Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style WeisseBrettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
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Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nickfl on 01-30-2011

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Reviews by Gladius270:
Photo of Gladius270
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours very foamy. Is pastel yellow, and looks a lot like pineapple juice.

S- very yeasty smell. I get a faint pineapple smell on this as well. I detect a grain-like smell.

T- Sharp, acidic taste. Like a mouthful of lemon with a yeasty aftertaste.

M- this was a surprise to me. Despite the very foamy pour, the carbonation doesn't come through on the tongue. Feels flat, though luscious in the mouth.

This is my first sampling of this style, so I may be way off the mark on this review. It was pretty good, but not very complex to me. Probably won't go out of my way for it. Almost like an American unfiltered wheat with tons of lem juice in it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #700

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Noisy, active, pale, cloudy yellow with huge white head at first, which dies down.

Smell: Very tart and dry, with farmhouse Brett-funk, lemony citrus and pepper.

Taste: Very, very tart, with a strong emphasis on lemon. Some light mustiness and white pepper, but mostly like sucking on a lemon. I mean that in an endearing way.

Feel: Very light bodied and highly carbonated. Extremely tart and dry finish.

Overall: I am not sure I have mentioned that this is tart. Oh, and this is 3% abv - impressive.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Foams up like champagne with a 1” head and then immediately disappears leaving a headless cloudy straw liquid.
S: Has a sour wheat aroma laced with lemon and fruit.
T: Very tart, almost like an effervescent lemonade with a touch of beer in it. Leaves a long lingering tart aftertaste.
F: It is very light bodied and effervescent.
O: Very tart, tasty and refreshing.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out a cloudy yellow, thin white head, no more than 1/4" in depth. Not much in the way of lacing or retention. Aroma was lovely, one of, it not the most tart berlinner weisse I've ever come across. Lots of lemon.

Taste, wow, almost downright sour, definitely tart, yet so light on its feet. Drank this at Sour Sunday at Triple Rock in February, can't help but wonder what this would be like in Northern Nevada on a hot summer 104 degree day around the pool. If you like lemon, green apple, brett, tartness, light bodied yet plenty bready beers, this is where its at.

I would pay a shitton to buy 4 or 6 packs of this. It would rival SNPA as my go to beer in the summer. I think I like it more than even Hottenroth (gasp!).

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of funky brett - not the nice wet hay/funk that is crisp and usually welcomed, but rather a combination of that with dried corn and "baby boot". It wasn't as atrocious as the last descriptor implies but it wasn't as welcoming as I'd hoped.

Tastes better than it smells, closer to a berlinerweiss than anything with brett. Light malt with hints of wheat kick things off and are joined quickly by tart citrus. Midway through the sip the brett comes into play, clean funk with parts of wet hay. The brett fades out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I was hoping for more from this beer after enjoying the non-brett version however the brett didn't meld as much as I'd hoped. An interesting beer but one I wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monk. A good tartness, akin to an unsweetened lemonade, with a little brett and I believe malt to make it drinkable. Very good drinkability, suitable carbonation. Yellow body with a small white head. A good representation of what is often a yummy style.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light slightly hazy straw yellow with a hint of gold. quick inch or two of head that quickly dissipates leaving no retention.

intense lemon and crab apple. very sour and tart on the nose.

very light and easy with a lemon and sour apple puckering. light sour malt and hint of yeast. shockingly sour. slightly refreshing.

light, moderate carbonation, lip puckering.

this is a really good berliner, one of the better i have ever had. at 3%, more please

Photo of mdvatab
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into tall pilsner glass.
No bottled-on date.

Aroma: Wow--smells like I shoved my nose into a yeast starter. Bready yeast, which I don't mind. It quickly, however, switched to sulphury hard-boiled egg. Some sweet hay in there, followed by a brett character on the back end.

Appearance: 3/4 of the glass is white foam. This one foamed-up like a warm 2 liter bottle of sprite poured over ice. Active bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. The body of the beer is a slightly hazy, almost irridescent, pale yellow. Foam eventually settles to a miringue-like rocky head.

