Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
So I split this bottle with the other Matt after my adventures in babysitting episode...not as exciting as the books which I assume were quite good but since I'm not a 13 year old girl and/or boy crazy I never bothered reading them.
At 3% this beer weighs in as a TRUE SESSION ale. if anyone cares. The beer is yellow and hazy, soft white head, some retention, high carbonation, no lacing.
Aroma is creamy and tart like lemons with citric and lactic acid.
Beer is wet and thin, easy drinking, I could kill a keg of this in a single day. It's like tart grainy water...super refreshing. I'm dinging it on the score because the Brett l character is a little muddled, I think this beer should be aged on unroasted oak to improve the back flavors with more tannic flavors on the finish. I've got one more of these and I'll drink it soon too.
04-18-2011 20:46:34 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Squat bottle poured into a large tulip. Perfect for a beautiful afternoon in front of the grill. Loads of head, serious amounts that dissipate quickly and transition to nice lacing. Color is very nice cloudy golden. The nose is mostly sour peach. Flavor is slightly sour with loads of peach and melon. Overall, the flavor is not overpowering and lends itself to food. High carbonation and light flavor adds to the drinkability.
04-15-2011 12:30:05 | More by wchollif
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
11.2 oz bottle into a Schlenkerla glass--the .25L kind.
A: This is easily the most foamy beer I've ever cracked--filled this little glass entirely with foam at first, as this gushed like no other. Loud, big white head crackling away, fortunately settling quickly, on top of a somewhat hazy lemonade body--the most pale yellow body, just like the usual non-Brett version of this beer. Scads of carbonation bubbling up through the body.
S: Overwhelming nose reeks of sweat, salt, tang, rounded out with a nice hit of cheese. Lemony and funky, and not for the faint of heart. I adore funk, and this might be a bit much for me.
T: Still seltzer-like and thin like the regular, but the brett helps out. Very much like an Italian soda, which would depress me, if it weren't backed up by a cheesy horseblanket wallop.
M: As said earlier, seltzer-like and thin, very much like pop. A fair amount of suspended yeast might even be thickening the sensation a bit, but it's an easily quaffed beer, if not for the piss-covered horse blanket stuffed in your nose.
O: An improvement over the original, but maybe a bit too intense. I'm not sure I'm terribly qualified to judge perfectly to the style as I've had only a few examples, but this is good, and will teach you all about brett's various characteristics, because there isn't too much else distracting from it.
04-13-2011 04:13:34 | More by wschmit
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Night of the Living Ales taster pint glass.
A - Ridiculous foam that quickly sizzles to a thin ring and partial cap. The body looks like hazy lemonade.
S - Slightly rotten stone fruits, sweat, funky, pineapple, lactic sourness, yogurty. Smells a lot like you'd expect from a Berliner with brett - quite potent.
T - Taste is a lot less complex unfortunately. Mostly lemons and lactic acidity, with plenty of yeast character. It's refreshing, but just somewhat bland compared to the aroma.
M - Extremely zesty carbonation, light-bodied. Lightly yeasty, dry finish. Very refreshing.
D - I could drink a lot of this. I just wish it tasted a little more like it smelled, as there was a pronounced drop-off in complexity and intensity.
04-12-2011 17:31:09 | More by MasterSki
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-11-2011 16:18:33 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Poured from a stubby little bottle into a pint glass. Pours straw yellow, hazy, with tons and tons of beautiful little bubbles.
S - Slightly funky air of brett, tell-tale though it is. Faint straw, horseblanket aroma. Slightly banana-y.
T - Light bodied and crisp, with some of that great funk.
M - Extremely crisp and refreshing.
Overall a really delightful, light, and enjoyable beer for sour lovers.
04-11-2011 05:36:02 | More by HeyItsChili
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle purchased at WLV into Darkness snifter.
A - Pours huge white frothy head that takes quite some time to settle down. The beer is a slightly mirky light yellow color. Huge two finger cap remains along with some spotty lacing.
