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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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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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 BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served "mit schusse" at Resi's in Chicago.

Arrives in a wide, squat, logo glass. It looks as if a liter mug were cut off 1/3 of the way. Ordered the himbeer syrup to go with it, but tasted it first without it.

Smells bready, yeasty, like baking soda. Very clean tartness, a nice crisp snap to it. Color is a clear amber. With the addition of the syrup, it takes on a cloudy, crimson tone.

Taste has the tart, snappy crispness from the bacteria present, with a bready overtone. Can't really pick out any hops. Syrup adds a raspberry seed fruitiness, and compliments the drink well, suprisingly. Good carbonation, tart but not especially dry on the palate. One is good, it seems like more of a "dessert" beer. Bartender relayed the tale that this was originally developed as a low-alcohol beer for children in Germany...

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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acid-washed maize. The style description says to expect a 'rapidly vanishing head', but I found that not to be the case. I'm looking at a brilliant white mass of foam that topped out at three fingers after a vigorous pour and is still a respectable lid many minutes later. It doesn't look that great, however. It isn't quite as soft, mealy and unsticky as a macro lager head, but it's close.

Weisse smells like a lactobacillus-laden version of a Euro pale lager. It's moderately sour and mildly fruity. I have a disturbing feeling that 'moderately' may turn into 'severely' on the palate. Although there isn't much to get excited about in the aroma department, the beer does have a snappy, green apple tartness that is sort of appealing.

Yowza! Each mouthful delivers a massive rush of sour acidity that still doesn't come close to my limits of tolerance. For instance, it isn't anywhere near as mouth puckering as Sour Patch Kids candy. BKW strikes me as a beer that's sour for sour's sake. A one-trick pony of sorts. The fact that flavored and colored syrups need to be added to make it palatable (or at least to improve the flavor) strikes me as gimmicky and goes against my purist bent.

The only thing reminiscent of a weizen is the tanginess. Otherwise, no wheat, no how. I can still appreciate the green apple flavor, but it's less than expected. There's no sweetness, no bitterness, just wall-to-wall sour. The mouthfeel is as light as a feather and the carbonation is middle of the road. I'm almost done with the 11.1 ounce bottle and I can't feel even the slightest effect from the super-low ABV.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this little bottle of Berliner Kindl Weisse. Now that's it's gone, I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I like sour in all its forms, but this beer seemed to lack something essential (probably the syrup). I'm glad for curiosity's sake that I gave it a try, but I doubt there will be any more Berliner weissbiers in my future.

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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 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 jwc215
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is without the syrup, with notes following it with the addition of some Himbeer (raspberry syrup).

Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours golden straw yellows with a white head that vanishes after a short while, as is expected for the style, but leaves a white lace along the rim.

The smell was of bready yeast and a hint of wheat grains.

A pungent tartness is mixed in with a sourness. It has a breadiness to it, mainly from the yeast. It's pretty powerful taste, yet basic.

Despite the tartness, it leaves a clean, refreshing feel. A spritzy carbonated feel is left in the mouth.

A good choice for an occassional summer treat or when wanting a beer with low abv.

Personally, I prefer it with some syrup, though it's also good alone.
The Himbeer gave it a smoothness and sweet raspberry fruitness and added some complexity to it.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

05/09/05- Purchased at Wine Exchange of Sonoma.

Presentation- 11.1oz stubby bottle dated on the back label. Poured into my Dead Guy pint glass.

Appearance- Very macro-ish piss yellow color, medium seltzer looking head with minor lacing.

Smell- Maybe a tad grassy, with a main smell of apples.

Taste- Didn't know what to expect. Wasn't expecting the sourness. With that in mind I continued to drink, but could barely finish the pint. Weird citrus flavors and maybe some type of vegatable flavoring as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite carbonated, almost like seltzer. Very spritzy.

Drinkability- Well, I guess no need to try anymore of this style, or at least this brand. Too out there more me. Almost tasted a bit salty.

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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 plaid75
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy light straw hue with a 3 finger white foamy head. There was good retention but minimal lacing.

The smell was mildly wheaty and yeasty with a slight tartness that forshadows the flavor.

The flavor is full blown tartness. The best comparison would be granny smith apple or sour green grapes. There is a mild biscuity background. Pretty refreshing to be honest.

The mouthfeel was light with a tart sensation.

Overall, a refreshing low ABV beer that is perfect for a hot summer day. However, the tartness diminishes the drinkability.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow-straw color and is topped by a white head and a fairly low level of carbonation. A sour lemony aroma rises up to my nose. There is a hint of complexity in the nose, some herbal grassiness perhaps. This is very dry, and not nearly as sour as I was hoping. It is quite soft up front, but has a sharp sourness in the finish that is reminiscent of fresh lemonade. Though light bodied, there is a certain amount of creamy fullness to this beer. Certainly this is nice and refreshing, but lacks a certain complexity that I like and can be found in Schultheiss' version.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow beer.

