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Southampton Berliner Weisse - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Berliner WeisseSouthampton Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
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world-class

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 390
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  2.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003)
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djrn2

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-04-2011 19:46:26 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:38:50 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 00:37:38 | More by mikesgroove
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

01-13-2012 04:41:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

01-12-2013 01:23:21 | More by spycow
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 01:49:08 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-15-2012 18:52:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of nyrangerfan - thanks dude! Served in a Heady Topper glass. Bottle #95 of 150,

A - Big bone-white foam that settles to a thick ring and partial cap, with surprisingly good retention for the style. The body is a hazed golden straw that is a tad darker than German takes on this style. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Tart apples, grapeskins, lactic sourness, malted wheat, musky white grapes, lemon zest. Pretty much a reference-quality example of this style of beer.

T - Taste displays more sourness than the aroma suggests, with some definite pucker to it. Musky grapes, lightly malted grains, and tart fruit character mingle with lactic sourness. Intensely flavorful for a 2% beverage.

M - Medium-light body that actually seems heftier than the listed ABV. Crisp carbonation and a super-dry finish. Very refreshing.

D - Pretty much the best Berliner I've had to date. It's a shame they make so little of it. It also seems it needs to age about a year to sour up a little bit, as the fresh sample I tried in early 2010 wasn't quite this good. A must-try for all lovers of the style. Something I could consume by the yard, both due to the low alcohol and superb flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 15:22:14 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pete busted this thing out...I must get more. MORE I SAY!! Poured into a goblet.

Beer is mostly clear (at the top of the bottle) with a big white head of medium bubbles. The head falls away leaving not much lacing on the glass. The beer itself is quite carbonated, looks nice.

Aroma is nice, its mildly lactic and has sweet edge to it, only slightly. I felt like the aroma, before I drank, could have been a little more sour.

Never mind what I said about the aroma, this beer tastes perfect. This is the best berleiner I've ever had. Its effervescent on the palate, the resulting carbonic elevates the lactic acid to a sort of pungent cheese / yogurt flavor and lemon tartness all over the palate. Beer is thin (you think?) and super drinkable. The cheese / yogurt comment was a good thing in case anyone was wondering. Why is this beer not a year round thing? I am looking into the future...I am paying a bunch of tolls and standing in the snow to buy two more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:56:58 | More by drabmuh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 88 / 150; 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010
A softish pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers of pale, almost white colored head that falls back fairly quickly after a couple minutes. The beer is a yellow, straw-gold color and quite pale; it shows a hazy, bright yellow color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of raw bread dough, lightly tart lactic acid, hay-like wheat, with touches of lemon. There is some mustiness to the nose, and maybe a hint of medicinal character, but behind the lactic and wheat aromatics this is fairly clean.

The beer is well carbonated as it has an effervescent prickle to it as it rolls across the tongue. The beer has a light, though dominant lactic acidity to it that never gets overwhelming. This reminds me a bit of lemons, and the lactic acid produces a touch of slickness in the texture of this light bodied, quaffable beer. This is incredibly refreshing as both the acidity, the carbonation, and the light body make for the perfect beer to consume mass quantities of on a hot Summer's day. The wheat flavors produce a light hay like note and, in combination with the lactic character, a flavor of raw bread dough.

My second pour is a bit more hazy from bottle sediment, and because I got to drinking it faster, it has a much more aggressive carbonation. It is really interesting that lactic acid is able to contribute an almost creaminess to the texture that keeps a beer like this from being watery, but still doesn't inhibit the high-quaffability that the style needs. I definitely can't ask any more of this beer from a textural stand-point.

It is a crime to this style that this is produced in such limited quantities, this is a beer perfect, and appropriately so, for mass quantity consumption. This is a nice representation of the style, and it perfectly captures the clean, bright acidity and the bready wheat character that the style dictates; having said that, I might just prefer a Berliner Weiss with a bit more funkiness and complexity (though the aroma seems to be have a touch more depth than the flavor does). That still doesn't keep me wishing that I had a ton of this in the cellar, and this is certainly a benchmark for the style. My 22oz bottle of this disappeared way to quickly and it has me running to the cellar to crack open a bottle of Hottenroth. Actually, in comparison to Hottenroth, it really becomes apparent how good this beer really is. The lactic character is just so much more complex and toothsome.

Hottenroth, in comparison, is a touch more herbal, visually stunningly clear, though not as carbonated. Not nearly as lactic tasting, thus lighter bodied as it doesn't have the lactic-creamy-texture that Southampton achieves. Hott is actually not as complex as Southampton and really the Southampton shows that it is a far way better; the Hott is prettier to look at, though the head isn't as impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 16:20:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 18:26:29 | More by weeare138
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stakem

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:26:29 | More by stakem
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John_M

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 15:41:48 | More by John_M
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glid02

Georgia

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 22:13:35 | More by glid02
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HopHead84

California

4.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:41:27 | More by HopHead84
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the bottle at dld. The beer is super light neon yellow in color light white head. The aroma is very light doesn't give off a whole lot, same with the taste. The sourness is very muted, not strong at all. It tastes ok, although the sourness is too light. Could be good, but not there yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 22:33:48 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 04:40:15 | More by AgentZero
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:00:26 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, big thanks to Steve for this bottle, shared with the boys at the Brick Store. #121/150

Pours a bright hazy yellowish straw with a short lived white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a tiny collar and no lacing.

The aroma is combination of light earthy funk, tart lemons and green apples. Some wet hay going on balanced by the light fruity tartness.

The taste so refreshing with a load of tart lemons and grassy notes up front. Light grains underneath with a dry funky finish.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and light bodied.

The drinkability on this one is insane. It is just so easy to drink but with more flavor and complexity than you imagine a 2% beer could ever have. A great Berliner weiss.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:02:26 | More by gford217
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-27-2011 22:09:13 | More by whartontallboy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for waiting out in the cold for this one. 2009 vintage - bottle 82 of 150. Poured a pale, translucent yellow with a fluffy, three inch cloud-like, bright white head. Nose is light - bready/yeasty/biscuity with a trace of citrus fruit (lemon). Taste is lightly tart with a slight astringency and a pleasant, refreshing lemon quality. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a lively effervescence and a dry, crisp finish. This is the best Berliner Weisse that I've had the opportunity to try. Easy drinking and crisp. A really refreshing summer beer. Unbelievably tasty at a mere 2% abv. A top notch example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:26:09 | More by Jwale73
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tpd975

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to JW77 for this rare treat.

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow hue. Very small head no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of light grainy malt. Saltine crackers, lemon zest, and tart green apples.

T: Drinkable with a subtle tartness. Mildly grainy with hints of bready yeast. Light brine with a nice citric sting. Granny Smith apple tartness with mild lactic notes.

M: On the lighter side, zippy carbonation, crisp, champagne like...damn tasty.

D: Very nice. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 16:32:25 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/3/2010. 2009 batch, bottle #3/150. Pours a super carbonated deep yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly recedes. Aroma of tart grapes, sour malt, bready malt. Flavor is initially super tart and sweet with a bready, malty finish. Crisp, a little prickly but mostly an easy drinking palate. Tons of flavor for just a 2%-er. Top notch Berliner!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:18:46 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 22:17:22 | More by hopdog
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jophish17

Georgia

5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-11-2011 06:29:48 | More by jophish17
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Southampton Berliner Weisse from Southampton Publick House
98 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.