White Birch Berliner Weisse | White Birch Brewing

White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse
BA SCORE
52.7%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 469 ratings
White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse
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:
#32,072
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
469
Liked:
247
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
15.85%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
52
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 469 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of 1up
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.16/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy light orange appearance, almost no head. Smells like light piss neon straw, medicinal nose, grassy, hay, wild yeast, dry, milky sweet; almost smells like stinky cheese. Taste isn't much better than aroma of lemon, zest, yeast and sour milk. The drinkability isn't very pleasant; definitely not a very good presentation of the Berliner Weiss Style!! This is another typical White Birch brew that bombs for me! I've had way too many bottles from these guys in the past that weren't much better.

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Photo of Shellynix
1.32/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of ao125
1.32/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow, this beer went *off*.

Seriously off.

22oz bottle poured into a glass.

When I first tried the beer, it was nothing like a Berliner Weisse... at least nothing that I'm used to. It tasted heavily of Parmesan cheese and salt.

Almost immediately as it started to warm, it smelled intensely of vomit. Somewhat similar to the smell if I leave my homebrew mash tun out in the sun instead of cleaning it the same day.

I don't know what happened to this beer, but the brewery should seriously consider decontaminating their equipment before bottling more of this, or any other beer.

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Photo of redleaves
1.46/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bleh, flat, dirty tasting. Too dark for a Berliner, unfocused flavor and not sour. These beers should be bright, lively and tart. This is none of the above. ABV is too high as well.

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1.5/5  rDev -59%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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

Photo of woosterbill
1.91/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Batch 1, 500ml bottle 1032/1458, poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Looks like a white wine spritzer. Clear, greenish-yellow body with an inch of soda-like bubbles that disappear entirely. Umm, ok?

S: Wet paper, glue, corn (DMS?), and some lacto. Pretty bad, except for the lacto.

T: Painfully bad. Pickle juice, corn, and cardboard. Some funky tomato and curry. Sour fruit finish. Disgusting.

M: Medium body, tons of frothy carbonation. Nice and lively.

O: What a horrid experience. I feel terrible that I inflicted it on a few friends, but at least we all had a good laugh picking out the insanely disgusting flavors. I want a Berliner Weiss to be crisp, clean, and tart, not redolent of rotten tomatos and pickle juice. But maybe that's just me. I only got a quarter of the bottle, and I still couldn't finish it. Avoid this beer.

Cheers!

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of ehammond1
2.02/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, UCLABrewN84!

Highly carbonated, hazed golden yellow with a small off-white head that falls away rapidly, eventually leaving the glass clean on the way down.

The aroma isn't particularly pleasant, with lots of sharp, stinky cheddar cheese notes, along with some wheat, and some vomit, as well. This wasn't all that pleasant to sniff.

The flavor, too, isn't particularly nice, with lots of funky, sharp cheddar notes, a bit of wheat and lemon, mild sour character, and just a hint of bile. Also, not good, however, the aroma was worse than the flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

I will decline future offerings of this beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.14/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jason for this tick he shared with us at Zwanze Day.

A - Hazy, lighter colored beer that didn't really have much in the way of head and even less in the way of lace.

S - Some tartness, grain, corn syrup, vitamins, metal. Yeah, not a good combination.

T - The flavor is like the aroma and sucks, although it is a lighter and more bland version of it.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation, a little gritty.

O - This was a crappy beer and "lived up" to the reputation that White Birch has established. Not a good beer, still looking for that quality White Birch brew. Not the worst beer of there's I've ever had, but that would be so hard to do it's not saying a whole lot.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of yourefragile
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle shares by Matt.

Does't look exactly like a berlinner weiss. Clearer than it should be, pale golden straw with a wispy white head. Aroma is horrible. Nail polish remover, pepper and lacto. Flavor is a mild redemption, sour and lemon, yeasty and watery finish. More like a hefe/saison hybrid than what I expect from the style. Keeps with the trend of failing like every other WB beer I've enjoyed.

