BerlinerWeister-WeisterBerliner - Round Guys Brewing Company

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Round Guys Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 12-15-2011

AKA "The Berliner"
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Reviews by beerthulhu:
Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- 4.0%.
A: Pours the palest of straw, an almost pale lemonade color in the vessel with no head formation, typical per style. Small collection of settleable solids collect on the bottom of the glass.

S: Tart lemon, tart citrus, spicy twang, some mandarin oranges, wheat, and souring fruit juices as well some pear juice.

T: Flavor was tart and spicy, lemon, dry orange, wehat with a spicy twang of lemonade. Sour fruit juices, pear with a good level of tartness and acidity with a touch of lime.

M: Light bodied, sour twang, puckering and a bit acidic.

O: Overall there is a good level of tart and spicy flavor here packagaed in a 4.0% abv that many can not claim that just may surprise you. Quickly dissipating head, pale straw color, sour fruitiness, tart and spicy flavor all within the general guidelines of style making for a good berliner. Not many american breweries attempt to brew such a style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Light straw and light golden yellow with a small off-white head that leaves small dots of stick down the glass.

The aroma is a combination of white fruit (green apple and pear) along with mild lemon, wheat, and some mild sour character. Appropriate, though unspectacular.

The flavor is nice, with the mild fruit character, lemon, wheat, and sour character combining for an incredibly drinkable, enjoyable combination.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A nice, incredibly drinkable berliner.

4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to .3L stange. $3 for the single. Sampled 5/23/12.

A: A semi-aggressive pour produces a thin, wispy white head that fizzes out quickly. A small bubbly ring remain around the glass for a few minutes before fading. The body is a pale straw yellow, very light in color and quite cloudy. Plenty of effervescence can be seen if you look through the haze.

S: It's all about the yeast here - brett and lacto with the typical weissbier esters layered delicately beneath a smack of wheat and rye to play off of the slight sweetness. Lightly funky, mild barnyard, plus Greek yogurt.

T: Bright acidity with a clean, tangy lactic sourness and a bright lemony citrus on the end. The small malt backbone comes through just enough to play a supporting role and adds an appropriate wheat flavor.

M: Moderate sourness with a crisp & captivating acidity throughout. The body is light but the prickling carbonation expands the intensity of flavor and brings in a puckering lemony tartness on the tail end. Dry finish with refreshing effervescence.

O: Color me impressed. Round Guys nailed the beer stylistically. If it isn't already, I hope to see this beer available in cases soon.

Photo of GoLions87
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like a jolly rancher. Sour apple

Photo of ShanePB
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Valley Forge Beer Festival. Multiple samples served three different ways: straight-up, with woodruff, and with raspberry. Reviewing based on no additives.

A: Slightly hazy pale wheat colored body with a small pure white head. For the glass and small pour, there's a bit of lace on the glass albeit the head dissipation was rapid. Not out of the norm really for the style. Nice looking beer.

S: Faint wheat, pale malts, funk, hay and lemon. It has a very light airy nature to it with a really good acidic funk on the back end. More pale citrus fruits show up towards the back end of the aroma, but again this is just a good example of what you'd expect from a Berliner Weiss.

T: Wow, simply divine. The wheat-base of the beer is showcased on the front of the palate with some light lemon qualities. Mid-palate is an aggressive assault of tart and funky notes with lots of yeast elements and a dry champagne-like finish. Speaking of the finish, it's sharp and has a nice cut not to leave things lingering around for too long. The woodruff and raspberry syrups add a nice rounded sweetness and additional flavor to the profile, but on its own this is simply amazing.

M: Well carbonated, bubbly and a bit fizzy in a sense on the palate. Really just what I anticipate for a beer of this style. Even with all the carbonation it has a nice smooth creamy mouth feel. Again, well done.

This is one style of beer I can't seem to get enough of, and whenever a brewer decides to make one (not frequently enough it seems), I have to try it. Round Guys, this is a giant leap forward to set yourselves up for being a killer brewer of this style. Absolutely well done - I cannot wait for either some growler fills or bottles of this eventually. I kept going back to the booth for this beer until it ran dry.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a milky lemonade with a field of tiny bubbles that leave no head.

