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Berliner Weisse | Crabtree Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
120
Avg:
4
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -32%
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 sjdevel
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: 3.25
Huge billowing foam upon pouring from a bomber, but it fades quickly and then goes flat. Only a few bubble streams apparent, but not even enough to create a ring around the outside of the glass. Hazy light yellow straw color.

Smell: 4
Funky, dank, and spicy. Smells of sour fruit and vinegar.

Taste: 4.25
Slight bite at first. Kicks right into sour apple and peach. Pretty tart and dry, then the spices and herbs come through. There is a slight vinegary flavor throughout. Slight vegetable undertones.

Feel: 3
Upper light side in terms of body. Quite flat overall.

Overall: 3.75
An ok brew. Good at first, but after getting close to the bottom of the 22 ounce bottle, I was ready for it to end. Probably wouldn’t grab one again. It needs a little more balance. Seems like heavy on the vinegar and vegetable flavors, but needs more of something. Maybe a touch of sweetness, malt, and wheat.

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Photo of akolb
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins.
Aroma has prunes, tartness, yeast
Tart and complex taste, dry. A great sour beer, incredibly refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy yellow straw in color. Thick creamy white head dissipates quickly. No carbonation or lacing.

Smell: Wheat and lemony tartness. A subtle banana ester.

Taste: Bright fruit-forward malt up front. Followed very closely by a perfectly tart lemon flavor cut by a mild honeydew melon quality. Finish is a continuation of lemony tartness and a rounded yeasty warmth.

Feel: Medium-light body with an off-dry finish. Yeast creates a bit of creaminess. Good acidity but it could be better.

Overall: Certainly indicative of the style. Far more complex and supremely balanced than I was expecting. Evolves through out the sip and as it warms. A must try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow, hazy, with a big head of foam that doesn't last long. There is none in my glass now.

The nose is all aboot the wheat; I only sense some sort of tartness. .

I get a lemon zest and mild tartness to go with the wheat in the taste. That and a mild flavour of some kind of melon.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Nice brew. Refreshing brew.

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Photo of Robloc303
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from bottle into bowl glass. No head on the pour, bubbles go away in an instant and very little fizz there after. Nose has nice citrus, orange and bread yeast. For being filtered and so clear, the flavors were quite surprising. Very tart and sour to begin with a nice lemon and wheat flavor, but the flavors seem to disintegrate the longer you let it sit. Nothing too special, but I would drink another.

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Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, gold/straw color. 3/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, hops, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of coriander. Mouth feel is very sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and tartness. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight yeast, slight hops, and a slight pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of mcflypie
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle featuring a label JFK delivering his famous speech in Berlin a fizzy and cloudy grapefruit yellow with one finger of very fast-fading white head. No lacing whatsoever.

Bright aroma of lemon zest, yeast, spicy herbs, straw, white wine vinegar and cracker.

The taste really matched the aroma with bright, tart lemon, white wine vinegar, yeast, and saltine cracker. Finished very clean.

Light-to-medium body and dry with a crisp carbonation.

A very tastey Berliner Weissbier from Crabtree. A nice medley of flavors in this one. I will definitely have this one again.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE. Cool screen print on the bottle. Mentions something about doughnuts and politics. Cap came off with a loud hiss. Poured into a Tallgrass cervoise glass at fridge temp.

Appearance: It poured so clear for a while I thought I was pouring champagne. Massive four finger head of clear, fizzy bubbles. Fizzled away in no time and eventually lost all of it's head. Effervescent to say the least. The body itself was a very light straw color.

Smell: All kinds of tart and acidic notes. Wheat. Some tanginess, musty earthiness, and interestingly some light sulfur/egg notes.

Taste: Tart lactic up front, some mustyness, a clean, sharp lemon acidity, and finishes with a lingering cracker like wheat.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. Very light body which made it quite easy to drink. No hint of the ABV.

Overall: Only my second berliner weisse and Crabtree beer but impressed on both accounts.. Very interesting and complex nose. Light, easy drinker and the tart dryness makes it very thirst quenching. I can see why this is a summer beer! Get some before the humidity and 90+ weather leaves.

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Photo of spoony
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml bottle (undated, but with JFK on the front) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces a huge, shiny, white head of foam. The foam drops immediately, however, and leaves no lacing. The brew is clear and very light yellow in color. There is a good bit of carbonation visible. Pretty true to style.

S-A health dose of lactic, funky wheat is noticeable as I pour. There is also a fair bit of lemon and significant (for the style) tartness. This brew is nearing lambic levels of tartness and funkiness on the nose.

T-The taste also packs a good bit of tartness, but the brew is not quite puckering or sour. Lemon is the main feature, but there is a good bit of lactic funk and wheat, too, which balances things out. The whole package is balanced, crisp, drinkable, and interesting.

M-The feel is light and effervescent . The carbonation is assertive and fizzy. The feel is a touch too light and assertive, but not too far off for a Berliner.

O-This is a great Berliner and a great beer. Crabtree manages to pack a lot of flavor into 4.3% ABV while staying pretty true to the style. The beer is balanced with nice tart flavors playing off of a light, but not insubstantial, wheat beer body. This is my first Crabtree brew and I'll be looking for more.

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Photo of Cavity_Crepes
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look was great and completely what I expected. The smell brought out the lovely grains and felt like a great summer beer. When I tasted it, I was blown away by the taste. The tartness and lemon was so fantastic and balanced, I had a little tear at the end of the beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a berliner goblet, the brew appears a perfectly clear straw yellow color with streaming bubbly carbonation that forms a white finger. The head collpases quickly despite the rising bubble support which is typical for the style. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is lemony with a funky inclusion of greek yogurt culture mixed with a mild suggestion of spoiled grain/corn but I mean that in a good way. Towards the back is a sort of fresh cereal grain/wheat sweetness that is quite enjoyable.

