Raspberry Berliner Weisse
White Birch Brewing

Raspberry Berliner WeisseRaspberry Berliner Weisse
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #621
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,727
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 10.03%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
172
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White Birch Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 5/29/16 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head which quickly dissipated; almost no lace.

Honeyed wheat & faintly tart raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Chardonnay flavor up front; faintly tart raspberry notes on the finish.

This wasn't mind-blowing, but on a hot spring night it was refreshing & pleasant. I'd have another...

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Photo of ellindril
2.18/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pink purple color looked like, I would have expected a raspberry beer to look. The smell was sweet. But the taste was far more acidic than I expected and didn't pack enough raspberry flavor.

As a source beer it was fine but it didn't fit the flavors I was expected from the styles the package claimed it was trying to be.

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Photo of digboy
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold color with a one finger dense head

Smell is fresh raspberries and wheat grain

Taste is surprisingly fresh and light with the raspberries - well balanced with the grain behind it. The sour is a bit weak, making this a subtle taste that meets my sensibilities well.

Feel is soft with a light carbonation and milt tartness.

I'm not sure this falls within the desired brackets for Berliner Weisse but I really liked this one for its subtlety and fresh raspberry taste. I will look for some of their other fruited versions.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium body with less than average carbonation but overall a nice feel.
Aroma is raspberrys,raspberry jam,wheat and grain. Taste is raspberry,raspberry jam,a little sweet but not overly so. The grain and malt show up as well which overall produces a nice tasting beer. The raspberry doesn't come off artifical which is one of the big points that made this beer a
Pleasant surprise

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Photo of Nephilium
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque beer with an orange hue, and a thin, quickly fading lightly pink head. The aroma is raspberries with a bright tart note. The flavor is brightly sour, with a finish of tartness and raspberry. Light body and refreshing. A very solid fruited berliner.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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."; "In Germany it is common to serve a Berliner Weisse 'mit Sirup' or with syrup. Raspberry is a popular and traditional choice."; "With this special release, we look to recreate that experience for you. We've taken our sour German style wheat ale and fermented with raspberry puree for a refreshing twist on this unique ale. [undersigned] Bill Herlicka, Founder".

The Crack! & inverted Glug was probably at its most successful on this one! Not only did an in-CAN pre-Crack! agitation stir up anything that had flocculated back into suspension, but the Glug released two-plus fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head, at least briefly, as the retention was poor. Color was a very cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice in my glass. If the scent of blueberries in the previous entry reminded me of my maternal grandparents' house, then raspberries always evoke my late-paternal grandmother's garden with its roses & raspberries, both of which always seemed to attract a swarm of bees in the summer. The smelled like those tart raspberries that we would pluck & pop into our mouths, savoring their juiciness without being overwhelmed by sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium, big for this style. The taste was not sour, but it was certainly tart, causing my lips to purse in an unexpected way. Think of this as akin to raspberry lemonade, especially in the summer. The raspberries were quite evident, but so was the tartness of their brewing process, giving it a lemony flavor. Finish was tart and dry, a very refreshing drink that would be perfect in the summer months.

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Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

None of the regular Berliner, which love, in my area this year. Let's give this one a shot.

Lots of natural tasting sweet and tart raspberries blanketing a nicely acidic base beer. What a wonderful warm weather refresher. Should have got more than 2 six packs...

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a teku glass. Comes in a six-pack and is available year-round and is considered one of their flagship beers. Basic description is a berliner weisse fermented with raspberry puree.

L - straw-like color, a shade darker than champagne. Light and bubbly foam with no lacing.

S - raspberries are really strong and prevalent, followed by sour ale yeast. Funky for sure, but also sweet

T - raspberries and sourness. Kind of like a brut champagne with raspberries.

F - slight acidity, light in body, moderate carbonation, tart finish

O - Excellent beer! It is hard to get a sour beer that is not in a 750 ml bottle or in a sixpack that is $15, but this is a great go-to sour beer that won't break the bank. Not to mention it is also from a great little brewery that is just starting out. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving just a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry syrup are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of raspberry syrup stand out in the taste and contribute initial sweetness. Some hints of sourness are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly creamy (coating your palate) on the mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a strong addition of raspberry syrup, nearly to the point where most of the Berliner Weisse properties are obscured. While it might be a good beer to try for someone who is new to the style (like someone might try a fruit lambic before they try a gueuze), it may be a little too fruity and sweet for fans of sour beer.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong raspberries, slight wheat, hint of floral, hint of pale malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a dryness and slight bitterness. Tastes of raspberries, wheat, hint of salt, hint of pale malt, hint of hops, grass, and slight yeast. Overall, while the raspberry is strong in the aroma, it is much better balanced in the body. The dryness of feel, the grassy and yeast body, and the slight bitterness are lend to a rather pleasing Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 raspberry 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 IvoryFoxhole
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, no date, poured into Lower Forge round glass, which is good for these types.

L: 1F+ head no retention, lacing, cap, ring, nothing. Beer is a hazy orange juice color.

S: No surprise here: raspberries, sour yeast, pils and wheat malts.

T: Raspberries, sour yeast, malts to balance. Kinda watery and weak, especially for the unusually high ABV for this style.

F: light to medium body, watery; not much carbonation. Finish not overly sour, yet construction and balance are wanting.

O: Meh. Good price for a craft beer, but largely got what I paid for.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy golden color with hardly any head. Smell is mild, raspberries, little else. Taste is of sour raspberry, some wheat, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer. I preferred the blueberry version.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed blonde with a slight hint of red hue. White crackling loose bubbled head dies away like cola bubbles. Aroma is grainy and funky and a bit stinky. Taste is good, a medium tartness and hint of raspberry. Relatively clean but some funk lingers on. Aftertaste has some raspberry, its subtle and compliments the beer. For a fruited berliner this is about as good as it gets. It could be more sour or have more fruit, nice as is.

