Boontlinger Weiss | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JamnesCameron on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a standard American Wheat Ale, its bready base and neutral yeast character allow for a crisp and refreshing session, but the lack of complexity relveals some flaws.

Pouring a pilsner-esque straw color and with a mild haze, the beer isn't as densly shaded as traditional Wheats, yet not as clear as Kristalweizens either. An airy white head builds atop the beer but its structure quickly falls back into the glass while failing to lace at all.

Spritzy with lemon, apple, and raw grain, the beer's bready base seems of whole wheat, light dough, and fresh pilsner malts. Light grassy aromas fuse with the pungent earthy grains for the essence of lemon grass herbs.

Flavors of grain, malt, and hops do much the same in taste. Fruity with green apples, mildly acidic tones of lime and citrus, and the musty tartness of under rippened berries, the beer has a mild musty, earthy, and grassy taste that carries the beer from sip to finish. In moderate fashion, the beer takes all these flavors and keeps them balanced and light for a refreshing and thrist quenching session.

The grainy flavor and aroma also reflects in mouthfeel. More rough and raw grain textures take precidence instead of the smooth malty textures. And as the grassy hops turn bitter, more astringency works onto the sides of the tongue and reinforce the notion of a watery beer late. Finishing with a minty cooling and slight fruitiness helps the beer to remain appealing even going into the next sip.

A fairly neutral, if not bland Wheat Beer. The malty textures are too slight to overcome the weak grainy flavor and textures and can't hide astringency of less-than-desirable hop grassiness and rough bitterness. But somehow the beer results in a beverage that's thrist quenching and refreshing, albeit bland.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure that this beer is a kristalweizen or not. It certainly seems like it's filtered, but it doesn't use the typical German Hefeweizen yeast, but rather a Belgian yeast. Oh well, categories aren't all that important either.

The body is a clear, straw colored, and it certainly looks filtered. The white head is pretty healthy looking, the retention and lacing are both solid.

It takes a lot of sniffing to get a little bit of a fruity aroma, along with some grain and bread.

Bahl Hornin' Boontlinger Weiss is a mild flavored wheat beer. Grain and bread make up a lot of the profile. The fruit has a good bit of banana and a little bit of generic fruit flavor. I think describing the fruit as “tropical” might be over-doing it, but that is just me. I'll stick to malt with generic fruit.

Light bodied with carbonation that is a hair high.

I wasn't sure what to think of this brew when I tried it. Pleasant, but nothing that I got excited over.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bobby G's. Pours a clear light light amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves big streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is some bready yeast, clove, pepper, some light floral notes, and biscuit. The taste is a peppery spicyness, clove, some floral notes, and biscuit. The finish is bready yeast with a light bitterness. Quite dry throughout. Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Good, but not great.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, can't pass up a hefeweizen. Beer is amber and clear with a big white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is weak but mildly bananay.

Beer is grainy with an aftertaste but has that hefeweizen yeast character that i expect. Nothing special, sort of disappointing and I won't have it again.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery: “Light and clean yet complex with banana esters surrounded by a slightly earthy, bready aroma. 4.9%”

A: Pours light golden with a thick white head that left a crazy sheet of sticky lace down the glass.
S: I get notes of clove, banana bread and maybe nutmeg on the nose.
T: The taste is more subdued than the nose. Banana esters and earthy dry grains dominate. Spices and clove come through in the finish. There are some peppery, earthy hops in the lightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Bubbly, fine carbonation, clean mouth but a bit greasy.
O: A decent drinking beer but not my favorite.

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Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden yellow color with a one finger white head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Splotches of lacing left behind.  

Zesty spicy aroma with hints of corriander and peppery cloves along with subtle citrus and some bready yeast.  Lots of lemon peel with faint banana.  Mostly citrus and spice.  

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite and prominent spice character up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry slightly tart finish.  Lots of zesty corriander/peppery clove followed by sweet fruit and bready yeast.  The yeast character is stronger than the aroma suggests adding fullness to the body and some depth.  I'm also picking up more banana than I did in the nose.  Still some lemon peel but banana, spice and yeast overpower it a but.  Decently balanced and easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi clear golden hue with a bright white head, fine white lacing left down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a tart/sour edge to a citric/banana/tropical fruit nose, with a nice biscuit/bready wheat beer base malt profile. Flavor has hints of banana very refreshing thirst quenching with just a touch of sourdough, and a touch of acidity no real hops to mention it is a wheat beer with a touch of a twist. Cleaner than any true Berliner Weiss I'm guessing they weren't going for that much more of a straight up German wheat style than a sour version. Lighter bodied lower alcohol very nice carbonation flows along with an easy going finish. Overall a nice beer that could get boring if you don't like the style but for me I thought this is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL. The only location that has it in the Chicago area, according to

Pours a hazy, straw golden color, with a stark white, fluffy head of about two fingers that drops slowly, and leaves some nice lacing.

Aromas of tropical fruit, bananas, pineapple, wheat.

Flavors of bananas, pineapple, mango, and wheat. Spicy yeast character. Finish is medium with a lingering tropical fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a good level of carbonation.

Overall a nice complex take on a weissbier, using a belgian yeast to provide the complexity. Nicely done.

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of mcb4538
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Boontlinger Weiss from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 13 ratings