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Berliner Weisse - Crabtree Brewing Company

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 09-24-2011

An old-style German Wheat Ale with a short lactic fermentation. Light & crisp with an acidic sour bite that aims to please. Traditionally served with raspberry or woodruff syrup, but can be enjoyed wihtout.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by pwoods:
Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DividedAvery

22oz. brown bomber poured into a flute.

A: Pours a very pale straw with some haziness. A bit of a fizzy head on the pour without much retention or lacing.

S: Lemony tart aroma with some white wine and green apple notes. A light musky, funky aroma with some dry leathery notes. Very subtle cereal grain.

T/M: More of the tart lemon and green apple with some more of the white wine undertones. Great tartness and refreshing dry finish. More of the muskiness and leather. Body is light with vibrant carbonation. Finishes nearly bone dry.

D: Pretty damn good Berliner Weisse. I hadn't heard of this brewery and wasn't sure what to expect with a style like this, but they've made a pretty solid beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a clear (with hazy second pour) straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film and then disappears.

The aroma is musty hay and some dry fruity sourness.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some sweet sugary fruits (apple and lemon), some champagne notes and a lot of tart sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a nice light sour. I liked this better on tap.

Photo of ehammond1
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quikzoo!

Slightly hazed light golden with a moderately sized near-white head that falls away quickly.

Pleasant aroma of wheat, lemon, and slight tartness, along with a very mild cheese and earth character.

The flavor is similar, though not quite as tart as some others within the style, with lots of wheat and lemon character. There's a touch of earth as well.

Light in body with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

A nice berliner, and I'm very thankful I had the chance to try it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Falling Rock taphouse in Denver (after trying to order 3-4 different beers they had listed, but were 'out' of). Got a hazy yellow beer, plenty of cloudiness to it, looked the part, soft .5" head on it, bright white.

Aroma, man, this should have been called belgo weisse, because it smells a lot like a standard belgian yeast moreso than anything that would come from Germany or a reproduction of a German style. Really annoying I thought, not enjoyable to get the band aid esters and soggy wood funk.

Taste, still kinda mucked up by the belgian flavors, instead of being able to get a mouthfull of tart wheat, its like a mouthful of Belgo yeast over and over. The tartness is appreciable, and once you kind of get adjusted to what was kind of palate shock, the beer becomes less oppressive, and actually enjoyable. But I dunno, its kind of like being in a room where someone farted, stick around long enough, and you won't notice the smell as much.

If its worth anything, my girlfriend liked hers more than I did. Just too perfumy and belgiany for my tastes.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden-yellow with 1 finger of white head after an aggressive pour. The head recedes very quickly. It has a strong pilsner lager like smell up front with some fruity "twang" behind it. As I continue to smell to fruitiness goes to peaches, lemons, and some sour green grapes. The taste is mildly but pleasantly tart with the same balance of pilsner malt and fruity acidity. The mouthfeel is nice and light and drinkable. Overall, this is my first Berliner Weisse and I really like the light drinkability and balanced flavor with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. Definitely worth seeking out if you like the style.

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a goblet on what might just be the last warm day of autumn.

Possibly one of the worst labels I've ever seen. Give me a pretty picture, not a QR code. Just saying...

Opens with a very loud hiss. Pours a very pale yellow color with huge towering white head. I may need to take a walk and come back to this.

Aroma is enjoyable with a funky yeast and elements of lemon and cake. Maybe lemon cake.

Flavor is sweet, then tart, and finishes dry. That pretty much sums it up. There are subtle nuances of lemon, spice, yeast, and floral qualities. It never overwhelms but also never grows dull.

Mouthfeel is very light in body and nicely carbonated. Crisp and easy drinking.

In terms of being both light and complex, it's one of the best American beers I've had that manages to achieve both.

Photo of dbossman
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy lemon-yellow with a crazy, fizzy head--this sounds like Alca-seltzer but eventually fades to no head with just tons of bubbles shooting to the surface; no lacing

S: Wow, this is tart and grainy and grassy; this smells like lemons and apples but also like grainy bread; it is sour and a bit funky--can't wait to drink

T: Not as sour as aroma indicated but still a pleasant lemon/apple/banana tartness followed by a grainy, grassy, bready quality; this beer is quite refreshing but it does fade rather quickly leaving a thin, dry finish

F: A tad thin for my taste and the beer nearly vanishes toward the finish but as you drink the thinness becomes less and less bothersome

O: This is a refreshing beer; I wish it had a bit more body and was a bit more sour but it's a nice tart, slightly fruity berliner weisse nonetheless

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw color with a huge agressive head. The head was thin but tall, somewhat like steamed milk froth.