There are two layers of smells here. Beneath is some ambiguous tart fruit. Not exactly green apple or pineapple, yet somewhere in between. On top is a doughy yeast that reminds me a bit of bread dough and whole wheat toast.

Tastes quite similar with a touch more lime and watermelon, and even a touch of celery. The doughiness fades to more of a milky character. There's a nice blend here.

Feels clean but a touch heavy with a lively but easy-going carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer, but way better on tap. This was reviewed out of the can.

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow straw, spotty patches of head, little lacing. Scent brings expected tartness, more tangy than overpowering, notes of wheat and yeast, earthy. More tangy than tart, definite presence of grain in the flavor profile, light citrus and watery fruit, earthy. Medium bodied, a touch grainy and not as bright and spitzy as I prefer in the style. Decent into to a new brewer in a style i enjoy.

Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Big white head that dissipates quickly. The bottle gushed open when I cracked it.Cloudy lemon juice yellow.

S - It definitely has some kind of funk to it. How it got there I don't know. Lemons

T - Tart lemon juice from the start. A bit of malt really cleans up the finish nicely.

M - Medium/High carbonation really is a highlight

O - Super solid offering from a new local brewery. That alone makes this beer a winner for me. Will also note that my bottle says 4% ABV yet both this site and their site lists it as 3%.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a mini gueuze tumbler. Pours a nice straw color with a fizzy white head that recedes like a soda. Thin collar for a bit. The nose has a light bit of lactic acidity and lemon alongside a moderate wheat character. Flavor is fairly wheaty with mild acidity. Not much fruit there. No off character. Body is light and crisp with a touch of acidity and a nice wheat-driven dryness. Pretty good, but nothing over the top.

Photo of Shawn_Money
1/5  rDev -73%

Never drank a beer that I had to pour out after 3 sips this smells awful!

Photo of Oakenator
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an extermely pale yellow. A finger plus of head at pour disappates quickly - sounds like soda carbonation. Nothing left a minute later. Minor lacing.

S: Sour but almost does not smell drinkable.

T: Flavor is excellent and easily overcomes any negative on the aroma. Sour. Lemon. Bitter. Light yet complex.

M: Light but with body. Carbonation disappears quickly but left with a pleasant sour taste on the tongue.

O: Very different brew. Maybe the first time I've tried this exact style but I like its uniqueness and especially good on hot summer evening.

Photo of justintcoons
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with a crackling head that dissipates immediately. Light carbonation.

Lemon juice and lactic acid.

Lemon juice, mineral water, and lactic sourness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and moderately sour.

Simple. Sour. Solid.


*With Raspberry Syrup
On-tap into a shaker pint.

Appearance (3.25)
Pale pink with very little head. Extremely cloudy with moderate-heavy carbonation.

Nose (2.75)
Lactic sourness, lemon and raspberry.

Taste (3)
Nice lactic sourness, tangy wheat and lemon juice. Raspberry with hints of strawberry and perhaps some artificial sweetener. Some caramel drizzled bread.

Mouthfeel (4)
Light bodied, tart, crisp and clean. Really cleanses the palate.

Overall (3)
I didn't order it with raspberry syrup but got it anyway. Nice sour character and substantial flavor for such a low abv.

Will review again when I have the beer on it's own.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Light yellow, slightly hazy, fizzy white head that settles down quickly, minimal patchy lacing. Big tart and lemony aroma, noticeable cheesiness, some funky foot smell hinted at but not overwhelming. Nonetheless there is a definite funk to this one.

The flavor pretty much leaves that behind however. Big lemon tartness, crisp and quenching acidity, lactic taste, grainy wheat; very dry and squeaky sour finish. Hints of brett-like mustiness.

Light body, solid carbonation, goes down super easy. Totally sessionable. Tarter and funkier than most American Berliners I’ve tried. Recommended, but only to those who don’t mind a little funky foot cheese wafting all up in their grills.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is pale straw, very light, translucent with some haze; head quickly dissipates but expected on a light, dry ale.

Smell is potent, big funk from the lacto, horseblanket and cheese are overpowering but delightful.

Taste is mouth puckering sour, like a less sweet but acid lemonade. Citrus flavors are there, but combined with a light biscuit and toast flavor that is nothing like the aroma - very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a zinger, puckering sour but a nice sweetness to balance. Sourness is enjoyable and powerful.

