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White Birch Berliner Weisse - White Birch Brewing

White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
82
good

224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 19.28%


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

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 06-22-2010)
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.15/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy light orange appearance, almost no head. Smells like light piss neon straw, medicinal nose, grassy, hay, wild yeast, dry, milky sweet; almost smells like stinky cheese. Taste isn't much better than aroma of lemon, zest, yeast and sour milk. The drinkability isn't very pleasant; definitely not a very good presentation of the Berliner Weiss Style!! This is another typical White Birch brew that bombs for me! I've had way too many bottles from these guys in the past that weren't much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 22:39:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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ao125

Virginia

1.3/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow, this beer went *off*.

Seriously off.

22oz bottle poured into a glass.

When I first tried the beer, it was nothing like a Berliner Weisse... at least nothing that I'm used to. It tasted heavily of Parmesan cheese and salt.

Almost immediately as it started to warm, it smelled intensely of vomit. Somewhat similar to the smell if I leave my homebrew mash tun out in the sun instead of cleaning it the same day.

I don't know what happened to this beer, but the brewery should seriously consider decontaminating their equipment before bottling more of this, or any other beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 15:12:15 | More by ao125
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woosterbill

Connecticut

1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Batch 1, 500ml bottle 1032/1458, poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Looks like a white wine spritzer. Clear, greenish-yellow body with an inch of soda-like bubbles that disappear entirely. Umm, ok?

S: Wet paper, glue, corn (DMS?), and some lacto. Pretty bad, except for the lacto.

T: Painfully bad. Pickle juice, corn, and cardboard. Some funky tomato and curry. Sour fruit finish. Disgusting.

M: Medium body, tons of frothy carbonation. Nice and lively.

O: What a horrid experience. I feel terrible that I inflicted it on a few friends, but at least we all had a good laugh picking out the insanely disgusting flavors. I want a Berliner Weiss to be crisp, clean, and tart, not redolent of rotten tomatos and pickle juice. But maybe that's just me. I only got a quarter of the bottle, and I still couldn't finish it. Avoid this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 13:00:20 | More by woosterbill
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ehammond1


2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 03:02:19 | More by ehammond1
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jason for this tick he shared with us at Zwanze Day.

A - Hazy, lighter colored beer that didn't really have much in the way of head and even less in the way of lace.

S - Some tartness, grain, corn syrup, vitamins, metal. Yeah, not a good combination.

T - The flavor is like the aroma and sucks, although it is a lighter and more bland version of it.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation, a little gritty.

O - This was a crappy beer and "lived up" to the reputation that White Birch has established. Not a good beer, still looking for that quality White Birch brew. Not the worst beer of there's I've ever had, but that would be so hard to do it's not saying a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:26:20 | More by AgentZero
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle shares by Matt.

Does't look exactly like a berlinner weiss. Clearer than it should be, pale golden straw with a wispy white head. Aroma is horrible. Nail polish remover, pepper and lacto. Flavor is a mild redemption, sour and lemon, yeasty and watery finish. More like a hefe/saison hybrid than what I expect from the style. Keeps with the trend of failing like every other WB beer I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:47:18 | More by yourefragile
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn't very impressive, a one finger white shade with crap retention. It just fades away into a dinky collar in no time flat, without leaving much (if any) lacing on the glass.

S: There's not much sourness here. What this does have, is funk. The stank-ass cheese notes are in full effect here - overpowering a backbone of apple and *maybe* some wheat buried beneath. Another reviewer said 'diapers' and I'm prone to agree with him. The aroma doesn't quite agree with me, though.

T: Wow, this is cidery. There are a ton of apple notes to open this up, with a touch of cheesy funk on the back end. Other finishing notes include some wheat, and a touch of butter. No hints of sourness anywhere. The more I drink it, the less it tastes like a cider and the more it tastes...off. These off notes aren't fully endearing, either.

M: Not quite as lively as I'd like it to feel - the syrupy body seems to conceal some of the carbonation. Instead of being wickedly drinkable, it's only kind of drinkable - a Berliner should always achieve the former. However, I would call it 'refreshing'.

O: Man, I've given out a lot of mediocre scores these past couple of days, haven't I? Anyways, I'm 0 for 2 when it comes to Berliners, and this one didn't even have any sourness to it. Instead, this seems like an odd cider - drinkable, yes, but not particularly good. I'll have to blow more $$$ to really gauge whether White Birch deserves its status as a memetic joke brewery, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:12:53 | More by ThisWangsChung
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nickd717

California

2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 23:35:17 | More by nickd717
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Clonies720

Texas

2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:53:21 | More by Clonies720
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

White Birch Berliner Weisse has a bright yellow body with a quickly receding white head. The head actually sticks around a little bit longer than I would expect for the style though.

