Bretta Weisse - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 15
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

On tap at Toranado Seattle on 8.30.14

Loved how the Bretta and how it balanced against the tartness. Great beer.

Photo of charlzm
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on April 26th, 2015. Bottle purchased at Firestone Walker Barrelworks on April 19th, 2015. Poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Appearance: beer is a deep yellow and slightly hazy. A vigorous pour results in a very fine white head that dissipates in seconds. Absolutely no head during consumption.

Aroma is slightly funky - peaches, white grape and pineapple mingle with a cheese-like, vaguely barnyard-y note.

Flavor is similar to aroma: starts a little sweet then makes a sharp turn towards sour. Acidic white wine vinegar cuts through peaches, grapes and pineapple effectively but stops just short of inducing a Popeye wince. Very low bitterness and fairly clean finish. Refreshing. Strangely, no trace of the wooden barrels that this beer rested in for many months in the nose or on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and still with nice acidic tingle on the tongue. No carbonation present.

Overall, this is a great, tasty, refreshing beer that requires no additional syrups to achieve the best flavor. Highly recommended.

Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, snifter.

A: Served a lightly hazy straw color with a dense and soft bright white head that faded into nothingness.
S: The nose is full of bright tart notes of lemon mixed with mild scents of earthy, peppery brett.
T: Follows the nose with mild earthy brett, doughy yeast, and bright lemon zest. I also get notes of juicy golden fruits. The finish is lightly tart and very clean and refreshing. The aftertaste is quick but there is a lingering doughiness and a slight mineral quality. There a kiss of semi-sweet stone fruit in there as well as a touch of greasy oak and gritty tannins.
M: Light and clean mouthfeel with a drying finish. Tartness is bright but subtle, oak is mellow and hardly tannic. Bright and very soft carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O: Very mellow and well integrated flavors. Subtle overall but fairly complex. I got something new with every sip.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks nice! The nose is great. After all the de Garde fruited Bu's I've been drinking, getting back to a more traditional berlinerweiss is so enjoyable. Wheat, a little oak, a moderate funk, a blend of earth, mushroom, lemons. A bright acidity is present. The palate opens with a blend of bright lemony acidity, a moderate lactic acid character, yogurt-like in nature and with a really nice funk. The wheat dextrins act as a nice scaffolding for the funk and the sourness, ensuring every part of your palate is stimulated. Drying on the finish with lingering lemony sourness, some white grape character and the structure of wheat dextrins, this beer is great on the palate. If it weren't so pricey, I'd drink more every time.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

more or less a berliner style beer, just more brett than lacto. still the same pale wheat base, listed on the hops and pie draft list at 4.9% abv, which is far more sizable than the listed content here. seems light though, and so pale hazy in color, caucasian looking beer here, creamy and rich and pale and peachy. the nose is familiar white wheat malt in healty dose, and subtle brett C type yeast, along with mild and immature lacto, which if left to get weird probably would before too long. some sturdy oak on this too, sweet and woodsy, even a hint of sap to it. richer than any berliner weisse on the market, but in the same family, albeit loosely. the development of the wild side of this is extremely pleasant, up there with the other firestone beers, and not all that different from lil opal, although i think i like that one a bit more. this one sits a little heavy at room temperature, and never really gets to the sour level. supremely well made though, and this would surely satisfy any drinking of the lighter side of wild ale. it certainly works for me. thanks to hops and pie on tennyson for making this come to life for me. scrumptious rarity.

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Copperversary.

Photo of Stevedore
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Slightly hazy, but mostly clear, straw-yellow body with a half finger white head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing to speak of. [3.75]

S- Wheat with a ton of lactic acid reminding me of yogurt, plus some oak. Not complex, but certainly very sour and acetic. [4]

F- Lots and lots of yogurty lactate, oak, pale wheat malt, and a small bit of vinegar. This is very tart, but not particularly complex- despite this, this is one of the better American Berliner Weisses I’ve had. [4]

M- Medium bodied, slightly custardy and very yogurty. Acetic, lactic and substantial body. Reminds me quite a bit of Star of the North in terms of body and lactic acidity. Very good stuff. [4.25]

O- Very good Berliner Weisse; heavier on the oak barrels which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. [4]

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy egg yolk (bright ) yellow with a thin (1/16") white head which fades to the rim leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Wheat, lemony tartness, fruity, citrus zest.

T: Follows nose with an mellow citrus astringency.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Lemony and wheaty finish.

O: Base beer for some of the FW sours. Standing alone, this is a bit thin and watery although there is a nice tartness but not too crazy.

Photo of Moose90
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a very pale yellow color with a tall and bubbly bright white head on it. There is some head retention but it fades somewhat quickly and there is pretty spotty lacing.

S — Smells of bright brett and is quite peppery, tart, limey, funky, bright, citrusy, there are a lot of notes going on.

T — Lots of brett and some bright citrus, also some barn yard funk, horse blanket, light leathery tones and pepper.

M — Light bodied, there is a bit of a foaminess to this as well, bubbly.

O — Nice overall, it's certainly a little tart and funky, but it seems like it could have all of its components turned up a bit.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale and hazy yellow. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Light acidity. Wheat. Kinda oaky. A bit of lemon.

Taste - Oak kinda overpowers the rest of the beer, which I think adds to it. Tart and wheaty. A little bit lemony. Kinda bretty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's a little more interesting than a standard berliner. Brett and oak help it out.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

RB

Nice pour tonight at Prefunk, but definitely expensive at $8.50 for a 10oz pour... Still excited to get a chance to try this one without the hassle of trading. Nonexistent white head... no lacing... the brew is darker than expected orange with the expected haze. Lactic/lemony with a smack of wheat and something that makes me think of tannic/under-ripe apricot. Body is perhaps a little thick for a Berliner, but that is a minor bitch... Well done.

3/3.5/3.5/3.25/3.5

Photo of michaelchirico
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

overwhelmingly popcorny. not that that's all bad. dampens with progression but ultimate flavor is uninspiring...

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -16%

Pour is pale golden yellow with a small amount of white head. Nose is heavy leather brett, lactic notes, tons of green apple, oily hops. Taste is off like the nose, the green apple is completely out of place, the body is syrupy and slick, lactic acid is low, not delicate or to style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, spice, lemon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but fairly watery and lacking in sourness.

Photo of SpecialAgentDaleCooper
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Barrelworks.

I was largely underwhelmed by this beer, and I'm not sure if that's a function of how it's marketed or if it's just not that great. As a Berliner weisse, it's not very good. It's fairly flat and watery, with minimal tartness. Notes of straw overtake any pleasant maltiness or sour bite it might have had. The brett funkiness is pleasing, but eclipses some of the other notes usually present in a Berliner weisse. Perhaps I expected too much, and maybe I should have adjusted my expectations for something less a Berliner weisse and more a slightly tart saison (which, even then, this wouldn't be a very good example of). It's worth tasting, but I wouldn't return to it.

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