Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On the expert recommendation of Cam at the Beer Shrine known as the Greenville Beer Exchange, I paid $6 for an 11.2 ounce bottle of 3% ABV Berliner Weisse.
A. Effervescent. Billowy white head. Pale and cloudy dull straw. No lace.
S. The noses leads here... big funkhouse sweat, wheat, lemon, lemon rind, sulfur, earth, musty and rotten. Brett fo' sho... shades of 3F or Cantillion funk. Some hay, and the sulfur is offensive and distracting initially... but boy is this unique. Bready and slightly putrid. Why do we do this again? Heh... but it is good. Actually reminds me of - don't laugh Craytonic - that undrinkable Peg's Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse that sat in your fridge a few times. But this is approachable.
Pro tip: Let it breath for a few minutes and the sulfur note will waft off, leaving you with a much better brew.
T. Extremely effervescent, once you get past that, a vista of bizarre and extreme flavors open before you. Nothing in here would be "good" alone, but together it makes sense in a challenging, Trout Mask Replica sort of way... you have a salty, doughy note that is all kinds of tangled up with the sour-lemon (lactic) yeast notes... that horrid sulfur (think rotten eggs or heavy mineral water) is here too, but manageable. The Brett yeast has really taken hold, and while it's not as funky as some may want, keep in mind this is a Berliner Weisse after all... frankly, this is just unique and gets points for that. The style is not, incidentally, blown away by the wild yeast, but if not complemented it at least holds its own. Fascinating.
M / D. Extremely bubbly and light bodied. Filling carbonation floods the mouth, making a small sip of this seem like more than it was. The flavors linger long - a salty, dingy lemon chew. Finishes very dry and "scrubbing bubbles" the palate.
I'm actually surprised this beer isn't more polarizing than it (apparently) is. Brettanomyces Lambicus is one of the more challenging beers I've had in a long time; I would have spit this out a few years ago. But understanding the base style, the yeast addition, and why this smells and tastes the way it does helps greatly. A fascinating creation, this makes me want to try everything else from Gosebrauerei Bayerischer.
If this thing toned down the rather gross sulfur notes, it would score very highly indeed. If the brewers are reading this, hire Dr. Fritz Bream to fix it. It's still good, and if you fancy a challenge, or like Berliner Weisse, you should try this.
Holy Bootsy Collins, Greg! This one's got the funk!
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2011 04:39:34 | More by kkipple
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4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Night of the Funk
A-Pours a hazy, milky pale yellow. Thin head. Difficult to assess the head with the small pour.
S-The nose was very, very faint. A bit of Brett and wheat. Lightly tart. Really soft.
T-The flavor is a far cry from the nose. It jumps on the palate. Powerfully tart, especially for such a pint sized brew. Limes and Brett. Hay and wheat. Sourdough bread.Really unique.
M-I want to substitute this for water.
O /D-The nose was shy but the flavor really crazy and I enjoyed it a lot. A ton of flavor at 3%. What a cool beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2013 18:30:45 | More by VelvetExtract
Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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