Flavor: I felt as if I was going in for a bite of washed rind cheese for the first time... Curious to taste it, despite the repugnant flavor. An unmistakable Berliner-Weisse tartness, some earthy brett, followed by white grape skin. One hell of a refreshing beer!

Mouthfeel: One of the lightest bodies of any brew I've tried. Crisp CO2 scours the tongue. Puckering, mouthwatering tartness.

Overall: The beer let out a loud hiss when I popped the cap-- as if it were going to gush all over the place. No problems, though. Maybe I've just not acquired a nose for this one yet, but the aroma is the second favorite quality I enjoy in any beer (after taste, of course!). While this beer ROCKED in every other category, I just couldn't get into the smell of it. Aside from smell, this one has everything I could ask for in a Berliner Weisse.

Photo of thagr81us
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review ##1400! Based on my review of a bottle I had awhile back I have always been wanting a large growler of this… Well, GBX delivered on this in the form of a one gallon growler. OH SNAP! Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon peel, earth, tart, funk, and subtle bleu cheese. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon zest, lemon rine, tart, sour, earth, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is a great brew. I’m really glad it was raining all day so I could sit down and consume this entire growler in one day. At 3% ABV, this one definitely packs a punch on flavor and aroma. This Berliner definitely brings the goods for the style. If you have not had this brew before you need to fix that as soon as possible. I suggest trying it on tap as it was actually a lot more intense on the flavor aspect than the bottle. Just plain good.

Note: DO NOT drink an entire growler of this beer in a one-day session. You will regret it based on the pH imbalance in your stomach. You have been warned!

Photo of dejrrma
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$5 for 11.2 fl oz. Poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a hazey pale straw color, with about 2 inches of head that crackles and quickly settles out to a very very thin ring around the glass. no lacing

s- zesty lemon/lime, a little sweet, faint yeast.

t- very tart. mouth puckering. incredible. green apples and lemon all the way. slight barnyard and some yeasty hints. i was not expecting this.

m- high carbonation, fizzy and crisp, ends on a tart, dry note. light bodied.

o- i did not know what to expect going into this beer. i did not think that so much flavor and tartness could be packed in such a low abv beer. simply wonderful.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Healthy Spirits during my trip to San Francisco early February 2012.

Appearance – Pours into my Cantillon Tulip glass with a slightly hazy straw color and massive amounts of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving zero lacing.

Smell – Heavy lemon zest, sour green apple, slight funk, grass clippings, hay.

Taste – A wonderful mouth puckering lemon tartness up front followed by the wonderful granny smith apple flavors. Slight wheat flavors, grass, and straw. A nice earthiness and barnyard funk also. Hot damn there is a lot of flavor in this low ABV beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, spritzy carbonation, finishes extremely dry.

Overall – A fantastic Berliner Weis. I am ISO more of this for sure.

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled two bottles, the first one smelled very different than the second. The only difference was that the first one was chilled for a couple hours, and the second one overnight. Not sure if this had any effect at all. May try a 3rd bottle at room temp to see if the Brett funk is more pronounced.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has an attractive pale pastel yellow color, topped with copious white foam that laces a bit. Sparkling soapy foam, long lasting. Charged with streams of rapid champagne carbonation, streaming upwards through the hazy murk.

First bottle had a downright unpleasant aroma of sharp white vinegar and sulfur (rotten egg). Second bottle was a bit more muted, but still funky, signature Brett notes of musty wet hay and light traces of white vinegar. The 3.0 aroma score is an average of the two (2.0/3.5) rounded up. 3rd bottle: at 50º still very sulfuric.

Flavor was identical in both bottles, crisp tart lemon, dry grainy wheat, wet stone minerality. Slight odd aftertaste of corn tortilla chips, likely attributed to the Brett yeast. Body was very light and crisp, effervescent and quenching. It was nicely refreshing, it was hard to slow down and sip it after the initial shock from the aroma wore off. Trying again a 3rd time at 50º cellar temp, the sulfur was still very present in the nose. Chill overnight and let sit after pouring for best results.

