Berliner Weisse
Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
Berliner Weisse
4.53 | pDev: 7.06%
Sep 26, 2014
Feb 18, 2003
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Rated: 4.5 by wethorseblanket from California

Sep 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by GRG1313 from California

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by POTABLE83 from New York

Jun 12, 2013
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Mike and Jon for this one. I've had this about 3 times and I've never had the chance to review it till now. From notes. 22oz. bomber into a 3F tulip.

Pours a .5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is cloudy yellow. Lacing is spotty with good stick. Decent but not much stands out.

Nose is lemon, yeast, some mellow cane sugar, soft funk, some mild sweetness and a mellow tartness. Great balance and very appetizing.

Opens light lemon. Bready and yeasty with a pear and lemon light tartness in the middle. End is hay, funk, wheat, and light lemon. Aftertaste is more lemon rind. Very balanced, light, refreshing and surprisingly funky.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Soft in the mouth and mellow and lightly spritzy going down. Accented finish with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Slightly oxidized.

This isn't a standout beer if you've never had the berliner weisse style. However, if you have, it is completely different from other offering in the category. The flavor is much fuller and funky though the body remains infinitely drinkable. Just a very well crafted beer all the way around.
May 04, 2013
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Reviewed by jbuddle from New York

4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Thanks so much to Mike for tracking this down (and to Adam for hooking it up!). 2009 bottle poured in to a wine glass.

Hazy, straw-like color with some beautiful looking lace and lasting creamy foam on top. Oddly enough, the head doesnt die right away like a lot of berliners. Aroma is a fantastic blend of straw, grass, some brett-like character that is soft, a good bit of funk and a touch of oxidation. A bit of lactic acid in the nose, but nothing like most berliners I have tried. The beer tastes phenomenal, hands down the best berliner I've ever tried. The lactic character is so subtle and soft and really pulls all the funk and malt flavors together. Incredible for 2%. I get some light oxidation, a bit of green apple and some definite brett, but not a super barnyardy type brett. Something different that I dont have a lot of experience with. Light and spritzy mouthfeel.

I wish I had this earlier in its life to compare, but from what I tasted this is still doing very well. One of the attendees had this 3-4 times and mentioned it was different, less sweet than it was when fresh. Thanks again Mike!
May 03, 2013
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Reviewed by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is pretty fantastic stuff. My second time having it. I had it once before many moons ago when Verecund generously shared a bottle back in my Durham townhouse. This time is in Ryan's basement. Pours an almost crystal-clear champagne colored hue in my glass. Citric sourness, a touch of lactic in the nose amd a bit of sweet lately playing in the background. Flavor has a touch of sweetness overlying some nice tart lemon curd flavors, really bright, perfectly balanced but the nice partially citric Forward brew, a bit of hay and grass, slightest bit of mushroom. It finished a touch dry, heavily layered flavors, with water that is very clean. Excellent tartness, just enough though the flavor seems to have faded a bit since last time I had it, though maybe also due to memory. The mouthfeel is excellent, all soft tannins that make my tongue wrinkle when I swallow. Overall just remarkable for a 2% ABV beer. Glad to have had this twice.
Apr 06, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 12, 2013
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Reviewed by funkyaudio from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
this bottle was brought out by Gonzoillini.This beer rocks!... sample after sample after sample... Mostly clear, off-yellow beer with a small, fizzy, white head. Sour, funky aroma with notes of lemon, underripe berries, spent grain and pineapple. The flavor is also very sour and grainy with no semblance of balance. Pungent, fruity esters abound. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Sour, dry finish. I would drink this brew five nights per week if it were more available
Sep 20, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by FreshmanPour77 from Minnesota

Aug 22, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Aug 15, 2012
Rated: 4 by mrsdrabmuh from Maryland

Apr 19, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by injuredreserve from Louisiana

Mar 14, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by jkane101 from New Jersey

Mar 10, 2012
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Reviewed by cosmicevan from New York

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Humongous thanks to mike for pulling this one out tonight! Awesome start to an evening of amazing beers. 2009 vintage, bottle # 133 of 150.

a - extremely pale yellow with a fizzy head. kind of looks like a spring day. very champagne like...especially the way the head zapped away.

s - grassy, lemon zest. soft. underlying funk...can't put my finger on the exact smell...almost dirt.

t - REALLY tasty. zesty. sour and earthy. i could drink this al day long. dry but juicy.

m - prickly. refreshing. like a summers day. champagne meets beer in a wonderful marraige.

