Berliner Style Weisse - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a very light yellow color and is the closest to white that I've ever seen in a beer, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of wheat, citrus (lemon & orange), light malts and a little bit of hops.
T: The taste starts with a brief burst of tangy & sour citrus, then flavors of wheat and yeast come in along with a mild but complimentary hops presence. The malt character is thin but is on-target for the style and is enough to provide some substance. The after-taste is slightly tart.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very mild beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the sourness and you want low ABV.
09-11-2008 02:45:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
Hazy/cloudy - looks like pulpy grapefruit juice. Head virtually nonexistent. Doesn't look like much but isn't really supposed to.
Tingly ginger with sour lemon pucker and maybe a latent hint of horse blanket funk. Nice.
Nice, light lemon/yeast feel. Wheat is purely electric. Very bright.
Clean as hell on the mouth but slightly empty. Carbonation more powerful than you would guess by the looks of things.
This is quite drinkable - I do enjoy this style a great deal.
08-30-2008 21:00:47 | More by IBUnit63
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
Berliner Style Weisse pours an extremely pale yellow with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit malty and very lemony and even a bit sour. The mouthfeel is light and pretty carbonated. The taste is very lemony, tart, sour and refreshing. Wow, this is what they should be selling instead of that chelada/wine cooler-like/shandy/malternative junk, this is the real deal as far as a light refreshing well made beer. I'm not sure it's really to style, it's not as intense as the other German Berliner Weisse I've tried, but I really like it.
08-27-2008 00:26:19 | More by Drew966
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Palest beer I've ever seen, including some macros. A cloudy shade of banana pith with a bright white head that fizzes up to 2 fingers before settling at a moderate pace, leaving very little lace.
Aroma is clearly wheaty, with the classic banana ester character. However there's a touch of tartness as well.
Flavor is tart lemony citrus and a touch of lactic acid. The banana is very subdued but detectable.
Carbonation is actually a little too low here, resulting in a less-than-optimal palate. Sticky and not very crisp for a style that's intended to be refreshing. Body is as thin as can be, making this quite drinkable.
08-17-2008 00:41:10 | More by illidurit
4.3/5 rDev +16.5%
A - Light Pale cloudiness with impressive white head which dissipated very quickly
S - Slight citrus aroma not too overpowering good combination
T - not citrus but more tart interestingly strange taste.
M - Light with some aftertaste but very smooth.
D - Wish I didn't give the other one away
08-15-2008 21:09:26 | More by wschumac
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
I had a bottle at Radegast in NYC.
Pours an extremely pale, straw color. The white head fades to nothing. The aroma is light. There are some banana and orange notes, as well as a light acidity.
Tart upfront, but this fades through to the finish. There's a light graininess and only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied, low carbonation and a hint of dryness.
Tasty and very refreshing. I would have liked a little bit more sourness, but that's just me.
07-02-2008 19:08:07 | More by EPICAC
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale golden color with a modest head that descends quicly and leaves only a few bits of lace
Smell: Smells a bit like a bowl of yoghurt and Grape Nuts
Taste: Particularly bland, with an underlying sour yoghurt flavor that builds through mid-palate; very subtle sour elements and an underlying powdery lime sweetness that shows up late
Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: After a while, this beer grew on me and I enjoyed the light but complex flavors
06-28-2008 00:12:30 | More by brentk56
3.03/5 rDev -17.9%
11.2oz small bottle poured into wine glass with Mexican byob tonight. Highly unimpressed.
Been fan of the style lately, having not been able to get enough of 1809 and Festina, but this just came off as bland.
A: Apple juice yellow, cloudy, with some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin lacing.
N: Smells of a bit of lemon and lime. Almost some detection of cilantro or other strong herb which came out of nowhere.
T: Sour, lemony and tart. Some sourness but I dont catch the sweetness or any of it to balance it out. Awfully one sided and needs some type of syrup additive to round it out.
M: Tartness takes over, dry, and one of the lighest and most watery beers I have had.
D: Light, can drink till cows come home but Id probably rather have grapefruit juice with a kick. Just not much to it, maybe Im missing something? I think it needs the sugar syrup.