Smell is buttered wheat toast and grains and a tartness.

Taste is unsweetened lemon aid sour. Not as shockingly sour, as I expected, no need for any sugar syrup. Faint flavors of wheat but this beer is all about sour and thirst quenching. A pleasing sensation, I think this would work well as an addition to a regular HefeWeizen to add some tartness rather than lemon.

Mouthfeel is light as I would expect for such a low alcohol beer.

An interesting beer that I must try again on a really hot day. The expense of this beer makes it hard to justify buying a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.1 oz stubby bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Amber colored, with a white head which quickly dissipates.

S: Funk, sour fruit, horse blankets.

T: Sourness definitely hits the tastebuds, but it is welcome and very pleasant. Bacterial funk also evident, with some lemon, orange, and tart Granny Smith apples.

M: Acidity you can feel in your teeth after you drink, like after eating sour candy, smooth, but a little thin, though this is a rare style, so I may not have a good interpretation of what the mouthfeel is supposed to be.

D: Very good, extremely low in alcohol, makes this a good summer refresher, and one you can drink a lot of.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw-colored liquid with an enormous light fluffy white head that sinks fast, leaving only small lacings.

S: Light smell. Citric notes, faint wheat. Acidic, sour and spicy.

T: Very acidic and sour. Spices and only faint wheat.

M: Aftertaste is decent, acidic. Body is light and carbonation is very rich, quite offensive.

D: This is no favourite of mine. To acidic for my taste.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color with some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a sweet malt and yeasty . Starts with some sweetness but the sourness quickly dominates, a clean, tart vingear finish. A different wheat. $2.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rather clear banana-yellow with a frothy white head that was moderately lasting but didn't leave much lacing behind.

S: On the nose was some sour fruit that was most noticeable with lingering dry grains and a dried lemon sourness.

T: The initial flavor started out very sweet, with a buttery malt flavor with a huge sour citric tartness. In between there is some green apples as well. Sour lemons and oranges provide a nice tartness to the palate while a lingering a big citric bite is found on the finish.

M: The mouthful and body are thin with a fizzy carbonation bite that brings out the tart citric nature of the beer.

D: Low abv so you can drink all day, but the flavor is only moderatlty good and would get boring after a few.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my bottle says it is 3.0%abv and the best by date is listed as 08.09

It pours a cloudy lemonade colour with a small but stubborn head of foam. Good lacing.

The smell is sweet and sour with apple scents bring both to the table.

The taste has a nice tart apple punch with some yeastiness and earthy malt tones that I notice mostly when I swish the beer in my mouth. Some slight vinegar like sourness there as well and it makes my mouth pucker a bit but I like this overal drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is light as is the carbonation.

This is definitely different from anything I've had up until now and being one who likes tart/sour brews, this one satisfied me very drinkable. The label says, made with water, gerstenmalz, weizenmalz, hop extract, and wheat. I won't argue with that...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served straight - no syrup.

Very vaguely cloudy, champagne-yellow colour, withb a loose-bubbled, highly carbonated head. Head dissipates to a loose ring. Good lacing.

Sour apple juice/cider vinegar nose. Hints of grassiness, and an odd smell of fresh egg whites, which is not unpleasant, despite how unusual it is.

Not as mouth-puckeringly sour on the palate as I expected, rather more like an oxidised white-wine sourness, or the lightly acidic flavour of selzer water. It has the astringent constricting quality on the mouth, but not the flavour of over sourness. It's rather pleasant, in a rather unusual way. Or maybe I should say it's unusual in a rather pleasant way.

Less character than I expected, but possibly more drinkable as a result. Unfortunately disappointing for the most famous Berliner Weiss, but I'll try it sometime fresh in Berlin.

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Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first time to try this beer style, "Berliner Weisse". Really don't know what to expect. 3%abv., BB 01/09, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: pours an extremely pale honey-drink or lemonade like straw colour, semi-murky; the lively carbonation full of tiny bubbles supports a very tight, egg-shell-ish white pillow on top.
S: a dusty note and sour-sweet lemon peels precede a salty-sweet fruity body with a light touch of wet cardboard paper, sticky oxidised sugar, and light white-wine vinegar. So different from any wheat beer I've tried, with a higher proportion of saltiness in the mixture.
T: tart & salty star-fruits, lemonades, white grapefruits, then fast settling down to a rather dry, salty, semi-musty and zesty yeastiness more like a spontaneous-brewed ale... in the very end, besides the bone-dry and slightly chewy finish, a muted wheat-ish aroma manages to sneak through along with a lactic touch as of a lactose yeast drink.
M&D: super-light bodied, the hyper carbonation doesn't help a lot, but the overall clean palate is certainly welcomed. All in all, a brand new drinking experience for me this is, and really gets me closer to the picture of wheat beer mixed with a young lambic - or something totally more weird than this...

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