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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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181 Ratings

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of kjyost
3.4/5  rDev -2%

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.

kjyost, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -32.9%

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.

ehammond1, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

750ml into a Hopleaf tulip.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a big, white, rocky head.

S: Wheat, musty yeast, stone fruit and banana esters, slight lemon.

T: Big wheat and dry, fruity esters - banana, peach, apple. Slight booze under a grainy pale malt base. Crisp with a peppery bitterness, a bit lemony with a barely perceptible dry acidity.

M: Lively carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Seems more like a strong hefeweizen at this strength, with almost no lacto tartness detectable. Not bad, but not what it should be.

Etan, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of theconductor
3/5  rDev -13.5%

theconductor, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

2012 Poured into a snifter

This beer is a hazy golden orange with a two finger white head, quick dissipation with little retention. The nose and taste is surprising. It is a very fruity wheat beer, a lot of wheat flavors, dark fruits and lemons zest. Earthy tones and onion tastes. Very unique taste and somewhat bitter for only 15 IBU's. This beer has high carbonation and a rather full feel. Pretty good and a very unique brew, I would recomment especially if you have a bottle connection.

TwelveOunces, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

mactrail, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Jason, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of javi10653
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

javi10653, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

buckyp, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of dspencer714
3/5  rDev -13.5%

dspencer714, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

SalMineo, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
1.23/5  rDev -64.6%

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.

AleWatcher, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rbrefbeerman, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of tfidler
4/5  rDev +15.3%

tfidler, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +21%

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.

Halcyondays, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a thick and fine-bubbled white head that leaves some generous lacing. Wheaty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and hints of lemon and banana. Be careful when drinking it - this stuff foams like a mad dog - er, make that mad badger! Wheaty flavor has a firm yeasty note plus subtle fruity hints. Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz.

Cyberkedi, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

jjanega08, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Cramerican, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of MikeRMII
4/5  rDev +15.3%

MikeRMII, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

Jwale73, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Mora2000, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of JSchock7
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

JSchock7, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of salinasa
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

salinasa, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

CelticAleMan, Jun 29, 2012
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.