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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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 117
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
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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.

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 42
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 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 craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SMason for sending this to me; shared at a tasting

Appearance: fizzy peach-yellow with very aggressive carbonation, thus good lacing and head
Smell: Very nice, lightly sour with wheat, citrus and honeysuckle. Taste: Quite enjoyable, honeysuckle, wheat, light sourness, golden fruits. Very refreshing, I could drink this one all day
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just too aggressive, it detracts some from the beer. Very light body and quite dry.
Overall: Great beer, should be produced in quantity

Photo of starrdogg
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Matt for this one.

Pours a hazy hay/yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is slightly sour with some wheat. Flavor is fantastic, it really is a big version of a berliner, with some light tartness, wheat and excellence. Mouthfeel is the only real knock on this beer, it's a little too carbonated. Overall, this beer is awesome, and I'm quite glad I got a chance to try it.

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 xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at southampton publick house

Pours a crystal clear straw color with some golden notes. Thin white head fades out almost completely, leaving little lacing or retention behind.

Tart and funky in the nose with touches of horse blanket and grass. Lemon zest and citrus peel invigorate the senses with some underlying sweetness.

Starts off with a touch of funkiness and some faint earthy tones. Nowhere near as tart as the nose might suggest, with hints of lemon and citrus peel and a hint of white grape. The fruit becomes slightly sweet towards the middle portion, where a straw and cracker-like backbone come through. Finishes a bit dry and tart on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, bubbly and drinkable. Really refreshing and tasty – not really what I was expecting, but it was a welcome departure from what I typically get from this style.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Craytonic for this gem, again a Southampton berleiner that needs to be mass produced so it can be available in many markets, a very enjoyable beer.

Beer is yellow and hazy with aggressive carbonation, a nice head with decent retention and some lacing, looks great.

Aroma is lactic and fruity, sweet and sour. Very nice.

Beer is thin in body a little watery and very effervescent on the palate. The finish is tart and creamy with this late fruitiness to it, a very nice little beer. I really enjoyed it.

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 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 Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by craytonic at a recent tasting. Thanks Matt!

Bottle 115 of 450

The beer is a straw yellow hue, appearing cloudy and hazy. The head is white and measures approximately a quarter inch. The aroma offers wheat, bread, grape skins, and a light yeast character. I am really enjoying the flavor. Tartness / sourness is present but mild. Light bodied, refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink. Overall, I am very impressed. I definitely recommend trying this should you have the opportunity.

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

Going into the release I was a bit concerned that I'd be let down by this beer. The concept of an imperial berliner weisse is a bit paradoxical, but if you sit down and drink this with an open mind, I think it's quite a treat. No it's not Southampton's regular berliner, but it's quite nice.

A: Milky, straw-yellow body. Minimal white head. Forms a skim that remains throughout.

S: Lemonade, orange rind, wet hay, and a mild graininess.

T: Tart lemons, oranges, lactic sourness, grass, wheat and bread.

M: Light to medium bodied, gentle tartness throughout, appropriately carbonated, and refreshing.

O: A unique beer that for me, blends the incredibly easy drinking and light tartness of a wonderful berliner with the body and zip of something like Cantillon's Iris.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 01/28/2012
Type: On Tap @ IRS Release
Vintage: 2012
Glass: SH Pilsner Glass

Pours a light golden straw in color w/ a skim coat white head that quickly dissipates, and leaves minimal lacing. Aromas of orange, lemon zest, breadiness, and a touch of wet sock/wet dog. The taste was big tart citrus up front(orange, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine), followed by wheat, and a finish of delicate herbal quality. Thin bodied and refreshing. Drinkability? Like Lionel said, "all night long!"

Overall, I drank the hell out of this brew on tap at the release, definately the highlight for me. I prefer bigger beers and this Berliner Weisse on steroids was right up my alley. All the bold flavors of the style w/ more kick.

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 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 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 rowingbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice straw color with a thin white head that recedes quickly. Th small is wonderfully lemony with hints of apple and grass. The flavor is nice and tart with a wheat back ground and hints of grass and fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is light well carbed and refreshing. Overall one of the top 2 Berliners I have ever had

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 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!

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