Berliner Weisse | Crabtree Brewing Company

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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:
9.75%
 
 
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31
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cool take on a wheat beer. pours a hazy straw color with a tall white head. smells like typical hefe yeast and a nice sour beer combined into one. flavor is tart and sour at first, but mellows of with some citrus flavors and a flowery hop finish. feel is excellent, really fizzy carbonation compliments the sour flavor, and its light enough to drink a couple of. this beer has a lot of culinary potential too. glad i picked this one out

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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 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 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 Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is loud. A hard pour and the bubbles just make a racket. Fizzy. Soapy head that dissipates rapidly. Somewhat cloudy pale gold body.

Musky aroma. Like a light horse blanket, subtle lemon. There's something different in there that makes the aroma seem "thick". Weird to me, but not off-putting. A bit tangy

Nice tangy lemon flavor. Orange a bit. The tartness is refreshing and nothing too puckering. There are a couple of spices here and there, but mostly a light malt with lemon tart. My 3rd B-Weisse and I like it

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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 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 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 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 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 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 trxxpaxxs
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gklover1 for this beer...

A: Pours a bright cloudy lemony yellow with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam fades incredibly quickly, leaving absolutely nothing behind. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells sweet and tart. There is an abundance of floral and citrus notes in the nose, and yet at the same time I'm getting a lot of salt and sour. It's a beautiful marriage between earthy and tangy.

T: It starts out sweet and floral. That flavor lasts until the finish. At that point, the beer takes a left turn and becomes incredibly tart. The sourness takes over and the saltiness of this beer shines through. It's actually really refreshing. Light and flavorful at the start, and puckering in the finish.

M: Light bodied beer. The flavors are spot on. Mellow to begin with, they lightly envelop the palate. After most of the liquid is gone, the salt and sour arrive. The last effect is very dry.

O: This beer is wonderful. Sweet and floral, but puckering and salty. Color me impressed. I think the transition is spot on. I honestly wish I had a few more bottles to share.

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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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a QR code on the front label, $6. Nice cloudy yellow color. Smells wheaty and possibly tart. The flavor was quite good, wheat, sour lemon (but subtle), citrus, yeast. Very easy to drink and now I'm really interested in the style. Overall, a good tart wheat beer.

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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 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 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 Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a clear (with hazy second pour) straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film and then disappears.

The aroma is musty hay and some dry fruity sourness.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some sweet sugary fruits (apple and lemon), some champagne notes and a lot of tart sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a nice light sour. I liked this better on tap.

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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 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 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 ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Fantastic beer.

For such a low ABV, this beer packs a ton of flavor.

Pours with absolutely no head. A very slight hint of cloudiness, but mostly golden and clear.

Slightly sweet, but mostly tart, but a balanced tartness. Bit of fizzy feeling on the tongue.

This beer drinks like a Sav. Blanc white wine.

Very refreshing with a tongue watering finish.

This will be a fantastic summer beer.

The best beer I've tasted so far in 2012.

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Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy whitish-yellow with a white 1/2 thumbs width head that quickly escapes into the ether. Not even any remnants of a head left around the edge nor is there any lacing. The only weak aspect of this beer. A tart, fruity aroma of apples and grapes mixed with some wheat and mild funk. Initial hit of sweetness that quickly proceeds to sour...tart apples and grapes, some lemon, and a slight hint of pepper. Very nice. A nice active mouthfeel and medium bodied, I think it it fits the beer perfectly. Personally, wheat beers are a style of beer I do not enjoy so wasn't sure what to expect from this, but did want to try it to discover the style. Glad I did because Crabtree tree hit it out of the park with this one. Very enjoyable beer at a great price.

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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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