White Birch Berliner Weisse - White Birch Brewing

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 06-22-2010

Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.
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Reviews by unclejimbay:
Photo of unclejimbay
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this alongside 3 other authentic Berlinner Weisses at a tasting with about 10 other BAs 9/9/10. This brew made a respectable impression for a example of the style.

Extremely pale color in appearance with stark white head, almost looks like a beer champagne.
Tastes & Aromas of lightly tart aroma with hint of lemon and a light pale wheat base.
We tasted this against 2 30 year old Berliner Weisse and it was an excellent rep of a style baseline before the sour lacto notes set in.
Very light body and high carbo.
Drinkability was very nice for a light wheat beer with a dash of tartness. I would really like to try this with some age on it also.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Clonies720
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into Cantillon wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Thin and wispy cream-white-colored head.

Smell: Lacto sourness upfront. Slight hint of oak. Clean and crisp. Something reminiscent of Brett.

Taste: A slight sourness is balanced out immediately by a pleasant, though out of place caramel-like flavor. Clean and barely crisp. As the beer warms up to 55F+, a very strong apple flavor becomes apparent.

Mouthfeel: Very watery. Light carbonation. Light bodied.

Overall: Would not buy again. It's not a terrible tasting beer, but it's just not to style. I was expecting a brewed-to-style Berliner Weisse, and instead I got something that was not. This is truly an awful waste of $5.

Photo of mverity
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of sconnell. Pours a clear straw. Almost no head or collar. Aroma is grassy, funky, and some white grape. Taste is tart, light lemon, some faint earth. Medium-high carbonation despite the lack of head or collar. Good light, crisp body. It does hide the 5.5% well.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours the color of semen, it's cloudy and very hazy and yellow, pretty gross. Nose is very tart and funky and sharp.

Taste is super tart, I guess it's ok for the style but I'm not a big fan of it at all, it's just too sharp and harsh. I've had a couple of the style and this is just too harsh.

Photo of ehammond1
2.02/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, UCLABrewN84!

Highly carbonated, hazed golden yellow with a small off-white head that falls away rapidly, eventually leaving the glass clean on the way down.

The aroma isn't particularly pleasant, with lots of sharp, stinky cheddar cheese notes, along with some wheat, and some vomit, as well. This wasn't all that pleasant to sniff.

The flavor, too, isn't particularly nice, with lots of funky, sharp cheddar notes, a bit of wheat and lemon, mild sour character, and just a hint of bile. Also, not good, however, the aroma was worse than the flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

I will decline future offerings of this beer.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in the can poured into a pint. Golden color with a fast disappearing head, per the style. Smelled like some malts with a hint of sourness. The flavor was decent, started a nice malty sweetness which quickly yielded to that berliner weisse sour note that sticks to the back of your throat. Finishes a bit malty and you can feel the body a bit more once it warms up. Super easy to drink and refreshing, but I will take a Festina Peche over this one.

Photo of glid02
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a very hazy light yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head quickly recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light malts, green apples, muddled citrus, and phenols, in that order.

Tastes more phenolic than it smells. Light malt flavors with hints of lemon peel kick things off and are joined almost immediately by muddled fruit flavors and phenols. These flavors carry through to the ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is slightly harsh.

Drinkability is just not good. I struggled with my glass and would not like another.

Overall there are some major flaws with this beer and although the possibility of a good beer exists beneath everything I'm not getting much of it.

As an update, I received a bottle of this in a recent trade. I opened it and the same flavor profile exists so it's certainly not an isolated incident.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing!

A: Pours a hazy straw color, very light. Once finger head made up of very fine bubbles.

S: Very funky aroma. It is sour but also has that hay/farm smell also. Little bit of wheat and some fruity sweetness as well.

T: Very sweet, a nice tartness similar to lemons and green apples.

M/D: Light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Extremely drinkable as well as crisp and refreshing. Like this one a lot.

Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to ShogoKawada for this unexpected extra. Batch 1; Bottle 748 of 1458. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Hazy titanium yellow body supports a large ghost white head that (being quite active) recedes to a sudsy collar and a faint surface shadow. Light fast running lacing.

Wheat, unripe bananas, lemon curd, and sourdough intermingle with the expected lactic aromatics.

This has the same distinctive yeast note that the Belgian Pale Ale I sampled from White Birch exhibited - very difficult to pin down, but slightly floral and weedy, similar to Bermuda Buttercup but hinting at DMS almost. This doesn't have quite as much of that god-awful durian flavor though (ugh). The lactic flavors suggest buttermilk and butterscotch, adding complexity and and earthy smoothness which offsets the tart wheaty/lemony base. Quite well balanced, less sour than some examples I've tried, perhaps because this particular beer isn't brewed with the addition of syrup in mind.

