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.
rjplumer (647) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mild sour lemon aroma. Cloudy muck-like yellow body with no head. Zesty lemon sour taste. This is certainly an acquired taste. Once past the sour part itís not bad.
Mep3222 (842) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lemongrass, wheaty tart aroma. Flavor is nicely tart but is a combo of tart and funky. Wheat, lemongrass backing. Good amount of tartness and body for a Berliner but funky is a bit off putting in a Berliner. Still really not that bad at all. Drinkable and refreshing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1389) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím not an expert on the Berliner Weisse style, but I do know what I like. White Birchís Berliner Weisse is close to my expectations of the niche style, but doesnít quite live up to them completely. While thereís nothing inherently wrong with it, I find itís just a little too mild to wow me. It is nice for what it is, though.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.79 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep golden/maize hue with a highly cloudy body. No carbonation visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, soapy head which completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Lacto is prominent, but not especially strong. Some wheat and some green fruits, but otherwise mild.
Taste: This style is known and drank for its sourness and tartness, but in the case of this particular brew itís more of a subtle component rather than a front-and-center feature. The palette is a mix of pilsner and wheat malt; not especially sweet, though. On the second half I detect faint notes of green apple and grape as well as a quick lactic bite. The sourness does not linger and is not especially strong. This is disappointing because I remember having this beer at the brewery about a year ago and it was a much stronger and more complex beer Ė what happened?
Drinkability: A beer like this is exactly what you want on a hot summerís day and in that aspect, White Birch Berliner Weisse works. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but the carbonation level is surprisingly low with a slightly watery, tepid texture. Itís also difficult to believe itís 5.5% ABV when it feels and drinks like something closer to 4%. I couldnít honestly recommend this as a session beer based on this serving.
mikesaum (630) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can pours hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is sour and a bit of wet hay, not much going on. Flavor is light wheat, then tart lemony notes then more wheat, simple easy drinking brew, refreshing. Overall not too bad.
Aniela (3537) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From my backlogg:
Sample at Great British Beer Festival 2014. Hazy golden beer with an offwhite head. Sourish grassy,aroma. Sourish citrus fruity a bit salty flavour.
tomthompson89 (1931) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Berliner. Downed a few of these on our trip out east. Lively carbonation, hazy yellow. Sour nose and flavour but soon refreshing! Great simple beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
milewide (1726) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Twelve ounce can. Less sour than many of the style, but a valid interperation. Cloudy dark straw color.
bennetporter (317) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber from a bottle, effervescence quickly fades. Smell of apple, flavor of green apple and biscuit, some brett funk, but not terribly funky or sour. Nice and refreshing. Good beer.
rumproasts (4014) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Golden with small head. Wheaty with tart lemony notes, but the body is not as light as Iíd like for the style. Almost feels thick. I havenít had many of this style I didnít love, but this is a letdown.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I believe this was their first batch bottle (2010), aged some 6 months (in fridge)
Bright hay-gold beer has a small white head that dissipates quickly atop a lightly hazy body.
Very straightforward lactic acid in the nose is of moderate strength, with some various notes of seltzer water, hard water minerals and very light, grainy malts. Little to no sweetness, though thereís a bit of lemon-infused honey. Overall, quite a faint aroma...
Bubbly carbonation disperses lactic acid all over the palate, with some light lemon and wheat notes to clean it up. A bit of a stale/tired feel to it, with light notes of diacetyl and vanilla. Not really much going on and has held up very poorly for a 6.4% wheat ale brewed with critters and aged in a very cold fridge. This also begs the question, why is this a 6.4% abv Berliner Weisse? My first beer from this brewery, a big letdown, which was to be a very recurring theme....