Cayuga Cruiser Berliner-style Weisse - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-25-2014

Cayuga Cruiser is our slightly tart and exceptionally refreshing Berliner-Weisse style ale. Mildly hazy in appearance and light in body, this beer delivers the perfect combination of elements resulting in supreme and satisfying drinkability. Whether you’re on a boat or in your backyard, this beer is the quintessential summer refresher.
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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It certainly has the cloudy, pale gold color I would expect, and while it could be a little more of the white gold color the best tend to showcase, it's close. The head is bone-white and seems to be both fluffy and a bit spritzy. It almost reaches one finger and falls to a strong layer topping the beer and laving pretty good lacing behind.
It is sour and tart in the nose, though not with quite as much pungency as the greats. Some pale malts and dry wheat notes keep it in a good range for the style.
The sour, tart and bitter hit the back of the tongue more strongly than one might expect, and it hits the tip of the tongue pretty sharply as well. I would prefer for the flavor to last a bit longer, but it fades just a little sooner than it should. There's a little linger in the back, and it puckers a little before softer notes come in.
It's soft and fluffy on the tongue but not exactly crisp. The acidity hits nicely but it a touch brief.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear wheat gold. Head start bright white, lively, loose, and bubbly. Drops to a nonexistent cap and collar almost instantly. Solid but not aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Mild pale bready malt coupled with a decent amount of wheat and a soft lactic tartness. Hints of lemon, grass clippings, and a mild hint of citrus. A touch of apple skin and some vague fruity elements. Light and balanced.

Taste: Some lemon juice and zest. A touch of grass with some very mild earthy elements. Malts carry a nice soft wheat presence with a mild lactic edge. Clean with some slight pale malt sweetness and a touch of snappy cracker. Some hints of apple and a very very mild hint of raw honey.

Mouthfeel: Light body. A touch dry. Light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Summer road trip approved.

Clean and easy take. Just tart enough. Typically solid Ithaca "sour."

Photo of generallee
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a light golden yellow color with some carbonation. It was topped off with a small white head which fades out quickly and completely.

Smell: It has a light aroma of pale cereal grain and sour dough bread.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has some mild sour notes blending with a light wheat malt notes. It finishes with a very light tart/sour and semi dry character. The feel is light to medium and lightly seems carbonated.

Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey, wheat, pear, and yellow apple

Taste: wheat, pilsner malt, faint pear and lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, super light bodied, sweet with a moderate amount of tartness

Overall: I really enjoyed this one and think it is one of Ithaca's better beers. Super sessionable. It tastes like a good pilsner mixed with a Berliner Weiss. Nice, light, and refreshing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw color pours with an effervescent white head, nice looking Berliner Weiss here folks. Even fine speckled lacing looks great poured into a flared chalice. Aromatics bring out tart lemon notes, slightly chalky yeast components, and some yogurt like lactic notes combined complexity into a refreshing summer release from Ithaca brewing company. Clean bright tartness, refreshing chalky yeast component, lacks any off putting phenolics which is a good thing. Lemon, tartness would work perfect with some cilantro spiced pico de gallo mahi mahi fish tacos. Mouthfeel finishes dry like the backend of the sour scale of a Warhead/sour patch kid candy, carbonation is moderate rolling cleanses the palate with the nice bone dry finish. Overall a quality version of an under served style, more summer refreshers slightly sour and funky works for my palate.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ithaca Brewing Co. "Cayuga Cruiser"
12 oz brown glass bottle, coded "150326"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Quite nice. Clearly well-brewed. There are no unpleasant off notes. The malt comes through the lemony tartness. I might personally like it a touch tarter and more effervescent, but it seems more readily accessible (if Berliner Weisse can be) as it is. Tart and refreshing. Worth trying.

Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, wheat, some sourness. Taste is lemons, malts, grassy, a bit sour. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but not something I would buy again.

Photo of logicalparadox
4.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, but pale straw with a small, quickly dissipating head. Looks like ginger ale, just what I'm craving on this warm, sunny day. Smells incredibly fresh and clean, with light citrus notes, especially lemon and maybe even a subtle hint of the ginger ale that is fitting from the appearance. Taste is not what I would expect, much lighter and more tart. There's no banana or clove, but tons of citrus, ginger, lemongrass, along with green apple, a slightly herbaceous (grassy) note toward the end, with long, smooth tones of wheat present throughout that gets more pronounced toward the end. The finish is packed with wheat with the lingering taste of lemon, clean, and refreshing. Mouth-feel is lighter than I typically expect from a weisse, but welcome--very light, crisp, and refreshing. I'm realizing this is a Berliner weisse (my first in a long while), which is distinct from the hefeweizens (most hailing from southern Germany, such as the area around Munich) and Belgian witbiers upon which I had been basing my expectations. Perfect summer beer!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light straw yellow color, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

Smells very faint, a little bit of lemon, and some hay.

Only mildly sour and tart, I can't believe I wanted a bit more. The lack of tartness showed a very simple wheat beer underneath that just wasn't all that interesting. A little bit of wheat bitterness, some lemon, grass, and hay. This would probably be improved by some sort of syrup, but I don't believe a beer should have to have anything added.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very little carbonation.

Just not all that good, it was kind of boring.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some sourness along with notes of lemons and faint hints of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It is a good representation of the style.

Photo of 120minuteman
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my session beers of choice. Clean. Crisp. And refreshing.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sturdy sourness atop a spice herbal hop.

The taste was likewise dourcwith a cleansing noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty rendition of the style.

