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Bu Weisse - de Garde Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 314
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 73
Gots: 46 | FT: 6
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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier | 2.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 05-16-2013

Our version of a barrel-fermented and barrel-aged Berliner-Weisse, but fermented with ambient yeast and bacteria. Tart with citrus and fruit notes, a subtle grain character, and a hint of funk.
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Photo of Nachojon
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Upon moving to Portland this was one of the first beers I had never tried before that I decided to give a go. I became fascinated by this style on a recent trip to Germany, so I was happy to see de Garde making it one of their signature beers.

Pours a beautiful cloudy shade of glowing yellow. Crisp aroma of citrus and stone fruit. Love the complexity and balance in such a drinkable beer. Something I will drink again for sure.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 June 2015.

Pours super pale, like grapefruit juice, tan yellow. Really cloudy. One finger of white head, gone pretty quick (as it should be).

Smell is a little wheat and a whole lot of lemon. Tart, citrus. More tart than I want it to be.

Taste comes through like half berliner weisse, half sour. It has some serious sweetness that might just be weird hints coming in from the acid. But it feels sugary, which is odd. Like lemonhead candy, a combination of sugar and lemony sour. I don’t get much depth beyond that. I’d like it to be less sour, more crisp. Drinks more like a gose or a straight sour.

Feel has this incredible buzzy tingly-all-over-the-place carbonation. High carbonation but it’s spread out well.

A very nice berliner. Really lemony, really tart. Good, but leans very sour. I’d like more variety and more balance.

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Photo of Beervana
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a head that fizzles away almost instantly. Smell is dominated by a yeasty funk; almost savoury. Second whiff brings forward some stone fruit, plum and nectarine mainly. Taste brings on a citrus characteristic, mostly lime, funk is still there but dialled back. A really nice aggressive sourness compared to most Berliner Weisse. Feel is light, sharp and clean, ultra refreshing.

Really a wonderful beer, very complex for such a low ABV. Love that it drinks so clean, flavours don't muddle at all.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours beautiful hazy, pale yellow. The nose is just absolute yogurt getting toward spoiled. Tough to get past the over-lacto'ed nose but the beer itself was bright and quenching. Aggressively tart as the smell suggested for the style. Light and smooth but the big carb fades and leaves the mouthfeel lacking brightness throughout the 750 mL bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Yeah....it's not all that great looking with a very fast fading head but wow. This is just a delicious drink in all respects. It is smells fruity and oaky and of citrus . The mouth feel and balance is perfect for my money with lots of tart; a hint of sweet and a hint of bitter with just the right funk - yet, you get that great pucker quality that's missing from so many sours.

Flavors are smashing - apricot, peaches, sweet oak, hints of funky earth. Complex and yet easy to drink and enjoy. Drank this bottle with Chinese food that went from elegant fish and a sweet strawberry shrimp all the way to spicy chicken and peppered clams. This one went with it all, and it usually goes with everything. I wanted another bottle! Great stuff - under rated.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge lactic aroma, lemons, with wheat.

Flavor is very tart. Can't believe it's so flavorful, given the low abv. Big lactic and lemon sourness. Puckeringly tart.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a bottle from the cellar to treat myself. Stuck my nose up to the freshly popped bottle and was kicked in the nose with a pleasant tartness. Very clean looking, almost to clean. Was worried it may come out a little thin, silly thought. Flavor is on point although tartness is high. The bubbles dancing across the tongue remind me of Zotz Candy. Overall, was very pleased with my first DeGarde. Can't wait to Crack the other two.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from de Garde! As usual, whole numbers only. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Like a classic Berliner. Slightly cloudy with a big, bubbly off-white head. Fizzed away to nothing within 1 minute. I think Berliners are slightly ugly, but them's the breaks.

N - Tart, acidic, with slight vinegar. A more robust aroma than usual for the style, which doesn't say much, but good for de Garde!

T - Wow wow, so so tart. Really interesting the way it's so sour without being very carbonated. That's impressive. And talk about dry. I need some more right now! Glug, glug, glug. Not so impressive on the finish, almost like something forgot to stick around. What IS that I taste on the finish?? Banana yogurt. That's it.

M - As I swish it around a little bit, I do get some carbonation and some softness on the mouth. And there's that finish again; it's so weird. Not too unpleasant.

O - A fine starter sour for those getting into the style. I prefer a bit more character and boldness, but I can't expect too much from a Berliner with such a low ABV. A very fine beverage.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, Abel.

