Berliner Kindl Weisse | Berliner Kindl Brauerei

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Berliner Kindl WeisseBerliner Kindl Weisse

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Berliner Kindl Brauerei

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 237
Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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 stevoj
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is one different beer. If you don’t know the style, be prepared for something unfamiliar. While the aroma is very faint, the flavor comes on tart and sweet, with a very dry finish. Some wine-like characteristics for sure, but this one is the unflavored variety, and very unique. Could probably be marked higher for aroma and appearance, but I am still new at this style and need to learn the norms. Seek this one out!

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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 drmeto
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

-pours a hazy, very light,lemon juice-like yellow with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low carbonation visible
-apples,pears,leathery,candied fruits,burned plastic,rubber
-lemony ,woody,green apples,plastic
-medium sourness
-finishes bone dry
-light body
-medium carbonation
Some off flavours.Not wheaty enough.
about average

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, in Berlin, poured into a chalice

Hazy yellow, frothy white head

Aroma of tart apples,

Tart taste. Apples, dry white wine

Good for a hot day

Okay beer

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Photo of jesseejames
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose very yeasty filled the room with yeast aroma-light yellow with cloudy white yeast-nice lemony sour-great thirst quencher on a hot day-good for its style-not a beer of my taste though

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Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mildly hazy pale yellow, small white head quick to a poor string.
Big keller notes jump up in the smell, some lemon, light apple, some stale grain. Not sour yet.
Now it's sour. Like a nice kellerbier riddled with lemon juice and peel, hints of yellow apple, even some faint sweeter yellow pear. Moldy bread, with a pinch of salt and a light spicy hop note, right before the dry finish. Bone dry.
Aftertaste still has that moldy feel and lingering (light) sourness. Light bodied, medium carbonated.
I get why this is a classic. But it's still pretty simple, especially among other new beers in the style. Didn't try to add any syrup, so there's also that..

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, quickly vanishing noisy white head. Smell of lemon and bread. Taste lemony, very sour. Aftertaste doesn't stay for long. Refreshing. OK, but not my style. Much more sImilar to Gose (but it's not salty) than Hefeweizen or WItbier.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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 smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A very deep opaque, but pale lemon body color, with lots of middle rising carbonation. Head is a nice frothy bleach white three fingers, with no lacing while it settles to a shampoo like puck, and leaves a fine collar.

Nose has a nice lemon tartness, but with not much bread like quality. Mild tartness disappears a bit after it warms up.

Palate loses a bit of it's bread like quality, but none of the sour character. Light bodied with a simple lemon washing density and no aftertaste. Finishes quite wet with some interesting banana like esters. Slightly soda like feel a bit, with a little bit of cola feeling carbonation.

Overall an ok Berliner Weisse, and easy to acquire, great for a simple warm day.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale, golden, hazy; don't remember the head profile

Aroma: Honey-like aroma dominates the nose

Taste: Tart, honey, crisp, lemony; Not beer like. Not hoppy. Good, but not like a beer.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
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 flyingpig
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle from The Cave (Glasgow, £1.49):
Cloudy pale, yellow colour that has tinges of orange in there too. The head is an almost non-existent one with a bubbly lacing around the circumference but not much else.

Sour & fruity with citrus and lemon making an appearance but it is the sourness that is the most noticeable. There is some light wheat and a touch of acidity in there too but it is fairly light overall.

Very sour tasting beer with a good helping of acidity and plenty of citrus flavours coming through. There is a lot of lemon zest and some wheat flavouring too but again the sourness takes over in this one.

A light body and a pretty refreshing feel helped with the strong carbonation. The sourness is there again and the beer is quite tangy but has decent drinkablity.

A very sour tasting beer with citrus and some wheat but other than that there isn't a lot to report on this one. It was fairly easy to drink after the initial acidity and sourness settled down slightly.

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Photo of FLima
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow color, made 2 fingers of head.
Sour aroma with hints of citrus and fruit, mostly lemon.
Taste follows aroma, very acid, zesty lemon and quite sour. Aftertaste is also acid and astringent. Imperceptible alcohol, easy to hide just 3% within this personality.
Light body with a good carbonation and small bubbles.
I felt like taking an effervescent C vitamin. Interesting but didn’t fell like asking another one. Though not knowing what I was drinking ahead didn’t help.

