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Blueberry Berliner Weisse | White Birch Brewing

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3.78/5
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212 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by puboflyons on 11-22-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,936
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
212
pDev:
10.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
Gots:
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Photo of akopczyk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A1qualitybrews
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +0.8%
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 madelf66
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ben1313
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of A-Sox
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mainiac207
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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 blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharp315
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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 mmorris15
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of junaman
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -10.6%
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 deonreds
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Blueberry Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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