Berliner Weisse
White Birch Brewing

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #641
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,197
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 15.63%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
483
From:
White Birch Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  46
Gots
  55
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.
Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 483 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this style of beer as it oddly seems to be the one that I've had more than any other lately. That's because a bunch of Other Half brews in my stash were of this style as this was a bit more true to form than theirs were. A lot of it had to do with the Lactobacilius and the light amount of alcohol that was felt on my palate, which allowed the flavors to subtly shine.

As to be expected, this had a clear hue to it but it wasn't quite golden as it was more of a ruddy apple than I'm accustomed to from a Berliner Weisse. The aroma had a lot of yeast as well, along with apple and pear fruit tartness that was even more prevalent in the taste. Lots of lemon, cracker, and champagne in the taste as this was quite light and bubbly on the palate with some intriguing funkiness that held my attention throughout. Slick on the palate and dry like white wine in the aftertaste, this had a European feel to it since there weren't any crazy fruit flavors or embellishments to be had here...

Not a lot of alcohol here as this felt stronger than it was in actuality, with no trace of booze on my breath once I finished this off. Sure, I prefer beers of this style to be from overseas but this was a nice take on the style that was accessible and true to form. I just wish that the can was dated!

Mar 28, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Can to pokal, the appearance was a nice looking burnt semi-bright yet cloudy yellow color with a stifled head of fizziness. No lace.
The aroma had some lemon coated sour to tart wheaty character running through light whiffs of vinous white grapes. Some grassiness.
The flavor leans towards the sour side as it should for the style and ran through some tart punchy notes. Quick aftertaste of bitter lemon rind and tart wheat.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Good carbonation and some bite that I liked (nice punch!). Finishes crisp with wheaty tartness.
Overall, this is what most brewers should be seeking to mirror this style in the USA. End the abuse of fruits in these beers!

Sep 07, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 12-oz. can is all that’s needed for two fingers of white creamy froth with long retention and streaks of lacing. Pale yellow-straw color, cloudy from yeast haze.
The smell features sourdough bread, Wheat Thins, lemon, canned mandarin orange and faint sour milk.
Neutral on sweetness with faint bitterness. The taste begins with the items from the smell plus grainy wheat and some sharpness from lactic acid. Green grape and peach flavor are added during the middle.
The finish is quick and clean, a mild astringent sour aftertaste lingers a while.
Light bodied, abundant carbonation. Refreshingly smooth, high ABV for the style yet difficult to detect.
Not much malt sweetness or hop bitterness, matches style guidelines. A fitting example of an unfruited B.W.

Mar 19, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a hazy yellow color with a nice white head that slowly diminishes to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Slightly sour, lemony scent in the nose. The mouth gets hit by the sour flavor as well. Refreshing! Wheres the Waldmeistersirup??

2020 update: Yum!

Jun 29, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Sam Adams glass
Pale yellow/ clear liquid, some carbonation , two finger frothy white foam cap
Aroma is tart, dry white wine, lemony
Taste is tart, dry white wine, lemony
Dry finish

Good beer

Jun 25, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tart, sharp lemons. Taste is bitter lemons, some wheat, very dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall ain't bad, but one is plenty for me.

Nov 16, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am slowly getting The CANQuest (tm) back up & running after so many forays into The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the CAN: "Our ales are unfiltered, unpasteurized and traditionally made. Bets served at 50-55 (deg. F) in your favorite glass."; "At White Birch Brewing, our goal is to create great beer for the enthusiast. Each batch is brewed at our brewery in Hooksett, New Hampshire."; "Napoleon's troop referred to Berliner Weisse as the 'Champagne of the North' due to its lively and elegant character. Today this style is described by some as the most refreshing beer in the world. We feel our approach creates an authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher."; "Crafted in small quantities to be savored for any occasion. We hope you enjoy this unique beer. [undersigned] Bill Herlicks, Founder".

Any time that a beer is labeled as "unfiltered" & in a CAN, it is getting the dreaded Crack! & inverted Glug. This time, I got a brief two fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < &). Nose had a sharpness that reminded me of sour milk. Hmm. Mouthfeel was kind of thin & watery. The taste was more tart than sour and had an odd vinousness, like sour grapes or grape vinegar. Either way, it was unusual in an already unusual style. I would not really describe it as "sour" and it was not even all that tart. Finish was dry, slightly vinous, and while not bad, per se, not something that I would want again.

