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1945 Berliner Weisse | Black Market Brewing Co.

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1945 Berliner Weisse1945 Berliner Weisse
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3.92/5
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104 Ratings
1945 Berliner Weisse1945 Berliner Weisse
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,967
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
104
pDev:
11.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart grain flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In Chicago in the 1970s, it was the fashion to just stir in a spoonful of raspberry jam into a Berlinerweiss, which added a lovely color as well as some much-needed sweetness. Hazy, bright lemony color in the Saxo narrow tulip. Nice foam on each pour. Spritzy on the tongue but not at all bubbly. Fruity, sourish aroma, like lemonade.

Not overly sour, once you get over the initial tart shock. There is a definite lemon flavor to this stuff. Fairly substantial mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of the style but this one is more drinkable than most. It might be quite tasty with the addition of some syrup.

I like these World War II themed labels and Black Market is one of my favorite southern California breweries. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego, which has very fair pricing, and this one went for the nice price of $5.49.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Something must be wrong with the bottle I got because it smelled and tasted like bad cheese. I see another review saying it was off but most acre good, so must have some bad bottles.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at 500East in Seattle.

Appearance: clear golden hue with a finger of creamy white foam. Head doesn't stick around too long but overall pretty attractive.

Smell: very sweet and fruity with a nice lemony character that I really like.

Taste: lightly sweet with a dash of sourness and a little bit of fruitiness. A very straightforward Berliner Weisse but well-made.

Mouthfeel: light body with a bright and refreshing carbonation.

Overall: a highly refreshing quaff. I dig it.

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3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Out of a 22 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

An inch of head sits on top this cadmium colored beer. A little cloudy, especially when the entire bottle is emptied into the glass. The aroma smells sour, lemony, and also medicinal, the last character I could do without. It actually does do well mocking the Berliner Weiss style with its sour and tart fruitiness and touches of creamy wheat. What dampens the excitement is the medicinal aspect, which gives the beer a taste of ointment. It's light bodied and paired with well placed carbonation. It's drinkable as it stands, and take out the ointment character this would be a great warm weather refresher.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a murktastic goldenrod with a soft medium white head, very good lace for the style.

S: Lactic acid, lemon, sour wheat.

T: Huge sourdough bread and lemon attack with a lot of lactic acid. Not the hugest complexity, but very much to style.

M: Medium to high acidity, crisp, light-bodied. Tart puckering finish.

O: A well made and to style Berliner with a lot of good flavours. A solid starting point to get into the style available locally.

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1945 Berliner Weisse from Black Market Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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