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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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148 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.87%
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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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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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-06-2012 02:30:06 | More by THECPJ
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-25-2012 03:25:33 | More by Texasfan549
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TreLey

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

11-14-2012 03:23:46 | More by TreLey
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2012 03:18:18 | More by sparx1100
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-12-2012 02:57:23 | More by BeerHunter76
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-11-2012 06:37:36 | More by coz
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mmilyko

Nevada

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-06-2012 17:17:10 | More by mmilyko
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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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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-06-2012 03:27:12 | More by bsuedekum
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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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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

10-30-2012 23:33:13 | More by kjkinsey
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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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KajII

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Bowl or Chalice]

The pour was a light hazy orange with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddled film with a small collar and had really good sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian Brett yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple and a hint of coriander.

The taste was sweetly tart with a good strong dose of citrus from the onset, becoming rather yeasty and bit fruity with a tart and mildly spicy finish. The flavor lasted and average duration following the swallow with a nice sour citrusy flavor left behind.

Mouthfeel was right in between light and medium in body with a creamy and slightly dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a really flavorful brew with lots of sweet fruitiness and a bold yeasty tart ending...

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Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 14:44:10 | More by KajII
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

10-15-2012 00:33:22 | More by brotherloco
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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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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Smith's Liquor in Rapid City, drank 4 months later.

When I poured it into my perfect pour glass I was impressed with the carbonation shooting up from the base that resembled boiling water. The opaque yellow color is intriguing. It smelled of citrus, flowers, a touch of wheat and pepper. The taste was similar with a lightly sour twinge that seems to lighten as the glass warms up. I haven't had this style before so I don't have anything to compare it to, but the body seems good.

This was a vacation splurge with no research. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get another one, but it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:32:02 | More by DesMoinesMike
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-07-2012 14:17:45 | More by t0rin0
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-07-2012 02:17:23 | More by Glibber
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AGED REVIEW

Bottled 3/26/12, stored at ambient basement temperature in hopes of amplifying lacto tartness.

Result:
MISSION INCOMPLETE.

I've run out of the last of my bombers of this one without achieving a solid lacto tartness. I've observed only about a 20% increase in tartness presence over the course of six months. Given the rate of progression, I'd estimate that this one should be aged for a year or even longer.

The good news is that no particular aspect of the beer has oxidized or fallen apart in any way at all, and despite not being quite as sour as other Berliner Weisses, the underlying weisse base is competently assembled and delicious enough to be enjoyed as a simple weizen with a splash of light tartness *as is* without issues.

It's still very much a gentle beginner's version of a Berliner Weisse, and it *is* gradually souring. Only not as quickly as I had anticipated, and I'm all out of bottles. Some other BA member will have to pick up this torch from here. Just wait longer than I did to pop the last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:58:34 | More by WastingFreetime
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

09-27-2012 00:49:03 | More by jera1350
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -28%

09-23-2012 23:05:38 | More by Hellpop65
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

09-22-2012 19:02:27 | More by eawolff99
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.