Refreshing but not what I was hoping for or had anticipated.
06-27-2008 01:01:09 | More by marcpal
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
A huge head of bright white foam rises up as you pour it. Beneath, a hazy whitish-gold body releases delicate pin-point bubbles. The nose is a touch grainy, wheatish, yeasty, and even subtly sweet. It's subdued, as is the flavor. Again, it's got some grainy malt and yeast character, but it's also veiled in a thin tartness. It's far from mouth-puckering, and overall this is a very restrained version of the style. That, however, leaves it imminently drinkable and refreshing. With its low alcohol content and tartness it's almost like a lemon seltzer. Perfect for summer!
06-26-2008 21:04:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
11.2 oz (really? looks alot smaller) from the Coop over the weekend for about $5. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.
1" head dies back to just a collar and no lacing atop a very clear wit colored brew... very light...
Aroma is "wheaty" with a little bit of sour.. more grainy than anything.
Flavor puts a couple punctuation marks on the aroma.. soft pale malts are punted through the uprights by the abundant lemon.
I don't really know what to say about this brew.. reminds me of green tea and lemonade without the sweetness.... drinkability is off the charts especially when it is still hot as can be at 1:00 am in Boise. Drinkable without being watery.. Body is light as expected.. but I am still a huge fan.
You have to taste this brew to actually smell it.. the aroma is 1% of what's going on. I've never had a Berliner Weiss with a syrup before.... and this brew does not need it.
Edit: I must brew this.. the ultimate lawnmower beer... No need for Gatorade with this one.. No doubt an all day enjoyable brew... as long as its hot.
06-24-2008 08:52:20 | More by JohnGalt1
3.43/5 rDev -7%
A: Very pale yellow in color with a nice large white head, average retention, and light lacing.
S: Nice light wheaty aroma. Hints of citrus, lemons, very light spice, some perfume.
T: The flavor is on the light side, a soft sourness, very lightly acidic, some light peppery spice, lemons and bananas.
M: Lightly spicy mouthfeel, light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.
D: Very light you could drink a ton but there are others in the style that are more suited for such.
06-21-2008 20:14:59 | More by tpd975
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: Pours an ultra-pale yellow, though it's actually very cloudy and opaque in the glass. The two finger head settles to a ring within about a minute (common for the style).
Smell: Very wheaty with some undertones of lemon. Not a lot going on here, but it's pleasant.
Taste/mouthfeel: Again, very wheaty. Mildly sour with flavors of lemon and green apple. Pretty reserved for the style. The mouthfeel is light and dry but not overly acidic, making this an ideal Summer thirst-quencher. This beer actually has a lot of flavor for being a mere 3% ABV.
Notes: Got this one from dyan - thanks! I'm starting to really like this style of beer.
06-13-2008 23:25:42 | More by largadeer
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Extremely pale yellow with water colored highlights. This may be the lightest beer that I've ever laid eyes on. The shockingly bright white crown actually has some legs. It started out at three fingers and is only losing altitude to the tune of one digit per minute. No lace? No problem. An attractive yeasty haze appears when the final ounce is added to the glass.
The nose is more wheaty than I remember my other two Berliner weissbiers being. It's bright and lemon juice citrusy, along with that characteristic wheaty tang that hints of light, crisp refreshment to come. A bit more power would be nice, but there isn't much aerosolization going on at this point.
The rear label says that Berliner Style Weisse is 'a slightly softer, more mellow version'. I'll go along with that. Specifically, it doesn't have the massive mouthslam of puckeriness and acidity that I remember (semi-)fondly from my past experiences with beer of this style. In fact, in terms of tartness, it resembles a more-sour-than-usual pale wheat ale at least as much as a Berliner weissbier.
The lemon zestiness is especially prominent and is what keeps this lemonophile coming back for more. Sure it's simple beer, but it's also immensely refreshing and is something that I'd choose over lemonade every day and twice on Sunday.
Even though the mouthfeel isn't an unforgettable sensory experience, it's right where it should be. In other words, it's light without being watery and has just enough bubbles to keep things festive. Considering the 11.2 ounce bottle and the ABV, six of these would be just about right on a hot summer day.
