Session Ale #44: "Weisse This Beer Sour?" | East End Brewing Company

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AdamGarcia on 09-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by nukem5:
Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beauty at the Big Pour 4 and was very impressed with the quality, so bought 2 growlers.

A: Very pale and golden hues.Very light head.

S: Smells of granny smith apples.

T: Same ,of Granny Smith Apples, with trace citrus fruits.

M: Very light and crisp,sour cleans the palate and gets you ready for the second round.

D: great session beer with some brie cheese the sweet and sour goe great together.

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

growler, poured last weekend at the brewery and served in a standard pint glass

A - poured somewhat aggressively yielding half an inch of loose, fluffy white foam. the beer is crystal clear, *very* pale gold in color.

S - some sweet bready wheat malts, lemon rind, lemon juice, basement mustiness, vinegar, and aptly put "dirty diaper".

T - light, crisp bready malt - on the grainy side. lactic tartness powers through bringing lime, green apples, and lemony fruits.

M - extremely light body, crisp, with an ample tight and punchy amount of carbonation. finishes on the dry side, with lingering fruity tartness and acidity.

D - insanely clean and refreshing, dont think ive ever had a beer this thirst quenching. going down incredibly after an evening brew session, so hitting the spot. not too much exposure to the style but this is my favorite and hopefully a summer staple for EEB.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 liter flip-top growler filled @ Al's of Hampden (Enola, PA). Served in an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow, with a couple fingers of rich and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth ½ finger cap that just slathers the sides with a rich cascade of sticky and spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma is crisp in the nose, with some sharp citric lemon character and a good bit of grainy smelling malt that gets a little more sweet and sugary feeling in nose as this starts to open up. Nothing overly complex here but this is still pleasant enough to sit here and sniff at.

The taste is lightly-moderately tart, certainly not overly so, with a citric smack of lemon juice. That large cereal-like grainy presence carries over as well and much like the aroma starts to release a sugary sweetness as this warms up in the glass. Lemons linger in what is mostly a dry and spicy finish but I'm also picking up a little acidity on the edges of the profile as well, which hangs in the throat a bit. The mouthfeel is naturally light bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it that keeps this extremely crisp yet smooth on the palate. Nice presence about this for such a low ABV beer.

This was maybe a bit two-note but still quite crisp & flavorful and you can't beat that easy body and low ABV for sessionability. The moderate tartness makes me thing that this would be a perfect intro beer for someone just getting into the style. Perfect fit here for the Session Ale series. I could have put an entire 2 liter growler down with ease.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's earlier today.

A: The weissbier is pale, a light straw color that is barely translucent. The haze that pervades the ale doesn't add depth to the color; it just obscures things. A half a finger of head arrived with the pour. Light lacing ensued.

S: The nose is citrusy, lemony and grassy all in one swoop. As the fruits pass, bready grains take over with a biscuity profile.

T: The wheat and yeast, in tandem, create a lightly tart, fruity body. Green apples, lemons, and pears all take turns. The wheat comes through strongest at the finish, delivering a resilient tartness that lasts. The lightness of the ale is a big plus, quaffable with a nice taste. The biscuity malts, evident early in the sip, are light but hefty. The tartness is muted; it's not that sharp. That being said though, very drinkable.

M: Lightly tart, not the sharp bite of some Berliner weissbiers. Plenty of fruits, though, do hang out, leaving a pleasant feel in the palate.

D: Under 3%? This passes every known definition of a session ale. The tart wheat and spicy fruity sweetness are big plusses, even if the tartness isn't in your face.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A thin crisp white head quickly fades leaving a delicate yet splotchy lacing... A moderately hazed pale yellow color with some signs of a faint apple green hue... Moderate carbonation...

S - Light bready malts... Some grassy notes... Light citrus notes... A touch of lactic tartness...

T - Some grainy wheat notes... A multitude of muted subtle fruit notes... Apple... Citrus... Pear... Lemon... The finish is seltzer... Rather subdued, even for a subdued style like Berliner Weiss...

M - A sturdy Berliner Weiss... On the fuller side of light bodied... Brisk carbonation... Slight seek... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - Definately drinkable at sub 3% ABV... Solid Berliner Weiss that could stand a little more potency in terms of aroma and taste... Another fine session offering from the fine folks at East End...

