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White Birch Saison - White Birch Brewing

White Birch SaisonWhite Birch Saison

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 23.61%


Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Saison is brewed once per year in the summer to take advantage of the higher temps. Our Saison yeast loves to ferment at higher temps. The resulting beer is a slightly hazy golden orange colored beer with a lightly funky aroma, wonderful spicy pepper notes and a crisp dry finish. Balanced, nuanced, great with fish, steak or rich cheeses. For us, this is a beer that works on many levels.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 09-20-2009)
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jlindros:
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta start reviewing the White Birch beers. I've become a good friend of Bill, and have a ton of the beers at home, just haven't reviewed them yet.

A: Pours with an immense 2/3 head into my White Birch tall tulip glass. The fluffy head takes a while to crash back as tons of new bubbles refuel it in the super clear golden wheat yellow color.

N: Hmm, can you say Bavarian Belgian wheat? It hits with some light wheat aromas, Belgian malts, and some light sweet malts. It also has some light fruits and yeasty aromas. It even adds some banana, citrus, and bready malts. It doesn't have the same yeast aroma as the dubbel did, instead this is a very pleasant aroma.

T: Starts a little creamy, with more Belgian malts, wheat, and lightly sweet toasty aromas. It then goes into some citrus fruits, really like a sweet and not so sour lemon. Slight yeasty flavors, but again pleasant. A little more banana and spicy saison like flavors. Some bready malts seem to follow a bit.

M: Medium body surprisingly with tons of carbonation and a little spicy feel.

F: Pretty dry on the finish with more carbonation airing it out. A little rustic spicy earthy farmhouse like feel. The toasty bready malts also seem to stick around with the creamy banana and hints of yeast linger. A really nice saison, and I'm not just saying that because I love White Birch and friends with Bill. I wish I could get this more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 02:10:22 | More by jlindros
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1.3/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge, soapy white head. Puke and old cheese. This is putrid, putrid shit. Wow...seriously? This is funkier than some of the blue cheeses I’ve had. The flavor is pretty cheesy too, but it’s also watery and also a little bit cidery. This is truly horrible.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 17:26:41 | More by womencantsail
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11-16-2011 17:36:57 | More by andrewinski1
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mmmbeer

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1.27/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From a 22 oz. bottle, brewed in the summer of 2009 at higher temperatures. Batch 4; bottled 9/9/09 and sampled this past April. Bottle 90 of 105; 7.3%. This very active bottle pours hazed golden, highly carbonated, with visible particulates and three fingers of very frothy white head. A bit muddy, but not terrible. Smells of orange and spice (cinnamon?) at first, but then quickly progresses to vinous malts and rotten oranges, with something definitely "off" about it. Tastes of musty grains, rubber, cardboard, acetone/ethyl acetate, an acidic note, and an overall rancid/moldy character. The body is light and overly-carbonated, with an exceedingly short finish. Wow, just... wow - seriously bad. This beer is absolutely riddled with defects that have nothing to do with its age. It reeks of fermentation errors and contamination (not the "good" brett contamination mind you), and I can barely drink enough to give a full review. I would rather drink Bud Light, because at least it doesn't have any flaws. I haven't tried any other batches, and this could be a complete anomaly, but this bottle has turned me off of White Birch altogether.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 19:42:29 | More by mmmbeer
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden 'apple juice'-like color. It's topped by a crisp white head with visible carbonation.

S: I defiantly get a sour funkiness in this beer. Like apricots mixed with a healthy dose of Brett.

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M: light bodied with moderately-high carbonation.

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Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:15:09 | More by tlazaroff
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ppoitras

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22oz bottle purchased as a single from Glen Beverage, Glen, NH. Bottled 8/5/10, Batch 1, one of 408 bottles.

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JoeyBeerBelly

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Joppa. Thanks Ben!

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - murky straw color with a fluffy white head that stayed around a while before finally settling down.

S - earthy yeast and tart apple.

T - tart apple and pear upfront with some yeast in the middle finishing dry and tart.

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Serving type: bottle

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mlazzaro

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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in tulip glass.
white head. hazy yellow color, low head retention. pretty much looks like a farmhouse ale.
Smells of sourness, and saison yeast, with a touch of alcohol.
Easy drinking saison beer. Sourness like lemons, I assume from some brett. Booze is quite apparent because it is so thin bodied. More of a spicy saison character, rather than the bubblegum I sometimes notice. I split the 22oz comfortably with two friends. I thoughht both the beers from this brewing company were extremely similar. But pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

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jdhilt

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 23:42:49 | More by jdhilt
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to rpstevens for handing this over to me as an extra during an in-person trade at KTG 2010.

