Berliner Weisse
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #119
Ranked #4,422
4.09 | pDev: 10.51%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Berliner WeisseBerliner Weisse
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2017. Been wanting to try a beer from these guys for a while. Found bottles at Grassroots in Jax.

Golden yellow with a short lived head. Wonderful aroma of funk, barn, yeast, fruit. Flavor is similar. Dry, tart, refreshing, fruity. Great feel and body. The epitome of the style. This was absolutely delicious.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, May 28, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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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bobv from Vermont, May 13, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Phil-Fresh from California, Nov 25, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 17, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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VABA from Virginia, Oct 22, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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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avalon07 from South Carolina, Oct 12, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
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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kojevergas from Colorado, Aug 22, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Eddieeight
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like golden honey
Smells of orange rind and lemon fairly pungent
Tastes like a bright sunny day. Like a lemon juice and tangerine juice and orange juice mixed. The sour tartness kicks in after a few seconds.
Crisp, juicy mouth feel.
Overall refreshing.

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Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy with lively carbonation, light yellow body; thick, foamy, white head. Sour apple aroma; rhubarb; musty. Tart, lemony flavor with a touch of funk. Crisp, acidic; fairly dry finish yet leaves the mouth watering with a juicy tartness.

An interesting and generally satisfying Berliner weisse beer.

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beergoot from Colorado, Jul 09, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold - this is darker than a lot of Berliners. Quite a bit of visible carbonation, and a half-finger of white head fades down quickly.

S: A nice depth of funk of front. This isn’t a one note lactic Berliner at all. Barnyard, earthy, horseblanket, and cheese. Lactic tartness and some sour stone fruits (especially apricot). Cracker malts and wheat. Lemony citric acid and an almost woody dryness – I don't know if this is barrel or foeder fermented, but that's rather what it smells like. A really nice aroma for a base Berliner.

T: Modest level of lactic tartness up front, but this isn't as sour as it smelled. Earthy barnyard funk – again, less than smell, and about on the level of your average modern saison. Lemony citrus and rind tartness. Cracker and wheat malts, with some mild huskiness and pilsner character. More grassy funk with light tartness in the hang.

M: A light body overall, but on the heavy side for style. Good carbonation sensation and low alcohol - but again, less carbonation and more alcohol than some within the style.

O: Pretty tasty. It doesn’t taste as good as it smelled, unfortunately. But it's far from a bad beer, and has a nice development of funk and tartness for a Berliner. I could do without the grainy and pilsner character. But overall pretty darn solid.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2016 vintage bottling. Listed as 5.2%. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leather, pepper, salt, musty, funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leather, pepper, musty, funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, leather, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great great malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness/acidity, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/acidic, and slightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a great Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modest acidity/tartness. Surprisingly nice level of Brett complexity, without going overboard. A very traditional, spot on take of the style all around. A really delicious offering.

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superspak from Michigan, May 13, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a wine glass

This beer pours a light amber to golden color. It looks like a cider. It doesn't have much head.

The smell is tart with apple and pear notes.

It is tart and dry with dry. Reminds me of a dry cider.

Medium mouthfeel

This is pretty doggone tasty on a Sunday morning.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - pale yellow color, thin
Smell - smells like a bag of sour patch kids with some added tartness
Taste - very tart tin taste pretty bitter lemon as well. Sour apple juice
Feel - medium light body and carbonation
Overall - pretty good!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Was a crystal clear yellow bright orange body until the last few drops hit the glass and clouded it up. Not much of a head disappeared as quick as it was poured.

S: Vinegar, lemons, light Apple, and some wheat and coriander has a slight salty smell to it.

T: Light Apple, lemon, wheat, and that coriander seems more pronounced in the taste slightly sour.

M: High carbonation with a slight sour cling to the body medium to lighter body.

O: This is a pretty tasty beer but I do not see where or how it distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack except it is a lot more money.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out tart with a decently strong citrus flavor. Then some mild breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect and there’s a very good balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Mar 12, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow, fairly hazy with a one-finger head
S: Tart, lemon, lactic acid, yeast & wheat
T: Matches the nose - a bit sour & funky backed with wheat & citrus
M: Light-bodied, sour but smooth
O: A refreshing beer though a touch pricey compared to many in the same style

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Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a perfect pint glass

A- pours a bright clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- smells of lemon rind, lactic tartness, sour wheat & grain, yeast, hint of orange peel and earthy funk

T- opens with toasted wheat, followed by light lactic tartness, as well as lemon rind, orange zest, earthy grains & dried hay. Finishes with dry wheat and citrus tartness

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy-bubbly mouthfeel and a crisp, dry effervescent finish, super drinkable

O- one of the best berliners that I've had in a while, outstanding drinkability and goes down too fast

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 24, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Hazy, unfiltered straw color with nice one finger head. Sour, funk bread yeast smell. Tart, sour yet crisp feel on the palate. A nice beer

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally a bottled and distributed Jackie O's Sour!!

Pours out a hazy yellow/orange.

Aroma is lightly funky, tart lemon/lime, hint of citrus, wheat/grain notes. Smells about how you would expect.

Flavor starts with that lacto lemon/lime, goes into some citrus zest as well. There are funky, grassy/hay notes along with a light barnyard character and wheaty/grainy taste too. Very nice.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, tart, but not really sour sour.

Great beer, but is about what you would expect from the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, 2016 vintage, label says 5.2% ABV. Served in a Bell's Spiegelau wheat beer glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch or so off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, tart lemon, and some earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some lime and lacto tartness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy enough to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good, tart enjoyable brew. I'd like to try this again in the future. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Love the new 500ml bottle design. Excited to see more from their sour program. For a berliner this wasn't quite as tart as I was hoping, it tastes more like a brett saison - not my favorite style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lot of times when a beer is "unremarkable" its bad, like, generic and plain and bland and forgettable. this is sort of a different kind of unremarkable, in that there is nothing about it that makes it strange or different from any others out there, no crazy secondary fermentation, no fruit, wood, or anything else, but its just super super textbook. not surprising, all of their beer is amazing, but this is one of the first sours i have had from them, and its fantastic. plenty tart but not too acidic to drink a lot of, very well carbonated and hyper dry, light but not flavorless on the grain, still a nice fresh wheat malt flavor, a little body, slight herbaceous quality from the hops, clean finish, awesome. this was just the base berliner (on tap at hops and pie), but it looks like they do a ton of special fruited variants and so forth. hope to see a few of those come to town as well. these guys can do no wrong, everything they touch turns to gold. one of the best straight up berliners ive had in awhile.

edit: i liked this a little less the second time around. it warms up a little funky, like its a cheesy sort of dirty sourness, not as clean and bright as i remember it from the first time i had it, but still really bright overall, just better when its real cold. minerals and tartness in the finish, still very good and really drinkable with such moderate acidity.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the Pub

It's a slightly foggy, honey colored gold. A bit of a fizzy head, but more substantial and longer lasting than most Berliners that I have tried.

Smells and tastes fairly sour. A lot of tart lemon. Very crisp with active yeast and some Wheaties like grain. The best part is the mixed fruit flavor that I get. Just seems like a light touch of everything.

Maybe a touch too sour and acidic, but still a very enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice mostly clear honey hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice creamy wheat, good funk, nice light brett and lacto. Very straightforward and solid.

T - Taste is loads of wheat, very very nice funky brett. There's a very nice nondescript fruitiness that comes in as an added bonus. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, fluffy, tart.

O - Overall this is a very solid straightforward Berliner. Very enjoyable.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Aug 19, 2016
Berliner Weisse from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 231 ratings