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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

963 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

(Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007)
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IrishKevin

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (no experation date) into a weizen glass.

Big huge fluffy head typical of wheat beer.

Aroma was very citrusy with a little musty funkiness.

Had very pleasent citrusy tartness. Didn't hit you in the jaw like a lambic, but had a nice sour taste. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Would be great on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:34:30 | More by IrishKevin
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scottfrie

California

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a very loud and fizzy head that was very active and self-rejuvenating. Enucleation on the bottom of the glass is very active and three fingers of thick bright white film lasted long after the pour.
S: Earthy hop, black pepper, lactic bite, faint citrus lemon, and a bit musty. Earthy and spicy overall.
T: Light flavored, earthy spice and hop, pale malt, lactic acid finish, clean acidity, no sour tartness or harsh. Extremely light and mild, like tart seltzer water with a dash of earth and lemon zest. No aftertaste.
M: Clean and very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Scrubbing carbonation is very tingly and active.
O: Very light and refreshing, less flavor than I was expecting but still extremely good.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:14:21 | More by scottfrie
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dar482

New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found that they had this bottle at Spritzenhaus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The color is a slightly hazy golden yellow.

The aroma is very yeasty with some sour and a bit of a moldy funk.

The flavor has a malty flavor and a wheat beer character, but then with a nice sour tart bite. The flavor is of pear, sour apple and some yeast. The maltiness really carries this beer so well. For those who aren't into sours, this is wonderful. It has a bit of sour that really makes this beer attractive and refreshing.

I would drink this for hours during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 04:20:13 | More by dar482
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Tone

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of lemon, hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight herbs. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also an appropriate level of tartness. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight sugar, hint of herbs, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 16:36:34 | More by Tone
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I knew this beer had a different character, but it still surprised me negatively, even though I enjoy sour beers. This Berliner Weisse poured as a golden, somewhat hazy with no neck at all (not even a poorly retained one). The smell is a mixture of curdled milk, leather, sweat - all expected from the style, but they were too evident here. The taste is very refreshing, with good carbonation and acidity. The low-body, but impacting taste leaves more tartness in the finish.

My scores were based on the pure, non-syruped drink. For reference, I also used a non-standard passion fruit concentrate, but even generous amounts of it did not mitigate the overwhelming lactic character - again, it was expected, but too evident on this beer. It helped the appearance, though, as I could finally see a white neck just for a few seconds.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 17:43:42 | More by HabiMendes
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Foams upon opening. Pours mostly clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing probably because of the acidity.

Green apples, hay, some biscuity malts in the background. Very lemony. Relatively mild aroma. No hop character.

Tart up front followed by slight funk. Lemons and a tiny amount of malt sweetness in the finish. Earthy and refreshing.

Explosive carbonation. Very dry with lingering earthy and malty character. Cleans out very quickly. Extremely refreshing.

A very mild and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:06:15 | More by sjccmd
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle. This one's a gusher.

Appearance: dull opaque yellowish beige. Very bubbly white head instantly dissipates.

Nose: Simple. A bit of cherry skins, a little lemon, and a hint of orange juice.

Taste: Very straightforward but perfectly tasty and refreshing. Sour cherries, a little lemon, a bit of bready malts. No finish.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated. The amount of carbonation ruins the thirst-quenching qualities of this beer by making it harder to drink.

Overall: This one feels authentic. Simple, clean, not overdone in any way. The taste is perfectly simple, refreshing and delicious. With a little tweaking on the carbonation this could be a perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:19:26 | More by fdig23
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GuzzLah

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge head and a ton of carbonation.

Aroma is bubblegum, green apple, hay and loose tobacco.

Taste is similar to the aroma with wheat and some green apple tartness, but not super tart. I don't pick up any lacto. The finish is relatively dry and slightly tart.

Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. It just tasted like a boring, fizzy wheat beer with a little bit of tartness. I'll conclude that I prefer the modern American Berliners with a more robust lacto component than this traditional Berliner.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:46:45 | More by GuzzLah
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzles away in seconds

S: Lots of banana and clove, along with a tart lactic presence and definite wheat malt

T: Follows the nose, with a little less of the banana and clove and more lactic tartness wheat notes. Simple and refreshing

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A nice easy drinker that has a nice lactic quality and a solid wheat presence. Great for a summer any-time beer

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 17:39:28 | More by BEERMILER12
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patre_tim

China

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Grapefruit juice (not the ruby red kind) or peach juice- light dull yellow with a slight pink tinge, unfiltered and opaque, huge off white head of 5 fingers. The foam started out of the bottle as soon as it was opened.

S: Slightly acidic and gassy, as though its releasing gasses as you breathe it in. Reminds me of a lambic or a kumbacha tea. Slight fruit, vinegar, a very slight floral scent.

T: Follows the nose. Acidic, lambic like but not as sour as say a Lindemans' lambic, nor is it like kumbacha tea in intensity, yet its present and mild, rather like a witbier in lightness yet with the strong touch of sour. Light, crisp, refreshing.

M: Light body, highly carbonated.

O: Like it, and have to be in the mood to enjoy this, rather like a lambic. Refreshing, crisp, unique, love the bottle that has lots of writing on it. Love the history it gives on the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 19:23:24 | More by patre_tim
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served out of a 16.9 oz "mini-bomber" into a Boulevard chalice. No discernible 'drink by' date or batch number/bottling date.

Appearance - The foamy, fluffy head is the most distinct thing about this beer. An eggshell white, with a volume that gave the impression of meringue. Carbonation grows from the bottom of the glass perpetually, feeding the 1.5-finger head. The beer is the color of hay, with some hints of amber.

Smell - Characteristic twinge of sour and funk, but it's fleeting. Reminds me of a weaker version of a gueuze. Some floral notes and a hint of barnyard hay. It has me sufficiently intrigued to what the taste might be like.

Taste - Pleasantly pungent upfront, but quickly rounds out into something resembling watery lemonade. Like a radler with more kick. I get the feel of shandy, and I'm not familiar enough with this particular style of "sour" beer to know whether the lack of that pucker factor is normal or not. I prefer a little bit more kick, but this one is very tasty and I can imagine as a good summer lounging beer, because it's quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent, pleasant, but that thins out quickly and leaves me wanting a little more. I expected it to linger a bit longer due to it's fullness, but it was almost like drinking a fluffy cloud.

Overall, a very quality beer. As noted, it's refreshing enough that I could see myself kicking back several out in the sun on a lazy weekend. Drinkable and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:30:58 | More by LambicPentameter
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a GI goblet

A - Looks like champagne as it is a yellow gold color with a good amount of carbonation trailing upwards. White head comprised of many small bubbles

S - Tart green apple, white grape, and lemon with a light straw and sweet bread presence. As it warms up, the tartness makes itself more known in the nose

T - Tart up front with green apple, lemon, and sweet tarts. As it moves along, get a slight straw, bready, and white grape sweetness. There is a slight muskiness to it as well. The finish is rather bready and white grape that lingers on in the finish. Overall, this is one of those beers that has a lot of smooth flavors that blend together well from one to the next. You'd almost want to call it light but it has too much flavor for that to be a good description

MF - Light body with lots of carbonation. Despite having all of this, this is actually a creamy beer. The finish is slightly dry.

O - This is everything you want from a German beer. It is simple and easy to drink yet full of flavor. The slight but not overwhelming tartness reminds me of a lighter Gueuze. This is one you could drink all summer long while sitting out on the porch and enjoying the sun.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:18:31 | More by jeonseh
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Demitra

California

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Pilsner glass

Appearance: Bubbles float to the top very fast, champagne like. The head quickly disintegrates from the bubbles. Rich golden color. Has a thin viscosity.

Smell: Cider like, citrus, pear, green apple

Taste: Tart, refreshing, a little watery. I taste pear and almonds. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent , the bubbles tingle my tongue a little more than I would like a beer to. The beer feels a little too thin, watery in my mouth.