The smell is straw, wheat lemon, and piercing ammonia.

The lemon dominates the flavor and it has a sour tartness to it. The wheat is also front and center along with hay.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of moderate, same goes for the carbonation.

It's a pretty good beer and a nice, light, easy drinker. This would be a great summer beer, but I enjoyed it with a fire anyway.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sambo for the bottle!

Pours hazy light straw with complete absence of head and lacing.

Yeasty wheat aroma. Not very tart on the nose and a little bit of funk. Doesn't smell much like a Berliner

Loads of lemon in the flavor. A little bit of tart wheat and mustiness. Flavor profile is a lot more spot on than aroma, but still seems like there's something missing.

Very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not too bad, but there's something slightly off that I can't quite put my finger on. There isn't a whole lot of flavor here, but it gets points for being light and refreshing. I'd prefer a bit more tartness for the style.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Received in a pint glass.

3.5 A: Deeply hazed golden wheat color. Came with just a touch of white frothy head.

4.0 S: Big pepperiness worth mentioning first. Earthy, brett-like funkiness. Wheaty with a strong rotting wood component.

4.0 T: Light tartness. Wheat, pepper, barnyard and rotting wood. Quite earthy and super tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Clean and crisp with a nice spritziness. Good moderate carbonation. Just about all I could ask for for the style.

4.5 D: Really tasty Berliner. One of the best I've had.

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Fantastic beer.

For such a low ABV, this beer packs a ton of flavor.

Pours with absolutely no head. A very slight hint of cloudiness, but mostly golden and clear.

Slightly sweet, but mostly tart, but a balanced tartness. Bit of fizzy feeling on the tongue.

This beer drinks like a Sav. Blanc white wine.

Very refreshing with a tongue watering finish.

This will be a fantastic summer beer.

The best beer I've tasted so far in 2012.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to fortsambo for sending some of this out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a white head that fizzles away immediately, faster than soda. No lacing or collar. A bit disappointing, even for the style.

The nose Has some wheat with a touch of acidity. A bit breads as well. Quite wheaty, actually. The flavor is very wheaty with some backing grain. Very faint tartness. Some dryness throughout. Very light body with good carbonation, bordering on spritzy. Tesla or and feel seem to be a bit young to me, and maybe this could have used a bit more time with some yeast and bacteria. Perhaps not quite ready when it was bottled, though this is a faintly nice Berliner.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle featuring a label JFK delivering his famous speech in Berlin a fizzy and cloudy grapefruit yellow with one finger of very fast-fading white head. No lacing whatsoever.

Bright aroma of lemon zest, yeast, spicy herbs, straw, white wine vinegar and cracker.

The taste really matched the aroma with bright, tart lemon, white wine vinegar, yeast, and saltine cracker. Finished very clean.

Light-to-medium body and dry with a crisp carbonation.

A very tastey Berliner Weissbier from Crabtree. A nice medley of flavors in this one. I will definitely have this one again.

Photo of riored4v
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/20/11.

Poured in to a tulip. Straw colored body that was slightly hazy. 1 finger, white head. Faded to nothing real quick.

Smell was grainy with notes of lemon with some acidic tartness. Light green apple as well.

Taste was lemony with some mild acidic tartness. Light grainy flavor. Hints of green apple. Crisp finish with some mild vinegar.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium/high carb. Nice and dry.

Drinkability was good. Nice and light with a mild tartness.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ablackshear for this awesome extra! This beer has been a longtime want!

poured into crooked stave tulip.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow bodied beer with thin white cap. Head quickly drops to no head at all.

Smell: Hay and wheat malts. Lemons and mild lactic sourness. An odd smell of concentrated urine(I work in the healthcare field, so I know the smell very well)

Taste: Nice malty wheat and hay notes. Lemons, hint of oranges, and some lactic sourness just like the nose. Really light funk and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation levels on the low end of moderate. A delicate / soft carbonation. The bubbles seem to come alive on your tougue, really nice mouthfeel. This beer is sooo drinkable. Semi dry finish and it has clean and bright characteristics as well.

Overall: A drinkable and flavorful Berliner Weissbier. Pretty straight forward beer for the style. The beer doesnt look that great and the urine smell in the nose I really dont care for, but the taste and mouthfeel on this beer really make this beer awesome! Really glad that I finally got to try this beer!

Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a pale hazy yellow color. Some white froth & lace too.

(S)- A mildly dry cotton-like funk with bits of lemon & wheat.

(T)-A nice drying crispness with a kiss of lemon and wheat in the background. Just tart enough to blend it all together.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Clean & crisp with a refreshing feel and subtle wheat & fruit.