Sep 26, 2017
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MacStinson from Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: In a red wine glass. Orangy-gold with a quickly disapating white head. Clear.
Smell: Mott's apple juice, wine grapes, white wine fruitiness; lemon zest, hard cider, sugary table grapes. Roses. Not sure if that gumball is from the wheat.
Taste: Lemon juice, white wine vinegar, shredded wheat cereal. Raisins in the middle. apple on the end and in the aftertaste. A biting acidity. Salivating.
Feel: Prickly, fine. Featherweight, refreshment. A bit like pop rocks candy.
Overall: If blindfolded, I don't know that I would guess that this is beer. And I don't think that's a bad thing.
It's a bit more complex than most of the American versions of this style that I've had and I think that's coming from the dried fruit flavors on the back of the palatte. This feels complete and balanced even with the acidity. Can't imagine pouring fruit syrup into this.
But does that make it less true to style?
Will drink again.

Dec 31, 2016
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I went through several packs this summer, this is a great warm weather refresher. Relatively light on the lacto with some white grape skin and lemon zest making making this both very easy to drink quickly and interesting to sip and ponder.

Oct 27, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a cloudy lemon golden, half inch of firm white head dissipates quickly to nothing.

Smells of fresh tart lemon and orange citrus and of blueberry and raspberry.

Tastes of lemon, blueberry, orange zest, cracker and sourdough malt.

Light body with light fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice fruity session sour, great in warm weather and quenches the thirst. Worth trying if you come across it.

Sep 07, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours the expected pale straw color with little head (as per the style), but was dissapointed by the lack of carbonation as well as noticeable yeast clumps (which is expected with a Belgian / saison / etc, but necessarily a Berliner). Aroma is mild with just some pale malt notes & a little lactic funk. Taste is fine, generic & pedestrain but nothing really "off". To me, Berliners are more about the tartness & snap, and this has neither of those. Really miss that crisp dryness on the feel, it's too slick. There is some sourness but not much og that tart snap, just some vague lacto-vinegar. Drinkable for sure, but much better examples of the style readily available.

Aug 08, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a goblet. By appearance, this looks to be a very fizzy yellow beer but it certainly should not be grouped with most beers that get this description. High carbonation can be seen as well as heard, but seems about right in the mouth, partly due to the light body. The aroma is fruity and tart, as is the taste. Moderately high tartness. Clean and very drinkable for style.

Jun 08, 2016
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anthony23cippy from Maine

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a dark straw to light orange with virtually no head and no lacing. Smell is of fermented apple, pear, and a sour wild berry. Taste is much more sour than the smell, taste of cranberry mixed with prune and very sour partly fermented apples, slight wheat aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fine, a lot more carbonated than I would have expected though I havent had the style before. Overall Ok beer, but I'd prefer a lambic instead. 3.5/5

May 08, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow/straw colored with basically no head. Just a film which even that disappeared fast.

Funky up front, pear, lemon, light peach notes, yeast, bready.

Taste: sour, slightly tart, lemon, pear.

Mar 29, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

White Birch Brewing "Berliner Weisse"
12 oz. can, no production code or freshness dating

Notes: There's not a lot of carbonation to this, which is odd because in general the style is pretty zesty. Maybe they're counting on a bit of fermentation to happen after packaging? As it stands it's quite low at about 1.8 volumes of C02/liter which is what you might expect of a British cask ale. Nice color, but a little more orange than I'd have expected. It's surprisingly clean in the aroma with a little bit of chalky-sour and a touch of wheat. The flavor follows, with the lightly sweetish malt taking a fuller role; and a touch of white grape, some orange, and a bit of lemon further back. It's tart, but not harshly so, and nicely balanced. It's not what I think of when I think of Berliner Weisse, but perhaps that's even better (?), offering a greater accessibility and more malt in exchange for a bit of funkiness. So, again, I have to wonder if this is how it's really supposed to be? Or was it supposed to ferment more? And is it actually 5.5% ABV? That's a touch high as well. So... it's certainly not "an authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher", but quite charming in it's own way. Had it not been labelled "Berliner Weisse" I'd have scored it much higher; and I'm not sure what the pricing is per case/keg but I'd love to get this for my annual summer pool party.

