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White Birch Berliner Weisse - White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 29.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
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: 128 | Hads: 419
Photo of Dope
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch one, March 2012 bottling date.

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw/orange with a small white head despite an aggressive pour. Fades almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Some lemons and a little wheat.

T: Tart lemon up front. Wheaty throughout. Lemon tartness continues and becomes quite dry, sour and a little bitter into the aftertaste. Honestly, it's kinda like a sour shandy with a bit more body. As it warms I sweat I get a little bit of green grape in there too, it might just be the sourness coming to the forefront.

M: Medium bodied, pretty standard. Crisp.

O: Very simple, a bit tart but very refreshing. Pretty strong for a berliner but no indication as to the alcohol content. Refreshing and crisp. Pretty much what you'd expect from a berliner.

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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 xnicknj
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

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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 Dreadnaught33
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure what to think of this one, seems very odd for a Berliner Weisse, I think my friends and I agreed it might have scored better as even a Saison or something.

A: Very light color with a yellow straw overall hue, not much head or lacing.

S: Spicy, peppery, wild yeast and some lemon bready malts. Kind of has a plastic smell? Bizarre but not unappetizing.

T: Tart bite with almost some kind of raspberry note to it. Lemon, coriander like a saison again. Some weisse notes poke through more more like a hefe to me.

M: Tart back, clean light spritzy body.

Overall it's like a saison or watery wild.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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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 woosterbill
1.91/5  rDev -47.5%
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.


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

White Birch Berliner Weisse
A - Pours a clear straw yellow with very little foam at all. It looks very crisp and clean. 4
S - Faint sour aroma hits you right away followed by some lemon and grapes smell. Its really nice and makes my mouth water. 4
T - Graininess up front then lots of lemon and grape skin finishing with a nice sourness and ends slightly dry. This is what I want to drink. 4.5
M - Crisp carbonation leaving a slight tingle in your mouth. Just a nice balance between sour and sweet. 4
D - I could drink this all day, Its just very drinkable and quite tasty. 4.5

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Photo of sweemzander
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled June 2, 2010 (Batch One) Bottle # 17 of 1458. Thanks to jstilwell for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. Produced an effervescent and bubbly pure white head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- Very very dry. A chalky-like dusty funk with bits of lemon tartness and biscuit.

(T)- Lightly tart and crisp. That same chalky, almost Brett-like character from the smell is there, though as this breathed, that disappeared. Some nice bits of white grape acidity behind some wheat-like biscuit.

(M)- A wonderfully crisp and bubbly carbonation level. A mild acidity and sourness with an assertive funk that actually slowly started to melt away as it breathed somehow.

(D)- A solid Berliner Weiss. Extremely thirst quenching and crisp. A great example from the states.

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Photo of birchstick
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -pours a very hazy pale yellow without much of a head - however the carbonation was crackling on the pour

S - smells sour and lemony with faint grape and white pepper notes

T - starts off with spritzy wheat malts that are quickly replaced by a nice combination of refreshing lemon and vinous champagne. Ends with a citrusy sourness and a very faint bleach flavor. Fantastic!

M - bubbly, champagne-like with a medium body that does a good job at masking the abv. Awesome mouthfeel to it.

D - very impressed with this one...I can see why this style was referred to as the champagne of the north. Great sour notes with a refreshing finish and mouthfeel. I don't know if it's the temperature outside or my new dive into the sour realm, but I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to mkabull for sending this my way:

appearance: pale yellow with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: sour, wheaty, lactose

Taste: sour, wheat, a little sweet in the back end

mouthfeel: mild carbonatiion, crisp, dry aftertaste

Drinkability: this is a very good berliner weiss. wish I had access to more of this in my area.


the CPJ

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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 brew3crew
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 622 out of 1458

A-hazy, transparent and tons of carbonation
S-sour, almost like grapes
T- definetly sour but not as strong as I thought. Would not have guessed wheat beer however. Gets better as it warms up
M-very crisp and clean. Nice sour aftertaste
D-very drinkable. Love the sour after taste. Would not have guessed abv

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Photo of dgfair
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

The beer pours a hazy pale yellow color with a pure white head as bubbles aggressively rise from the bottom of the glass to the top. Looks very much like a slighted more yellow carbonated lemonade. The smell is sour funky fruit with a bit of breadiness in the background. There is also a slight dirty barnyard earthiness to it reminiscent of a saison. Taste is puckering lemon upfront follow by a smoky bread character that is very unique. There is a also a chalky yeast flavor, but other than that, not a whole lot going on in the flavor. Mouth is dry and bubbly and goes down pretty easily lacing a funky lemon taste in the mouth. I could have one or two of these but it's not one of the best Berliner weisse I've had.

