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Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse) - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse)Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 117
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 42
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is not a 2015 review but from notes found from a tasting when this beer was released. However, I was so impressed with this beer that I've had it a few times and can actually still taste it!

Photo of jegross2
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Southampton Uberliner from the Southampton Publick House out of Southampton, New York.

Score: 84

"2011" vintage bottle (from the January 2012 release). Bottle #158/450. Served in a snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a clean golden honey color with a thin layer of white fuzzy head that almost totally settles. Poor lacing and retention. 3.5

Smell: Wheat grain, light honey, and wet mustiness. Very simplistic. 4/5

Taste: Wheat mixed with slightly musty/old white grape juice flavor. Light saltiness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, okay carb. Juicy mouthfeel. Light sourness, more saltiness. No "bite." 3.25/5

Overall: Was not a fan of this beer, though others at the tasting enjoyed it more than me. No one really loved this one, however. Definitely not a beer I would recommend chasing after.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden yellow color wih dark banana/straw colored edges and a two finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. A bit darker than expected but looks nice.

Funky, musty aroma with a nice barnyard character along with zesty citrus peel/lemon juice, sourdough bread and lactic funk. Smells very good with a nice amount of lactic, funky cheesiness bouncing off of the citrus/lemon and sourdough bread notes. There's some light fruit in there as well along with a subtle mineral presence. This beer smells exactly like what I want from the style. Incredibly inviting nose.

On the fuller end of medium body with a really nice balance of lactic funk, sour citric acidity, sourdough bread and light fruit. A lot of American interpretations aren't on point but this is really true to style. Citric lemon juice acidity with wheat/sourdough bread flavor followed by a dry, mineral-like quality and light apple and pear sweetness in the finish. A little thicker than I prefer but this beer is true to style and very easy to drink. Highly recommended!

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This practically exploded with foam as it poured a huge head of bright white foam reminiscent of a merangue. The color was a bright yellow like the flesh of a pineapple.

The nose is simple, sour and cidery with some nice apple notes.

The flavor is sweet, tart and dry with a strong balance of Apple and wheat.

This is very dry in feel but super crisp and near absent carbonated bite.

For a retired beer brewed in 2011, this stood up quite well and was very tasty.

Photo of DaveHack
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 200/450

WOW, huge gusher!!!!

Pours a lively, hazy gold. Huge, fluffy white head disapates leaving a ring around the beer and not much else.

Smell isn't very aggressive. Slight funk with some tropical fruit notes.

Taste is not nearly as tart or sour as I would expect from an 'Imperial' Berliner...It is tart, just not as much as I expected. Slight wheat flavor hits immediately and gets a little sharper as it goes down

Feels dry and makes me salivate, I think it does it's job here. Crisp and light, even for a 6% Berliner.

Overall, this is very enjoyable. It is certainly something to try, especially if you are a fan of the style! Just have your glass at the ready!!!

Photo of dirtylou
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, #286/450, split

An explosive gusher - quick reflexes and a helping hand prevented significant loss. Bright peach-orange body, some nice white foam from the explosion. Honestly, nowhere near as tart as any other berliner's I've had, though as it's a pretty obscure style that's really not a large sample. Lemony acidity, white grape, spice, grain, cut grass. Nice beer for a hot afternoon

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 192 of 450: opened with a massive rush of foam spewing out of the bottle. The beer was very active almost resembling what looked like champagne. The beer poured out as a nice clear golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer had the subtle sourness on the nose with some lemon-like citrus as well. The taste of the beer is slightly tart along with the hints of wheat in the finish. The mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation, it's light bodied and dry in the finish. Overall it's a good brew, pleased that I was able to try this one since it's retired.

Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mac!

Minimal pop from the cork though there was plenty of activity during the pour. Effervescent golden body, fizzy white head. Nose is strong and potent, full of citrus and lactic acid. Really like the aroma.

Flavors from the nose bleed into the taste, bringing with them a tart puckering sensation. Easy to drink, plenty of flavor, and surprising amounts of depth that simply were not there ~9 months ago. Splendid.

Uberliner has come a long way since its release. Was entirely forgettable on tap at the release (and soon thereafter from bottles); glad to see it's aged nicely. Makes me wish I hadn't traded all of my bottles away so quickly.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint. 2011 vintage. Bottle #46 of 450.

3.0 A: Nearly clear medium yellow color. Two and a half fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is below average and just a few whisps of lacing is left. I gave the bottle a good stir to get some yeast in it, which hazed it up and benefitted the nose and taste.

4.0 S: Mildly tart with green apple and white grape fruitiness. Quite cidery. Lemon-lime Sprite quality to it. Grassy and lightly grainy. Mild peppery spiciness. A lot of pungent, rotting wood funk came after the addition of yeast to the glass. Not bad.

