Boiler Room Berliner Weisse - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kramerbarthomer on 03-20-2014

Boiler Room is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer. The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation (unlike Belgian-style sours which sour during fermentation and have active bacteria in them when packaged). The nose of the beer has a light Hersbrucker hop note and a distinct funkiness. The taste is sweet malt quickly going into a tart body and finish. The sour and malt flavors balance well all the way through creating a very refreshing beverage, akin to drinking a tart lemonade or limeade. For a beer with just over 3.5%, it creates a big experience for the palate.

Traditionally this beer is enjoyed either straight or with raspberry or woodruff syrup to sweeten it (and turn it red or green, respectively).
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Reviews by WTKeene:
Photo of WTKeene
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Jester King Funk and Sour Fest Tulip. Been looking forward to this one for a while.

Appearance: Translucent yellow, with no lacing and only the faintest head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Sweet lager-y yeast with a nice sour, fruity wheat.

Taste: Tart lemon but not too sour, but a tad watery. Still has a distinctly grainy lager-like flavor beneath the sour. A little bit of "garbage-water" but not in a terrible way. Some of that is expected in a plain berliner, so no complaints there. This is good, but isn't wowing me.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and not particularly dry. Sticks around a while.

Overall: A solid offering from Saint Arnold, and I'm glad we have a cheap, locally available berliner. This could probably benefit from some fruit syrup though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is honey, grass, and sour mix. Not the most complex that I have had in the style, but it is tart and refreshing. Nice summery and sessionable beer. I would get this again, but I have others that I prefer in the style.

Photo of goochpunch
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazed golden straw color with a solid head. Smells tart, lactic, and grainy. Taste is dry, tart, refreshing, lightly grainy, crackery. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, but overall perfectly balanced with tartness and dryness. Cracker-like cereal. Bright wheat. Clean yeast. Seriously, the cleanest beer that St. Arnold could ever hope to produce. Mouthfeel has a surprising weight of body, considering the 3.7%. I'mimpressed. This is not the best Berliner weisse, but certainly my favorite St. Arnold beer (I'm usually not a fan of theirs). I want to drink this all the damned time. I'd be curious to have this "mit schuss."

Photo of Graphilthy
1.76/5  rDev -54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

If your into sour beer then this is for you but if your not like me then it's pretty gross

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light pale golden color, mild hazy with mild carbonation. The head is thin, about half a finer thick, and white, it dissipates quickly into a thin white covering of island bubbles with a little lacing.
Fruity overall, apples, lemon zest, and some summer grass.
Tart and sour, the fruitiness I it is mild and only after it hits the middle of your mouth. Lemon and vinegar come out in its aftertaste
Crisp smooth and light bodied.
This is a very good beer for those hot summer days.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

review #2000 - took awhile that's for sure. Figured this would be as good a choice as any since we've been waiting forever for Saint Arnold to do something sour. 22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear gold with a fizzy white head. Good retention that is getting fed like a beast from rising carbonation. Not much for lace.

Nose is crisp and grainy with a light berry-esque tartness. Little bit of lemon juice as well.

Modest tartness leads into a grainy, almost lager-feeling middle and is followed by a cruising sour finish. Its light mouthfeel helps accentuate the mild sourness from the lacto. Its not going to blow away anyone looking for a sour fix, but it is pretty true to the style and is very refreshing. I could take down a bottle of this with much rapidity. Im glad Saint Arnold made this and look forward to crushing more of these over the summer.

Photo of Theortiz01
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Dig Pub.

It was pint night, so the beer was served out of a collectible St. Arnold's glass that resembled a barrel or keg with the St. A logo (cool glass).

Looks: Clean, clear, straw-like color, minimal head that dissipated quickly. No lacing,
which was expected with this style.

Smell: This is what was interesting to me. Upon first smell, I got that clean lacto smell
(which I love btw), which, if you've ever had a sour beer, you know what I'm talking
about. Then on the second sniff, I got nothing but straight wheat. Smelled it a
couple more times while drinking, and the two smells kept alternating. Kinda weird,
but not in a bad way.