The flavor really brings it with everything you might expect based off the aromatics. Lemony tartness is the front runner of the flavor profile with a mild grainy sweetness like wheat/cereal/corn. There is a mild taste across the mid-palate caught somewhere between original pink bubblegum and yogurt. Overall quite nice.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to lively amount of carbonation. A very solid brew right here that is downright crushable. Just a bomber of this is a tease...I want, no need more of this to enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw color with a huge agressive head. The head was thin but tall, somewhat like steamed milk froth.

The smell is straw, wheat lemon, and piercing ammonia.

The lemon dominates the flavor and it has a sour tartness to it. The wheat is also front and center along with hay.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of moderate, same goes for the carbonation.

It's a pretty good beer and a nice, light, easy drinker. This would be a great summer beer, but I enjoyed it with a fire anyway.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ablackshear for this awesome extra! This beer has been a longtime want!

poured into crooked stave tulip.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow bodied beer with thin white cap. Head quickly drops to no head at all.

Smell: Hay and wheat malts. Lemons and mild lactic sourness. An odd smell of concentrated urine(I work in the healthcare field, so I know the smell very well)

Taste: Nice malty wheat and hay notes. Lemons, hint of oranges, and some lactic sourness just like the nose. Really light funk and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation levels on the low end of moderate. A delicate / soft carbonation. The bubbles seem to come alive on your tougue, really nice mouthfeel. This beer is sooo drinkable. Semi dry finish and it has clean and bright characteristics as well.

Overall: A drinkable and flavorful Berliner Weissbier. Pretty straight forward beer for the style. The beer doesnt look that great and the urine smell in the nose I really dont care for, but the taste and mouthfeel on this beer really make this beer awesome! Really glad that I finally got to try this beer!

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Photo of rawfish
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Denverbeerdrinker for this gem as an extra.

Fizzy cap of white head rises over a cider colored body. Very carbonated, you can hear the crackle. Lots of yeast, opaque. Good retention and even leaves spots of lacing on the glass, impressive.

Hay, lemon juice acidity, vinegar, a bit of yeasty must. Uplifting and bright, balance of hints of sour and aromatic grain.

A mix of lemon juice and slight wheat, up front that evolves with hay, white wine, vinegar and funk. A zesty tartness, I get a slight twinge of metallic with a mild nuttiness and the acidity makes the mouth water, then it's gone. Scrubbed perfectly clean, dries well. Complex and refreshing.

Crisp and an absolute joy to drink, the yeast never weighs this one down and the finish and mouthfeel are all perfect. Why didn't I wait until summer to crack this one open instead?

Wow, incredible berliner weissbier. Snappy, crisp and refreshing. Mixes complexity, balancing sour, funk and grassy elements. I wish I had another.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a goblet on what might just be the last warm day of autumn.

Possibly one of the worst labels I've ever seen. Give me a pretty picture, not a QR code. Just saying...

Opens with a very loud hiss. Pours a very pale yellow color with huge towering white head. I may need to take a walk and come back to this.

Aroma is enjoyable with a funky yeast and elements of lemon and cake. Maybe lemon cake.

Flavor is sweet, then tart, and finishes dry. That pretty much sums it up. There are subtle nuances of lemon, spice, yeast, and floral qualities. It never overwhelms but also never grows dull.

Mouthfeel is very light in body and nicely carbonated. Crisp and easy drinking.

In terms of being both light and complex, it's one of the best American beers I've had that manages to achieve both.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
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 sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a pale hazy yellow color. Some white froth & lace too.

(S)- A mildly dry cotton-like funk with bits of lemon & wheat.

(T)-A nice drying crispness with a kiss of lemon and wheat in the background. Just tart enough to blend it all together.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Clean & crisp with a refreshing feel and subtle wheat & fruit.

(O)- A lovely berliner weiss. Super easy drinking; crisp and refreshing. All the reasons why I love this style and wish more brewers did them. The perfect summer beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ehammond1
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quikzoo!

Slightly hazed light golden with a moderately sized near-white head that falls away quickly.

Pleasant aroma of wheat, lemon, and slight tartness, along with a very mild cheese and earth character.

The flavor is similar, though not quite as tart as some others within the style, with lots of wheat and lemon character. There's a touch of earth as well.

Light in body with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

A nice berliner, and I'm very thankful I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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 numberwang
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a great spicy citrus taste and a nice sour lacto finish

I really like this beer. Coming from the land of overdone Pale Ale/Cascade Hop creations this one is a real treat. I have always liked German style beers, and this one was a complete surprise. It is a great summer beer with a low AC so a man can do his summer chores and still trim his lawn straight.

I first had it at the Boulder Tap House and liked it so much that I got on the phone and reserved myself a sixtel. I loved the funk of the taproom. They were kegging 1/2 barrels right behind me. Had a great chinwag with the owner and his wife. No pretense, and not a single Pale ale on the tap list. Good stuff! They are expanding the beer horizon.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Received in a pint glass.

3.5 A: Deeply hazed golden wheat color. Came with just a touch of white frothy head.

4.0 S: Big pepperiness worth mentioning first. Earthy, brett-like funkiness. Wheaty with a strong rotting wood component.

4.0 T: Light tartness. Wheat, pepper, barnyard and rotting wood. Quite earthy and super tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Clean and crisp with a nice spritziness. Good moderate carbonation. Just about all I could ask for for the style.

4.5 D: Really tasty Berliner. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
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