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Berliner Weisse - Crabtree Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 115
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 32
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 115
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a QR code on the front label, $6. Nice cloudy yellow color. Smells wheaty and possibly tart. The flavor was quite good, wheat, sour lemon (but subtle), citrus, yeast. Very easy to drink and now I'm really interested in the style. Overall, a good tart wheat beer.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of riored4v
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
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