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Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

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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63
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
7.06%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the more surprising treats broght to the PDX tasting at Hannont's place.

The beer pours a hazy, almost milky yellow color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite delicate, but offers up some light lemon and breadiness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the lemon sour tending to dominate the flavor profile. There is something of an alkaseltzer flavor to this beer that is intriguing. Mouthfeel is quite light and drinkabilty is excellent.

Impressive stuff and probably the best domestic Berliner Weissbier style beer I have ever sampled.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the bottle at dld. The beer is super light neon yellow in color light white head. The aroma is very light doesn't give off a whole lot, same with the taste. The sourness is very muted, not strong at all. It tastes ok, although the sourness is too light. Could be good, but not there yet.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very pale golden color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Little bit of lemon, a decent tartness, some banana and a little bit of clove. fairly sweet.

T - Lemon, grassy, little bit grainy. Pretty light tasting, the tartness is just not as good as it could be. This is solid tasting and light.

M - Light and nicely carbonated. Works for the style.

D - Very easily drinkable. Only thing that would help would be if the tartness came through more, would take this from solid to great. Gets bumped up though for being only 2%!!! and having this much taste.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber shared by ipa247. Thanks for sharing this rarity, Jeff.

It's a clear pale blond brew with a lasting soapy white cap. The nose has a raw grain and wheat character and mild lactic tartness. A bit milky and hay-like with notes of lemon, this is pleasant and true to style. Lactic tartness opens the palate, followed by grainy wheat and a touch of sweet, bready malt. Light, zesty, juicy, refreshing - this is infinitely quaffable. The finish is lactic and lemony. This has quite a bit of character for the mere 2% ABV, and it's a great thirst-quenching session beer, but the rarity defeats that purpose. As a sipping beer, it's enjoyable but not extraordinary. Put this in six packs and I'd be less pessimistic about it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pale straw yellow in color, slight haze. thin pure white bubbly head that fizzles quickly.

S-strong notes of a mellow semi sweet/tart lemon. light hints of clove behind with banana blending in. very sweet with little sourness.

T-sweet lemon up front, strong tartness hits the palate and holds throughout. low sourness in the back with light notes of banana and a hint of spicy clove.

M-smooth up front, solid full body feel throughout. lots of carbonation and prickly in the back.

D-huge flavor and good full feel in body. it is so low in abv but so tasty, wow!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slander for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 12/14/09.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy pale yellow with subtle carbonation and a thin white head that fully receded, leaving virtually no lace at all.

S - Tart apple with a hint of lemon sourness and slight grape sweetness. Aroma suggests fruit skins and subtle tannins as well.

T - Sour apple is prevalent with a big Granny Smith character and a Sweet Tart candy finish. There is also a touch of toasted grainy malt that is also characteristic of the style. This is an extremely tart Berliner Weiss, perhaps the most sour example I've sampled.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and a very tart finish. Pucker up, baby!

D - It's no wonder why this Berliner Weiss has won gold medals at the GABF. Great stuff!

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Photo of BucketBoy
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for securing this rarity...
Appears a hazy, light straw toned gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Streaky lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, lemon zest, coriander, and notes of lemon pledge.
Taste is of mouth puckering, zingy lemons, tart wheat, berries, and tart apples.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fluffy on the palate. It's mouth puckering, yet addictive.

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Photo of DenverLogan
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.

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Photo of gory4d
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle #8/150.

Pours a clear pale golden w/ a fluffy white head that goes away fast; no lacing at all. The smell is cider vinegar, clean malts, citrus, moss, tart apple, and dandelion. The taste starts with the dandelion sourness, then a slightly sweet tart apple note, moving into clean minerals, some mild breadiness, and a crisp cider vinegar finish -- mild, though, not too sour. It's thin, pretty watery, slightly effervescent. Even if you're not big on sours, this is fantastically easy to drink.

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Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to JW77 for this rare treat.

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow hue. Very small head no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of light grainy malt. Saltine crackers, lemon zest, and tart green apples.

T: Drinkable with a subtle tartness. Mildly grainy with hints of bready yeast. Light brine with a nice citric sting. Granny Smith apple tartness with mild lactic notes.

M: On the lighter side, zippy carbonation, crisp, champagne like...damn tasty.

D: Very nice. Very good brew.

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Photo of JAXSON
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, big thanks to Steve for this bottle, shared with the boys at the Brick Store. #121/150

Pours a bright hazy yellowish straw with a short lived white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a tiny collar and no lacing.

The aroma is combination of light earthy funk, tart lemons and green apples. Some wet hay going on balanced by the light fruity tartness.

The taste so refreshing with a load of tart lemons and grassy notes up front. Light grains underneath with a dry funky finish.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and light bodied.

The drinkability on this one is insane. It is just so easy to drink but with more flavor and complexity than you imagine a 2% beer could ever have. A great Berliner weiss.

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Photo of jbuddle
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!

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt for sharing this one. Bottle #98/150.

Poured a pastel/dull yellow color with visible carbonation. The nose is of tart, fresh cut lemons. Taste continued with strong lemon presence and a small bit of earthiness. Very crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel was light and easy, but full of flavor. This beer was palate covering and remained great from the first sip to the end.