Light bodied with modest carbonation.

Indeed, a suitable summer libation - an odd but still enjoyable take on the style.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Batch 1, number 1042 of 1458. Shared with schen9303. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nice 1 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy pear. Lacing is stringy and light with little cling.

S: Banana, yeast, pear, and sweet rice alcohol. My mom used to make these dough balls during Chinese New Year that she'd dip in fermented rice... excuse the obscure reference, but this smells exactly like that. Brings back pleasant memories.

T: Hints of wheat, banana, lemon, pear, and rice alcohol. Tart at the outset but this teeters off towards the middle, revealing a pleasantly yeasty sweet profile. Bone dry in the finish with a lemon spritz, puckering aftertaste that lingers for just a bit.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Exceedingly lively in the mouth and abrasively dry going down. Dry finish with a puckering, but brief aftertaste.

D: The Berliner Weisse style is without a doubt, one of the most drinkable beer styles, and this brew fits the bill perfectly. Refreshingly tart, light, crisp, refreshing, and rather low in ABV, this is the perfect beer to sip all day long.

Photo of nickd717
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle shared by largadeer.

Pours hazy pale yellow-green with a decenly formed white head. Looks like watery dish soap almost.

Aroma is tart wheat, lemon, and some slight rancid notes.

The flavor is not so good for the style. Wheat, lemon, and a bad mineral finish. Not very tasty and a little off-style.

Medium-bodied with decent tartness on the palate.

Why is the ABV so high? That's a little off-style. Not too good overall.

Photo of Brewsephus
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought from local craftbrew store.
1 Pint Bottle Serving. Poured into Tulip glass.
"Batch 3, Bottle 1632."

A- Pours a slightly hazy, golden color bordering on orange. Fizzy out of the bottle, with very little head, approx. 3 mm. Head dissipates within seconds of forming. Leaves no lacing on inside of glass.

S-Lemony, the wheat malt comes across on the nose first, subtle citrus fruits, apple. Nothing intense or overbearing, every scent is nimble and delicate.

T-Tart, slight pucker, lemon and lime, unripened orange. Rose hips on the aftertaste. The acidity is not to high, nothing burning or cloying. The tart hits you right on the front of your tongue, and slides back, leaving nothing behind but light floral on the finish. The wheat malt is hidden behind all the flavors, clever, refreshing. The 6.8% ABVis undetectable, no strange phenols, etc. No Brett character, no funk, no horse blanket or barnyard. This is the essence of tart fruit right before harvest.

M- carbonation is light, as this beer has thick stringy mouth-feel, I feel a little more carbonation would be delightful and make this beer more crisp like biting into a crab-apple!. This beer even with, what seems like, low carbonation, still has tremendous moutfeel. The lacto fills every corner of your mouth,grabs your taste-buds, and twists them until they cry for more pucker.

O- The one major disappointment I had with this beer was according to the BJCP style guidelines, a Berliner Weisse should fall between 2.8-3.8% ABV. This beer is double that, at 6.8% ABV. While I am not usually one to complain about a high ABV, or a beer pushing the boundaries of the style guidelines, I was looking to enjoy an expertly crafted, nuanced, meticulously malted 3% Weisse. The increased ABV does not take anything away from the flavor or any of the characteristics, but it is outside of the style guidelines. It is a little to high to be a fine session-able Weisse. I understand it may be hard to sell a beer that is low in ABV, but I digress. This beer is impressive, and has been loved dearly by someone who has the skill and heart to pull off such a gutsy brew. Kudos to White Birch, for making a sour lover pucker with joy!

Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy, pale golden color with a small head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a few specks of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells more like apple cider than a weissbier. Just the slightest hint of some cheesy funk.

A little more interesting flavor. I taste green apples with a slight tartness. Some funk is starting to develop with notes of cheese. Not really crisp and refreshing as I would of liked.

Undercarbonated. The style should be bordering effervescent and this is far from it. Light body.

Not fully matured. Seems this beer was rushed out the door before it had a chance to really develop. Certainly does not compare to Schell's Star of the North.

Photo of SpdKilz
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle #754 of 1458. Shared by Jason at Zwanze Day 2011. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a straw yellow color. Slight white head that fizzes up then quickly disappears.