A: Pours a clear straw color with very active carbonation. A faint fizzy white bubbly head quickly fizzed away to nothing.
S: Musty feet funk dominates the nose alongside tart notes of sour yeast and grains with a hint of sugary fruit.
T: Both sour and tart notes of minerally sour mash, sweet tarts or war head type acidity, griany malt and a touch of stone fruits and slight melon. Finish is quick and bright, with a pinch of citrus and acid in the aftertaste.
M: Light body, tart and acidic mouthfeel, very mouth watering, very acidic.
O: A tart, bright and clean beer, with a nice suggestion of fruit. Thanks again Abel.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

we really do get spoiled with all the fruited berliners that de garde makes but the classic bu weisse can hang. fizzy golden yellow...nose is a nice crisp tart egg w some salty lemon tartness. really crisp and fizzy feel. easy drinking like a summer afternoon.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow body, two finger white head that dies immediately without much retention, no lacing. It looks like lemon water, in some ways. Smells of lemon, lacto, oak, just a slight bit of funk, wheat. Not too complicated, but clean and very nice. Flavour is very similar; oak, lemon, wheat, a mild bit of funk, minerals. As you can imagine, this is quite tart. The lemon is a moderate presence. I can see why this one is a nice blank canvas for the fruit variants. It's good, but not too complicated. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit light on carbonation for the style, but drying and refreshing. Finish is a mild lemon and mineral-laden feel. Overall, a fairly decent berliner that's on the hefty side of tartness, but that's what we all seem to like these days.

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Photo of BreweryRun
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is an absolutely killer berliner. Smell is light funk and acidity but not all that fragrant. Taste is slightly lemony followed by a huge burst of sourness. That ends quite quickly and finishes bone dry with no lingering tartness. Just amazing stuff.

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Photo of Diameter
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a unique adventure. It arrives like a Berliner and chews like a Bavarian.

IMHO it deserves the outstanding overall rating.

Look: 4.75 - would have been 5.00 if it had been as transparent as the Berliner I was taught with. Does not impede my enjoyment.
Smell: 4.75 - would have been 5.00 but I am picking up a little parmesan, which would be fine if I were drinking from a Reebok.
Taste: 5.00, because *you'll see*
Feel: Another 5.00 because [goto Taste]
Overall: I tried this on a whim (the old stubby Berliner I used to get is long gone). I drink a lot of Weisse and Bavarian Weizen beers and this is a nice cross between the two styles (at least in the time domain). I would call it a hybrid except I don't know if that was the brewmaster's intention.

Edit: Bought from QFC in University Village.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, pours a cloudy hay yellow. A strong tart kombucha (bacteria) nose with a hint of fruit. It's just little bite, not overpowering. It has a nice carbonation and a mellow finish, leaving you wanting more. A light summer sensation.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a murky pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates immediately. Nose is heavily sulfuric and eggy with hints of lemon and brett. Taste is a bit sweeter, still lots of sulfur, less egg, more decent lemon, a little tartness through finish. Moderate carb, lighter body.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pale straw in color and murky when poured. Started off with tons of head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing.

Smell – At first whiff this beer smells extremely sour and reminiscent of vinegar. However, other notes of yeasty funkiness lie underneath.

Taste – So sour! This beer has a lacto-sourness that tastes like biting into a lemon. After this sour punch, the slight sweetness of wheat kicks in and is complemented by subtle oak hints from the barrel aging. Floral notes and yeast funkiness are found in the finish.

Mouthfeel – The beer has a medium body but the acidity and soft carbonation make it feel much lighter on the tongue. Though the beer will defiantly make your mouth pucker up.

Opinion – To be honest, the reason I picked this beer off the shelf wasn't the minimalist label. It was more due to the fact that it was in a 750 mL bottle and only five dollars. When tasting this beer I had low exceptions since I have only tasted a few sour beers and well... it was cheap. However, this turned out to be a wonderful different session beer. The low alcohol content and size meant I could sip for hours and really explore the subtle oak notes and yeast funk under the powerful lemon sour start.

Perfect size for sharing and wonderfully refreshing.

If you try it (when I try it again), Berliner Weisse's are traditionally paired with a raspberry or woodruff syrup. Since this beer is not very traditional a syrup may not be necessary. Though a fruit or herb syrup could be very interesting and could bring that lemon sour a little more into balance. Especially helpful if one is not familiar with sour style beers.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy silver-golden hue with a finger of fizzy white foam which dissipates quite quickly. Very nice for the style.

