Berliner Weisse | Crabtree Brewing Company

Berliner WeisseBerliner Weisse
BA SCORE
83.2%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 125 ratings
Berliner WeisseBerliner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crabtreebrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An old-style German Wheat Ale with a short lactic fermentation. Light & crisp with an acidic sour bite that aims to please. Traditionally served with raspberry or woodruff syrup, but can be enjoyed wihtout.

Added by ArrogantB on 09-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,065
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
125
Liked:
104
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
9.73%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Halleroder bierkrug. Expectations are low because the label makes it look like crap. Not even an ABV on the bottle? Reviewed live. I believe this is me first beer from crabtree.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of no real cream, bad thickness, and average retention. Colour is a murky semitransparent yellow-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Weird candy syrup, clean malts, and vague hints of yeast. Weird esters are abound but I can't place them. A mild strength aroma.

T: Weird candied sugar, vague clean malts, and a strange funk that feels like off-bretts. Some slightly tart sourness on the finish. Bland and simple. I don't really care for it. Imbalanced and strangely built (even for the style). There's not much happening here. The funkiness is nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat watery. Adequate carbonation. A bit too thin.

Dr: Drinkable and nice in terms of the funkiness. I probably wouldn't get it again - it's pretty boring. A simple dull brew. Leave this one on the shelf.

C-

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Comes in hazy yellow similar to a hefeweizen, cloudiness all over it. The head was bright white and just under 1/2".

The aroma kicked substantial phenols, this really seems to be a belgian/german hefe masquerading as a berlinner weisse at this point, the yeast is driving everything here.

Taste kicks down some spice rack, more plastic phenols, tartness and wheat body are just enveloped by the yeast. This beer is dominated by something that should not be.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Falling Rock taphouse in Denver (after trying to order 3-4 different beers they had listed, but were 'out' of). Got a hazy yellow beer, plenty of cloudiness to it, looked the part, soft .5" head on it, bright white.

Aroma, man, this should have been called belgo weisse, because it smells a lot like a standard belgian yeast moreso than anything that would come from Germany or a reproduction of a German style. Really annoying I thought, not enjoyable to get the band aid esters and soggy wood funk.

Taste, still kinda mucked up by the belgian flavors, instead of being able to get a mouthfull of tart wheat, its like a mouthful of Belgo yeast over and over. The tartness is appreciable, and once you kind of get adjusted to what was kind of palate shock, the beer becomes less oppressive, and actually enjoyable. But I dunno, its kind of like being in a room where someone farted, stick around long enough, and you won't notice the smell as much.

If its worth anything, my girlfriend liked hers more than I did. Just too perfumy and belgiany for my tastes.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of chugalug06
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very soapy, big bubbled, white head. Dissipates quickly. Brew is decently clear with minor haze. If it wasn't for the steady column of bubbles I would have guessed it went flat.

Kinda wheaty and spicy. Orange and lemon citrus. Kinda absent of any defining scents.

WHOA! Tart lemon! Not sour, but tart. Very thin, lacking any body to hold this one together. Heavy carbonation and slightly dry.

Too thin, IMO. There's nothing unique or memorable, it's basic and bland. Final Say: Decent and drinkable, but sadly what I expected from CTB.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to fortsambo for sending some of this out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a white head that fizzles away immediately, faster than soda. No lacing or collar. A bit disappointing, even for the style.

The nose Has some wheat with a touch of acidity. A bit breads as well. Quite wheaty, actually. The flavor is very wheaty with some backing grain. Very faint tartness. Some dryness throughout. Very light body with good carbonation, bordering on spritzy. Tesla or and feel seem to be a bit young to me, and maybe this could have used a bit more time with some yeast and bacteria. Perhaps not quite ready when it was bottled, though this is a faintly nice Berliner.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of orangesol
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcflypie
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden, no lacing. Very effervescent.

S: Sour funk and musty with hints of grapefruit.

T: Sour, tart, with orange/grapefruit notes.

M: Very effervescent.

O: A little funky, a little sour, a little hint of citrus. A nice light sour ale from a local brewery I like. Not amazing, but solid.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sambo for the bottle!

Pours hazy light straw with complete absence of head and lacing.

Yeasty wheat aroma. Not very tart on the nose and a little bit of funk. Doesn't smell much like a Berliner

Loads of lemon in the flavor. A little bit of tart wheat and mustiness. Flavor profile is a lot more spot on than aroma, but still seems like there's something missing.

Very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not too bad, but there's something slightly off that I can't quite put my finger on. There isn't a whole lot of flavor here, but it gets points for being light and refreshing. I'd prefer a bit more tartness for the style.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden bodied beer with a very small white head that settles quickly; minimal lacing, decent overall clarity.

Mild aroma of wheat and lemon. Smells vaguely tart and sweet but the smells aren't exactly bursting from the glass.

Simple flavor of grainy wheat and some light lemony tartness; not particularly sour or over-the-top at all. A little bit of lactic acidity, no bitterness to speak of. Minimally sweet. Straightforward but lightly flavored for a Berliner Weiss.

Medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp and clean, pretty refreshing; unremarkable in the end, but went down easy after a six hour drive on a hot summer's night.

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A yellower shade of pale in the glass. Some bubbles at first, but flattens out after a couple of pours. Since it's so sharp, you don't mind the lack of carbonation as much. The aroma is very faint, like sawdust, but I give it points for not smelling like vinegar.

Light bodied as you'd expect, quite tart, but not so acidic as many beers of this type. A touch of fruit, but not much funk or yeast.

While it's not memorable, it's one of the most drinkable Berliners I've had. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buffs9
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of incubuscience
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.2% out of 100 with 125 ratings
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