Photo of cbutova
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

McLaddens. Full notes from the other night.

A- Tap to pint glass with a mostly clarified golden body and a half finger foamy head. Decent head retention to a small ring and lacing is beyond rare.

S- Wheaty cereal grain malts and lactic acid bacteria. Lemon juice, pale barley and that signature lactic feel.

T- Lightly sour lactic acid bacteria with a lemon juice and zest feel leads to wheat and cereal malty grains.

MF- Light to medium bodied for the style with a slightly slick tartness and foamy moderate carbonation.

Not all that sour but adheres to the styles core properties with wheaty grains and lactic bacteria.

Photo of Mikus
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, golden hue with a small amount of white head (not to style as I understand, perhaps a bit more carbonation would be nice). Hint of lactic sourness on the nose, not much else. not a strong aroma. Lactic sourness on the palate right up front, some hints of white grape, and some bright lemon notes. Crisp and tangy. Effervescent with a nice, dry finish. Nice beer. One of my first Berliner-style beers. I am sure that there are some whoppers out there, but this was a nice taste of the style for a good price. Berliner-style might be making it to the homebrew queue.

Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with 2 fingers of fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Wheat, lemon, a slight lactic bite, and...cinnamon?

Very slight Lacto sourness. Tangy wheat and splashes of lemon. Light Pilsner malt and bready maltiness. And I swear I taste a brief nuance of French Toast.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Not as sour as I'd want from a Berliner, but makes for a damn refreshing beer.

Photo of smcolw
2.3/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Cloudy straw color. Rim bubbles and no lace.

I smell beef stew. What?! Yup, beef stew.

There's the expected sourness, perhaps even muted. What the hell is that smell?! It permeates the flavor (albeit subtly). Lots of lemon in the finish. Overall, a clear miss.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Aroma of lemon and stale bread. The taste is tart, lemony and bready. Nice sour Berliner character. Refreshing, crisp carbonation with a sour, biscuity, character. Overall, damn solid rendition of a Berliner. Quite good.

Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale yellow, like mildly dehydrated piss, forming an eggshell white head of soda-like bubbles that quickly fizzle to a scrim. In body, the beer is supremely clean and clear with a mellow trickle of carbonation bubbles moving through the beer. The clarity is honestly a little odd for the style… Where is all the wheat? On the nose, the beer smells tart lemon, yogurt and granola, and a smooth, wheat bread smell on the back of the sniff. This is a very clean and crisp smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes refreshingly tart with a balancing, bready sweetness that moves in with the middle of the sip, yet the finish is elegantly dry and refined. There might be a touch of salinity if I really dig into the flavors, but really this beer is a simple tart and sweet, which is exactly what it should be. In flavor, it begins as tart lemon juice, which moves into greek yogurt flavors that become rich with just a touch of salinity, and then some sweet, fruity green apple. The finish is a lovely blend of wheat dough with hints of wheat flakes and just a touch of lemon juice. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body, with a crisp, effervescent carbonation, a clean and crisp mouthfeel, and a tremendous drinkability. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly wet from acidty, yet clean and refreshed, making this beer awesome for summer thirst quenching. Overall, I like this beer. It is an excellent six-pack Berliner Weisse. Simple flavors mesh together for just enough to interest the sip, while mouthfeel makes the beer very crushable. This is a great day drinker, and would probably pair very well with a syrup (if you go that way). This is a great sessioning Berliner Weisse. People need to make more six-pack Berliners.

Photo of Thollemb
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This matches the style of Berliner Weiße as I have had many times.

Photo of MikeTheVine
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite a few negative reviews... I actually really enjoyed this and look forward to them hopefully doing it again next summer... we need more Berliners out there.. :)

Photo of John_Squires
1.87/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Might be better with some rasberry. Just too tart and fizzy for me, bit of a chore to drink.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is very light in appearance with a light straw color. It's mildly hazy too.
A tall head forms on the pour but doesn't last.
The aroma is faint and mostly malts. Present too is lemons and yeast but real subtle.
The taste is sour malty and refreshing. Hints of fruit and sour lactic acid come through but not by much.
Drinks thin with a tart sour bitter dry finish.
Not a style I'm particular fond off but it's pretty good.

Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a ton of flavor, but has a nice tart finish. Not puckering tart, but adds a little kick. Just some regular yeast /straw earthiness with some faint citrus, but finishes dry and easy, good for a summers day.

Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a leftover bottle from last year. Figure its about time to do a proper review now that this years batch is making it's rounds. 12oz into a matching ithaca tulip. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with 2 fingers sudsy white head that collapses to a thin film.

The smell is faintly of yogurt, lemon and a touch of other non-descript fruits. Minimal grain essence. The taste is lightly tart with apple juice and hints of lemony lacto. Some minerals and carbonics are present before a trace neutral graininess into the finish.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not terrible but not that great either. The focus on minerals/carbonics is a bit much. Not my favorite berliner but I can appreciate a regional brewery packaging this in somewhat regular rotation now. This berliner's tartness is more of a palate cleansing tartness if you know what I mean? Its the kinda beer id throw back by the gallon while mindlessly doing yard work or something else outside.

Photo of ONUMello
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pale, yellow with a hint of orange. A one-finger head quickly dissipates
S: Wheat and sour citrus
T: Citrus (mostly lemon) with wheat and a bit of grass on the finish
M: Light-bodied, sour and crisp
O: A bit simple but very refreshing, especially with the low alcohol and high acidity

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Cayuga Cruiser Berliner-style Weisse from Ithaca Beer Company
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