Overall: I like it. Drinkability is the biggest factor, I can drink this with or without food. A no fuss, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:52:12 | More by Demitra
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kiya

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great label design on this one...
Pours a golden yellow with a light head that disappears within a minute. The initial scent is that of a overripe pear with a strong barnyard and wet hay scent that seems quite strong for a Berliner Weisse.
The flavors are intense even when straight out of a fridge. There's crisp apples, hard cider, and a lot of lemon flavor. The lemon accent is extremely strong and goes very well with the more dark grassy scents coming off the top of this beer. Throughout the glass the beer continues to be heavily carbonated, giving it a very light feel. The balance is perfect on all levels, its crisp and clean yet has strong notes of a deeper beer on the nose.
One of the best BW styles i've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:44:53 | More by kiya
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the best BW I've had...but I haven't had that many.
The head sticks around a bit longer with this beer, albeit a white collar, but it's there nonetheless. Light orange/golden pour...almost Sauv Blanc-ish

Tart aroma. Lemon, bubblegum, white grape, persimmon. Fresh smelling. Floral

Tart flavors as well. The lemon is more of a persimmon on the tongue. White grape. Hints of pine..very green. This beer drinks remarkably well even though it does have a tartness that some may not favor. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 21:22:11 | More by Mebuzzard
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is cloudy blonde in colour, with a large white head. Good retention.

Smell contains a lot of lemon, a bit of apple. A bit tart, a bit of a lacto smell. Wheat.

Taste is like the nose. Lemon, wheat, fairly acidic, lacto. Lemon is the strongest flavour for sure. A bit of clove, noticeably more in the finish, but pretty light. A bit of cereal.

Light bodied, pretty strongly carbonated. Crisp.

Overall, quite good. While I do not have a ton of experience with them, I really like the Berliner Weisse style, and this strikes me as quite a good one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:04:09 | More by jrenihan
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely... hazy pear gold body produces a thin but noisy finger of head that settles down quickly, leaving a slender collar - just enough to leave some lace.

Dry, fruity yeast type of funk, some faint lemon peel, white grape, green apple, subtle funk the whole way through.

Soured apple cider, would make for a beautiful introduction to the sour beer world - finishes dry and clean, nice.

Infinitely drinkable. Great next to a slice of pizza.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:26:03 | More by yamar68
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A-The beer was bright hay and sunshine colored with a two-plus finger plume of white head. Lots of carbonation visible.

S-Lots of citrus smells going on here: lemon, orange, and a little spice. The citrus gave it a light tartness that blended well with the wet hay and wheat undertones.

T-The taste followed the smell very closely. Not terribly tart or sour (compared to other Berliners), but the brew gives you a pleasant lemony bite. Crisp.

M-Light body with lots of prickly carbonation. This beer is highly quaffable and, fortunately, lacks the watery feel that sometimes afflicts wheat beers or weissbiers.

O-This is a solid, above-average Berliner. The whole package was nicely balanced in terms of feel and flavor, but nothing jumped out and made me say, "Wow!" This would be a good introduction to sour beers for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 17:06:21 | More by spoony
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold with some haze, a two-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Lemon, a bit of funk, yeasty, and the banana-ish esters.

T: Citrus, biscuit yeastiness, a bit sour, a bit grainy, and some lemony funk. Mild sourness in the hang.

M: Light bubbly mouthfeel, no particular alcohol presence.

O: This is a pretty tasty standard berliner. Nothing crazy added like so many of the "Florida-weisses" around now, but very solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 17:28:32 | More by macrosmatic
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

age of bottle unknown= presumed fresh

APPEARANCE- Gold, crystal clear, low white head that fades but does stay until the end of the glass

AROMA- Very light and delicate. Lightly herbal, tart, and tangy. Very bright and clean. Faint notes of fruit and a very slight musty cellar quality- but you really have to look for that. Wonderful rich, tangy wheat aroma is really what dominates.

