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Prussia Berliner Style Weiss - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Prussia Berliner Style WeissPrussia Berliner Style Weiss

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 06-08-2012

The name Prussia originates from Frederick the Great. Frederick was trained to brew this very delicate style of beer and later became the King of Prussia. Our interpretation of the Berliner Weisse style is very traditional. Prussia pours a hazy straw hue with a nice clean tart finish. Enjoy alone or with flavored syrup.
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by Chaney:
Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at 4 Hands during a recent trip to St. Louis and before a Cardinal game that went 12 innings!

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a fairly clear golden color, with a slight chill haze, and not much head to speak of. While it was Miler Lite-esque in appearance, I'll give it much more credit than that.

S: Mild, yet inviting, with some wheat, corn, and German malt, along with a fresh filtered water undertow.

T: The sour component was understated, yet still present under close inspection. Germanic in malt bill, mildly acidic, especially in the aftertaste, and became more and more pronounced the more I sipped.

M: Not much carbonation or lacing, but that's not what this beer was supposed to be about anyway. The bitterness was next to nill.

O: This was slightly disappointing, yet it was still good. Also, the prices at 4 Hands are very reasonable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive frothy head after the pour does subside after about 60 seconds it almost entirely vanishes. Pale golden straw color and very cloudy. Aroma of pale wheat and pear like aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and almost has a soda pop like consistency, but is also fairly brisk and refreshing. Fruity, yet tart and highly carbonated. A summer refresher.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

Hazy golden with lots of visible carbonation and a moderately sized white head that leaves thin streaks of lacing down the glass.

Mild aroma, but what's here is very much to style: wheat, some acidic, sour character, a bit of lemon, and white fruit.

The flavor is similar, with wheat and lemon characterisitcs dominating, and a very mild sour component.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Near-perfect for the style and incredibly drinkable.

A very straight-forward, incredibly drinkable Berliner.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light hay yellow, slightly hazed with a thin bit of head

light lemon tartness with a sour wheat.

similar to nose, light lemon and sour wheat with a backing malt body. very balanced. light and refreshing.

light body, mild carbonation.

a brilliant berliner weiss, as good as they come.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a sliver of beige head. Stays effervescent, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Hay, tartness, slight hints of dirt & that's about it

T: Tartness, hay & dryness up front. Faint golden delicious apple notes as this warms, plus tartness, a little bit of pear too. Finishes dry, tart & fruitty

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation, slightly wet

Super refreshing & fairly spot on for the style, a bit too clean perhaps

Photo of rodkin
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy straw color. Small little head that reduces quickly. Some spritzy, champagne-like carbonation. Nothing special.

Smell is wheat, some lemon, acidic tartness, a bit of a light cider smell. Not particularly complex, but very tasty smelling.

Taste is some light granny smith apple, lemon, wheat, kind of grainy malty backbone. I wish the tartness was a bit more pronounced, but this is really tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, dry, well carbonated, very lively. Great mouthfeel, just what I want for a summer beer.

The drinkability on this is nuts. It's not the most complex, but it's a really great summer beer. Very refreshing and light, perfect for those 100 degree days.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station--first place to tap this new offering from 4 Hands in the Kansas City area. It was served in a large glass chalice out of a bartop cask.

Appearance - Body is a cloudy yellow color with a milky characteristic to it. Faint white head is minimal and dissipates to a rim of bubbly foam around the edge of the glass. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Grainy, wheaty characteristics are punctuated by a vein of acidity and tart, but it is definitely subtle. Some light lemony elements as well.

Taste - As is so often the case, this one tastes like a Hefeweizen that someone poured lemon juice into, but more balanced. There is a bit of sourness there, but honestly, it's too faint to label as "sourness" in truth. More of a slight tartness really.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light body with low carbonation. Very easy-drinking and the acidity provides some refreshing aspect. The low ABV also makes for a nice break in between "bigger" beers.

Overall, another BW that is tasty, but doesn't seem to be as sour/tart as what I've heard about the style. That being said, maybe what I've heard is wrong, because this is now the fourth Berliner Weisse I've tried, and they all had a similar, tart-but-not-sour taste to them. I'd definitely have this one again.

Photo of Tone
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yellow/gold color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of lemon, wheat, slight pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable sourness. Tastes of strong wheat, strong lemon, and slight pale malt. Overall, except for a very weak appearance, good body and feel.

Photo of draheim
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear, pale tea color w/ a minimal head and minimal carbonation. I don't think I've ever seen a beer that looks quite like this before.

Aroma is delicately grainy and mildly floral, slightly tart. Very subtle but nice.

Taste is more sour than the aroma, but not by much. Grainy wheat malt, gentle pear and apple. Again, delicate and light.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, refreshing. So drinkable. I think this would be better on a hot July afternoon than a cold December night, but I'm liking it anyway. Even though there's not much visible carbonation, the bubbles tickle the palate adequately.

Overall a good, drinkable, crisp Berliner Weiss.

Photo of Henrich
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark yellow, almost orange. It is not really the pale straw color I would expect for a Berliner Weiße. Quickly dissipating head, which settled to no foam, not even lacing. Not visually spritzy at all. Extremely disappointing appearance.
Smell: Lightly citrusy, with a definate undertone of funk... in a good way. I think a bit more carbonation may have helped the smell develop a bit more.
Taste: Light wheat and sour, which yields to a nice citrus flavor. Not overwhelming, quite pleasant.
Mouth-feel: This feels a little heavy for the style. I expected something a bit thinner.
Overall: I really wanted to like this one. Being from St. Louis (home to this brewery) and having lived in Berlin (home to this style), I really felt like this was a perfect beer for me. The beer itself came up a bit short. The taste and smell were decent, but that's the only positive comment I have. I may try this with a bit of Waldmeister syrup, but it is already under carbonated and heavy, so it may be a waste. I do applaud 4 Hands for taking a stab at the style (most breweries are not that bold), but they need to sample a few of the real thing and start over.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, very bubbly, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of foam on the glass.