o - overall a little sour and a little grassy. little zesty and a little lemony. fantastic beer. i could drink this all day. dry and easy. very much the kind of beer i want to be sipping overlooking some amazing scenery on a perfect weather day. this is THE beer for that day of ultimate relaxation and realization...truly a work of art and fully lived up to the hype. far and away the highlight of the night (which included beatification, coolships, etc)., a few days later I can honestly say that I have dreamed about this beer 3 times this week. would love to have this again.
Feb 11, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jan 13, 2012
Rated: 4 by Doodler from Colorado

Dec 31, 2011
Rated: 5 by mikey711 from New Jersey

Dec 28, 2011
Rated: 4.5 by whartontallboy from New York

Dec 27, 2011
Rated: 4.5 by Ineedabeerhere from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2011
Rated: 5 by jophish17 from Georgia

Dec 11, 2011
Rated: 5 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2011
Rated: 4.5 by sideshowe from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2011
Rated: 5 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by waltonc from California

4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Thanks to forgetfu for bringing this to our sour tasting yesterday. Possibly the highlight for me. Pours a nice golden straw color with white head. One of the better smelling beers I've experienced - a very grainy quality, wheat, and very light citrus. Flavor is exceptional - clean wheat and bright refreshing acidity. I could drink this all day. Overall, one of the better beers I have had. Amazing how much flavor is packed in to such a low ABV brew.
Sep 05, 2011
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Reviewed by DenverLogan from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Whoa baby....lovely citrus and malt aroma, light yellow color with tiny head. Sourness of light apples, white grapes, and light malts. For a 2% brew this is quite drinkable and tasty. Light, refreshing yet tasty with the sour notes. I'm not sure this needs a syrup like many German Berliner weises, but it's possible it would add something for those liking alco-pop brews.
Sep 05, 2011
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2009 Bomber #79/150.

Poured initially into a Southampton fishbowl sized goblet and subsequent pours into a cervoise. Amazing how a change of glassware can bring out different nuances you might have otherwise missed. This brew appears a clear light straw yellow color with some faint particulate that makes its way into my glass despite a careful pour. Fizzy carbonation constantly streams to the surface. Initially this brew displayed a finger of white bubbly head that quickly dissolved and holds in a spotty pattern across the top and with a line around the edge of the glass wall.

The aroma of this berliner weisse is initially fruity with a scent of apple meets pears. Mingled with the sweet fruity character are lactic sour notes with a touch of yogurt and a minor indication of some sulfur. As the brew comes up to temperature there is a minor note of stinky feet and some underlying funk that was previously hidden. Also as this brew warms up further, it gets strikingly more "sharp" smelling with its lactic character that nearly dominates all other scents except for the perpetual lemony smell that mixes with apple and pear.

The taste of this is strikingly similar to lemon flavored sweet tarts, more on the side of the lemony acidity than candy though. It includes minor notes of the previously mentioned pear and apple but with a more pronounced level of tart flavors that are lactic. The aftertaste is somewhat like yogurt but not with the drying quality to the tongue that some berliners have. There is an underlying funky aspect that comes out once this brew warms and it gets increasingly more sour. More sips reveal a faint grainy character that provides some backing sweetness somewhat like wheat. I am blown away that this is 2% abv.

This is a light bodied brew with a prickly level of high carbonation. It gets fizzy at times inside the mouth that helps to make the lactic quality of this offering really pop. This brew is balanced well and a perfect example of the style. So easy drinking, you could easily devastate a bottle of this yourself in no time. 2% abv? Amazing, this brew displays so much depth of character in both flavor and aroma it is unreal. This was essentially my only "white whale," it was my single most sought after brew. When I finally acquired it care of tprokop7 (Thanks again Todd!) I could not figure out an appropriate time to open it. Tonight was the night, shared with my wife in celebration of my first born child. Everything about this beer is perfect - look, smell, taste, feel and time/place. It is deserving of the only perfect 5 rating I have ever given.
Jun 25, 2011
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Reviewed by Verecund from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2009 vintage. Bottle #17/150. Shared with a couple of local BAs on May 10, 2011.

Straw-bodied with a half finger of head that settles to almost cover the surface. Some, but not much lacing. The first pour was bright, with nice clarity, though by the third pour there was a good bit of haze.

Grass and lots of malted wheat comprise the bulk of the nose, but there's some lemon and green apple acidity as well.

Lots going on here: light (almost watered down) citrus and lactic acidity, green apple, white grape, and a tiny bit of white-flesh stone fruit. Just about perfect hay and wheat malt backbone, with a touch of honey-like sweetness and a wee-bit of mustiness.

Light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Nicely tart.

A great beer that only gets better as you get further into the glass. I was sad to see my glass empty. An unbelievable beer given the ABV.
May 11, 2011
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Reviewed by alcstradamus from Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Ginormous thanks to Jim for this bottle.

Pours a light yellow color with a fluffy two fingers of head.

Aroma is extremely clean and bright citrus and wheat. Not terribly complex, but extremely appetizing.

