BenderWeisse - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 12
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Pub Exclusive
Wilkommen! The first traditional Berlinerweisse brewed at Deschutes Brewery is a real mind-bender: three fermentations (weiss yeast, lactobacillus, and wild yeast) produce a light and sour refreshing beverage! Available with the traditional syrup sweeteners for more fun: Rasberry and Woodruff. Have fun! IBU's 18|Alcohol by Vol 5.0%"
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 12
Photo of acelin
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Portland pub.

Poured a deep yellow, with a frothy head and excellent lacing. The smell of sweet malt and yeast excite the nose. The taste is somewhat orgasmic for a beer - so sour, yet full of wonderful fruit and floral flavors. Very easy to drink and sweet malt profile, and one of the best beers you can get from Deschutes. Rock on! (361 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft at Rose and Crown.

Pale burnished amber with a thin white head that settles to a collar.

Very lactic, lemony nose. A little bit of raw, grainy wheat and barnyard funk backs the strong lactic scent.

Tastes great. Grainy and lactic, lemony, juicy, mouth-watering but not sharply sour. A little milky sweetness appears toward the finish. Ends on a clean note, not terribly lingering. Light body, really refreshing and quaffable. A great Berliner Weiss. (458 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.48/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Portland House..
straw colored, fairly clear, disappearing white head.
a bit grainy, otherwise pretty clean lactic sourness, not getting much additional aroma from the wild yeast.
tastes nice and refreshing, sharp from the lactobacillus and with a very light body. I like it, but with the sour black butte and the dissident on tap too, my sour inclinations point me another way.
Sorry to hear the news from our California brethren that whatever keg made it down there didn't turn out so well. This one was much more reasonable. (541 characters)

Photo of TulipSnifter
4.06/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like apple juice. With no head just a small rim of bubbles.
Smell: I smell quite a bit of lactic. The smell isn't very over powering and I do get a little apple coming through.
Taste: Very pleasant, sour, and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, and finishes clean.
Drinkability: Very drinkable sour. (320 characters)

Photo of digita7693
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Deschutes in Portland a couple weeks ago, catching up on a few reviews here:)

also I thought this should be listed as a Berliner Weisse, from Deschutes website:

"BenderWeisse
Pub Exclusive
Wilkommen! The first traditional Berlinerweisse brewed at Deschutes Brewery is a real mind-bender: three fermentations (weiss yeast, lactobacillus, and wild yeast) produce a light and sour refreshing beverage! Available with the traditional syrup sweeteners for more fun: Rasberry and Woodruff. Have fun! IBU's 18|Alcohol by Vol 5.0% "

A clear, very little head, decent amount of carbonation

S very sour and acidic, slight sour apple

T excellent. I had a paddle of the regular beers at deschutes and this was my favorite. Lots of sourness, slight sour apple taste to it

M/D very easy to drink several of these, great carbonation and mouthfeel

* not sure if deschutes changed this from the Sour fest that first 2 reviewers had it at and seemingly hated it. But myself and a few others found this to be excellent. My wife was a big fan as well, also nice with a shot of raspberry syrup. (1,101 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.19/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

7/18/2010

On tap at Stone Sour Fest. It looks like apple juice with good clarity and no head. The aroma is of rotting apple juice, vinegar, and sweaty socks. The flavor is sweet and lightly sour rotten apple juice. I can't say that this is at all enjoyable. I could barely choke down 3 ounces of the stuff. Not recommended. (324 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

The name led me to believe this might be a berliner weiss, but this certainly did not have any of the characteristics of one, so I've just used the catch-all "American Wild Ale"

A: The pour is a fairly clear amber color with no head and not much in terms of visible carbonation.

S: The nose is like apple cider vinegar--good in barbecue sauce, but not my beer. A bit of bourbon, solvent, and plastic as well.

T: Plenty of sweet, apple juice flavor, some alcohol, bourbon and perhaps a hint of butter. Certainly an interesting mix of flavors, unfortunately, they don't have a favorable result.

M: The body is medium and the beer is quite slick on the tongue due to the lack of carbonation.

D: Deschutes strikes again with another really bad sour beer. It's too bad, because they're regular stuff is quite good. (841 characters)

BenderWeisse from Deschutes Brewery
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.