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Berliner Weisse - Crabtree Brewing Company

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90
outstanding

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 41
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

09-03-2012 04:08:59 | More by djrn2
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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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mcflypie

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:26:49 | More by mcflypie
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 22:28:07 | More by jmarsh123
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buffs9

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-25-2012 22:13:07 | More by buffs9
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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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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-01-2012 07:04:00 | More by rbrefbeerman
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 13:09:45 | More by tobelerone
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mactrail

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 03:46:31 | More by mactrail
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-23-2013 04:39:54 | More by Ristaccia
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-12-2014 18:03:11 | More by yourefragile
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

09-18-2012 02:14:33 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:37:40 | More by ehammond1
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 15:51:14 | More by quirkzoo
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pwoods

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 06:08:45 | More by pwoods
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 15:18:33 | More by bump8628
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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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blindpiggie

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-09-2013 02:50:14 | More by blindpiggie
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-02-2012 05:31:16 | More by GRG1313
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-15-2012 23:35:33 | More by carteravebrew
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:21:11 | More by TenHornsProud
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-08-2012 16:18:34 | More by lvoutlawjlh
Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.