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Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
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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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.3%

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

California

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:35:20 | More by beagle75
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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 -14.7%
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 +1.2%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Nevada

4/5  rDev +15.6%

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

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +1.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +8.4%

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

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +4%
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 +22.8%

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

Nevada

2.18/5  rDev -37%
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
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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