Overall, a great berliner weisse - the aroma is so unique but a great quality that allows you to understand this beers progression from fermentation.

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to eagles22 for hooking me up with a growler of this. Poured into a berliner bowl, this brew appears a clouded pale yellow with less than a finger of white head that rapidly and audibly dissolves. Some bubbles of carbonation race to the surface in support of the cap but that is short-lived. This brew is so clouded and thick with yeast sediment that you can swirl the glass and watch the particulate collect in the middle. I understand and appreciate unfiltered beer but this is ridiculous. There are even a couple small pieces of husks floating at the surface.

The smell of this brew is quite lactic with a combination of yogurt, lemon and a touch of sulfur. There is an earthy aspect running throughout that brings out a mild focus of pear skins which is enjoyable. Wrapping things up in the nose is a grainy wheat scent that is tangy and borders on being a bit cheese-like.

The taste is sharp with a lactic character and solid wheat inclusion. Yeast runs throughout the profile with a creamy almost yogurt flavoring with a bit of earthy quality and gym socks. The backend of the flavor is almost dusty like cob webs. I don't know a whole lot about the brewing process of this but I am thinking some form of brett inclusion is responsible for this character. Each sip is lively and goes back and forth between lactic and lemony to earthy and dusty.

This is not a bad take on the style. It is light bodied and has a short lived effervescent level of carbonation that while initially is active, it gets swirled out of solution quite easily. It fits the bill for the style with some unique character to it that I feel is reminiscent of sour mashing and brett included in this. The sheer amount of yeast and wheat protein stuck in solution hinders that crisp snap I look for in the finish of a berliner. That gripe aside, I enjoyed this and will have no issue polishing off another glass.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog

Weister pours a bright yellow color with some slight blond thrimmings, it's almost like squeezed lemon juice with some mild sediment in it. On top, a quarter inch of loose white soapy bubbles, no cling. Dies instantly.

Big spirtz of lemon drops and some barnyard hay with old feet. I don't think any funky yeast was used, but that's what I get. It's pretty straight forward, but not to pleasant, at least for me.

This is one of the more authentic Berliner Weises out there, but it's not my favorite. Lemongrass with a touch of bisquit malt. At some points I get a small amount of bubblegum. Slightly tart, not sour. Good, and insanely drinkable with the 3 percent

Pretty mild on the tartness and slightly acidic on the back of the tounge. The taste seems to fade out towards the end. Light bodied and boldly carbed up. The low ABV makes it easy for a few, i hope to find some six packs some day.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Memphis Taproom, served in a pint glass

The body is an extremely cloudy smashed banana color. A fluffy two finger bone white cap fades in due time. No lacing.

The aroma of funk leaps from the glass. Aged, funky head cheese with lemons. Wow. This is easily the funkiest, dirtiest berliner I have come across.

The flavor profile mimics the nose. Aged, funky cheese with lemons and some clean hay. Amazingly funky. The finish is slightly tart, but overly funky with some bright lemon notes.

Light body, refreshing and just plain dirty in the best way possible.

This is a must have berliner. Completely enjoyable for its uniqeness. Really impressed.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very German in style. Almost soda like, I have to say. Sourness is definitely there. Grabs at the mouth and pulls. Very on-point. It could be rounded out a bit (puns!!), but for what it is, I like it. Glad to get a chance to stop by and try this one.

Photo of Beerisheaven
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small beer crawl took me to this new pub which is in early stages of opening. Only offering tastings and growler fills currently as they ramp up for full operations. Was interested to try their Berliner Weiss, which struck me as an interesting choice for an initial offering.

A - Pours a hazy hay yellow color in the tasting cup with a small white head that offers some lacing on the side of the tasting cup.

S - Funk with some cheese that is pretty interesting. Some acid or lemon aromas as well swirl into the mix as well.

T - Very interesting. Combination of wheat and sour provide a tart and sour like lemonade which makes for a refreshing summer experience. Mixed with the accompanying syrups make this even more pleasurable. I really liked the profile of the beer when the raspberry syrup is added. Still maintains some level of tartness of the lemonade, but the sweetness of the syrup makes it very enjoyable as well.

M - Sharp, tart, and spritzy with the right level of carbonation.

