White Birch 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
Ratings:
464
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 464 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Basic berliner. A little watery. Medium yellow with a bit of head. A decent tartness though.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 2. Bottled in 4/2012.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, funk, stinky cheese, and some distinct vomit aromas. Taste is of sour wheat, tart lemon, and a slight funk flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer based on taste only, but I must say this one has a pretty horrible aroma that made me not even want to take a sip.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

truly a weird take on the classic berliner. darker in looks than most, maybe something more than wheat, or more roast on it, or some crystal added, tough to tell really. heady though, nice and white and lasting, obviously well carbonated. the nose is straight parmesan cheese. never smelled this in a beer before, but its unmistakable and distinctly parmesan, all grated and stinking. thats all there is to the nose, cheese. the flavor starts lighter with the wheat malt than it looks like it should for the color. it moves quickly to the parmesan thing again, so odd in beer. i get some fruitiness in the finish, ripe pears, white grapes, and even some green apple, but there comes the cheese again, and i really can't get past it. not unpleasant at first, but getting less and less tolerable as i drink on it, and finally devolving into downright weird. not a beer i care to really drink again, but its uniqueness is memorable. fine carbonation and a nice frothy feel that works really well with spicy food, but the parmesan cheese finish is more than i care to revisit.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale straw color with quite a bit of haze. A bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some lemon and green apples. The taste is slightly sour with lactic character and some tartness. Very very mild funk comes through. Feel is light with slight sourness. The drinkability is okay. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing really stands out either. A bit plain.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2, 2010. Batch 1. 848 of 1458. We got a real wale here.

Poured into goblet.

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a hazed pear yellow. So faded.

Aroma: Wheat, lemons, grass, some light spice, some light tartness. Green apples. Has a funky cheese and dust aroma.

Taste: Way different than the aroma. Sweet lemons reminding me of lemon heads. Green apple tartness, think granny smith. Wet cardboard and dusty flavors with sharp cheese. A bit funky here. It has a touch of spice, not a big hop profile shining through.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tart, smooth, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends a bit tart. Good feel.

Overall, a nice take on the style. Very easy drinking. I am enjoying this one. I like the funk meeting the sour in this one.

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Photo of jlindros
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
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 ygtbsm94
1.16/5  rDev -68.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 464 ratings.
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