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Berliner Kindl Brauerei

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer has two glaring, GLARING flaws that prevent it from getting a damned-near-perfect score.

The first flaw: 0,33L. What? That is SUPPOSED to read 0,5L as der Gott im Himmel hath ordained!!! This beer is far too good to be served in such measely portions.
As for the second, well, I'll get to that one as I go.

Appearance: Have you ever seen a woman and time stopped? The whole world fades out of focus as you stare at her (possibly at the junction between the English wing and the main wing . . . but that's my experience) as it tkaes your breath away and you want to sob for the sheer beauty of what you are witnessing? This beer looks like the rest of the world in this situation. From my Dom Koelsch (Ja ja, scheissbier, klappe!) glas, this beer resembles the rest of the world in that incredibly bittersweet moment. A hazy golden sheen, nothing could be more tragic, nor more beautiful.

Smell: A beautiful medly with many parts. Rich, snap-crackle-pop German malts, fully rich barley as you'd expect from the most perfect pilsner. STOP Rich, tangy wheat, complex and spicy. A quick hint of the forbidden STOP. The sour twang of regret. The unmistakable mark of lactobacillus!

Taste: Ahhh, have you ever percieved a moment of perfection? Gorged on Glory? Sipped on the supple nipples of Nike? The only complaint I could possible lodge is that it isn't sour enough (the SECOND FLAW) but I have been foraging my beer cabinet for La Folie for some time (Thanks ColoradoBobs! (tm)). So, of course, this is no Flanders Red (the malt is too beautiful and plays to prominent a role) this is no Gueze (No mouldy cheese), this is truly einzigartig! Ahhh. In short, the taste follows smell and what a wonderful suit to follow!

Mouthfeel: A tad thin. Eh, it's a bugbier, these things are OK. Emminently drinkable.

Drinkability: Are you kidding? Michael Jackson says this is the most drinkable style in the world and I agree.

Back to the liquor store to buy a case.

Love at first sip.

Love at first sip.

Note: Drank a lot of Himbeerweiss before I reached the age of majority. May be pre-disposed towards thinking this beer is awesome.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beers scores are all over the place because many people don't like the style, not the beer.

Pours astraw yellow with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Very pale and fizzy.

The smell is a refreshing blast of citrus with some fresh grass there as well, and a slight biscuity nose underlying it all.

The taste is supremely refreshing- very strong lemon citrus flavor- both the fruit and the pith are noticeable. I am tasting it this time without the syrup, but I have had it many times with both the raspberry and woodruff syrups. Both work well- it doesn't result in an overly sweet concoction since this beer is so sour to begin with- just the thing for a hot day.

The mouthfeel is nicely balanced- pretty light, but with a touch of lactic creaminess at the end. Pretty well carbonated, but not overwhelming.

Extremely drinkable. I could drink these all night, and with the low abv it is a great hot weather beer. I'll often start out a night at the Brickstore in Atlanta with one of these just to quench my thirst and prime my palate for some serious lambics.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This looks like sunlight through the window at 3 pm. It's clear and coats the glass with an oiliness that is surprising. The white froth goes belly up, and disappears.
Smells like slightly sour white grape juice.
It has a lovely sourness like good apple cider vinegar. Right off the bat I'm surprised with the body. It's certainly a light beer, but it has great presence on the palate. Good mouthfeel. It has a mineral taste reminiscent of club soda. The sourness doesn't linger. Some ceylon cinnamon. Wow, this is quenching, quaint and quaffable. A new beer family for me, and I like it! No, I love it!! I really need to drink a case of 2.5% I could, and then I would try the syrup.

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Photo of dherling
4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic summer time refresher, although for the uninitiated it doesn't seem like beer at all. A sour, tart beer, generally served in a squat glass with red raspberry or green woodruf sauce to offset the tartness. This is the beer to give to people who find most beer too bitter. I have seen different methods for pouring the beer and the sauce, generally with the sauce going in first, followed by the beer. I prefer it poured with a thick head and the sauce over. The beer stays a little more tart, while you get a slightly sweeter head. The two mix in your mouth for a subtle difference over the sauce first method.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is without syrup. Poured from the stubby brown bottle into a pilsner glass the beer was a light, bright yellow color and quite easy to see through. Super streamy carbonation fed a 1 finger head that faded as quickly as it formed. Soda like carbonation levels.

A wheaty smell with citrus, lemon, and freshly cut grass all in the nose.

The taste has a bubbling tartness that grabs the palate and puckers it up. Soft citrus flavors and a clean wheaty finish. No yeasty character and exceptionally crisp. Soft fresh lemon and grass aromas. Some flavors fight to cut through the carbonation.

Super light and crisp mouthfeel and as noted, very carbonated.