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Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler as part of the halloween bif, i waited till this afternoon to crack it open. poured into a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

nice pour here with a lightly clouded and well carbonated yellow body. a huge head of white that reached a height of at least three inches drips tons of lacing down its sides. really very well done here.

aroma is lightly tart with a huge grain bill. lots of light earthy tones and light breads coming through. touches of apples and light fruits dancing around here as well. crisp and clean, with a lightly tart and dry finish. lots of grain though and the tartness is not as front as it needs to be which leads it to be a bit timid. still though it is very light and refreshing comes across with a really nice finish.

overall one of my favorite styles and it is done fairly well, just needed a little bit more of a kick.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazed faint yellow color. Not too far off from water in the color. Two and a half fingers of creamy white froth with good retention and plenty of lacing.

3.5 S: More musty than sour. In fact, a lot more musty than sour, I can barely tell there's any in here. I do, however, get some diaper and musky basement. Crisp graininess with a touch of lemon

4.0 T: The taste offers more in the way of sourness. A slight lactic bite is there, but the funky mustiness is a bit weaker. Big on graininess again, clean, and crisp.

4.0 M: Light body. Good spritzy carbonation. Super smooth. I know the style is light bodied, but I'd like a bit more than what is given.

4.5 D: I could drink this all day. Goes down like water, but tastes much better.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stopped by East End's growler shop in the Strips District's Public Market to grab a growler of this one.

Poured into a tulip pint: Pale yellow, much closer to the "green-ish" end of the spectrum than the "orange-ish." Transparent but hazy, with moderate nucleation & two fingers of soft, white head that drops to a thick but porous cap. Leaves thick waves of lacing.

Smell is soft cereal, a little sweet, with a distinct tang. Sweetness is like Frosted Mini-Wheats, but taken down a few notches in terms of intensity. Tang is slightly lemony, but not too strong. Very surprised to be getting this much sweetness, but I like it.

THERE we go! Moderate tartness up front in the taste, lemony, acidic, but not overwhelmingly so. Some light cereal grains, mildly musty in a lager sort of way, a little mineral. Nice dry finish & aftertaste, with some subdued citrus. Taste has nowhere the sweetness that the aroma suggests.

Again, mouthfeel is moderately acidic at first, medium-light bodied that's slightly viscous in the aftertaste. Interesting that the tartness doesn't really hang around, the aftertaste is pretty clean & not puckering like other, stronger sours. Pretty refreshing.

Even though it doesn't linger much, the tartness keeps this from being super-sessionable, though I could definitely see having a few at a time. Sadly, I didn't get to try this at its debut at Steel City Big Pour, so I was stoked to hear it would be offered at growler hours. This isn't a style we ever really see in these parts, at least in its pure form, so good on Scott for continuing to aim for less common styles.

EDIT: I originally said the tartness hampered this beer's sessionability. That was my first, & after about 90 minutes I'm on my fifth, so let's bump that rating up a point, shall we?

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Photo of VikeMan
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler received in trade with london1o1. Big thanks for this one. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a super pale yellow...makes Bud Light look dark, but in the same shade of yellow. A thin cap of white foam lingers briefly and falls to a thin collar. Pretty much right on for the style.

S - Wheaty and lightly tart with the graininess dominating the overall aroma. Very soft and mild in aroma...a little bit disappointing - would like to have a bit more going on here.

T - Pretty much just like the aroma...wheaty and grainy. Only a slight hing of tart...missing some of the characteristic lemony flavors. Very mild...would like this to be a bit more tart.

M - Thin and watery as it pretty much should be. Carbonation is lively but not necessarily as high as it should be.

D - Easily could down the entire growler in a sitting. This really does go down like water...maybe too much so. Not as complex or tart and citrusy as I expect out of a Berliner Weisse. Enjoyable, but doesn't set the bar too high for the category. Very glad to have an opportunity to try this though.

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Photo of Deuane
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Lightly hazed, dull yellow with a thin white head that reduces to a wispy veil of foam that leaves barely noticeable flecking behind.

S-Biscuit malt with a zip of lemon zest. I equated this to a more citric version of Sprite.

T-Moderately sharp lemon twang up front with backing lightly sweet biscuit malt. Dry, astringent finish thanks to a lemon zest component. Not really as sour as it is lightly tart.

M-Light body, sharp and fairly crisp with a high carbonation factor. Light, dry, sharp and I said before like a beer version of Sprite.

D-While this does let me down a bit with it's lack of true sourness it is a pleasantly tart and easy to drink brew. Of course, at 2.9% it epitomizes the definition of a session brew and comes in with just enough flavour to be able to do so. A solid effort but I would like to see more of a sour bite if this one is ever revisited.