The aroma has a good bit of lacto and wheat in it, with some peppery phenols underneath that. A little bit of a mineral character also.

This one is not so good. A lot of phenols, and a hint of lemon mix with a big wheat body, a lot of lacto sourness and a very off-putting mineral flavor in the finish. After taking my first I grimaced a little bit. The sharp sourness fades into mineral flavors far too aggressively, and a hint of cardboard hides behind that.

The body on this one is a little to large and full for a the style.

White Birch Berliner Weisse was a huge disappointment for me, as I was excited to try something from White Birch. The flavors were off, and the ABV is way too large for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 15:19:01 | More by Hojaminbag
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:12:57 | More by kingcrowing
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SpdKilz

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:43:02 | More by SpdKilz
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Jmoore50

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh White Birch, how you make me smile and frown. You have some beers that are outstanding and then you have some that are disgusting. This is one of the bad ones.

The appearance is a nice straw color, but a little more golden than the usual Berliner Weisse. It pours a nice one finger white head that leaves after a few seconds. Cloudy milky hazy-ness that looks a little off.

The smell is of sulfur and eggs. Has some acidic bug smell, probably more Pedio than anything, but its hard to tell with the sulfur.

The taste has an off egg flavor that is due to an infection of the bad kind. It has a thick mouthfeel that is uncharacteristic of many Berliner Weisse. The off flavors are subtle, but are the backbone of a mediocre Lactobacillus flavor that makes me want much more.

The mouthfeel coats the palate with a bit of cheese, thanks Lacto! It is fairly crisp with the funk character adding some complexity. It was barely drinkable, and overall I am not impressed.

J

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:12:24 | More by Jmoore50
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger pure white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Clear pale yellow green color remarkably like urine. Strong carbonation and very light bodied. Lemon and yeast nose. Flavor is fizzy, tart lemon and yeast, hops are hidden. This would be a good lawnmower beer in the Summer, its cold now. $7.25 for a 500ml bottle from Chase Street Market & Deli Plymouth, NH. Bottle 480/1458.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 21:52:40 | More by jdhilt
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle #1035/1458 poured into large tulip - thanks to kstrickler

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color. Thin white head fades out quickly, leaving little lacing or retention.

Yeasty and funky in the nose with lemon peel. Some almost metallic notes with wheat and bready tones.

Somewhat bitter and tart up front. Hints of lemon peel and citrus juice. Wheat, straw and yeast funk throughout. Tart and dry towards the finish.

Lighter body, high carbonation, lingering and dry on the tongue. I really like berliner weiss beers but this really wasnt that good...kind of a bummer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:10:48 | More by xnicknj
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 2. Bottled in 4/2012.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, funk, stinky cheese, and some distinct vomit aromas. Taste is of sour wheat, tart lemon, and a slight funk flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer based on taste only, but I must say this one has a pretty horrible aroma that made me not even want to take a sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:18:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 1, Bottle #754 of 1458. Served in a Cantillon glass, and generously(?) shared by Jason at Zwanze Day 2011.

A - A thin white foam quickly settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving negligible lace. Hazy spoiled milk-colored body - looks like white glue I used in kindergarten.

S - Plastic, lemons, yeast, grain, hint of yogurt, maybe some Elmer's glue but that might be imagined because the beer looks like glue.

T - Taste is nearly non-existent. Bland, with some yeast and lemons in the finish.

M - Alcohol is well-hidden. Dry, tannic, grainy, and gritty texture. Medium body, with sufficient carbonation.

D - This isn't offensive like many of the other White Birch offerings I've tried, but it's not very good either. Just kind of boring, with excessive, albeit well-hidden, alcohol for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:23:05 | More by MasterSki
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Halcyondays

California

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle, bottled April 2012,

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange, with a medium white head, no lace.

S: Lemon zest, stink, spoiled papaya and pineapple, reminiscent of Backstreet Slow Ride.

T: Orange marmalade, citrusy flavours, apricot, hint of metal.

M: Medium-bodied, the higher gravity is apparent, light acidity, does have a refreshing factor, but doesn't have the bracing acidity that I like in this style.

