Berliner Weisse | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.54%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour wheat ale fermented with Jackie O’s house lactobacillus and brettanomyces cultures. Produced via a unique Solera method ensuring consistency and variation over time. This is not a kettle sour.

Added by brew3crew on 04-02-2011

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5.2% abv.
Bottled in 2017
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a fluffy white head over an ever so slightly hazy golden body with scant lacing. Nose of wheat, slight funk, and a bit of citrus. Taste mirrors nose very nicely. Very enjoyably refreshing and not too tart with a finish of slight breadiness. Nice feel and overall a great job from Athens, OH. Cheers!

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Photo of Joaocamargo
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst bier I’ve ever taste

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Lots of coriander/lemon, coupled with some light funk, and sourness.

A: Golden color, clear, with frothy white head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

T: Lemony/coriander, coupled with light funk, slight bread and sweetness, followed by a light, lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; interesting lemony, lightly funky character. The beer is pretty easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Impressively clear body, with excellent amount of fast rising and flowing pinhead sized carbonation. Crystal clear brass gold color, with a touch of white bleach one finger head. Settles to a good 4mm sized puck while settling nicely. Neat looking Berliner.

Tart lemon and touches of chewy wheat on the nose. A good sense of doughy malt but it's a little faint. Thick sensing body, but with more sourness than expected, leaving and overall solid impression for the aroma.

Sharp palate on first sip. Big touches of tartness but more of a hard candy and almost jawbreaker like flavor. Faint touches of malt but over run by a very unique sour property. Carbonation is playful, but also a very steely quality that doesn't quite go mineral, hard to put into words. Fruit quality seems to be replaced more with candy like flavors, and much of the wheat depth and flavor is a tad lost.

Beer is slightly haphazard unnecessarily aggressive but at least provides a solid and decent flavor profile in the realm.

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Photo of Theogre83
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-A nice copper color with a no head or lacing.
S-Slight acidic sourness.
T-Slight sour and tartyness with hints of lemon.
M-A light bodied smooth drinking with moderate carbonation .
O-Well made beer.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. So-so lacing.

S: A sweet and sour aroma of wheat, some yeast, citrus fruit, and a slight barnyard quality.

T: Tasted of a bit of yeast, which gives it a definite funky aspect, a good shot of citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a little wheat, hay, and a tinge of banana in the finish. An extremely light and lively flavor that's helped by the addition of the brettanomyces. Sweet and fruity.

F: A highly carbonated beer with an effervescent finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is yet another enjoyable beer from Jackie O's. A good beer for a hot and humid day.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durwood64
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timothybarney
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FirstInLine
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Purchased at a beer store in Denver, CO. 16.9 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off crown cap. Uninteresting label art/design.

5.20% ABV. "Berliner weiss" brewed using the solera method.

WARNING: Gushes immediately upon opening. Overcarbonation is suspected.

APPEARANCE: Clear bright yellow body; some might find it thin and weak (or even watery). Looks filtered. Off-white head colour with some fizziness and mild froth but no robust thickness or anything in terms of an impressive consistency. Head retention is nice - 4-6 minutes.

AROMA: Hay, lemon zest, faint bacterial sourness (about a 3/10 in terms of sourness intensity, and all of it is seemingly from lactobacillus), flaked wheat, 2-row/golden malts.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Not quite as sour, lemony, or twangy as would be ideal.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Sourness is disappointingly timid - just a wisp of faint lactobacillus twang coming in at about a 2/10 in terms of sourness and that's it. Not puckering, nor on par with the 4-5/10 sourness one observes in the best expressions of the style.

Flaked wheat and 2-row are there but are a bit too noticeable. No coriander or clove here to my's pretty simple and shallow for the intended style, lacking intricacy and depth of flavour as well as balance judging by its overdone malty sweetness and the relative absence of adequate sourness.

TEXTURE: Light to medium-bodied. Smooth, wet, not unrefreshing, and of apt heft on the palate. Overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Very middle of the road fare from Jackie O's, and this is my first beer from the brewery...given their reputation amongst Ohio denizens, I did expect a whole lot better. Drinkable, though, and by no means a bad brew - just one with many shortcomings in comparison to good traditional German examples of the style and intricate American expressions thereof. Were this offered at a better price in sixers, I'd probably revisit it. At this price in individual bottles? No thanks.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a soft burnt yellow to slight copper color with a quaint transparency about it. A slow moving rising carbonation rose to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Glad I put it in correct glassware to contain the head more (I have this weird feeling that I feel like I'm one of the few left that uses correct glassware), anyways.
The aroma had some orange rind, lemon sourness, some freshly cut grass, soured wheat, faint tart green apple and ended with a sly bit of funk.
The flavor leaned into the sour portion quite well allowing the wheat to bite down as I hoped it would. Not much of an aftertaste, somewhat lemon to orange with the soured wheat but it was super low.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fantastic sessionability about it. I feel like I could crush this all day! Appropriate crisp and fresh clean sour harshness with no pucker but an ever so slight stickiness about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, as a Berliner Weisse, this was very well done. Would love to have again, recommend for fans of the style!

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Berliner Weisse from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 227 ratings