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. fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 14, 2001
Superb! Very light, low alcohol content, a perfect way to finish off a night of tasting thicker, heavier beers. It is actually quite sour/bitter, however I had it with a shot of Goebber Woodruff, and I must say it was EXCELLENT. It had an almost green apple smell and taste to it, very different and VERY good. TRY IT! BeerBaby (93) - , Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2009
I can see the ratings and I am not understanding it! I loved this beer, though to me, it tasted more like a sour/dry champagne. It was pale and clear. Very lively with a delicate head. I had it poured from the bottle and the Himber raspberry syrup with it. I thought it was to die for. I want a case! wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2003
RE-RATE: Jan. 6, 2003
I really enjoy this style of beer.
It's very sour, but also very refreshing.
I woofed down a six-pack in about an hour.
The only major drawbacks with this beer are the price and the low alcohol content. burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
faint golden color with thin white head. Vibrant grape jelly aroma. Hold sourness on a slice of wheat bread. Gorgeous! Excellent with cherries, Chamborge or other sweet liquors to balance out sourness
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2003 A confusing beer, but good nevertheless. The head died rapidly, and the beer itself is paler than Rolling Rock. It took a few sips to get the hang of the flavor; sort of a less musty gueuze, astoundingly sour. This is the only beer I've had that'll take the enamel off your teeth in a way other than hoppiness; I can really see why the Berliners put syrup in it. Rerate: I like this a lot more in this crappy 90-degree weather than wen I first rated it in midwinter. Very thirst-quenching, but also much more interesting than most thirst-quenching beers. The wheatiness and sourness interact in an intriguing way, sort of like a cross between one of the less barnyardy gueuzes and a lighter hefeweizen.