Bar none, there is no beer I'd rather session on a hot summer day. Perfectly clean and crisp; refreshing and enjoyable. The perfect beer for summer, and better without syrup, in my opinion. Although pricey, well worth the refreshment when the temperature climbs.

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Photo of Wontonst
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours the nice cloudy Berliner Weisse color with minimal head. Ahh the smell takes me back to the streets of Berlin. Perfect level of sourness. Crisp and carbonated feel. Drink it soon or it will get way too foamy.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured out a pale yellow with a one finger head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma was of wheat malt, with some yeastiness. It smelled quite tart and a little sour. I was quite eager to try this one, as it seemed to match the description of the style. This is the first of this style I have tried, so I have nothing to compare it to.

This beer was very sour and tart, yet very refreshing. Not much malt flavor at all... a little bit of wheat was apparent through the sourness, but not much. I can see why they often add syrups to this... but I like it.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp, a little thin as expected, but fully living up to the expectations.

I give it high drinkability... I like this stuff. I could do lots of it... and with an ABV of 2.5%, it would be easy.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured pale straw with just an ever so slight haze. The head was white, but fell quickly. It did lace the glass.

The aroma is slightly nutty with a wheat aroma and pronounced sourness.

The flavor is sour with the softness of wheat. The beer is very crisp with a very slight nuttiness.

The finish is dry and fairly neutral with no lasting aftertaste. The body is light.

11.1 ounce bottle. Very, very refreshing. If Berliner Weiss is a style you enjoy, you can drink a ton of this.

This is the epitome of Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of sponberg
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
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 KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear straw color with a greenish tint, and a lot of visible carbonation. The head is two-fingers in height and recedes quickly. The aroma is sour and almost lambic like, with some tartness too. The taste is quite impressive for a beer with so little alcohol...quite impressive for any beer actually. It is like a mild unblended-lambic, with equal parts sour and tart. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, I am very impressed with this brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 330 mL bottle poured into an Ommegang goblet. The ale is served cold and without himbeer syrup.

Appearance: Pale yellow in appearance, the ale poured with little head and quickly settled into a small, thin white ring around the top of the beer.

Smell: I detect a funky, natural barnyard aroma that is not unpleasant. Lingering below that funkiness is a lactic hint of tastes to come.

Taste: This beer has more pucker than a Flemish red. On first sip, the lactic acid makes itself known in a big way, it jumps out at you and forces an involuntary bitter beer face. The lactose fades away in good order and leaves a mild, almost buttery smooth finish to emerge.

Mouthfeel: The beer is both sour and very dry. The sour lactose causes the bitter sensation. The dryness makes the mouth scream out for more.

Drinkability: Berliner Kindl Weisse weighs in at a very conservative 2.5% abv, making this an easy session beer. When paired with Himbeer Getrankesirup (raspberry syrup, this is the authentic German syrup available at Wells Discount Liquors), this ale takes on a much sweeter character in which the syrup balances out the lactose.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Koelschtrinker for the trade on this one. I am excited to finally get to try this berliner which for me is the last of the "easily attainable and commercially available" berliner weisse offerings out there.

Poured into a matching Berliner Kindl bowl, this brew appears a faintly hazed light yellow color. A finger of white head appears across the top and retains very well for the style. A spotty webbing of lace clings to the glass. A light swirl brings a creamy coating back to the surface and forms some finger-like stringy patters of lace.

The smell of this brew carries with it a very bright fruity lemony scent with a mellow lactic tang upfront. Throughout the middle of the nose is a fresh, cereal grain sweetness that mixes with something somewhat reminiscent of yogurt. Once warm there is a very faint indication of an herbal hop element, but that is stretching it.

The taste is lightly tart with a flavor reminiscent of lemons. Not really sour, just tart with the lemony flavoring upfront rapidly changing to a dry yogurt-like flavoring across the back and then back again to lemony indications that last inside the mouth. The aftertaste includes a mild grainy sweetness that is somewhat like cereal and bread which does a pleasant job of contrasting the tartness and fruity of this brew.

This is a light bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. Perhaps just a touch less carbonation than most other takes on the style but still well done. This brew is very clean and excessively drinkable with a crisp finish. I pounded down nearly half my glass before even starting to think about what I was doing. If this brew was readily available to me, I would purchase this non-stop throughout the summertime.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It took me a while, but I finally located a six pack of this on the upper upper shelf of the *domestic* selection at Jungle Jim's and snatched it up immediately.

Presentation: 33cL squat bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very striking bright, but slightly hazy pale gold with a volumous white, foamy head that stuck around for a long time. A very good looking beer.

