Beerstand Berlinerweiss - The Tap Brewing Company

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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 17
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Bukowski Tavern, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

Deep yellow ochre and completely opaque in appearance. This was definitely the most turbid looking Berliner Weiss I have ever come across. The liquid was topped by a tight, frothy crop of bright white foam.

The nose was crisp and dry initially with a distinct, powdery yeastiness. Some tart, lemony notes were detectible. Slightly wheaty. As the head faded, the aroma turned much deeper and earthier. Quite musty and dank (like a damp cellar). Subtle fruity notes were detectible in the background, along with some sweet, pale malts.

Crisp lemon notes came through strong in the flavor profile. Lots of wheaty tartness and pale, crackery malts. Some green apple. The finish was quite sour. Clean and dry with a slightly soapy yeastiness. Woody notes and and tannins were detectible as well. Although this beer was quite tart, the generous use of pale malts kept it well balanced and quite refreshing.

The mouthfeel was rich, smooth and rather full bodied for the style. A crisp, bubbly effervescence lent a nice creaminess to it.

Haverhill Brewery's Beerstand Berlinerweiss is far more rich and robust than your typical version of the style, yet it still manages to be insanely drinkable. Well done. I definitely plan to revisit this when the warmer months come around.

Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out to jleblanc for the trade on this one. Poured from a growler into my berliner goblet. This brew pours a milky light yellow color that is chock full of yeast. There is no chance of seeing through this, think vanilla pudding pop that has been melted, thats what this looks like. The longer it sits in my glass, you can see a halo of clarity start to form from the top down about a half finger. An initial surge of white bubbles forms a lacing pattern across the top with some patches and islands of bubbles but they quickly dissolve. A light swirl releases some bubbles from solution that hold briefly in a ring around the outer edges.

The smell of this brew is grainy with wheat and cereal. Some yogurt creaminess is felt in the nose along with yeast, bread and lemony indications that form up an overall sweetness to this brew's nose. However, the more I concentrate on the lemon, some tartness of the lacto and wheat starts to bring out a tangy element that makes me salivate. As the brew warms, a light fruited quality evolves beyond just the anticipated lemon aspect.

The taste of this brew is chock full of yeast, sweet bready grain and a flavoring of yogurt but without the dryness associated on the tongue. Lemon hits with a fruited quality that brings on the tarter aspects of the brew. This berliner never quite gets to the point where it is sour, it remains tart throughout the entire experience with a solid pale malt, cereal and wheat tangy aspect. Initially, this brew had me thinking lemon sweet tarts or yellow pez candy but without the sugary sweetness. However, as the experience continues this gets increasingly more bready and cereal-like.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is light in the feel yet smooth and very rich and creamy for the style mostly due to the sheer amount of yeast and wheat haze this brew displays. Think rich, almost oats like mouthfeel on this that (like the taste description) carries almost a yogurt type of feel with it. The alcohol is completely hidden in this brew as expected. Very easy drinking and super enjoyable. Overall this is a very clean representation on the style. It could be livened up just a bit with more acidity or maybe a touch of funk, but as-is it is very approachable and well done. This is a one-two punch of lemon tartness verse creamy smooth bready grain quality. A fantastic representation of the style, I am glad to finally have the chance to sit down and review this.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bukowski's (Cambridge)

A: The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of white head.

S: This one smells very champagne-like. There's lots of yeast to it, just like champagne. It does have the requisite tart lemon aroma, but it's also got a bit of a Sweet Tart thing going on.

T: The flavor also has plenty of Sweet Tarts to go with all of the lemon and lemon zest. Like the aroma, heavy on the yeast with sort of a champagne and apple cider flavor to it.

M: The body is light with medium to high carbonation.

O: I always look to try new Berliner Weiss offerings, and this one was certainly an enjoyable one.

Photo of THECPJ
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Mkabull for sending this my way.

appearance: cloudy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: tart, apples, sour,

taste: tart, apples, sour, biscuity,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: delicious berliner. so glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of PEIhop
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours straw yellow that is quite cloudy, but nicely carbonated.

S - nice banana and pineapple aroma

T - intensely banana dominated with almost puckering tartness

M - medium-bodied with nice carbonated that pricks your tongue leaving a washing of tartness over your palate.

