Berliner Weisse | White Birch Brewing

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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: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 06-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,373
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
472
pDev:
15.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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47
Gots:
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Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Michaelm323
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brojoho84
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light , refreshing Berliner. enjoyable on a hot day.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpauer
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

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Photo of timothybarney
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIM
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of MGibbons
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of DontLuke
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadHead003
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
1.88/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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