Southampton Berliner Weisse | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Berliner WeisseSouthampton Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of mikey711
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
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!

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Photo of stakem
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.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jophish17
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of djrn2
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of gregc
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with some good friends while watching the LOST season premiere tonight...

Pours a very light hazy yellow with a nice light white head.
Aroma was nice...sour milk, raspberries, rhubarb, lemons and barnyard. Really nice lactic aroma...amazing
Taste was also really nice. Not over the top sour...tons of stone fruits, lemon and a nice lactic tartness. The carbonation was spot on for the style and really nice. Drink ability of this one is as good as it gets. This would be an amazing beer on a hot summer day. Really nice, I'm very impressed with what Southampton did here....

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Photo of waltonc
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.

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Photo of funkyaudio
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

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Photo of Jdiddy
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2009 batch

Bottle 90/150 received in a trade (thanks!) and consumed in a snifter. Pours an effervescent slightly hazy icterine with a mountainous white head that displays surprisingly good retention for the style.

The aroma is moderately lactic with a mild Brett presence and a flowery character. The fruit character is mostly tart lemon with a light acidity, but there's also a bit of white grape. Notes of grainy wheat and a light breadiness are apparent.

The flavor opens with a strong lactic sourness that transitions to a bready wheat flavor with a light Brett touch. A moderate fruit character is present and it's reminiscent of tart lemons. The dry and piquant finish exhibits a clean lactic sourness with a little wheat, bread, and lemon. That ubiquitous and inescapable sensation of farmer's daughter can be found here.

Light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

This is easily the best Berliner Weisse I've had. It's a shame they make and sell so little of it. At 2% ABV I can think of no reason to abstain.

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Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Yo son, I've got a growler to share"
"Alright man, I'll toss something in the fridge"
Thank you, Devin.

Pouring an unbelievably pale and clear yellow, this beer is capped with a dense white head with solid retention. No real lacing, but none is expected. The nose is just outstanding. Clearly a Berlinerwess, there's wheat and lactic tartness, but I also get a solid lemon citrus character, white wine, grapes and a beautiful and complex peach character, Maybe some apricot too, but this is mostly peach. Definitely bready, this is certainly rustic The palate opens with a bright tartness with a blend of lactic and lemony tartness with the melange of flavors present on the nose. Beautifully balanced, this reminds me of the New Glarus Unplugged Berliner Weiss but better. Great balance. Drying on the finish with a spectacular, lingering white wine and stone fruit character, there's a clean, lactic finish with some citrus character. Just outstanding.

This really needs to be sold by the case rather than by the bottle every two years. I mean, seriously, 150 bottles is less than half a barrel! Come on, Phil!

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Photo of koopa
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to a generous BA who recently shared this bottle at a small tasting.

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent pale straw yellow with a 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lace. It fits to style but doesn't wow me.

Smell: Oh my...lactic goodness, green grapes, and a hint of wet grass.

Taste: Once it hit my lips I knew it was going to be a winner. Pungent (but not overbearing) lactic tartness, lemon sweet tarts, a dash of funk, wheat, green grapes, and green apples. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very effervescent and extremely enjoyable. Body is light (as expected) and the finish has the right amount of pucker to make you keep wanting more.

Drinkability: Btw the amazing taste, the great puckering quality, and the low abv this brew is extremely drinkable.

Best Berliner that I've had yet.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to thank BeerWorld for hooking me up with this one. Thanks Alex! Split the 22 oz. bomber with pecorasc. Bottle Number 49 of 150. Poured into tulip glasses.

A- Pours a cloudy, pale wheat color. Produced three fingers width of white, fluffy head. Dissipated pretty quickly over consumption.

S- Bring on the funk! Presence of lactic sourness is unmistakable. Noticing fresh white grape and lemons. Little bit of wheat in the finish with grassy undertones.

T- Lemon, lactic tartness right off the bat. Picking up a presence green apples immediately thereafter. Finishes off with a subdued sourness and a hint of wheat. The flavors were perfect and sourness was spot on for style.

M- Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

D- I could drink this all damn day. No joke. It's a shame that this beer is so limited. I could easily pound a couple bottles of this on a nice spring day.

Overall, the best berliner weisse I have had to date. Hopefully, I will get to try this masterpiece again some day.

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Photo of alcstradamus
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?)

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Photo of POTABLE83
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
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.

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Photo of Deuane
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!

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Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks for Eric for brining this one (and thanks to Mike for giving this one to Eric!). 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of funk, sweaty, lemons, and an all around tartness. Tastes of lemons, green apples, wheat, and some bready doughiness. Nice puckering tartness. Damn this was a good beer. I wish I could get this as my everyday beer!

Notes from 1/10/08

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Photo of Verecund
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.

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Southampton Berliner Weisse from Southampton Publick House
4.53 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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