Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2017
750 ml bottle DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2014
I'm not sure why this caught my eye with so many other local options but it found its way into the shopping cart during a trip down to Columbus. A solid release might not be the best Berliner Weisse produced but for a warm summer day you could find many worse alternatives. If this were canned or more affordable I'd grab a six pack now and again for parties.
Aroma / Appearance - A cloudy yellowish body bubbles with liveliness. Lemon lime zest, oranges, and a fresh texture sparkle with light sweetness. If you enjoy Sprite or similar knockoffs this will be right up your alley.
Flavor / Palate - Light wheat, lemon butter, and a calming hoppiness stay close to the spirit of the style. The calm presence forms an easy drinking experience from start to finish. It's very middle of the road with minimal flaws. If the rest of the lineup is similar this shows plenty of promise. Hopefully they'll be at more festivals so I can sample more of the lineup.
Half pint on tap at Zauber. Half hazy golden orange color. Thin slightly off-white head. Not much lace, if any. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Kind of a funky, sweaty kind of aroma, pretty interesting. Some light citrus, kind of orange citrus flavor. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate sour, pretty nice. Solid, interesting mildly tart / sour wheat ale. Dogbrick (13978) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color with a medium thick white head that dissipates gradually to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, yeast and wheat. Light-bodied with a tart berry and apple character, with notes of herbal yeast and soap in the background. The finish is lightly sour with a fruity and malty aftertaste. Decent overall. JStax (7225) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Cask pour. The cask had herbs and honey in it. Pours a hazed gold with a white head of foam. The aroma has cucumber and eucalyptus notes. The taste is not all that sour unfortunately. Very light body with little to no carbonation. Nearly watery. DialSquare (5142) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2014
750ml bottle from Kenny Rd Market. Yellow pour with big bright white head. Aroma is wheat and lemon. Tastes are lightly sour grain, apple, straw. Would like more sour but that’s just to my taste - well put together overall. Grew on me.
Slats (7) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2014 does not count
The beer is a pale straw color and is initially quite effervescent giving a big fluffy white head that dies off to nothing after a few minutes. The aroma is tart and fruity with notes of green grapes, apples and lemons. The taste follows the nose quite closely, light fruits balanced by a tart acidity. There is a pretty good balance between sweet fruity flavors and tart notes from the lactic acid, although I think the beer would benefit if the sour flavors were dialed up a little. The mouthfeel is light bodied as is appropriate for the style, but it falls a little short of the tart, crisp finish that would be ideal. I don’t know if it needs a little more lactic acid, a little more carbonation, or perhaps a little more of both. Fritz123 (1597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
Kudos to Actual for brewing a good rendition of a hard to find style. It’s easy drinking, light and refreshing, characteristics that make it well suited for the hot days of summer that will eventually come. In my opinion Curiosus is superior to both Festina Pêche and Oarsman, but I don’t think it quite measures up to Hottenroth. No shame in that verdict though, The Bruery makes excellent beers. The lactobacillus probably need a little more time to do their magic, lowering the ethanol content and simultaneously raising the lactic acid concentration.
Bottle from a retail store in Columbus, OH. Shared with dad at Thunder in Louisville. Snifters. Pours a light hazy yellow with a thick head that didn’t last long. Not much lacing. The aroma was tart white grapes, hay, bread, and a little funk. The taste was sour white grapes and pears, hay, grass, and a slight of funk. It is a very mild Berliner compared to the ass kickers from some of the Florida breweries. no woodruff used. But the overall flavors were good. Light body and heavy carb. Ended with a lip smack of tartness and dry. JaBier (8307) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle purchased at Crafted Drafts. Clear gold pour with a huge white head. Aroma of tartness, malt and some wheat. Malty flavor with mild tartness and a metallic finish. cernjoh (188) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Poured from a bottle purchased at Ale Wine and Spirits that was just dropped off by Fred (brewer) so I assume this to be very fresh. Aroma is of grains and malt. Pours a transparent semi cloudy light yellow with a large white head that dissipates rather quickly. Taste is dry, sour (but not overbearing). Flavors of corn, lemon and sour grapes. Reminds me of a very dry champagne. Palate is smooth. I can see this as a great summer beer coming in at 5.2% abv. Definitely a recommended brew. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Poured from a bomber brought to my usual ale store by the brewer Fred & poured into a snifter a light lemon color with a boat load of white head.
Aroma is lemon wheat some malts.
Flavor is a slightly sweet some sour. Really get the German malts here as it is classified as a Berliner Weisse. The more you drink this brew the sourness fades & citrus comes upfront. The sweetness lingers.
Highly carbonated which is less than how I like my brews but considering the style & the seriousness of which this beverage was sour mashed for 24 hours I would have to say Fred did well.