2012: Draft version... less Brett character, tart and crisp, nearly watery, seemingly less complex than the bottled version. Would put it behind 1809 in overall scores, but leaving bottle scores unchanged here.

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, light straw with a massive, foamy white head.

Smell. Wheat, slightly sour, some spicy, yeasty, earthy funk.

Taste. Sour lemon and a little lime, just a small amount of toasted wheat. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Light and refreshing, strong and lively carbonation.

Overall. Great beer for this sunny spring afternoon. Light, refrshing and delicious.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow ale with a large pure white bubbly head with strong carbonation but not much retention or lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes and sour notes are more dominant then expected. Taste is a complex mix between loads of Brett with some tart and sour notes with a dry finish. Body is about average with strong carbonation. Interesting though maybe a tad too sour to be an everyday type of beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice pale lemon, nearly getting to white on the bottom of my glass, but giving a real heffeweizen color of straw, even faint green hues to this. White soapy head hits large and falls very fast, but there's lots to see coming out of the glass. Lots of fast rising carbonation, and there is no collar. Great color though.

Large brett on this, with a fantastic lemon sourness. Very wet and clean smelling with a good wheat density. Faint clove and lots of hot heating yeast. Real nice.

Palate hits with a true incredibly tart and sourness. Sour lemon, with a refreshing hot crispness. Malt density seems a little subdued with a fizz quality that sort of detracts but not entirely. Sharp crispness, lots of tangy feel on this, almost like pop rocks.

Overall, a great refreshing beer, brett angle hits on the nose, but is sort of lost after repeated sips. No complaints, still solid and quite a fun beer.

Photo of Preismj
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: light yellow in hue with plenty of clouds swirling around in the glass along with the brew. thick, tight head with larger bubbles...strong carbonation to this.

s: funky sour notes. Smells acidic to a degree. like flare went off in front of your nose. earthy notes...leather, wet hay. hints of citrus and banana at the end help remind you this is a wheat beer.

t: not nearly as hard to adjust to as the nose. nice sour notes make you pucker. sour milk/cheese up front really help to make the sweet earthy malts pop along with the nice crisp wheat filled finish. Mild fruit flavors in here (grape, apple, banana). Most wheats I've had at such low abv really just come in tasting like water, but the brett in here really has a hold on the flavors of the beer and make the pop out in the finish.

m: tons of carb makes this crisp. finished dry. very light body...and I can't emphasize the level of carbonation in this, especially once it hits your mouth.

o: the aroma was a bit hard to get past and made me not want to drink this, but I'm glad I did. Nice use of brett and it works very well in this wheat beer. Flavors really pop in this one and the crispness of this drink from all of the carbonation help make it one of the more unique beers I've had in a while.

Photo of jsanford
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby little bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip. Excited about this one! Purchased at CBX, thanks guys!

A - Cloudy straw-yellow with a huge foamy white head that has surprisingly good retention, and recedes to a thick cap. Really nice!
S - Amazing aromas of green apple, lemon juice, crisp wheat, and hay with a nice tartness and a bit of earthy "funk". Phenomenal.
T - Very crisp flavors of green apple, lemon juice, wheat, and funky Brett. There's a really nice earthy, "minerally" quality that lingers on the palate for some time.
M - Light-bodied with a thin mouth-feel and incredibly sharp carbonation. Carbonation may be a touch high, it really scrubs the tongue and prevents some of the flavor from getting through. Still, very crisp and refreshing.
O - An amazingly complex take on one of my favorite oddball styles, it's ridiculous how much flavor is coaxed out of a 3% ABV beer!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a sparking hazy light golden color with a big three finger head of white that clears the top of the glass and settles down lightly to a thin coating along the top. lots of carbonation bubbling up throughout the session.

aroma is light sour and acidic tartness. green apples with a mix of light hay and sour grapes. simply remarkable. as it warms the crisp and clean sour flavor really starts to come through quite nicely as the light nature of it really becomes apparent as you take the first sip. remarkable that this much flavor is coming through. crisp, clean, refreshing and light the nature of this throws me for a loop, as if it simply could not get any better. crisp green apples dominate the flavor with a light grassy note coming in the finish along with an amazing dryness.