Aroma: Has that familiar German pale malt aroma, grainy and lightly sweet, along with wheaty aromatic goodness and an assertive tartness in the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The German pale barley and wheat malts play together very well, providing the lightly sweet and tangy backbone, which is then accented by the lactic sourness. The tartness is just right and goes perfectly with the light mouthfeel and crisp carbonation.

Notes: I was astounded by this supremely refreshing and drinkable beer. Truly, this may be the most drinkable beer I've come across, and at 2.5% ABV, you can drink this at just about any time of the day and it will not matter.

Further Notes: I made a red raspberry syrup for this beer. I added just a bit (about a tablespoon) to the glass first, then poured the beer into it. It was a spectacular red with a huge, pink foamy head that *never* went away. The sweetness balanced the tartness a bit, but not completely, and the raspberries contributed only mere hints of their flavor. I definitely like it better by itself, but it's worth giving a raspberry syrup a try.

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Photo of xforce
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the first, and only (as of yet) berliner style weiss i've had. incredibly drinkable. all i can think of is a hot summer day. forget those pilsners. much more drinkable than belgian wits, yet lighter than regular german weiss beers. there is zero hints of those expected phenols from german wheat beers (which i love). yet i was fully satisfied with what this beer had to offer. not much head to speak of, nor much aroma. only a slight citrus\sour note, a bit tart. this beer is delicious. toms of flavor; tart citrus such as grapefruit, lemon, with a lovely sour\dry finish. lingers in your mouth begging for one more. probably one of the best "hot day" session beers ever. i will keep in mind to try more beers of this style.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from an Ulrich's in Berlin.

Pours a translucent muted yellow with a half inch of quickly dissipating white head. Definitely has the appearance of a "white" beer.

Aroma is a mesmerizing balance of sweet maltiness and intriguing sourness.

Taste also plays on this balance of sweet and sour, with the malt sweetness appearing initially as the beer first touches my tongue, followed by a long sour finish that wipes any sweetness from my palate.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, just as a Berliner Weisse should be!

Overall, a classic and interesting alternative the the "average beer drinker's beer". It has the low alcohol that makes this an easy-drinking beer, but has the complexity from the sourness that is reminiscent of a nicely blended lambic. I am impressed.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Berliner Kindl Weiße is best served at colder temperatures (45-50F) and traditional served in a short tumbler or goblet with a straw. BKW pours up light & spritzy with a pillowy white head atop a lightly turbid, very pale/straw-golden effervescent body. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving a barm of lace in its wake. The somewhat fruity (e.g. citrus, lemongrass) & decidely grainy/wheatberry aroma shows just a hint of the sharp sourness to come. The taste starts off cleanly with a very light graininess then gives into some aformentioned fruitiness, but carries into a sharply dry, somewhat acidic (lactic) finish. There's no bitterness to speak of and virtually very little alcohol which makes for a surprisingly refreshing beer for the open minded. This light bodied, low-alcohol sourish wheat beer makes for a great quencher after a long, hot summer day. For a special treat, try serving this one "mit Schuß" by adding a splash of raspberry (Himbeer), lemon (Zitrone) or woodruff (Waldmeister) syrup (Getränkesirup). Another older variation is called Weiße mit Strippe, which is mixed with a small amount of caraway schnapps (Kümmel) or grain spirit (Korn). I've also seen this one served with apple (Apfel) schnapps. Here's to the "Champagne of the North"!

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Nose of wheat more or less light for a beer of this type and a smell of fresh earth. Mouth full with an amazing return Suret and acid with a touch of lactic acid very surprising. Not to mention the key wheat (however slight) to recall that this is a Weizenbier. While the course is light but has a very good performance of mouth, plus a fruity, and makes this very special brew.

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Photo of tjd25
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin silky head on a grey yellow color body. The smell seems like a mix of straw, whole milk and citrus, with notes reminiscent of a barn. Intriguing and interesting. The taste is fresh, citric with a dry malty character. The mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety, reminding me of oatmeal. After the specific Berliner taste that’s sour, acidic and slightly vinegary but controlled and enjoyable, the aftertaste is slightly grainy like in many German pilsners, but I find it quite enjoyable here, as it adds to the refreshing character of the brew. Surprizingly drinkable!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of this style, poured to a pint glass from a 33cl bottle. Date is a little unclear, though it appears to be best by "03/07"(?). Picked this up last weekend at Market of Choice just outside Portland. Drinking this straight, without the schuss of raspberry or woodruff syrup. Maybe next time...

A: Pale/watery wheat with a slight unfiltered yeasty haze. Vigorous carbonation races aggressively to a 1-finger fizzy white head. Head dies down over 90 seconds, maybe 2 minutes, to a wisp of film. Eventually head is gone completely and there is no lace. But carbonation just keeps coming...

S: Funky tartness, mild ripe sweet/sour fruit (cherries or berries), a faint spiced wheat and a bit musty. Smells appealing, in its own special way...

