Southampton Berliner Weisse - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Berliner WeisseSouthampton Berliner Weisse

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 385
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  2.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Jdiddy:
Photo of Jdiddy
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Thirstybird for the tasting. Blows my mind that this is 2%. So crisp, so refreshing for a style that is admitedly, not my favorite. This is the best BW I am yet to taste. Quite sour but not overboard. Just an amazing beer.
I wish they would make this year round.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another rarity shared by Grant - thanks! Bottle 121 of 150.

Pours a hazy light straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of semi-tart lemon peel with good amounts of wheat twang and lighter amounts of bread-like notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild bread-y malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of wheat flavors and lemon tartness. Midway through the sip the initial tartness recedes just a bit allowing more of the wheat to shine. The ending is crisp and mildy tart.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a light thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a great combination of all flavors that should be present in a berlinerweiss, tart but not too tart. This is a lot of flavor packed into a measly 2% ABV - well worth a shot if you can track one down.

Photo of nkersten
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Alex for providing this one and the majority of the Southampton beers at the Southampton mega tasting. This one was high on my list of beers to try. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, hazy yellow with a small white cap that settles to the edge. Smell is incredibly yeasty, lots of bread dough, lemons, grapes, sour acidicty. Taste is very suprisingly sour, but still light and puckering. Light grain flavor, lots of yeast and fresh bread dough, tart lactic quality, lemons, finishes very dry. This is one of the most flavorful low abv beers I have had and an excellent example of the style. Light to medium body and medium carbonation with a very dry finish. One of the best beers of the night and a great example of the style. I wish these beers werent so hard to find, they are incredibly refreshing and would make a perfect summer table beer. This is one of the top Berliner Weiss beers I have had.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike and Jon for this one. I've had this about 3 times and I've never had the chance to review it till now. From notes. 22oz. bomber into a 3F tulip.

Pours a .5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is cloudy yellow. Lacing is spotty with good stick. Decent but not much stands out.

Nose is lemon, yeast, some mellow cane sugar, soft funk, some mild sweetness and a mellow tartness. Great balance and very appetizing.

Opens light lemon. Bready and yeasty with a pear and lemon light tartness in the middle. End is hay, funk, wheat, and light lemon. Aftertaste is more lemon rind. Very balanced, light, refreshing and surprisingly funky.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Soft in the mouth and mellow and lightly spritzy going down. Accented finish with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Slightly oxidized.

This isn't a standout beer if you've never had the berliner weisse style. However, if you have, it is completely different from other offering in the category. The flavor is much fuller and funky though the body remains infinitely drinkable. Just a very well crafted beer all the way around.

Photo of nickd717
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber. This awesome rarity was generously shared by ipa247 on BA.

Pours clear pale golden-yellow with a one-finger white head that fades.

Aroma is really tart pale malt, wheat, and wild yeast.

Flavor is excellent also - wheaty, lemony, and tart. About what you want for this style.

Medium-light bodied with a great tart mouthfeel. Crisp and incredibly drinkable.

Really solid overall, probably the best I've had in this style

Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yep, a perfect beer. i have had a few in my days, but have not had something i could truly say is perfect in a while. this light, 2 percent wonder is there, sublime and without flaw. bottle 87 and serve in a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 10/01/10

pours a sparking hazy light golden color with a big three finger head of white that clears the top of the glass and settles down lightly to a thin coating along the top. lots of carbonation bubbling up throughout the session.

aroma is light sour and acidic tartness. green apples with a mix of light hay and sour grapes. simply remarkable. as it warms the crisp and clean sour flavor really starts to come through quite nicely as the light nature of it really becomes apparent as you take the first sip. remarkable that this much flavor is coming through. crisp, clean, refreshing and light the nature of this throws me for a loop, as if it simply could not get any better. crisp green apples dominate the flavor with a light grassy note coming in the finish along with an amazing dryness.

overall i have literally never had anything this light and this good, i am floored and thrilled to death to be able to have this.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber shared by ipa247. Thanks for sharing this rarity, Jeff.

It's a clear pale blond brew with a lasting soapy white cap. The nose has a raw grain and wheat character and mild lactic tartness. A bit milky and hay-like with notes of lemon, this is pleasant and true to style. Lactic tartness opens the palate, followed by grainy wheat and a touch of sweet, bready malt. Light, zesty, juicy, refreshing - this is infinitely quaffable. The finish is lactic and lemony. This has quite a bit of character for the mere 2% ABV, and it's a great thirst-quenching session beer, but the rarity defeats that purpose. As a sipping beer, it's enjoyable but not extraordinary. Put this in six packs and I'd be less pessimistic about it.

