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White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of thehbchemistry
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Suzanne for sending me this one!!

A - Pours an opaque pale yellow with a little head.

S - Smells great! Sour lemons and oranges hit first along with wheat and funk.

T - Tastes of tart lemons and citrus, not as tart as i'd like it to be but it's still great. I can definitely taste the wheat in the background.

M - What I love is after each sip I'm waiting to pucker from the tartness but it never comes. Some sour is good but I am not a fan of so much sour that it makes my cheeks hurt. This is very well balanced and very refreshing.

D - My first beer from White Birch and I can't wait to try more. I would definitely drink more of this if I could get my hands on it. Not my favorite berliner weisse but it is a great attempt at one.

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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 kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Thanks to 6DaysBottomOcean. 848/1458, super rare! Batch 1 at that. I can taste the rarity already. God bless White Birch and their small bottle count. The smell is wheaty with some lemon zest type notes. Slighlty funky smelling. Pours a slightly cloudy whiteish straw color with a tight white head that collars around the glass. Good carbonation. A very clean tasting beer. Very light wheat taste with a nice little zesty lemon taste. Ends very cleany. I actually am pretty surprised. I think this is a good rendition of a berliner. Light mouthfeel. No real pickup of the 6.4% alcohol.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for this bottle. #300 of 1458, Batch 1.

A: The berliner weisse has an effervescent white head that is champaign-like. Over four fingers on pour, the white-as-sheet head quickly disappeared. The weissbier is very pale, I'm talking nearly clear. I don't think that I've ever seen a beer this pale.

S: Wheat, very tart, hangs around. White grapes and citrus, contrasting flavors, swirl around with the malt bill. As the ale warms, a stronger tartness slowly emerges.

T: Plenty of wheat, a strong flavor from the start. This wheat isn't tart though, it lacks the sharpness that some Berliner Weissbiers have. While not puckeringly sour, the ale can't hide its tartness. The excessive wheat The barley profile comes through late in the sip, providing a familiar White Birch flavor.

I put the glass aside for the 2nd quarter of the Ravens game. When I came back, the tartness bloomed. The citric flavors are sharp and dry, a blast of tartness.

M: The weissbier is pleasantly tart, with dry grape and citric flavors in abundance. Very spritzy with the carbonation.

D: A little strong for a Berliner weisse, no? Either way, the citric bite is enough to bring me to the table.

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Photo of Jayli
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy extremely light, pale yellow with a two finger of creamy, sudsy bone white head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is wheat, sour - grape and lemon.

T: Taste starts off very tart, puckering lemon flavoring with minor notes of some grape. Taste then evens out only slightly with wheat flavors moving in. Finish has a mild fruity flavoring with a larger wheat and light yeast presence.

M: Medium body, high carbonation, slightly oily at front with a nice clean finish.

D: Goes down easily, minor kick, very tart in comparison to the other Berliner Weisse but not bad for a pint or two.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-cloudy pale yellow, drunken urine. thin pure white head.

S-the nose has a roasted nut element to it from a far, seems to have some burnt rubber, something off, once you get your nose in there you get a sour white grapes with tart lemon, notes of salt with a touch of soapy hops.

T-that same burnt rubber is there, notes of cheese, the tart lemon present behind, slightly sour and low acidity.

M-light bodied and soft on the palate, rolls over the tongue, moderate carbonation to balance the lighter body and slightly dry finish.

D-this is slightly off, notes of rubber throughout the flavor. the sourness is rather well done, enough to be present and enjoyable.

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Photo of hawks10
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch One - Bottled June 2nd, 2010 - Bottle #1040 of 1458 - 500ml bottle poured into a tulip...

A new Berliner Weiss! One of my favorite styles, but so few to choose from...really looking forward to this...

Pours a cloudy, very pale straw yellow with a thin white head which quickly recedes to nothing. Honestly, this one resembles my pee after a long day of hiking with not enough water...Berliner Weissbiers are usually not the best looking beers, and this one looks worse than most...

