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Berliner Weisse - Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

Berliner Weisse
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%

Brewed by:
Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.75% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2002)
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Reviews by unclecrappy:
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2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So we arrived in Philly late, got set up in our Center City hotel and, knowing that Nodding Head was just a couple of blocks away, walked over for beer and munchies.

Hmmm ... Berliner Weisse. Sounds perfect for a sticky August night.

Maybe this is an acquired taste that I haven't yet acquired ... but this didn't agree with me at all:

In the glass, the beer is an offputting greenish-yellow, with a thin, rapidly dissipating head. And the taste ... I immediately thought of Mountain Dew. Overpowering citrus, fizzy and sweet enough to peel enamel from your teeth. Its body is pretty light, which means you could easily drink these through the night ... if you wanted to do such a thing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2006 22:25:53 | More by unclecrappy
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Appears a cloudy yellow with a bone white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

The nose is of clean biscuit malt and tart lemons with a heavy dose of dry wheat. Clean and bright.

The wheat offers a nice contrasting sweetness to the tart lemons. Not a whole heck of a lot going on here. This is a pretty straightforward take on the style. Would have liked a little more sourness, but the tradeoff is this is light, crisp, and refreshing.

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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Served on-tap. Nothin' like a nice Berliner style bier.

A: The weissbier is a pale straw color, incredibly light and transparent. Over-sized bubbles pour up from the bottom of my glass. A white head, snow white, lingers for a few sips.

S: The nose is wheaty, light but noticeably tart. That tartness is nicely balanced with sweet grain flavors.

T: Plenty of wheat to go around, providing both tart and sweet flavors. Overall, the ale trends towards the sweeter side, playing up the malt profile over the intense tartness of the wheat. No syrup needed, as the ale provides all of the soothing flavors necessary. I like the preponderance of wheat.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: This is the beer that I traveled over 2 hours to have and so glad I did.

appearance: golden yellow with a small white head dissipates quickly.

smell: apples, slight sourness,

taste: sour, sweet, tart,

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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice pint on tap at nodding head with woodruff syrup.

A- comes to me with a small cap of bright white head with a splash of green from the woodruff. Head settles quickly and leaves only the faintest of rings and a tiny wisp on top. Wonderfully clear golden yellow in color not much effect on the color from the syrup.

S- tart and bright lemons with a pale wheat sweet hit and a mild herbal touch.

T- opens up tart and quickly rolls into a earthy herbal sweetness from the wheat and syrup. The back and forth of these simple flavors thru the taste really keeps the palate working.

M- light body with a light yet bright carb. Good juicy pucker.

O- this has been on my radar for about a year and I'm so glad to have it again. One of my favs for the style and so glad its from a great place like nodding head.

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04-25-2011 02:45:23 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with equal amounts of lemon peel and wheat twang. As the beer warms the tart lemon aromas intensify.

Tastes good. Light malt flavors with hints of breadiness and wheat flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of lemon peel. Bringing the lemon and wheat flavors together are moderate amounts of lactic sourness that keep the lemon from being too overpowering. The lactic sourness and lemon peel carry through to a crisp and moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this wasn't quite up to the top tier of beers for the style but it's a solid one and is easy to drink. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cleverly titled 'Ich bin ein Berliner Weisse' on the menu.

First beer of the day after a morning filled by Old City site-seeing. Liberty Bell: check. Independence Hall: check. Lots of other old things: check...Nodding Head: check. This was a pint ($4.50) that came with a good-sized shot of the glowing plutonium-green woodruff/Waldmeister Schuss on the side.

Cheers to my friend, Russ...sharing a pint with me in spirit...

A: Golden/pale straw color, vaguely cloudy, with a fairly pert micro-carbonation. White head is thin and languishes briefly before pulling back as a creamy ring, flecks of lace.

S: Weak aroma, barely tart, barely wheat...just really nothing to grab hold of. Adding the syrup gave a lovely honeysuckle/floral sweetness, but that says nothing of the beer itself, other than an additive is needed to doll it up a good bit.

T: The-e-e-ere's that expected lactic tartness...it's firm but not overpowering, finishes a little sweet. Inside the tartness: green apples, earthy berry, lemon peel. Sourdough bread finish. After 2/3rds finished, I tried with a splash of syrup, which produced a ginger ale/Sprite sweet/tang...kinda interesting.

M: Light body, smooth and creamy carbonation. Soft coating and a little chalky bitterness in the finish.

D: Easy enough to drink and especially thirst-quenching on a warm day. I've tried a number of Berliner weisses before, usually foregoing the "rot oder grün" for the straight stuff. Here, I liked it both ways about equally. A pretty good version overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 04:50:48 | More by msubulldog25
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Berliner Weisse from Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
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