Smell – Grain and yeast, Mr. Clean lemon, a lingering metallic aroma, and tartness.

Taste – It was the consensus that this beer had very little taste and what it did display, was not exactly welcomed. Most prominent was the cleaning supply like lemon flavor mixed with bready malts and metal. It is like drinking an off brand seltzer water.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, loads of carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Overall – Just a blah, bland beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Batch Two, dated April 2012, no. 1428. Sampled on May 27, 2012. This is one of White Birch's main releases. It has a pale yellow pour with a small, shot-lived head and it is cloudy. The aroma is pungent with lemon zest and citrus, with a notable yeast ester and a less forward wheat sensation. The body is light and creamy. The taste is also alive with lemon zest and sour lingering aftertaste. The wheat is much more subdued in the flavor than on the nose. This a style that you have to really like to appreciate the work that White Birch put into it.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for this bottle. #300 of 1458, Batch 1.

A: The berliner weisse has an effervescent white head that is champaign-like. Over four fingers on pour, the white-as-sheet head quickly disappeared. The weissbier is very pale, I'm talking nearly clear. I don't think that I've ever seen a beer this pale.

S: Wheat, very tart, hangs around. White grapes and citrus, contrasting flavors, swirl around with the malt bill. As the ale warms, a stronger tartness slowly emerges.

T: Plenty of wheat, a strong flavor from the start. This wheat isn't tart though, it lacks the sharpness that some Berliner Weissbiers have. While not puckeringly sour, the ale can't hide its tartness. The excessive wheat The barley profile comes through late in the sip, providing a familiar White Birch flavor.

I put the glass aside for the 2nd quarter of the Ravens game. When I came back, the tartness bloomed. The citric flavors are sharp and dry, a blast of tartness.

M: The weissbier is pleasantly tart, with dry grape and citric flavors in abundance. Very spritzy with the carbonation.

D: A little strong for a Berliner weisse, no? Either way, the citric bite is enough to bring me to the table.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you so much to Gosox8787 for this one!

Glass: Tulip

Nice pale straw yellow color with a good 2 fingers of bubbly head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Sour funkiness on the nose, with a bit of wheat in the back. Probably an overused comparison, but very champagne like on the nose, with a nice bit of dryness.

On the palate, tartness is well subdued behind a nice lemon zest flavor. Wheat flavors come through in the finish, providing a very refreshing flavor that compliments the lacto sourness. Very nice balance.

Bubbly carbonation with a great mouthfeel. Very drinkable for a sour.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled Summer 2013, 5.5% ABV. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. There isn't much lacing. Aroma is light, it smells like apricots, bready malt/wheat, and some lemon peel. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apple juice (adds some sweet flavors in this brew) and green apples. I think the brew has more tartness compared to the aroma. However, the tartness isn't exactly strong at all. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and easy enough to drink. It's not a bad brew at all, but not one of the better Berliner Weisses I've tried. I can't complain too much at $4.99 a bomber. It's worth a try at that price.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Batch One, Bottle count 1164, 6.8% ABV, Bottled Marhc 2012. "Our ales are unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Best served at 50-55°F in your favorite glass."

Thanks to Rocheford10nh, celeriac, and Wisrarebeer for bottles of this!!

A - Totally hazed through pale yellow beer pours into the glass, forming a tall could-white head which froths up loosely then sinks right back down due to the acidity. The glass is void of any lace or foam.

S - Completely unique upon first whiff, there's a strong sour wet wheat that's powerful in the nose, erupting into the air with a potent presence. Wood chips and pale malts come through while hops are rather absent. Sour nose with some good acidity.

T - Sharp lemony citrus opens the flavor and lingers through with a sour bite of acidity and wet, strong wheat. Pale malt is subtle, letting the wheat do most of the work, but this earthy flavored beer finishes out with an acidic kick.

M - Highly carbonated, White Birch's Berliner Weisse is pretty dang refreshing due to it's nicely balanced feel; a finish that has a great tart acidity and sour bite on the tongue, all while remaining smooth.

O - Highly drinkable and refreshing, White Birch's Berliner Weisse is the perfect refresher for a hot summer day, or delicious sour power for any other time. It's well-balanced and nicely sour without being too mouth-puckering. It's easy to see why this is a style that's getting much more attention.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle received from CooperEllis in an awesome trade... Big Props!! Bottle 548 of 1458.

Short lived white head no lacing.. the brew is a slightly hazy yellow.

