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Berliner Kindl Weisse - Berliner Kindl Brauerei

Berliner Kindl WeisseBerliner Kindl Weisse

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BA SCORE
80
good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 17.71%


Brewed by:
Berliner Kindl Brauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale, golden, hazy; don't remember the head profile

Aroma: Honey-like aroma dominates the nose

Taste: Tart, honey, crisp, lemony; Not beer like. Not hoppy. Good, but not like a beer.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:06:25 | More by IchLiebeBier
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metter98

New York

3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a short white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of sour lactic acid are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly sour, but this is more of a subtle sourness and is different from the "in your face" sourness of an American Wild Ale or a gueuze.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you can handle the sourness, this beer is quite easy to drink. A dash of raspberry or woodruff would definitely make it more palatable. Nonetheless, it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 16:39:14 | More by metter98
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York, and stored in my garage. I've had this before while in Germany; unusually it comes in the stubby bottle that I associate more with Belgium. Love the little kid on the label.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy, pale-straw hue with medium carbonation. Yields a small head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of dry, earthy yeast with notes of lactic acid and a faint nuttiness. This is underpinned by grainy malt with a touch of wheat. Simple but pleasant.

Tastes of lactic tartness and yeast, with a dry, acidic finish. Notes of lactic acid, natural yoghurt, earthy yeast, faint apples, mild wheat and a hint of stewed leaves. Almost lemony in character, though without the flavour. Very dry and astringent upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spritzy and very tingly - the acidity tantalises the tastebuds. The body is light but it suits the style and the low ABV. An aftertaste of lactic acid, yeast and faint wheat.

Tasty, though surprisingly sharp. I suspect the acidity has increased while it was sat in my garage. The flavour is most reminiscent of unsweetened yoghurt, with a tartness similar to grapefruit juice. Earthy yeast dominates, with subtle grain and wheat taking a back seat. Light but refreshing, and would certainly be nice on a warm day. It's a simple beer, and I find it very drinkable (preferably without the syrup that the Germans insist on adding). Worth trying if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:48:34 | More by jazzyjeff13
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle from The Cave (Glasgow, £1.49):
Cloudy pale, yellow colour that has tinges of orange in there too. The head is an almost non-existent one with a bubbly lacing around the circumference but not much else.

Sour & fruity with citrus and lemon making an appearance but it is the sourness that is the most noticeable. There is some light wheat and a touch of acidity in there too but it is fairly light overall.

Very sour tasting beer with a good helping of acidity and plenty of citrus flavours coming through. There is a lot of lemon zest and some wheat flavouring too but again the sourness takes over in this one.

A light body and a pretty refreshing feel helped with the strong carbonation. The sourness is there again and the beer is quite tangy but has decent drinkablity.

A very sour tasting beer with citrus and some wheat but other than that there isn't a lot to report on this one. It was fairly easy to drink after the initial acidity and sourness settled down slightly.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 18:24:01 | More by flyingpig
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FLima

Brazil

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow color, made 2 fingers of head.
Sour aroma with hints of citrus and fruit, mostly lemon.
Taste follows aroma, very acid, zesty lemon and quite sour. Aftertaste is also acid and astringent. Imperceptible alcohol, easy to hide just 3% within this personality.
Light body with a good carbonation and small bubbles.
I felt like taking an effervescent C vitamin. Interesting but didn’t fell like asking another one. Though not knowing what I was drinking ahead didn’t help.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 21:06:19 | More by FLima
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kagent777

Utah

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.33 l bottle from my friend Mortiz poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Looks like a fizzy yellow beer. A half finger thick head sits atop a clear yellow beer. A little lacing.

Smell: A general sour wheat note from the beer, as expected. As I noted in the other reviews, this one does have a bit of sweetness in the smell, but a sort or aspertame artificialness to it.

Taste: Apples and dry apple juice (even though this is das original) come to mind as I sip this beer. A mild wheat aspect covers over all, the artificial sweetness seems to kick in toward the end of the sip. There is a lemon like zestiness as well.

Mouthfeel: This is a thinner beer with strong carbonation. Even with a thin body, it is smooth.