S - It smelled tart and citrusy with a touch of wheat and spices.

T - It tasted slightly tart with some spiciness. Some cracked wheat flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a very subtle pucker-factor. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a great sessionable brew. Another very tasty brew by 4 Hands.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheCPJ for sharing this. Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a crystal clear, light yellow color with a big bubbly white head. Fairly decent retention for the style. A light swirl agitates about a finger back to the surface.

This has a very clean and inviting aroma suggesting minor hints of lemon and wheat aspects. A trace amount of minerals and sulfur come out across the backend of the nose.

The taste reiterates the aroma with cleanliness and pleasant subtleties of lemony lacto and suggestions of yogurt. There is a mild sweet grainy character present mixing with a bit of wheat that privides a mild tartness to the brew that accents the lemony lacto and soft fruit inclusion like pear/apple that evolves as it warms.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light, refreshing, clean and effortlessly drinkable like a good berliner should be. At times this brew really reminded me of a well made kolsch but with wheat and a lemony lacto edge of tartness. This is not sour by any means, it is tart and enjoyable and right where it shuold be in my opinion. I would love to have this again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, spice, and some slight tart aromas. Taste is the same again with a light tartness and grainy aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and refreshing but nothing too exciting.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Snifter at 44 Stone Public House, during the England/Italy match...the beer was great, the outcome of the game sucked!

Appearance: Lightly hazy golden beer with a white crown that soon fades.

Smell; Nice, tart apple and apple cider notes lead here. This is simple, and sort of one-dimensional, but crisp and inviting for all that.

Tatse: Beautiful crisp, dry malt background, slightly earthy, with moderate tartness and vibrant Belgian stone-fruit notes (I'm thinking a hint of underripe peach?). This has excellent balance, and is tart, but not sour, making it extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light, tart, and refreshing.

Overall: From the little I've read of Berliner Weissbiers, this might be a bit on the mellow side (in terms of sourness), but this is hands-down one of the most elegant, flavorful modest-gravity (3.5%!!!) beers I've ever had. A 5oz pour was $1.50 and a 12-16oz (I can't remember which) was under $4.00. What a great beer!

B+ to A-

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review transferred from notes.
Poured into a tulip glass form the tap.

Pours very nice pale and hazy golden straw yellow. There is a nice 1 inch tall head that is quite dense and has some slight retention but for the most part goes down quickly to a thin film.

Aroma is nice and fresh with some nice wheat notes and some good grain. Earthy and bready but with some slight corn husk notes. Slight lemmony zest and a bit of a tart vinegar arona. Quite mild.

Taste is nice and refreshing with some goid clean grain and a nice corn husky note. Nice lemony tartness that is clean with a slight sour cream tartness as well. Pretty nice and approcahable. Good clean mourhfeel with a dry finish on the back end.

Pretty good berliner weisse. Nice and approachable. Tart but refreshing and not overwhelming. A great intro to sours. There are some nice earthy grain tones that play well with the tartness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bar far the worst of the beers on offer at 4 hands. this one pours a very milky pale yellow color with some haze. smells like a bottle of lemon juice from concentrate, acidic and off-putting. flavor has some wheat malt and a ton of tartness that doesnt seem to fit. really like lemon juice added to a light wheat beer, not nice at all, but gets more tolerable as you drink it. this is not how i know the berliner weiss style to be. feel is okay, extremely light with soda-like carbonation. the tartness really leaves a funny finish in your mouth. overall there is room to improve this babe, maybe pull back the reigns on the lemon a little bit and get a touch more body happening. again, this was the only beer i had at 4 hands that wasnt exceptional.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Released last week, on tap @ the brewery

The beer pours a cloudy straw yellow with a loose thin white head that fades into nothing without lacing. The nose is potently wheaty with notes reminiscent of lemon rind, canned pears, and a hint of bile. The taste is similarly complex with sweet grainy wheat upfront, a bit of berry, lemon, and apricot. The mouthfeel is effervescent and tart with dialed-in sourness, drinkability, a light body, and slight fruitiness. I can appreciate a light, drinkable beer like this on a hot day in the Midwest, but have had better versions in the past that bring a lot more funk and complexity to the table.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a rather un-hazy, pale yellow golden hue in my tall weizen glass. My poor pouring skills on full display as I get a 4 inch head, but realistically, it would have been at least 3 fingers anyway. Good retention and average lacing. Looks to be quite effervescent in the glass.

S- Light, grassy, grainy, and a little bit lemony. A mix between refreshing, very light tartness on the nose and a hint of wheat malt.

T- Starts with a very lightly tart flavor mixed with some spicy wheat flavors. As the drink progresses, the wheat and spices become more prominent. A hint of pepper is detectable. Tartness is somewhat lemony, like in the smell. The end of the drink is rather dry, heavy in wheat and grassy flavors, and very crisp.

M- Highly carbonated and light across the palate. This beer is dead on to the style. A great option for hot summer days like today. Lower alcohol allows repeatable refreshment.

Overall, a very solid, somewhat spicy, American take on a classic European style. Blurs the line between a Berliner and a hefe.

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Prussia Berliner Style Weiss from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.