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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Grand Teton Brewing Company has been brewing bold, flavorful beers and serving them from large, beautiful bottles as part of its Cellar Reserve Series since March 2004.

Weve always intended these beers to be wonderful fresh but also to be cellarable--to improve with months or even years of proper storage. Over the years weve been happiest cellaring our strong malty beers. Thats made selecting styles for our summer Cellar Reserve releases a challenge, since the best beers for cellaring are not always the best beers to enjoy on a hot summers day.

In Berliner Weisse we think weve found the perfect style for our summer Cellar Reserve. This north German wheat beer is traditionally brewed and released very fresh. It has a light body from the wheat and refreshingly tart acidity that make it a perfect summer thirst-quencher. Its lemony tartness is provided by a secondary fermentation with lactobacillus, the same microorganism thats responsible for yogurts tang. That tartness increases and improves with age, so the people of Berlin are known to buy extra bottles to bury in their gardens for two years or more.

As usual with our Cellar Reserves, weve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case weve tripled the strength over the traditional beer, which should only increase its aging potential. For the primary fermentation we used a traditional Bavarian hefeweizen yeast that produces soft notes of banana and clove. We followed that with lactobacillus and six months in conditioning to create a complex fruity acidity that compliments the soft sweet malt tones and a unique ale that is both fulfilling and refreshing.

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
musinj6 (501) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2012
pours a hazy straw color with 4 finger head with minimal lacing, but lingers. Spicy clove with hint of banana. Bready malt flavor. mildy sweet up front, but turns very tart with bright citrus flavors. Citrus hops present, but not prominent. Medium body with active carbonation. Long bitter and tart finish. Very good. i like this. I only wish I had a second to save for the cellar.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Supposed to be a Berliner, but lacks any acidic bite. Its a decent beer with some yeast and spicey notes. But missing some things to make it taste as detailed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9393) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
On tap at Kupros, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a thin off-white head and a sourish fruity aroma. There is a slightly sour apricot flavor with a dry tart finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 750mL bottle. Lightly hazy golden pour with a nice fluffy off-white head. Light chalky aroma with touches of tropical fruit and tartness. Overly sweet fruity flavor with barely light tartness. Too sweet and not enough tart. Eh.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
anders37 (23793) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2012
Brewsters (Sheraton Four Points LAX), Los angeles, CA. Pours a hazy yellow color with a whit ehead. Has a fruity tart citrus aroma. Fruity malty tart citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty tart sour citrus finish.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (10893) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
I am sorry but this just isnt a berliner. Just a sweet and overly spiced wheat beer. Not one single iota of tartness or lactic anything. Its would be ok if in the wheat beer category.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8552) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a deep yellow color with a small white head. An Imperial Berliner Weiss? A fruity nose with some earthy malts and pepper. The flavor doesnt come across as tart but zingy with some lemon, dust, banana, very odd. The Hefe yeast has taken over here a bit. Quite big. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (3329) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
It doesnt bother me so much if a beer doesnt match a style perfectly. If I like I really could care less about rating to style, so its true this isnt a definitive example of Berliner Weisse style, but its a decent beer nevertheless. It is what it is. Has the appearance of an IPA, orange with off white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, yeast. Taste is lemony, backed with banana cream pie. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2695) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours a dark hazy golden. As it sits a bit, bigger aromas and flavours come through. Lemon, banana, apple, peach, strawberry. Nice fruity notes. Some grainy flavours. Nice.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Broke4Beer (9) - denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012 does not count
Im not sure what Grand Teton was thinking when they brewed this beer and then called it a Berliner Weiss. To be honest, I knew I was in trouble when I saw that it was coming in at 7.5% abv. Berliner usually have no more than 3.0% abv, with 1809 being a notable exception that tops the chart and defines the style. So needless to say, I had no idea what to expect when I poured the beer into a glass. Initially it smelled vaguely of some sort of Belgian golden/farmhouse/saison. It also had a note of acidity and a little barnyard funkiness. Somehow, this combination didnt work quite as well as it may sound like it could. It mostly just amounted to being vaguely Belgian-y and weirdly infected smelling. The taste was no better. In fact, dare I say the taste is worse. There is no subtlety whatsoever, and the beer is sweet with a slight vinegar-y flavor, spicy from whatever Belgian yeast they threw in to try and develop flavor, and weirdly buttery from the yeast. Its like it was balanced in exactly all the wrong ways. Acidity, sweet, spicy, and buttery. Just gross. But I could even excuse nastiness, if the attempt to understand and brew to style was sincere. Its clear that they didnt even try. This exactly what needs to be removed from the craft beer industry, as it puts our reputation on the line.


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