Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Photo of avalon07
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that didn't last particularly long. No real lacing.

S: An extremely sweet, fruity and inviting aroma. Also had traces yeast as well.

T: Tasted of fruit (bananas, mostly), spices (cloves), malt, and some yeast. At first, the flavor seemed almost too harsh, but it gradually grew on me. Very sweet and easy to drink.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical Berliner Weissbier flavor, but definitely well made and drinkable. (598 characters)

Photo of Curtis
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,755 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy amber with a champagne like white foam cap that quickly fills the glass and then drops to a thick fizzy film.
S: Light horseblanket and lemony tartness, light bread.
T: Lemony tart light fruit, white bread. F: Very effervescent, refreshing and light.
O: This has twice the alcohol of a traditional Berliner Weiss but it is ery refreshing. (350 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz sampler bottle.

It pours a very hazy/cloudy orange with very little foam, just a ring around the glass.

The smell is of bananas, cloves, and sweet malt. Other spices and fruitiness are there but I can't put my finger on them.

Big bananas and cloves up front in the taste, with some lemon zest bring light tart notes and some very sweet malty notes. Overall, the beer is more sweet than tart, which would be a less likeable road for the style for me, but GT manages to pull it off nicely.

The 7.5% is definitely noticeable but GT brewed the beer this way with cellaring in mind so I'll take that into account.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation..a pretty good mouthfeel though I'd consider it the weakest link for Snarling Badger.

Bottom line: This gets more and more tasty as the beer warms from cellar temp up. I will buy some bottles when they show up, for sure.

PS: I wish Grand Teton made a lower abv and more true to style version of this. I think they'd do a bang up job. (994 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod to light amber with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Lemon, grassy hops, some yeast character.

T: Not traditonal for a Berliner, though I do see its roots. Lemon, with some acidity, but this gets overtaken with a lot of pit fruit, almost Belgian in style, yeasty.

M: Medium-bodied, mild acidity, crisp, easy drinking.

O: This is one of those beers that really has to be reviewed on its own merits and not to style. As a Berliner Weisse it's not that great, there are shades of the style, but no one that would have this for the first time blind would think this is a Berliner, more like an acidic saison or BPA. Nevertheless, it tastes pretty darn good. Well structured, good flavour and nose, this is a real nice beer. Take it for that and enjoy it. (806 characters)

Photo of Aldenby
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazey straw yellow with a nice white head that stays around awhile, although not much lacing.

Smells great, it truly has the grapefruitty, sweet, banana complex aromas I remember when I was in country.

Taste equally as great as it smells, it does not fail to be what a great Berliner Weisse beer should taste like, although, it is a little hot from the boosted alc. As stated in another review, it is a cellar reserve and could go into storage easily. Strong banana and cloves with a tart lemon spike, what fun.

Nice medium mouthfeel as would be exspected.

Overall I like this beer. I might let a bottle sit around for a while just to see what it could be when aged for awhile. I will definetly buy a couple more. (723 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle appears to be dated 3/26/12.

A: A cloudy pale orange pour with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades at a medium pace. Decent lacing.

S: Smells very refreshing. Lots of wheat, lemon and banana. Hint of orange.

T: A little bit of tart lemon up front. Turns sweeter and then the big wheaty base kicks in. A little banana throughout but mostly in the finish. Hint of alcohol but it's not hot. Gets a little more tart as it warms but not enough to overwhelm it.

M: Light, good carbonation. Definitely doesn't feel like a 7.5%. Crisp.

O: My first attempt at a berliner weisse. Very interesting, not as sour as I was expecting. Just a bit tart but it adds to the refreshing lemony wheat qualities of this beer. Very crisp and drinkable. (742 characters)

Photo of BeerisOK
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer earlier this year on a friend's recommendation. I finally found a hot day to pour this for my wife and I. It had been chilled for several hours before serving.

Appearance was a nice golden color with small head and lots of effervescence.

The aromas reminded me of citrus and floral notes.