(O)- A lovely berliner weiss. Super easy drinking; crisp and refreshing. All the reasons why I love this style and wish more brewers did them. The perfect summer beer.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper with a small head that disappears almost instantly.

Smells of honey sweet pilsner malt and pears.

Taste is up front sweet pilsner malt that goes into a pear/peach acidic, sour bite that lasts through the middle and ends on a slightly bready malt profile. Really pleasing and to style.

Medium body and medium carbonation works well enough.

This is a damned solid beer that represents the style well, including the funky, sweaty, bile sour characteristic. I'll get it again.

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, gold/straw color. 3/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, hops, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of coriander. Mouth feel is very sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and tartness. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight yeast, slight hops, and a slight pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pineapple juice colored with a thin bubbly head that falls quickly leaving behind the infinite miniscule bubbles that rise constantly from the bottom. Smells of tart green apple and green grapes, not too funky but there is a definite sour aspect punching through, grassy and straw-like. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely but is not as pungent - grassy, bready, tart and sour (not overwhelmingly so) lemon, grapes, green apple. This is a light-medium bodied beer - it is moderately carbonated with a pretty dry finish on the end. An impressive beer, but nothing that is causing me to drive to the bottleshop to buy more this instant. If I feel like snagging a delicious tart ale I'd reach for this one as it is pretty refreshing.

Cheers!

Photo of tobelerone
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden bodied beer with a very small white head that settles quickly; minimal lacing, decent overall clarity.

Mild aroma of wheat and lemon. Smells vaguely tart and sweet but the smells aren't exactly bursting from the glass.

Simple flavor of grainy wheat and some light lemony tartness; not particularly sour or over-the-top at all. A little bit of lactic acidity, no bitterness to speak of. Minimally sweet. Straightforward but lightly flavored for a Berliner Weiss.

Medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp and clean, pretty refreshing; unremarkable in the end, but went down easy after a six hour drive on a hot summer's night.

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Halleroder bierkrug. Expectations are low because the label makes it look like crap. Not even an ABV on the bottle? Reviewed live. I believe this is me first beer from crabtree.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of no real cream, bad thickness, and average retention. Colour is a murky semitransparent yellow-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Weird candy syrup, clean malts, and vague hints of yeast. Weird esters are abound but I can't place them. A mild strength aroma.

T: Weird candied sugar, vague clean malts, and a strange funk that feels like off-bretts. Some slightly tart sourness on the finish. Bland and simple. I don't really care for it. Imbalanced and strangely built (even for the style). There's not much happening here. The funkiness is nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat watery. Adequate carbonation. A bit too thin.

Dr: Drinkable and nice in terms of the funkiness. I probably wouldn't get it again - it's pretty boring. A simple dull brew. Leave this one on the shelf.

C-

Photo of Robloc303
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from bottle into bowl glass. No head on the pour, bubbles go away in an instant and very little fizz there after. Nose has nice citrus, orange and bread yeast. For being filtered and so clear, the flavors were quite surprising. Very tart and sour to begin with a nice lemon and wheat flavor, but the flavors seem to disintegrate the longer you let it sit. Nothing too special, but I would drink another.

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A yellower shade of pale in the glass. Some bubbles at first, but flattens out after a couple of pours. Since it's so sharp, you don't mind the lack of carbonation as much. The aroma is very faint, like sawdust, but I give it points for not smelling like vinegar.

Light bodied as you'd expect, quite tart, but not so acidic as many beers of this type. A touch of fruit, but not much funk or yeast.

While it's not memorable, it's one of the most drinkable Berliners I've had. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light yellow body and a fizzy white head.

Aromas are funky with notes of citrus.

Lemon, lime, wheat and a carbonic bite like San Pellegrino. Mild funkiness and a soft acidic snap really take this beer to the next level. Well balanced and addictive.

A bomber of Berliner Weisse? Why is that so uncommon, this is an awesome beer and untapped style. Never thought it would be Crabtree that would do it. I gotta give theses guys credit, they've really turned it up a notch recently.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is loud. A hard pour and the bubbles just make a racket. Fizzy. Soapy head that dissipates rapidly. Somewhat cloudy pale gold body.

Musky aroma. Like a light horse blanket, subtle lemon. There's something different in there that makes the aroma seem "thick". Weird to me, but not off-putting. A bit tangy

Nice tangy lemon flavor. Orange a bit. The tartness is refreshing and nothing too puckering. There are a couple of spices here and there, but mostly a light malt with lemon tart. My 3rd B-Weisse and I like it

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Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.