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Berliner Weisse - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Etan on 09-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 10
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3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ancient in its roots but refreshing in its revamping- the classic northern German sour wheat ale pokes through all the craziness of the ever-evolving craft beer market with a crazy and rustic flavor of days gone by. Maybe experimentation has always been there?

With its canary-yellow color and its classic wheaty haze, the beer simply glows with an elegant pale golden appearance. As its dainty but tightly woven head develops, it eventually dissolves back into the beer because of its own acidity that outplays its wheat structure.

The bright scent of lemon drops is lightly candied but progressively tart with a complementary waft of lime, green apple, under-ripened berries and white grape. An earthier tone rises for a mild whiff of sea air and musty wheat, that when its mild hop scent emerges reminds me of damp straw. Heading into taste, a bready sense of wheat greets the nose as well as the early palate.

That's when the short-lived sweetness of candied citrus and light bread offer a certain roundness to support the sourness to come. As the sweetness trails, its beautiful acidity comes to life with the same tart berry, apple, grape and lemon-lime characteristics that were picked up by the nose. Its mouth-watering sourness is clean, crisp and ultimately palate cleansing- giving the ale an acute refreshment rather than beating the taste buds with complexity and phenolic spice. Its light bitterness is of fragrant grasses and is the perfect partner to the echoes of wheat that close its taste.

Malty-dry and sharply acidic, the early carbonation makes the beer both highly effervescent with a sprite prickle to the tongue and also creamy with its embedded dextrin-rich wheat structure. With those bubbles, the acidity bursts on the palate that ushers in a fast-fleeting finish that causes the bulk of its taste to resonate more so in finish and aftertaste than during the middle. This further reinforces the element of refreshment and drinkability that makes Berlinerweiss so damn charming (if done properly). ...and at sub-4% abv, its finishes is minty-cool rather than warm but with a trail of vanilla.

Hinterland hit this classic style squarely on the head. The only thing that would win me even more over is to dry the malt even more, as this would also elevate its acidity and clean up its earthen must qualities. Regardless, put this regal ale aside of my parmesan cheese and herb salami anytime.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale lemony pastel gold, slightly hazed, soapy cap of foam on top. Pretty effervescent, with sticky lace all around the sides.

Aroma is slightly lemony and wheaty, pretty textbook Berliner, though fairly faint.

Taste is nicely tart, very light bodied with a certain crisp minerality from the lactobacillus. Underripe fruit tartness at first with a smooth wheaty dryness in the aftertaste. Easy drinking, not bad at all. Wondering if the added shelf time contributed to the tart and dry character.

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16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip.
3.2% ABV

A - Hazy pale yellow, this cloudy beer pours with a plume of dense stark white foam that grips the glass leaving thick clumps of lace.

S - Hinterland's Berliner Weisse has a nice tart and acidic nose of a Berliner with a more vibrant hop profile of citrus zest and underlying herbal notes.

T - Delicious grainy pale malt undertones give the base of this Berliner a classic crisp and simple flavor profile that develops quickly, changing to tart white grape skin and lemon zest citrus from ramped-up hop additions.

M - Effervescent carbonation dances on the tongue, joyfully adding to the beer's bright and ethereal crispness while dry tartness finishes out with a faint trail of bitterness for ultimate drinkability!

O - Hinterland has put a slightly hoppy spin on the classic and Berliner Weiss style that's rapidly growing in popularity but at the end of the day, their slight variation of citrusy hops does little to affect the true core of the style; tart and crisp with exceptional drinkability.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pale yellow color. Produced a very nice head of frothy white. Surprising retention and even some thick clumpy lacing left behind. A great looking beer for the style.

(S)- Bone dry with subtle tart lemon rind. Otherwise fairly clean but with a kiss of lemongrass and straw.

(T)- Again, very bone dry with some subtle lemon rind/lemongrass combo. Not very tart by any means but some minimal grainy bread yeast bits.

(M)- A nice spritzy carbonation level. In general, it is a bit flat flavor-wise. The acidity actually becomes quite nice as it opens up over time.

(O)- A solid first attempt at the style for Hinterland. This might improve with time, but hard to say. With a little tweaking, this could be a good one.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This resembles lemonade in its appearance as it has a bright yet watery body. The head builds in a flood of bubbles but it knits tightly.

The aroma is appropriately lemony, dry with a hoppy balance. The hops are more piney but not resiny.

The taste is a tinge acidic lemon juice with less sweetness than lemonade. The hop character also comes through but the bitterness it cut out and it seems to work. This is then supported by a bready malt that ends the taste.

The feel is in line with the acidic lemon but it's not hopelessly bitter. This is actually immensely drinkable and easily sessionable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz Bottle
Discount - Milwaukee, Wi

Hinterland's Berliner Weiss is pale straw golden with surprising clarity and huge carbonation bubbles popping to the surface. The pure white, soapy head grows, on an easy pour, to 3+ fingers in height before resting briefly and falling back to a finger height cap. A couple chunks of lacing are left here and there.

The nose isn't half bad. Spritzy lemon hits upfront with some minerality following closely behind. The malt base is light on the wheaty twang while there's a soft but notable accidity and soured grains. The tart graininess borders on gym socks but a swirl brings the lemon rushing back to the forefront. The lemon acidity is crisp but only when the head is roused.

The flavor profile fits a Berliner rather well. Light, approachable lemon tartness mingles with wheaty twang and an enjoyable minerality, much like wet stones. The tartness is soft but invades every nook and cranny leaving lemon acidity in its wake.

The body is light and effervescent. The airiness hits immediately and quickly moves over the tongue leaving behind awaken tastebuds and an encompassing tartness. The finish is pleasantly dry and the drinkability is high.

This is a good attempt at a Berliner from Hinterland. It has all the characteristics, though not as well defined as the best, that I look for in a Berliner; light acidity, minerality, citric lemon, wheat twang, effervescence, and quenchability. I'd pick this guy up again. At $3.99 not a bad deal at all.

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