T: Wow, that's interesting! Immediate acidic tartness of green apples. Following is a mouthfull of fresh, lightly spiced wheat. Fruitiness is of raspberry and a little melon rind. All the flavors, mingle and roll around in the mouth, defying my attempts to pick out what predominates. Is it tart, is it yeasty wheat, is it sweet?

M: One of the crispest mouthfeels I can recall - refreshingly light and perfectly defining "summer". Carbonation is less active in the mouth, but serves to help coat the cheeks and tongue. Carbonation is more notable in the gut...nice burps...

D: I will crave this terrific little beer - extremely drinkable! It's evocative of the Belgian gueuze style (which I really like) in its crisp tartness, though lighter in the mouth and more approachable. I read in Michael Jackson's "Great Beer Guide" that Napoleon's troops dubbed this beer "The Champagne of the North"...I can see the similarities, though at just 2.5% ABV this won't go straight to your head like champagne. At least I hope not... highly recommended.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a sour sweet mix with a fresh quality.
Pours with an enourmous chalk white head. Pale yellow and somewhat clear.
Flavor shows an almost biting sourness with a citrus fruity quality. The mouth seems to adapt and it became increasingly pleasurable the more I drank.
Fairly thin, but carbonation leaves nice sensation on tongue. Extremely refreshing quality.
Really an unique and enjoyable beer. Doesn't have to be just for summer. If it wasn't so expensive I'd buy it with some regularity.

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Photo of rayjay
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorites. Thanks to Nodding Head Brewery for introducing me to this wonderful style.

I had trouble tracking down some woodruff, so I bought some cheap raspberry syrup. Beer poured with a tiny head but still had plenty of carbonation. The syrup pretty much destroyed what little head there was.

Funky smell similar to grapefruits without the sweetness. Somewhat lambic-like, but not nearly as intense as, say, Cantillon.

The flavor is sour but with no tang, with no hops present at all. As much as I could smell the syrup, it did very little to the taste, as the sourness still prevails. A great flavor with a musty brett funkyness. However, neither the sourness nor the funkyness are overpwering.

Mouthfeel is much closer to a Belgian wit than to any German wheat out there. In fact a Hogaarden glass would be perfect for this beer.

Picture this: take some light belgian wit, add some sour gueuze, maybe a dash of club soda and lemon, and you'd be pretty close.

One of my favorites from way back, I would drink this beer anyday. I love this beer with a capitol L, but none of my friends cared for it at all (more for me!) A perfect summertime sipper, and at 2.5% abv, you can drink all you want. Cheers!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a short stubby Berliner Weisse glass. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is little lacing. The smell is slightly spicy, and has some tart grape character to it. The taste is fairly tart, with lots of sweet maltiness trying to balance it out. Almost puckering sour, but very refreshing. I think it would match nicely with pizza. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, something you wouldn't expect for this type of beer (especially with only 2.5% abv). The drinkability is good due to the low alcohol and cooling sensation that it brings to the palate. Decent beer!

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Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl Stubby

Best by: 08/09

3% abv

A big thanks goes out to BitterBill for this treat, thanks again Bill! Berliner Kindl Weiss pours like a freshly squeezed lemonade clone, pale yellow with that hazy white appearance from the yeast. Streams of carbonation bubbles explode to the surface from different points on the sides of the glass. The head is off white and creamy; finally settling to a thick cap and skim coat. A quick swirl brings the foam right back. The head has the habit of leaving behind drink lines that eventually slide back into the body of the brew. This beer looks refreshing.

Damp somewhat funky smelling wheat jumps from the glass but before I know better I'm hit with a lime-aid sort of tartness. Lemon, lime, and green apple all jump around in this brew creating a nice complexity in the nose for such a low abv. I'm not totally sure where it's coming from but there's a spiciness in this beer that I'd guess is coming from the yeast.

The nose was a good introduction to this beer. Lemon lime tartness washes over the tongue right away before the malted wheat makes a stand. The wheat brings a bit of funkiness to the flavor with the dampness. Green apple tartness shows up mid palate but the overall tartness of this beer hits right up front and fades as the beer works through. This Berliner Weiss brings a lot of complexity and flavor for a beer with 3% abv.

My cheeks pucker a little as soon as this beer hits my tongue and the tartness awakens the taste buds. The body is light and the carbonation fast moving enough to keep this beer flowing without interruption.

This beer is highly drinkable. Each sip has a lingering tartness that keeps me coming back for more. I'm a little upset to see my glass is near empty. The low abv and tart drinkability make this beer a candidate to waste the day with.

There aren't many Berliner Weiss beers out there but I really enjoy the ones I have sampled. Thanks to Bill for knocking another of the list for me. Appreciated Bill, thanks again!

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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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