Taste: Nice, pleasant tartness, clean wheat flavor, crisp finish, all around great. Nailed
the style IMO. Very refreshing. Some of the Berliners I've tried just are over the top
with sourness, like hitting a brick wall of lactic acid, (don't get me wrong, I still love
those as well). But this beer is more subtle, and feels better balanced, which I
really dig.

Mouthfeel: Light, exactly like a 3.7% beer should be. Carbonation was spot-on for the style.

Overall: Can't believe I'll be able to have this year-round. This will probably be in my fridge this summer as much as H&G Zoe, which says a lot. Great beer St. Arnold!

Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart lemon, bready/grainy malts and some funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite lemon notes followed by bready malts, a light graininess and some funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly cloudy straw colored pour with a small white head. Aroma is light yeast and lemon. Initial taste has a really nice sour edge with a bit of lemon. Very light bodied with a bit of grain coming out towards the end. Finishes crisp and sour to the point of almost being more of a sour.

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought the flavor / sourness was a little too muted for my taste. Still nice and crisp.

Photo of HipCzech
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22 oz bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Cabernet glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, pale straw yellow. Frothy white head, quickly recedes with no lacing.

Smell: Freshly baked bread, yogurt, grass.

Taste: Refreshing tartness: lemon and vinegar. Wheat malt sweetness comes through as sourdough bread. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, only moderately carbonated with fine bubbles (slightly more carbonation would be even better).

Overall: A great quencher for hot Houston summers. Very glad to find more breweries moving towards lower alcohol with full flavors.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and clear with a so-so head and no lace.

Wheaty and sour smelling, with a big blast of sour upon the first sip. As you drink it, more of the wheat comes out and it seems to mellow. Enjoyable for what a berliner is supposed to be, and darn easy to drink due to the low ABV.

There was only one of these in the fridge at the local grocery store and the label was partly ripped off, so I kinda bought it blind. But St Arnold always does a good job and I'm certainly not disappointed, even tho that first blast of sour was a bit of a shock! Good job again tho, St Arnold.

Photo of sd123
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much drier than other berliner weisses I've had, wasn't crazy about it

Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston. First impressions, this is a good one.

A: Pours a near clear golden/straw/yellow color. A tightly packed, two finger white head forms and sticks around for a minute. The foam gently recedes to a ring, and light lace.
S: First thing I get up front is a light mineral character. That quickly fades to tart, juicy lemon and orange peal. Toasted malts in the nose. Very nice.
T: The tartness is much more apparent up front in the taste. Though never over barring. Tart lemon and orange peal with an acidic bite. Just enough tart and acidic bite to pull the checks in, but does not leave you with a sour face. Quickly balanced out by a dry cracker/toasted malt flavor. Fairly simple, but Love it.
M/D: A light body with perfectly effervescent carbonation. Dry, crisp, and so clean. Incredibly refreshing. This is almost the definition of easy to drink. Downed in big gulps, and leaving me wanting to order more. Since coming out in bottles I have been buying as many as I can find.

First impressions are indeed good. If available I will always be grabbing a ton of bottles. This will be perfect for the summer, but also enough character that I can enjoy anytime. If all you want is a sourness and acidity to dominate this is not for you. Otherwise, grab this by the case.

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was glad to see the Houston Fly & Saucer offering St Arnold’s Boiler Room on tap.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is light yellow with great clarity.

Nice sour funk and grains in the nose.

It is sour, tart and refreshing. Hit the spot in the hot, humid Houston weather.

The mouth is decent, would love to see a touch more carbonation.

Nice stab at the style, I enjoyed it!

Photo of ranger7
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first time with this style. Not a fan.

Photo of BgThang
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With several people complaining this beer isnt sour enough or isnt strong enough. Please take a look at what a berliner weisse is. its not meant to be strong in abv, strong in flavor, strong in sourness etc... It's the exact opposite.
I liked einhorn better than this but again einhorn sorta falls on the heavy side of the style.
Kudos to saint arnolds for giving this style some legs in Texas.
The taste is light slighty acidic and refreshing.
Will be a great edition to the texas hot summers.