The flavor is simply spectacular. Not in its complexity, depth, or whatever else you may be looking for, but rather in its simplicity. Lemon and clean wheat malt. The sourness is light and crisp...this is the ultimate lawnmower beer. I could drink this nightly by the gallon.

The body is light and highly carbed. Appropriate for the style, but ideally I would ask for slightly less carbonation.

Overall this is a stellar beer, one of the best beers on Earth and I have no reservations about saying that. I have never tasted a beer that is as clean as this one is, not to mention it quenches my sour craving without becoming overbearing. What is not to love? (Oh yeah, the completely unneccesary rarity....WTF?)
Apr 25, 2011
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Reviewed by nkersten from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
A big thanks to Alex for providing this one and the majority of the Southampton beers at the Southampton mega tasting. This one was high on my list of beers to try. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, hazy yellow with a small white cap that settles to the edge. Smell is incredibly yeasty, lots of bread dough, lemons, grapes, sour acidicty. Taste is very suprisingly sour, but still light and puckering. Light grain flavor, lots of yeast and fresh bread dough, tart lactic quality, lemons, finishes very dry. This is one of the most flavorful low abv beers I have had and an excellent example of the style. Light to medium body and medium carbonation with a very dry finish. One of the best beers of the night and a great example of the style. I wish these beers werent so hard to find, they are incredibly refreshing and would make a perfect summer table beer. This is one of the top Berliner Weiss beers I have had.
Apr 16, 2011
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Reviewed by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle courtesy of nyrangerfan - thanks dude! Served in a Heady Topper glass. Bottle #95 of 150,

A - Big bone-white foam that settles to a thick ring and partial cap, with surprisingly good retention for the style. The body is a hazed golden straw that is a tad darker than German takes on this style. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Tart apples, grapeskins, lactic sourness, malted wheat, musky white grapes, lemon zest. Pretty much a reference-quality example of this style of beer.

T - Taste displays more sourness than the aroma suggests, with some definite pucker to it. Musky grapes, lightly malted grains, and tart fruit character mingle with lactic sourness. Intensely flavorful for a 2% beverage.

M - Medium-light body that actually seems heftier than the listed ABV. Crisp carbonation and a super-dry finish. Very refreshing.

D - Pretty much the best Berliner I've had to date. It's a shame they make so little of it. It also seems it needs to age about a year to sour up a little bit, as the fresh sample I tried in early 2010 wasn't quite this good. A must-try for all lovers of the style. Something I could consume by the yard, both due to the low alcohol and superb flavor.
Apr 13, 2011
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Reviewed by Sean9689 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Southampton Mega Tasting!

A - Pours a mirky yellow, thin white ring around the glass, white head that quickly vanishes.

S - Champagne grapes, slight sour/funk, tart notes.

T - Sour, tart, and funk. All very subtle. Champagne grapes, honey sweetness. Everything is very light and subtle, enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, fizzy, dry finish.

D - I'm's damn good. I thought Miller Lite was the champagne of beers, but apparently, it's this beer. Recommend.
Apr 10, 2011
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Reviewed by JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Early 2010 rate.

2010 batch. From a 22oz bottle, pours clear lemon yellow, very light bordering on green, with a fizzy white head that sticks around more than other beers of this style. Nose is nice -- grass, green apple, some rustic barnyard tones. Really light and tingly in the mouth. Not as sour as I expected, but vibrant and prickly. Incredibly dry and almost mineral-like at this young age. Just a very subtle flavor expression, but quite enjoyable. Mild to the point almost of seltzer water, extremely clean and lively. Subtle funkiness like socks kind of creeps out, in a good way. I like this, but it's a bit of a contradiction in that people will savor their bottles and drink this too slowly, think about it too much.
Dec 24, 2010
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Reviewed by LilBeerDoctor from New York

4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewed on 4/3/2010. 2009 batch, bottle #3/150. Pours a super carbonated deep yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly recedes. Aroma of tart grapes, sour malt, bready malt. Flavor is initially super tart and sweet with a bready, malty finish. Crisp, a little prickly but mostly an easy drinking palate. Tons of flavor for just a 2%-er. Top notch Berliner!
Dec 23, 2010
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Reviewed by Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Big thanks to visiting BA slander for sharing this rare treat.

A-Slightly hazed, very pale golden yellow with a thin white head that vanished to a barely noticeable wisp of retention leaving no lace whatsoever.

S-Granny Smith apple tartness with a hint of lemon zest sourness. The most subtle of biscuit malt sweetness in the background.

T-Super tart Granny Smith apple with the backing zing of lemon zest. Again, a mild, supporting sweetness of light biscuit malt attempts to balance out the tartness but it fails....thank goodness!

