Sudwerk Signature Series #3: Berliner Weiss

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Enjoyed by Berlin’s elite and commoners alike for centuries, this Weiss beer has been distinguished as the "people’s champagne." Slightly fruity and sour at first taste, the tartness evaporates leaving a smooth finish. With a cloud-like foamy head and a supple body, this beer is to be savored as the ideal summertime "Schankbier", or session beer. So relax, lighten your taste, and enlighten your mind this season by stepping into a new realm of refreshment.

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3.7
marcus (10347) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 13, 2015
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours murky golden with a tiny off-white head and a sour strawberry aroma. There is a hearty light malt flavor with sour strawberry leanings and a tart finish.

3.6
bs476 (80) - - SEP 30, 2012
An acidic hefe that is refreshing and easy to drink. Tartness makes it served a little cooler and this holds back the wheat notes of banana, etc. but. Very enjoyable. Chose it two days in a row and would recommend to others who like sours.

3.6
bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Note: tap guy opined that he didn’t like earlier version all that much, but this was an improvement. Pours dirty dishwater amber with a 3 finger creamy white head. Lightly sour aroma - perhaps with a bit of citrus. Almost med body. Flavor starts sour hefe - picks up a bit more citrus. Hefe aspect disappears. Not super sour - but surely fits the style. Finish retains some sour. Quite quaffable.

3.3
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Pours gatoraid whitish yellow, white and lacey head. Somewhat sweaty nose, some grains, a little citrus zest at the tip. Flavors are more grainy and somewhat muddled without much acidity to make it come together as it should. Kind of dishwater flavored...just not a thought out or even carried through berliner...and where’s the acidity?

2.9
glennmastrange (2884) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Tap. Moderate grain for the malt, lemongrass for the hops, barnyard for the yeast, with hints of coriander and ginger root. Head is small, creamy, white with some lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy yellow. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes lightly acidic and slightly bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively carbonation. A little bland acidity-wise to be considered a good Berliner Weisse, but it’s still pretty refreshing.

3.2
brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a very hazy yellow color with a thin white head and surprisingly good lacing. S: There is a hint of acidity on the nose, but for the most part it is sweet wheat and a bit of clove. Much more reminiscent of a hefeweizen than a Berliner weiss. T: The tartness is nowhere to be found on the palate. Lots of German yeast notes with clove and a bit of banana. There is a fruitiness to it, but it’s more sweet citrus. M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation. D: This was a decent enough beer, but it’s definitely not a Berliner weiss. I was certainly disappointed by this and found it difficult to score, because it’s not a bad beer, but it’s not as advertised.

3.3
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Pours cloudy yellow with a nice white head. The aroma is very hefe like with pronounced notes of clove, banana, lemon and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is nice and wheaty with clove and just a hint of lemony tartness. Pretty tasty wheat beer if you’re no expecting a traditional berliner.

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tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Pours a hazy straw yellow, nose was similar to a watered down lager. Taste was not like a berliner weisse, it tasted like a watered down wheat beer. Zero lacto presence, zero flavor presence to be honest. and for a 5% berliner I expected a hell of a lot more.

3.1
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Served on tap at Toronado’s SD. The appearance is a dirty dish water yellow brown. A nice wheaty, earthy tones to this one, not really tart at all like you would expect. An average offering.

3
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On tap at Beachwood BBQ - Seal Beach, CA. Aroma is a light seltzer-like wheat sugar and yeast. Subtle. Pours a clouded pale sand and gold, with plenty of sticky whitish head. Flavors are of really high quality wheat malt and very faint, super-light tartness. This is not sour enough for me, as a Berliner Weisse and is much too sweet for the style, I think. The wheat flavor is really nice and of a high quality, but with so much sweetness and not enough acidity, it doesn’t work for me.


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