Berliner Weisse | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Berliner WeisseBerliner Weisse

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brew3crew on 04-02-2011

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Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of OompaMentor
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -8.6%
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 +0.8%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +8.3%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a decent fizzy head that collapses very quickly into nothing, murky pale blond color.

Nose raw bread dough, toasted grain, cereal, lemony funk, sour tart funk, little fruity, creamy wheat, sour mild acidic.

Taste starts fairly sour, tart lemony funk, nice acidity, little fruity, sour funk creamy wheat, little doughy cereal grain, toasted wheat, touch yeasty. Finish little flemmy fair acidity, lemony tart funk, more creamy wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, fair acidity, little flemmy, nice carb.

Overall fairly straightforward Berliner.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright yet creamy yellow with a thin ring of fizz.

Powerful lemon comes off the nose with some lactose.

Extremely tart compared to other Berliners, which is a good thing. Lemon, lactose, and hay come through in the taste as well.

Quite a crisp, refreshing and exceedingly tart Berliner. Tasty!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2015 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Nothing spectacular here, but a very nice Berliner-style beer. Light, tart, and refreshing. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle from a trade, #239/250 from 2013, enjoyed from a jackie o 6th mini.

a - bottle opened with a POP, I was able to pour before any gushing but I saw a slow rise beginning in the bottle. pours a lush golden yellow with a fizzy cap. spotty lace.

s - nose is rich lemony sour. crisp but full. rich in flavor.

t/m/o - definitely full bodied for the style with rich lush flavors of honey and lemon...almost a bit cream soda like. very tasty. soft tartness. very drinkable and great for some afternoon drinking. I had high hopes on this one and it did not disappoint. good grassiness...almost geueze like

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottle # 58/204.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

A bright, glowing, slightly hazed electric yellow. Minimal white head. Leaves the glass nearly clean. Appropriate for the style and a very pretty color.

Lots of bright lemon and and some bright acidic sour and tart character. A bit of nose, and no cheese notes, fortunately, that I often find in lackluster versions of this style. Very appropriate and very much to style.

The flavor matches the aroma. Expressive lemon and good amounts of tart and sour character combine for an incredibly easy-drinking berliner. There's a bit of a wheat character, but not as much as others I've had. Regardless, this is incredibly tasty stuff.

Thin to medium in body, though very appropriate for the style. Moderate carbonation. Very appropriate and exceptionally drinkable.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle. Bottle #25/209.

Appearance - No head on a golden yellow body. Clear. Lifeless.

Smell - Grainy and acidic. Fair bit of lactic acidity, but has a touch of trademark Jackie O's acetic acid.

Taste - Initially very grainy. Then the lactic sourness builds. Still has that bit of acetic acid that I don't feel should be there.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - It's a plain berliner, so there's not much to look for. It's mostly clean and easy to drink. Something in the back is off though.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in a Teku.
Bottle 164/204 from 3/2013 release

A: bright golden orangish yellow. Mostly clear, a bit of haze. Minimal white head

S: tart, sour, lacto, lemongrass

T: super clean, super crisp, super tart. Nice balance, lactobacillus nicely present. Citrus, a combo of lemon, lime, & orange, a bit of an oily citrus.

M: tart, good carbonation, smooth, clean

O: this is one of the best Berliners I've ever had. It's everything I want in a BW: it has bright, crisp clean flavors, a nice tart punch, good lacto presence, a slight hint of Brett funk.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear golden color with a moderate, very white head.

Smells funky, lactic, a little fruity. Very nice.

Darker in flavor than expected, very sour, has that bready lacto flavor, some apricot fruit character. Great stuff.

Very nice mouthfeel, good carbonation especially for a Jackie O's beer, very refreshing.

Always loved this on draft, the bottles batch is the best yet. Excellent!


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Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the 7th anniversary celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is hardly any head at all.

Smell: Light and just a bit tart. I'm getting a whole bunch of yeast from this one along with little bit of vinegar.

