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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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 111
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.38%
Wants: 115
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 111
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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? (412 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of xenjoiii
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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!! (932 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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! (642 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of SDDanC
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bomber from the 2012 release, poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Dan's friend Mike for sharing this one.

A: Tons of floaties in a yellow-orange body under a fluffy, inch-thick white head. Mediocre retention, almost no lace. Kinda not good.

S: Sourness right off the bat, with grapefruit, chalkiness, and passionfruit. Unique and hugely enjoyable.

T: Lactic sourness, solid fruitiness, and some long, chalky minerality. The fruit notes include lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit, and apple. Very dry, clean finish. Great.

M: Hugely prickly, overcarbonated, thinned-out body. Not good.

O: What an interesting beer; it's ugly and has a terrible texture, but boy does it taste amazing. I'm really curious what more time in the bottle would do to it, although I'm in no way sure it would change for the better. This is a bizarre beer, and one I'm very glad I got to try.

Cheers! (896 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (883 characters)

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Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse) from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.