Nose has an off-putting phenolic element... sorta bandaid... other aromas speak true to the BW style. Soft grain and hints of lemon.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose.. very soft and borderline elegant... lemon with a mild grainy presence that pushes the drinkability forward... unfortunately, the bandaid is still present, I don't think this is a bad bottle, just my opinion. Late pours were much more a proper Berliner as the phenolic nature seemed to dissipate leaving crisp lactic notes and wheat to do the talking.

Body seemed pretty high for the style, but a crisp carbonation kept things moving forward.

Thanks again John.. I would love to have a keg of this one during the furnace days of Boise summertime.


Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Bottled 6/2/10. #620 of 1458. Bottle generously sent from THECPJ. Major thanks Shane, you know how I love a good Berliner Weiss!

A - Pours a cloudy light straw with that white Berliner Weiss head that sizzles away quickly, leaving a still beer.
S - Crisp aromas of wheat, dust, green apple, lemon juice, and a heaping helping of Lacto. Very yogurt-like, tart, and dry. Lovely.
T - Pretty similar to the nose, lots of wheat, green apple, and lemon. Again, very lactic, but more on the funky, earthy side and less on the tart. There is a slight canned tomato quality to this that I can't quite identify, but it isn't off-putting, just another layer of funky flavor. Dry and dusty.
M - Crisp and dry, with a medium-thin body and sharp, fizzy carbonation. Nice and Spritzer-like, great Summer brew.
O - An excellent Berliner Weisse, kudos to White Birch for putting their distinctive spin on an under-appreciated style. While not quite up to Hottenroth standards, I would certainly pick up more of this if available!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best session beers I have ever had, hands down. Served cold and poured into my new White Birch glass, this one was consumed on 07/25/2010.

Pours out a bright golden color with a huge amount of cloudiness to it. Barely can see through this to the other side but ample carbonation did continue to stream up throughout the session. Little head of white on top settles down quickly leading only mild lacing on the glass, but a really nice look overall.

Aroma drops me to my knees. Wonderfully crisp, clean, tart aroma quickly fills the air. Hints of apples, light touches of citrus, a light bready note all combine to form this crisp, clean profile that cuts through the 105 degree air around me. Then I take the first sip and all bets are off. This is simply a marvelous beer to behold. I cannot say enough how clean this is. Wonderful tart green apples blending with hints of light orange peel and lemon. Herbal grasses fill the profile mid palate and give it that depth but flowery notes keep it light and airy. Super quick, clean and dry finish leaves a tart flavor on the tongue that will not go away. So light and refreshing I melted into a chair (mostly from the heat) but this was just so session able I was beside myself.

Overall simply amazing, one of the best I have ever come across hands down, I would love to be able to have this all the time, but on these hot days, it is a must.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled June 2, 2010
Bottle 1429 of 1458

Pours a clear pale yellow color, very pale in color actually, hardly any head, but of what there is fades really fast, leaves no lacing on the glass, slight greenish color.

Smell has a lightly sour/tart aroma with hints of apple and lemon.

Taste is light and crisp, the carbonation that did not provide any head is present in the mouthfeel and is assertive, lightly sour and not overwhelming, good lemony zest to it, the strength is not evident in the taste but at 6.7% it is way too strong for a Berliner Weisse, otherwise it's a good BW to drink.

Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Color was a very light golden with a 1 finger white bubbly head. Head disappeared almost instantly, but still had plenty streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Reminded me greatly of an under-carbonated champagne. Aroma was a dead on ringer for a white wine, a bit on the sour side. A bit of yeast was in there as well. Taste was definitely sour with a bit of tart in the back of the mouth. A fair amount of carbonation kicked in the mouth, but the beet felt a bit tacky. Overall, pretty reasonable. Not my cup of tea, but seemed to be in style.

Bottle labeled batch 1.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Cuzco (Nate) in the Blind Beer #3 BIF. Thanks Nate!!

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Poured very cloudy, extremely pale yellow, with a fizzy head that was gone before I sat down the glass, kinda like club soda.

One whiff and you know it's a berliner weisse. Sour notes, lactic sour. No malt or hop aromas. Aside from the lactic sourness, a very clean, almost chaulky note in the aroma.

First sip is sour, tart, mouth puckering. Quite a punch. Some lemon tartness, and an alkalinity like club soda.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, very prickly from the carbonation. After the first sip, I don't feel like my mouth is going to cave in from the sourness.

Highly drinkable beer. This would be fantastic on a hot summer afternoon, sitting in an outdoor cafe in the city, watching all the pretty people wish they were drinking my beer. Alcohol is a little high for the style, but it really doesn't come through.

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White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
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