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1945 Berliner Weisse | Black Market Brewing Co.

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1945 Berliner Weisse1945 Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 04-20-2013

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Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with lemon & lime colour label and standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $5.99 and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like the style but I'm not overly familiar with the brewery.

Side-poured with standard vigor. Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head of good froth, decent cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~5 minute) retention - though the low ABV minimizes the impressiveness of the retention. Lacing is thin, light, and uneven. Body colour is a cloudy pale lemon yellow. Nontransparent; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Straw. Muted. Lacks vibrance. Not a great appearance, but fairly typical of the style.

Sm: Pear, tart apple, pale wheat. Smacky tartness. Minimal floral hop character. Tart apple is prominent. A very appealing aroma for a berliner weisse. A touch of sourness there. Really looking forward to trying this one. Moderate in strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Wow. That's tasty. Tart apple, tart pear, a bit of mango, and complementary floral hops round out a very flavorful build. Lightly citrusy - maybe some lemon. More sour and tart than most beers I've had in the style. Unobtrusive yet supportive wheat comprises the refreshing approachable foundation. Very well balanced across the board. The clean finish ends the beer nicely, making me crave the next sip for the tart open. Incredibly pleasant and drinkable. Really liking this one. There's more substance and complexity here than you'd expect, and even a bit of subtlety. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. The fruity character is fantastic here.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and smack-your-lips luscious. Near ideal carbonation. Perfect body. Great presence on the palate, enabling full delivery of the many diverse and deep flavours. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: The tastiest Berliner Weisse I've had since Tartare. A real winner from Black Market - a brewery I intend to give many more chances based on the quality of this. Hides its alcohol well, not that that's all that impressive. Incredibly drinkable; I'd definitely get this again and would happily buy it by the growler. At $6 a bomber, it's not breaking the bank either. Great stuff.


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Photo of gregmoscetti
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy golden body with two fingers of thick, bubbly white head. It looks quite nice, a good Berliner Weisse in appearance. Scents of a modestly sweet malt, grain husks, light fruit with notes of apple and berries and a sour lactic funk. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice Berliner Weisse that is decently sour and nicely balanced with good grain and fruit aromas. Just a touch light overall, but still nice. Flavor begins with high sourness with notes of lactic acid, plain yogurt-like, grainy malt and light, berry-like fruitiness in the background. Middle is highly sour, with the same flavors prevailing. Finish is highly sour still, with the addition of a lemon-like sourness to the overall flavor profile, which remains much the same as before. Aftertaste is grainy malt and sour lactic acid. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, sour, refreshing beer, very true to form for the style. Mouthfeel is light bodied and effervescent with high carbonation and a puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic Berliner Weisse, refreshing and light. Overall this is a good Berliner Weisse. It has a good, though light aroma and a true to form flavor and mouthfeel that make it a nicely refreshing beer.

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Photo of Johnny58
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Interesting and sort of on-the-nose thematic end of WWII imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some low-lying ocean plume lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of mildly tart light orchard fruit (green apple and underripe white grapes, mostly), grainy wheat malt, a certain funky cheesiness, and some very faint earthy, weedy hop bitters. The taste is zippy and agreeable tart mixed pome fruit, with a suggestion of fermenting white grapes, a semi-sweet wheat graininess, some thankfully reduced musty white cheese, and more understated leafy, and kind of dry grassy hops.

The carbonation is nice and fluffy in its idyllic frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the tartness not really that overt as to subvert (sorry) things here. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the tart and hoppy essences asserting control, as such.

I can see why they might suggest mixing this with some kind of sweeter fruit concoction - it's not any sort of overwrought sourness that enable a sense of lacking or imbalance here, but rather a feeling of incompleteness, maybe? Whatever, it's light, adequately drinkable, and just crisp enough to keep me soldiering on, since my raspberry and woodruff (hah) syrup supplies have surely dried up.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jcubz
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kolatinstigator
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of crankdatank
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 from Bottleworks in seattle. Hazy deep yellow. Thin white headed disappears quickly. Smell is sour with some general funkiness indicative of sour mash/kettle beers. Taste is tart wheat, lots of citrus with a puckering finish. Not crazy sour but sour enough to be bright and refreshing. Medium bodied, perfect carbination for the style. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Chilly_E
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Catracho5
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark orange, amber color, head did not retain, looks like dark honey, not much carbonation, cloudy.

A: Wheat, grain, herbal, earthy, tart, sour aromas, no alcohol on the nose, smells pretty good and interesting.

T: Slight tart, sour, funkiness upfront, leans heavy on the grainy, wheat side, these flavors really come through, finishes grainy, semi dry. Not a big sour beer, very mild, I'm getting more wheat and grainy notes.

M: Less than medium mouthfeel, doesn't finish dry like most sour beers I've tried.

O: Looks great, smells great, however, I'm turned off by the grainy, wheat flavors, it's good, has some complexity, lots of flavors but I'm not a big wheat beer fan, may try this again after becoming more familiar with wheat beers.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black Market's 1945 Berliner Weisse, sour wheat ale.

A: Nearly two fingers of creamy white head. Orange-y, wheat beer color. Yellowish-white in the dimple. Faint sheeting. Emaciated lacing slides right off.

S: Very light, slightly sour mix of banana peel and lemon juice. The smell alone has me salivating. Slight white stone fruit aroma. It seems like there's a faint white pepper note.

T/MF: Very soft and cool, at first. Then goes into a sharply sour peach/lemon/tangerine flavor, before receding to a soft lemon peel flavor. A hint of peach pit bitterness.

Not a hit-you-in-the-face sour, or overly complex, but it's a nice, refreshing beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dangelop
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks, CA

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left some patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell,mexcept that the sourness is a little stronger and there are also notes of lactic acid.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has some refreshing properties—it's neither too acidic nor too tart.

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Photo of dipso123
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of paleoplant
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 650mL/22oz bottle a very hazy, wheat-y orange yellow, with lots of visible carbonation, and even a gentle pour nets four or five fingers of foam--though it recedes down to a finger two fairly quickly, leaving lots of soft lacing.

Smell is tart, very much like raspberries, slightly wheat-y and sour yeast. Bit of a farmhouse-y funk. Good balance of sweet and sour, with a good fruity character.

Taste is much the same: sweet, sour, fruity (again, lots of echoes of raspberry), wheat-y, faint hints of a distant relative weisse (clove? coriander?). Yeasty. Sharp, tangy. Not mouth-puckeringly sour, more like "sour candy" sour--a nice sweet/sour mix. High-ish carbonation, but good light body (without tending toward being watery).

My past experience with the Berliner-Weisse style has largely been limited to the real deal in Berlin, where you the syrup is added virtually automatically. Which makes this tough to score, comparatively. But it is a solid, nice and enjoyable summer brew, tangy, sweet, and decently refreshing.

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1945 Berliner Weisse from Black Market Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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