Berliner Weisse

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #243
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3.98 | pDev: 8.79%
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Notes: The old-school, 2.5% Braubäcker Berliner Weisse is triple-fermented, with Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus. The result is a characterful, complex, funky and hugely drinkable fruity quencher that surpasses the stuff once commonly poured in post-war Berlin–and you can leave out the syrup! Post-2010 there has been a welcome beer boom has going on in the German capital, and for us, this blessed revival is it’s most important development.

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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold, straw coloration with a tiny, fizzy head. Smell is tart and funky, with citrus and estery yeast notes of lime and green apple. Taste follows the nose, being quite tart and funky with a pronounced citric acidity and tart green apple flavour backed up by notes of lime, white grape, wheat and light estery spice. Finishes quite dry, with a mouth-puckering citric acidity coming through in the aftertaste. Light body with medium carbonation.

This is an old-school, low-ABV Berliner Weiße that is triple-fermented with lactobacillus, brettanomyces and saccharomyces and it really shows with a lovely tart and funky aroma/flavor profile with additional estery yeast and wheat notes. Light-bodied, crisp and dry, making this the a perfect, refreshing summer beer.

Sep 02, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy golden with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-green apple,grainy,doughy,caramel,marzipan,bready,yeast sweetness
-Follows the nose + pears
-medium sourness
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
While it differs a bit from the traditional Berliner Weisse, Brewbaker's version still delivers with a more prominent yeastiness.
It is also surprisingly full-bodied for such a low abv Beer.

May 10, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at City Swiggers, NYC. At $6.29 the expectations are high. Also given that the Indian Summer continues in October, anticipating that this will be one of my last "summery drinks" of the season.
Pours a semi clear golden color with visible carbonation. A large foam head soon dissipates but leaves a patchy layer of film.
Holding it up to the nose there is much fruity sweetness. I'm picking up peach, green apples and grapes. Soon, a lemon acidity kicks in and develops as a counterpoint to the sweetness. There is also a modest amount of bread and faint grass.
Refreshingly tart with a sharp lemon like acidity. Light bodied with an highly effervescent carbonation and bone dry palate. The fruit flavors come through in the form of citrus, peach, sour apple and sour grapes.
Good to have an authentic Berliner Weisse that is true to style.

Oct 10, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle at Cafe Berlin into a schooner.

Pale brass color and very effervescent body. Head is fleeting white at first but then settles finely.

Tangy peach and lemon. Great soft acidic quality on the nose. Faint breads tones as well.

For 2.5 this packs a great amount of flavor in a small package. Bursting with tangy citrus fruit and loads of chewy body. Tangy light finish, and a good bakery quality.

Loads of flavor in a small package really impressive.

Aug 13, 2017
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, New Belgium glass, no date.

Pale gold with a cheerful snap, crackle, pop of a head. I don't know if I've ever seen such fizzing and activity before! After a lot of action it settles down to a nice white cap.

Wet hay funk, lemon skin, green melon, clean pale malt

Classic clean Brett with a slightly lemon sour finish. Dry, with unobtrusive malt.

Clean, crisp, and effervescent. This would be delightful on a hot day; it's cooling and clean.

This has so many Brett attributes I'm used to having in Belgian pales that I was thrown at first. It's cleaner than most Berliner Weisses I've had. It is a nice little (literally, at 2.5%) beer that I would certainly quaff again, preferably on a scorching day.

Mar 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark orange color, no head. Aroma is full-on fruit yogurt, tart and lactic. Taste follows with the yogurt note. Medium tartness, quite dry. Light body with medium carbonation. Not bad but quite simple.

Oct 25, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With lactic sourness at its core, the complexity of wild yeast promotes a fruity, musty and slightly more earthy character for added complexity, intrigue and rustic charm.

the Berliner weisse of Brewbaker shocks the senses with sour, under-ripened fruit, and zesty white wine fragrance and the light earth character of burlap and sea air. Pale yellow and spritzy like sparkling wine, the beer's taste is short on sweetness with hints of bread and powdered sugar greeting the tongue and dissolving in rapid fashion.

As the middle palate unfolds, the sourness tightens and seeps deep into the tatebuds. Held captive by the brazen acidity of lemon, green apple, white grape, gooseberry and a pep of sharp white cider vinegar, the palate strips of all thirst as the ale closes with the the gentle must of the sea.

Dry, crisp, and light bodied, the beer's militant champagne effervescence and supreme sourness cuts through the thirst and refreshes the palate with ease. Only a brief undercurrent of wheat, light sweat and dried balsa.

Oct 08, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale yellow gold (SRM 3-5) and gem clear. A fluffy, one-inch white head is short-lived, leaving no lace on a Cisco fisheye pint glass.

The aroma is mild with a pleasant, earthy funk. Sour wheat is punctuated by straw and lemon.

