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White Birch Berliner Weisse - White Birch Brewing

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 420
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 29.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour Lactobacilius are present in the nose along with faint hints of wheat.
T: The taste is somewhat sour and has light notes of lemons and hints of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart and on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish feels a little creamy.
O: This beer is rather quaffable and would make for a good selection on a hot summer day. It wasn't that sour so I could see this as being a good beer for someone to try who is new to the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

truly a weird take on the classic berliner. darker in looks than most, maybe something more than wheat, or more roast on it, or some crystal added, tough to tell really. heady though, nice and white and lasting, obviously well carbonated. the nose is straight parmesan cheese. never smelled this in a beer before, but its unmistakable and distinctly parmesan, all grated and stinking. thats all there is to the nose, cheese. the flavor starts lighter with the wheat malt than it looks like it should for the color. it moves quickly to the parmesan thing again, so odd in beer. i get some fruitiness in the finish, ripe pears, white grapes, and even some green apple, but there comes the cheese again, and i really can't get past it. not unpleasant at first, but getting less and less tolerable as i drink on it, and finally devolving into downright weird. not a beer i care to really drink again, but its uniqueness is memorable. fine carbonation and a nice frothy feel that works really well with spicy food, but the parmesan cheese finish is more than i care to revisit.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale straw color with quite a bit of haze. A bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some lemon and green apples. The taste is slightly sour with lactic character and some tartness. Very very mild funk comes through. Feel is light with slight sourness. The drinkability is okay. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing really stands out either. A bit plain.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.16/5  rDev -68.1%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra sent by Steve - thanks.

Pours a murky and hazy pale lemonade color with a small white head. Smell is wheaty and lemony citrus. Yeast and lacto tart dominate the taste with a funky curdled astringency (not a bad thing). Mildly sweet, with a faint flowery quality that is challenging to identify. A soapy slickness adds to the thin mouthfeel. Crisp, tart and refreshing. Overall interesting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Ryan for sending this to me recently. Shared this one at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy pale straw color with a thin white head.

S: The nose is lightly lactic with some popcorn, wheat, yeast, and a bit of spice. There is a slight lactobacillus/bacteria funk to it.

T: A really nice, light beer: just like a Berliner weiss should be. Some lactic tartness, wheat, and a bit of yeast.

M: The body is light with a very crisp and plentiful carbonation.

D: Really easy to drink, like you would expect. Surprisingly high in alcohol for the style (about double the usual), but even at 6+%, not really noticeable.

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Photo of jlindros
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ThreeLions for sharing.

Very little head, slight hazy yellow almost tan watery colored.

Nose has some weird flavours, cooked vegetable, little phosphorus almost sulfury note, weird grainy toasted wheat, sour thing but not a great sour.

Taste starts with cooked vegetables again, little phosphorus and possibly sulfur as well, cooked minerals, little toasted grainy husky wheat, mild sour wheat, little cooked hop too, sticky sweet but sour finish, no acid either, more sulfur note.

Mouth is lighter bod, little carb, little sticky.

Overall super sad face.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2, 2010. Batch 1. 848 of 1458. We got a real wale here.

Poured into goblet.

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a hazed pear yellow. So faded.

Aroma: Wheat, lemons, grass, some light spice, some light tartness. Green apples. Has a funky cheese and dust aroma.

Taste: Way different than the aroma. Sweet lemons reminding me of lemon heads. Green apple tartness, think granny smith. Wet cardboard and dusty flavors with sharp cheese. A bit funky here. It has a touch of spice, not a big hop profile shining through.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tart, smooth, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends a bit tart. Good feel.

Overall, a nice take on the style. Very easy drinking. I am enjoying this one. I like the funk meeting the sour in this one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle care of BA bring, thanks man! Batch 1 bottle #31 of 1458 dated June 2, 2010.

Poured into a pint glass this brew appears a very light yellow color. Holy heck I have seen some light colored berliner weisse but this one might take the cake as the lightest one yet. A fizzy amount of white head appears about a finger strong and is gone in no time. Throughout the experience bubbles of carbonation break at the surface and fail to deliver even a ring of lace around the inside of the glass. No worries though, remember this is a berliner weisse.

The aroma of this brew is primarily lacto with a funky mess of scents hitting the nose that come across like yogurt. Strangely enough, it works and I like it. In the background are some faint grainy wheat notes that suggest a little bit of light skinned fruity sweetness akin to pear or apple. As it warms a little bit of lemon citrus zest comes forward. The main player in the scent of this brew is no doubt the lacto.