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Photo of whiterascal
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Alelovinruskie for this one!! He sent me a surprise box with this bottle and an amazing WB glass. (awesome trader) Celebrating my recent engagement with this one~ shared with my brand new fiance!

A pale yellow
S light yeasty lemon
T a bit like watered down lemonade in a deliciously sour way, with some yeasty, bready notes
M bubbly, but almost oily smooth
D eaaaasy drinking. dangerously drinkable. I could drink this all day long, especially on a hot summer day. Light and refreshing, but would probably sneak up on me at 6.4%.

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Photo of ottovon
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

celebrating my engagement to whiterascal with this beer.

A: pours out like champagne. big, fizzy white head. it faded quickly, but left a thin layer on top. it looks almost like lemonade. it is a clear pale yellow, with carbonation running up the glass. it is almost clear. never seen a beer this clear.

S: i get straw and some bready aromas. there is a nice lemon aroma, as well as some earthiness and a little acidity.

T: has a great lemony flavor. i also get some straw and bread from the grains. it has a nice acidity to it. more sour than i was expecting from the aroma. pleasantly surprised with the sourness.

M: thin body with lots of carbonation. mouthfeel is great for the style.

D: i could drink this all night easy. would also be nice on a hot summer day by the pool.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a flute

A - Lemony yellow color, pretty much clear with a white head

S - hay, lemon grass,sour acidity, some light grainy notes

T - lightly sour, lemony flavor with lots of pale grain notes.

M - light body, good amount of carbonation

D - Decently drinkable. Not really much going on with this one though. I dunno I think I would have enjoyed this more if it didn't bring up memories of another bottle of it that broke in one of my suitcases. I dunno I've had other takes on this style that I enjoyed more.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light straw yellow with a just a few bubbles no head.

S: Citrus, lemon zest mostly, light grain

T: Lemon bright and tart, grain, a bit of basement, with hints of wheat.

M: Light in body, light in carbonation.

D: Good the best thing I have had from White Birch.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1
Bottle 1404 of 1458

Poured from 1Pt. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear pale yellow with a slight haze. A finger of foamy white head that dissipated quickly from my glass and left no lacing but was quite bubbly.

The smell is a bit funky at first, some sour flavor leads into a white grape flavor with a small touch of currants. Some slight green apple flavor is there as well with some slight bitter hop flavor just in the back.

The taste has a slight sour grape or apple flavor and reminds me slightly of white wine. There is a good fruity tartness that has a wiggling sourness that makes me pucker but makes me want more. There a nice sweet flavor that is a little like sugar but may come from the malts that gives this beer a nice zing. Sour patch kids come to mind, a sugary sweetness with a sour flavor as well.

The feel of this beer seems light but it's complex flavor seems to be handled with two hands. There is a lot to pay attention to in this beer and can go unnoticed if you are not looking hard enough.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy lemon-juice yellow, quick fading head (but apparently that dead on the style guidelines) and obviously no lace. Sparking carbonation on the top of the beer. Looks like pulped lemonade.

S - Lots of lemon and acidic sharpness to it that perks the sense. A little bit of hay and zero hop aroma.

T - Whew, quite tart. You kinda make the same face as when you eat sour candy, haha. But it tingles the cheek bones with a tart/acidic lemon. The Lactobacillus is definitely present with it's citrus funk. Uses traditional ingredients and tastes right on que.

M/D - Definitely a light body with lots of "small bubble" carbonation. Doesn't dry the palate out on finishing but definitely leaves a tart flavor on the tongue. Carbonation sparkles on the palate after one swallows and sucks the cheeks in a little. Drinkability is alright if you can handle the tartness but I can definitely see how this would be fantastic during the summer.

Other than Shandy style beers, this is pretty much adult lemonade for the summertime.

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Photo of sitarist
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy light shade of yellow, almost white. There is hardly any head, what there was fell fast leaving a light dusting that leaves no lacing.

Smells like vitamins, lemon, musk melon, kiwi, and plastic. It is tart and tickles my nose, but there is a weird funk too. Yeast infection?

Sour lemon is the first thing that I taste. For a brief second I taste the melon, and kiwi, with some ginger, but this is all about tart lemons. This would be wonderful on a hot summer day!

Light body with a light carbonation that opens up my taste buds for what feels like a blast of citric acid. Drys quick.

For being one dimensional I sill find this beer to be very enjoyable. Like i Said before this would be really nice on a hot summer night.

This beer was reviewed blind ( part of the blind beer bif round 3 ). Thanks to ShogoKawada.

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