I appreciate the fact that B.B.B. & G.G & Co. have created a kinder, gentler version of this classic style. It's much more enjoyable and infinitely more drinkable this way. Syrups? We don't need no stinkin' syrups.
05-28-2008 19:47:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured at Pizza Port bottle shop into a snifter glass. Poured a pale clear straw color with a little white head. Smell is dominated by wheat , citrus, and a slight sour lactic scent. Taste is lemon citrus with a little sour flavor but not much and a semi dry finish. Very light body beer bodering on the lightness of water with a moderate to low carbonation. This is my second Berliner Weissbier and while not as good to me as the 1809 ( ilike the sourness and funk of that beer) its was very easy to drink and refreshing none the less, becoming one of my favorite style thats for sure.
05-11-2008 18:09:10 | More by sfoley333
3.03/5 rDev -17.9%
Poured into my cup and received a very light gold (could see through it clearly when held to light) body with minimal head that died quickly and left little lacings. A mild citrus smell with some hops and yeast in it. A sour taste, a little too sour for my liking. The sourness overrode the wheat coming and ruined some of the smoothness of the beer. There was no backbite to me because of the sourness when first hit on the tongue. Still, a somewhat flavorful brew that with some citrus and wheat that was noticeable and it did go down alright. At 3% I wouldn't session this though - too weak. Just not my style I guess.
03-14-2008 22:56:28 | More by clayrock81
4.5/5 rDev +22%
I believe this is the third commercial version
of this style of beer that I've tasted
(The other two being Kindl and one made
by Elysian of Seattle).
This is probably the least sour version
of this style that I've tasted:
the lactic sourness is fairly light.
Noticable, but light.
You can taste some sweet malt which balances
nicely with the sourness.
(I have a homebrewed version made by me last year which I'm tasting side-by-side with,
and mine is much more sour)
03-09-2008 04:11:50 | More by horseblanket
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
11.2oz bottle pours a pale and cloudy whitish yellow color with a thin fizzy white head The aroma is a bit sour with wheat and yeast and just a hint of citrus. The taste like the aroma is a bit tart with some wheat and yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty light and thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try. It is nothing special, but would be nice and refreshing and would be a pretty nice session brew on a hot day.
02-26-2008 03:00:37 | More by cjgator3
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
A very intriguing style - so I was glad to find this bottle at the City Beer Store in SF.
Pour is a very pale golden color with a white head that pretty quickly dies. Smell is refreshingly sour.
Taste is definitely nicely sour, with a nice earthy quality from the wheat. Taste in the middle is a touch watery. Some clean citric qualities, with a slight malty softness present as well. All in all, very enjoyable and a style I would love to have some more of.
Mouthfeel, as mentioned, is a little watery, but somewhat forgivable given the style. Drinkability is exceptional - good amount of flavor, refreshing and, at 3%, drinkable for quite a long time.
Recommended. I need to try some of the 1809 now!
Edit: I added the yeast after finishing about 3/4 of the beer. Doing so let the yeast some through in the nose, rounded the mouthfeel out, but also got rid of some of the nice, clean sourness. I'd recommend trying it both ways to see which you prefer.
02-21-2008 06:45:45 | More by rallison
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Light yellow straw color, slight cloudiness. Thin head, dissipated in less than 5 minutes.
Smell: Slight wheat smell, no real citrus note to speak of.
Taste: Soft wheat, slight sourness, mild acidity. Citrus comes through in taste (lemony).
Mouthfeel: Also thin, clean. Nice, but not fantastic.
Drinkability: Refreshing, this would be great on a hot day. Not too sour.
I have had other Berliners and this one is pretty true to form. Overall, a delicious sour-ed slightly wheaty beer.
02-10-2008 04:19:58 | More by FMetzger
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
A: Poured a cloudy lemony color with a thin creamy white head that quickly faded.
S: light sour lemons.
F: well balanced with a sweet/sourness of lemons and malt. There was a sharp pronounced citrus tang with a subtle sourness and breadiness on the finish. Overall a great drink by style, incredible smooth and thirst quenching on those hot summer days and wont fill you up at 3.0% abv
M: The mouthful as light, slick and juice like, with very soft carbonation, sliding off the tongue effortlessly on the swallow.