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Photo of orangesol
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours fairly pale, dull, yellow with an almost fizzing one finger white head, dissipating down to a fine film of head, leaving no lacing down the glass.

S - Not as strong as I was expecting. Some bready grains mix well with the strong citric notes of lemon zest and grassy hops. Clean, crisp, aroma is inviting but leaves you wanting something more.

T - Sharp lemon twang up front giving way slowly to a bit of dryness from the cereal malt. Finish is dry with some lingering lemon zest and a bit of light spice. Not really sure why this beer is named "Weisse This Beer Sour?" since it has more acidic notes than sour notes. Wish such a low ABV is goes down easy and often. Solid but nothing special, very nice.

M - Very light body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. The feel is quite lively with a bright, crisp, finish that is a touch on the dry side.

D - Pretty good. At only 2.9% this is the definition of session beer. A bit lacking in the flavor and aroma departments but still very nice. I could literally drink this all night.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

This beer debuted at Big Pour 4. I was unable to attend so I made sure to grab a growler from the brewery as soon as I could.

A: Pours with a fluffy bright white head. Sturdy enough to hold the growler cap. Retention is decent. Very clear and straw in color. Looks almost like lemonade. Not visually stunning, but pretty accurate for the style.

S: Tartness was apparent as soon I cracked open the growler. Crisp scents of fresh citrus. Bracing lemon. Lactic sourness. Some floral aromas...chamomille, maybe honeysuckle. Faint herbal scents here and there.

T: Right up front there is a hint of biscuit-like malt. This is quickly overcome by zesty citrus and mild sourness. The finish is fairly short, and leaves an aftertaste much like fresh squeezed lemonade. Not very complex, but very refreshing with big flavors.

M: Thin, maybe watery. Spritzy carbonation. About right for a Berliner.

D: Infinitely drinkable. This is a perfect session beer. Assuming you enjoy the flavors, which I clearly do, this is a beer that can be consumed one serving after another. A growler of this would be the perfect companion for an afternoon on the patio or in front of the tv watching a game. At about 3% abv, drink up and enjoy!

Seeing as this style is so hard to find I would love to see East End add this as an everyday offering. I don't see it happening, but a man can dream, can't he? If you're in the area go get some of this while it lasts.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight I partake in something I have never done before...crack a 2 liter growler with no intentions of sharing this with anyone. Thats right, you want some of this? Go get your own fill at Al's of Hampden before it is gone.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed straw yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly recede to a pillow-like surface that is smooth and creamy across the top. It leaves patches of lace along the glass in an uneven pattern. More lacing and better head retention than I have seen in other examples for this style. Very nice.

The aroma coming out of my glass is initially primarily that of lemons. Through the middle of the nose and the back end is a sweet grainy scent that is reminiscent of cereal. Once it warms up, it has a very faint touch of mineral character leaning towards sulfur mixed with grass.

The taste of this brew includes a lemony taste that does not impart much of the typical tartness or really any acidity. Mid palate this brew turns quite grainy with a sweetness that is both cereal-like and bready. It finishes with a lingering grainy taste coupled with the lemon flavor. Once the brew warms up it gets almost a corn-like sweetness about it that is met by a very mild almost grassy bitterness.

This brew is light bodied and modestly carbonated. It is the epitome of summer time session brews that are very drinkable. There is no problems finishing multiple glasses of this. Seemingly no indication of alcohol is evident in this brew which is fitting. I love this style and welcome each and every brewer who gives it a try.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

East End Weisse this beer sour? Pours a very clear yellow with about two fingers of bright white head. The head is surprisingly sturdy for the style, as the retention is decent and there is even some lacing.

The aroma is grainy, clearly sour, and has notes of lemon and citrus.

Big flavor, low alcohol, extremely refreshing. Another great session beer from east end. Up front is a but of sourness, but no where near an amount that would make you pucker. Along with the sourness there is an array offruit from lemon to green apple, to white grape. Underneath that is a very grainy, cereal-like malt base that is very clean and crisp. The finish is a bit dry.

Pretty prickly carbonation and light bodied, good for the style.

This beer is amazingly drinkable. Huge flavors at under 3% ABV. Impressive. This is also a great beer for someone who is new to sours, as the tartness is light and fruity as opposed to puckering or vinegar-like. Grab a growler of this while you can.

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Session Ale #44: "Weisse This Beer Sour?" from East End Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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