Photo of mbudner
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by TempsPerdu (big thanks), bottle 99/150 poured into an Urthel tulip chalice.

A- Very light golden color (champagne-esque) with a very airy, frothy white head. Lots of bubbles rising very fast and head dissipated almost instantly leaving no lacing.

S- Slight tartness, some green apple cider.

T- Tart, crisp green apple, dry champagne. It tastes like a glass of champange with a thin slice of green apple dropped in. Very nice and light.

MF- Unreal. Like the appearance and taste, the mouthfeel is a lot like champagne. Very light, effervescent, crisp and drying. Really great on this one.

D- I mean, it's 2%abv....I could have this for breakfast every day. The mouthfeel is perfect and the taste is nice and refreshing. This is the true "Champagne of beers" and I enjoyed it immensely.

Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for securing this rarity...
Appears a hazy, light straw toned gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Streaky lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, lemon zest, coriander, and notes of lemon pledge.
Taste is of mouth puckering, zingy lemons, tart wheat, berries, and tart apples.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fluffy on the palate. It's mouth puckering, yet addictive.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ginormous thanks to Jim for this bottle.

Pours a light yellow color with a fluffy two fingers of head.

Aroma is extremely clean and bright citrus and wheat. Not terribly complex, but extremely appetizing.

The flavor is simply spectacular. Not in its complexity, depth, or whatever else you may be looking for, but rather in its simplicity. Lemon and clean wheat malt. The sourness is light and crisp...this is the ultimate lawnmower beer. I could drink this nightly by the gallon.

The body is light and highly carbed. Appropriate for the style, but ideally I would ask for slightly less carbonation.

Overall this is a stellar beer, one of the best beers on Earth and I have no reservations about saying that. I have never tasted a beer that is as clean as this one is, not to mention it quenches my sour craving without becoming overbearing. What is not to love? (Oh yeah, the completely unneccesary rarity....WTF?)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Azurelimits at a recent tasting.

Pours a very light apricot bordering on yellow. Slight haze and a good white head and lacing as it goes down. Nose is quite crisp, with good notes of lemon, hay, green apple, and a tad bit of acidity. The flavor is absolutely incredible; I can't believe how much Southampton has packed into a 2% beer. Quite complex with notes of hay, lemon, lychee, faint apricot, green apple, and a bit of lactic sourness make their presence known. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of sourness rounding things out. Drinkability is off the charts. While I'm a hophead at heart, this would be the ultimate session beer, if only for an evening.

Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks for Eric for brining this one (and thanks to Mike for giving this one to Eric!). 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of funk, sweaty, lemons, and an all around tartness. Tastes of lemons, green apples, wheat, and some bready doughiness. Nice puckering tartness. Damn this was a good beer. I wish I could get this as my everyday beer!

Notes from 1/10/08

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very pale golden color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Little bit of lemon, a decent tartness, some banana and a little bit of clove. fairly sweet.

T - Lemon, grassy, little bit grainy. Pretty light tasting, the tartness is just not as good as it could be. This is solid tasting and light.

M - Light and nicely carbonated. Works for the style.

D - Very easily drinkable. Only thing that would help would be if the tartness came through more, would take this from solid to great. Gets bumped up though for being only 2%!!! and having this much taste.

Photo of BucketBoy
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty fantastic stuff. My second time having it. I had it once before many moons ago when Verecund generously shared a bottle back in my Durham townhouse. This time is in Ryan's basement. Pours an almost crystal-clear champagne colored hue in my glass. Citric sourness, a touch of lactic in the nose amd a bit of sweet lately playing in the background. Flavor has a touch of sweetness overlying some nice tart lemon curd flavors, really bright, perfectly balanced but the nice partially citric Forward brew, a bit of hay and grass, slightest bit of mushroom. It finished a touch dry, heavily layered flavors, with water that is very clean. Excellent tartness, just enough though the flavor seems to have faded a bit since last time I had it, though maybe also due to memory. The mouthfeel is excellent, all soft tannins that make my tongue wrinkle when I swallow. Overall just remarkable for a 2% ABV beer. Glad to have had this twice.

