TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Berliner Kindl Weisse pours to a very hazy, very pale golden color with a bright white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting with aromas of citrus and aromas of ripe fruit. The palate is tart and crisp with good flavors of wheat malt, and lactic sourness that with the vibrant carbonation, zings on the tongue. Berliner Kindl Weisse finishes with more thirst quenching wheat character up front, then ends with sharp lactic sourness that lingers.
This is a refreshing, delicious beer, one perfect as a summer refresher, or a great beer to enjoy as an aperitif. At only about 2% abv, it is a very moderate drink, and one you call really drink a lot of. Berliner Kindl Weisse is actually the less sour of the two pure examples, and has more appeal than the shockingly sour Schultheiss Berliner Weisse. The additions of either raspberry or woodruff syrup give this beer a nice sweet and sour flavor, and cutting the sourness of this beer makes it even more drinkable. I enjoy it with the syrups, but I am a purist at heart, and like this one as is.
Sadly in 2006, the Berliner Kindl Brauerei will be closing. The Oetker Group owns a number of breweries in Germany, including Kindl and Schultheiss. They have decided to close Kindl’s Berlin brewery, and have both Berliner Kindl Weisse and Schultheiss Berliner Weisse brewed at the Schultheiss Brauerei. This means that only one brewery in Berlin will be producing a pure version of Berliner Weisse, but under two different labels, and two different recipes. I hope Schultheiss does not change the Kindl recipe of this beer, and beer lovers will be able to enjoy two very distinct beers in a very rare style.
This could work in favor for the American market, as Schultheiss which is not exported, could now find its way to American beer markets. It really would be a great thing to enjoy both these beers in the US. Time will tell. The only caveat about Berliner Kindl Weisse, is it quite expensive on the US market. Six packs of Berliner Kindl Weisse market for $12-$14. That seems to be an inflated price, but again, this is a rare beer style, brewed in limited quantities, so I think the price is justified. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Thanks to Bierbauch for this one. 11.1 oz bottle: A clear golden pour with a rocky white head. Scent is heavy lemon, wheat, and rather tart. Quite sugary taste with lemons, really sour, subtle wheat textures, and very carbonated. Palate is sweet and sour like a piece of sour candy. Interesting beer, almost candy like with a lemon sourness that is pleasing yet not too sugary that you want to wretch. Decent brew rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2006
Pale pale cloudy yellow. Sour nose, with residual sugars and lemon. Very vinagary, harsh flavour. Light mouthfeel. The dryness is pretty nice. Epor (13) - FINLAND - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle, no syrup used. Faint lemony aroma, golden in colour, slightly cloudy. Very refreshing, but not much flavour apart from the sourness, and not enough of that either. I was expecting more sourness. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2006
"This was different, they poured a syrup, waldorff, green first then the beer. This beer was sweet. My friends were making fun of me saying girly drink. Way to sweet."
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Baby bottle, smells like lemons and wheat, yellow with sparse white head that disappears instantaneously. It’s really sour, like if you squeezed half a lemon into a glass of club soda. Different, but good. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
The aroma is a little like apple cider with some apple vinegar. There is also wheat and barnyard smells as well. The appearance is a cloudy gold with an average head. The flavor goes perfectly with German food like sausage and kraut. It is very sour with some malt and lemon. The palate is thin and the aftertaste is bitter and mostly dry with a citrus element. I had no idea how sour this was going to be and I was not impressed but as I kept drinking it I began to like it more and more. An interesting beer. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Wow, what a treat this was to get as a late Xmas present. Kudos to my buddy Pat for saving this for me. Poures a pale yellow, smallish white head. Somewhat sweet aroma...fruit, apples, but very light. The flavor...yikes...cidery, sour, maybe the twang of vinegar. Very thin mouthfeel with a peculiar citrusy tartness I’ve never had before. This sour son-of-a-gun is quite different. I’m not familiar with the "syrup addition" folks are talking about, but I’d be interested in learning more about it and (maybe) trying this again sometime. Wow, a unique brew for me! bb (9311) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Clear light golden amber with a white head. Slightly tart, yeasty aroma with a bit of lemon. Tart citrus (lemon) flavor with some yeasty spiciness. Clean and refreshing finish. yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Bottled. Yellow-white with some hazyness. Medium white head. Sour, lime-like aroma with some barnyard-notes. Flavor is acidic and wheaty with green apples. Astringent in the mouth. Although it feels refreshing, this is not my kind of beer. Rating. 4-3-4-3-10-2.4. 051210
Bottle. An unclear, yellowish golden beer a finger-thick white head. The aroma is lemony and fruity sour with some malty sourness. Medium to thin on the palate, dry and tart. Fruity and citrusy flavor with some pale malts. Fruity finish. A quite nice and quenching one, but not superb in any way. 110827