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic

L: clear pale yellow with big white head, over an inch tall, that dissipates quickly and doesn't stick

S: can smell tart banana as you pour it; lemons, lemon rind, very sour grapes off a very dry white wine

T: tart lemons and sour grain but much less tart than the nose; very nice grain taste in the background that's not sour -- not sure if it should be there, but it's a good balancing note; slight banana taste in background, too, but the main feature is the sour/tart lemon

F: fantastic crispness, very light and drinkable. perfect for a good, long session

O: possibly the best Saint Arnold brew I've tried. very tart and bordering on sour, but the grain foundation reins in the tart notes in a tasty way. the light, crisp feel is almost worth the price of admission -- it begs to be drank. a very gose-like brew without the salty note. i'll revisit this one again.

Photo of Daemose
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a great beer.

Tart, wheaty, just like a typical Berliner, then the lawnmower comes through that gives it a sense of place.

It's nice to finally have really available Berliner in Houston, even if I was limited to only two bottles at a certain store in downtown.

Photo of adapt313
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale hazy gold with a white head. Smells like green apples, lemon zest, and hay. Taste is funky and tart. Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing, fairly crisp, although slightly undercardbed for the style.

Photo of allengarvin
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured this into a standard pint glass. It's a crystal-clear pale gold color, with a slight head. The nose is a grainy malt, slightly sweet. Flavor does offer appropriate lactic sourness, but not much else. It's all grainy sourness, and not very interesting.

Photo of FLima
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Very light yellow color with practically no head.
Slight lemon sour aroma and with a nice yogurt after warming up a bit.
Flavor with a light citrus sourness with lemon predominating, a hint of white wine vinegar and finishing with mild notes of horse blanket.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Not too sour Berliner Weisse and still with the expected flavors for the style, just all milder. This should be a great door opening for people who is not familiar with the style.
Ap.2,75 Ar.3 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,25 Cj.3,5

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear slightly orange golden body and a fluffy white head that falls to a thin ring quickly.

Musty wheatiness and pilsner malt. It's a got a light fruitiness to it.

Flavor is a little more dynamic than the nose bringing some lemon, wheat, and pilsner malt flavors. Slight sourness to it.

Light bodied and dry. Not too many bubbles.

Solid beer but I don't know if I will revisit it much.

Photo of Uanof
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pale straw yellow in color, yeast is very active on this one with a huge head that quickly runs down to an almost inexistent lacing around the edge of the beer. Very fizzy, constant bubble action. Not entirely clear, just slightly hazed.

S: dry aroma of saltine crackers and orange peel, slight funkiness and some malt notes in the background.

T: profile is slightly acidic, saltiness is done well to an extent where it plays well with the malt background, but it feels somewhat elusive. Some puckery remains linger in the back of the palate for a while, long enough until you're ready to hit that next sip.

M: medium bodied, dry like a cracker, palate cleansing, fulfilling.

O: a great shot at an excellent beer style, although the recipe could do with some tweaking here and there, it still makes for a great sessionable wheat beer and probably even better for a year round offering.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cool little berliner right here, very delicate, lightly flavored, and one of the more enjoyable saint arnold beers ive had recently. its real pale in color, white laced straw color, some yeasty haze, and a nose of light lemon lacto and plain wheat malt. rather simple, but thats what i want in hot weather, something to just open up and drink, and this is certainly one of those. i wish it hard a little more sourness to it, more acidity and tartness, especially to tidy up the finish and add that refreshment factor, but the body is super minimal and the carbonation is there, so it still drinks real easy, but its not quite as quenching as others. quick finish with a lemon taste to it, like a wedge in a wheat beer, the lacto character isnt very developed. a more approachable berliner than many, good for those who are unsure if they like these sorts of beers. i have no idea what a bottle costs, because this was shared with me, but if it was 5 or 6 bucks a bottle, it would be in my fridge all summer long. any more than that, and you have better options out there.

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Boiler Room Berliner Weisse from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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