Overall: I have only had a few of this style, so I am no expert. I like this beer, it is a thirst quencher. Would be outstanding on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:26:32 | More by kagent777
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this. Pours a semi-hazy yellow-gold with a loose, half inch, bright white head that gradually dissipates into a broken slick. Nose is bready and yeasty with a hint of citrus. Taste follows nose; however, a bit more citrus forward in the flavor profile. Tartness is present, but a little masked by the other qualities. There is also a residual yeasty character at the finish that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant citrus astringency and an assertive carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style; however, perhaps a little too bready flavor for my general sensibilities.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 13:13:32 | More by Jwale73
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light hazy yellow colour with practically no head at all.

Smells of not much, a bit of wheat and yeast.

Tastes ok at first, malty, yet sours up very very very quickly, and leaves you cringing slightly. Man I don't like sour tastes much. Other than that it's manageable.

Overall a good beer, bit too sour for me to drink alot of though.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 22:24:31 | More by CwrwAmByth
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FloppyDog

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from an Ulrich's in Berlin.

Pours a translucent muted yellow with a half inch of quickly dissipating white head. Definitely has the appearance of a "white" beer.

Aroma is a mesmerizing balance of sweet maltiness and intriguing sourness.

Taste also plays on this balance of sweet and sour, with the malt sweetness appearing initially as the beer first touches my tongue, followed by a long sour finish that wipes any sweetness from my palate.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, just as a Berliner Weisse should be!

Overall, a classic and interesting alternative the the "average beer drinker's beer". It has the low alcohol that makes this an easy-drinking beer, but has the complexity from the sourness that is reminiscent of a nicely blended lambic. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:24:07 | More by FloppyDog
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kojevergas

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottles of the grun (green) and rot (red) served into a Berliner Kindl Weisse obese highball in Berlin. Reviewed from notes. I averaged my reviews of each syrupped type to come up with this review; no Berliner I've met drinks this without the syrup.

A: Pours a hazy green. You don't see that everyday.

Sm: Extra-light scent of generic barley.

T: Vermouth and apple. What in feck's name? Finish is sour apple. Built strangely to say the least.

Mf: Tasty, smacky, and nice. The finish drys her up a biteen.

Dr: Too strange, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:32:07 | More by kojevergas
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BMoldy

New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light, cloudy straw color with a super thin fizzy white head that fades immediately and leaves no lacing.

S: Sour and a little fruity (berry-like, mostly raspberry or even strawberry). A touch funky as well, but sweeter than a lambic.

T: Similar to the aroma, being mostly sweet and a little tart on the otherwise-weak finish. Sourness is pleasing and certainly the most prominent flavor here. Virtually no hop presence, and the wheat itself has little character.

M: Light bordering on medium body. Low, fizzy carbonation that fades relatively quickly the longer the beer sits out. A little astringent on the finish.

O: My first berliner weisse. I can see why this isn't considered a great one, but I still enjoyed it and it definitely gives me the urge to try more. Good sourness, but just a little weak on the edges. Worth picking up if you stumble across it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:34:45 | More by BMoldy
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harrymel

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting six months to have this beer again. Had it in Berlin, and got weird looks when I turned down fruit offerings.

Looks to be bottled: 13JUL11

A: Light purulent straw with a finger of bone white foam which falls quickly to a scattered sheet of the same. Spot/scant lace. Gauzy clarity. (3.5)
S: smells like white grape juice and some grain. (3.5)
T: Tart and refreshing with hints of white grape and some inner lacto accented with just the slightest wheat hints. (4)
M: Thin and highly carbonated. I would prefer just a little less carb. Dross finish. (4)
O: I dig this beer every time I have it. (4)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 17:04:12 | More by harrymel
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Koelschtrinker for the trade on this one. I am excited to finally get to try this berliner which for me is the last of the "easily attainable and commercially available" berliner weisse offerings out there.

Poured into a matching Berliner Kindl bowl, this brew appears a faintly hazed light yellow color. A finger of white head appears across the top and retains very well for the style. A spotty webbing of lace clings to the glass. A light swirl brings a creamy coating back to the surface and forms some finger-like stringy patters of lace.

The smell of this brew carries with it a very bright fruity lemony scent with a mellow lactic tang upfront. Throughout the middle of the nose is a fresh, cereal grain sweetness that mixes with something somewhat reminiscent of yogurt. Once warm there is a very faint indication of an herbal hop element, but that is stretching it.

