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Berliner Style Weisse - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 05-29-2007)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definately a more moderate Berlinerweiss-ish beer. More depth in the fruit profile and not as astringent as the mouth-puckering versions known to Berlin.

The beer pours with a moderately hazy canary yellow color. A short-lived head reduces to the slightest of traces around the edges in a mere minute or so- but these beers do that. No lacing.

Aromas of lemons still prevail, however it takes on more of a lemonaid (shandy) notion with a mounting on the powdered sugar, pilsner malts. Raw grain flavors of wheat (and to some extent, barley) come through as the malts do. No hops, big on esters, and light phenols set the stage for taste.

Flavors are foremost lemony, but soon followed by peaches, pears, white grapes, apricots, pineapples, and regular apples. As the fruity esters begin to fade, the maltiness rises with a sugar cookie taste and confection sweetness. Still, the lemony notes continue right into the finish.

Light and refreshing on the palate with a crisp, clean, lemony acidic feel. Not overbearing or intimidating, the lactic quality of the beer is tempered well by the wheat malt creaminess and body. Not nearly as astringent as most Berlinerweiss. Still, lightly vineous as found in zinfindales and chardonays

A pretty good beer that definately favors the milder end of the style's spectrum. Very fruity and less challenging than most.

Photo of rayjay
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Ledger's Liquor.

Very clean, brite looking beer, no haze at all, and a small sediment cake at the bottom that stays compacted. Minimal head, no retention, active carbonation.

Aroma is raisins, yogurt, fresh malt, pretty much as expected.

Flavors are similar that come to mind. A sweeter Berliner, not as tart as others.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, and thicker than some other examples I have, with a good bit of beta glucans. Needs more carbonation for this viscosity, as details like this are very visible in this very simple beer.

Clean and drinkable, very refreshing. Highly recommended, especially for those unaccustomed to this unique, wonderful style. Cheers!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the uniquely shaped 11.2oz bottle a very very light color. Kind of a soft and nearly witbierish white/very pale yellow with a nice slight haze and a fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring around the glass with some light skim and leaves minimal lacing.

The nose has quite a grain punch, with some slight dirty wheat/corn like notes. Not alot of lacto in the nose, but i think that will change with first sip. Some apple skin is also apparent. Slight almost white pepper as well.

Hmmm. An interesting take on the style, but to be honest, one i am not terribly fond of. The wheat profile is sort of muddy and unwieldy and gives and almost adjunct like grain flavor to the mix that is just strong enough that you can't quite get past it without mention. That being said, aside from that it fits the style quite well. Very soft on the palate, with a beautifully subtle lactic tartness. Nice and mild, slick in the throat, and aftertaste lingers with green apple notes and tartness.

Mouthfeel is dead on for the style, perfectly soft, beautifully light, and a fantastic subtle tartness.

Drinkability would get top marks here if not for the slight issues i have with the flavor. If there wasn't such an odd almost adjunct like flavor in here, i could literally drink about twenty of these bastards, as they sit at the traditional abv range of 3%

Overall a very well made berliner weisse. If not for mild flaws in the taste, this one would be top notch. Very traditionally made, and accurately so. The subtle tartness and mouthfeel are fantastic. This one really could be a very amazing beer if they can just get that damn wierd corny taste out of the middle. A good beer, but I'll grab 1809 over this one nearly every time.

Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a billowing white head that eventually recedes to leave a collar. Smells tart, with citrus character, as well as notes of damp hay and a bit of honey. Notes reminiscent of grappa. Tastes of lemon and grain. Some sourness, but not incredibly strong. The flavors are rather weak. Light body with heavy carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing; a great summer beer, but not a great berliner weisse.