D: The unusually low alcohol in no way distracts or hinders from flavor or enjoyability as this is a prime example per style and goes down nicely from the smooth sourness.
01-28-2008 23:41:24 | More by beerthulhu
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
$3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle at Merchant's. 3.0% ABV. Pours out to a slightly milky looking very very pale straw golden,forming a modest white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is fruity and full of coriander and crackers. The mouthfeel is light, moderately tart and with a watery light body, but very refreshing and appropriate for the style. The taste is light as well...a little spicy up front with some sparse phenols, then a wave of coriander, followed by some citric acid tartness and soda water acidity, and ending in a very clean finish with a soda cracker aftertaste. Suggestion of lemon throughout.
I really like this. It's very very drinkable, and at 3.0% I could down a 6'er of these way too easily on a summer day. I'd like to try one with syrup as is traditional with Berliner Weisse. I tried this one with and without the yeast, and while the difference is subtle, I prefer mine without. It tended to add a little bitterness.
01-05-2008 04:42:37 | More by Mitchster
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
poured out a very light straw color, very foamy head. This beer is actually pretty nice to look at. Lemony on the nose, straw,yeast,this may sound funny, but I am a country boy and this beer smells just liked freshly shucked sweet corn. light yeast lacing now that beer is poured out. very tart lemony flavor. very light, nice aperitif. clean mouthfeel, I like it!
12-22-2007 17:55:28 | More by czfreeman
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Low shouldered light brown 11.2 oz bottle. Yellow label.
Cloudy translucent pale golden body topped with a white creamy head that falls quickly and leaves little to no lace.
Light wheat and sweet and sour lemon scent.
Sour/sweet green grass and lemon flavor with only the mildest of hop notes. White lemony aftertaste of intermediate duration.
Medium body with abit of coating and a dry finish.
Very enjoyable, light and crisp.
12-09-2007 19:12:33 | More by oelergud
2.95/5 rDev -20.1%
Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a minimal white head. The smell is of wheat malt and lemony citrus. The taste is very light, kind of like lemon seltzer. A slight malt base to distinguish this beer from water. The feel is light and moderately fizzy, finishes very neutral almost water like. I'm not an expert on this style but knowing what it should be, I would have to say this doesn't hit the mark. It is barely tart or sour and adding any sweet syrup to this brew would make it grossly over balanced.
11-24-2007 04:39:24 | More by Gmann
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
An extremely pale, straw, gold color (about as light as I have seen) with an effervescent carbonation that holds up an initially three-finger thick, almost pure white colored head. The aroma has a light tartness to it that is both a mix of wheat aromas and fermentation derived notes. The wheat almost seems to contribute more to the tart aromatics than the expected fermentation character. Other aromas of hay, crushed soda crackers, a surprising amount of grain character and even a light lemon zest note are all noticeable. Perhaps the aroma is not quite as funky as I would prefer, but it is nice and refreshing, which is what a good example of the style should be.
Very light bodied, as expected, the carbonation adds a bit of texture to what would otherwise be a very watery feeling beer. Only lightly tart, though I suppose this might be when comparing to something like a Lambic. Very dry tasting too, I am not sure that I get a sense of any residual malt sugars here. The sourness contributes a lemon like, or perhaps even lime like flavor here. The beer finishes with a light, grassy-grain character and a hint of soda cracker flavors and pretty much no bitterness. The tartness provides the typical balance that a hop bitterness would provide. Despite the sourness (and probably actually owing to it to some degree), this is a very clean tasting beer.
With the sediment added the nose becomes much more yeasty, a touch like raw dough and the flavor picks up some additional roundness as well as a bit of yeast bite. This is certainly something that I could quaff in mass quantities on a warm day. This is very light and refreshing & I like that the sourness of this brew makes this even more appetizing. This is a touch simplistic though, I would prefer a little bit more complexity and fermentation character. This is definitely enjoyable though and I will be curious to see how this beer ages.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
10-23-2007 23:56:04 | More by Gueuzedude
Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
83 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.