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Berliner Weisse - Golden Road Brewing

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Berliner Weisse
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  2.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 05-29-2012

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by RaulMondesi:
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For Raul's 400th review he is doing it right well with this Golden Road Berliner Weiss on tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA.

Pours a cloudy lemonade yellow like way back when when Raul was slangin' the stuff on the corner for .25 cents a cup. Aroma is nice and yeasty like your Oma baking bread in the early morning. Taste? Yeah. Nice and tart and crisp like a player would want it.

This sucker is just smooth, light, and ready to be hopped on like Behati Prinsloo on page 27 of the painted on bikini section of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Yep!

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

2012 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles, CA

Hazy but bright yellow with a moderately-sized off-white head that eventually leaves messy, irregular splotches of lace down the glass.

The aroma is bright and powerful: lemon, mild funk, wheat, and lots of stinging sour character. This already seems far more sour than a typical berliner, though it smells great.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with lots of lactic sour character from sip to swallow. There's also good amounts of wheat, bread, lemon, and citrus zest. A complete and powerfully flavorful sour, though an atypically sour berliner. This one brings the sourness to a degree I've yet to experience in another beer of this style.

Medium to full in body for the style with moderate-high carbonation.

A fantastic and mighty tasty sour, though not at all a typical berliner. This was the surprise hit of the Firestone Invitational.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in the middle of the day during the Firestone Walker 2013 festival.

I had already had about a dozen pours when I came across this beer I had been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to drink.

Poured out a faint yellow with distinguished amount of clarity. White head, 1/2" in size when projected into a pint size pour. Ample amounts of tartness, lemon and wheat in the aroma.

Taste, pretty substantial tartness and wheat perceptible. What makes this even more impressive is the amount of strong barrel aged beers I had drank before this one cut right through them all. More sour and tartness than your average berlinner I would think. California is really cranking up the pungency of this style, all for the better as far as I'm concerned. The mouthfeel throughout is plenty refreshing. Loved it.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ the source.

A: Poured into a tulip, hazy straw yellow with an initial half-inch thich white head which fades to the rim leaving rings and spots of lace.

N: Bright and lemony with wheaty grains and tartness.

T: Unexpectedly and pleasantly much more tart. Lemony with an almost pulp-like zest. Wheat.

M: Light body and carbonation. Dry and dusty tart finish.

O: Had been hearing about this and finally visited to specifically try this and was not disappointed. Enjoy on a perfectly warm sunny summer day.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

Pale, hazy, straw color with a white head. Nice tartness on the nose, maybe even a slight funk. Some grass and yeast notes, definite lactobacillus character, and good wheat aromas, too. The flavor is light and refreshing. Good lemon and lactic acidity, mild grass, and a touch of wheat bread sweetness. Quite well done.

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2.8% according to the bar menu at Golden Road's pub as of 06/16. Served on-draught into a stem-tulip there. 8.4 OG / 2.8 FG. Heard good things about this one, but I'm not a fan of the brewery's main offerings. Reviewed from notes taken yesterday.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour. Little cream. Somewhat thin. Bad (~1 minute) retention. No bubble show. Body colour is a lemon yellow. Cloudy. Clearly unfiltered. No yeast particles are visible. Colour is on the duller end for a berliner weisse; it's not the lively attractive appearance I've come to expect from great beers in the style.

Sm: Pleasant clean wheat. Very light lacto yeast-derived sourness. Very light funkiness. Just a biteen tart. Lemon peel; it isn't particularly fresh. Maybe some salt, actually. No alcohol is detectable. Quite timid; it's a light aroma. Not as refreshing as the great berliner weissen I've had.

T: Lightly tart. Not really sour per se, but there's a kiss of lacto in the second act. Clean wheat provides the body. Fresh and pleasant, but severely lacking in terms of complexity. No alcohol comes through. A bit of lemon zest. Balanced and enjoyable. Flavour duration is disappointingly brief. I wish there was more subtlety here. I quite like it, but it doesn't come off as masterfully brewed.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of a bite. Carbonation is pretty good overall. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Not creamy or oily. Clean and crisp. I'd almost call it refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Not a strictly traditional berliner weisse, but I do quite like it and it's pretty good for what it is. The lacto sourness is a definite highlight; I'd like more of that here. Simple for the style - its main drawback - but rather refreshing overall. I could easily down a growler in an hour. This may be the only Golden Road beer worth getting a growler of (or, actually, worth getting at all).

High B-

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/wheat, lemon juice, and some other sour and tart aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic and tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good American example of the style that is refreshing and very easy to drink.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, on to the beer:

This is a pale straw colored beer with a sopay head which retains itself well on top and leaves a few strings of lace. The nose is a wee sour, like sour apple, and a little acidic. However, the intensity of the aroma is not easy to pick up. It does, however, pickup when the beer enters the mouth. Cider is the first note to be tasted. It's EXTREMELY acidic, like the acidiy of vomit. It's so acidic, that in the aftertaste, your saliva tastes like it's been sugar coated. I do like beers that are big flavor, but I also appreciate finesse, and there's little finesse in this beer to bring it to the next level. It's light bodied with soft cabonation, and despite my one big criticism, still makes an acceptable appetizer before lunchtime.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Whole Foods Pasadena. Pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale, golden with a film of off white head which gives rise to some intricate sticky lacing. Pretty good retention.

S: Moderate lemon and wheat on the nose, in balance with each other.

T: Super lemony, biting even in the way lemon is, which lingers for awhile on the finish. It tastes like they added lemon juice to this. Not bad, but definitely odd for a berliner, and not tart in the usual way I expect. A little wheat and malt is evident way in the background.

M: Medium body and medium, crisp carbonation.

O: I love the 2.8% ABV. On ABV alone, this is super drinkable. The nose is actually pretty good, but unfortunately the strong lemon in the taste is a limiting factor.

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Berliner Weisse from Golden Road Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.