Photo of JohnQVD
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This growler was poured by The Birch in Norfolk, VA on 10/4 and opened on 10/6.

Straw colored with a thin head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Smell is floral, and sour citrusy, more grapefruit than orange. Taste is sour and bright. This is a really clean tasting sour, there's nothing cluttering up the palate, which to me makes it taste really fresh. Mouthfeel is light, but not thin. The light carbonation is amplified by its tang.

This is quite simply an enjoyable beer, which I think is accessible even to those who don't much care for the style (case in point is my wife, who doesn't generally like sours, but enjoyed this one thoroughly).

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over at the Pride.

Pours a pale straw color with a good sized white head, fades at a slow rate, doesn't leave any lacing on the glass though.

Smell has a nice funk to it, mostly lemon citrus zest that practically tickles the nose.

Taste starts out with a sour tartness on the tongue, makes you pucker a bit but isn't overwhelming, Brett funk seeps in on the aftertaste, finishes dry and clean, carbonation is a touch high but is expected with a thin body, quite refreshing.

Photo of jtingue
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY

Appearance. Hazy very light straw in color. Served with 2 fingers of head. Light enough to be almost luminescent.

Smell. Very clean sour, with lemon juice and heavy brett influence. Some very light bready malts in the background, white bread.

Taste. Starts off hugely sour, to a point where it cuts any other flavors out for a while. The sourness is beyond anything else that I have ever had before, except maybe those warheads that were popular amongst my friends as a child. The only thing to be said is that the this is a super clean, dry and refreshing sourness. After this initial wave there is a very nice, simple, clean shortbread-like malt presence that balances out the sourness. Brett presence throughout. Dry and crisp finish... refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Very thin in body with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel aids in the refreshment aspect of the beer.

I wouldn't want to bash this one for being overly sour, as it is a berliner weisse. I just wish is held on to the hint of malt that you get just before the finish.

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a taster glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light yellow with a finger of fluffy white head and good retention.

Smell: Tart citrus, I'm picking up lime. The beer also smells a little bit sweet.

Taste: Extremely tart up front, like sucking on lemons. I wouldn't say there is much body, but given the abv there is an unbelievable amount of flavor. The finish is very sour.

Mouthfeel: Light body with very strong carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Very easy to drink. Tart and refreshing. I could literally drink this all night long.

Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled courtesy and shared with mrand01.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw yellow color. There is a touch of a white head and a slight bit of lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with fresh cut grass, lemon juice and rind, fresh straw and hay. As it warms I can detect a raw, rustic, and lightly breadiness combined with the tradional slightly spicy Belgian yeast.

The tastes begin with tartness of lemons combined with the earthy flavor of hay, straw, and grasses before turning lightly musty-dusty. After the palate acclimates to the tartness, the beer reveals a very crisp, clean, and refreshing lemony sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a surprising thickness (for such a low ABV beer) with a solid amount of active carbonation.

Overall this was a really solid example of the style, and quite flavorful for such a low ABV offering. Really nothing amazing about it though, maybe it is just the style for me. I appreciated tasting it, but have no need to again anytime soon.

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, yeast/brett

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some tart lemon/citric notes. It ends with a tart lemony/citric brett aftertaste

Overall - Lots of mouth puckering sour flavour going on. But it still remains quite drinkable and refreshing even. It's a little one dimensional taste wise, but still a solid beer.

Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 330ml into a tulip.

Pear juice like colour, murky yellow with a real transient head. No retention or lacing as expected. Nose is super lactic, lemon, weird funk notes (maybe some urine?) and wheat. Taste has a shredding lactic sourness, wheat and paler malt character, mild lemon. A really ripping tartness within the style (not on the level of some lambics however) that takes a bit of time to acclimatize to. Some green apple skins as well. Light, watery body and a puckering lingering drying mouthfeel. A solid berliner, refreshing if often overpowering. Would love to try this with some syrups.

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Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
94 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.