Bu Weisse - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 68
Gots: 47 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dammit this is so good. Even those most basic de Garde brew is awesome.

Photo of highTempo
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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 JFrank78
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Diameter
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.16/5  rDev -48%
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 BrewsoBrewco
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 16 Tons Cafe in Eugene. First experience woth these guys but have been looking forward to trying them since I heard about their inception.

Look- Very hazy yellow. Opaque. Actually looks kind of gross. Like they keg is filled with yeast.

Smell- Funkalicious. Citrusy and lemon. Can smell the acidity as it stings the nostrils. I mean this on the best way possible.

Taste- wonderfully tart. Just like the smell I get lemon and other citrus. Its like fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of the wheat on the back of the tongue. Tart and acidic. Awesome

Mouthfeel- super dry and sharp on the tongue. Lingers in the mouth after drinking.

Overall- at 2%ishthe i could drink this all day and all night and all day and... You get the point. Besides the color really a deliteful beer. I look forward to try more from De Garde.

Photo of jellikit
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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 itracy63
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just writing this to give context to my scores. Sour beers aren't my thing, just not enjoyable for me, even though this may be a great beer.

Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 jakewatt135
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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 John_M
3.03/5  rDev -27%
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 chippo33
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not the best berliner five

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 draheim
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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 flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -3.6%
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 Moose90
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Photo of Raj
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 DimensionX
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy and straw colored with a slight golden hue. Wild yeast are generally not very flocculant so I'm basically factoring that in and giving them a pass.

S: Smells of citrus, acetone, wheat. Generally fruity and wild but somewhat restrained on the nose.

T: Tart and citrusy right off the bat, will make you pucker, fairly acidic but it goes down so smooth and easy, you finish a sip and instantly have another rather than put the glass down.

M: light and easy like a Berlinner should be.

O: I love this beer and hope to drink it all summer long.

First Beer I've had from this brewery, can't wait to see what they do next.

Photo of BreweryRun
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.