Bu Weisse - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 60
Gots: 39 | FT: 6
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de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

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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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 28
Photo of andersont6301
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Raj
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of jbwimer
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells like canned corn and beets. Faded as it warmed. Not much carbonation and the flavor is mealy and much the same as the aroma. Meh. Pass.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts lemon and other citrus flavors. Little bit of citrus though. Nice tartness. However it is very light and watery.

Photo of beertunes
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Anyportinastorm
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only recently learned about de Garde (which is apparently only an hour south from where I live,) and I haven't had a chance to make it down yet. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into Hondo's and found this in the cooler.

Photo of highTempo
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 22oz bottle. Poured a nice orange color with some haze. No head at all.

Smell is citrusy but not in the typical hoppy sense. It comes across as more of a true sour lemon.

This is a completely flat beer, thin and crisp. I'd like some carbonation. That would improve this a lot for me. There's not even a hint of alcohol on the palette, which makes sense for a beer that's only 2.3%.

This is a really well priced beer (at least here in Portland) but it's sadly not a real standout to me, especially considering the ratings that I'm seeing up here.

Photo of M_chav
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons everywhere!!!!

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very nice lemon flavor and crisp acidity, very easy drinking and light on the palate. 1st de Garde beer and would def look for again.

Photo of jellikit
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: yellow. Crystal clear. No head.
Smell: faint apple cider vinegar.
Taste: sour apples. Sour pear. Tart.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Light body. Tart. Dry.
Overall: this is a good sour beer. It is surprisingly refreshing for how sour it is. Like it.

Photo of Nichols33
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle that froze during shipping and the cap popped a little. Because beer was frozen, only lost about a third. A bit flat but I can taste the promise.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. For a first review for 2015, why not go with the one of my favorite breweries from last year?

Clear light yellow with no head and no lacing, this looks OK, I guess. The nose has a big juiciness, a fruitiness not unlike pineapple juice (the leftover stuff after you pick the chunks from a can), a moderate lactic sourness, a mild citrus peel character (from the gin barrels?), some wheaty, bready notes.

As good as the nose is, the palate is a whole different beast. This is thoroughly unconventional, lacking in the clean, bready lactic sourness of the traditional berlinerweisses and in its stead, it has a potent and inspired juicy, fruit tartness with a blend of preserved lemons, pineapple, heavily soured yogurt (if you've had yogurt in a tropical country in the summer, you know what I mean), moderate funk - a little bit of earth and mushroom are present - along with a hint of bread. The mid-palate continues the exploration of fruit as an expression in a Berlinerweiss, with semi-ripe white grapes, a blend of sourness, stone fruit and some citrus. Light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer has a long, tart finish, moderately yogurty and mostly fruity. While this beer is not a pure berlinerweiss, it is an inspired and an enjoyable beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of chippo33
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not the best berliner five

Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Wow. For the abv there is tons of flavor. The tartness is unmistakeable. Just plain BU is awesome and crushable.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really has a nice lemon acidic thing going on up front then finishes with a good depth of flavor and crispy sourness. A bit more sour than most other of the style but also much cleaner without that grainy soggy wheat flavor.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler poured into a berliner bowl. This pours a hazed darker than expected golden color with a finger of quick dissolving head. Other than the light copper-like coloration, all things seem typical of your standard berliner.

The smells is lemony lactic with suggestions of strong greek yogurt and hints of sulfur. At times this flirts with acedic aromas and fruit faintly like cherry which is strange yet quite inviting. I am salivating before evwn getting into the glass.

The taste is tart and lemony lactic with suggestions of greek yogurt all through the middle just like the aroma suggested. The finish has a bit of dusty grain almost like brett or cracker crumbs. As it warns up, it gets even more tart to almost acedic with a mild almost chlorine feel to it which is strange in the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to moderate amount of fizzy feel and carbonation. Overall this is a pretty solid berliner that I would love to drink again if the opportunity presented itself. My only gripe is that my idealistic berliner is one that I could crush glass after glass of in the summertime. This one has some serious bite to it and while sour heads might rejoice, I am left wishing the second pour didnt feel so much like a chore.

Photo of derftron
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap a few different times

looks like bright yellow grapefruit juice

smells like a funky barn that was doused in vinegar (in a good way)

little carbonation

you have to be a real fan of sour and farmhouse ales to like this one. if those are up your alley, this is a really good beer. almost kambucha-esque the way it smells like vinegar but tastes sour and fruity. very unique and different. this brewery came out of nowhere and I have enjoyed everything they make. not a beer for the masses though.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Apex. Really excited to start trying some De Garde beers.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a complete lack of head. It's pretty muddy, unfortunately.

N: White wine grape, starw, light acid, buttered biscuit (but not buttery), green apple, lemon zest, and grapefruit rind. Nice.

T: Lightly lemon sourness with a modicum of sweetness. Very simple and round. Needs a little more definition before it stands up and sings.

M: Very light and well carbonated. Refreshing on a summer day.

O: I could drink quite a bit of this, especially if it's dialed in a little bit so that the taste becomes cleaner. Still, at 2.1%, there's a lot of flavor here.

Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at 16 tons the other day.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with virtually no head retention and very light lacing. While I realize this isn't entirely atypical for the style, even for a BW, I expect a bit more head retention than this.

The nose was the best feature in this beer, and it really did smell like a berliner weisse. In this case, that consisted of some light clove, some underlying "wheatiness," some light bread dough, and a hint of sour tartness. If the flavor profile would have replicated the nose I'd have been pretty happy, but the level of sour in this beer was ridiculous. This is easily the most sour berliner weiss styled beer I've ever tasted (but now that I've tried BR's tartare...), with at most a hint of the underlying clove and wheat flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly light, and the beer had a long, sour finish.

Couple of thoughts about this beer. I'm not a big sour fan, so maybe that's part of the problem, but I really felt the sour component in this beer was completely over the top. I'm assuming there is a considerable amount of lactic acid in this beer, as it struck me as the kind of beer that would give me an upset stomach pretty quickly were I to try to drink a bunch of it (the bartender indicated he liked the beer quite a bit, but admitted it was hard to imagine drinking very much of this - he agreed that drinking a lot of this would probably give a lot of people a stomach ache.). De Garde seems to be well thought of, so I'll definitely give some of their other beers a try, but IMHO this was not an exceptionally impressive effort on their part.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.16/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. No head. Pretty lifeless.

Smell - Whoa, acetic nose. Bordering on acetone and solvent aroma. Citrus and grain behind.

Taste - Extremely sour. More vinegar than solvent. Grain and citrus. Grapefruit. Really sour.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy body, especially for a berliner. Overly sour.

Overall - Rough acidity. Unpleasant. Good fruitiness though.

Photo of PZBREW
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a. cloudy. guessing that's wild yeast, so cant ding too hard. small white big bubbled head. disappears quickly. probably from acid?
s. very big lactic and acidity. some smell of vinegar. some rustic grain. wheat I guess. really nice and complex.
t. awesome. just waves of flavor. really amazing for such a small beer. need more. very sour.
m. very richer than expected. almost thick I think. good sharp acidity to keep it refreshing
o. very imperessed. I would like morwe of this.

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Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.