Smell: slightly tart with a sweet, lightly refreshing malty character. Subtle but very enticing.

Taste: very tart when compared with the aroma, with just a light malt and sweetness on the back. This is an example of tartness at its finest.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly good carbonation and creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: extremely refreshing on this hot day. Mmmm bien.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Pale yellow body with a small head that fades rapidly. Aromas of wheat, lactic funk. A light, easy drinking Berliner. Some lemon, wheat, a touch of floral notes. Puckering finish with tart citrus lingering. Solid.

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Photo of andersont6301
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug at a little below cellar temp. Pours a golden orange with little head that immediately disappears. Has a funky citrus smell. Has a citrus fruity taste that is fairly tart. Slight grain taste but barely noticeable. Refreshing beer that I think I would enjoy a little more on a hot summer day. Nothing too special pops out at me in this beer. I would definitely recommend trying other de garde beers over this one. Don't get me wrong, it is not a bad beer by any means, just not my first choice.

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Photo of Raj
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy yellow orange with very little head. Tart orange lemon citric notes, some grassy hops, sour wheat, mildly buttery finish. Thin refreshing mouthfeel. Comes off as a combination of Berliner weisse crossed with a chardonnay. Wish there was a little more carbonation.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bright crisp sour Berliner Weissbier that gets almost tart. Slight bready grain pops in momentarily, but mostly crisp, lemony sour. Brilliant. A totally solid offering from de Garde.

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Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip

A – Pale bright yellow, large bubbles when poured, no head whatsoever.

S – Very complex, bright notes of lemon, fresh cut grass and hay, some crisp granny smith apple notes as well.

T – Balanced sour notes of tart apple and lemon. Some herbal notes as well, pepper and vinegar.

M – Thin to medium, light on the mouth with a crisp and clean effervescence.

O – Very nice overall, very solid notes of crisp apple, pear, lemon, grass. Wonderful representation of the style.

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Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was really excited to see this one at a local bottle shop the other day, I believe it's the first time de Garde has been distributed in Seattle.

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color w/ basically zero head, just some patchy bubbles on the surface. I know this is a low-ABV beer so I probably shouldn't expect much head development, but I have to say the appearance on this one is still a little disappointing.

Aroma is green and grassy; pear and sour apple, a touch of tart oaky funk. Light and crisp, but not quite spritzy. I think I have a good idea how this is going to taste.

...And I was wrong. It's even better than the nose led me to believe. Crisp and delicate, a little biscuity, tart, clean. More of the sour green apple and pear. Lemon drops. So drinkable and refreshing, it tastes, well, healthy. Like it's actually good for me.

Mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, light and dry. Again, just very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a really great Berliner. Very straightforward, not sure but I think this is kind of the de Garde flagship. People who drink light beer for the low calories should seriously give this one a shot. Plenty of flavor and complexity in a super low ABV package. Can't wait to try more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, poured into a de Garde snifter glass. Enjoyed on 3.15.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy golden straw color, very cloudy with a thin, white bubbly head, no retention or lace. The aroma is pleasant, lightly tart citrus, a touch of barnyard like funkiness, cracked wheat, wildflower at the back, simple and refreshing. The flavors echo the nose, vibrant and bright, pale grain and lemon citrus, tangy and tart, lightly acetic, floral notes abound as well, hint of funkiness with a bit of pineapple fruitiness too, very refreshing. The mouthfeel is nice, very lively and carbonated albeit a bit prickly, zippy, coats well enough, easy finish.

Verdict: A very nice Berliner Weissbier from de Garde, easy to see how it serves as a great base for all the fruited variants. On it's own though, it's refreshing and simple, very crushable, would make for a great summer stand by.

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Photo of beertunes
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Sharpski for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a pale straw color with just a thin cap of white head that instantly disappeared.

The aroma featured a solid wheat/grain base, with all sorts of interesting things going on alongside. Yeast tang and spice, and several fruit aspects, I could never quite nail down. Berries? Bananas? Apples? I don't believe any of those were actually in the beer, but I think I smelled 'em. On the tongue, a definite apple taste came through very solidly, alongside the base wheat. the beer was very tart, and bright, and various flavors kept popping up and jumping away all across the palate.

The body was light and crisp, with a finish drier than the Sahara desert. Drinkability was so excellent, I didn't even mind the usually despise 22oz format bottle. Overall, a great beer. A must try.

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Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.