Nickel Brook Über Berliner Style Weiss | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Ãœber Berliner Style WeissNickel Brook Ãœber Berliner Style Weiss

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CAMRAhardliner on 07-09-2014

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of bixby1971
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atsir
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imfinished
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down rather quickly and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart lemon, grainy malts, some wheat, a light breadiness and light funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart lemon upfront, grainy malts, light wheat, some breadiness and slight funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. It's nice to see some Ontario Breweries finally tackling this style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MatChar
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $8 CDN. Served into a glass.

Appearance - murky lemon / lime pie filling color. Lots of bubbles are visible at the edges and a finger of white head is poured but it doesn't last.

Smell - lots of lemon and that's about it with just a bit of funk.

Taste - the lemon comes through again as the beer is quite tart, but not overbearingly so. Some wheat in the background, but hard to separate from the tartness.

Mouthfeel - thin body with good carbonation, tart finish.

Overall - my first foray into the style, so while I wasn't blown away, it wasn't half bad either. However, given the steep cost and no great love for sour beers (yet?), I probably won't pick this up again. But I can certainly see the appeal of this, especially in slightly warmer weather than a Canadian winter.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a darn Berliner Weiss in Calgary. Thanks Kensington Wine Market. A whole pint glass full of fine white head (oops) quickly coalesces into a pale yellow cloudy liquid. Repeated pours leave a finger or two of frothy head that again breaks down quickly.

Aroma is distinctly tart and fruity. Lemons (rind and juice), dry musty white peppery spice, hay, sea salt. Minimal sweetness.

Taste is a wonderfully sour blend of lemon juice, unripe grapes and stone fruit, faint bread yeast (no discernible banana notes despite use of a weizen yeast, which is rather cool), hay-like hop notes, flinty wheat spice, a slight mustard-like heat. A uniform citric tartness is the main impression. Very refreshing. Some green apple emerges late. Heavy carbonation ("champagne of the north" indeed), medium thin body, supremely prickly mouthfeel (like licking a rosebush, to use a little deliberate hyperbole).

This is a fine introduction to the style, near as I can tell. Nice to finally try something I've read a lot about. I don't feel this one requires any nasty ass syrups to render it palatable. The sour comes though better on the palate than on the nose.

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Photo of ssmack
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very light yellow taupe colour. Slightly hazy. Huge super fine white head that dropped to zero. Masses of cargonation but not in streams. Some lacing but poor retention.

Very tangy wheat aroma. Yeasty.

Quite sour. Like biting into a fresh lemon. One dimensional. No malt. No hopes. Little wheat.

Light feel.

I found this refreshing. It is quite different from other weisses I have had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color Berliner with a large white bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of funky and tart notes with weird lemony notes. Taste is also dominated by lemony notes with some tart and funky notes clearly identifiable. Body is light with strong carbonation that didn’t last long. I could not really stand the lemony flavours and this one ended up down the drain.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mick303
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, a clear bright gold, some visible carbonation but there is no residual lacing after a large initial head.

S - tart lemonade, sour lacto, a wheat germ character, limes and a sour cherry character. Somewhat grassy, and an earthy undertone beneath the sour tartness. Some tropical complex fruitiness starts to arrive to compliment the wheat. Not sure if its lychee or underripe kiwi maybe.

T - starts pleasantly tart and fruity, lemons, floral sweetness, then gets coatingly tart, drying out with hay and wheatiness toward the finish. Get notes of kiwi, tart berry and grapes, balanced maltiness coming through, quite dry and light, with a gentle acidity.

M - quite light, with a good wheat presence and character to it, a coating prickle from the acidity, again a pickled quality as well, which makes it tart and refreshing but also a bit like your drinking acidic pickle and wheat, as there is quite a minimal carbonation.

Overall, this was a quite true and refreshing Berliner. Lacto sourness is forefront and balanced with a tasty citrus and wheat character. However I couldn't get excited about the flavour of this, it wasn't easy to drink, the flavour included a rather heavy pickly character and felt weighed down. Some of the complexity on the aroma didnt translate and left a more one dimensional sour. I like sours and this wasn't bad, but I think it needed more elements to help lift it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Über is a gleaming golden beer with brilliant clarity; Berliner Weiss is visually quite contrary to the densely clouded wheat beers of Germany's south. Entirely flat, this offering also lacks the moussy, creamy foam of a Bavarian hefe (this in spite of the fact that it initially disgorged bubbles like liquid nitrogen does smoke).

The aroma could pretty accurately be likened to unsweetened lemonade; that tart and citric persona also typifies the style more generally. There's not enough bacteria presence to make my nose hairs curdle, which is a bit disappointing as I really enjoy that soured Lactobacillus presence exclusive to only a handful of beers, Berliner Weiss being one of the rare few.

Fortunately there's enough funk in the taste to get me dancing. The tartness is sharp and prickly enough to question whether Nickelbrook added thorns to the fermenting tank, and the finish is sufficiently dry to leave the palate feeling as though it were scrubbed clean with lemon juice. After the fact, you wouldn't even know you had taken a sip; no aftertaste what so ever.

The flavour most appreciated (beyond that of the lactic sourness) has a kind of pickled quality that smacks of apricot or lemon, and lots of fresh-baked bready notes from the wheat. There may be a minor, very superficial case for calling this, as Napoleon Bonaparte is purported to, the "Champagne of the north" - it's bubbly, dry, sociable, quaffable, light and approachable.

All in all, Über is a very fair representation of the Berliner Weiss style but not one of my favourites to date. I wish more breweries would follow suit in attempting this uniquely, intensely sour and prickly low-gravity style and all the wonderful refreshment that comes with it. An eye-opener for craft newbies and a great selection for those thirsty for something truly different.

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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, solid-ass bottle, one befitting of the 'uber' designation.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with a fast-rising, immediately glass-filling amount of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy off-white head, which eventually leaves some decent high altitude cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of thin, sharply spicy wheat grain, toasted white bread, sour lemon pith, a bit of fleshy green apple, ethereal white pepper, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is fairly tart and sour lemon juice straight off, one with a mild earthy funkiness, over a gritty, grainy wheat malt, some spicy coriander, a touch of aerosol black pepper, a reduced green apple skin pithiness, further green vegetal notes, and a nicely hovering weedy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active and prickly on the tongue for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and beginner-level smooth, that funky tartness not of an overly forgiving sort. It finishes pretty dry, the wheatiness barely able to fend off the aggressive trio of lingering lemon, yeast, and funk acerbity.

A rather decent rendition of the style, from my limited experience, and a bit 'o text-book learning. Tart, wheaty, funky, and hoppy, all in a pleasant balance, so I would suggest that if you have any interest in this esoteric style, save yourselves a few ducats, and stick around metro T-dot, instead of traipsing over to Berlin. Otherwise - don't.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

750ml from the Ottawa LCBO for $8 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, a dry yeasty flavour, tart lemons, some grass/stray/hay.

Overall - A fair amount of a sour/salty/lactic flavour going on. Also some light funky/barnyard flavour. Worth it to try once, but the large format and highish price make this a one time buy for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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