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Yo Soy Un Berliner | Freetail Brewing Company

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Yo Soy Un BerlinerYo Soy Un Berliner

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mora2000 on 07-24-2012

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 182
Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Thomas for sharing.

a - murky yellow almost snow white.
s - nice grassy sweet tarts and white wine
t - some rotten eggs and sweet tart. more sour than your run of the mill berliner.
m - prickly. balanced. good amount of water to give it a medium body.
o - really enjoyable. VERY tasty and super easy drinker. could drink this one ALL day long.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 6-pack of cans acquired at Jester King.

Appearance is exactly what I'd expect from a Berliner. Good marks here.

It's got that Lacto smell to it, the same one I pick up in a lot of Lambics and most Berliners. By no means is it my favorite aroma in the world, and in some beers it is too much to get past. This one, it is possible to get past it... which is a good thing, because...

Taste is fantastic. Light, tart and refreshing. Haven't decided where it ranks it ranks among other recent Berliner releases. I like it above Red Bud and Boiler Room, but not sure where it stands next to Live Oak. Will crack into the rest of the 6-pack later to decide. It's right up there with it in my opinion though.

Overall, great beer. I hope Freetail start distribution to Austin soon (besides JK), because I don't make it to San Antonio anymore.

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Photo of gtermi
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer pours a clear light lager body, with a thin white head that disappears within seconds. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer and not stop forming of bubbles that quickly shoot to the top.

S: There isn't tons to the smell, but it is really nice. I am picking up some tart lemon, a slight bit of sweet grain and a bit of funk.

T: I am picking up a lot of sweet lemon tartness and sweet grain.

M: Lots of carbonation in my mouth and extremely light in body.

O: This to me is one of the best made Berliner Weisse I have ever had. Just another great beer by Freetail!

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Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a light clouded yellow color of lemonade. A finger of white head sits atop and rapidly dissolves to nothing. Rising bubbles of carbonation attempt to reform a head but only maintain a ring around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution and puts some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell includes lemony lacto notes, cereal wheat-like grains and an overall fresh quality that is very enjoyable. There is the faintest amount of raw oak quality present across the back with a hint of sulfur. As the brew warms up, there is this unmistakable aroma that ive never experienced in a beer before: Cheesy poofs... I dont know how and I dont know why but this smells somewhat like cheesy poofs and/or packaging peanuts. It isn't a bad thing, just totally crazy and unexpected.

The taste really brings it with a lemony essence of lacto coupled with a fruitiness like lemon zest, pulp and juice. The first couple of sips flirt with being more sour than tart but as the palate becomes accustomed, it is appropriately tart with the lemon upfront and a cereal-like grain sweetness filling out the back. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a mild raw oakiness that is quite faint at times that accents the tartness of this brew and really dries it out with a tannic sort of feel. As the brew warms up, there is a bit of grassiness and straw-like grain quality that emerges.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I would have liked to have seen just a bit more carbonation but as-is it is acceptable. It is light, refreshing, enjoyable, crisp and downright poundable. For being nearly 4.5% abv, I expected to get a little bit of alcohol presence in this and surprisingly it was absent. Very well done. Freetail Brewing Company ladies and gents... this is the real deal! A wonderful array of character to take it, deeply complex and enjoyable for the style. At times it flirts with almost being too sour for the style but it is solid. Fans of the berliner style, this is a must-try. It was my intention to keep a bottle or 2 of this and see how it ages but F-it, I just might drink another bottle as soon as this one is empty.

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Photo of champ103
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this several times now, but finally got a bottle at the most recent Freetail release. This version is actually 3.8% ABV.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/orange color. At first a white head rises to well over two fingers. The bubbly and noisy head settles out to nothing. No lace. Pretty much spot on for the style.
S: Husky wheat, cereal grain, and tart fruity lemon. A bit of a mineral quality in the nose as well. Though the tart citrus/lemon is amazing.
T: Again, this is spot on for the style. Husky wheat and cereal grains. Tart and acidic lemon and citrus flavors. The acidity is substantial, but very welcome. Maybe a bit of a mineral flavor as well. Love it.
M/D: A light, crisp, spritzy body. Very effervescent and bubbly. So dry as well. The drinking mans Champagne indeed. So enjoyable to drink. The acidity is strong, but not over barring at all.

