Berliner Weisse - Crabtree Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 111
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 32
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 111
Photo of numberwang
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a great spicy citrus taste and a nice sour lacto finish

I really like this beer. Coming from the land of overdone Pale Ale/Cascade Hop creations this one is a real treat. I have always liked German style beers, and this one was a complete surprise. It is a great summer beer with a low AC so a man can do his summer chores and still trim his lawn straight.

I first had it at the Boulder Tap House and liked it so much that I got on the phone and reserved myself a sixtel. I loved the funk of the taproom. They were kegging 1/2 barrels right behind me. Had a great chinwag with the owner and his wife. No pretense, and not a single Pale ale on the tap list. Good stuff! They are expanding the beer horizon. (722 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +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. (575 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very soapy, big bubbled, white head. Dissipates quickly. Brew is decently clear with minor haze. If it wasn't for the steady column of bubbles I would have guessed it went flat.

Kinda wheaty and spicy. Orange and lemon citrus. Kinda absent of any defining scents.

WHOA! Tart lemon! Not sour, but tart. Very thin, lacking any body to hold this one together. Heavy carbonation and slightly dry.

Too thin, IMO. There's nothing unique or memorable, it's basic and bland. Final Say: Decent and drinkable, but sadly what I expected from CTB. (541 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Milky gold, thin fizzled, soda-like head. Clean and lactic on the nose, doughy and crackery malt throughout the palate. Light grassiness and tartness linger on the finish. A pleasant Berliner Weisse, no doubt. (252 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from undated bomber to Duvel tulip the beer appears a couldy yellow color with literally no head, no retention, and no lacing. Looks extremely average. Fortunately the beer improves in the nose with hints of citrus and floral tones along with a hint of sour tartness and sweet bready aromas. The flavor improves on this with a tart beginning with hints of sour funk. Fruity character comes in with hints of apple, pear and lemon. The wheat base becomes more prominent in the middle and provides a nice base for the beer. Finishes a bit sweet with a lingering malt flavor. Lighter end of medium bodied. Some carbonation. Overall, I wish it was a bit more carbonated and approachable in appearance, everything else about this beer is good. I'd easily have another. (769 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy whitish-yellow with a white 1/2 thumbs width head that quickly escapes into the ether. Not even any remnants of a head left around the edge nor is there any lacing. The only weak aspect of this beer. A tart, fruity aroma of apples and grapes mixed with some wheat and mild funk. Initial hit of sweetness that quickly proceeds to sour...tart apples and grapes, some lemon, and a slight hint of pepper. Very nice. A nice active mouthfeel and medium bodied, I think it it fits the beer perfectly. Personally, wheat beers are a style of beer I do not enjoy so wasn't sure what to expect from this, but did want to try it to discover the style. Glad I did because Crabtree tree hit it out of the park with this one. Very enjoyable beer at a great price. (755 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy, lemony-yellow, with no head (draft) and no noticeable lacing. Floral and citrus notes intermingle with tart and sweet aromas, with a light funk present as well. Tart and refreshing, Berliner Weisse hints at green apples, wheat, lemon, and pepper. Light and flavorful to start, puckering tartness in the finish, this beer features a medium-light body with spritzy carbonation. We are not fans of adding syrups, fruit, or what have you to ANY beer, and this amazingly complex, tart, and refreshing brew is an example of what you might miss if you did. (575 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cool take on a wheat beer. pours a hazy straw color with a tall white head. smells like typical hefe yeast and a nice sour beer combined into one. flavor is tart and sour at first, but mellows of with some citrus flavors and a flowery hop finish. feel is excellent, really fizzy carbonation compliments the sour flavor, and its light enough to drink a couple of. this beer has a lot of culinary potential too. glad i picked this one out (436 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gklover1 for this beer...

A: Pours a bright cloudy lemony yellow with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam fades incredibly quickly, leaving absolutely nothing behind. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells sweet and tart. There is an abundance of floral and citrus notes in the nose, and yet at the same time I'm getting a lot of salt and sour. It's a beautiful marriage between earthy and tangy.

T: It starts out sweet and floral. That flavor lasts until the finish. At that point, the beer takes a left turn and becomes incredibly tart. The sourness takes over and the saltiness of this beer shines through. It's actually really refreshing. Light and flavorful at the start, and puckering in the finish.

M: Light bodied beer. The flavors are spot on. Mellow to begin with, they lightly envelop the palate. After most of the liquid is gone, the salt and sour arrive. The last effect is very dry.

O: This beer is wonderful. Sweet and floral, but puckering and salty. Color me impressed. I think the transition is spot on. I honestly wish I had a few more bottles to share. (1,116 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,561 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (757 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this as my wife loves the style.
Pours a lemony yellow color with a fizzy texture.
The nose matches the look – also very lemony and citrusy with a bit of yeasty zest. It’s not quite a brett funkiness, but more of a spice.
The flavor is pretty much perfectly representative of the things I like about the style. Sourness initially, but right when you think it’ll make you pucker, it mellows and there’s even a bit of a malt body that creeps out. Lemon zest pink grapefruit, cider, and just a little bit of a pepper are the primary notes. The finish lingers with a citric tartness.
At such a low potency, with such a ton of flavor, this will be gone before you know it.
One of the best versions I’ve had and a truly enjoyable beer. Not for everyone, but really tasty beer I’ve already bought more of.
A sleeper hit for sure. (845 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (526 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 (833 characters)

Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - hazy straw in color, head is small and dies quickly, very active.

smell - tart grapes, wheat, citrus, minor peppercorn, acid (very beautiful combination and well put together)

taste - the same goes here, well orchestrated.

mouthfeel - nice and tart, well carbonated with a good body for the style. (313 characters)

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Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.