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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-11-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a huge, frothy, white head that has really good persistence. A nice yeasty aroma that is a touch tart. Hazy, straw color. Starts a bit tart, yeasty, and with a bit of grainy hop. Wells up into a big banana/clove yeastiness. Quite dry. Finish is biscuity malt with yeast in the background.

Overall, this isn't too bad. It's like a mildly sour hefeweizen. I like a Berliner that's most assertively tart, and a bit thinner, actually.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks yet again to styleisking for this one.

A heavily clouded pale gold color, this beer grows a moderately sized and extremely fluffy pure white head. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing is in the same moderation as the head itself in quantity and heaviness.
There's all kinds of everything going on in this aroma, and it's a little confusing. It wants to come together, but doesn't quite manage cohesion. I do get the notes I want, with tartness, funk and some sour fruits, but the phenols, light bitterness, grass/hay and bready malts complementing it add confusion rather than working together.
The flavor offer much of the same, and the boozy heat adds another element of confusion even as some of the aroma's confusion eases off. Lots of yeast, earth, tartness, sourness, funk, fruits, dryness and sweetness competing; it's interesting for sure. Ultimately, it's actually pretty good, just difficult to put together.
The feel moves back and forth between tangy/leafy dryness and fruity sorts of sweetness, but it's got the light sting on the tongue that doesn't hit too hard. The odd booziness gets to the mouthfeel just a little, but it's this beer's best aspect.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.