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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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
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: 109 | Reviews: 42
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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 SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #700. Bottle 27/450. Poured from a 22oz. foiled and capped bottle 22oz. bottle into an oversized Southampton snifter. Shared by schen9303. Time to try a slightly different reviewing style!

Color is clear goldenrod. Coarse white head with poor retention. Nice lace. Decent clarity for the style.

Nose is super clean. Yeasty. Lemon, yogurt, white grape, and lactose. Really aromatic and appetizing.

Lemon, white grape, yeasty. Mellow taste. Finish is yeasty with a filmy aftertaste. Really clean and delicious.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Goes down easy but aggressive. Really drinkable. Exactly what I want from the style.

Not close to what this one is on tap but its still one of the most solid berliner weisse beers I've ever had. A definite under-the-radar offering.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to craytonic for bringing this bottle to last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Bottle 115 of 450.

Pours a slightly-hazy yellow color with a nice white head that has some super-fizzy foam, yet still has nice retention. A bit of a collar throughout. The nose carries faint acidity and really nice fruit character. There's a bit of peach plus some nice honeydew. A bit of wheat in there as well.

The flavor hits the same spots. There's light acidity and a dry wheat base, plus great notes of peach, apricot, and honeydew. A bit of miscellaneous melon and fruit salad in there. This is similar to the regular Southampton Berliner, yet not quite as pungent, which is a bit strange considering the name and general imperial nature of this one.

Light body with heavy carbonation and a crisp, dry finish with a moderate dose of acidity. This is one of the better berliners that I have come across, perhaps only surpassed by its younger sibling.

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 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 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 ballmouse
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really beautiful appearance. Looks like hazy, light cider. But what really carries the appearance is the sight of those tiny carbonation bubbles near the bottom of the glass. Before a drop even hits your tongue, you know you are going to get a crisp, light, fresh-tasting beverage.

S: The smell of fresh, sour apples. Not overpowering by any means. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the apfelwein I drank in Frankfurt. The only downside is that the smell seemed to dissipate very quickly.

T: The taste is exactly what you'd imagine based on the appearance and smell alone. It's crisp, fresh, light, carbonated, and a hefty dose of sour apples (perhaps a tad too sour). It leaves a nice tingling sensation on your tongue.

M: Very, very smooth. The carbonation is the only reason that this beer doesn't go down like water (I really like the carbonation, because the prickly sensation pairs well with the crisp, sour taste of the beer).

I could actually drink this all day. There's so much going on between the sour apples, carbonation, and smoothness that I really do not think I could be bored by this drink.

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

on tap into event snifter. murky cloudy yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone quick leaving a ring on the surface. smell is mellow with some soft lemon and grassiness. taste is the truth. really subdued and mellow lemon zesty with a mouthful of grass. mouth is a big highlight for me. nice even fizziness. this is a supreme sessionable treat. worth seeking out.

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 schlimenhaumer
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the standard pressure cap 22oz. bottle into a Southampton snifter at low altitude. Had this on tap at the release and I'm really looking forward to trying this one again.

A: Pours a beautiful mostly opaque golden color like a bottle of fresh cider before shaking. Creamy two-finger stark white head recedes to a cap relatively quickly, but this is still a really beautiful-looking beer. Leaves some night spotty lacing on the glass throughout the session.

S: Apples, sour yeast notes, fresh olives and light wheat in the background. The smell is relatively strong and very enticing.

T: Complex sour yeast notes up front on par with some of the best Belgian lambics I've tried to date. After that, some sweet apple/pear notes and a slightly grassy wheat body followed by a very clean finish. I find it hard to stop drinking this after I've started.

M: Light-bodied and very nicely carbonated with a drying finish. Suits the flavors to a tee -- almost perfect.

D: This is a beer so good it's difficult to stop drinking after you've started, especially given its lightness. It's sour and cleansing in all the right ways. An absolute pleasure that I hope to have again next year.

Photo of raveskdr
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Big ups to Matt (Starrdogg) for this bottle.

A - Cloudy whitish yellow, bottle had been open for half an hour before I poured it.

S - Sour notes with some wheat.

T - Nice sour, almost funky notes. Not nearly as much wheat as in other weiss biers.

M - Not nearly as light as most weissbiers, with it being "uber" and all.

O - A really, really well made American Berlinner. It stands up to a lot of the better German ones I have had. Thought, I much prefer lower alcohol Berlinners.

Photo of stakem
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the publick house during their RIS release. Served in a short SH branded pils glass. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color. A finger of creamy white head appears and fades fairly quick leaving a thin line of lace around the edge and small patchy lace patterns sticking to the glass. Very nice retention supported by constantly rising bubbles.

The first whiff of this brew brings up thoughts of lemony sweet tart candy. Some cheesy grain is evident along with mild funky notes. Trace elements of some fruited quality like pears and apples runs throughout. Earth and lactic quality like yogurt are felt towards the back and it increases in character as it gets warmer. The last thing noted about the aroma is a light hint of straw to grassy grain character.

The taste of this brew is lemony like sweet tarts. It carries with it different layers of lemon ranging from the candy-like type to coriander and zest. An inclusion of wheat grain provides a mild sweetness as well as a tangy wheat element that accents the lemony tartness of the brew. Some light fruit inclusion is noted through the middle tasting of pears and apples. A yogurt-like dryness concludes the brew with a lingering flavor of bubblegum.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and very tart that carries an ease of drinkability. This brew had some seriously big shoes to fill. Berliner Weisse is my favorite style of beer and their normal Berliner offering is my favorite beer to date. This uber take on the style was a homerun. It hints with imperial character straight across the board. It includes more of a wheat presence slightly more fruited quality and a bit more tangy tartness. Where the normal Berliner by Southampton is exceptionally clean and easy drinking with a depth of character. This one is very much imperialized in every aspect. I drank a lot of this at the release and wish I could drink it on a regular basis.

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/4/2012

Bottle #444 share by Javier, thanks!

A: Slightly hazy dark yellow with an enormous pillowy white head. Much lacing.

S: Lemon, wheat, faint sulfur, and a prominent lactic presence. Lightly phenolic with some pepper.

T: Lightly tart up front with lots of wheat and a pervasive lactic sourness. Lemon blends with a light spiciness. Finishes dry and lightly tart.

M: Very high carbonation and light in body.

Overall: Highly drinkable and quite enjoyable. Recommended.

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.

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.

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Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse) from Southampton Publick House
93 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.