S - Huge brett nose, funk, some malt notes, cloves, light banana.
T - Nice brett character, slight funk/tart, olives, light green apple notes. A little bit of everything here, very subtle and refreshing.
M - Light, crisp and refreshing, dry finish.
D - Very enjoyable and so easy to drink. It's such a perfect summer time brew...ultra chugable, but something you want to enjoy. Recommend.
04-10-2011 00:20:35 | More by Sean9689
3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
This arrives from the tap with a pale blonde color that is quite hazy and it is topped by a big, frothy, white head. This has a very dirty-foot type of nose to it that is musky and musty. The finish of the aroma sees a hay and musty grain like note to it. After a bit of time I get a solid lemon-like tartness to the aroma.
The beer tastes quite dry, which is accentuated by a lactic acid tartness, the fact that it is so light bodied and that it has a spritzy carbonation; all in all this makes for a very refreshing brew. Somehow this seems milky, I am not sure why but it seems to have something to do with the lactic acidity. This really doesn't seem any different than the regular version of this beer to me.
03-26-2011 22:12:52 | More by Gueuzedude
3.6/5 rDev -14.7%
This beer pours a hazy, bright straw yellow in color with a massive three finger, self destructing very fluffy white head. It took about three minutes to diminish to a root beer float like poof. It essentially looks like pale pear juice. It has the nice, dry, crisp sour notes with granny smith apple like aromas mixed with some strange funk. The funk is just strange. It's as if the brett hasn't found its place. The flavors aren't as numerous as the aromas. The flavor is pretty light and instantly a watery tart apple. It kind of "refoams" in your mouth and goes down like you're drinking foam. It's just a little strange. This beer was ok but I didn't like it as much as the Porticus. The brett took away from what I really appreciate in a Berliner Weiss.
03-23-2011 03:34:47 | More by aasher
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
On tap at the Brasserie V in Madison.
Poured into a Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weiss glass. Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. Develops a nice 1/2 inch, white colored head, that is thick and creamy with great retention.
Aroma is fairly typical of a Berliner Weiss, with some nice tart fruit aromatics and slight graininess, but there is also a nice barnyard funk from the brett, adding some great character, well above many other Berliner Weiss' I've had.
The flavor is incredibly light and delicate and quite refreshing. Some nice, tart, green fruit character, even a hint of lemon-like citrus. Some well balanced, grain flavors followed immediately by the unmistakable, funky character of the brettanomyces. Just incredibly smooth and easy drinking.
The body is very light with an effervescent level of carbonation. It truly is impressive the amount of flavors a skilled brewer can pack into such a small beer. I challenge anyone who thinks a beer with less than 5% ABV can't be packed with flavor to try this beer. It's just so delicious, easy drinking and just an overall pleasant experience. And the best part is, I can have 3 or 4 or 5 and hardly feel a buzz! :)
03-19-2011 02:48:46 | More by Soneast
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
On tap at kraftwork. Nice another berliner wiss. I'm always looking for this style.
A- comes to me with a nice finger or so of brilliant white frothy head that settles after the first sip to leave a few wisps on top a sudsy ring. Hazy pale yellow in color with some sweet bubbles holding on the side of the glass.
S- crisp bright lemon zest and juice with a lightly sweet yet clean wheat hit. Grassy and fresh like a lawn after the spring rain.
T- light tart open with a sour and bite but never over baring. Crisp and fresh lemon juice with a very simple yet well balance wheat sweetness.
M- light body and carb with a super kickass pucker that goes far enough to get the juices flowing but not too far that you need to pull the drawls from yo ass.
O- this brew is tits. One of my favorites of the style to date. Ill be having a few of these. Philly is the best beer town.
03-18-2011 22:15:57 | More by oglmcdgl
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
Thanks to coreyfmcdonald for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this.