Taste: More tartness here than there was in the smell. I'm getting some lemon juice and just a hint of raspberry like fruitiness. Lots of yeast showing up here as well. The finish is quite sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a whole lot of tingly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is very light and true to the style. I'm happy I tried it and would have more.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a 4 oz. taster glass.

3.5 A: Cloudy yellow brown color. Came without a head.

3.0 S: More funk than tartness. Light garbage with a musty basement funk. Subtle, but pleasant.

3.5 T: Lightly tart again with garbage and basement funk. Well balanced, but missing some depth and power.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be spritzier and creamier, but okay. Super smooth.

3.0 D: It's tasty, but it falls close to average for the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

In the aroma I get tart, apple juice like flavor to it at first. I get a hint of some citrusy lemon and key lime to it as well. A little sweetness tries to cut through the tartness. Very interesting aroma to it.

The taste starts off with more of a sweetness to it. Midway it takes a sharp turn to the tart side with more of a green apple, lemon and key lime flavors coming out for me. Neat flavor profile to it.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall a very cool and interesting beer. Definitely the most fruity, citrusy version of the style I can remember having, but pretty good as well.

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Photo of stewart124
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice while in the pub. Orange in color with some good haze. Little head to speak of.

Nose has some pretty floral notes with some citrus and straw characteristics.

Taste is very refreshing. Light on the sour notes and an overall pleasing character. Some funky lacto and brett characters but nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is a little weak and watered down. This isn't to say it drinks like a 3.5% beer because it doesn't.

All in all a nice drinkable berliner weissbier and one I would order again.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad for sharing this with me. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden color with a quick dissolving head. The color of this berliner is much deeper and more golden dark than other representations of the style. The cap that did appear was white in color and rapidly goes to just a thin line around the edge of the glass. It holds close to the rim of the glass with some spotty formations across the top and sticking in a lacing pattern across the glassware.

The aroma is quite fruity with a scent initially that is very orange-like citrus instead of the expected lemony quality you usually find in the style. Light funky notes are evident along with mild plastic. As the brew gets warmer, it gets increasingly more and more like apple cider and more lactic quality emerges.

The taste is lemony and oily with a touch of plastic funk. A light cardboard flavor is evident on top of fruity orange and rindy flavors. This is quite a savory brew with some tastes of salt at times. The aftertaste is funky and quite salivating. A bit more bitter and rindy than expected for the style but still very enjoyable. As it gets warmer, there is an increased amount of lactic quality that seemingly saps all the moisture from my tongue.

This is a light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation which is quite low for the style. It is easy drinking and an interesting take on the style. Seemingly no inclusion of alcohol in this brew. I really appreciated the chance to give this brew a try and really enjoyed this second attempt at the style more so than the first. Keep it up Brad, each try gets better and better!

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Photo of Tripphop
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a the slightest haze. Not much carbonation, a few whispy white bubbles pop up here and there. Aromas are of tart peach and lemon. Very citrusy sour aromas. Flavor is cool, light apricot fruit sweetness up front with an evolving sour rush of tart citrus and funky dried fruits. Finish is quick and light, a little hint of a metallic note pops out but washes back away in the funk and lingering fruit flavors. A really good beer, hope it is around for regular brewpub drinking in the future.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Bman1113VR.

Pours a hazy straw/golden color. No head really.

Smells fruity and estery. A bit of peach also. Some bleach/chlorine uh oh.

Taste follows smell. Peaches tart stone fruits and apple. Then some chlorine an bleach notes. Somethings wrong here.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a Berliner Weiss. Spritzy light bodied. Refreshing.

If only there were no chlorine notes.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz swing-top shard by Kan, thanks! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a orange/yellow color, light fizzy white head, some bottles around the edge of the glass. No cap, lace, or retention to speak of.

S - Light orange citrus notes, slight tartness/sour character, hint of lemon peels. Very light and enjoyable.

T - Lots of orange citrus, nice level of sour/tartness, slightly tart finish. Tastes like a orange juice without all the sugar, very refreshing and enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp, very refreshing, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - An enjoyable summer beer, I'm a fan. Lots of orange citrus, very refreshing, and a nice level of tart. I could drink this all day long at 4%. Looking forward to trying this again in the future.

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