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Waterloo - Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Waterloo
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BA SCORE
85
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%


Brewed by:
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 07-13-2011)
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withliterature

Texas

2.1/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm still wondering whether I was served a defective batch of this beer! I've loved every other Black Star beer I've tried, and was surprised and disappointed by this one. I actually had to return it for the Vulcan (delicious) because I couldn't handle more than a few sips.

The not-so-bad: The beer looked lovely, with a nice yellow hazy color like a hefeweizen and a thin bright white head. It also had good body, a very spritzy character that WOULD have been refreshing in a beer with better flavor.

The main problem was the smell. Whew! I smelled brettanomyces, and not in a good way. My companion likened it to "pure gym locker" and I agreed. I wondered how they could call a beer "refreshing" when it had such a stank untempered by other, better, smells. And the taste of this beer wasn't much better. I was looking to detect the peaches (of which there are apparently hundreds of lbs per batch), but couldn't taste anything like fresh stonefruit. The sour character of the beer was not the pleasant sourness of a Flemish ale, nor was it the bright cirtusy tartness that a lemony hefeweizen sometimes has. My immediate impression was, "this beer has gone bad," and after a couple more sips I returned it.

The barman didn't seem to think that the beer was off, so I guess this is how it's supposed to taste? I really, really hate to rag on Black Star, because aside from this beer I've always loved their house brews, but Waterloo is a real miss.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 20:51:23 | More by withliterature
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat, as well as some light lemon notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of tart lemon notes, as well as some wheat and a little bit of sourness. Very refreshing. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 06:12:22 | More by Mora2000
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UTCengOwl

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Black Star tonight with some of the slight free time I have these days. In addition to a pint of this, I got some bacon toffee for the first time... mmm... and I got a Texas sampler of a few ABW beers, the Circle Hop Bock and the Real Ale 15th. Also picked up an Independence Gold Deluxe (too sweet). This was either my favorite of the night or second favorite next to the 15th. Definitely an interesting beer. Served in a globe glass.

The looks are mediocre. Hazy yellow with some head that recedes quickly and leaves some lacing. Take it or leave it.

The nose is waaay funkier than I would have expected. Brett > lacto. Hello funk. My roommate describes it as shoulder pit. I say funk. Either way, it's unmistakable and intentional.

The taste is also quite funky. WTB tart, thanks. Not what I want from a low alcohol sour, but still distinct and enjoyable. Has some tart elements, but they come late. No discernible peach.

I think they could have done more with the peach and lacto, but this was ok for a Brett funk. Would have expected more in some regards and less in others.. Not quite up to the A range yet.

EDIT: Evidently this isn't a Berliner. My bad. Certainly makes the beer make a lot more sense. Still could use some tart Berliner notes :).

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 05:01:25 | More by UTCengOwl
Waterloo from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.