day 2)