Berliner Weisse | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by yen157 on 09-29-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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pDev:
23.44%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Knapp85
1.75/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thought this beer would have been much more exotic in some way figuring it was a reserve from 2009. Long story short it was a typical Berliner Weisse, Very light in body and color. Hints of citrus in the first few sips. Would have liked to try this with some of the flavored syrups mention in some reviews below mine. I'm sure that would have made this brew much better. However when this brew stands on its own it's not very promising.

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Photo of hopdog
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2004 Kennett Square BF.

I tried this one with the raspberry, woodruff and no syrup. I didn't care for the woodruff but the raspberry and plain versions were decent. Sour and tart. Citrus with some grains and wheat. I'm definitely glad I tried the 3 versions.

Notes from 10/11/04

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Photo of ark57
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is really nice to see American brewer's try different styles. You don't see too many that try a Berliner Weisse. This one is pale straw in color and is hazy from the wheat. The body is light and it finishes with a refreshing amount of sourness. I am pretty sure they will serve it with the traditional syrups if you want, but it does not need it. It is a wonderful treat that could be drank all day due to its refreshing nature and low alcohol content.

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3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, yellow-gold body rests beneath a short head of creamy bright-white foam that drops momentarily to just a thin collar but, surprisingly, leaves nice rings of crooked, splotchy lace. The nose is also surprisingly clean given that it's an American interpretation of the style; and it's just slightly lemony and tart with a light note of dry, grainy malt. Nice!!! The body is thin as expected and it's fine-bubbled carbonation is gently crisp on the tongue - well done! The flavor is slightly tart with a mild graininess and a very low bitterness that leaves it to finish wth a delicate spiciness that may be due to hops. An interesting and refereshing brew that can be enjoyed as is, or with a shot of raspberry or woodruff syrup. And at just 3% abv it won't hold you up from the road for too long if you opt for a second glass!

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3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

During a chance visit to BBW I thanked myself for stopping in. They had a Berliner weisse as one of their rotating offerings. I asked the bartender for a pint, and comment that it was an unusual style of beer to come across, especially for a brewpub. He agreed, and said something about it being brewed by a German guest brewer using his own recipe. He also said something about Musikfest and it being aged for three months. Both remarks I’m unsure of because Musikfest was 8/1-8/10, and the sign with the beer’s vital claimed it was brewed on 8/14 and tapped 9/11.In any case…

It was impossible to detect the aromas of the beer because they were brewing a batch of their Apricot Coriander as I sat at the bar so the whole place was filled with the wonderful scent of steamy malt. The beer looked like it smelled good, so I decided to give it the average of the taste and appearance scores, 4. The beer was pale yellow with considerable haze. The beer was snappy and tart with the familiar acidity (thanks anyway, but no syrup for me) and some barely perceivable pale malt. Lemony and crisp, it was everything I was hoping for. The only problem was with the body (lack of body would be more appropriate). The beer was very thin. With a bit more substance it would have been very, very nice.

Props to BBW for giving this style a shot. It was a very good example of the style. There were no flaws in the flavors that I would find. I wish more people appreciated this style of beer so it would break up the monotony of every brewpubs’ summer offerings being mediocre hefeweizens.

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Berliner Weisse from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 8 ratings