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White Birch Berliner Weisse - White Birch Brewing

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 419
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 bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy golden hue. Lots of rising effervescence and pockets of bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head which quickly dissipates leaving a slight ring of foam around the rim.

S: Tons of raspberry and banana pretty much overwhelm anything else that might come out in there.

T: Fermented raspberry and a little yeasty sourdough.

M: Light, yet syrupy. Slightly sour finish fades quickly. Comes across just a little shallow.

D: Good sipping beer.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight head and no real lacing, despite plenty of carbonation. Nose is very fruity, not much else. Yeasty raspberry flavor, a little light in the finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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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 Clonies720
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought cold. Poured into glass mug commemorating the 1989 Centennial MSFDA Conference in Alexandria, MN. Reviewed as the bottle warmed.

Very hazy, straw color, no retention or lacing, and decent carbonation. Lemon on the nose, slightly grassy, but doesn't smell too sour. Tastes tart up front with lemon and appricot (maybe faint orange?), carries sweet in the middle, and finishes with vague dryness and a bit of lingering pucker. Bubbly but has good body and coats the palette well.

Overall, tasty but a sweeter Berliner weisse. It reminds me of a cider almost, or a drier Asti. Not my favorite of the style but it's still nice, bright, and refreshing. I'd certainly enjoy having it again.

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Photo of ao125
1.32/5  rDev -63.7%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

White Birch Berliner Weisse pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent head that fades. The aroma is fairly sour and grainy, but not overpowering. The flavor is quite tart, very crisp and refreshing. The sourness hits right away and lingers, the beer is quite dry overall. There is an odd, sour wortiy character in the finish, but it's mild and I'm guessing is a by product of the lacto. I don't have a ton of experience with the style, but this is the best commercial example I'm had.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 MNishCT77
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, Summer 2013 vintage, poured into a Rogue chalice, drank 6/9/13 over one hour.

A: 4.00 - murky straw yellow, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), yellow-white one finger head quickly dissipating into subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-large alcohol legs (especially surprising for the style)

S: 3.75 - huge hit of stank baby diapers, but I dig it...

T: 4.25 - tart-puckering sensations right off the bat that don't really abate throughout...I won't call it refreshing, but, again, I'm digging it

M: 4.00 - moderate bodied (mostly alcohol), good carbonation, lingering flavors/aromas

O: 4.00 - tart, puckering Berliner weisse; I've definitely had better but love the style and still enjoying this one as I type

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLED: June 2, 2010
BOTTLE: 502 of 1458
ABV: Alc. 6.4% by Vol.

Served in a glass chalice.

L - slowly poured I got a clear light golden liquid with a small fizzy white head that bubbled itself away in less than a minute.

S - tart lemon drops.

T - it's like liquid lemon drops candy with tartness taking over from start to the dry finish.

F - light bodied, it's refreshing and worth savouring slowly.

O - I don't have much experience with this style but I found this beer to be most enjoyable.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky yellow while retaining a Champagne like head.

S: Light wheat malt, lemon/citrusy notes

T: Upfront rush of lemon and tart mild acidity, a flash of wheat malt, and a finish of slight dry grain. I detect a fresh fruit flavor as well reminiscent of apple.

M: Smooth and tingly Champagne level carbonation. Dry finish and the tartness is not overbearing or cloying.

D: Highly drinkable. This is a quintessential summer quaffer. One of the most pleasant white beers I have encountered.

I visited the brewery today and it was closed to my dismay. However, an employee inside spotted me and opened up the store so I could buy a few bottles. Have to give a shout out to White Birch Brewing for that kind of awesome customer service!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Maxwell
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Brewsephus
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of almightyme3
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August, 2012 (out of a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle):

This is my first of this style, so here goes:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden body and gives a quick one finger white head appears for less than ten seconds. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen and no lacing is around the sides of the glass. I also hear the carbonation fizzing fairly strong.

S: sour wet wheat with some pale malts in the background.

T: large presence of lemon and that strong wet wheat combined. It comes across very tart and sour.

M: light to medium, highly carbonated with a powerful acidic finish

O: though I'm not really into this beer, I can't say too much about it since it is my first one of this style. I'd probably only revisit to compare to others of this style, but will say this: this is a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: March 2012

A: Pale golden in color with a fizzy, white head. Not much to speak of. No lace or retention whatsoever.

S: Plenty of funk, sour, barn, grass, fruit. Complex nose.

T: Intensely refreshing and sour. Great wheat backbone. Much funkier than I expected. This is my second beer of this style and I had high hopes. They were definitely surpassed. This is a great beer. Lots of great fruity, yeasty, earthy flavors.

M: Very effervescent but the right amount of carbonation for the style, nicely soured, and highly drinkable. A hint of booze in the finish because the ABV is higher than is traditional.

O: I don't know why this beer is getting low marks. Maybe there is huge variation in how the wild yeast strains treated it or how it was stored for the past few months since being brewed. But, in my opinion, this is how the style should taste. It's a very refreshing and tasty brew that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.02/5  rDev -44.5%
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.

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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 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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White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.