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Photo of Sean9689
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 impressed...it's damn good. I thought Miller Lite was the champagne of beers, but apparently, it's this beer. Recommend.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to Kevin for sharing this gem!

A- Body is a quite hazy, uniformly translucent pale yellow hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so soapy white head that eventually fades to a nice thick collar.

S-Nose is an excellent balance between sour lemon, yeast, and grain. Wonderful and welcoming.

T-Flavor upfront is somewhat mild with some tart lemon and a yeast balance in the background. A lactic sourness really comes through for the finish that isn't quite a huge punch but its pretty potent.

M-Light body with very high carbonation.

D- This is a very well done, light, drinkable, berliner weisse. Can't go wrong here with 2% ABV. The balance in the flavor profile and the nose is excellent. Its too bad this is so limited because this is a great session beer packed with flavor.

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Photo of nkersten
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber. This awesome rarity was generously shared by ipa247 on BA.

Pours clear pale golden-yellow with a one-finger white head that fades.

Aroma is really tart pale malt, wheat, and wild yeast.

Flavor is excellent also - wheaty, lemony, and tart. About what you want for this style.

Medium-light bodied with a great tart mouthfeel. Crisp and incredibly drinkable.

Really solid overall, probably the best I've had in this style

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Photo of mbudner
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by TempsPerdu (big thanks), bottle 99/150 poured into an Urthel tulip chalice.

A- Very light golden color (champagne-esque) with a very airy, frothy white head. Lots of bubbles rising very fast and head dissipated almost instantly leaving no lacing.

S- Slight tartness, some green apple cider.

T- Tart, crisp green apple, dry champagne. It tastes like a glass of champange with a thin slice of green apple dropped in. Very nice and light.

MF- Unreal. Like the appearance and taste, the mouthfeel is a lot like champagne. Very light, effervescent, crisp and drying. Really great on this one.

D- I mean, it's 2%abv....I could have this for breakfast every day. The mouthfeel is perfect and the taste is nice and refreshing. This is the true "Champagne of beers" and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #131/150

A: Light, cloudy straw-yellow body. Moderate, fizzy white head. Quickly receded to a faint skim. Very spotty lacing.

S: Funk-ay! Green grapes, lemon juice, light floral notes. Indicative of the sourness to come. Overall, not as intense as one would expect.

T: Do you like lemon sour warhead candy? If so you will love this thing. Lactic sourness throughout. Green grapes, green apples, wheat, funky yeast, grass, and champagne.

M: Medium to high carbonation levels. Leaves a nice zing on the tongue. Refreshingly dry. Juicey, without the sweetness. Nice puckering sourness.

D: If this was mass-produced this would be the perfect weekend breakfast beer. I am rather fond of Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, but this is just superior in every way.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 88 / 150; 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010
A softish pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers of pale, almost white colored head that falls back fairly quickly after a couple minutes. The beer is a yellow, straw-gold color and quite pale; it shows a hazy, bright yellow color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of raw bread dough, lightly tart lactic acid, hay-like wheat, with touches of lemon. There is some mustiness to the nose, and maybe a hint of medicinal character, but behind the lactic and wheat aromatics this is fairly clean.

The beer is well carbonated as it has an effervescent prickle to it as it rolls across the tongue. The beer has a light, though dominant lactic acidity to it that never gets overwhelming. This reminds me a bit of lemons, and the lactic acid produces a touch of slickness in the texture of this light bodied, quaffable beer. This is incredibly refreshing as both the acidity, the carbonation, and the light body make for the perfect beer to consume mass quantities of on a hot Summer's day. The wheat flavors produce a light hay like note and, in combination with the lactic character, a flavor of raw bread dough.

My second pour is a bit more hazy from bottle sediment, and because I got to drinking it faster, it has a much more aggressive carbonation. It is really interesting that lactic acid is able to contribute an almost creaminess to the texture that keeps a beer like this from being watery, but still doesn't inhibit the high-quaffability that the style needs. I definitely can't ask any more of this beer from a textural stand-point.

It is a crime to this style that this is produced in such limited quantities, this is a beer perfect, and appropriately so, for mass quantity consumption. This is a nice representation of the style, and it perfectly captures the clean, bright acidity and the bready wheat character that the style dictates; having said that, I might just prefer a Berliner Weiss with a bit more funkiness and complexity (though the aroma seems to be have a touch more depth than the flavor does). That still doesn't keep me wishing that I had a ton of this in the cellar, and this is certainly a benchmark for the style. My 22oz bottle of this disappeared way to quickly and it has me running to the cellar to crack open a bottle of Hottenroth. Actually, in comparison to Hottenroth, it really becomes apparent how good this beer really is. The lactic character is just so much more complex and toothsome.

Hottenroth, in comparison, is a touch more herbal, visually stunningly clear, though not as carbonated. Not nearly as lactic tasting, thus lighter bodied as it doesn't have the lactic-creamy-texture that Southampton achieves. Hott is actually not as complex as Southampton and really the Southampton shows that it is a far way better; the Hott is prettier to look at, though the head isn't as impressive.

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