A stubby 11.2 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Upon cracking the cap, it left out a loud hiss that immediately produced a swelling formation of large bubbles inside the neck of the bottle that slowly started to creep up to the opening so I slowly started the pour down the side of my pint glass. About an inch of brew settles in the glass underneath a mountainous 4+ fingers worth of cotton white fluff. A constant stream of bubbles erupts to the surface and in a short amount of time there is less than a finger of white uneven, cratered head sitting across the top of the brew. Unfortunately the violent eruption of carbonation releasing from suspension causes the thick layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle to get dispersed throughout the solution. It takes 3 slow pours to finally get the majority of the brew out of the bottle and into my glass. Now, here we go, but first an unusual sensory experience to take note of. This brew is loud... yes loud, it pops and fizzes quite audibly as the head recedes down to about a finger of large bubbly head. The color of this brew is like fresh lemonade. It is a light clouded yellow cream color with quite a visually moving head that is still trying to put on a show after the initial surge of huge froth has gone. The surface of the solution seemingly boils as the carbonation is released. A swirl reforms a finger of white head that again presents the audible pops and fizzes.
This is a complex, super enjoyable aroma coming out of this little guy. Initially it smells like yogurt with a lightly sweet scent that is reminiscent of original pink bubblegum mixed with fruit somewhat like pear but not quite as pronounced as other examples offer. It also contains a funky aspect that is quite sour smelling mingled with sulfur, lemons, grass (well more earthy than grassy) and wheat. No one single component of the nose overpowers the other, it is all well blended, integrated and enjoyable. The taste is tart like lemons mixed with a lightly souring aspect that is a little funky and slightly different from what the nose led on. A hint of sulfur creeps in mixed with a flavoring of greek yogurt. Throughout the light body of this beer is a constant reminder of a fresh grain taste that is like wheat/cereal grains. It leaves a lingering taste of lemon inside the mouth coupled with a yeastiness that provides a lingering tartness. Excellent.
This is a light bodied brew that is a little thicker in the feel for the typical berliner weisse (pushing medium bodied possibly due to the extra yeast in suspension making it feel creamier.) It has an excessively aggressive amount of carbonation that is a touch too much even for this style which is expected to be lively. It is tart enough that it creates the minor puckering quality that yogurt has as it seeming strips the moisture out of your mouth. It finishes crisp and refreshing, this style is the epitome of summertime refreshment and this offering/take on the style is awesome. Drinkable as all hell, I actually had to open a second bottle just to finish the review because I had the first glass gone before I even wrote anything about the taste. This lambicus example offers a unique opportunity to experience the different types of brettanomyces. Instead of the typical funked, horsey barnyard notes, this type of brett offers up more of a unique sourness with light fruit notes that provide an awesome addition to this style of brew. Well done, it was my intension to drink and share a couple of these before setting some in the cellar to try and forget about to see how the brett further developes...that obviously isn't going to happen now. I like this beer too much and it's not going to last long. I need to get some more of these.
03-15-2011 01:37:59 | More by stakem
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap in chalice glass. Fizzy white head that dissipated after about one minute. Ever so slight lacing on the glass. Yellow color. It was dim in the bar so I could not determine if it was hazy or not. Tart aroma.
Effervescent carbonation. Nice bite of bubbles. Sour, but not as sour as I had anticipated. Very smooth. I'm surprised this has been fermented with brett. I don't get much barnyard or earthiness. Very crisp and clean. Slight slight slight malt. No hop bitterness.
Very drinkable. I could have this all night. A delicious refreshing beer. I think this would be amazing after a hot day mowing the lawn even.
03-14-2011 13:50:25 | More by nniicckkww
3.8/5 rDev -10%
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.
03-05-2011 01:40:47 | More by glid02
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
11.2 oz bottle.
It pours out as foam, expect it to take a looong time to pour this one The foam is bright white and firm. The color of the beer is marvelous, almost like a sparkling white wine.
The smell is phenomenal. It is aidic and citrusy, but lightly so. There is a hint of metallic smell but it works. It has a bit of standard yeast and wheat smells. It smells refreshing. And that is good because I went from 30 degree Wisconsin yesterday to 70 degree sunny Atlanta today.
