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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

We’ve 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 we’ve been happiest cellaring our strong malty beers. That’s 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 summer’s day.

In Berliner Weisse we think we’ve 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 that’s responsible for yogurt’s 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, we’ve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case we’ve 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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deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
A- filtered straw yellow with a decent off white half finger of head. S- strong ripe banana and yeast, with a dose of malts and dough to make a healthy banana bread aroma. Plums and strawberries also present and once again mix with the banana to create a hint of Yoplait strawberry banana yogurt. M- Effervescent, and mildly tart with a medium palate. T- Tease of sour at first that heads towards heavy malts and phony berry flavor. "Runts" banana follows and like the aroma, mingles with the doughy malts to simulate a packaged, truck stop banana bread. The ending is relatively quick with a flat soda water, generic berries and weak astringent/alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nuplastikk (6452) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pint at Alchemy. Unfiltered golden-tan body. No real head, thin micro-residue. Sweet and sugary, think Tripel. Cloying and rich, with a candy sugar feel. Brutal, a pint of this is way too much. A touch of honey orange alcohol laced twang. Pretty decent, but awkwardly styled. Clove. Big, but grows on you by the end. Mead-like honey tones.

joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
On draft at Tap 25. This one was a nice surprise. I was a little worried about a 7.5% berliner, but this drinks more like a sour thankfully. It pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a white head. The aroma is tangerines, lemon, wheat and a touch of lactic yogurt. The flavor is nicely tart with tangerines, lighter notes of lemon and yogurt. Pretty easy drinking and approachable for a big sour. Worth seeking out.

bottleforager (3208) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a golden color with a finger of fizzy foam that settles out quickly. On the nose there is a light lemon tartness and lots of belgian yeast ester... hmmm not really the aromas Id expect from a berliner weisse. The palate unfortunately follows the nose with a big sticky belgian ester that reads nothing like a berliner. Not sure what happened here as the beer in it finishing stages shows glimpses of lactic and lemony tartness but the majority of the beers flavor profile read like a Belgian golden and not a berliner. Poopy

illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Uhhhhh. Pours like orange juice. Huge banana wheat stuff going on, a lot like a hefeweizen, with maybe a mild tartness. Heavy and gross from the laughable ABV. Skip this one.

fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

[ Courtesy of jackl ]. Unclear medium yellow colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, grass, citrus, moderate yeasty, tart citrus, funky, lactic notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light acidic - sour milk with a long duration, tart citrus, citrus peel, hoppy, yeasty, citrus. IMO. quit fresh. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121201]

ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013
A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, funky yeasts, sourness, lemon zest, tart green fruits, bit of oak. T - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, funky yeasts, some tart green fruits, lemon zest, and some light oak and vanilla. M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky and tart finish. D - Nicely balance berliner weiss. Could have used a bit more kick.

LTBC16 (16) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Absolutely one of the worst examples of a berliner Weisse I have ever experienced. Stay away ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

hallinghansen (3418) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle @ Fonefan. Cloudy yellow body with a small white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, tart. Flavor is fruit, tart, light bitter.

sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
pours a hazey yellow, large quickly disapating head.This beer has a light citrus to it, a lot of sour fruits flavors and a light grain taste this beer is fairly sour.

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