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Sauerstrom Ale - Lightning Brewery

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Sauerstrom AleSauerstrom Ale

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 24.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sauerstrom Ale from the 22 oz bottle from Best Damn. Pours a hazy golden at first, lots of sediment starts stirring up after that. Very nice foam and lacing in the tulip glass. Light body with pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Label says 4.5% ABV.

More tart than sour, without any suggestion of vinegar. Just a suggestion of malty sweetness gives it more interest than some of this style. Certainly more drinkable that other examples, like the DFH Festina. Nice nose that hints at the German wheat esters. Slight warmth and spiciness balances against the acidity. The tartness fades with each sip, leaving that touch of malt. I think this should add some credibility to Lightning's capabilities. A new West Coast Berlinerweisse style?

Photo of Douglas14
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Berliner. It pours a very yellow color with a lot of haze and not a lot of head, but good lacing. The nose is slightly sour with a distinct and noticeable German wheat beer yeast background. The flavor is nice. Tart an sour, not funky. The same German wheat beer yeast makes a statement too. There is some residual sweetness that helps prop-up the body on the lower- ABV beer. Ringing in at just over 4% this Berliner is delicious and very drinkable. Great work Lightning...please keep brewing this!

Photo of HopHead84
2.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


Bottle shared by Evan at Woodshop Classix, thanks. Hazy yellow with no head. Wheat and horsey notes with pronounced sulfur and burnt rubber in the aroma. The flavor is less offensive, with notes of wheat and salt and a light watery grainy sweetness. Lactic notes are evident and I get a little leather with a mild tartness. Not recommended.

Photo of womencantsail
1.9/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing this, Evan.

A: The beer pours a cloudy yellow/straw color with a finger of white foam.

S: Smells just awful. Full of sulfur and cheesy funk with a bit of...barnyard (not the good kind). Slightly salty with some banana and lemon zest. In true Lightning fashion, unlike any Berliner Weiss I've smelled.

T: Banana flavor dominates, but overall, it's pretty light. A bit watery with a mild tartness and a hint of salt. The funk that was so prevalent on the nose has died down. Mild bread sweetness, too.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Smelled like a sour mash gone wrong. Didn't taste much better.

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Sauerstrom Ale from Lightning Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.