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Berliner Weiss - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 39
Gots: 13 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brew3crew on 04-02-2011

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 149
Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2015 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Nothing spectacular here, but a very nice Berliner-style beer. Light, tart, and refreshing. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle from a trade, #239/250 from 2013, enjoyed from a jackie o 6th mini.

a - bottle opened with a POP, I was able to pour before any gushing but I saw a slow rise beginning in the bottle. pours a lush golden yellow with a fizzy cap. spotty lace.

s - nose is rich lemony sour. crisp but full. rich in flavor.

t/m/o - definitely full bodied for the style with rich lush flavors of honey and lemon...almost a bit cream soda like. very tasty. soft tartness. very drinkable and great for some afternoon drinking. I had high hopes on this one and it did not disappoint. good grassiness...almost geueze like

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottle # 58/204.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

A bright, glowing, slightly hazed electric yellow. Minimal white head. Leaves the glass nearly clean. Appropriate for the style and a very pretty color.

Lots of bright lemon and and some bright acidic sour and tart character. A bit of nose, and no cheese notes, fortunately, that I often find in lackluster versions of this style. Very appropriate and very much to style.

The flavor matches the aroma. Expressive lemon and good amounts of tart and sour character combine for an incredibly easy-drinking berliner. There's a bit of a wheat character, but not as much as others I've had. Regardless, this is incredibly tasty stuff.

Thin to medium in body, though very appropriate for the style. Moderate carbonation. Very appropriate and exceptionally drinkable.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle. Bottle #25/209.

Appearance - No head on a golden yellow body. Clear. Lifeless.

Smell - Grainy and acidic. Fair bit of lactic acidity, but has a touch of trademark Jackie O's acetic acid.

Taste - Initially very grainy. Then the lactic sourness builds. Still has that bit of acetic acid that I don't feel should be there.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - It's a plain berliner, so there's not much to look for. It's mostly clean and easy to drink. Something in the back is off though.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in a Teku.
Bottle 164/204 from 3/2013 release

A: bright golden orangish yellow. Mostly clear, a bit of haze. Minimal white head

S: tart, sour, lacto, lemongrass

T: super clean, super crisp, super tart. Nice balance, lactobacillus nicely present. Citrus, a combo of lemon, lime, & orange, a bit of an oily citrus.

M: tart, good carbonation, smooth, clean

O: this is one of the best Berliners I've ever had. It's everything I want in a BW: it has bright, crisp clean flavors, a nice tart punch, good lacto presence, a slight hint of Brett funk.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear golden color with a moderate, very white head.

Smells funky, lactic, a little fruity. Very nice.

Darker in flavor than expected, very sour, has that bready lacto flavor, some apricot fruit character. Great stuff.

Very nice mouthfeel, good carbonation especially for a Jackie O's beer, very refreshing.

Always loved this on draft, the bottles batch is the best yet. Excellent!


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Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the 7th anniversary celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is hardly any head at all.

Smell: Light and just a bit tart. I'm getting a whole bunch of yeast from this one along with little bit of vinegar.

Taste: More tartness here than there was in the smell. I'm getting some lemon juice and just a hint of raspberry like fruitiness. Lots of yeast showing up here as well. The finish is quite sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a whole lot of tingly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is very light and true to the style. I'm happy I tried it and would have more.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a 4 oz. taster glass.

3.5 A: Cloudy yellow brown color. Came without a head.

3.0 S: More funk than tartness. Light garbage with a musty basement funk. Subtle, but pleasant.

3.5 T: Lightly tart again with garbage and basement funk. Well balanced, but missing some depth and power.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be spritzier and creamier, but okay. Super smooth.

3.0 D: It's tasty, but it falls close to average for the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

In the aroma I get tart, apple juice like flavor to it at first. I get a hint of some citrusy lemon and key lime to it as well. A little sweetness tries to cut through the tartness. Very interesting aroma to it.

The taste starts off with more of a sweetness to it. Midway it takes a sharp turn to the tart side with more of a green apple, lemon and key lime flavors coming out for me. Neat flavor profile to it.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall a very cool and interesting beer. Definitely the most fruity, citrusy version of the style I can remember having, but pretty good as well.

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Photo of stewart124
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice while in the pub. Orange in color with some good haze. Little head to speak of.

Nose has some pretty floral notes with some citrus and straw characteristics.

