Southampton Berliner Weisse - Southampton Publick House

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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
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 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 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 Gueuzedude
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt for sharing this one. Bottle #98/150.

Poured a pastel/dull yellow color with visible carbonation. The nose is of tart, fresh cut lemons. Taste continued with strong lemon presence and a small bit of earthiness. Very crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel was light and easy, but full of flavor. This beer was palate covering and remained great from the first sip to the end.

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to Kevin for sharing this gem!

A- Body is a quite hazy, uniformly translucent pale yellow hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so soapy white head that eventually fades to a nice thick collar.

S-Nose is an excellent balance between sour lemon, yeast, and grain. Wonderful and welcoming.

T-Flavor upfront is somewhat mild with some tart lemon and a yeast balance in the background. A lactic sourness really comes through for the finish that isn't quite a huge punch but its pretty potent.

M-Light body with very high carbonation.

D- This is a very well done, light, drinkable, berliner weisse. Can't go wrong here with 2% ABV. The balance in the flavor profile and the nose is excellent. Its too bad this is so limited because this is a great session beer packed with flavor.

Photo of gory4d
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle #8/150.

Pours a clear pale golden w/ a fluffy white head that goes away fast; no lacing at all. The smell is cider vinegar, clean malts, citrus, moss, tart apple, and dandelion. The taste starts with the dandelion sourness, then a slightly sweet tart apple note, moving into clean minerals, some mild breadiness, and a crisp cider vinegar finish -- mild, though, not too sour. It's thin, pretty watery, slightly effervescent. Even if you're not big on sours, this is fantastically easy to drink.

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 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 callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #131/150

A: Light, cloudy straw-yellow body. Moderate, fizzy white head. Quickly receded to a faint skim. Very spotty lacing.

S: Funk-ay! Green grapes, lemon juice, light floral notes. Indicative of the sourness to come. Overall, not as intense as one would expect.

T: Do you like lemon sour warhead candy? If so you will love this thing. Lactic sourness throughout. Green grapes, green apples, wheat, funky yeast, grass, and champagne.

M: Medium to high carbonation levels. Leaves a nice zing on the tongue. Refreshingly dry. Juicey, without the sweetness. Nice puckering sourness.

D: If this was mass-produced this would be the perfect weekend breakfast beer. I am rather fond of Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, but this is just superior in every way.

Photo of rhinos00
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to thank BeerWorld for hooking me up with this one. Thanks Alex! Split the 22 oz. bomber with pecorasc. Bottle Number 49 of 150. Poured into tulip glasses.

A- Pours a cloudy, pale wheat color. Produced three fingers width of white, fluffy head. Dissipated pretty quickly over consumption.

S- Bring on the funk! Presence of lactic sourness is unmistakable. Noticing fresh white grape and lemons. Little bit of wheat in the finish with grassy undertones.

T- Lemon, lactic tartness right off the bat. Picking up a presence green apples immediately thereafter. Finishes off with a subdued sourness and a hint of wheat. The flavors were perfect and sourness was spot on for style.

M- Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

D- I could drink this all damn day. No joke. It's a shame that this beer is so limited. I could easily pound a couple bottles of this on a nice spring day.

Overall, the best berliner weisse I have had to date. Hopefully, I will get to try this masterpiece again some day.

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

A big thanks to a generous BA who recently shared this bottle at a small tasting.

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent pale straw yellow with a 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lace. It fits to style but doesn't wow me.

Smell: Oh my...lactic goodness, green grapes, and a hint of wet grass.

Taste: Once it hit my lips I knew it was going to be a winner. Pungent (but not overbearing) lactic tartness, lemon sweet tarts, a dash of funk, wheat, green grapes, and green apples. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very effervescent and extremely enjoyable. Body is light (as expected) and the finish has the right amount of pucker to make you keep wanting more.

Drinkability: Btw the amazing taste, the great puckering quality, and the low abv this brew is extremely drinkable.

Best Berliner that I've had yet.

Photo of gregc
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with some good friends while watching the LOST season premiere tonight...

Pours a very light hazy yellow with a nice light white head.
Aroma was nice...sour milk, raspberries, rhubarb, lemons and barnyard. Really nice lactic aroma...amazing
Taste was also really nice. Not over the top sour...tons of stone fruits, lemon and a nice lactic tartness. The carbonation was spot on for the style and really nice. Drink ability of this one is as good as it gets. This would be an amazing beer on a hot summer day. Really nice, I'm very impressed with what Southampton did here....

Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slander for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 12/14/09.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy pale yellow with subtle carbonation and a thin white head that fully receded, leaving virtually no lace at all.

S - Tart apple with a hint of lemon sourness and slight grape sweetness. Aroma suggests fruit skins and subtle tannins as well.

T - Sour apple is prevalent with a big Granny Smith character and a Sweet Tart candy finish. There is also a touch of toasted grainy malt that is also characteristic of the style. This is an extremely tart Berliner Weiss, perhaps the most sour example I've sampled.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and a very tart finish. Pucker up, baby!

D - It's no wonder why this Berliner Weiss has won gold medals at the GABF. Great stuff!

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 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.

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Southampton Berliner Weisse from Southampton Publick House
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