Blueberry Berliner Weisse
White Birch Brewing

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #563
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,829
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
223
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White Birch Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Blueberry Berliner WeisseBlueberry Berliner Weisse
Notes: Our Blueberry Berliner Weisse is fermented with a great blueberry puree. This New England approach brings a refreshing blueberry flavor and aroma to a German classic. We feel our approach creates an authentic interpretation of the traditional “mit syrup” or with syrup method of serving this classic summer refresher. We hope you enjoy this unique year round beer.
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Photo of Beginner2
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good find for summer.
Average Looks in a not-so-pretty style. Smells say fruit and wheat, but integrated. Tastes take the integration higher with just enough tart, really a skilled mild tart... and let's say the blueberries helped. Feel is very refreshing, lots of scrubby bubbles on the tongue. I just got a 4-pack. I hope it lasts to summer.

My first from White Birch. So I went on their website and they seem to have a nice operation. With their focus on a style that is not for everyone, White Birch seems to have worked their way into a market niche nicely. I cannot think of another brewer that specializes as much as they do on the Berliner Weisse. But White Birch does it well and I wish them well.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: blueberry compote;

T: blueberry with a bit of lemon tang from start to finish; nice long tart aftertaste;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: refreshing; nicely done;

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Photo of EMV
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy light golden pour. Foamy head... no lacing.

S: Blueberries mostly.. a bit of lemon/citrus and funk, but very strong blueberries.

T/F: Light grains... tart... good blueberry flavor, which dominates the palate. Some citrus notes. Funk is very mild. Finish is more blueberries.

O: They hit what they were aiming for... a blueberry forward tart Berliner-weisse that's really not half bad. More tart than sour which makes it fairly drinkable. Would be a good warm-weather offering. Definitely didn't hate it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) is back in action and New CANpshire is now in the crosshairs!

From the CAN: "Our ales are unfiltered, unpasteurized and traditionally made, Best served fresh at 50 - 55 [deg. F] in your favorite glass."; "On July 27, 2013 we tapped a cask of our summer seasonal Berliner Weisse aged on blueberries at the brewers festival we hosted. Word traveled quickly around the fest about how great the blueberry cask conditioned Berliner Weisse had turned out. Soon the tent was filled with happy fest goers holding glasses of our beer!'; "With this special release, we look to recreate that experience for you. We've taken our sour German style wheat ale and fermented it on blueberry puree for a twist on this unique ale. [undersigned] Bill Herlicka, Founder".

I did a little bit of in-CAN agitation and recited an inCANtation before Crack!ing this one open & giving it an inverted Glug. It seemed to work in my favor as I got two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with poor retention for my efforts. Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had the familiar lemon juicy sour milkiness, but with a tang of blueberries! Mmm. As a kid, blueberry pie was my favorite & this was quite evocative of blueberries. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly far beyond it, either. The taste was more tart than sour, which is what I usually get with blueberry in alcohol. The lemoniness put me in mind of blueberry lemonade, especially in the summers on my maternal grandparents' property which abutted a working farm. Fruit was prevalent & we could always help ourselves. My grandmother bought lemons at the store & squeezed the juice for real lemonade, eschewing anything in mix form, except for iced tea. Back to this beer. It was very refreshing, very much in the same vein as that blueberry lemonade. Finish was tart & dry & quite enjoyable.

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Photo of RedSox3424
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour was from a fresh growler. The look of this beer is a yellow cloudy appearance. A very sour smell with a tiny straw hint in it. Very wonderful carbonation in this brew. Full mouth feel with an extremely smooth finish. The taste is wonderfully sour with a delicious true blueberry flavor. Has to be one of the most refreshing beers I have ever had. On a hot day this beer really does the job. Try it and you'll know exactly what I'm saying by how refreshing it is. Awesome beer from a great little brewery.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/25/15 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy white head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Fresh wheat & blueberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

This tasted like a faintly tart blueberry soda, with pleasant wheat notes balancing out the sweetness & a clean carbonated finish. Very easy to drink; this would be a godsend on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White Birch Brewing "Blueberry Berliner Weisse"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

This is just a repeat of my review of the White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse as they're pretty much exactly the same, but with different fruit. In fact I sampled the blueberry first and then tried the raspberry to see if it was any different... it was not.

"I have to say that I like the fruit versions of White Birch's Berliner Weisse better than the original, although out of the other side of my mouth I'll say that they seem artificial... what does the label say?... "...BREWED WITH FRUIT PUREE". OK, awesome! I get a pleasant note of blueberry in the nose, followed by wheat, and a tiny bit of mild "tartness", and that seems to follow over into the flavor. It's not too tart, and certainly not sour, and it's very clean and not funky. There's a bit too much malt for it to be a true Berliner Weisse, and not enough carbonation, but geez, it's pretty good!"