Taste was wonderful. Very carbonated with the sweet citrus up front. Finish was good with little heat in the finish.

Mellowed out after letting it sit. Carbonation settled down as well. Very drinkable and wish I had bought more. Wonderful beer to quench your thirst on a hot day, especially in Oklahoma. (619 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, funky yeasts, sourness, lemon zest, tart green fruits, bit of oak.

T - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, funky yeasts, some tart green fruits, lemon zest, and some light oak and vanilla.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky and tart finish.

D - Nicely balance berliner weiss. Could have used a bit more kick. (465 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +15%

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, slight lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of wheat, and strong yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, decent feel, okay body, and good blend. (448 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy yellow/golden. No head.

Smell is a bit tart with lots of fruit scents: pear, peach and banana. Wheat is there as well.

Taste is somewhat sour, with crisp wheat and tart fruit. Banana is present, as is yeast.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit puckering.

Overall, quite enjoyable. Not sure how well it fits the Berliner Weiss style (not just due to its strength), but a good beer. (405 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger white head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled tart and funky with some wheat notes.

T - It tasted fairly tart and fruity. Slight funky flavor with spices and wheat.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good Berliner Weisse. Not sure how they made one this good and this strong. (404 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faintly cloudy, light gold color with a rich, thick, white head; lots of effervescence, great lacing. Slightly sour aroma counterbalanced with a light malt background; freshly mowed grass. Excellent sweet/sour combination; citric with a nice hop bitterness counterbalance; tart. Light bodied, clean, crisp and dry.

A very nice Berliner weissbier; well-crafted. Carbonation adds a lot to the overall body and the flavors combine well, producing a great summer-time beer (although I'm sipping this one on a nice, mild mid-Fall afternoon). I guess I wish I had a better recollection of my beer drinking days in Berlin itself (back in the mid-80s) in order to properly compare style, but based upon most Berliner weissen descriptions I've seen, this one hits on all points. (770 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in my Lost Abbey tumbler. Pour starts off with a bright white head that occupies 90% of the volume of the glass before slowly cascading from the bottom-up to reveal a tangerine orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity. Head eventually settles into a rocky, quarter inch cap with a thick, textured semi-circle of lacing evident as the head recedes. Nose expresses lactose, a bready/yeasty quality and a suggestion of light fruit. Taste is a bit sweeter and less tart than your average Beliner Weiss. The beginning starts off with a light, fruity sweetness (tangerines or apricots perhaps) as it hits the tongue, followed by more of the lactic/bready/yeasty character presented in the nose. This characteristic, however, drops off, revealing a slight spiciness, coupled with a lemony citrus zest character. The flavor profile is somewhat complex; however, not as acidic, tart and clean as one tends to expect with the style. Mouthfeel falls somewhere between light and medium on the spectrum, but closer to light. Texture is both slightly oily, but also slightly acidic. Carbonation is lively and effervescent, but really dissipates over the course of the tasting so you get a different impression off the pour as opposed to after the glass has sat. Overall, I can't really say that this beer is particularly consistent with the character of a traditional Berliner Weissbier; perhaps an imperial cousin (I've never seen a 7.5% example of the style). As such, my rating is more to personal preference than style. That said, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit and may pick up a bottle to see if any tartness reveals itself with time; however, this beer is lacking in the traditional tart, lemony, bready, refreshing qualities I've come to associate with the style. (1,778 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Smith's Liquor in Rapid City, drank 4 months later.

When I poured it into my perfect pour glass I was impressed with the carbonation shooting up from the base that resembled boiling water. The opaque yellow color is intriguing. It smelled of citrus, flowers, a touch of wheat and pepper. The taste was similar with a lightly sour twinge that seems to lighten as the glass warms up. I haven't had this style before so I don't have anything to compare it to, but the body seems good.

This was a vacation splurge with no research. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get another one, but it's decent. (617 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (956 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy straw, no head or lacing, single vibrant stream of carbonation in the center.

S: Slightly tart and sour lemon balanced by bready yeast.