Mild, tart lemon balances with sweetness and low acidity. Notes of tart apple dry this one out with a quick finish. Lots of subtle character can be found within each sip.

The body is light and airy, with fizzy carbonation and a slight mineral feel. It is overall crisp.

This seems to be a traditional take on the style. I particularly appreciate that it is only 2.5% alcohol, and maintains many subtle qualities. Being Thanksgiving, one can enjoy it all day without becoming "that uncle"!

Jan 31, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, no dating on it that I could find. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like lemon, wheat/grainy malt, minerals and a bit of funkiness. I think the taste is just like the aroma, with the mineral, wheat and lemon flavors all meshing well together. It's a good tart and minerally Berliner Weisse. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's well carbonated, smooth, and easy to drink. I wouldn't mind buying this again in the future, I enjoyed it. $4.79 a bottle.

Jan 02, 2016
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.81/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma and taste are almost exactly the same: funky, skunky, lemony, tangy. Body follows the pattern- a bit sharp and bitter in a weird way - ok, sort of, I guess... maybe?

Dec 27, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale gold, lasting skim across the surface. Minimal spotty lace.
Smells like an old dishrag, minerally and musty.
Taste is tart lacto, and a weird medicinal infection note. Pretty thin and one note.
Feel is pretty utilitarian, there's not much to it.

Oct 25, 2015
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Ian_B from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is supremely light and drinkable yet flavourful at the same time. Layers of wonderful funk on pale malt fill your nose like breathing in fresh countryside air. Has an assertive but well-rounded sourness that starts real sharp before sinking into the background of pale malt. Lingering funk. Maybe just a little too thin on the body and malt flavour.

Sep 20, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

simply put, the world needs more beer like this. found a bottle at mile high, real affordable. so many layers of funk to this, with the mixed culture fermentation, and it really puts all these new school one day berliner beers to shame. the depth here is unrivaled, aided largely by some richer grain that contribute to its near amber color, dark for the style, but still quite pale. really fluffy head on it too, and plenty of body for a beer that doesnt even weigh in at 3% abv. this is an all day beer for me, just enough acidity to make it dry and tart, but not weird in the stomach at all. the brett adds a great funk to it, really old worldy and interesting. a very rustic, almost grisette type overall vibe to it, far more interesting than other berliner weisse beers that i have had, this really takes the style to a new place, and its all to do with the yeasts. there are some good ones out there, but this is quite possibly the best berliner i have ever had.

Sep 19, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Braubacker or Brewbaker, I may never know which one it is. Thanks to ROBD for the hookup.

A- 11.2oz bottle pours into my glass revealing a just about maximally pale yellow brew. Foam shoots up like a rocket to over two fingers but also dies down fairly quickly. Lacing doesn't seem to want to happen.

S- Faint, as one might expect with such low ABV but at the same time plenty of cool things happening here. Wheaty grains, dusty-spicy-Brett almost like a Saison, apple and pear esters and hints of a lactic ferment.

T- Super laid back with almost a seltzer feel considering how light it is. For me it is more fruity like pear, apple esters and Bretty (spicy, hay) here than lactic. There are slight hints of the bacteria in a very light tartness and musty lemon yogurt character.

MF- Quite possibly the lightest brew I have ever had as far as overall body. Seems to hardly even touch the palate. Very high end carbonation with a slightly tart finish.

The high carbonation and the light body combine to make this one a VERY easy drinker. More estery than sour or lactic but the blend is well done and reminds me of some of the Brett character I have gotten in homebrew. Need more sub-3% examples ASAP.

Sep 17, 2015
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a mystery beer/brewery to me.

A - A very very pale straw color with a lil bit of haze. Plenty of tiny rising bubbles give this almost a champagne-like appearance, quite nice looking. Lots of white foam upon the pour, which settles to a thick ring+mostly full cap. Bits+strands of lace left.

S - Pretty decent potency for the uber-light ABV. Definitely some weird dirty yeast funk, apple, pear, lacto, wheat, bit-o-lemony tartness.

T - A little more in the way of tart lemon here with kind of a vanilla lacto yogurt cereal finish. Funk is there but not quite as expressive as in the scent.

M - Pretty light but not quite watery-thin. Despite all the bubby-bubz carbonation seems a bit on the low side. Tartness is also light. Pretty solid flavor-wise considering it's 2.5%.

O - Light-bodied as expected given the ABV but a pretty nice complexity/drinkability balance. The funk is good, perhaps more tartness and a more carbonated body would give this a boost.

Sep 02, 2015
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WoostaBia from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best berliner weisse I've tasted and for it to be 2.5% is incredible. These are some high skilled brewing at play. Complex, clean and refreshing, would be a go to beer if only it wasn't a scarce resource.

Jul 02, 2015
Berliner Weisse from Brewbaker
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 35 ratings