A wonderful example of the style. I need to try this and Einhorn next to each other if I get a chance. A really unique style that is finally starting to catch on, well made, and highly recommended.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Yo Soy Un Berliner. A welcome addition to the burgeoning Wild Ale scene in Texas, and a style that takes well to the intense summer heat. This one pours with a dusty, golden-straw body and a heightened carbonation level that sends several trails of bubbles streaming upwards to fuel a thin, eggshell-white head. Aroma has some delicate notes of funk and wood backed by wheat graininess and a light, spritzy burst of tartness.

The flavor pops much more than the aroma suggests, as a bright tartness greets the top and sides of the palate. The tart soon turns to a puckering sourness with a hint of barrel, mineral water, and wheat. Super clean finish. Mouthfeel is perfect. Light, crisp body with an uppity carbonation level makes for a most refreshing afternoon beer. Another excellent Sour Ale from Freetail. I really hope they re-brew this one and use it as a base for some interesting fruit additions...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is lightly hazy and appears lemon yellow colored. A bit of a gushing head at first, but the head fizzles away hastily, giving a still appearance. The aroma brings wheat, funk, lemons, citrus, wild yeast. The taste follows suit, with a nice puckering finish. Tart and delicious. Low abv and refreshing. I really dig this beer. I'm glad I have more of this.

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Photo of brystmar
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Nate!

Timid, straw-colored body fizzes up some mild white head. Huge lactic aroma billows from my glass. Somewhat sulfuric, and that actually works pretty well.

Tart, lactic, crisp, bubbly, citrusy, and refreshing. Immensely drinkable, and excellent for a non-fruited Berliner. Age it with some fresh fruits and this will be phenomenal.

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Photo of danedelman
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade from h0rnedfr0g

A-straw yellow with almost no head.

S-sour lemons, cornmeal, smelling Brett in here as well. Typical Berliner.

T-hate to say this but tastes identical to my Homebrew Berliner. Tart lemons, creamed corn and grapefruit juice. Really well done. Best commercial Berliner I have had!!

M-little bit too much viscosity on this. May be the lack of carbonation.

Best Berliner I have had commercially.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Apostlebrewing for this one. Shared with rudzud.

Very hazy yellow white cloudy slight golden colored, no real head.

Nose is very sour, lemony aroma, light vinous like aroma with some funk and acidic aromas too, sour lacto like, with light grainy malt, a bit of a vanilla oak rounding character.

Taste stats with great sour lacto flavours, tart lemon, light grassy flavors, bit of funk but not Brett like funk just sour lacto. Nice lemony flavor with some acidic qualities, light vinous flavor that brings a bit of a musty white grape flavor even, as well as some toasty vanilla oak, which the vanilla oak gets more and more the longer I drink. Finish is dry but sticky slightly bready sour tart lemon fruit, but flemmy, and sour lacto, but if acidity lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter bit decent carb.

Overall quite nice, great sour flavours, tart lemon, good barrel and vinous flavours, etc.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in San Antonio and opened on 11.20.12

A - Cloudy, very light orange-yellow with a fizzy white head that is gone quickly.

S - Lots of citrus lemon and wheat. Some sweetness as well.

T - Tart, but sweet lemon, wheat and corn. nice.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Tart lemon with a wheat influence, very good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unreadable code at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma – fruity and sour
Head large (seven cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring
Lacing poor – few small irregular islands of tiny bubbles
Body straw, slight haze, slightly effervescent
Flavor very tart but not unpleasant; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale murky light straw body practically no head. Smells of grainy wheat with a lactic twang. Very tart, dry, and cider-esque. Finishes surprisingly malty with a fruitiness from the yeast. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is one of the better US-made Berliner Weisses for sure. Actually has some complexity to it, and it isn't mind-bogglingly sour.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly cloudy straw hue with a thin halo.

S - Aromas of light lemons, funk and sour notes, soft barrel notes, vanilla, oak.

T - Taste is very pleasant with nice light lemon notes and lactose, light funk, gentle sourness, pleasant with nice funk notes.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, good funk flemmy notes.