O: As with the other high gravity Berliner I've had, this beer really gets away from the spirit of the style. Interesting, sure, but not really that good.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 18:05:08 | More by Halcyondays
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glid02

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:21:59 | More by glid02
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NOTE: Review of 6 month old bottle
The beer pours a very pale and murky yellow, its body is completely opaque, though it does allow light to come through, and a slight run of carbonation bubbles can be seen running to the top of the glass. The beer pours with a very soapy looking head made of big loose bubbles, but this quickly fades away to nothing. On the nose, this beer smells gross, like rubbing alcohol and cleaning products with a strong touch of pine sol. I feel like the Lacto may have been given too much time to run free in this beer… Gross fruity alcohol is really the only character I get on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes much better than the smell, with very metallic sour notes and not a lot else. The beer begins with clear and brutal lactic sour with a touch of chalk. This brutal sour opens into slight lemon and the faintest whisper of wheat bread make it into the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part there is just clear lactic sour running through this beer, which is much more pleasing than the smell, but still a little too sour. On the mouth, the beer feels prickly and puckering, yet with a medium light body. The mouth is left pouring with saliva from the sour and a chalky film covering the rest of the mouth. Overall, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this beer. I appreciate the lactic flavors, and they have clearly grown strong since the beer was bottled in August, but they are little too brutal on the tongue, and there really isn’t anything else going on in the taste. I want more of the faint bread on the taste, and perhaps there is more when this beer is fresh. In conclusion, I wouldn’t try and age this beer for longer than 3 months, but I would be interested to try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 18:39:03 | More by Maxwell
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-cloudy pale yellow, drunken urine. thin pure white head.

S-the nose has a roasted nut element to it from a far, seems to have some burnt rubber, something off, once you get your nose in there you get a sour white grapes with tart lemon, notes of salt with a touch of soapy hops.

T-that same burnt rubber is there, notes of cheese, the tart lemon present behind, slightly sour and low acidity.

M-light bodied and soft on the palate, rolls over the tongue, moderate carbonation to balance the lighter body and slightly dry finish.

D-this is slightly off, notes of rubber throughout the flavor. the sourness is rather well done, enough to be present and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:48:10 | More by cpetrone84
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 lt bottle into a duvel glass (batch 3)

A: pours a interesting hazy yellow straw color with little to no head and/or lacing... Not a bad looking beer, but with the zero head and lacing I have to give it a 3.5

S: strange aroma here.... I get some serious funk here, notes of pungent cheese and turning milk.... Very un appealing... A bit of citrus there as well, this aroma is almost bad enough to make me not drink this.

T: luckily that strange funk that made the aroma so un appealing is toned down in the flavor, with tart lemony citrus taking over.... With some wheat on the back, some of that cheesy funk is still there.

M: light medium body with moderate sharp carbonation, a little
Touch of creamyness.

O: I can't get past the aroma, the flavor is good, but the aroma is enough that I would avoid this one... Although it does have some nice tart lemon/lemonade character.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:00:17 | More by PeterIngemi
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levifunk

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra given. poured into my L.A. taster while at Concerts on the Square.

a - pours is a cloudy white. odd looking.

s - funky as hell. smells like meat or baked beans. I've only had a few berliner weisses, but never anything like this.

t - funky. sour. tastes like wet hay? as if I know what that actually tastes like, but thats what I come to.

m - lighter body. good amount of carbonation for the style.

overall - wierd beer. not sure if its truely a berliner weisse.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:39:00 | More by levifunk
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a fairly clear yellow color. Decent head, it dies but leaves a good lick of lacing.

S-Not a lot like the Berliners I have run across. Lacking that tart lacto note. Seeing that you could arguably call this an 'Imperial' Berliner Weisse (huge ABV for the style), I am not too surprised to see this deviate in the aroma. I get a lot of green apple juice and some semi-funked wheat.

T-Not really tart at all. Much more sweetness than I am used to as well. Lots of apple juice and sparkling cider. I bet this beer's quality has suffered batch by batch. Its missing the desired complexity and tartness.

M-Not bubbly enough. Not tart enough. A bit too full in body. But it still drinks rather easily.

O/D-Was expecting better here. I bet this beer was great in its infancy; Batch 1 or 2. Now I just don't see how this is a relatively desired beer. Its not bad but its probably the worst Berliner I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:18:14 | More by VelvetExtract
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almightyme3

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean pour small head sour on palate and light mouthfeel. As a Berliner weisse should be.

Overall a decent representation of the style but it seems to me as they should be using better quality water. Flavours are spot on but you can taste crappy water aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:39:24 | More by almightyme3
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