Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse) - Southampton Publick House
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4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-30-2012 14:35:47 | More by stakem
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-09-2012 20:51:14 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +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.
02-27-2012 21:05:02 | More by Huhzubendah
4.05/5 rDev -4%
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.
03-04-2012 16:58:58 | More by HopHead84
4.05/5 rDev -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
06-18-2013 00:54:15 | More by dirtylou
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-07-2012 22:43:39 | More by xnicknj
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-31-2012 12:24:59 | More by thagr81us
4.05/5 rDev -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.
02-16-2012 03:08:39 | More by woosterbill
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
1300th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass
22oz Gold Foil
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!!
05-21-2012 15:48:56 | More by FosterJM
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
06-12-2012 21:26:51 | More by kscaldef
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-18-2012 01:33:23 | More by DavoleBomb
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-06-2012 16:37:53 | More by Sean9689
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Acquired via trade
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.
06-19-2012 17:44:19 | More by ehammond1
4.43/5 rDev +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.
01-28-2012 17:18:17 | More by cosmicevan
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
05-19-2012 03:36:53 | More by scottfrie
Southampton Uberliner (Imperial Berliner Weisse) from Southampton Publick House
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.