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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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 SHODriver:
Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a pale and cloudy yellow with a small white head and minimal retention
S: smells of banana, clove and some wheat malt. more heffe than anything
T: slightly tart with wheat malt flavor, banana and clove. slight sour citrus but not quite enough. swallow is clean with lingering wheat flavor and some clove
M: smooth and creamy in the mouth from the wheat, ample yet soft carbonation from bottle conditioning.
O: lacking in tartness but a very tasty heffe. some more time might help the tartness in this beer pick up so I'll grab another one and revisit this one later. more tartness in the smell and taste would make this beer an easy four.

SHODriver, Jun 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of theconductor
3/5  rDev -13.8%

theconductor, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Beaver13, May 18, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jason, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

ehammond1, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

MattyG85, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

doremite, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

JohnLynch, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

sgttibbs, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Schlafly33, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brenden, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Oboogie, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jheezee, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of LuceScrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

LuceScrew, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Glibber, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

hiphopj5, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -21%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

thagr81us, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

morimech, May 12, 2012
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

beersdmf17, Feb 28, 2014
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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.