Photo of funkyaudio
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this bottle was brought out by Gonzoillini.This beer rocks!... sample after sample after sample... Mostly clear, off-yellow beer with a small, fizzy, white head. Sour, funky aroma with notes of lemon, underripe berries, spent grain and pineapple. The flavor is also very sour and grainy with no semblance of balance. Pungent, fruity esters abound. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Sour, dry finish. I would drink this brew five nights per week if it were more available

Photo of waltonc
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to forgetfu for bringing this to our sour tasting yesterday. Possibly the highlight for me. Pours a nice golden straw color with white head. One of the better smelling beers I've experienced - a very grainy quality, wheat, and very light citrus. Flavor is exceptional - clean wheat and bright refreshing acidity. I could drink this all day. Overall, one of the better beers I have had. Amazing how much flavor is packed in to such a low ABV brew.

Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the more surprising treats broght to the PDX tasting at Hannont's place.

The beer pours a hazy, almost milky yellow color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite delicate, but offers up some light lemon and breadiness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the lemon sour tending to dominate the flavor profile. There is something of an alkaseltzer flavor to this beer that is intriguing. Mouthfeel is quite light and drinkabilty is excellent.

Impressive stuff and probably the best domestic Berliner Weissbier style beer I have ever sampled.

Photo of ktrillionaire
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Shaebs99 for the hook-up! Enjoy the Rurik, I loved this one... Bottle 36/150, 2009 vintage.

A - Pale yellow, ever so slightly hazy, and with some persistent wispy head. Perfect for the style.

S - Lemony, lactic, refreshing, balanced, sublimely and superbly crafted.

T - Perfect balance, lemony-lactic-radiant.

M - Amazing; beyond very refreshing.

D - I could pound gallons of this. I think that after I make my first billion, I am going to somehow subjugate Phil Markowski, and force him to toil for the rest of his days as my Berliner Weisse-producing captive. I will then stockpile enough SH Berliner for it to be a traded commodity, at which time a coalition of government entities headed up by the SEC, Treasury Dept. and World Bank will likely take me down. But I won't go down without a fight!

Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to visiting BA slander for sharing this rare treat.

A-Slightly hazed, very pale golden yellow with a thin white head that vanished to a barely noticeable wisp of retention leaving no lace whatsoever.

S-Granny Smith apple tartness with a hint of lemon zest sourness. The most subtle of biscuit malt sweetness in the background.

T-Super tart Granny Smith apple with the backing zing of lemon zest. Again, a mild, supporting sweetness of light biscuit malt attempts to balance out the tartness but it fails....thank goodness!

M-Light bodied, super crisp with with long lingering sourness and tongue shriveling Sweet-tart astringency in the finish.

D-A multi winning GABF brew? No wonder! Clocking in with a whopping 2% ABV and all that flavour this stuff is CRAZY good! Easily one of the best, if not THE best, Berliner Weiss I have had the pleasure of drinking. Thanks to slander for treating us to this delicious concoction!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Yo son, I've got a growler to share"
"Alright man, I'll toss something in the fridge"
Thank you, Devin.

Pouring an unbelievably pale and clear yellow, this beer is capped with a dense white head with solid retention. No real lacing, but none is expected. The nose is just outstanding. Clearly a Berlinerwess, there's wheat and lactic tartness, but I also get a solid lemon citrus character, white wine, grapes and a beautiful and complex peach character, Maybe some apricot too, but this is mostly peach. Definitely bready, this is certainly rustic The palate opens with a bright tartness with a blend of lactic and lemony tartness with the melange of flavors present on the nose. Beautifully balanced, this reminds me of the New Glarus Unplugged Berliner Weiss but better. Great balance. Drying on the finish with a spectacular, lingering white wine and stone fruit character, there's a clean, lactic finish with some citrus character. Just outstanding.

This really needs to be sold by the case rather than by the bottle every two years. I mean, seriously, 150 bottles is less than half a barrel! Come on, Phil!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Humongous thanks to mike for pulling this one out tonight! Awesome start to an evening of amazing beers. 2009 vintage, bottle # 133 of 150.

a - extremely pale yellow with a fizzy head. kind of looks like a spring day. very champagne like...especially the way the head zapped away.

s - grassy, lemon zest. soft. underlying funk...can't put my finger on the exact smell...almost dirt.

t - REALLY tasty. zesty. sour and earthy. i could drink this al day long. dry but juicy.

m - prickly. refreshing. like a summers day. champagne meets beer in a wonderful marraige.

o - overall a little sour and a little grassy. little zesty and a little lemony. fantastic beer. i could drink this all day. dry and easy. very much the kind of beer i want to be sipping overlooking some amazing scenery on a perfect weather day. this is THE beer for that day of ultimate relaxation and realization...truly a work of art and fully lived up to the hype. far and away the highlight of the night (which included beatification, coolships, etc).

edit...now, a few days later I can honestly say that I have dreamed about this beer 3 times this week. would love to have this again.