D - extremely drinkable with the nice taste and low ABV...absolutely delicious

Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the morning of Night of the Funk 2010.

Pours a light yellow-orange color with a bit of haze. No artificial coloring here, as Amyliz4 and I declined the syrup offerings from the bartender. The nose is really quite nice, bringing a strong lemon component with a bit of citrus and light acid.

The flavor brings some wheat and really quite a bit of tartness. There isn't much complexity here; maybe some light lemon and other citrus, but mostly just a strong tartness. Feel is nice with a good sour character and a dry finish. A nice beer, but there wasn't all that much to keep pulling me back.

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Light fizzy almost non-existant head over a hazy pale yellow dark murky dirty water colored beer.

N: Nose is light, some light malts, little sour mash aroma, tangy light fruits, some lemon peel.

T: Lots of fruit juice and lemonade flavor, like a sour lemonade blended with a light wheat beer, but not too sour, semi fruity and a slight toasted dry malt flavor, tangy, some acidity and bitter lemon zest, juicy. More flavor than I expected for a lighter beer. A touch of dry yeasty toasted flavors, and pretty dry overall. A touch of a dry barnyard funk, just a little.

M: Lighter with good carbonation.

F: Dry, very dry! some lingering toasty malt flavors combined with the dryness, adding a slight yeasty funk and hint of barnyard almost. The sour fruit and tangy flavors fade quickly to that dry yeasty toasted flavor. The finish is really quick too.

Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Armsby Abbey. Again - going for something low in alcohol before getting back on the road. Served in a pint glass.

A - Looks very similar to the Portsmouth Gose I had a few hours ago. "A finger of eggshell foam dissipates to a thin cap and leaves a few fingers of lace. Milky straw color."

S - Surprisingly sweet, with yeast and wheat emerging as it warms up. Only a light touch of lactic sourness to be found here.

T - Tastes a little more sour lemon and lactic acid, and then morphs into a yeast and cracker finish. A light malt backbone ties things together.

M - Finishes with light dryness and some pucker. Body is light and refreshing, and carbonation is wisely held to a lively but controlled level.

D - At 2.8% it's pretty decent, but pales compared to Southampton's superior offering. I think I preferred the Portsmouth Gose too, as it had a bit more richness to it. If they could sour this up a little more, it'd probably move into A- territory.

Photo of portia99
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey - served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours a pretty pale yellow gold, full of haze and capped with a finger of white foam. Light lacing left behind.

S - aroma is extremely light here. Very tame lactic sourness and grainy aromas - seem to get a bit of wheaty spiciness. A bit of lemon lime soda aroma too.

T - lightly sour with a ton of wheat and cereal grain flavors in the background that linger behind into the aftertaste. Some mild lemony citrus flavors round things out.

M - characteristically of the style - thin and watery with a firm carbonation level.

D - I love this style of beer and glad to see another example hitting the market. Not the best example of the style that I've had but still very enjoyable. Glad to try it and recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.

Photo of jrallen34
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer is a very light murky gold with a big white head that has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a light sour, defitinite wheat bw sourness there, very nice.

The taste is great. It starts a little sweet citrus with some lemon then finishes incredibly smooth with a great sour finish.

The feel is nice and incredibly drinkable.

This beer is great. It has all the qualities that make me love a bw with great sourness but it is also totally drinkable. A true bw sessional.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from the Tap - according to the bartender it was tapped maybe 2-3 weeks ago. Into a Mason jar.

Pours with a full-finger head that doesn't stick around for a wicked long time but leaves nice yeasty-blue wisps up top. Decent lacing for style; body is a hazy grapefruit juice color.

That milky citrus texture is what I enjoy about this style. Tight with huge amounts of yeast electricity. Very crisp and clean - mostly lemon but raw wheat malt shines through. Nicely done.

Smooth with the sourness of this one - a little grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and the raw wheat of a dry malt backbone with a milky finish. Tart, crisp and refreshing. Almost a little too smooth - very light, even for the style.

Palate feel is bright and rather dry. You can tell the ABV is extremely low - it's almost like drinking a grapefruit lemonade shandy. Not that it's a bad thing.

