Berliner Weisse | Crabtree Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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 afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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 eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this brew has a tart aroma....lots of cranberry scents...fruit and a bit of grain. Grassy, fresh, lively, and fruity. The taste is similar. Very effervescent, with a sharp carbonation, a light heft, and a serious tartness. The cranberry flavor continues through the taste. Enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
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 crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 trxxpaxxs
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of THECPJ
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rawfish
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Berliner Weisse from Crabtree Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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