1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

173 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 173
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse Alström Bros
Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of doremite


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2013 21:33:33 | More by doremite
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

07-11-2013 21:32:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of NeilFlaiz


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

07-09-2013 22:07:25 | More by NeilFlaiz
Photo of Zbeetleman


2.5/5  rDev -28%

07-08-2013 04:04:43 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of Dactrius


2.5/5  rDev -28%

07-08-2013 02:50:05 | More by Dactrius
Photo of BeerisOK


4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

Picked up this beer earlier this year on a friend's recommendation. I finally found a hot day to pour this for my wife and I. It had been chilled for several hours before serving.

Appearance was a nice golden color with small head and lots of effervescence.

The aromas reminded me of citrus and floral notes.

Taste was wonderful. Very carbonated with the sweet citrus up front. Finish was good with little heat in the finish.

Mellowed out after letting it sit. Carbonation settled down as well. Very drinkable and wish I had bought more. Wonderful beer to quench your thirst on a hot day, especially in Oklahoma.

07-07-2013 19:09:41 | More by BeerisOK
Photo of GuzzLah


2.15/5  rDev -38%

Bottled a year ago.

A - poured a clear gold with a standard head. Light lace. Very bubbly.

S - Aroma that reminds be of a Belgian yeast fermented at the wrong temperature with a dash of perfume.

T - Ambiguous flavor. Slightly salty. Somewhat harshly boozy with fusels. Blech!

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel which is not good for the style. Slightly tart, but not crisp or refreshing and nowhere near as tart as it should be.

O - A poor example of the style and not even a good beer regardless of style. GT normally brews some pretty good beer, but this one is a certified dud. I'm struggling to finish the last 8oz of the bomber. Dieses Bier ist kein Berliner!

07-02-2013 22:41:50 | More by GuzzLah
Photo of harrymel


1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

07-02-2013 22:41:43 | More by harrymel
Photo of illidurit


2/5  rDev -42.4%

06-29-2013 02:01:22 | More by illidurit
Photo of redleg411


4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-28-2013 20:40:58 | More by redleg411
Photo of bird22


3/5  rDev -13.5%

06-27-2013 18:05:21 | More by bird22
Photo of stakem


2.26/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

06-18-2013 14:05:21 | More by stakem
Photo of jimmah120


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

big ole' wine bottle, review is from notes

look is a cloudy yellow-brown(hmm..). small head that fades instantly. smell is sweet tangerine, coriander, wet grass, clove. taste follows: crisp and clean, yeast, lemon, earthy hops. slightly cloying in the finish, otherwise great feel.

"badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers MUSHROOM MUSHROOM"

06-17-2013 05:00:52 | More by jimmah120
Photo of leedorham


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-01-2013 15:06:31 | More by leedorham
Photo of LuceScrew


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-27-2013 22:24:50 | More by LuceScrew
Photo of Rifugium


3.44/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

04-21-2013 10:22:56 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jreindl


3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-20-2013 13:28:02 | More by jreindl
Photo of sendbeer


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

04-08-2013 14:56:55 | More by sendbeer
Photo of Vitacca


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-05-2013 02:36:12 | More by Vitacca
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +15.3%

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, funky yeasts, sourness, lemon zest, tart green fruits, bit of oak.

T - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, funky yeasts, some tart green fruits, lemon zest, and some light oak and vanilla.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky and tart finish.

D - Nicely balance berliner weiss. Could have used a bit more kick.

02-18-2013 07:13:46 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Haybeerman


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

02-06-2013 23:44:51 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of sgttibbs


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

02-03-2013 01:30:40 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of ADTaber

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-19-2013 02:45:54 | More by ADTaber
Photo of ESPNman


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

Served into a large wine glass (hey, I need to do some dishes... don't judge me)

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow, leaning slightly towards orange. Develops a nice finger of thick white head, great retention, solid lacing. Overall, the appearance of this beer is the best part of it.

S - Surprisingly sweet. Some hay, funk, and vague barnyard in there... but for the most part it's overwhelmed by fruity, almost artificial sweetness. Not much in the way of sourness that I'd expect from the style. Slight oak.

T - Once again, this wouldn't be too bad as a hefeweizen, but it's not supposed to be a hefe. Lots of Belgian yeast flavors, cloves and bananas present. A bit of tart and funk, and then that artificial sweetness from the nose.

M - Solid carbonation, but overly thick for the style. Not as refreshing and slightly tart as I'd like. The more it warms up, the more the mouthfeel seems to be a detractor from the beer as a whole.

O - Not a bad beer, but not something that I'd offer up as an exceptional example of the style. Too sweet, too boozy, and not enough tart. If they toned down the booze a bit and highlighted some of the good portions of the beer, this would make a solid hefeweizen.

01-15-2013 02:50:08 | More by ESPNman
Photo of beagle75


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of fine bubbles rise in the column.

S: Bready at first, although fading to reveal more pure sourness and bright green apple fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with fermented grain and almonds amidst very restrained generic tartness. There is an artificial sweetening trend during the middle to leave a bit of plastic to linger alongside a finish of bright acidic stone fruit.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer struggles with a crisis of identity--it comes across like a Belgian strong golden ale that someone forgot to add the Belgian yeast to. It also reminds of Dogfish Head's line of generic strong ales. In either case, it seems less special for being a stronger version of a traditional style. Lesson hopefully learned, Grand Teton--just because you call it something on the label, doesn't make it so.

Note: The syrah barrel-aged version of this beer sampled at FoBAB was not just improved over the base beer, but truly made special.

01-15-2013 02:35:20 | More by beagle75
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.