This one's pretty damn solid. Good for the beach or a hot day at the pool...or any warm day when you want to keep it sane. Quite quenching.

Photo of mkabull
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= nice appearance true to style yellow/gold in color small to no head cloudy and in appropriate glassware raspberry syrup gave pink color woodruff gave yellow-green color
S= Slight sour smell some citrus fruit smell but sour lingers raspberry gives obvious raspberry notes and woodruff gives a lemon/lime character
T=good taste mix of flavors at the start with the sour kicking in but not overpowering very refreshing liked the tate of all 3 regular , woodruff and raspberry
M= low body great summer beer had a salinic aftertaste that lingered a bit
D=very very drinkable highly enjoyed this beer and I have found a new beer style to enjoy

Photo of gameface23
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a glass of the original and a glass each of the raspberry and woodruff syrup versions.

The original was a very light but hazy yellow with a small head. The smell was lactic acid tartness. The taste was a nice amount of tart flavor, without being over the edge, keeping it exceptionally refreshing and drinkable.

The raspberry presents itself as a hazy pink color and the smell is tart with a nice berry aroma. The taste was probably the best out of the 3 versions, with the raspberry flavor complimenting the base beer really well.

The woodruff had a green hue to it and smelled and tasted almost identical to the marshmallows from lucky charms cereal. It was actually a pretty enjoyable drink, but it was killing me for about 5 minutes trying to figure out what taste from my childhood it reminded me of.

Overall, another nice effort from my local brewery.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On draft. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a small white head. Aroma is very sour initially with some lingering wheat. Flavor of wheat malt with a nice sour, tart finish. Very pleasant, easy drinking, classic berliner weisse. (They offered this with the traditional syrup, but I didn't try it...)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Down Low Downey for the nice haul. :)

Golden Carolus chalice. Plate of cold leftovers & the Mets getting goose-egged on the tube yet again.

Body looks chill-hazed & just a bit dusty. It takes on a faded peach/faded grass sort of color. A sizzle of off-white head grows & falls like Sprite. Looks a bit heavier then my few other tries at the style. It got pulpier as I started to disturb its endtrails.

Smells like watered down lemonade & sourdough. Really plain.

My first thought is really spritzy. I saved some for an early breakfast, & it was just as active. :D Flavors of apple juice & lemon zest back & forth. Acidic green grapes & fresh grass. Maybe a touch metallic. Quite tart, but just very mild sourness. It ends cracker-ish & clean. Simple & delicious. A touch yeasty as it warms, but a cold top off settled that quick.

I really like adding Woodruff syrup to weiss beers, but I can never seem to track any down when I need it. First Berliner Weiss I've had though that can stand up on it's own for so long without the sauce. Nice stuff. :)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap this afternoon at the brewpub with my lunch. Can be served regular, red (raspberry) or green (mint). Had a sampling of the regualr before going with the red. Served in a pint glass.

Poured a very flat and watery looking watermelon red color. Fairly clear with only a shade of mist. The sample of the regular I had was corn yellow. Nose is nearly non-existent woth only a wisp of grass.

Exceptionally sour and I am trying to jduge to the style. No hops or malts and only a slight hint of wheaty sweetness. The raspberry was only nominally present. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. The flavor was vinuous even if the body was not. Reminded me of a sour patch kid. Nice to try one glass but not sure if I could go for a second. All the sourness was making my stomach twist in knots.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had from the brew pub as the latest of my quest to seek out the local brewpubs stab at this style. As far as the locals go, this one ranks best so far.

Presented from the tap in a basic pint tumbler the beer was a ever so slightly hazy yellow color with no head but tons of carbonation streaming up the glass.

Lemon and grass in the nose, not too much else.

Super tart taste rips the taste buds. This might well be more sour than kindl weisse. Tartness coats and puckers the palate with every sip. This tend to mask some other flavors, but this is the classic taste I was looking for. Some faint fresh lemon and slight grass. The taste mimics the smell in every way.

Very light body, super crisp, super carbonation.

Once again, a super drinkable Berliner Weisse. Very, very sour, crisp, and clean, not filling and yet again, a winner in summer. Perfect to have a few of on their big back porch. I bought a growler of this one and plan to have it on the hot days to come on my own porch.

Beerstand Berlinerweiss from The Tap Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.