M-Light bodied, super crisp with with long lingering sourness and tongue shriveling Sweet-tart astringency in the finish.

D-A multi winning GABF brew? No wonder! Clocking in with a whopping 2% ABV and all that flavour this stuff is CRAZY good! Easily one of the best, if not THE best, Berliner Weiss I have had the pleasure of drinking. Thanks to slander for treating us to this delicious concoction!
Nov 15, 2010
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Reviewed by drabmuh from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pete busted this thing out...I must get more. MORE I SAY!! Poured into a goblet.

Beer is mostly clear (at the top of the bottle) with a big white head of medium bubbles. The head falls away leaving not much lacing on the glass. The beer itself is quite carbonated, looks nice.

Aroma is nice, its mildly lactic and has sweet edge to it, only slightly. I felt like the aroma, before I drank, could have been a little more sour.

Never mind what I said about the aroma, this beer tastes perfect. This is the best berleiner I've ever had. Its effervescent on the palate, the resulting carbonic elevates the lactic acid to a sort of pungent cheese / yogurt flavor and lemon tartness all over the palate. Beer is thin (you think?) and super drinkable. The cheese / yogurt comment was a good thing in case anyone was wondering. Why is this beer not a year round thing? I am looking into the future...I am paying a bunch of tolls and standing in the snow to buy two more of these.
Oct 06, 2010
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle shared by Azurelimits at a recent tasting.

Pours a very light apricot bordering on yellow. Slight haze and a good white head and lacing as it goes down. Nose is quite crisp, with good notes of lemon, hay, green apple, and a tad bit of acidity. The flavor is absolutely incredible; I can't believe how much Southampton has packed into a 2% beer. Quite complex with notes of hay, lemon, lychee, faint apricot, green apple, and a bit of lactic sourness make their presence known. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of sourness rounding things out. Drinkability is off the charts. While I'm a hophead at heart, this would be the ultimate session beer, if only for an evening.
Oct 06, 2010
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Reviewed by mikesgroove from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
yep, a perfect beer. i have had a few in my days, but have not had something i could truly say is perfect in a while. this light, 2 percent wonder is there, sublime and without flaw. bottle 87 and serve in a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 10/01/10

pours a sparking hazy light golden color with a big three finger head of white that clears the top of the glass and settles down lightly to a thin coating along the top. lots of carbonation bubbling up throughout the session.

aroma is light sour and acidic tartness. green apples with a mix of light hay and sour grapes. simply remarkable. as it warms the crisp and clean sour flavor really starts to come through quite nicely as the light nature of it really becomes apparent as you take the first sip. remarkable that this much flavor is coming through. crisp, clean, refreshing and light the nature of this throws me for a loop, as if it simply could not get any better. crisp green apples dominate the flavor with a light grassy note coming in the finish along with an amazing dryness.

overall i have literally never had anything this light and this good, i am floored and thrilled to death to be able to have this.
Oct 02, 2010
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Reviewed by Jdiddy from Rhode Island

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Thanks to Thirstybird for the tasting. Blows my mind that this is 2%. So crisp, so refreshing for a style that is admitedly, not my favorite. This is the best BW I am yet to taste. Quite sour but not overboard. Just an amazing beer.
I wish they would make this year round.
Aug 10, 2010
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Thirstybird for waiting out in the cold for this one. 2009 vintage - bottle 82 of 150. Poured a pale, translucent yellow with a fluffy, three inch cloud-like, bright white head. Nose is light - bready/yeasty/biscuity with a trace of citrus fruit (lemon). Taste is lightly tart with a slight astringency and a pleasant, refreshing lemon quality. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a lively effervescence and a dry, crisp finish. This is the best Berliner Weisse that I've had the opportunity to try. Easy drinking and crisp. A really refreshing summer beer. Unbelievably tasty at a mere 2% abv. A top notch example of the style.
Aug 10, 2010
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Reviewed by ktrillionaire from Florida

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Big thanks to Shaebs99 for the hook-up! Enjoy the Rurik, I loved this one... Bottle 36/150, 2009 vintage.

A - Pale yellow, ever so slightly hazy, and with some persistent wispy head. Perfect for the style.

S - Lemony, lactic, refreshing, balanced, sublimely and superbly crafted.

T - Perfect balance, lemony-lactic-radiant.

M - Amazing; beyond very refreshing.

D - I could pound gallons of this. I think that after I make my first billion, I am going to somehow subjugate Phil Markowski, and force him to toil for the rest of his days as my Berliner Weisse-producing captive. I will then stockpile enough SH Berliner for it to be a traded commodity, at which time a coalition of government entities headed up by the SEC, Treasury Dept. and World Bank will likely take me down. But I won't go down without a fight!
Jul 13, 2010
Berliner Weisse from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 63 ratings