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Bretta Weisse - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bretta Weisse
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

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3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev -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.

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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.