Smuttynose Short Batch #7 - Strawberry Short Weisse - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.44/5 rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2009 vintage on tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy body, dull yellow in color. No head but there are champagne-like bubbles suspended in the beer. Aroma is dominated by a lovely, mildly sweet strawberry, with some tart green apples. Taste is extremely tart with the same two flavors dominating. Quite mouth puckering, much more than expected. Delicious.
Serving type: on-tap
02-19-2013 03:09:38 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
3.0% ABV, no date.
Thanks to Rochefort10NH for another exciting-looking brew. I love me some Berliners!
A - Hazed through entirely, this beer has a soft pale golden hue around the outside edges with a light apricot colored mass in the center. Tightly packed bubbles form a nice head but disappear to a ring of lacing-less foam shortly. Acidity more than likely being the culprit.
S - Hints of freshly picked, ripe, but not crushed strawberries floats out from behind the classic Berliner Weisse aroma. Gently sour mash and wet wheat with grainy pale malt finishes with a kiss of tartness for an earthy, rather simple aroma. The fruit certainly isn't forward but it, along with the traces of yeast ester spices, adds something special to the beer.
T - Harsh grainy pale malt, husky straw, and wet wheat push forwards past the meek strawberry nuances which linger in the background. Gentle spice esters from the yeast which can be found in the aroma are missing entirely in flavor; a flavor that, oddly enough, when burped up produces a smell of fresh fiberglass and plastic, taking me back to yacht shows with my Dad.
M - Biting carbonation strikes the tongue with force only to be followed by a harsh mineral feel and graininess; wheat's usually soft feel is absent from this light-bodied beer. The tart, almost sour acidic finish does well to redeem the unusually hard, harsh introduction to the feel of this Berliner.
O - It's no wonder why strawberries are infrequently used in beers; my consensus is they generally add very little to said beers, even when a beer is as stylistically plain as a Berliner. Strawberry Short Weiss doesn't stray from this argument with it's faint fruit notes but what is surprising is how aggressive the beer is. From the strong carbonation to the harsh flavor and feel, it could use quite a bit more wheat to soften out the rough edges but it's nicely tart finish is something to leave in tact.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2012 00:15:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml corked and caged bottle into a tumbler. The brew appears a hazed pale yellow color with a finger of white that sits atop with very solid retaining powers for a berliner. After the cap fades, a light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and reforms across the top. Bubbles of carbonation rise through solution and maintain a ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.
The aroma doesn't quite jump right out and scream strawberries but there is a mild fruited quality present that is mildly seedy and reminiscent of strawberry. There is a bit of carbonic character in the nose that brings out a bit of minerals.
The taste brings forth pale grain mildly like tart wheat and a bit cereal-like with a faint sweetness. Across the middle is a bit of carbonic quality just like the aroma led on and it shoves a bit of mineral and sulfur element into the flavor profile that is not fitting. A faint amount of seedy fruit flavor is present and I cant really state it tastes like strawberry. Maybe, but I only say that because of the name of the brew. It could easily be confused with a faint earthy raspberry berliner as the aftertaste here is similar to that. The aftertaste has a bit of earth and almost a green grassy aspect that is strange.
This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion is nonexistent and the feel of this is light and refreshing which is spot on for the style. At times, this brew had some real high points that were very enjoyable and quaff-able. However, the grassy aspect coupled with the carbonic/mineral inclusion kinda ruined the experience. Once I get that character locked into my mind, I couldn't shake it and it distracted me from the good qualities of this brew.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2012 01:06:40 | More by stakem
Smuttynose Short Batch #7 - Strawberry Short Weisse from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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