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Berliner Weisse - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Berliner Weisse
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BA SCORE
85
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  2.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hazy lemon color, fresh yeast aroma, champagne flavor, very light body
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of SD-Alefan
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Had a glass at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub.
Cloudy yellow with a minimal head.
Aroma is lemon and a bit of vinegar.
This beer just tasted off to me. There was the appropriate lemon tartness but that was followed up with an unpleasant vinegar note that didn't seem to belong. Not entirely pleasant.
Light body, thin carbonation for the style.
Overall, I would not drink this again.

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a heavy goblet at Goose Island Clybourn, quick review from notes.

Hazy yellow with an odd brownish tint in certain light, thin fizzy skim fades away very fast. Some carbonation visible, but not the champagne streamers you'd expect.

Sharp aroma with a little bit of sulfur present.

Tart lemon, crisp and dry in the aftertaste. Very quenching and refreshing, it's light bodied and very drinkable. Could use a bit more carbonation, but it's still enjoyable.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

@ GI Wrigleyville

Translucent dark straw color with a quick to vanish thin head. Looks like most berliners.

Lemon zest and light grain aroma.

Pretty mild on the tart scale. Lemon, Sweetarts. Very soapy. Weak lemonade and soap.

It was 95 degrees, I was stoked to go to a Cubs game and the GI brewpup. They could have given me tap water and I would have been happy. At 2.7% they almost did. Soapy tap water.

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Wrigley outpost. Served in a 12 oz snifter for $6. Beer is a hazy straw with a dense white head.

Nose of grains and some lemon rind funk.

taste is tart but not overwhelming. Light citrus and a bit grainy to go along with the tartness. It really hit the spot on a humid summer day.

The mouth is slick and slightly coating, could use a bit more carbonation, but the beer is refreshing a very easy to drink.

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64zo growler poured into a snifter and a berliner bowl just for grins. The brew appears a perfectly clear light golden color with a finger of white that fades back to a penline of bubbles that holds around the edge of the glass.

The aroma contains a pleasant lemony essence with a soft, fresh wheat-like grain inclusion that induces thoughts of cereal. Some mild accenting fruity quality somewhat like apple or pear skins is also present flirting somewhat into mild cider territory. The cider feel really emerges as it warms.

The taste is tart with a lemon juice sorta character that is dumbed down with apple juice. A faint pear note in the aftertaste. There is a little bit of funky feet and stinky cheese mid-palate almost suggesting that lacto was either the singular fermenting pitch or at the verybleast played a significant role.

This is anlight bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and downright poundable. A berliner im happy about sitting and drinking 64oz of myself...with ease. The only pitfall I see in this brew is the cider sorta aspect got to me after a couple glasses. Im not sure if that is my fault for having held on to this growler for awhile. Regardless, id drink more of this if it was made available to me.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this isnt retired, as its on at the brewery right now. its pretty good too, light and appley, as all of these seem to be as of late, maybe its just easier and faster to kettle sour with an apple started lacto culture, but its real prevalent lately. this is clean and golden in look, only a little haze and a decent white head. a tangy nose, tart like sour candy, but not overly mature or sour in the normal sense. its young beer, with a very very light grain base. its all about the lacto, which is stinky and puckery both, kind of the new classic. carbonation is nice, there is no body at all to this, and its so light in alcohol that you could drink it all day. not too acidic either, which helps with that. one of those beers that blends in a little with its peers but is pretty darn good in isolation. i think its cool goose still does stuff like this on site, despite the growing big brands and demand for the barrel aged stuff. glad they took the time to do this one.

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Berliner Weisse from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.