Pours a slightly hazed yellow golden color with a white head. The nose brings a good amount of grain as well as some earth and a bit of citrus. A bit of wheat. The taste brings some dry wheat as well as citrus and earth. Faint notes of light dough. Some nice yeast characteristics that lead to a fairly dry mouthfeel. Good carbonation levels. Somewhat plain, but a good tasting saison in the end.

Serving type: bottle

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errantnight

California

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, 48 of 102

Thanks to rpstevens for this one.

Pours a pale straw with a thin, quick head with moderate to light lacing.

Aromas of musty grain and crackers with a hint of citrus.

Peppery and more must on the palate, sweetness is front and simple, pale malt in character. Easy herbal and spice notes just underneath some hints of toast and nuts. Finishes with a mineral bitterness.

Crisp and light in body, easy to drink. Musty notes are a bit overpowering, esters could do to run a bit more wild (as it reaches room temperature they start to play up a bit more in the nose and the beer gets substantially better).

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:35:56 | More by errantnight
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterchiefMD for sharing this.

Bottle 6 of 84

A: Cloudy, hazy yellow with great head retention and decent lace.

S: Very floral, mild tartness, lemons.

T: Decent tasting. Nothing outstanding, nothing amiss, just an average saison. Floral aromas, slightly yeasty, a tad tart. This is an ok beer, but I rarely have an American beer brewed in the Belgian style that can compete with an authentic Belgian ale. This is yet another example.

M: Smooth and refreshing.

D: I'd be happy to have another, but these aren't easy to come by. I'm thankful for the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 21:46:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Saison Dupont tumbler. Extra special thanks to Vanillamike for this from our recent trade!

Bottled September 9, 2009
Batch Three
Bottle 4 of 108

A: Very strong hiss when the cap was popped. The bottle didn't gush, so on with the pour! Immediately the glass was filled, bottom to top, with thick and bubbly, bright white foam. It eventually calmed down and I was able to get some liquid in the glass. Perfectly hazy, light straw colored Saison. Two fingers of sticky, meringue-like foam perches itself on top and refuses to go away! Sadly, not much lace was left behind.

S: Subtle, toasty wheat with some mildly tangy citrus and green apple. Maybe a touch of coriander? I swear I picked up the scent of fresh cut key limes.

T: Same as above with the toasted grain taking on a slightly sweet edge, right before the tart and tangy citrus steps out front and hangs around through the finish. Mild funky twang right at the end of the finish. The second pour takes on a decidedly "yeasty" flavor.

M: Peppery for most of its' time on the tongue. Lots of dry roasted and slightly sweet malt, tangy citrus and orchard fruit, and some subdued hoppy spice.

D: Quite nice. I felt it could've used a bit more tart fruit, spices, and hops, but that's just me. I really liked this beer. White Birch is on a roll!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:02:34 | More by GbVDave
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aerozeppl

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Bottled September 9th, 2009. ABV 7.3%. Bottle 65 of 105.

A: Super hazy golden color. Less than a finger of white head with quite a bit of lacing.

S: Overipe cheese. Little bit of cheese as well. Great funky nose. A touch of oak as well.

T: Starts off as super sharp cheddar. A little bit funky.Little bit tart. More funky than anything else. Really nice complexity.

M: Very light in body. Well carbonated.

D: Very well carbonated. Been holding on to this bottle for a while but it is damn good. I really enjoy their beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 00:06:01 | More by aerozeppl
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illidurit

California

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a crazy light shade, sort of a milky white peach color. Opaque with a small white head. Spicy and fruity Belgian estery aroma, pear and pepper and maybe lime? Flavor starts with pale malts and yeast before a stone fruitiness comes into play. Not as robust as the aroma. Light body with slightly too-high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 10:05:51 | More by illidurit
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Drazzamatazz.

Pours a cloudy straw color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of lemongrass, wet oats, light spices, a bit of horse blanket, subdued sugars, and a hint of orange peel. A little strong for the style.

Taste of bready oats, dry earth, sugar, lemongrass and light spices. Finishes dry with more bready oats and tobacco. A bit too bready, but a good American representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth, but strong bite of carbonation, very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 02:35:52 | More by paco1029384756
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White Birch Saison from White Birch Brewing
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