Mar 17, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly dry/crisp from acidity and carbonation. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Berliner weiss. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the lighter acidity. This wasn’t as acidic as I was hoping for; but it had a solid amount and a unique flavor profile as well. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Feb 08, 2016
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: light yellow, straw colored.

S: a little sour, but not too much going on here.

T: nice and refreshing, zesty. Lacks depth of flavor or startling straightforward simplicity. Kind of meh.

F: weirdly watery on the body.

O: nice and refreshing, although nowhere near a memorable beverage. Can be enjoyed on the beach nicely.

Jan 25, 2016
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BigAggie89 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, gold color with no lacing; sour, citrusy flavor; 5.5% ABV; medium mouthfeel with a dry finish; reminds me of a very sour lemonade; a drinkable beer but I'm not a sour beer fan

Jan 23, 2016
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Extol from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - slightly opaque gold in color. Smell - wheat and sour smell. Taste - follows the nose. Not too tart, very refreshing. Overall - I'd drink this again. Very solid.

Dec 31, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an opaque dusky orange with a large but quickly dissipating head. The aroma is primarily of fresh wheat with some grassy yeast and a bit of under-ripe fruit. The flavor leads with a fresh bread flavor, followed by a mild sourness, like three hour old lemon juice diluted with water, and then ends with a very soft doughy flavor. The mouthfeel is refreshing despite the highly cloud appearance. Overall this is a very nice Berliner Weisse, not one that overwhelms you with sourness, but a very balances, restrained beer.

Nov 15, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. No obvious can dating.

Faint one finger off white hand, a bit of snapping carbonation about of the glass, and dissolves quickly to nothing and dissappears. Body color is a muddy orange and brown, a solid lemon held to the light with a little bit of rising carbonation. Looks a little dead.

Aroma is fairly grainy smelling. Not much sense of tartness or lacto present. There's an almost woody splintery quality to this as well, like sawdust shavings. There's a touch of fruit maybe peach like quality on this but it's just not coming through. Nothing horrible though.

Palate seems to make up for it just a little. Tart mild lemon flavors hit the palate a bit nicely, but with a bit of a really wet body and very flat, even for a berliner and also surprisingly for one that is 5.5 % No really chewy malt backbone and more watery finish. Particularly sweet finish of peach and lemon as well after some time.

It's drinkable, but it's just not getting the quality of a good berliner, there's so much better out there. Third beer I've had from this brewery and they just can't seem to get it right.

Sep 13, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very energetic brilliant gold with a 2” white foam cap that recedes almost as fast as it appears. S: Has a very fresh white bread dough nose with some lemon and a suspicion of wet undyed leather, acidic. T: Attack citrusy, fruit tartness, slight funk on the finish with a lingering lemony tart finish F: Light body and a crisp, dry finish. O: Very refreshing, tart, bone dry and delightful.

Aug 18, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a red wine glass, the beer is an opaque, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a thin halo of head. Aromas of toasted grains, floral notes, subtle lemon tartness, sour overtones, and hints of barnyard funk. Balanced nose, and not overpowering. The flavors are tart and sour forward, with a solid dose of lemon, sugary sweet notes, evergreen and grassy highlights, some roasted notes, floral highlights, and a definite yeast funk. Very balanced, and very drinkable. The sourness is just on the verge of puckering, making for a refreshing beer. The body is full and smooth, with a very tart and dry end feel. Sweet and floral aftertaste, with that quasi-pucker lurking around the edges. The finish is smooth, dry, and tart, with a sour linger. Good beer.

Aug 15, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. The head disappears quickly leaving no noticeable lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon, wheat, and lactobacillus.

T - The taste is sour lemon upfront backed by a light wheat base.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice thirst quenching beer. Perfect for a warm summer day.

Jul 22, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour Lactobacilius are present in the nose along with faint hints of wheat.
T: The taste is somewhat sour and has light notes of lemons and hints of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart and on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish feels a little creamy.
O: This beer is rather quaffable and would make for a good selection on a hot summer day. It wasn't that sour so I could see this as being a good beer for someone to try who is new to the style.

Serving type: can

Jul 18, 2015
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 483 ratings