O - Not my usual style so very interested to see what real fans of the style think of this one. Sees like they did a nice job with this one for an initial offering.

Check this place out. I think these guys are going to ake some interesting beers. The triple was also vey good as well.

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I appreciated stakem sharing this growler with me -enjoyed from a low profile berliner-type glass.

The color is pale golden with moderately high haze and quick dispersing head of white. The haziness is very cloudy almost milky. The smell is very nice with slight lemon zest and kumquat with a tinge of green apple and light earthy wheat note. The feel is light and highly effervescent with a slight tanginess, but lactic is not sharp with slightly dry finish.

The taste is very full with nice fruity zesty and lactic tanginess which seems like a slight tangy green apple mixed with the sweet tart of kumquat with some wheat elements which are earthy, but not quite funky with a light tinge of sour which seems to liven the overall flavor as it becomes dry in the final tastes. Overall I thought this was a nice take on the style. This is not over the top sour wheat but nice and balanced in a traditional berliner style I really enjoyed.

Photo of corby112
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Doobies in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a half finger white head that immediately fades away without any lacing.

Musty, funky aroma with a decent amount of bready yeast and citrus sweetness.  Strong lactic funk character with a prominent swiss cheese presence.  This is countered by lemon peel, sourdough bread and musty brett.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a tart, slightly puckering sourness that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish.  Strog lactic funk woth again, a strong cheesy/milky flavor.  There's also some musty bret that's countered by sweet citric acid and a sourdough bred flavor.  Lots of lemon peel/citrus  flavor but the cheesy funk is a bit overpowering.

Photo of adamsvega
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy coconut water color. with a white head and lace dissipates fast

S -Oh Da Funk / lemon aromas. Greek yogurt

T - Brett, lactose ,wheat ,grain and sour make a refreshing afternoon thirst quencher . st8 up you get more of a yogurt sour .when mixed with traditional german syrups like rasberry,peppermint and woodruff the acid balance out and wowsers, stand by .
4 beers for 1 entrance fee.

M - perfect med high level of carbonation and silky tart

O - when i found out they made this in Pa not a German import i fell off my stool . well done boys spot on.
this company is coming in fast and hard with a big variety of beers to choose .worth a trip to the tasting room

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super hazy lemon juice lemon color with a tiny fizzy white head that fades almost instantly.

Smell – The aroma of the beer huge of a sour lemon smell mixed with a very funky and grassy aroma. Along with these smells are some more wheat and grain like smell.

Taste – The taste begins super sour right up front with it remaining so throughout the taste and possibly actually getting stronger as the taste moves on to the end. The sour flavors are mostly of a lemon flavor with other flavors of some tart lime as well. The lemon (and lighter lime) sour are joined by just a few hints of a wheaty and some grass as the taste moves onto the end. In the end a rather super sour lemon citrus flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. For the super sour and lower abv. of the brew this combination of body and carbonation is perfect, making for a more refreshing style even in light of its huge tart and sour nature.

Overall – Big and lemony, tart, and sour. A very interesting brew which even while puckering is still somewhat refreshing. A very interesting try.

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of furiously fizzy head with a very pale straw color. Almost diluted lemonaide like. Nose is off. Some lactic acidity and tart lemons with a super funky and ripe brett. Makes ne think of vitamins and dog food. Tastes better than the nose, lots of tart lemons and lactic acid with that odd funk in the background. Prickly carbonation with a little bit of lip smacking. Easy drinking aside from that odd funk. Overall it's a decent take on the style, not sure what's up with that nasty funk.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Just Kidding (Jester King) snifter. Pours a very pale, yet at the same time opaque, straw color with a minimal head that recedes/disappears entirely, very quickly. The smell is, well, strange. I'm not going to use the "f" word because I hate it's usage in describing a beer in any capacity. In fact, I don't know how to describe it. It's just...and off smell. It smells the way no beer oughta smell. This beer isn't sour, but it's super a Sweet Tart or something. It has a touch of sweetness to it as well. The finish is tart, with a sort of graininess to it. It's actually pretty clean and crisp, all things considered. One of this beer's more endearing qualities. Overall, I can see this being refreshing as hell on a scorching summer day where I typically don't even have the desire to consume beer. Otherwise, I can't see myself reaching for one of these. More a product of my own personal taste than because of the beer's quality.

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