1945 Berliner Weisse - Black Market Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.64/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
04-20-2013 04:07:59 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
22 from Bottleworks in seattle. Hazy deep yellow. Thin white headed disappears quickly. Smell is sour with some general funkiness indicative of sour mash/kettle beers. Taste is tart wheat, lots of citrus with a puckering finish. Not crazy sour but sour enough to be bright and refreshing. Medium bodied, perfect carbination for the style. Very nicely done.
08-07-2014 00:42:10 | More by crankdatank
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-01-2013 00:07:33 | More by metter98
3.56/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
05-02-2013 06:09:29 | More by mactrail
1945 Berliner Weisse from Black Market Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.