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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-11-2012

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
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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 222
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (806 characters)

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

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. (370 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (854 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,778 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (385 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
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!

Prost! (481 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
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. (258 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
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. (647 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
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 (717 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
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 (596 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of mothman
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small fine white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts and sour almost rotten tropical fruits and bananas with a little stinkiness.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruity malts and bananas with a little acidic tartness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, too sweet with not much sourness. Crabtree's version is much better. (454 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle appears to be dated 3/26/12.

A: A cloudy pale orange pour with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades at a medium pace. Decent lacing.

S: Smells very refreshing. Lots of wheat, lemon and banana. Hint of orange.

T: A little bit of tart lemon up front. Turns sweeter and then the big wheaty base kicks in. A little banana throughout but mostly in the finish. Hint of alcohol but it's not hot. Gets a little more tart as it warms but not enough to overwhelm it.

M: Light, good carbonation. Definitely doesn't feel like a 7.5%. Crisp.

O: My first attempt at a berliner weisse. Very interesting, not as sour as I was expecting. Just a bit tart but it adds to the refreshing lemony wheat qualities of this beer. Very crisp and drinkable. (742 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial Berliner Weisse. We will imperialize anything. Poured from 750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large head that settled quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Pick up a lot of lemon in the aroma along with wheat. Hints of grass and bread dough.

Not really acidic or tart at this point. More of weizenbock with lemon. Strong wheat flavor and some fruit esters. A little alcohol warmth and flavor in the finish.

Large body with gentle, smooth carbonation. Neither of which I think of as being a Berliner Weissbier. But for a big beer, the texture is very good.

Not sure if it is worth picking up another bottle and aging for a couple years and hope the acidity grows. Right now it is just a better than average weizenbock. (796 characters)

Photo of Aldenby
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazey straw yellow with a nice white head that stays around awhile, although not much lacing.

Smells great, it truly has the grapefruitty, sweet, banana complex aromas I remember when I was in country.

Taste equally as great as it smells, it does not fail to be what a great Berliner Weisse beer should taste like, although, it is a little hot from the boosted alc. As stated in another review, it is a cellar reserve and could go into storage easily. Strong banana and cloves with a tart lemon spike, what fun.

Nice medium mouthfeel as would be exspected.

Overall I like this beer. I might let a bottle sit around for a while just to see what it could be when aged for awhile. I will definetly buy a couple more. (723 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz sampler bottle.

It pours a very hazy/cloudy orange with very little foam, just a ring around the glass.

The smell is of bananas, cloves, and sweet malt. Other spices and fruitiness are there but I can't put my finger on them.

Big bananas and cloves up front in the taste, with some lemon zest bring light tart notes and some very sweet malty notes. Overall, the beer is more sweet than tart, which would be a less likeable road for the style for me, but GT manages to pull it off nicely.

The 7.5% is definitely noticeable but GT brewed the beer this way with cellaring in mind so I'll take that into account.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation..a pretty good mouthfeel though I'd consider it the weakest link for Snarling Badger.

Bottom line: This gets more and more tasty as the beer warms from cellar temp up. I will buy some bottles when they show up, for sure.

PS: I wish Grand Teton made a lower abv and more true to style version of this. I think they'd do a bang up job. (994 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that didn't last particularly long. No real lacing.

S: An extremely sweet, fruity and inviting aroma. Also had traces yeast as well.

T: Tasted of fruit (bananas, mostly), spices (cloves), malt, and some yeast. At first, the flavor seemed almost too harsh, but it gradually grew on me. Very sweet and easy to drink.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical Berliner Weissbier flavor, but definitely well made and drinkable. (598 characters)

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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.