Photo of Anthony1
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Serving Type- bottle poured into a pint glass

appearance- a very very pale straw color. the head was decent at first, but quickly vanished, but that was expected.

smell- lemon

taste/mouthfeel- an OVERPOWERING flavor of lemon. it was almost like drinking lemon juice. I began to question the age of the bottle, but it seemed way to sour. The 1809 berliner was one of my girl friend's favorites and she loved the sour tart flavor, but even she could not manage this beer's extreme sour.

drinkability- I couldn't even finish the beer :( Also, such a low abv. Seems like it will be good for people who love lemons, but not suggested for most

Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice pour with a nice head that sits and eventually ends up a ring on the glass. light lace. color of light yellow murky. quite light, and not murky but cloudy even. smell is tart and a mild sweet. there is a light aspect of yogurt... and this carries over into the 'creamy' aspect of the body. mild sweet wheat malt, apricot, grass, predominant tart quality, apple, combining into a fruit acid and lactic acid that give the sour multiple dimensions.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light piss yellow with some slight haze but not as much yeast as I would expect. Big fluffy white head sits on top of the beer and it sticks around quite nicely.
Aroma has some fruity notes with a hint of a tartness but overall it is nice and malty with some esters.
The taste begins with a sour apple like tartness that quickly segues into a nice soft creamy malt flavor that is then washed away by more of the tartness and a nice carbonation.
Nice mouthfeel as the beer dosen't drink like it is only 3%. i wonder how they pack in that much flavor without making the beer thin or underattenuated tasting.
Excellent drinkability as the low alcohol, complex yet sessionable flavor, and soft mouthfeel make this an nice summer beer for beer geeks.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBB & GGG's BWS. Pours a cloudy lemony yellow color with some darker yellow hues throughout. A good pour left a fizzy and almost non existent head. Not much on retention or lacing. I know it's a sour but should have some hints of carbonation.

The nose has more of a funk aroma than sour. Some light barnyard notes with a hint of acidic notes. Would have liked a bit more sour notes even for style. Some nice citrus notes with a lighter herbal zing to it. They yeast is noticeable with more of a German aroma. Some minor barnyard and a light pepper note form the wheat.

The taste is similar. Some funk and sourness with a more moderate malt flavor. Would have liked a bit more sourness and a drier finish. Some light barnyard, but lighter versus the nose. Some noticeable wheat notes with a light pepper finish. A touch citrus with more of a lemony finish. Some floral notes with a yeasty finish to it.

The body is light but not as dry as would have liked. Some yeasty leaves a chalky off aftertaste in the finish. Overall, a decent berliner weisse but I suppose my US expectations expects a bit more acidic notes.

Photo of JonathanL7890
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Came in a small 11.5 oz bottle.
Color is a pale yellow. Like dishwater.
Huge foamy head. Like soap.
Nose is fruity. no hops
Taste: fruity, tart, interesting.
Mouthfeel: Very light . refreshing.

Very interesting beer. I could easily drink a few of these.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow color. 1 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, sourness, and some slight fruit. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is slightly thick with high carbonation levels and high level of sourness. Very sour, almost burns the tongue - another first for me! Tastes sour first, then the sweet malt and wheat come through. The fruit and more sourness is in the finish. Wow, this is hard to describe - it's a mix between sour drop candy, lemonade, and a decent wheat beer. I agree that the sour level is too much and that I couldn't drink more than one. Since, this is the desired affect though, they nailed it as far as I can tell. Worth a try if just to sample the style.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super pale yellow, very hazy, with a fluffy white head that disappears quickly and leaves nary a trace.

Nose is tart and crisp, lemony, clean. Simple.

Taste has a soft tartness, very lemony, clean. Crisp, but not puckering - a bit of tangy wheat comes through towards the finish as well. A sour clearly made for sessioning. Leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is crisply but softly carbonated, very light bodied.

Photo of thekanna
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden pear-like color with just enough haziness to make the beer not entirely transparent. Tiny, effervescent bubbles actively rise to the top.

S: A gorgeous bouquet of honey and fresh pears. Yeasts are slightly muted but still there.

T: Like biting into a fresh, not-fully-ripe apple. Granny Smith-like sourness hits the palate, followed by a tingly effervescence. Honey-sweetness begins subtly and crescendoes to a memorable end.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, especially towards the end, but the active carbonation reinforces the brew and makes it more full-bodied.

D: Highly drinkable; for pure raw apple taste, this blows more apple flavor-oriented brews (like Unibroue Ephemere Apple) out of the water.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a tumbler-like glass.

A: pours hazy straw yellow with an effervescent 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, but still leaves a small ring.

S: lemon, tart wheat, maybe even a hint of other citrus (lime?)