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow hazy color with a large head.

Quite aggressive smell of blueberry sweetness. Some very slight hints of cloves, but otherwise blueberry is all there is here. I found the smell very appealing, but am also ridiculously in love with blueberries in general. Certainly not a conventional beer-smell however.

Taste was a little disappointing. The blueberries are definitely present, but they are combined with a sharp sour note. It remains very drinkable, and quite refreshing - yet, if one lingers on the taste, it felt like it lacked nuance or crispness.

Exciting first attempt. Curious to try future batches.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, undated. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Little bit of a foamy head at first, but it completely disappears in a moment, leaving nothing. Beer is a hazy pale straw.

S: Blueberries (surprise!), sour yeast, pils and wheat malts.

T: Follows nose. Sourness is well-controlled. Malts keep things from getting out of hand.

F: Light bodied, light to medium carbonation. Nicely balanced. Crisp and refreshing.

O: For some reason this comes off considerably better than the raspberry version. Very decent light summer beer, despite unusually high ABV for a Berliner Weisse, which I really can't explain.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet blueberries. Taste is berries, sour, some wheat, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Exact rating as the Anderson Valley Gose. Light, refreshing, blueberry notes, tart and dry. Easy drinking but in this cheaper, can sour vein the standout I've had (so far) is the Distihl Gose.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed peach color with quickly diminishing head. Aroma of blueberries and sour grains. In the taste, upfront sourness giving way to blueberries. Nicely sour the blueberry notes just balance out. A slight clash of flavor but it settles in. Light bodied and well carbonated. Decent beer all in all definitely a sour beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: looks pinkish yellow, with a nice, hazy body. Pours a small, white head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving no lacing. Lots of little bubbles in the body.

Aroma: some tart, unripe blueberry, with some softer, sweeter notes on the finish. There's actually a pretty nice aroma on this beer. A little bit of wheat in there as well.

Taste: tartness at first, then a little bit of wheat....and a bit of sweetness on the finish. There's a fair amount of lactobacillus here, as the beer has got quite a bit of tartness. It's heavier for a Berliner at 5.5%, so I expected a little more blueberry punch, but it was decent and subtle.

Feel: pretty thin, which is fine for a Berliner, but I think if the carbonation got bumped up a little, it'd be a little better.

Overall: a solid Berliner. Nice blueberry notes, and while it's not something I'll be seeking out when I go to the liquor store, I'd buy it again for sure.

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Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- The blue can pours to a tulip with a slightly hazy pale golden body and a fizzy white cap. That head dies out immediately with nothing to show taking on a soda look. Lacing impossible.

S- Blueberry puree is quite apparent compared to other brews trying to utilize the same fruit. Lactic acid presents lemony notes and something perfumy lays in the backdrop. The berries fade out with time as does much of the aroma.

T- Blueberries take a back seat at this stage and lactic tartness grows just a bit. Sour green apple, raw wheat, funky yeast bread, perfume and grape comes to mind. Some sort of sharp solvent not quite just boozy ethanol either.

MF- Fairly creamy for the style with a very high end carbonation. Comes off crisp with a light overall body and a tart lactic acidity lingering on the palate.

Fairly good at first with each sip some solventy notes come out as the blueberries fade and more generic pale fruit like apple takes over. The tartness saves this one in the end as it masks some of the off flavors beneath. Decent but the raspberry worked out better for them.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed their raspberry berliner weisse quite a bit, so I picked up the blueberry variant recently. Didn't like it quite as much, but still tasty. Looks like a hazy straw/honey color, very opaque. About a 2 finger head that disappears quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Smells like blueberries, a hint of wheat, and something sour. Taste is predominantly a vinegar-y sourness, a touch of salt, and a blueberry wheat flavor like blueberry muffins. Finishes pretty dry, and feels light bodied (almost watery) and crisp on the palate. Nice refreshing summer brew, in my opinion, and worth a try if you're into sour or fruity stuff!

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a thin collar around the edge of the glass and lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of blueberries along with hints of creaminess and sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite fruity for a Berliner weissbier.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, very hazy with a 1 finger head. Very bold and tangy with a hint of the blueberry taste. Kind of grows on you the further into it you get. Wouldn't mind trying it again.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured cloudy with very little foam. Aroma is yeasty with a hint of blueberry. Taste is the strongest aspect. Nice sour with a hint of blueberry, not overwhelming at all. Feels thin to me. Glad I tried it but won't pick it up again. If you like sours, give it a shot.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super hazy. Virtually no head. Sour blueberry muffins, very intriguing. Taste is muted blueberry, not as sour as the noise would indicate. Feels a bit thin

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information. Acquired the 4pk of this stuff from the local beer store. My second beer from White Birch Brewing, "malt beverage brewed with fruit puree".

