Berliner Braun - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
The beer pours a nice mellow amber brown, sitting in the glass the color of a dark ruby. The beer pours with a very small head of off-white bubbles, but that quickly fizzles away, as often happens with a Berliner weisse. It sits in my glass without even a hint of a head. In body, the beer is dark but super clean and clear bodied. On the nose, the beer smells supremely jammy. Like grape jam or grape soda. The sweet grape character is amazing on the nose of this beer with just touches of cider and a faint ghost of yogurt. On the tongue, the beer tastes distinctly like a Berliner Weisse. Lactic tartness gives way to wheat flake sweetness. Touches of vinous and cider-like acidity also play into the beer’s character. In flavor, the beer tastes initially like grape juice and apple juice. This opens into yogurt and bizarre citric notes that touch upon bitter vegetal flavors. Grape jam and wheat flakes move in on the finish, like jam on wheat toast. The finish is middling in length, and the aftertaste continues with similar flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with thinner accents. The beer feels crisp, yet slightly gooey in the mouth. There is an odd feeling in the back of the throat, which I assume comes from the tartness of the beer, but seems reminiscent of tannic astringency in the mouth. The mouth is left with light acid-canceling spittle, a tingling pucker, and a tight, astringent tongue that is almost dry. Carbonation is middling, with a nice prickle that briefly becomes too much on the tongue. Overall, I’m not quite sure what to think of this beer. I can imagine it with the barrel and fruit treatment that it will get, and I am excited to try that, but as is it just seems to be lacking something. It’s fairly one note with its jammy, tart-malt notes. I’m intrigued by the extra-malt in the Berliner weisse style, and by the lager yeast used, but the beer has a harshness in the back of the sip that needs other flavors to mellow it out. The barrel aged version of this beer will probably be superb. This beer was designed to have more added to it, and as such it is a little lackluster as is. I’m glad I got to try it though.
02-19-2014 01:06:40 | More by Maxwell
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4.05/5 rDev +14.4%
500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Sampled previously at brewery. This bottle was very fresh - consumed within a week of bottling.
This is an attractive beer to me - a raisin brown color with some reddish tints to it. Head was pretty lively but short-lived. It looks "pretty" - it almost glows ruby-like under the light.
The aroma struck me as very wine-like and very juicy in the fruit juice sense. It is a very inviting and enticing - seems to promise a refreshing brew.
The smell in no way prepared me for the taste. The sourness is prevalent to say the least, but was a very enjoyable taste sensation. But it gets quickly overshadowed by the fruit components - Granny Smith type apple, grape/raisin/white wine, more of a cranberry tartness than citrusy. A nice intrusion of malt at the finish with some nuttiness.
Mouthfeel - this was light, tingly, refreshing. Clean tasting, not much if an aftertaste. Reminded me of a spritzer type soft drink.
I really enjoyed this beer and have several to experience as they age. I don't know if it is "authentic" in terms of the style, but it tastes great to me. The brewery says they are aging some on cherries - that should be outstanding as well. It would add another layer of flavor to a brew that already has plenty of flavor going down.
02-23-2014 17:36:42 | More by LeRose
3.64/5 rDev +2.8%
A- 500ml bottle poured to a pint glass with a crimson red, light brown body. A fizzy head rises to perhaps half a finger at the max but dies down to literally nothing after only a few moments. None of this is out of style. Lacing is out of the question.
S- Does not scream sour but lactic tart and fruit notes come to mind. The base brown beer lends hints of toast, graininess, brown sugar and raisin.
T- Follows the aroma with a balance struck between lactic sour mash and a brown lager base. Notes of lactic fruits, bitter lemon zest, cherry flesh and pits, yeast bread, toasted grains, brown sugar and spiced raisins.
MF- Light end body with a fizzy texture. Carbonation is lacking a bit for this style and it would probably be medium-low as far as Berliners go.
Lightly sour with a nice brown ale base that provides a good malt and yeast influence.
05-23-2014 03:07:31 | More by cbutova
Berliner Braun from Jack's Abby Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.