The taste is also refreshing. It has a slight citrus acid bite and a small hinting of funk but nothing overpowering. The weissbier part of this is delectable. It is light, airy, smooth, and easy drinking.
If only this stuff was mass bottled and sold for a cheap price, it would utterly destroy bud light.
03-03-2011 22:52:50 | More by crossovert
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
Much thanks to the generous Cameron for helping me feed my berliner weisse addiction. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A- Probably the most attractive you will see a berliner weisse look with a such pale, straw colored body. The head was absolutely beautiful. Produced three fingers width of well carbonated, effervescent, white foamy head that just gleaned in the light. Good head retention. Little to no lacing.
S- The brett most definitely makes the aroma distinguishable from other berliners I have had. Very potent with big, funky, barnyard aromas upfront. Lots of hay. Underneath, you can just barely make out the typical attributes of a berliner. I loved how the funk from the brett turned out, but it was a little overpowering in my opinion. Some restraint would definitely have bumped this up a bit.
T- This beer definitely came in stages. Once again, brett is the first thing to hit the palate. Not as overpowering as in the aroma, but just enough funk to make it noticeable. This quickly gives way in the middle as a slightly, soured wheat/yeast combo comes forth. The ending is a little lackluster with not much going on. The lactic sourness was near gone and there weren't really any assertive or distinct flavors going on. Seemed a bit muddled in the finish.
M- Extremely carbonated, borderline too carbonated. Thin body though, how I expect a berliner to be.
D- In it's literal sense, this is extremely drinkable, as almost any berliner should be. However, I did find myself wanting a little more.
Overall, a good berliner weisse, but Southampton still is the gold standard for me. Just not enough lactic sourness for me. Also was missing some distinctive flavors of apples, lemons, etc. that I so much enjoyed in SH's version. Regardless, definitely worth a try if you are a berliner fan.
03-03-2011 22:45:19 | More by rhinos00
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
A: cloudy, light straw color, HIGH carbonation made a huge head initially. rescinded somewhat quickly.
s: brett funk! sour apple, horse blanket, very nice smelling
t: not nearly as funky as the smell lets on. nicely tart, but not overly sour.
m: very dry. this is a small, light beer. very refreshing.
d: pretty good, but wish it was more funky tasting and more sour.
03-03-2011 21:13:12 | More by jpoder
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
On-tap at Prime 16 into an Unibroue tulip.
A: Clear, pale straw body with plenty of effervescence fueling an inch of fine white head. Decent retention but almost no lace. Looks like a Berliner Weiss to me.
S: Clean, tart, and well-balanced. The lightly floral Bretty funk mixes with the lactic sourness to create a pleasant fruitiness reminiscent of grape skins, apple, and peach. It's definitely not as intense as I'd like it to be, but it's light and delightful.
T: Starts out with some generic lactic tartness, then finishes with some earthy Brett. Fresh, sour aftertaste. Nowhere near as complex as the nose, but seriously clean and refreshing.
M: The body is quite light, yet made to feel substantial due to the abundance of creamy carbonation. Lovely.
D: The Brett addition makes this far more interesting than the base version, and yet the supreme crispness and refreshment have been maintained. Stupendously drinkable, I wish this were cheap and available in mass quantities all summer long.
Notes: I enjoyed the regular version of this beer when it was on tap a few months back, and I greatly prefer this version. The Brett really adds a huge amount of complexity and flavor, and yet the pure refreshment isn't diminished. Great example of the style, plain and simple.
02-18-2011 00:31:02 | More by woosterbill
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
I knocked the bottle from the top shelf of the fridge to the tile floor last night, whilst rummaging for some carrot cake. This is a review of the spilled brew that I drank off the floor with a straw. Just kidding, thankfully the bottle was strong like bull and hard like 'rock-wiler'.
A - This is a very hazy lemonade-looking brew, with quite a large head for the style. The head recedes after a couple of minutes, leaving a only faint wisps of froth. The apprearance is generally right-on, but the color is a bit unappealing.