4.5 T: Again just a mild tartness. Green apple is the strongest flavor and brings the cider component into the taste. Light white grape and lime with a bit more lemon. Grassy and grainy. Light peppery spice again. Wheat, peach, a touch of malty sweetness. A lot more complex than the nose with greater depth of flavor. Adding the yeastiness to the glass amplified the flavors and also made it taste a hell of a lot more like champagne.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Crisp, spritzy carbonation. Superbly drinkable and smooth.

4.5 D: I originally scored this a lot lower than what you are seeing. However, this actually got better as I drank it and getting some yeast in it really helped. Super easy to drink with lots of complexity and depth. Really tasty.

Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011
Bottle 258 of 450

HUGE, white, five-finger, soapy, head. Brew clear is yellow with lots of light oranges. lacing is few and far between.

Lots of lemon and orange. Slight tartness. Bready and buggy.

Nicely vinegary and tart lemon. Lots of white grapey flavors, much like a chardonnay. Very refreshing and light. Dry, airy, and has no bite upon the finish. Perfect feel. Carbonation is moderate which is a nice light surprise for the typically over-carbonated style..

A perfect example of the style, although an imperial. Very glad I tried this brew, Thanks Matt! Highly recommended.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing!

Pours a straw color with a nice white head. The usual aroma of lemon, lemon zest, and just an overall lactic acidity is present. There’s a strong green apple note, light straw and grass, and some biscuit malt. The flavor has an almost sour champagne feel to it. Decently yeasty with some biscuit dough along with the pronounced lactic tartness. A touch of funk, maybe some yogurt?

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Ethan for sharing this one. I also had it at Dark Lord Day, but I think it's improved since then. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Big white foam that has good retention and eventually settles to a big cap and splotchy lace. Hazy pale golden body with visible tiny bubbles.

S - Lots of sharp wheat flavor, which isn't a huge surprise considering this is an 'Imperial' take on the style. Some mild lemon and tangy sourness in the periphery, along with a hint of sweet tarts and musky funk.

T - The taste starts out wheat beer, with notes of banana, wheat, and spicy yeast, before finishing with mild lactic sourness.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, slightly prickly, with a crisp, dry finish and light acidity. Quite refreshing, and drinks like a lower ABV take on the style.

D - It's not on the same level as the Southampton's sublime Berliner Weiss, but it's still plenty enjoyable and much-improved since its release. Might continue to sour up a bit in time, so I wouldn't mind a chance to revisit this in the future.

Photo of xenjoiii
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evan was kind enough to pull a bottle from Southampton's cellar for me this afternoon, after my only bottle (#69 of 450) exploded in my cellar.

Bottle number 389 of 450

Poured into my SH Snifter

A: A hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head that quickly faded to thick white lacing on the walls of my glass.

S: Lactic acid, lemon rind, wheat and a faint yeast spice.

T: Really bright citrus flavors up front; lemon being quite prominent. By the middle of the mouth the wheat flavor begins to emerge with a hint of yeast spice. A nice tartness emerges out the back.

M: Light mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.

O: Extremely impressed with this beer. The flavors all flow together in perfect harmony. One of my favorites to come out of the Southampton Publick House.

Again, I would like to thank Evan for pulling this bottle from Southampton's cellar. I have been sitting on a bottle since the release and was very sad to see that my only bottle had exploded. Evan's generosity is one of the many examples of why Southampton is my favorite brewery. I wish him much success as the new Brewmaster.

Cheers.

Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Barely hazed glowing yellow with an initial 2-finger white head that eventually settles down and leaves some clinging bubbles down the glass.

Very nice aroma consisting of lemon and melon, wheat, and some sour acidity. Appropriate, complete, and quite nice.

The flavor, however, is even better than the aroma. The mild sour acidic qualities, a hint of funk, lemon, wheat, and melon flavors combine incredibly nicely. The finish is dry and finishes clean. Incredibly refreshing.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation. Perfect!

I loved this beer! A perfect, sunny weather, poolside beer that will allow you to keep your wits about you, even if the ABV is dramatically high for a beer of this style.

Photo of kscaldef
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 355/450. Thanks to rlmartin for the trade. From notes.

A: Golden with slight haziness.

S: Wheaty, light citrus notes and mild yeast

T: Tangy, tropical fruit. Papaya, mango, apricot.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Light body.

O: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer and it's oxymoronic style description, but it was quite a pleasant surprise.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #89

Pours a lot of fizzy white head. Color is a hazed golden yellow. Leaves lace.

Aroma: Wheat with light spices and grassy hops. Citrus fruits. Very light. Some funk.

Taste: Wheat and spice. Flavors remind me of grapes. Cloves. Citrus. Fairly fruity. Not overly funky though.

Mouthfeel: Clean and bubbly. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a very tasty beer. Extremely light and drinkable. A subtle funkness to it which I enjoyed. Nothing extreme.

