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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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AleWatcher

Illinois

1.23/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Why is this beer 7.5% ABV?!
That seems so the opposite of the style...

Lemony tartness with orange peel and grassy notes... A sweet and spicy wheat malt lies underneath it.

The lemon tartness was short-lived... Now the finish has become quite chalky-- like Smarties candy with a touch of tartness.

Feels too thick for the style... And quite chalky.

Dark golden colored bodied, not at all cloudy-- very clear. White head of 2 fingers settled quickly to a thin ring. The ring hangs on for quite a while. No lacing at all.

Overall-- this is not a good take on the style. I was really hoping to like this beer... But it just isn't gonna work out. It isn't tart enough, the ABV is too high, and it really isn't very refreshing. It sounds rude, but this beer fails at all aspects of being a Berliner.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:53:59 | More by AleWatcher
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harrymel

Washington

1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

07-02-2013 22:41:43 | More by harrymel
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

07-11-2013 21:32:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

08-05-2012 21:34:49 | More by nathanjohnson
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Chibeerguy1

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

08-15-2013 00:34:52 | More by Chibeerguy1
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illidurit

California

2/5  rDev -42.2%

06-29-2013 02:01:22 | More by illidurit
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.2%

08-08-2013 01:27:30 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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GuzzLah

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled a year ago.

A - poured a clear gold with a standard head. Light lace. Very bubbly.

S - Aroma that reminds be of a Belgian yeast fermented at the wrong temperature with a dash of perfume.

T - Ambiguous flavor. Slightly salty. Somewhat harshly boozy with fusels. Blech!

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel which is not good for the style. Slightly tart, but not crisp or refreshing and nowhere near as tart as it should be.

O - A poor example of the style and not even a good beer regardless of style. GT normally brews some pretty good beer, but this one is a certified dud. I'm struggling to finish the last 8oz of the bomber. Dieses Bier ist kein Berliner!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 22:41:50 | More by GuzzLah
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.18/5  rDev -37%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew pours a hazed orange color with a white froth topping. It fades to a thin film atop. A swirl revives an off-white finger and produces some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is filled with sulfur initially, then lemon and perfume almost like coriander. Clove and yeast spiciness is present through the middle which is awkward for the style. Lemony fruit and mild funk like lacto/yogurt and earth/minerals are the lasting impression left in the nose.

The taste is clove spiciness, caramel malt sweetness and some lemony fruit aspects. The alcohol is readily apparent with a mild yogurt tartness that gets cut by the prominent alcohol character. The aftertaste has sulfur, minerals and a strange twist of fruit like apple/pear skins.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. By and far, this is a bad example of a berliner weisse. It is atypical of everything a good berliner is...even by "imperial" standards. Instead of light, refreshing and tart this feels like a strong hefeweizen gone terribly wrong. I would not recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 14:05:21 | More by stakem
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ehammond1


2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Idaho

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

07-15-2014 21:19:21 | More by KlayWey
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

09-23-2012 23:05:38 | More by Hellpop65
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Zbeetleman

California

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

07-08-2013 04:04:43 | More by Zbeetleman
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

07-08-2013 02:50:05 | More by Dactrius
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Dark golden body, moderately clouded, with a brief but unyielding, not-quite-fizzy, white head.

Smell: All of the wheat malt aroma you would expect from a big wheat beer, with notes of clove, sugar-laced bananas, florals, and tired lemons.

Taste: Sweet with plenty viscous, creamy malted wheat flavor. Slight perceived honey taste, with a growing banana character. Pinch of clove. Low citrusy hint. Lightly acidic, very little tartness -- not nearly enough to cut through the rich wheatiness (if it weren't for the carbonation, this would be even more of a mess). Closes out nearly as sweet and wheaty as it started.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I cannot tell you h--actually, I suppose I can tell you. I was very excited to purchase a Berliner Weisse. I was very disappointed to learn it was anything but. For a few minutes I tried to pretend it was a Belgian golden ale loaded with wheat. No dice.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 13:32:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

“Bottled on 03/2012”

Pours a hazy shade of bronze with a huge fluffy white head. The best description I can give of the smell is that it is like a hefeweizen with some added hops and faint lactic acid.
Whoa, mouthfeel is on the heavy side, with none of the spritzy carbonation typical for the style.
Surprisingly sweet, with a little caramel maltiness and some yeast flavors – apple, banana and maybe lemon if you’re really stretching things. Very little of the tartness described on the attached label. Too sweet. Closer to a weizenbock than a Berliner.

Overall: an okay beer but a complete failure of a berlinerweisse (imperial or otherwise). I’ve enjoyed most of the Grand Teton beers I’ve tried in the past, but this is an exception (although rather fitting for a beer named after a badger). Maybe if it is aged long enough, it will dry out and develop some berliner attributes.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 04:23:13 | More by GeezLynn
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a perfect pint. 2012 vintage.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy/fizzy white head that falls quickly and leaves just a few whisps of lacing.

3.0 S: It doesn't smell bad, but it's missing many of the things I love about the style. Foremost, it isn't tart in the nose at all. It smells more like an APWA. Secondarily, it's got a lot of bready yeastiness which prevents it from smelling refreshing if that makes sense. Peppery spiciness, surprisingly potent wheat, and bready yeastiness.

3.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is muddled by yeast. There's a bit of funk, but again lacking tartness. Spicy peppery yeastiness, breadiness, and wheat. Again it tastes like an APWA.

3.0 M: Medium body. Not light and refreshing, which is something I like about the style. Rather, it's dense and chewy. I can't ding it too much though as it goes down easy enough.

2.5 D: They need to rethink this beer or stop calling it a BW. It's not bad (it's not good either), but it's not what I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:18:57 | More by DavoleBomb
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color. Produced a really nice head of white froth. Solid retention behind it and some good lacing left behind.

(S)- A nicely tart lemon peel and subtle bits of wheat and biscuit. Ever so slightly sweet.

(T)- Its kind of like a cross between a pretty good hefeweizen with a little tartness. Stronger in the clove, wheat, and banana with a little tartness to it, so a tad different for the style, but not completely disappointing.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. An ok balance for a hefe, but this is supposed to be a berliner weisse. The subtle tartness this has does help, but that quickly fades as it warms.

(O)- Overall, not quite fitting the style, but for a $8 750mL, its not too bad when berliner weisse's are not all the common to find. I enjoyed it, but it does fall short of the style itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 22:00:18 | More by sweemzander
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theconductor

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

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

Colorado

3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 05:47:43 | More by Beaver13
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.3%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-04-2014 19:45:02 | More by styleisking
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-16-2014 02:55:49 | More by Bosoxfan20
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bird22

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

06-27-2013 18:05:21 | More by bird22
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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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