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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

06-26-2012 23:44:52 | More by Oboogie
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 16:54:42 | More by MasterSki
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with an illegible date. An imperial Berliner Weisse? Sounds about in the same league as an NA RIS. Odd, but I digress. This bottle was poured into a goblet.

A: Looks like a BW...Cloudy orange with a one-finger white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

S: Smell is decidedly German. Heavy Hefe malt, wheat, and lemon.

T:Taste is sort of akin to an extremely phenolic and semi-sour Hefeweizen. The clove and banana are definitely present, but there's also a strong fruit flavor present along with a slight sour/lemon taste. I guess it would be what an imperial BW would taste like....

M: It has the mouthfeel of a Hefe...AKA not like a BW. Medium-bodied, moderate to minimal carbonation.

O: As others have said, this one would probably be better if aged a bit more. It's not as sour/funky as I'd like in BW. However, as with most Grand Teton beers, this one is very good, even if not doesn't completely fit the BW criteria.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:54:23 | More by TTAmod
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3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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!


Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 00:54:14 | More by phishsihq
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

06-17-2012 23:28:05 | More by Whiskeydeez
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-17-2012 17:49:31 | More by sliverX
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 02:22:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-12-2012 22:49:42 | More by kaelingirl
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $10.49 Bright orange color, hazy and cloudy, foamy head. Smell is wheat and a bit of tartness, not bad. Taste is more wheat, hint of citrus and a lactic quality, just slightly tart. Overall not bad but not one that I would revisit for the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:43:28 | More by ArrogantB
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +15%
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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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 07:48:53 | More by SHODriver
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:03:38 | More by emerge077
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3.98/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 12:53:04 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

06-09-2012 02:20:24 | More by psychotia
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:33:54 | More by russpowell
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-06-2012 04:17:54 | More by JohnLynch
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Granite Liquors in Weymouth and poured into aHil Farmstead wine glass.

A Hazy light orange body with a one finger head. Head goes away pretty quickly. Some nice signs of carbonation, this looks pretty nice.

S Subtle light malt with some earthy grassy scents. Very slight tartness and white grape.

T Light malt and lemongrass with an earthy undertone. Subtle tartness on the finish but much of a pucker. Very easy to drink.

M Light and crisp with a heavy carbonation, very drinkable.

O Nice and refreshing beer. Would have liked more tartness in the flavor but nice none the less

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:45:08 | More by Gushue3
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-05-2012 14:22:30 | More by RichH55
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-04-2012 04:37:02 | More by elec
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

05-28-2012 02:16:20 | More by brbrocc
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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, first 2012 release of this in bottles. Beer pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of fluffy bright white head. Head retention is nice, lasting several minutes before dissipated to a thin collar of foam and some light lacing. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is dominated by fruity esters, red apple and pear, light coriander and clove, and biscuit malt. Not much if any lactic presence, maybe a hint of lemon tartness.

Taking a sip, somewhat disappointed with the lack of tartness. Sweet fruity ester and yeast flavors greet the tongue, apple and pear, coriander. Biscuit malt and light wheat grain flavor mid tongue before finishing clean with some light yeast ester lingering.

Light to medium body and well carbonated, beer is more of a tripel than a berliner weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 22:02:47 | More by nataku00
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2012 15:34:36 | More by avaldivia
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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 750ml: poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice hazy golden orange with a little less then two fingers of white head, which dissapates nicely and leavs a touch of lacing. You can see tight little carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: bannana and lemon accented with a touch of funk, the wheat is deffinatly there as well, a little spicyness as well , perhaps a touch of Clove?

T: very wheaty, a lot of bannana, and yeast flavor... I would deffinatly say a touch of clove in there as well, sweet on the finish, a light sourness, but I feel as though it is masked a bit by the yeast flavors, a little bit of citrus and lemon in there as well, I feel like this could have deffinatly used a bit more bug character. But on the bottle it says this one will get more sour with age... Maybe that's what it needs to let the yeast mellow out and the bugs to shine threw a bit more. Start getting notes of pear and apple in there as well as the brew warms a bit.

M: very light and drinkable with high crisp carbonation, sweet on the finish.... Where i feel a dryer finish may have. Implemented this brew a bit more.... Deffinatly refreshing.

O: a decent beer, a little to wheaty and Belgian yeasty for me at this point, I was hoping for a little more sourness, Kind of reminds me of a light bodied saison with a touch of funk, not bad, I could see how it would be good on a hot summer day, but I can think of a few other hot summer day beers I'd deffinatly take first.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 22:47:32 | More by PeterIngemi
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United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 02:04:40 | More by mothman
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

05-19-2012 04:55:28 | More by Doodler
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.