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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
In Berliner Weisse we think we’ve found the perfect style for our summer Cellar Reserve. This north German wheat beer is traditionally brewed and released very fresh. It has a light body from the wheat and refreshingly tart acidity that make it a perfect summer thirst-quencher. Its lemony tartness is provided by a secondary fermentation with lactobacillus, the same microorganism that’s responsible for yogurt’s tang. That tartness increases and improves with age, so the people of Berlin are known to buy extra bottles to bury in their gardens for two years or more.

As usual with our Cellar Reserves, we’ve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case we’ve tripled the strength over the traditional beer, which should only increase its aging potential. For the primary fermentation we used a traditional Bavarian hefeweizen yeast that produces soft notes of banana and clove. We followed that with lactobacillus and six months in conditioning to create a complex fruity acidity that compliments the soft sweet malt tones and a unique ale that is both fulfilling and refreshing.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-11-2012)
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Reviews by Curtis:
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Curtis

Utah

4.3/5  rDev +23.9%

My wife picked this one up for me when she couldn't find my favorite Grand Teton beer "Tail Waggin' Double White". I have to admit, the name snarling badger threw me a little and I wasn't sure what to expect, but like all of their beer, I knew it would be good. It was and I have bought several since.

While this is labled "Berliner Weisse", it actually has a lot of the Belgian Wit style attributes. Much less of a citrus kick to it, but still a little without being overwhelming. It starts smooth, with a good mouthfeel, without the belgian bite to it. Nice head (pour slow or it will go over the top easily). The hops are really light as expected. Any more would ruin the balance of this well crafted beer. Color is light golden and a smooth hazy with no chunks. the finish is the best part. This goes down smooth and its a good thing it comes in 22 oz bottles or I could see a 6-pack dissapearing very quickly. The alcohol kick is pretty good at 7.5% (without the taste or smell of rocket fuel) and six of these would sneak up really quick, but make for a fun night. I really like the "not so filling" part of this style. You can drink it and enjoy it easily without being overwhelmed. I had mine with a chicken pasta. An excellant pairing.

My only complaint is distribution. I live in Utah and have only found this in one store in Wyoming (enough said). Last trip up, I bought all they had, but after a great beer conversation with the clerk, felt compelled to leave one for the guy as we had similar tastes in beer and he was curious to try it. The price was actually really good ( I think 6 dollars or so) so I had no problem cleaning out the store. I havn't made a trip yet up to their store/brewry, but it is on the agenda. Overall, excellant!

08-11-2012 04:26:10 | More by Curtis
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theconductor

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-29-2012 18:16:48 | More by theconductor
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Beaver13

Colorado

3/5  rDev -13.5%

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small fine white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts and sour almost rotten tropical fruits and bananas with a little stinkiness.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruity malts and bananas with a little acidic tartness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, too sweet with not much sourness. Crabtree's version is much better.

05-18-2012 05:47:43 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

25.4oz brown bottle, freshness date on the label and vintage year on the neck.

LOOK: Slightly cloudy, gold color, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Bready, mild tartness, doughy biscuits, grassy, yeast, soft, taffy, banana peel, phenolic

TASTE: Mild tartness, fresh pears, green banana, peppery, crackers, grassy, yeast, mild phenols, gummy, walnut skin, foral, alcohol, dry grain finish

Not as tart as expected, just enough perhaps. I know this is an amped up version though it could have been labeled as a helles weizenbock and we'd all have a different mindset here. Not a huge problem with me though, just hoped to have my palate puckered.

07-24-2012 02:26:50 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of peaches and wheat, with some light tartness. The flavor is very similar. There is quite a bit of fruit - mainly peaches and lemons - as well as some wheat. There is a good bit of flavor, but the tartness level is very light. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-04-2012 19:07:16 | More by Mora2000
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-17-2012 21:09:04 | More by NilocRellim
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ehammond1


2.33/5  rDev -32.9%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazed light golden and yellow with a thin white head that leaves spots and irregular webs of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate for the style.

The aroma is a combination of lemon and wheat with some definite acidity and sour notes. Though there is also a bit of alcohol heat sprinting from the glass, which seems absurd for the style...but then again, this one has 7+ percent ABV. What the...?

The flavor is definitely acidic and sour with some lemon and wheat, but the syrupy mouthfeel and overall fruity sweetness is more than distracting. This is incredibly sweet--not a hallmark of the style.

Thick, syrupy, and heavy. Not good for the style. Not good, ever. Cloying, sticky, thick: not words I ever want to associate with a berliner.

A radical departure from one of my favorite styles. I will not have this again.

08-02-2012 18:23:34 | More by ehammond1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +18.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on 5/23/14.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A funky, tart, and fruity wheat forward aroma with hints of spice and citrus. Wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Big hints of the lacto funk. Spice hints of coriander, clove, and pepper. Good fruit presence with zesty hints of lemon, orange, banana, and pear. A pretty decent Hefeweizen like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, funky, and sweet wheat driven taste with notes of fruit and spice. Wheat and pale malt with some bready notes of grains, straw, cracker, Hefeweizen yeast, and caramel. Spice notes of coriander, pepper, and clove. Big presence of lactobacillus funk. Fruit notes of lemon zest, banana, orange, green apple, and pear. A pretty solid wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat high level of carbonation. Tart, sweet, prickly, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice spin on the Berliner Weisse style. Good mix of funk and spices with some zesty fruit esters.

