Berliner Kindl Weisse | Berliner Kindl Brauerei

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Berliner Kindl WeisseBerliner Kindl Weisse

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Berliner Kindl Brauerei

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 181
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow prior to the syrup (green) being mixed. Color became light chartreuse with a full white head and fine carbonation. Head dies quickly and there is little lace. The aroma is tart and yeasty with some aroma hops. The flavor is tart and lemonade like (but low one sweet). Some hop bite follows up. Mouthfeel is tart and effervescent. A fun and refreshing beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a short white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of sour lactic acid are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly sour, but this is more of a subtle sourness and is different from the "in your face" sourness of an American Wild Ale or a gueuze.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you can handle the sourness, this beer is quite easy to drink. A dash of raspberry or woodruff would definitely make it more palatable. Nonetheless, it is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I hate to tell my friend that I think his beer is soured. Although deliberate, this is soured beyond what sour beers normally display. Lemony and musky in the aroma with a sharp and thin scent. Flavors of lemon-heads and lemon rinds with a vineous astringency. Thin and light on the palate with a puckering sensation all through the mouth. Highly carbonated and dry despite the low alcohol. Clean and crisp, yet tough to drink. A murky yellow, high carbonated beer with a whallop of a punch. A treat for the serious beer drinker.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MJ's "Guide" gave this 3 of 4 stars and said "it scores for assertiveness, but lacks complexity and length."
Listed among the "1001 Beers", this deserves to be there based on the history alone of this "champagne of the north" as Napoleon's troops dubbed it. Since there used to hundreds of brewers in Berlin that specialized in this style and there are only two today, the history is about preservation, too.

If you like sour, then try this. Designed to be refreshing on a hot day, it succeeds. It even looks like a thirst-quencher. Also good with raspberry and woodruff syrups in the glass or in the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My first Berliner Weisse I have tried not the season for them but available,poured a lighter straw color with a fizzy quick to vanish head.Hmm quite lactic and tart like green grapes aroma wise almost a gueze-likeness to it with the grapeskin and lactic thing going on,quite sour upfront on the palate with a touch of iron but drys out in the finish with a hint of wheat.Not fond of the fizzy,thin mouthfeel I know its very low in alc.A summer quencher yeah I can see it but not something I would try again.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is light orangish-yellow in color with a big head that literally disappeared in seconds. What a dud.

Smell – There’s almost no smell to this beer. I know it’s supposed to be delicate, but come on. I can pick up some faint citrusy notes but that’s about it.

Taste – The orange notes from the aroma turned into orange syrup at the taste. I can barely pick up some yeasty flavors (which saved the day) but otherwise there’s not much to this one.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied fizzball was hard to hold in the mouth. The carbonation, which IMO is one of the most important aspects of a Weissbier, was cheap and fizzy like Alka-seltzer.

Drinkability – This is not even close to what I was expecting. I don’t know why I even finished the bottle.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cute little bottle purchased at the Comeback Inn.

Appearance – Light yellow, cloudy, with a thin white head that immediately dissipates to nearly nothing.

Nose – Fowl aroma of dirty wheat. Slightly tart and growing ever more so as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heaven on Earth. Light, fruity, and ever so tart. My first experience with the style and certainly a winning one. Some sourness too. This is very good. Warmth adds to the sourness tremendously. The final sips are just to die for palate wise. Not much in the way of flavor though, just hints of wheat, fruity yeasts, and sourness. I can’t say I mind to much. I like the feel so much, and the light refreshing body, that I could go on drinking several of these.

Drinkability: Very high if you like sour/tart beers.

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Photo of sponberg
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cripes. What a great summer thirst quencher. Tart from start to finish, with wheaty background and a "drink me!" nose. Spritzy, with a lactic tang. The finish is tart, graint, and thirst quenching.

I'm with VENOM on this one - who needs syrup? I had the grenadine at the ready, but there's no way it ever hit the glass.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stubby, little 11.1 oz bottle as pictured here, pours a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow body with a small white head that quickly drops to a cap. No lacing.

