East Bayliner Weisse, "let Your Funk Free" | Ale Industries

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Brewed by:
Ale Industries
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GRG1313 on 09-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dheldman
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Original_Gravity
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buttered popcorn, anyone? I've had this on draft and from the bottle. The buttered popcorn (BP) flavor is prevalent throughout the draft version, but it really only hit me on the first sip from the bottle. After the first bottle sip, it mellowed into a very nice sour beer. If you can get over the BP taste, then it really is a solid golden sour beer. Definitely worth trying at least once.

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1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale, cloudy gold. Large bubbly head, half a film retaining. Looks a bit mild.

Smells mild too. Bretty, tart certainly, with some balsamic and peach fruit notes. Touch of copper and medicine on the back. The sort of nose I like, but a little subdued.

Drinks more sweet, and kind of sickly. Odd kind of buttermilk character that clashes horribly with the tart notes, and back is all creamy and sweet, almost like creamed corn, with an odd yeasty character. A confused blend, not very enjoyable.

Bit of pull to it and a decent body. Inevitably dry, though, from the particular yeast used.

Not sure quite what's wrong with this. Tartness is strong, but doesn't meld with the other flavours, almost like it's been introduced late. Odd, and a bit off-putting.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of popery
2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a light orangey gold color with a little to no head. It's mildly cloudy, sort of a dingy, dusky liquid. What bubbles were produced fade away almost immediately, but it's a Berliner, so that's not a surprise. The aroma is odd. There's a lot of wheat, which seems a tad funny. It has a very bready, cereal-ish flavor. At first, there was a very nice tart lemon note and some nice funk knocking around, but that all dissipated or was overwhelmed by the odd graininess. It smells like warm, old, wet, moldy grain. The taste takes this same profile in a worse direction. It has moderate to medium sourness. It tastes like spoiled grain, messy funk and soured wheat. There might even be a little diacetyl thrown in the mix. It's just a mess. Mouthfeel is oddly thick. I really need to stop buying Ale Industries beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of Vinegar_Strokd
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not true to style. Looks more like a Gueze or Flemish style. Very sour but Brett proletariat just drags it down..
Color is pale and good. Cloudy and light head.
Aroma dominated by Brett.
Palate is nice and sour but the Brett flavour is unique and unpleasant on the palate.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a bright yellow-gold with a fine hazing through the body. Head forms a decent surface of pure white that stays with some persistence. Minimal lace. Body is light. Looks pretty good overall though: about what you want from the style.

Nose is great: crisp and tart, with bright pinging citrus and a suggestion of farmhouse funkiness. There's a sharp savoury character to it as well, almost like a hot salsa, which adds it's own spike to the aroma. Very refreshing, very bright, very exciting.

Taste is pleasantly clean and tart on the front, with a bright citrus and a slight acetic acidity. Mid palate stays fuzzy and a little bit underdeveloped, although it brings back some suggestions of that chilli sharpness. Unfortunately, there's a very dirty, yeasty and slightly unsavoury character on the back that I've seen in a number of berliner weisses now: it gives a gritty and slightly unpalatable finish to what should be otherwise light, crisp and refreshing. At the very least, it has some of those same classic characters, but I'm not particularly enamoured of them.

Overall, though, this is a very solid stab at the style, and it's actually done pretty well. The tartness is well-structured (and indeed if I could just have more of the same I'd be pretty happy), but there are things which stop me from being truly effusive. By the end of the bottle though, I was pretty happy drinking it.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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