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed cloudy golden body, murky with some brownish hues and bacterial-looking strains. One finger of quickly dissipating fizzy white head. No real lacing left behind. Looks nice for what it is. Very juicy appearance.

S - A lightly tart aroma, just enough to be mouthwatering. Notes of wheat / lacto, and a very juicy, ripe, and authentic blueberry aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: traditional tart / wheaty / lacto sour notes of a Berliner Weisse, and bursting with juicy fruity blueberry. Simple, but on point and delicious.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, & juicy. Light-bodied, with prickly carb. Dry, semi-sticky finish, beckons the palate for another sip.

Overall, simple, but delicious. One of the best blueberry flavored beers in any genre that I've tried. Highly recommended stuff.

White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse -----4/5.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz (May 2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden color w/ a minimal head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Moderate carbonation rises from the bottom.

Aroma is tart and crisp. Sour Granny Smith apples, pale dry bready malt. Touch of lemony citrus.

Taste follows nose (in fact I started to pucker before I even took my first sip), but there's the blueberry. None detected on the nose, but the taste of sweet juicy blueberry shines through now. Nice lactic acidity keeps it crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, as it should be for a Berliner. Still, the carbonation seems a little bit off so I'm docking it 0.25 for that.

Overall a nice, clean, refreshing Berliner. Probably would be better in May when it was bottled than a cold dark December night, but still a delicious brew.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very cloudy straw with with large but dissipating head. The aroma strikes right away with the promised blueberry, moderated by wheat and lemon notes. The flavor lead with tart blueberry, followed by a classic wheat flavor and a nice simple lemon on the swallow. The overall beer is an excellent and drinkable one, never tending towards the sweet because of the lovely tartness of blueberries.

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Photo of epyon396
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Extremely cloudy orange/yellow like a brownish orange juice. No head. No lacing. As someone below me called them out on it, if this is fermented with blueberry puree why is this not blue or at the very least a slight pink hue. It's more orange than their base beer, which makes no sense. Left a disgusting cloudy film on my class after I finished the can.

Nose is absolutely nothing but fake blueberries. Like the mini Little Debbie muffins. Frosting-like blueberry sweetness.

Taste is again with the Little Debbie muffins. Extremely sweet and fake tasting. Mild salinity/tartness/grain in the back end. Real blueberries are somewhat tart. This is sugary and strange.

Light bodied. Low carbonation. Somewhat juicy.

Received as an extra in a trade, so I can't be too upset. The $2 price sticker that he left on it is damning. This beer is almost alluring until you put some thought into what it is supposed to be. It's something that I could drink while innertubing during the summer to avoid getting blasted, but it is not a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of stakem
1.78/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Thank you KWMiles for the hookup on this. Always excited to try new berliners and a berliner has been the only thing ive really enjoyed from this brewery. Standard can poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a hazy golden color with white cap that fades super fast.

This smells perfume-like with blueberry. Underneath is some funk like plastic/rubber gloves. As it warms up, some sauerkraut emerges.

The taste is tart with perfume-like berry character that doesnt really scream blueberry though thats understandable considering how dainty blueberries are. As it warms up, there is some funky plastic/rubber character im not crazy about.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. The can clearly states that blueberry puree was added to this. Im gonna come right out with it and call that bullshit. There is no way in hell you can impart that much fake smelling aroma while imparting ZERO blueberry color to the beer. Besides coming across as false/deceiving, the base beer is a pile of shit and I couldnt finish more than a couple ounces. No beer, ever, should smell/taste like surgical gloves.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at Julios upon Matt Steinberg's recommendation.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super dark brownish orange, muddy in appearance, with an almost nonexistent white head that fades to a thin halo. There was more sediments at the bottom of that can than I've seen in a looong time.

S - Aromas of fresh blueberries, skin, flesh, wheat, light lemons. Smells very reminiscent of a blueberry muffin.

T - Taste is lightly tart and sour. Nice wheat creaminess. Little lemons, the tartness is moreso tart blueberries than lemons. The yeast plays with the blueberry fruit nicely. It tastes like a tart blueberry muffin. Pretty cool.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, tart, dry, thin.

O - Overall, this was a solid representation of the style. The blueberries are a nice touch and play really well with the wheat and yeast notes. Again, reminds me of a blueberry muffin. The appearance and mouthfeel though really brought this beer down. If those were different this would really be a well crafted berliner.

Serving Type: can

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Blueberry Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 223 ratings