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Photo of taters21
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden in color, very minimal white head.
Smells sharply sour and lightly sweet of raspberries.
Tastes sour, yeasty, and yet crisp, reminds me of raspberry lambic, but more sour and dry.
Mouthfeel is dry, light, and crisp.
Overall, nice, not really the beer for me, but in the name of science, glad I tried it.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank on 3/27/16 at a family gathering; unfortunately I was drinking all beers out of paper cups and this is also not my typical nor favorite style, so my rating is subject to scrutiny

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was such a bizarre beer and not what I would have expected at all. I bought this 1) because I needed another single to round out my make-your-own 6 pack and 2) because I've never had a Berliner Weissbier before, but expected it to be like a hefeweizen. How wrong I was.

Pours a hazy honey color, totally opaque. Zero lacing and a rapidly disappearing head. Smells like vinegar and unripened raspberries. Taste is bitter fruit (unripe raspberries and lemon mostly), vinegar, hints of wheaty breadiness, slight funk, some floral notes, and a hint of salt. This is much closer to a gose in style than a hefeweizen, so it was kind of a shock to my system. But not unpleasant. A little bit one note and lacking in complexity, in my opinion. Feel is thin, sharp (from the vinegar type flavors), and prickly. Very dry on the palate and with a dry finish. I would have liked to see a tiny bit more of the raspberry sweetness to balance out some of those sharp, acidic/salty flavors. But I would drink another and found it fairly refreshing.

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Photo of cbutova
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- The can reveals a clear pale golden brew to my chalice. The head hints at forming but never really does as a small layer of fizz disappears immediately leaving nothing behind. No lacing.

S- Straight up raspberries blast off the top without much backing. A fairly authentic jammy feel to the fruit with just a touch of grain and must in support.

T- The fairly intense aromatics seem to vanish when transitioning into the flavor. The raspberries here feel watered down as a hint of fresh fruit peaks in the finish. Generic raw pale barley, slight breadiness, musty pale fruit hints and a crackery quality. Lactic acid tartness is low-medium.

MF- Thin body and the texture itself feels fairly watery with just a touch of fizz and creaminess on the palate. High end carbonation feels more like a soda due to the lack of texture. Fairly tart finish.

Almost like you mixed raspberry juice with two parts of seltzer water and then a splash of beer. The fresh raspberry intensity of the aroma does not fully carry over into the flavor which is unfortunate but it sure is refreshing.

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Photo of algebeeric_topology
2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This is a surprisingly bad beer. There's no brightness, the cans have minimal carbonation, and the raspberry is mostly not present. It also looks like chicken gravy when poured, I think something is majorly off this batch. I had more than two cans and each was equally unpleasant. I like Berliner Weisse, but I think this take on it needs quite a bit more work.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to tulip. Light peach in color, with no head, lacing, or carbonation. Typical Berliner there. Aroma isn't much, there's some cider vinegar odor but thats about it. Taste is sour, with tart raspberry. Finishes dry,with a lingering sour raspberry after taste.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is the best thing about this beer. Weird sourness, artificial raspberry flavor, thin, metallic. Not good. Basically destihl is better than white birch in the canned sour business.... By far

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Photo of Lukass
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my third Berliner variant from these guys and I must say, they're all just 'ok'. Not a lot of depth to this one other than some raspberry flavor on the end. Sure, you get the lemon-like tartness from the lacto and a bit of German wheat beer character, but that's about it. Just not a lot of layers to this one like I've had in other Berliner weisse beers. Maybe throwing some funk it's way may make it more complex.

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Photo of draheim
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had White Birch's Blueberry Berliner the other night and to be honest, I expect this to be pretty similar. Kind of like how Almanac fruit beers are all somewhat similar and Cascade fruit beers are all somewhat similar. Well, let's see.

22oz (May 2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden color w/ practically zero head.

Aroma is mostly floral, powdery, a touch of tartness.

Taste is kind of weird. Pale dry malt, lemons, flowers, Belgian yeast. Crisp tart lactic acidity. Raspberry is in there but not very pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Carbonation could be better.

Overall an OK fruit Berliner. Actually not as similar to the Blueberry as I expected, but unique.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber with a large dissipating head. The aroma's of wheat, lemon, and fresh raspberries are immediately apparent, as the name of the beer would suggest. The flavor is mildly sour, with a nice tart raspberry kick. The mouthfeel is almost gritty from the unfiltered base. Overall this is a good beer, but I am happy I had it with a meal. On it's own I could see it becoming tiresome.

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Photo of stakem
2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to KWMiles for hooking me up with a can of this. Poured into a cervoise, it appears a clear copper color with a white cap that fades super fast. In comparison to their blueberry version, this is slightly more copper in color.

This smells of seedy raspberry perfume more than natural berries. As the perfume goes away, it gets some plastic/rubber character euh.

The taste is tart with seedy raspberry flavor overall not bad but lacking a bit. As it warms up, there is a sweet grain note and mildly disturbing funk/off character to the aftertaste.

This is light in body and modestly carbonated. It really is not bad at first but as the experience continues it reminds me of surgical gloves. I think they are deceiving with their label description and claiming this to be "natural puree" as there isnt much color imparted by the fruit (unless they used golden raspberry.) Simply adding fruit doesnt fix a bad base beer to begin with. I couldnt finish this can. If you made the mistake of buying this, do yourself a favor and drink it as cold as possible...once it warms up it becomes terrible.

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Raspberry Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 172 ratings