Photo of stakem
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 Bomber #79/150.

Poured initially into a Southampton fishbowl sized goblet and subsequent pours into a cervoise. Amazing how a change of glassware can bring out different nuances you might have otherwise missed. This brew appears a clear light straw yellow color with some faint particulate that makes its way into my glass despite a careful pour. Fizzy carbonation constantly streams to the surface. Initially this brew displayed a finger of white bubbly head that quickly dissolved and holds in a spotty pattern across the top and with a line around the edge of the glass wall.

The aroma of this berliner weisse is initially fruity with a scent of apple meets pears. Mingled with the sweet fruity character are lactic sour notes with a touch of yogurt and a minor indication of some sulfur. As the brew comes up to temperature there is a minor note of stinky feet and some underlying funk that was previously hidden. Also as this brew warms up further, it gets strikingly more "sharp" smelling with its lactic character that nearly dominates all other scents except for the perpetual lemony smell that mixes with apple and pear.

The taste of this is strikingly similar to lemon flavored sweet tarts, more on the side of the lemony acidity than candy though. It includes minor notes of the previously mentioned pear and apple but with a more pronounced level of tart flavors that are lactic. The aftertaste is somewhat like yogurt but not with the drying quality to the tongue that some berliners have. There is an underlying funky aspect that comes out once this brew warms and it gets increasingly more sour. More sips reveal a faint grainy character that provides some backing sweetness somewhat like wheat. I am blown away that this is 2% abv.

This is a light bodied brew with a prickly level of high carbonation. It gets fizzy at times inside the mouth that helps to make the lactic quality of this offering really pop. This brew is balanced well and a perfect example of the style. So easy drinking, you could easily devastate a bottle of this yourself in no time. 2% abv? Amazing, this brew displays so much depth of character in both flavor and aroma it is unreal. This was essentially my only "white whale," it was my single most sought after brew. When I finally acquired it care of tprokop7 (Thanks again Todd!) I could not figure out an appropriate time to open it. Tonight was the night, shared with my wife in celebration of my first born child. Everything about this beer is perfect - look, smell, taste, feel and time/place. It is deserving of the only perfect 5 rating I have ever given.

Photo of HopHead84
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/4/2010

2009 batch

Bottle 90/150 received in a trade (thanks!) and consumed in a snifter. Pours an effervescent slightly hazy icterine with a mountainous white head that displays surprisingly good retention for the style.

The aroma is moderately lactic with a mild Brett presence and a flowery character. The fruit character is mostly tart lemon with a light acidity, but there's also a bit of white grape. Notes of grainy wheat and a light breadiness are apparent.

The flavor opens with a strong lactic sourness that transitions to a bready wheat flavor with a light Brett touch. A moderate fruit character is present and it's reminiscent of tart lemons. The dry and piquant finish exhibits a clean lactic sourness with a little wheat, bread, and lemon. That ubiquitous and inescapable sensation of farmer's daughter can be found here.

Light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

This is easily the best Berliner Weisse I've had. It's a shame they make and sell so little of it. At 2% ABV I can think of no reason to abstain.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pale straw yellow in color, slight haze. thin pure white bubbly head that fizzles quickly.

S-strong notes of a mellow semi sweet/tart lemon. light hints of clove behind with banana blending in. very sweet with little sourness.

T-sweet lemon up front, strong tartness hits the palate and holds throughout. low sourness in the back with light notes of banana and a hint of spicy clove.

M-smooth up front, solid full body feel throughout. lots of carbonation and prickly in the back.

D-huge flavor and good full feel in body. it is so low in abv but so tasty, wow!

Photo of DenverLogan
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa baby....lovely citrus and malt aroma, light yellow color with tiny head. Sourness of light apples, white grapes, and light malts. For a 2% brew this is quite drinkable and tasty. Light, refreshing yet tasty with the sour notes. I'm not sure this needs a syrup like many German Berliner weises, but it's possible it would add something for those liking alco-pop brews.

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Southampton Berliner Weisse from Southampton Publick House
98 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.