T: orange/lemon tartness, crisp and refreshing. some graininess present, no apparent alcohol flavor. this definitely features the sour lemon although it is not overwhelming by any means. would be a great summer time drinker.

M: light, effervescent, thin, slightly sticky.

D: a very good drinker, very easy to drink and have several as it is low in alcohol. even for a light beer it packs enough interesting flavor to make it a good choice.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was suprised by the sourness of this beer and the low ABV. It is almost like they increased the sourness to add that missing alcohol burn.

I must admit the low abv turned me off slightly as I've become used to the 8% and above style beers.

Overall, interesting, nice touch with the sourness, but not quite something I would get again. If they raised the abv and it had a smooth alcohol burn aftertaste I would probably get it again.

Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent and transparent light gold with a 2.5 finger, bubbly head. The head recedes after a minute leaving a small amount of lacing on the side of my Russian River snifter.

Aroma is of wheat and zesty lemon. Some earthy and grainy tones are present. Flavor is tart lemon and slightly sour wheat. Not unlike a lemon jolly rancher. No alcohol is noticeable. The finish is dry, crisp, and tart.

Very light bodied with medium carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

Photo of mnj21655
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle that i picked up on a recommendation from Jamie at PHP.

Pours a slightly cloudy very pale straw color with about 2 fingers of pillowy white head. Aroma is very subdued, a bit of wheat, some lemon and a distinct, although not terribly potent, sourness. Overall it was a bit like white wine. Taste is just as subdued as the aroma. Initially there is a very dominant sourness but after the first sip the sourness lessens considerably. The sourness is the main flavor component here with and it builds into the finish. There is a soft wheat flavor that supports the sourness. There is no hop presence to speak of whatsoever and no is expected. No hop flavor, no hop bitterness. The sourness that was so strong initially returns after a few sips and is quite welcome. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Light body with moderate+ carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. The sourness is the dominant flavor but not too strong. Overall this is a very interesting brew that I really did enjoy and I'm glad that I was able to give it a try.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with only a small ring of head. Aroma of white wine and melon. Flavor is spicy/carbonation upfront followed by tart fruits and sour patch kids candy with a wheat/stale wheat finish. A nice level of sourness--sour but not too sour. Quite drinkable and delicious.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light and hazy straw colored beer with a head that poured big then dissipated quickly. It's exactly how it should look.

Smell - The wheat is very light but noticeable and the sourness is mild at the nose. It has the beauty of a lemon without the acid. Very nice.

Taste - The sourness is a bit bigger at the taste but still not overly sharp. The wheat again is very light.

Mouthfeel - This is of course a light-bodied bier with a comfortable tartness. The carbonation is some of the most delicate found in a bottle.

Drinkability - I refuse to drink BWs with a flavoring syrup, dash of liquor, or a straw (especially a straw as it destroys the wonderful carbonation). Maybe it's because my family is Lebanese and I enjoy a pleasing, sour flavor, but I really enjoyed this bier as is.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my second beer at my return to the Heidleburg restaurant on E. 86th. The bottle selection was mainly domestic except for this one and was intruged to give the style another change. The menu noted it was a Berliner Weiss with raspberry so that pulled me in for sure.

A: Poured a impressive cloudy yellow with lots of yeast swirling around and a finger and half pillow white head, prior to the addition of the Marco Polo Raspberrry Waldmeister. The frauline gave the beer a quick swirl with a straw before passing over for me to imbibe. The head rose to about tow to two and half fingers with the sweetner addition.

S: I didn't get much of a nose beyond the raspberry except some wheat and citrus.

T: Now I understand why the bartender and the two German ex-pat's mentioned how this drink is perfect for a hot day. I stayed away from the style after not understanding the sour nature is part of the overall taste. The raspberry worked quite well to balance and to create a sweet and sour together. The sourness still remains but more a tartness comes through beyond the sweet. A citrus profile lingers around the corners to help take a wee bit of the raspberry out of your mouth.

M: As advertised, this is one light beer indeed. I don't believe I've ever had a beer with such a low ABV that was not a American macro lager. While quite light, it is not watery, remains carbonated and is very refreshing, even in a cold December evening.