The taste is lightly tart with a flavor reminiscent of lemons. Not really sour, just tart with the lemony flavoring upfront rapidly changing to a dry yogurt-like flavoring across the back and then back again to lemony indications that last inside the mouth. The aftertaste includes a mild grainy sweetness that is somewhat like cereal and bread which does a pleasant job of contrasting the tartness and fruity of this brew.

This is a light bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. Perhaps just a touch less carbonation than most other takes on the style but still well done. This brew is very clean and excessively drinkable with a crisp finish. I pounded down nearly half my glass before even starting to think about what I was doing. If this brew was readily available to me, I would purchase this non-stop throughout the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:27:27 | More by stakem
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kjc51478

Germany

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is hazy golden yellow color with light, fizzy head.

S: Aroma is heavy on the sour citrus with some wheat and grains coming through.

T: Taste is very sour, but clean, with notes of citrus, cereal, and some slight yeasty funkiness.

M: Palate is light-bodied, refreshing, thin texture, average carbonation, and a tart finish.

O: This is pretty much a standard of the style but certainly not the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:58:45 | More by kjc51478
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was really not what I expected. A whopping 3% abv, I suppose that since the word Kindl is in name of the beer this is supposed to be a lighter brew for the younger folks in Germany. This beer is the proper color for the style. It's a lightly hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. The flavor had a bit of a tartness to it, perhaps lemon. Either way this beer was a little too light for me and not that good.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:01:28 | More by Knapp85
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dasenebler

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, best before August 2012. 3% ABV.

Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow-gold with a small, fizzy head. Has a nice glow, I suppose, but otherwise it's underwhelming.

The aroma is interesting, with notes of acidity, and an almost vanilla component. Yeasty dough.

The flavor is tart and moderately sour, though not puckering. More of a pleasant acidic bite a la lemonade or Sweet Tarts, rather than a full-on, Gueuze-like character. There's not a whole lot there aside from the tartness, but kudos to the brewery for embracing the funk rather than dumbing it down. Some hay and grain flavors if you try hard. Clean and light. The mouthfeel is watery and slightly chalky, and the carbonation could have been more lively.

Despite its imperfections, this Berliner Weisse is growing on me. It's very refreshing, simple and really easy to drink if one is accustomed to sour beer. Berliner Kindl is also one of the classics for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 17:56:11 | More by dasenebler
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sfprint

Germany

2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Very clear, just a hair yellow. Low carbonation with large bubbles. Looks like a weak ginger ale.

S: It smells like the fried rice in chinese restaurants that goes into sizzling rice soup. Toasted rice. Just a tad sweet.

T: Wow, not what I expected at all. Very sour! Lemon, toasted rice, One of the most sour beers I've ever had.

M: A bit mouthpuckering from the sourness. Sharp carbonation, soda like.

O: Different and interesting but disappointing. It's just basically too sour. I could just suck on a lemon.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:37:06 | More by sfprint
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Takahiro

Netherlands

2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Berliner Weisse experience.

Poured into my Duvel Tulip

Looks straw. When originally poured, it had chill haze, which gradually disappeared as it got warmed up. Originally there was a 1/2 white foam.

Smells like some green tomato and sour apple smell. some bready yeast smell, which reminded me of lager beer.

Tasted like tart and lemony. also reminded me of tomato juice (but not so intense). slight wheat with a little rounded smoothy/silky touch on tongue. Tartness lingers on, but not too long. The flavor is very 1 dimensional tartness.

Very light on the mouthfeel. Silky touch.

Drinkability. OK. It is refreshing, but it does not make me feel wanting for more. My opinion may change if I had this in 30C weather (now it's 15C).

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:53:45 | More by Takahiro
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Nose of wheat more or less light for a beer of this type and a smell of fresh earth. Mouth full with an amazing return Suret and acid with a touch of lactic acid very surprising. Not to mention the key wheat (however slight) to recall that this is a Weizenbier. While the course is light but has a very good performance of mouth, plus a fruity, and makes this very special brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 10:57:28 | More by ThaCreep
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw-colored liquid with an enormous light fluffy white head that sinks fast, leaving only small lacings.

S: Light smell. Citric notes, faint wheat. Acidic, sour and spicy.

T: Very acidic and sour. Spices and only faint wheat.