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Photo of kagent777
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.33 l bottle from my friend Mortiz poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Looks like a fizzy yellow beer. A half finger thick head sits atop a clear yellow beer. A little lacing.

Smell: A general sour wheat note from the beer, as expected. As I noted in the other reviews, this one does have a bit of sweetness in the smell, but a sort or aspertame artificialness to it.

Taste: Apples and dry apple juice (even though this is das original) come to mind as I sip this beer. A mild wheat aspect covers over all, the artificial sweetness seems to kick in toward the end of the sip. There is a lemon like zestiness as well.

Mouthfeel: This is a thinner beer with strong carbonation. Even with a thin body, it is smooth.

Overall: I have only had a few of this style, so I am no expert. I like this beer, it is a thirst quencher. Would be outstanding on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this. Pours a semi-hazy yellow-gold with a loose, half inch, bright white head that gradually dissipates into a broken slick. Nose is bready and yeasty with a hint of citrus. Taste follows nose; however, a bit more citrus forward in the flavor profile. Tartness is present, but a little masked by the other qualities. There is also a residual yeasty character at the finish that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant citrus astringency and an assertive carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style; however, perhaps a little too bready flavor for my general sensibilities.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light hazy yellow colour with practically no head at all.

Smells of not much, a bit of wheat and yeast.

Tastes ok at first, malty, yet sours up very very very quickly, and leaves you cringing slightly. Man I don't like sour tastes much. Other than that it's manageable.

Overall a good beer, bit too sour for me to drink alot of though.

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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 kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottles of the grun (green) and rot (red) served into a Berliner Kindl Weisse obese highball in Berlin. Reviewed from notes. I averaged my reviews of each syrupped type to come up with this review; no Berliner I've met drinks this without the syrup.

A: Pours a hazy green. You don't see that everyday.

Sm: Extra-light scent of generic barley.

T: Vermouth and apple. What in feck's name? Finish is sour apple. Built strangely to say the least.

Mf: Tasty, smacky, and nice. The finish drys her up a biteen.

Dr: Too strange, even for the style.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light, cloudy straw color with a super thin fizzy white head that fades immediately and leaves no lacing.

S: Sour and a little fruity (berry-like, mostly raspberry or even strawberry). A touch funky as well, but sweeter than a lambic.

T: Similar to the aroma, being mostly sweet and a little tart on the otherwise-weak finish. Sourness is pleasing and certainly the most prominent flavor here. Virtually no hop presence, and the wheat itself has little character.

M: Light bordering on medium body. Low, fizzy carbonation that fades relatively quickly the longer the beer sits out. A little astringent on the finish.

O: My first berliner weisse. I can see why this isn't considered a great one, but I still enjoyed it and it definitely gives me the urge to try more. Good sourness, but just a little weak on the edges. Worth picking up if you stumble across it.

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Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting six months to have this beer again. Had it in Berlin, and got weird looks when I turned down fruit offerings.

Looks to be bottled: 13JUL11

A: Light purulent straw with a finger of bone white foam which falls quickly to a scattered sheet of the same. Spot/scant lace. Gauzy clarity. (3.5)
S: smells like white grape juice and some grain. (3.5)
T: Tart and refreshing with hints of white grape and some inner lacto accented with just the slightest wheat hints. (4)
M: Thin and highly carbonated. I would prefer just a little less carb. Dross finish. (4)
O: I dig this beer every time I have it. (4)

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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 kjc51478
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is hazy golden yellow color with light, fizzy head.

S: Aroma is heavy on the sour citrus with some wheat and grains coming through.

T: Taste is very sour, but clean, with notes of citrus, cereal, and some slight yeasty funkiness.

M: Palate is light-bodied, refreshing, thin texture, average carbonation, and a tart finish.

O: This is pretty much a standard of the style but certainly not the best out there.

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Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was really not what I expected. A whopping 3% abv, I suppose that since the word Kindl is in name of the beer this is supposed to be a lighter brew for the younger folks in Germany. This beer is the proper color for the style. It's a lightly hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. The flavor had a bit of a tartness to it, perhaps lemon. Either way this beer was a little too light for me and not that good.

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