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1945 Berliner Weisse - Black Market Brewing Co.

1945 Berliner Weisse1945 Berliner Weisse

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very good

30 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%

Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kojevergas on 04-20-2013)
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New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks, CA

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left some patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell,mexcept that the sourness is a little stronger and there are also notes of lactic acid.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has some refreshing properties—it's neither too acidic nor too tart.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 00:07:33 | More by metter98
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Out of a 22 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

An inch of head sits on top this cadmium colored beer. A little cloudy, especially when the entire bottle is emptied into the glass. The aroma smells sour, lemony, and also medicinal, the last character I could do without. It actually does do well mocking the Berliner Weiss style with its sour and tart fruitiness and touches of creamy wheat. What dampens the excitement is the medicinal aspect, which gives the beer a taste of ointment. It's light bodied and paired with well placed carbonation. It's drinkable as it stands, and take out the ointment character this would be a great warm weather refresher.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:17:59 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

an opaque bright orange-yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head which quickly dissipated into 1/8" of foam throughout the drink. smells of slight citrus (orange), bready.. not much else going on there. HOLY HELL this is sour as it gets for berliner weiss beers! a nice blast of citrusy sour/tart flavors takeover completely.. lemon, orange, bready... very acidic, right up my alley.
tart, light (medium) body with high carbonation.. a perfect refreshing beer to finish off this hellish work week through a heat wave.

this is a damn near perfect beer for the style.. i do think it could have used a bit more in the aroma category.. and even the flavor.. although i LOVE how tart/acidic it is, it is lacking in flavor where you could actually pinpoint what citrusy fruit it is you actually taste. enough nitpicking, i love this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:00:06 | More by facundoCNB
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a murktastic goldenrod with a soft medium white head, very good lace for the style.

S: Lactic acid, lemon, sour wheat.

T: Huge sourdough bread and lemon attack with a lot of lactic acid. Not the hugest complexity, but very much to style.

M: Medium to high acidity, crisp, light-bodied. Tart puckering finish.

O: A well made and to style Berliner with a lot of good flavours. A solid starting point to get into the style available locally.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:29:42 | More by Halcyondays
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark gold, forms a fluffy stark white head of about a finger before it recedes quickly leaving one or two flecks of laving on the glass. It should be noted that the yeast does settle and compact easily, first pour resulted in really ugly yeast chunks floating around.

Solid wheat and mild grain backbone. Bright lemon juice and tart green apple fruitiness. Lactic sourness. Moderate strength, let's dive in.

Fruity with tart apple and lemons, flashes the sour early in the drink and as it fades bright grainy flavors emerge, maybe a bit of cardboard too. The tartness of this brew is as intense as any other Berliner I've tried. Clean finish with a hint of grain lingering, mouthwatering tartness.

More substance here from the yeast than I would like and adequately carbonated. Tartness is lip smacking and literally mouthwatering. Encourages you to dive back in before the drool goes everywhere.

At 6 a bomber this beer is very economical and readily available in the SoCal area. Not overly complex, as good of a representative of style and easy to drink. A go to when the weather really starts to burn.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:56:30 | More by rawfish
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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In Chicago in the 1970s, it was the fashion to just stir in a spoonful of raspberry jam into a Berlinerweiss, which added a lovely color as well as some much-needed sweetness. Hazy, bright lemony color in the Saxo narrow tulip. Nice foam on each pour. Spritzy on the tongue but not at all bubbly. Fruity, sourish aroma, like lemonade.

Not overly sour, once you get over the initial tart shock. There is a definite lemon flavor to this stuff. Fairly substantial mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of the style but this one is more drinkable than most. It might be quite tasty with the addition of some syrup.

I like these World War II themed labels and Black Market is one of my favorite southern California breweries. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego, which has very fair pricing, and this one went for the nice price of $5.49.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 06:09:29 | More by mactrail
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3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart grain flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:27:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with lemon & lime colour label and standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $5.99 and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like the style but I'm not overly familiar with the brewery.

Side-poured with standard vigor. Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head of good froth, decent cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~5 minute) retention - though the low ABV minimizes the impressiveness of the retention. Lacing is thin, light, and uneven. Body colour is a cloudy pale lemon yellow. Nontransparent; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Straw. Muted. Lacks vibrance. Not a great appearance, but fairly typical of the style.

Sm: Pear, tart apple, pale wheat. Smacky tartness. Minimal floral hop character. Tart apple is prominent. A very appealing aroma for a berliner weisse. A touch of sourness there. Really looking forward to trying this one. Moderate in strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Wow. That's tasty. Tart apple, tart pear, a bit of mango, and complementary floral hops round out a very flavorful build. Lightly citrusy - maybe some lemon. More sour and tart than most beers I've had in the style. Unobtrusive yet supportive wheat comprises the refreshing approachable foundation. Very well balanced across the board. The clean finish ends the beer nicely, making me crave the next sip for the tart open. Incredibly pleasant and drinkable. Really liking this one. There's more substance and complexity here than you'd expect, and even a bit of subtlety. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. The fruity character is fantastic here.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and smack-your-lips luscious. Near ideal carbonation. Perfect body. Great presence on the palate, enabling full delivery of the many diverse and deep flavours. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: The tastiest Berliner Weisse I've had since Tartare. A real winner from Black Market - a brewery I intend to give many more chances based on the quality of this. Hides its alcohol well, not that that's all that impressive. Incredibly drinkable; I'd definitely get this again and would happily buy it by the growler. At $6 a bomber, it's not breaking the bank either. Great stuff.


Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 04:07:59 | More by kojevergas
1945 Berliner Weisse from Black Market Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.