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 Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a meringue of a head that leaves clumpy splotches of lace

Smell: Overripe pear, lemons and yeasty phenols; somewhat boozy

Taste: Overripe pears, lemons, wheat and yeasty phenols, up front, like a cross between a Weizenbock and boozy tripel; lactobacillus takes over, after the swallow, adding a yogurty sourness along with a bit of funk; quite boozy in the finish, with a tension between the sugars and the tart flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warming in the gullet

Overall: Clearly not to style and I am not rating it on that basis; Weizenbocks and the sweeter end of the Tripel style are not styles I particularly like so it is no surprise that I don't particularly care for this beer; perhaps the beer will improve with some time under its belt (829 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

a very god ale, right on for summer and super easy drinking and refreshing and all. my only issue, and its a big one, is that is this really sour mashed like a berliner should be? is it really tart? sour? funky? sessionable? lots of no and a yes there. it truly is sessionable, but there is no lacto there at all, let alone a sour mash or a funky weirdness or lemon kick. lightness is there, real sessionable and low abv and all of that, but no tart to the taste, no citrus kick or acidity, its just an ale, and for something billed as a wild, its real disappointing. the way thier oud bruin is a good beer, but not good as an oud briun, this does basically the same thing. tasty as a beer, fully, but not enough as a berliner, missing a lot of key elements. light and clean, but show me the sour!!! (799 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 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 womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -26%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

2012 I think, pretty old.

Semi clear golden color light fizzy head

Nose weird fruity, apple like, weird tree fruit, sour,

Taste little yeasty, doughy, big weird fruity again, apple, sour apple and tree fruit, slight tart like strong Belgian thing, flemmy but not acidic.

Med bod little flemmy sticky, decent carb

Nothing like I expected, not much like a berliner at all. (375 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big foam up in the tall, skinny glass, but better in a chalice. Slight haze to the golden amber color. Faint fruity aroma, like ripe muskmelon. Fairly spritzy on the tongue.

Sharp, but not tart. A sweetness more like a Hefeweizen. Nice wheat malt flavors. Some Belgian funky bitterness but not much detectable hop flavor. Cantaloupe and roasted corn. It's kind of interesting, double-strength Berliner without the sourness. Reminds me more of a double Pilsener. Very fruity and seems to get sweeter as you sip.

From the 750 ml bottle, 2012 version. Bought at the Olive Tree in San Diego. (589 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  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. (638 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 Rifugium
3.43/5  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. (606 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 'triple' Berliner Weiss eh? Picked this up at Binny's and shared it at Edward's birthday bash. Served in a wine glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin partial collar. Hazy banana-gold color.

S - Lots of wheat here, with phenolic yeast notes but not much banana. Light tangy lemon note, but I'm not sure I could guess the style from the aroma alone.

T - Taste has a ton of unmalted wheat character as well, with more banana flavor than the aroma suggests. There's a very light sour note in the finish, but this feels more like a Weizenbock with its mixture of wheat and fruity malt sweetness.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy yet chewy texture, medium bodied, with a touch of alcohol warming. Mildly sticky in the finish.

D - If you go in expecting a higher-ABV German wheat then you won't be too disappointed, but this isn't really what I want out of the Berliner weiss style. Perhaps this will sour up over time? A bit of a letdown, as I've generally enjoyed Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve series, but not a bad beer either. (1,045 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of Snarling Badger with bottled on date of 23 June 2014.
Pours clear, light amber with a small head.
The aroma is an unappealing mix of yeast, citrus, bready malts and funk.
Flavor: mildly tart with a mostly lemony citrus tone. Some bready light grains.

O: get past the aroma and you'll find a quite drinkable weisse beer with well hidden ABV. (360 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (1,100 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 Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not that I've head many BWs in my day, but this one seems to be rather tame, and that don't match the Badger name.

Light golden, straw color pour. Head billows up, then settles, but still lingers.

Light aromas of peaches, apricots and florals, some lemon.

Flavor is good. While light, the heaviest flavors are banana and wheat. the tartness is very light, which is too bad. It would pep up the other flavors, imo. I bought this when it came out in the late spring. Maybe more age would help. (494 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

RB

12oz bottle picked up at the COOP... Pours a pretty hazy dark yellow... no real head to speak of and no lacing.

Nose shows some very light yogurt qualities (that may just be in my head)... but the big player is wheaty pale malt and some yeasty phenols that remind me of clove.

Flavor is a sweet mess of fruity pear and apple esters that belong no where in the same breath of anything Berliner. xx

Body is entirely too thick... This brew is pretty much a disaster IMO.

2.5/2.75/2.75/2.75/2.75 (499 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for JLindros for sharing this beer during a little cellar cleaning party. 2012 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear golden hue with a thin head that faded quickly to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of rather fruity apples, green apple skins, sweeter malts. Not very berliner like at all.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More sweet apples and skin, however, there is a surprising amount of alcohol heat given the ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated with some booze.

O - Overall this was a neat, old, odd beer. Certainly don't think the flavour/aroma going on here now was what was going on when it was fresh but still fun to try.

Serving Type: Bottle (708 characters)

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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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