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Berliner Weisse - Crabtree Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
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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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-15-2013 17:11:36 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-02-2013 01:56:17 | More by crobinso
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mcflypie

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%

A: Light golden, no lacing. Very effervescent.

S: Sour funk and musty with hints of grapefruit.

T: Sour, tart, with orange/grapefruit notes.

M: Very effervescent.

O: A little funky, a little sour, a little hint of citrus. A nice light sour ale from a local brewery I like. Not amazing, but solid.

10-28-2013 00:26:49 | More by mcflypie
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-17-2013 01:16:36 | More by SalukiAlum
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

09-09-2013 21:48:19 | More by Monkeyknife
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -25.6%

09-07-2013 05:05:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

09-02-2013 15:48:11 | More by incubuscience
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottled purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE. Cool screen print on the bottle. Mentions something about doughnuts and politics. Cap came off with a loud hiss. Poured into a Tallgrass cervoise glass at fridge temp.

Appearance: It poured so clear for a while I thought I was pouring champagne. Massive four finger head of clear, fizzy bubbles. Fizzled away in no time and eventually lost all of it's head. Effervescent to say the least. The body itself was a very light straw color.

Smell: All kinds of tart and acidic notes. Wheat. Some tanginess, musty earthiness, and interestingly some light sulfur/egg notes.

Taste: Tart lactic up front, some mustyness, a clean, sharp lemon acidity, and finishes with a lingering cracker like wheat.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. Very light body which made it quite easy to drink. No hint of the ABV.

Overall: Only my second berliner weisse and Crabtree beer but impressed on both accounts.. Very interesting and complex nose. Light, easy drinker and the tart dryness makes it very thirst quenching. I can see why this is a summer beer! Get some before the humidity and 90+ weather leaves.

08-31-2013 04:24:21 | More by CowsandBeer
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spoony

Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%

The look was great and completely what I expected. The smell brought out the lovely grains and felt like a great summer beer. When I tasted it, I was blown away by the taste. The tartness and lemon was so fantastic and balanced, I had a little tear at the end of the beer.

08-06-2013 19:22:38 | More by Cavity_Crepes
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KegelsKegs

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-15-2013 14:43:13 | More by Seefeldt
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-04-2013 01:27:14 | More by eawolff99
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-19-2013 21:09:26 | More by mdaschaf
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-14-2013 22:36:51 | More by FalconA
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-03-2013 15:09:04 | More by Auror
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

03-28-2013 03:34:16 | More by t0rin0
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

02-10-2013 01:01:06 | More by Vonerichs
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-09-2013 02:50:14 | More by blindpiggie
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

02-06-2013 06:17:52 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-06-2013 01:01:21 | More by Duff27
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rawfish

California

4.49/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-27-2013 01:25:10 | More by tswater
Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.