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

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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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12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow body. Hazy. Not much of a head, but a few bubbles.

Smell - Kinda funky and foot-ish. Lemony. Grainy.

Taste - Weird flavor. Sour. A little funky and grainy.

Mouthfeel - Sour with a little maltiness. Weird sourness.

Overall - An odd sourness. Odd sour flavors never bode well, although I won't say it's undrinkable.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful offering from this seemingly and relatively unknown brewery in Northern California. Smells and tastes just like what a well made Berliner Weisse should be (in my opinion) which is one that is a bit sour with lacto and brett!

Appearance is light yellow/amber with a white head that fades to nothing almost immediately. Crystal clear and nice color but it would be nice to see a bit of a head for more than 4 or 5 seconds.

Nose is wonderfully yeasty and bready but with an abundance of green stone fruit. Hints of apricots, peaches and green bananas. However, there is also a lactic character and undertones of really pleasant brettanomyces. In other words, there is funk in the nose but truly appealing - not offensive "barnyard" or "horse blanket" funk from the brett. Nice acid "milk/yogurt" lacto nose tones, as well.

Mouthfeel is rich, full and bold for a light abv and primarily sour brew. Light carbonation but with a nice rich "mouthfilling" character. Super well balanced and extremely inviting. You just want to keep drinking this one and at 4.5% abv you can! Also perfect profile for just about any food flavor profile. There is a lemon mousse character that develops after you drink this one for a while.

Flavors are as appealing as nose and mouth and follow them. Hint of sweet white peaches on the front palate and then a hit of pleasant peach/lemon sour. This would be a perfect "sour 101" for those that want to experience a sour but not jump right into the deep end. I suppose there are some that might criticize the beer as a bit simple or light. I don't find it that way; I find it well balanced and very drinkable. Do I like sours that are "more sour?" Yes. However that doesn't detract from the admirable qualities of this nicely done beer.

Finish is light lime/green peach sour that is long lasting and pleasant. The lemon acidic character stays on the tongue for a long time and reminds you that you've had a sour, but one not "too" sour.

Please, don't expect Cantillon, DeCam or the like. However one can expect a really nice effort and a most drinkable pleasant sour/Berliner Weisse.

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Reviewed from notes, consumed on 13 August 2013 on tap at Albany Taproom, Albany, CA.

I have a bottle of this as well, which I hear is marginally better than the on-tap offering, but after my experience with the draft I don't know that I can bring myself to open it.

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head. This beer is much more still than I would expect in terms of its generally effervescent style.

S: Wheat! So much wheat! A little bit of light tartness and funk, but overwhelmingly wheaty.

T/M: There is an initial sour, tart, and acidic bite giving way to a wave of wheat. The aftertaste is mildly tart with tons of cereal. The best descriptor of the grain I can give is "cereal" or "corn flakes." The mouthfeel is medium (a little too heavy for its style) with light carbonation. Light on carb, heavy on mouthfeel.

O: Bleh. This is way too wheaty and just feels off for the style. I couldn't even finish a taster of this. The bartender, upon observing the unfinished taster, inquired "East Bayliner Weiss?" which I quickly confirmed. She said reactions had varied from "ok" to "tastes like cereal with sour milk" so I suspect I am not alone in being mildly repulsed by this one. A sad example of a great style.l

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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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2.73/5  rDev -15%
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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3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
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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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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