T: Delicate yeast funk, the sourness is diminished here a little, but still apparent. Lemon. Near-dry. No alcohol apparent, even with these light flavors. A little watery, and I'd like more sourness, but the flavors there are clean and balanced.

F: Light bodied, fine carbonation.

O: A bit watery, but still enjoyable, and were it not for the ABV, sessionable in the extreme. Another viewpoint is that they show restrain in their formula. (586 characters)

Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a big puffy white head. It dissipates, but there's a huge amount of bubbles at first. Color is rather dark for the style. Hazy.

Nice aroma. Reminds me of a soured saison mixed with a hefeweizen. Fresh grain with some barnyard-ish yeast and a sour tang in the background, and it's all on top of banana bread wheat. It's off-style, but it works and, despite the odd mix of flavors, doesn't even seem all that odd. Just a refreshing blend of wheat beer aromas.

Easy and tasty, but I wish there was more tang. Perhaps, that would develop with time - no idea if lacto can do that. Again, it tastes like a saison mixed into a hefe more than anything. Fairly sweet with a very light tang. There's also an odd tannic edge to the finish.

Great feel. Tons of gentle bubbles. That tannic finish isn't quite right, but it's a pleasant beer to drink.

Good stuff. Grand Teton has done a very nice job with the two Cellar Reserves that I've tried, this and the XX Bitch Creek. This beer is tasty and fun to drink. It's not terribly challenging, but you don't have to go that route to make something new and good. (1,125 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

big ole' wine bottle, review is from notes

look is a cloudy yellow-brown(hmm..). small head that fades instantly. smell is sweet tangerine, coriander, wet grass, clove. taste follows: crisp and clean, yeast, lemon, earthy hops. slightly cloying in the finish, otherwise great feel.

"badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers MUSHROOM MUSHROOM" (351 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
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 (717 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A= Pours a hazy orange color iwht a thick foamy white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is what I expect from a berliner. Strong wheat and lemongrass in the nose. A little tartness to it but not much. A really potent aroma however for a berliner. I would prefer it to be a little more tart. Big yeasty aroma as well. smells very yeasty.

T= The flavor matches the taste. A strong green appley yeast flavor to it is probably most dominate of the flavors. A slight lemony tartness to it as well as a potent wheat flavor.

M= Highly carbonated. Nice to style.

O= I would like a little more tartness and a little less yeast flavor. A cleaner profile would have been nice but I have no complaints for this beer. A solid brew and a nice step outside the box. Not enough berliners out there. (854 characters)

Photo of SalMineo
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this lovely beer last week.

Pour-Hazy golden orange color with a white head.

Aroma-Citrus with a cloves and little bit of honey as well.

Taste-Balanced with lemon zest as well hints of spices with some honey and bread definitely a lot of wheat. Definitely a bit fruity as well.

Mouthfeel-Wheaty mouthfeel and some carbonation with a dry finish. (353 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden straw. Lovely even haze, very effervescent with large bubbles. Thick white head which dissipates pretty quickly to a less than super clingy lacing.
Fresh lemon zest, some acidic notes. Pungent aroma, but having a hard time placing the specifics. Seems as though you can smell a little of the funkiness to come.
First sip starts out surprisingly sweet. Some nice grainy wheat character, bigger on the palate than might have expected. But then the pucker sneaks in. Quite pronounced lactic kick in the finish. Makes what seems like is going to be a much bigger beer dry out and quench at the end.
An interesting beer. Not sure if it nails being a true Berliner-weisse but I really enjoyed it. (710 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear amber with no head. The smell is banana and clove as promised and the sweetness is modest. However, the taste is when the beer starts to take a turn for the worse...and the aftertaste is downright gross.
Its still got nice German wheat beer yeast and sweetness, but the lactic acid mixed with the hops is just too much bitterness. Overall, this beer lets you know it's both German and sour, but it's a hot mess overall. It was not a tart/ refreshing summer drink by any means. (500 characters)

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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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