Taste is very refreshing. Light on the sour notes and an overall pleasing character. Some funky lacto and brett characters but nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is a little weak and watered down. This isn't to say it drinks like a 3.5% beer because it doesn't.

All in all a nice drinkable berliner weissbier and one I would order again.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad for sharing this with me. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden color with a quick dissolving head. The color of this berliner is much deeper and more golden dark than other representations of the style. The cap that did appear was white in color and rapidly goes to just a thin line around the edge of the glass. It holds close to the rim of the glass with some spotty formations across the top and sticking in a lacing pattern across the glassware.

The aroma is quite fruity with a scent initially that is very orange-like citrus instead of the expected lemony quality you usually find in the style. Light funky notes are evident along with mild plastic. As the brew gets warmer, it gets increasingly more and more like apple cider and more lactic quality emerges.

The taste is lemony and oily with a touch of plastic funk. A light cardboard flavor is evident on top of fruity orange and rindy flavors. This is quite a savory brew with some tastes of salt at times. The aftertaste is funky and quite salivating. A bit more bitter and rindy than expected for the style but still very enjoyable. As it gets warmer, there is an increased amount of lactic quality that seemingly saps all the moisture from my tongue.

This is a light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation which is quite low for the style. It is easy drinking and an interesting take on the style. Seemingly no inclusion of alcohol in this brew. I really appreciated the chance to give this brew a try and really enjoyed this second attempt at the style more so than the first. Keep it up Brad, each try gets better and better!

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Photo of Tripphop
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a the slightest haze. Not much carbonation, a few whispy white bubbles pop up here and there. Aromas are of tart peach and lemon. Very citrusy sour aromas. Flavor is cool, light apricot fruit sweetness up front with an evolving sour rush of tart citrus and funky dried fruits. Finish is quick and light, a little hint of a metallic note pops out but washes back away in the funk and lingering fruit flavors. A really good beer, hope it is around for regular brewpub drinking in the future.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Bman1113VR.

Pours a hazy straw/golden color. No head really.

Smells fruity and estery. A bit of peach also. Some bleach/chlorine uh oh.

Taste follows smell. Peaches tart stone fruits and apple. Then some chlorine an bleach notes. Somethings wrong here.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a Berliner Weiss. Spritzy light bodied. Refreshing.

If only there were no chlorine notes.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz swing-top shard by Kan, thanks! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a orange/yellow color, light fizzy white head, some bottles around the edge of the glass. No cap, lace, or retention to speak of.

S - Light orange citrus notes, slight tartness/sour character, hint of lemon peels. Very light and enjoyable.

T - Lots of orange citrus, nice level of sour/tartness, slightly tart finish. Tastes like a orange juice without all the sugar, very refreshing and enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp, very refreshing, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - An enjoyable summer beer, I'm a fan. Lots of orange citrus, very refreshing, and a nice level of tart. I could drink this all day long at 4%. Looking forward to trying this again in the future.

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Photo of Lunch
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

64oz. Growler shared by Thorpe429, thanks!

Poured into a Jester King snifter, this beer pours a light golden straw color. Fairly clear with just a hint of bright white head. Smells a bit off with a lemon chemical scent and some grains. Taste is lacking as well and somewhat off. Not much sourness or tartness. Mouthfeel is fine and appreciate this is a summery beverage, but this is a style that I greatly enjoy and there are far better examples.

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Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to brad for brewing a style that is seldom seen in the states.

Straw color with a mild cloudiness. Very short-lived head with no lacing.

Smells good, but almost more like a saison than the other Berliners I have had. Very light sourness along with wheat and orange aromas. Also a bit of funk reminiscent of an old storage room.

Tart flavor with a mild sweetness to it. Some fruit notes. Mildly dry on the finish.

Overall this was a great beer, this is the type of stuff I would like to see more of!

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Photo of drabmuh
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler generously shared by Thorpe. Unfortunately this was not a hit here.

Beer is amber / almost brown...what? Nearly no head, carbonation moderate to low. Ummm...OK.

Aroma is mildly lactic but also really sweet. Seriously? Kind of smells like lactic acid flavored caramel.

