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Berliner Weisse - Crabtree Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 34
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 09-24-2011)
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davidgsmit

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-16-2014 18:48:37 | More by davidgsmit
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Jtthegreat

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-08-2012 19:41:45 | More by Jtthegreat
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-27-2014 20:47:57 | More by afsdan
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rawfish

California

4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Denverbeerdrinker for this gem as an extra.

Fizzy cap of white head rises over a cider colored body. Very carbonated, you can hear the crackle. Lots of yeast, opaque. Good retention and even leaves spots of lacing on the glass, impressive.

Hay, lemon juice acidity, vinegar, a bit of yeasty must. Uplifting and bright, balance of hints of sour and aromatic grain.

A mix of lemon juice and slight wheat, up front that evolves with hay, white wine, vinegar and funk. A zesty tartness, I get a slight twinge of metallic with a mild nuttiness and the acidity makes the mouth water, then it's gone. Scrubbed perfectly clean, dries well. Complex and refreshing.

Crisp and an absolute joy to drink, the yeast never weighs this one down and the finish and mouthfeel are all perfect. Why didn't I wait until summer to crack this one open instead?

Wow, incredible berliner weissbier. Snappy, crisp and refreshing. Mixes complexity, balancing sour, funk and grassy elements. I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:28:55 | More by rawfish
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:03:34 | More by GilGarp
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No bottled on date, but I picked this up as soon as it came out in the summer of 2011.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
Tried with and without yeast poured in; I preferred it without the yeast, which is unusual for me.

Pours a healthy, >2cm head of very fine bubbles, but this collapses fantastically upon itself rather quickly, leaving no lace or spots. Body is a semi-hazy golden yellow color out of light, a pale yellow in it, and the etched New Belgium glass sends a column of active carbonation throughout drinking the entire bottle.

Very nice, tart, lactobacillus-influenced aroma. Think yogurt with a twist of lemon and slightly sweet wheat malt. Other references include white wine and freshly cut green apples (see, acidity).

Delicious taste. Opens with bright tartness meeting very tempered wheat malt sweetness. If just on the front of the tongue, you could mistake this for a mild white wine. Mid-palate detects increasing levels of sourness, with some tart apple flavors. Very mild funk enters, though I don't think any Brettanomyces was used; this becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms. Aftertaste is mostly tart, like a strong lemonade or white wine.

Very carbonated at first, though this diminishes as much as you're willing to wait. Body is rather light, slightly watery around the edges, perhaps a bit too carbonated and likely this beer's only real off-point. Mouthfeel is crisp due to the carbonation, and moves along nicely.. Finish is dry, again, referencing white wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:27:36 | More by falloutsnow
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 04:31:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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spoony

Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml bottle (undated, but with JFK on the front) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces a huge, shiny, white head of foam. The foam drops immediately, however, and leaves no lacing. The brew is clear and very light yellow in color. There is a good bit of carbonation visible. Pretty true to style.

S-A health dose of lactic, funky wheat is noticeable as I pour. There is also a fair bit of lemon and significant (for the style) tartness. This brew is nearing lambic levels of tartness and funkiness on the nose.

T-The taste also packs a good bit of tartness, but the brew is not quite puckering or sour. Lemon is the main feature, but there is a good bit of lactic funk and wheat, too, which balances things out. The whole package is balanced, crisp, drinkable, and interesting.

M-The feel is light and effervescent . The carbonation is assertive and fizzy. The feel is a touch too light and assertive, but not too far off for a Berliner.

O-This is a great Berliner and a great beer. Crabtree manages to pack a lot of flavor into 4.3% ABV while staying pretty true to the style. The beer is balanced with nice tart flavors playing off of a light, but not insubstantial, wheat beer body. This is my first Crabtree brew and I'll be looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:12:26 | More by spoony
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-14-2013 03:04:27 | More by Dbrulet
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-29-2013 04:47:00 | More by OregonGrown7
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-25-2012 02:26:13 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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Tone

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 12:54:11 | More by Tone
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IllicitEloquence

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-18-2014 03:54:57 | More by IllicitEloquence
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-03-2012 15:14:14 | More by kjkinsey
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-24-2012 15:51:38 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-08-2013 06:30:54 | More by appetiteforparis
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KegelsKegs

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-03-2013 22:04:27 | More by KegelsKegs
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tswater

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-27-2013 01:25:10 | More by tswater
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-17-2013 18:14:39 | More by Jspriest
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-03-2013 15:09:04 | More by Auror
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-10-2012 06:45:11 | More by GehenHerzog
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:48:19 | More by Monkeyknife
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a berliner goblet, the brew appears a perfectly clear straw yellow color with streaming bubbly carbonation that forms a white finger. The head collpases quickly despite the rising bubble support which is typical for the style. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is lemony with a funky inclusion of greek yogurt culture mixed with a mild suggestion of spoiled grain/corn but I mean that in a good way. Towards the back is a sort of fresh cereal grain/wheat sweetness that is quite enjoyable.

The flavor really brings it with everything you might expect based off the aromatics. Lemony tartness is the front runner of the flavor profile with a mild grainy sweetness like wheat/cereal/corn. There is a mild taste across the mid-palate caught somewhere between original pink bubblegum and yogurt. Overall quite nice.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to lively amount of carbonation. A very solid brew right here that is downright crushable. Just a bomber of this is a tease...I want, no need more of this to enjoy again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 14:48:39 | More by stakem
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 06:17:52 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:25:21 | More by BradLikesBrew
Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.