S - From the moment I open the cap, the funk emanates prodigiously. Sharp cheese notes (Grana Padano) are particularly notable. There is also plenty of sock and unsweet apple in the nose.
T - The taste is not as funky as the smell, for one thing. There is an appreciable dryness that is a prominent feature of the flavor profile as it applies to the whole of the flavor components. There are notes of apple, white grape, hay and grain; all are expressed with a minimum of sweetness. The acidity is moderate, especially given the style. Overall, it tastes very good.
M - The feel is very nearly inextricable from the taste; there is a bright effervescence that is omnipresent in the brew.
D - Ahhh. Very good.
02-04-2011 18:51:14 | More by ktrillionaire
4.05/5 rDev -4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.
S: About as funky-smelling as a beer can be without being a saison. Very malty as well.
T: Tasted of malt, with a little bit of citrus and the advertised brettanomyces. Given the pungency of the smell, the taste was much milder than you might think. Still, pretty tasty.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: An interesting brew, and very drinkable
01-31-2011 03:35:09 | More by avalon07
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Picked up a bottle from The Greenville Beer Exchange last night. Berliner's are fast becoming a favorite of mine, we'll see what's in store.
A- Thick fluffy champagne-like head, quickly dissipates into the lightly straw colored beer. Lots of bubbles rising from the center. Nice hazy appearance.
S- Nice dose of Brett funkiness greets you. Musty damp notes, sock-like aroma with some lemon zest. Definitely not something everyone will enjoy smelling, but gives a good impression that the flavors will be memorable.
T- Again following the nose, the brett is present, but not overwhelming. Great acidic tartness that targets the tip of your tongue. Not extremely tart. Hints of pineapple and lemon, and some bread flavors.
M- Bone Dry, has a definite champagne-like texture to the dryness. Thin with a heavy dose of carbonation. This one had me burping after the first sip. It goes well with the acidic tartness.
D- I'm starting to believe Berliner-Weisse might be the most drinkable style out there. Well worth the 5.99 price for a 12 oz bottle.
01-31-2011 02:42:05 | More by Rbald42
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
10 oz poured into a small pint tulip glass
a - pale white with the tint of yellow, clear yet cloudy. a frothy white head tops it and leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.
s - funk funk funk. hints of lactic activity is in there as well.
t - the first taste is a mineral like saltiness that compliments a light fruity funky reminiscent of tutti frutti and leather it with a nice lactic tang. as it warms the funk fades, but the fruitiness remains enough to accent the full force of the lactic acid throughout the beer. a nice dough like maltiness lingers on the palate in the finish
m - the body is medium-light and highly carbonated for a beer on tap I'm guessing approaching levels of ~2.7 volumes of CO2.
d - an excellent example of the style. the funk of the Brettanomyces is enough to highlight the nice lactic tang of the beer without getting in the way.
01-31-2011 02:05:39 | More by clearlydiluted
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
A - Pours with a huge, white head of foam that settles rapidly despite vigorous carbonation rising to the surface of the beer. The body is straw yellow and perfectly clear.
S - Acidic and very funky. Intense, earthy sewer aromas. Smells vaguely like what you get when you clean out a drain trap (though it isn't quite that unappetizing).
T - Very dry, but only slightly sour. This seems much more champagne like than other examples of this style. The dry, vinous character remains through the middle with some light pineapple notes of brett and a hint of soft honey malt. There is a some slight residual sweetness in the finish with a bit more malt character showing through the funk and acid.
M - A thin body, very high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - The aroma is really quite over the top with a funk character that borders on foul. Fortunately the flavor is much more pleasant and surprisingly restrianed. The acidity is much milder than I expected based on the aroma and despite is champagne like character is maintains a certain creamy malt quality that lingers on the palate after the beer is gone. Very drinkable and quite an interesting take on the historical possibilities of this beer.
01-30-2011 05:40:47 | More by nickfl
Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
94 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.