Beer does not improve in the mouth, it is mildly sour on the finish but the front half is candy like and sweet with caramel notes and a pretty heavy body for a berleiner. Oh well, they can't all be winners.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is transparent and light yellow in color, with a thin, white head. The nose is full of lemon flavors, with a slight mustiness about it. While the flavor wasn't bad, I found it a bit lacking. The absence of any lactic, sour, funky notes kept this beer from being special. The flavor is basically a light, summery ale with lemon flavors and a subtle musty finish. I really enjoy Berliner Weissbier, but this one came up a bit short, in my opinion.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one at an impromptu Hobo Tasting #7 which turned out to be a good time in an Ingles parking lot out of the trunk of my Audi with my AR-15 in-check to keep the haters out! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, cherries, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall, yes! Funk!? Yes, please. This one worked really well together and came together nicely. The funk aspect added to the flavor profiles of a good Berline Weiss are quickly becoming a favorite for me and this one is no exception. Both the aroma and flavor on this one are exceptional. I could easily down A LOT of this one in one sitting with no problem. Really glad I got to try this one and I hope to sample more in the future (hint hint traders!).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So it began. Hobo tasting No. 7 commenced at Ingles on an overcast and slightly damp day. It was an impromptu event that really was not solidified until a couple hours before, but none the less went off without a hitch. As me and Calton chilled for a good hour enjoying some of the finer craft offerings in our multitude of glassware and bottles and growlers, one could only wonder how much better it could have gotten, enjoyed during a hell of a good time on 04/21/2011.

The last of the tasting for the day, this was another new one for both of us and to be honest was a nice light way to finish off the day. Poured out a completely cloudy light golden color with nice light hints of light peaking through on the sides and a towering head of white, it was just what you wanted to see. The color came across almost like a nice glass of green tea with that unfiltered fullness. Aroma at first is quite tart with what seems to be hints of brett and sourness that really are quite nice and very well placed I have to admit. Warming shows off the banana and cloves that I was looking for along with a healthy dose of tea leaves and light lemon. The first sip only reinforces this as a light, cascade of flavor passes through leaving in its wake banana, clove, light citrus and sour tartness. Just spot on. Light, fluffy, bright and incredibly refreshing it was exactly what I was looking for.

Overall not the most typical version of the style but it really worked quite well. The extra bit of tartness really came across very nicely and gave it a nice little punch at the end that was much needed. Another classic, really starting to love this brewery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice semi-cloudy light apricot color with a good, thin white head. Little bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a nice amount of lactic character with just a touch of light funk lingering in the background. Nice tartness comes through along with a smidgen of grain. Everything is light and airy--nothing is overwhelming and all is in great balance. Moderate carbonation and a beautifully dry and lactic finish. Well done.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second beer I ordered at Jackie O's on the night before One Funky Afternoon. On tap on the brewery side served in a tulip.

Hazy and bright gold. You can tell the body is on the thin side, which is appropriate for a beer like this. My pour had no head and only a few sparse dots of foam clung to the glass.

This smells spot on compared to the couple other Berliners I've had but I can't pretend to be an expert on the style. Beers like this are few and far between. Tart lemon and a sturdy lactic sourness are the two main things being pulled out of the aroma.

The sourness is pretty light and really just serves to clean the palate and keep this one drinking easily. Lemon-lime and a lot of lactic stuff. At times there is a touch of saltiness which I found to be well integrated and interesting.

Dry, dry, crisp, crisp. The body is pretty darn light and very clean. Alcohol is never an issue.

I'm impressed. I was very excited that they decided to tackle this style. Its one we never see here in America. I'd be willing to guess that this is the first commercially brewed example of the style here in Ohio.

I talked to Brad about this and read the description and found this beer to be very close to the traditional Berliner(s) I've had despite its very nontraditional composition. Brad said there are still a few minor tweaks he'd like to give this beer to dial it in perfectly. If you ask me, this one is about perfect already.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a light yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is of wheat and wet grass. The taste is nice and subtle, a light funk and a touch of wheat. The beer is dry and crisp with a great level of carbonation.

The beer is not real sour but it is an easy drinker.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light murky yellowish orange with a bit of nice crisp white head that dissipates quickly. Smells nicely tart and sweet. A light funkiness that floats over a wheaty smell. Tastes lit and wheaty with a twrtrness that is very subtle and melds well with the beer. Overall the flavours are very complimentary. It ain't no fritz briem but im really starting to love Berliner weiss beers!

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Berliner Weiss from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.