O - Overall this was a good Berliner. Solid funk.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow with no head. Smell is heavy on wheat with light tartness. Oak and corn in the background. Taste is light and citrusy. Sour character up front with lemon juice, slight oak character. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, decent Berliner, not overly tart. Overall it's refreshingly.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to BeerBuddy2122 for sending me this one as part of a past trade! Shared this one at one of our Random Sunday Tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, subtle tart, wood, herbs, and butter. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, smoke, wood, butter, wheat, and herbs. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I had been interested in this brew since seeing the name of it for the first time. I'm quite glad that I opted to trade for this one though. The flavor on this one was quite refreshing while still having a nice touch of earthiness The herbal note was also a nice touch as well that completely came out of nowhere. While this did possess some butter in the nose and flavor, it was actually quite well incorporated into the brew which was nice to see. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and would suggest it to just about anyone if they are given the opportunity.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a glass.
Hazy, milky yellow with a ton of effervescence.
It smells tart and lemon zesty. A pleasant lactic bite and mild but interesting esters.
A solid Berlinerweisse. Not too sour, but with an acidic bite. The flavor isn't much to speak of - vague citrus - but the prominent yeast is really nice! Elevates the whole to a new level. Recommended!

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Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color, hues of yellow and straw with many bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A thin, loose bubbly white head rises from beer before dissipating quickly leaving no film or lace behind. The aroma is crisp, lightly sour, a bit funky, with some lemon citrus, a bit of oakyness, strong must and grain with floral qualities. The flavors are lovely, bright citrus, tangy and tart, some vinegar sour flavors, musty grain, light funk, a bit of wildflower and chewy oak. The body is lively, crisp, very bubbly that coats the mouth well and finishes with a carbonated bite.

Verdict: Awesome berliner from Freetail, perhaps a bit sour and lemony for my tastes, but still a very refreshing and tasty beer. Its crisp, quenching and straight to the point, not overly complicated or ambitious. The oak aging was a nice touch, adds a bit of earthiness to help calm down the citrus and tanginess of the beer. Perfect afternoon beverage.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for this one. 22oz. into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours no head. Beer is a pale, slightly cloudy lemon. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little stick. Decent legs though. Average.

Nose is exceedingly funky. Notes of lemon, yeast and a tart cheesiness. I can't tell if I love it or hate it. Aromatic though.

Opens light tart lemon zest, citrus and wheat. Yeasty towards the middle with a sprinkling of banana floating around the lightly malty backbone. Finishes with a lemon peel bite. Slightly tart aftertaste. Solid.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and watery in the mouth and goes down tart, crisp and refreshing. Accented finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Very solid. Quenching.

The more berliner weisse beers I drink, the more and more I like the style. This one definitely contributes to that trend. Light, crisp, refreshing and super easy to drink. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear with an apple juice color; not much of a head build and what arrives passes quickly; a good quantity of bubbles continues to flow upward though there is very limited lacing

Smell: Smells like a compost bin, at first, but fortunately that fades and is replaced; lactic and somewhat funky, with a lemony tone

Taste: Lactic lemon, at the outset, with growing acidity; dry and puckery through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation; nice pucker factor

Overall: Not the best Berliner I have ever had but certainly enjoyable

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Off-yellow and pretty clear, about what you could expect of head and lace from this style on tap.

Aroma and flavor are heavy on the sour notes, certainly plenty of grassy and sour lemon peel, a touch of woodiness, slight funk.

Body is light with a heavily sour finish.

Enjoyable brew. Always something interesting at freetail.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I got a bad batch or can but it smelled like vomit. The taste wasn't bad but taste is tied to smell ruined the experience. I will need to try this again.

EDIT: tried again on tap and updated review. No vomit smell. Too bad the cans are bad.

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Photo of Etan
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the recent release, sent to me by Canadianghetto. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly murky pineapple yellow with a nice white head.

S: Lactic acid, odd (yet mild) burnt rubber aroma, slightly sweet wheat. The rubber aroma subsides as the beer sits.

T: Taste is better, with moderately puckering lactic and lemony sourness, doughy wheat, a bit floral, more lactic notes in the finish. The wheat character here has a slightly gamey edge to it, which is interesting.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, besides the initial off-aroma. A little more sour than the average Berliner.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat notes as well as some grain and a very light amount of tartness. Overall, it smells more like a regular wheat beer than a Berliner weisse. The flavor is more along the lines of what I expected. I get some light tart lemon notes, as well as some sour wheat. Not very tart or sour, but a very refreshing beer that is great on a hot day. Very easy to drink. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really basic Berliner, but was done very well. There isn't a lot of flavor, but the mouthfeel and appearance were exactly what you would expect from a good Berliner.

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