M: Aftertaste is decent, acidic. Body is light and carbonation is very rich, quite offensive.

D: This is no favourite of mine. To acidic for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 18:59:18 | More by Sunnanek
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lstokes

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a very pale beer beneath a very bright white head which disappears quickly and leaves only minimal lacing, and it smells like wheat funk, vinegar and lemon.

The taste is definitely something you have to get used to, and something you will either ultimately love (me) or hate (most people, I would suspect). It's acid, tart, sour, a little bit citrusy, crisp, but really there's one note here and it's sour lactic acid playing with a dry finish and forcing you to come back for more.

A good summer quencher to my tastes, but you have to know what you're getting into.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 10:16:59 | More by lstokes
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DerBayer

Germany

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful blonde colour with fizzy white head. I had this without fruit and from original glass ware.

The smell and taste are sour and acidic with grapefruit notes and faint spice.

The sour taste can be overpowering at times but I did drink this much faster than I thought I would and really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 19:21:59 | More by DerBayer
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light/pale straw color with a small and quickly disappearing head.

S - Tart/sourness is the first thing that hits the nose, much like a lemon. Behind that is a grainy and wheat smell.

T - When it first hits the tongue, there is a rush of tart and sourness. Reminiscent of lemon and tart green apple. Just as in the scent, there is also a wheat flavor as a background. This isn't really like a Hefe (in terms of banana and spice) but it does provide some sweetness and bready flavors that go well with the tartness. Taste a lot like a fresh lemonade that isn't too sweet.

M - Has some creaminess (from the wheat). Light to medium bodied. The tartness creates a slight puckering but not much.

D - I think it is quite refreshing actually, in the same way lemonade can be refreshing. It can have a slight puckering effect but it makes you want to keep drinking it. And with the ABV it has, you could drink it all day.

Notes: I had it without any syrup, and enjoyed it. Not something I would necessarily want everyday, but I could see wanting one on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:52:21 | More by FreshHawk
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czfreeman

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have tried Dogfish's Festina Peche on a previous occasion, and found the delicate, sour flavor I've read about in these beers really enjoyable.
Picked up this beer in Freising, also had the choice pre-mixed with waldmeister (woodruff) syrup, or raspberry. I want the pure one first.
Pours out an extremely light, lemony tone of golden hay. Head fizzes and settles very quickly. High carbonation actively moves around in the light toned glass, actively fizzing.
Smells sour, lemony, with a slight lactic smell reminescent of buttermilk. It's subdued, yet light, tart, and funky. Its as if a Brett yeast was able to work a half-cycle, leaving it's sour, funky smell, but not in a forward manner.
Wow! It's as if someone squeezed a fresh lemon over the beer. Tart, lemony, lactic ending slightly funky with a floral flavor reminiscent of hibiscus tea. The light, tongue tingling flavor remains in my mouth for quite some time.
This beer is extremly light, both in alcohol and body, but really packs quite a flavorful sour punch. The main critic point is that the sourness is enjoyable, and I find the flavor intruging, but seems a bit one note. I would like a bit more complexity from the tartness--but that being said, a very traditional style, made to be enjoyed without too much debate over the subtle complexities. Very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:36:05 | More by czfreeman
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first berliner weiss, so please excuse any ignorance.

Purchased from the Beers of Europe web store, and enjoyed while doing some barbecuing in my dad's garden.

Drank without syrup, and surprising enjoyable for doing so. Pours a hazy yellow with a short-lived white head. Evidently spritzy carbonation is the first of many similarities to champagne. Citrusy, sour nose, with a strong resemblance to a dry white wine. The taste up front is nicely puckering, but never overwhelming. Throughout it reminds me of a dry champagne in every aspect of its flavour, from the lemon sharpness, to the slight breadiness and through to the dry finish. An interesting beer and certainly good for this summer's day. As I mentioned, the carbonation is spritzy and very forward, which is paired with a medium-light, quenching body.

I wasn't sure I would like this style, but now I'm intrigued to try more. There's something incredibly refreshing about this berliner weiss, and the sourness brings up fond memories of lambics. I'm not sure how this beer compares to the rest of the style but it gets a thumbs up from me!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 14:52:24 | More by bobsy
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Berliner Kindl Weisse from Berliner Kindl Brauerei
80 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.