08-14-2014 07:37:29 | More by MattyG85
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2013 21:33:33 | More by doremite
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.18/5  rDev -37.2%

Had this at the Reno Whole Foods tap room. Poured out, light yellow, mega hazy, pristine virgin like white head on it, about .67" in height. Aroma, whoa, too much perfume, clove and otherwise what seemed like belgian yeast moreso than a German hefe. Good German berlinner's don't smell like this, why should this one?

Taste, jeez, same thing, the mild tartness and wheat is overcome by clove, banana and just a general perfume like taste to the beer. The alcohol is way too high for style, and the taste buds too. This beer needs more tartness, sourness, more of a grist wheat mouthfeel, the correct yeast strain, no clove, no banana, some lemon, just not that heavy yeast presence, less alcohol.

For me, this was an abomination of one of my favorite styles.

10-11-2012 23:45:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnLynch


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

06-06-2012 04:17:54 | More by JohnLynch
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

02-03-2013 01:30:40 | More by sgttibbs
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-14-2014 12:15:02 | More by Schlafly33
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Brenden

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks yet again to styleisking for this one.

A heavily clouded pale gold color, this beer grows a moderately sized and extremely fluffy pure white head. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing is in the same moderation as the head itself in quantity and heaviness.
There's all kinds of everything going on in this aroma, and it's a little confusing. It wants to come together, but doesn't quite manage cohesion. I do get the notes I want, with tartness, funk and some sour fruits, but the phenols, light bitterness, grass/hay and bready malts complementing it add confusion rather than working together.
The flavor offer much of the same, and the boozy heat adds another element of confusion even as some of the aroma's confusion eases off. Lots of yeast, earth, tartness, sourness, funk, fruits, dryness and sweetness competing; it's interesting for sure. Ultimately, it's actually pretty good, just difficult to put together.
The feel moves back and forth between tangy/leafy dryness and fruity sorts of sweetness, but it's got the light sting on the tongue that doesn't hit too hard. The odd booziness gets to the mouthfeel just a little, but it's this beer's best aspect.

07-04-2014 15:59:55 | More by Brenden
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Poor execution. I would expect more of a sourness and lower abv from the style. Yeasty and some sour fruit aroma. Cloudy deep yellow. Boozy. Only a little tartness, should be fruity sourness or significant lactic. So-so drinkability.Medium mouthfeel.

11-02-2012 03:37:26 | More by Sammy
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-26-2012 23:44:52 | More by Oboogie
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-21-2013 22:26:42 | More by jheezee
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LuceScrew

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-27-2013 22:24:50 | More by LuceScrew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%

Picked this up at Bubbles in Gladstone, MO. Can't really read this Bottled on date..

Pours a hazed honey color with a thumb of beige colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cloves, breadyness, lemon

T: Follows the nose, some white grape, dryness, crackery notes, slight twang to this as well up front. Cloves mix with lemon & a little lemon zest as this warms, slight phenolic notes plus pears as this warms. Finishes tart with lemony & white grape juice notes & some grapefruit

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation

More of an Imperial Berliner Weisse, but super drinkability none the less. A little more sourness would've went a long way, but I did enjoy this one. Better than this composite score

06-07-2012 01:33:54 | More by russpowell
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-07-2012 02:17:23 | More by Glibber
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

08-21-2012 19:00:47 | More by hiphopj5
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

Steve Kim warned me not to... But I did it anyways. Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, subtle fruit, floral, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, banana, floral, and apple cider. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. When it arrived I thought Steve didn't know what he was talking about as it looked pretty close to your average Berliner. However, once I smelled it, I knew what he was on about. There was a HUGE earthy note going on here that make me pull back from it at first before I could inhale deeply. This kind of surprised me if I am honest. This disapated as the glass was consumed thankfully as it would have definitely gotten much lower marks. The flavor had a lot going on, but it was by no means above and average Berliner. I have had quite a few great Berliners and this one was definitely not one. Not sure if a fruit addition could help this one as there just seemed to be a lot missing that I really enjoy in a good Berliner. Glad I got to try it on tap and didn't have to buy a bottle.

08-07-2012 16:38:51 | More by thagr81us
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morimech

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

An Imperial Berliner Weisse. We will imperialize anything. Poured from 750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large head that settled quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Pick up a lot of lemon in the aroma along with wheat. Hints of grass and bread dough.

Not really acidic or tart at this point. More of weizenbock with lemon. Strong wheat flavor and some fruit esters. A little alcohol warmth and flavor in the finish.

Large body with gentle, smooth carbonation. Neither of which I think of as being a Berliner Weissbier. But for a big beer, the texture is very good.

Not sure if it is worth picking up another bottle and aging for a couple years and hope the acidity grows. Right now it is just a better than average weizenbock.

05-12-2012 19:10:17 | More by morimech
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-28-2014 20:45:20 | More by beersdmf17
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emerge077

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

Murky pale orange, not quite a pastel yellow shade as is usual for a Berliner. A solid cap of white foam that settles quickly to a ring around the edge. A wispy crescent shape floats in the center.

Familiar soft weizen traits in the aroma, fruity esters, supple wheat and cider notes. As this was just released and still very fresh, it doesn't come across as sour yet.

A nice tart peach twang against a mellow wheat backdrop, some dusty sweetness in the aftertaste momentarily. Pretty fruit forward with peach, pear, and citrus elements. It tastes good, just not what you'd expect for a Berliner Weisse really. Seems "green".

Seems like it could use more time to let the lacto take hold and dry it out more. It's medium bodied, and a little slick, not yet crisp and tart as would be expected. Carbonation isn't quite as charged as a traditional Berliner Weisse typically is. Nevertheless it's pretty enjoyable, and seemingly has some cellar potential.

06-11-2012 03:03:38 | More by emerge077
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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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