Aroma is tart green apples, white grapes, and a hint of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel is tart and acidic, crisp and lightbodied. Spritzy carbonation enlivens the feel.

Taste is also tart and acidic, lots of sour green apple, lemon cider, and a hint of wheat. No apparent hop or yeast presence, and malt character is very understated. Easy to understand why one would add sweet fruit syrup to this, but it's just fine out of the bottle. Very different, but a pleasant experience to enjoy. Light, airy, crisp, and refreshing, and the tart sourness is present from start to finish.

This one certainly caught me off guard, as I was totally unfamiliar with this style. Part of the Beeradvocate experience is the adventure of sampling new styles such as this one. A low alcohol bier that is totally different than any other style, yet is well made and quite enjoyable. Lemony and green apple tartness, with airy carbonation and a light body give this one an excellent drinkability.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Sunset Grille in Brighton, MA after trying some of Drewbage's.

This beer is traditionally served with a syrup to mix in, either a woodruff or raspberry. I went with the raspberry for my bottle, Drewbage had the woodruff in his. I was surprised (and impressed) when the bartender asked Drewbage which syrup he'd like, as I had never witnessed this type of preperation before.

Amazingly some tartness still comes through in this beer despite the sweet raspberry syrup. A unique and satisfying beer drinking experience.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DrunkenPanther
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one that a person should drink if they know what they are getting into with the style. I am a big Berliner fan, but others arent due to the sour/light taste. That said, if you like sour mashed beers, this is a pretty decent one. The appearance is very light, with slight carbonation. It is a 2.5% beer, so it would be difficult to expect much different.
The aroma gives you a slight hint at the sourness, but it is light as well.
The taste is sour, but not so much as to make you pucker. It is a very light beer that is great to drink after mowing the lawn, or just sitting outsiide on a summer day. I liken this much to a Radler on it being a great "Summer" drink (Not neccesarily the taste).
It is a very easy to drink beer. Like I said though, just understand before drinking it that it is a sour mashed brew.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York, and stored in my garage. I've had this before while in Germany; unusually it comes in the stubby bottle that I associate more with Belgium. Love the little kid on the label.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy, pale-straw hue with medium carbonation. Yields a small head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of dry, earthy yeast with notes of lactic acid and a faint nuttiness. This is underpinned by grainy malt with a touch of wheat. Simple but pleasant.

Tastes of lactic tartness and yeast, with a dry, acidic finish. Notes of lactic acid, natural yoghurt, earthy yeast, faint apples, mild wheat and a hint of stewed leaves. Almost lemony in character, though without the flavour. Very dry and astringent upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spritzy and very tingly - the acidity tantalises the tastebuds. The body is light but it suits the style and the low ABV. An aftertaste of lactic acid, yeast and faint wheat.

Tasty, though surprisingly sharp. I suspect the acidity has increased while it was sat in my garage. The flavour is most reminiscent of unsweetened yoghurt, with a tartness similar to grapefruit juice. Earthy yeast dominates, with subtle grain and wheat taking a back seat. Light but refreshing, and would certainly be nice on a warm day. It's a simple beer, and I find it very drinkable (preferably without the syrup that the Germans insist on adding). Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ghostly medium yellow haze, white head diminishes in 30 seconds. Marginal lace. Lightly yeasty aroma, slight shoe leather, interesting. Tightly tart, with a strange smokiness reminding me of peated malt in Scotch (without any alcohol sense). Moves into a brief sense of salty wheat paste and finishes diminished overall -- light lemon acidity. Spritzy mouthfeel. As a Beliner Weisse, its got the expected sourness, but not overbearing or with tons of aftertaste. My first beer for style, its OK, but I'm not sure a sweet fruit syrup would do much for me in here.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of RickyS
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rastaman
1.84/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't really know what to make of this, that subtle hit of sour is pretty much the only thing i liked about this, very light texture, with little development of any flavour, like sour lemonade, with a touch of grainy malt. My first Berliner weisse, and i'm a bit let down and confused.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow body with a slight hazy and a strong carbonation. The big white billowy head turns rocky as it dies down.