FLAVOR- Very unusal,....first thing that strikes me is that it kinda tastes like cigarettes. Im not talking tobacco, I mean like the ashy burning paper/ chemical smell that hangs on a smokers clothes. That eventually turns peppery, and after punching through the top, fishes so quick and clean you wonder if you imagined the first flavors. Its a like a drive-by shooting on your palate. Feel like I'm getting a whisper of noble hop mid-palate. Not really what I'd call "tart" or "tangy" but certainly acidic. Acidity is nearly the only sensation, all the usual accompanying "sour" flavors are totally gone. Interesting that sucha big deal has been made out of some brewers only using lactic acid and not bacteria, can't imagine it tastes any different that this. WHeat flavor remains bright and fresh.

MOUTHFEEL- Light bodied and effervescent

OVERALL- Finally satified my curiosity about one of the last styles I haven't tried. No doubt this is the real stuff, a couple of US- brewed attempts I had were just watery and bland by comparison. This is extremely refreshing and would be better than lemonade on a summer day. I know beer snobs recoil at the idea of putting syrup in beer but I made my own woodruff syrup and a couple spoonfulls really tied things together after I wrote the review above. Wouldn't drink this again without the syrup.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:14:55 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark yellow with a 3" viscous white head. Bubbles race to the surface of the beer with minimal lacing.

S- lemon, banana, some clove and spice.

T- tart lemon, cloves, banana, some acidity.

M- light body and high carbonation. Again some acidity yet a slight creaminess as well.

O- refreshing beer. Was expecting more tart or sourness, but very little is present.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:23:27 | More by kawilliams81
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very true to style berliner weiss here. pours cloudy lemon colored with a smallish white head that fades out after just a minute or two. the smell is very sour and citrusy, acidic for sure, and refreshing. there is a lot of lemon in the flavor, tart like lemon juice from concentrate, and the wheat malt does little to calm that down. there is also a funk sort of yeast, almost saisony. i really like the mouthfeel too. its got more carbonation than the appearance shows, and the body is super light. the acidity at the end is a little harsh, but on a hot summer day this would be just right. its not one of those beers id want to get drunk on though, too much acidity would turn the stomach around. it is a very refreshing berliner though, one of the better versions ive had really, and for under 7 bucks a bottle, its a nice buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:27:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light straw...after the massive head fades. Barely anything but foam on the first pour. Obviously good retention with a creamy pillowtop head and good lacing.

Aroma is a little crackery with light grains and a subtle tartness.

Similar flavors. Very cracker heavy and grainy. Goes down pretty easy although I'd prefer a bit more tartness.

Light mouthfeel ample carbonation.

Solid and nice to have a bottled Berliner around when I have a craving for one, but better examples exist.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 23:00:16 | More by jmarsh123
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Completely clear pale yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. Head recedes to a film and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Bready biscuit, lemon zest, pear, green apple. This smells pretty good.

Taste: Nice bready sweetness, followed by a great lemon tartness. Tartness evolves to incorporate some pear as well. Finish is lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: This where this beer excels. Really nice fizzy carbonation, coupled with a tartness that I was really happy to see. Very light, in a good way.

Overall: This beer is a never fail shot to get a nice tart bite with some flavors (minus the funk) that you might find in a gueuze. Really helps scratch that itch when I don't want to drop $12 on a bottle of Black Label or open something from the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:05:50 | More by cfrances33
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gleemonger

California

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow and fizzy - looks very much like a cheapo adjunct. Frothy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing, but leaves a small head throughout.

Sour lemon and apples, some earthiness, yeasty banana. Very refreshing smelling.

Very interesting flavors here. Similar to the nose, I'm picking up the sour lemony apple flavors with a bit of an earthy, barnyard hop taste. Also getting a backbone of a weizen taste of banana and clove yeastiness. Super tasty and refreshing, very unique.

Crisp, highly carbonated but not too frothy (like an adjunct), thin.

This is my first of the style, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but got it because I've been wanting to try one and because of the good reviews. Definitely not disappointed, and would love to seek more of these out (and I've seen some random ones popping up at domestic breweries). I just really appreciate all the flavors that come through in this, despite the sour twang, which sometimes tends to overpower for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:56:07 | More by gleemonger
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