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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
79
okay

142 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 18.16%


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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.18/5  rDev -37.2%
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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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very hazy golden orange color with a white head. Smells surprisingly sweet for a berliner. A bit of fruit, some lactic tartness, and some sort of hefeweizen like notes of clove and banana. Flavor is quite fruity with lemon, banana, and peaches. It’s also sweet, maybe a bit of honey to it. The tartness is there, but not as prominent as usual in a berlinerweiss. Sort of heavy on the palate, too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 04:45:27 | More by womencantsail
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is only slightly tart with some malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a spice flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not a very good representation of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:34:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I am pretty sure this is my first (non home brewed) Berliner (or somewhat equivalent). A 3oz pour at Atomic Coffee, Moorhead, MN (July 27, 2012). From notes.

Hazy body that is pale yellow with a decent head and lacing. Wheat on nose with hint of fruit and butter. Citrus in body, lemon and tangerine initially with light spice notes. The citrus drops right off leaving a light lactic tartness. I wish it had more... Finishes with lingering bitterness / astringency. Seems off.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 17:59:15 | More by kjyost
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ehammond1


2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
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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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 23:56:07 | More by Halcyondays
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snarling Badger from Grand Teton is 3x the ABV of a traditional Berliner Weiss, but goes down smooth on a hot day. The brew pours an opaque orange with little to no head. Aromas of bananas, lemon grass, wheat, funk and an underlining sweetness. The wheat dominates the pallet, with hints of spice, banana, and lemon. A light quenching tartness meets a medium-light body and moderate level of carbonation. So excited to see this style taking on a life of its own in America!

Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 00:54:14 | More by phishsihq
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 00:17:43 | More by jrenihan
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed bright golden orange color. Little white head.

Aroma: bananas, cloves, and a bit of bug funk. Lots of wheat. Oranges and lemons.

Taste: very unique. The bugs provide a little bit of funk and sourness. Then he typical wheat beer flavors. Too much flavor and body to be considered a b weisse.

Mouthfeel: funky and smooth. Light to medium bodied. With a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a unique beer. Definitely has a funky cheese flavor to it. Not a b weisse but a solI'd wheat. My scores reflect the style though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 02:04:40 | More by mothman
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Golfer3Aces

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On sale for 3.99 at my local liquor store. Can't beat the price for 22oz and 7.5 abv.

A. Looks good. About a finger of head. A peach type if color.
S. All I can smell is wine.
T. Fruity. Maybe peaches. Almost tastes like fruit cocktail juice.
M. Light mouth feel. Ends dry like a red wine. (Of the red wines I have tried they have finished dry. No wine experience)
O. I haven't had many of this style that I know of. That being said it, its not a bad beer. I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:16:49 | More by Golfer3Aces
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

2.74/5  rDev -21%
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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BeerisOK

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 19:09:41 | More by BeerisOK
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GuzzLah

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -38%
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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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
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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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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"

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 05:00:52 | More by jimmah120
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had at a recent bottle share.

Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour, with a large, fizzy, white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving some dissipating lacing on the glass. Quite wheaty in the nose, lemongrass, yeast. in the taste, lightly toasted wheat, grass, yeasty sourdough, light touches of lemon and under-ripe banana. Not amazingly flavorful or distinctive, but still pretty crisp and refreshing. Light-medium and fairly enjoyable, but I wouldn't exactly call it exemplary of the style. However, on drinkability alone, I wouldn't mind revisiting this one, preferably on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 10:22:56 | More by Rifugium
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 07:13:46 | More by ngeunit1
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ESPNman

California

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a large wine glass (hey, I need to do some dishes... don't judge me)

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow, leaning slightly towards orange. Develops a nice finger of thick white head, great retention, solid lacing. Overall, the appearance of this beer is the best part of it.

S - Surprisingly sweet. Some hay, funk, and vague barnyard in there... but for the most part it's overwhelmed by fruity, almost artificial sweetness. Not much in the way of sourness that I'd expect from the style. Slight oak.

T - Once again, this wouldn't be too bad as a hefeweizen, but it's not supposed to be a hefe. Lots of Belgian yeast flavors, cloves and bananas present. A bit of tart and funk, and then that artificial sweetness from the nose.

M - Solid carbonation, but overly thick for the style. Not as refreshing and slightly tart as I'd like. The more it warms up, the more the mouthfeel seems to be a detractor from the beer as a whole.

O - Not a bad beer, but not something that I'd offer up as an exceptional example of the style. Too sweet, too boozy, and not enough tart. If they toned down the booze a bit and highlighted some of the good portions of the beer, this would make a solid hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:50:08 | More by ESPNman
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beagle75

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of fine bubbles rise in the column.

S: Bready at first, although fading to reveal more pure sourness and bright green apple fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with fermented grain and almonds amidst very restrained generic tartness. There is an artificial sweetening trend during the middle to leave a bit of plastic to linger alongside a finish of bright acidic stone fruit.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer struggles with a crisis of identity--it comes across like a Belgian strong golden ale that someone forgot to add the Belgian yeast to. It also reminds of Dogfish Head's line of generic strong ales. In either case, it seems less special for being a stronger version of a traditional style. Lesson hopefully learned, Grand Teton--just because you call it something on the label, doesn't make it so.

Note: The syrah barrel-aged version of this beer sampled at FoBAB was not just improved over the base beer, but truly made special.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:35:20 | More by beagle75
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy medium orange with a big foamy head with nice clingy lace. Pretty beer.

Sweet fruit and an edge of tartness and wood in the nose. Berliner Weisse?

If tasted blind, I'd say this is more like a belgian pale ale. Some fruit, alcohol, wood, vanilla, funk, light sour, and some bitterness. In essence, a mess. Way too sweet to be a berliner weisse, but maybe this needs to lay down for a while. Still, uneven. Not undrinkable, but hardly what I would call a version of the style.

Medium bodied, needs better carbonation.

Not bad. Some wood and funk make this ok, but I'd never buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 00:03:03 | More by OtherShoe2
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -15%
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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Braseltonage

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 13:52:37 | More by Braseltonage
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 22:51:34 | More by beergoot
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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.