Photo of Sean9689
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (oreo) for hooking me up with a sample at DLD 2012!

A - Pours a golden yellow color, fizzy white head, thin collar.

S - Citrus peel, light malts, spice, light tartness, wheat and bready notes in there too. Good, but not quite on the level as the regular SH Berliner, IMO.

T - Fruity citrus, floral, wheat, breddy malts, some tartness. A bit bland on the palate, if you ask me. I thought I would fall in love with this beer, but alas, it doesn't quite live up to previous SH expectations. Finish is tart citrus.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A good berliner, but didn't blow me away like I was expecting. A bit of a let-down, but still, not bad at all. I'd have again, and it's super-easy to drink but not worth the chase, IMO.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to discord257 for sending this one my way in a very recent trade! Bottle #313 of 450. Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured a fluorescent yellow with a pure white one finger head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, subtle sour, and citrus rine. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was a lot more of a citrus aspect going on in this one that I would have expected if I am honest. The appearance on this one was really nice as it seemed to glow while you were looking at it. I really hope to get the opportunity to try the original Berliner from Southampton in the future based on this one. A definite must try.

Photo of FosterJM
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1300th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass
22oz Gold Foil

2011 Vintage
Bottle 418/500
Thanks to CPAbeer for this one

30th Birthday Party

App- A orb looking color like the movie sphere. The inside is a mix of oranges and the outside is a lighter yellow. A few bubbles on this one without a cling level though.

Smell- Incorporates a lot of the usual Berliner notes I have smelled on others. A bit grassy and wheat with a certain dryness and a specific lactic/culture aroma. Some call it yogurt but I get more cream I guess.

Taste- This was an amazing flavor. So smooth and rich with wheat and I even got some fruit along the green/orange citrus variety. Can't pinpoint which ones in there. A bit sour/tart combo but works on this one. Just lovely.

Mouth- A bit of a thin/light body. Has a light-medium carbonation. Residual wheat and lactic flavors.

Drink- A very very good beer. Wish I had another bottle to enjoy. Thanks Chad!!

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to Jeff.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy lemon color with a billowing bright what head that quickly faded into a fuzzy film. Wispy lace.
S: Dry, tart, and citrusy. I get notes of straw and lager yeast. Very dry and bright smelling.
T: Straw, yeast and a ton of green apple and golden fruits. Fruit pits and tannins dry out the finish. Citrus rounds out the aftertaste and is tart and sharp.
M: Very frothy and bubbly carbonation. Mouth is very dry and fizzy. Clean and refreshing all around.
O: An extremely solid beer. Textbook Berliner Weiss. This would make a great base beer for a ton of sours. Thanks for sharing ipa247!

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David.

Appearance: Turbid straw yellow body capped by a billowing white head. Looks spot-on.

Smell: Grainy and lactic. Lemon, yogurt, tangy wheat. Not terribly different than their regular berliner, perhaps a bit more grainy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Opens with a nice citrusy twang backed by a foundation of bready, grainy wheat. Lemony and lactic, but not terribly acidic. Medium-light body with a high level of effervescence. Finish could use a bit more kick, but otherwise this is great stuff. Not sure that I like it more than their standard berliner, however.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a big white head leaving good retention and lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with an underlying funk and some lemon.

Similar flavors. Very grainy texture with bits of lemon. There also seems to be much less wheat presence and an almost brett like funk throughout.

Definitely not light as a normal berliner, but not unexpected due to the uber. Carbonation is too high and too prickly to let the subtle flavors come out.

Really kind of disappointed with this one. I usually love Berliners, but this one was too carbonated and lacked the nice subtle sour mash tartness I usually like in the style.

Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steve for this one. Bottle #61.

Pours very foamy into a hefeweizen glass; when it settles down, there's a dense, pale head on a slightly hazy yellow and bubbly beer. The smell is crisp minerals in faint vinegar, with some citric notes and a little graininess. The taste is a little sweet upfront, more like corn than sugar, with a mild sourness through the middle and a hint of bitterness at the end. It's quite fizzy, which offsets the full body quite well. An excellent beer, though not quite as tart as I'd hoped it would be.

Photo of SDDanC
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into oversized flute. Cloudy light straw color with an aggressive 2 fingers of white head. Nose is dry, funky, with a hint of banana and lemon peel. Tongue is quite similar; Lots of the lemon zest makes itself present upfront, then some of the banana esters come to play, then finally the pleasant tartness to finish. Mouthfeel is dry and pretty carbonated. Overall, very pleasant, refreshing brew. QUITE thankful to have tried it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2011 vintage. Bottle # 280/450.

Pours a clear yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain and some sour/tart fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the carbonation level is quite high.

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Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse) from Southampton Publick House
93 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.