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Photo of jlindros
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ThreeLions for sharing.

Very little head, slight hazy yellow almost tan watery colored.

Nose has some weird flavours, cooked vegetable, little phosphorus almost sulfury note, weird grainy toasted wheat, sour thing but not a great sour.

Taste starts with cooked vegetables again, little phosphorus and possibly sulfur as well, cooked minerals, little toasted grainy husky wheat, mild sour wheat, little cooked hop too, sticky sweet but sour finish, no acid either, more sulfur note.

Mouth is lighter bod, little carb, little sticky.

Overall super sad face.

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Photo of vegasmac99
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn't very impressive, a one finger white shade with crap retention. It just fades away into a dinky collar in no time flat, without leaving much (if any) lacing on the glass.

S: There's not much sourness here. What this does have, is funk. The stank-ass cheese notes are in full effect here - overpowering a backbone of apple and *maybe* some wheat buried beneath. Another reviewer said 'diapers' and I'm prone to agree with him. The aroma doesn't quite agree with me, though.

T: Wow, this is cidery. There are a ton of apple notes to open this up, with a touch of cheesy funk on the back end. Other finishing notes include some wheat, and a touch of butter. No hints of sourness anywhere. The more I drink it, the less it tastes like a cider and the more it tastes...off. These off notes aren't fully endearing, either.

M: Not quite as lively as I'd like it to feel - the syrupy body seems to conceal some of the carbonation. Instead of being wickedly drinkable, it's only kind of drinkable - a Berliner should always achieve the former. However, I would call it 'refreshing'.

O: Man, I've given out a lot of mediocre scores these past couple of days, haven't I? Anyways, I'm 0 for 2 when it comes to Berliners, and this one didn't even have any sourness to it. Instead, this seems like an odd cider - drinkable, yes, but not particularly good. I'll have to blow more $$$ to really gauge whether White Birch deserves its status as a memetic joke brewery, though.

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2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle shared by largadeer.

Pours hazy pale yellow-green with a decenly formed white head. Looks like watery dish soap almost.

Aroma is tart wheat, lemon, and some slight rancid notes.

The flavor is not so good for the style. Wheat, lemon, and a bad mineral finish. Not very tasty and a little off-style.

Medium-bodied with decent tartness on the palate.

Why is the ABV so high? That's a little off-style. Not too good overall.

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Photo of Clonies720
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into Cantillon wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Thin and wispy cream-white-colored head.

Smell: Lacto sourness upfront. Slight hint of oak. Clean and crisp. Something reminiscent of Brett.

Taste: A slight sourness is balanced out immediately by a pleasant, though out of place caramel-like flavor. Clean and barely crisp. As the beer warms up to 55F+, a very strong apple flavor becomes apparent.

Mouthfeel: Very watery. Light carbonation. Light bodied.

Overall: Would not buy again. It's not a terrible tasting beer, but it's just not to style. I was expecting a brewed-to-style Berliner Weisse, and instead I got something that was not. This is truly an awful waste of $5.

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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 Hojaminbag
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

White Birch Berliner Weisse has a bright yellow body with a quickly receding white head. The head actually sticks around a little bit longer than I would expect for the style though.

The aroma has a good bit of lacto and wheat in it, with some peppery phenols underneath that. A little bit of a mineral character also.

This one is not so good. A lot of phenols, and a hint of lemon mix with a big wheat body, a lot of lacto sourness and a very off-putting mineral flavor in the finish. After taking my first I grimaced a little bit. The sharp sourness fades into mineral flavors far too aggressively, and a hint of cardboard hides behind that.

The body on this one is a little to large and full for a the style.

White Birch Berliner Weisse was a huge disappointment for me, as I was excited to try something from White Birch. The flavors were off, and the ABV is way too large for the style.

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Beer rating: 52.7% out of 100 with 469 ratings
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