D: This beer is the classic defintion of a session beer. I'm quite surprised no other reviewers have had the beer the way the Germans do, with a sweenter. After finding out the beer is from Leipzig, the bartender showed me the Brause-grundstoff that is another sweetner added, but mainly used by Germans. Mouthwash green but much less sweet and something I will have the next time.


Photo of hopdog
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy/cloudy yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of yeast, bready, dried out lemon peels, and wet/musty wheat (almost like a pile of horse manure). Tastes of wheat and lemons. Verly light tart finished. Description was spot on with '...more mellow version of the Berliner Weisse style...;.

Notes from 6/6/08

Photo of Douglas88
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small, almost no head. The aroma is fairly sweet; lots of honey and grains, and some light lemon notes. The flavor was much tarter; loads of lemon, acidic and citrus flavors. Some balance achieved by the sweet honey and malt flavors, lots of grains. Very interesting. Quite acidic but also very drinkable and smooth.

Photo of stumac
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This my first Berliner Weisse so here goes...

this brew pours up a weird yellow tinted pearl color with a decent head. the nose is tart, sour citrus fruits, very acidic. the taste is bready, tart, super dry but doesn't dry out your mouth, slight yeast. medium body, low carbo, subtle sweet finish.

This brew was very empty in flavor but I heard that Berliner Weisses were supposed to be the most "refreshing" beer on a hot day. I could see it.

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/24/08- Purchased at Ledgers, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Very lemonade in color, pale yellow to be presise. Nice 3/4 inch head upon pour which settles at a thick 1/4 inch head for the rest of the duration. Leaves light spotted lace markings behind.

Smell- Slightly tart with a tad of funk. Maybe a slight horse blanket aroma and some lemon pith.

Taste- Not even as tart as I was expecting per style. Lightly sour with a bit of a watery note. Lemon juice base with a light malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, nice sour aftertaste.

Drinkability- I said I would never try this style again, but now that I can handle sour beers I appreciate this style. Very crisp and drinkable.

Photo of John_M
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to Max's for having this beer on tap during the German Festival the other day, and to Jason for taking the extra time and effort to draw me a glass (they were having problems with the draft line).

The beer pours a bright hazy gold color with a striking white head. Head retention was impressive, though there wasn't a lot of lacing. On the nose this beer is very unusual. I get almost a soapy ginger flavor, with some light lemon/lime. It's pretty interesting, albeit not all that attractive. The flavors replicate the nose, except there is even more tartness on the palate. This beer is very, very light tasting, and you can tell the abv. is really pretty low. Drinkability is pretty good, though I'm not in love with the combination of ginger and tartness.

A most unusual beer and one I'm glad to have tried. Not sure I'd want to drink down very much of this, but it was certainly tolerable and interesting to sample. However, I felt like I needed a good dopple afterward to clean and refresh my palate.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An undersized little brown bottle, 11.2 oz that looks even smaller. Vibrant yellow label and bulbous 'balloon-y style' lettering, just 3.0% ABV. Poured to a non-beer glass, just a standard wide-rimmed juice glass from IKEA. Found this several weeks ago at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA; no 'bottled on' or 'best by' dating.

A: Large fizzy head, almost crests the rim at 3+ fingers; it's pure white and drops quickly to a dusting of film. Liquid is a milky pale straw-yellow, with a few tiny bits of yeast resting on the bottom. No visible carbonation. This beer does something I've never seen: there's a layer of considerably clearer yellow, just below the scant head, resting atop the cloudier lower portion. It's almost like water/oil separation. Weird.

S: Expected musty and a little tart sting, but instead got an almost sugar-sweet citrus and mild wheat. Smells vaguely of a Sprite, or even a ginger ale. Curious.

T: Mild lemon-twist citrus and a boatload of yeasty dough. A slightly earthy, vegetal flavor. The flavor reminds me quite a bit of a summer drink we make that has lemons, cucumbers and a little mint in it.

M: Very light. Soft carbonation (that's nearly imperceptible) with a creeping velvety cling from all that yeast, floating unfiltered in this pour. For as light as this is, it's also refreshing and just a little pucker-inducing.

D: Not great scores, but this is a refreshing, quaffable little beer. As summer draws to an end, this is a perfect 'warm day' quencher. I've had better Berliners, still this deserves a try.

Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
84 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.