S-This beer has a sour tart note to the smell with a hint of yeast. Some faint German bitter hops are in the background.

T- This beer has a bit tart sour flavor with a slight sweetness to the finish. The finish taste of fresh honey as sweet tart candy.

M- Light watery body with a fizziness that makes it seem more full and an astringency that really makes your jaws tighten up.

D- This is a very dynamic beer for having only 2.5 % ABV. It has lots of characteristics that are not common to most beers. It has some good "wild" beer notes but it would be nice to see more of them. I do prefer them red or green with the syrups but it is refreshing on its own.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bowl. Bottle. Pale yellow, little hazy. White almost vanishing white head. No lacing at all. Very light aroma of straw, grains, but mainly dominated by sharp lemon and apple notes. Taste is sour (sharp lemon, some grapefruit). Dry, sharp, light body, above average carbonation, thin texture. In overall refreshing and crispy beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Score is averaged from two tastings, one without syrup and one with. Also, bottle is a newer design than currently pictured, and clearly states the ABV is 3%]

My wife is a born-and-raised German and insists the only way Germans drink this beer is out of a goblet/chalice through a straw, with a kind of fruit syrup added. She has never even tasted it by itself, without the syrup. I did:

w/o syrup:
A: Exceedingly pale & light with a tiny head.

S: Sour, very much like white wine, yeasty/bready.

T: Almost on a lambic level in its tartness and sour finish. Yeasty funk abounds.

M: Crisp and dry, scatters across the tongue like champagne.

D: Kinda untamed and wild without the traditional syrup addition. Will try that now:

w/syrup (himbeer [raspberry] syrup by Riemerschmid from Munich):
A: Beautiful frothy milk-white head, with a cloudy, dirty plum color.

S: Raspberry out front with yeasty, doughy background.

T: Sour, raspberry flavor incorporates well, bready, somewhat lactic. Delicious.

M: Soft milkiness with generous tingling from the carbonation.

D: Delicious, a definite summer refresher...which my wife and I enjoyed on a mild winter's day...

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Photo of Kozsa
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavily diluted pale straw with a short lived white cap.
Nose of DIll pickles and wheat hulls.
A shockingly tart blast of concentrated lemon juice begins things. Turns even more acidic by the time it hits the esophagus, leaving a lingering impression of bile. The next sip replaces it with some under-ripe bitter grapefruits. A whole different grapefruit sensation than the PacNW hops we are all used to. Dressed with a vinaigrette. Toss in a dab of dijon mustard, and a spoonful of cider. Completed by a shadowy wheat husk that arrises late.
Very light bodied, with a few streams of carbonation.
Once the initial sourness is overcome, this is quite drainable.
I like it.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been dying to try this ever since I arrived in Berlin, but couldn't get it pure at cafes, just the red and green, so I picked myself up a bottle.

Pours a murky yellow, like a dark lemonade with zero head/lacings. I give it a 'good' because I think that it's right on style-wise.

Apple cider on the nose, little bit of white-wine vinegar.

This drinks like a sour cider. Lots of apple, tart lemon, quite sour. Finish offers alot of wheat/malt just to let you know it is indeed a beer.

I think this could have done with a tad more carbonation, but I'm admittedly inexperienced with the style.

The German girl looked at me funny for drinking it plain, but it ain't bad. Really good summer drink, I'll have to try it with the syrups.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At just 2.7% abv, this prototypical classic Berliner weisse is an incredibly refreshing and drinkable ale! Its just slightly hazy straw gold body displays its delicately effervescent bubbles beneath a short head of bright white. The head retention is limited but it does leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose offers lightly tart wheat and nothing else, which is basically what's found in the flavor! There's very little bitterness at all, but it's not needed as the mild acidity dries it out! It's basic but interesting; and absolutely thirst quenching and drinkable!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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