The taste of this brew will clobber your tongue if you are expecting your typical ultra light pale beer experience. The flavor of lacto is right there with a taste and tartness reminescent of unflavored/unsweetned greek yogurt. A tiny bit of residual sweetness that is grainy like wheat resides inside the mouth contrasting a lemony tartness that makes this brew finish with a drying quality about it. Suggestions of light skinned fruit like pear are subtle in the background, much less pronouned than in the aroma.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderately high level of carbonation. Quite drinkable, there are no issues finishing a glass. At more than 6% abv this is really stretching the limits for the style but the alcohol's character is hidden well enough until the brew gets too warm. If you were going to anticipate this experience based off the way this brew looks, you are going to be in for a real surprise. Lots of flavor going on inside this brew despite the fact that it honestly looks like it doesn't have much to offer. Well done.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with some acidic, tart yeast esters. There are some musty, barnyard smells as well. The taste is decent. It has a dry, sour, wheat malt flavor along with some lactobacillus character. It's light and easy drinking with a stiff sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine example of the style. The yeast character is very refreshing, making this an enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. No obvious can dating.

Faint one finger off white hand, a bit of snapping carbonation about of the glass, and dissolves quickly to nothing and dissappears. Body color is a muddy orange and brown, a solid lemon held to the light with a little bit of rising carbonation. Looks a little dead.

Aroma is fairly grainy smelling. Not much sense of tartness or lacto present. There's an almost woody splintery quality to this as well, like sawdust shavings. There's a touch of fruit maybe peach like quality on this but it's just not coming through. Nothing horrible though.

Palate seems to make up for it just a little. Tart mild lemon flavors hit the palate a bit nicely, but with a bit of a really wet body and very flat, even for a berliner and also surprisingly for one that is 5.5 % No really chewy malt backbone and more watery finish. Particularly sweet finish of peach and lemon as well after some time.

It's drinkable, but it's just not getting the quality of a good berliner, there's so much better out there. Third beer I've had from this brewery and they just can't seem to get it right.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 June 2, 2010
Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a thin bubbly white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the top of my beer.
Smells of tart lemons, grainy malts, spicy wheat and a hint of funk. Taste is much more tart than the nose suggested with lemons piercing my taste buds with every sip. Tart lemons up front, some wheat malt sends some spice through mid way, a little funk in there and a long lingering lemon pie in the finish. Crisply sharp carbonation with a light body and a tangy mouthfeel makes this a refreshing warm weather drink. I quite enjoyed this one, maybe a little strong for the style abv wise, but it certainly didn't affect my enjoyment of this brew. Great job Bill.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.27/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a red wine glass, the beer is an opaque, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a thin halo of head. Aromas of toasted grains, floral notes, subtle lemon tartness, sour overtones, and hints of barnyard funk. Balanced nose, and not overpowering. The flavors are tart and sour forward, with a solid dose of lemon, sugary sweet notes, evergreen and grassy highlights, some roasted notes, floral highlights, and a definite yeast funk. Very balanced, and very drinkable. The sourness is just on the verge of puckering, making for a refreshing beer. The body is full and smooth, with a very tart and dry end feel. Sweet and floral aftertaste, with that quasi-pucker lurking around the edges. The finish is smooth, dry, and tart, with a sour linger. Good beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.


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Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into a DFH tulip/pint glass. Summer 2013 release

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with a very small head. The smell has a bit of a funk to it, wouldnt know it was a berliner weiss from the nose. The taste is quite different than typical beers from the style. Its definitely got that slight tartness to it but its got more of a Belgian sour style of tartness than a german one. Not complaining because its very tasty, but it doesnt seem true to style. Nevertheless its very easy drinking and refreshing. Light body with low carbonation.

overall a refreshing beer thats a bit more sour than a typical beer of the style. I dig it though.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very energetic brilliant gold with a 2” white foam cap that recedes almost as fast as it appears. S: Has a very fresh white bread dough nose with some lemon and a suspicion of wet undyed leather, acidic. T: Attack citrusy, fruit tartness, slight funk on the finish with a lingering lemony tart finish F: Light body and a crisp, dry finish. O: Very refreshing, tart, bone dry and delightful.

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White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
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