Whew, this is a complex smelling beer...starts very pale and dry, VERY yeasty with a bit of a hurl-esque aroma...a slight lemony, tart, citric aroma comes forward but is muted by a musty, funky and somewhat wheaty smell. Has aspects of a normal smelling Berliner Weissbier, a funky Saison & a wheaty pale ale all mixed in one. Interesting...

Taste is a little more simple than the nose...starts slightly tart and refreshing, wheaty. Some banana and a bit of funk...not as much funk in the taste is in the nose. Slightly dry, lemony...

Light to medium bodied, a little heavier than a typical Berliner Weiss, high carbonation makes for a spritzy, champagne-like drink...

Pretty good, still think New Glarus made the best Berliner Weiss though...

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with some acidic, tart yeast esters. There are some musty, barnyard smells as well. The taste is decent. It has a dry, sour, wheat malt flavor along with some lactobacillus character. It's light and easy drinking with a stiff sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine example of the style. The yeast character is very refreshing, making this an enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra sent by Steve - thanks.

Pours a murky and hazy pale lemonade color with a small white head. Smell is wheaty and lemony citrus. Yeast and lacto tart dominate the taste with a funky curdled astringency (not a bad thing). Mildly sweet, with a faint flowery quality that is challenging to identify. A soapy slickness adds to the thin mouthfeel. Crisp, tart and refreshing. Overall interesting.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Bottled on 6/2/2010; batch #1; bottle 804/1458. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a bright white half-inch head that quickly dissipates. Clarity is semi-hazy. Nose is predominantly yeasty with light citrus (lemons) and some light herbal nuances. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a slightly milky quality and citric acid present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an easy, palate cleansing carbonation and just a kiss of astringency that slightly stimulates the salivary glands. A very easy drinking beer with a well-hidden abv at 6.40% - somewhat high for the style. Unfortunately, the limited distribution and $9.99 price tag make this a little tough to swallow. That being said, a very solid Beriner Weiss.

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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 sinstaineddemon
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/2/10 Batch #1 Bottle 35 of 1458

A - wicked pale, almost lemonade in color and opacity, a wispy white head that dissipates quickly, tons of lively carbonation as well

S - super champagney, grapes and more specifically grapeskins, sour lemon/citrus dominates the aroma

T - again, sour like homemade lemonade minus the chunks, lactic sourness, and champagne grapes and grapeskins as well

M&D - super sour, true to style, the more Berliner Weisses i try the more i like them, well done, a fine introduction for me to White Birch, well done

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Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

big thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

bottled 6/2/10, batch 1, bottle 1297 of 1458

poured from the bottle a light, near white lemonade yellow to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger white foamy short lasting head with a bit of retention.

aroma of citrus, lemon rind, and perhaps even a bit of spicy pepper. (and my wife detects an arugala aroma... but I'm missin. that one)

very refreshing, slightly sour forward, fading to sweet and lemony.

slightly sour, a bit thin, highly carbonated.

quite drinkable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Batch 1, number 1042 of 1458. Shared with schen9303. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nice 1 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy pear. Lacing is stringy and light with little cling.

S: Banana, yeast, pear, and sweet rice alcohol. My mom used to make these dough balls during Chinese New Year that she'd dip in fermented rice... excuse the obscure reference, but this smells exactly like that. Brings back pleasant memories.

T: Hints of wheat, banana, lemon, pear, and rice alcohol. Tart at the outset but this teeters off towards the middle, revealing a pleasantly yeasty sweet profile. Bone dry in the finish with a lemon spritz, puckering aftertaste that lingers for just a bit.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Exceedingly lively in the mouth and abrasively dry going down. Dry finish with a puckering, but brief aftertaste.

D: The Berliner Weisse style is without a doubt, one of the most drinkable beer styles, and this brew fits the bill perfectly. Refreshingly tart, light, crisp, refreshing, and rather low in ABV, this is the perfect beer to sip all day long.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to ShogoKawada for this unexpected extra. Batch 1; Bottle 748 of 1458. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Hazy titanium yellow body supports a large ghost white head that (being quite active) recedes to a sudsy collar and a faint surface shadow. Light fast running lacing.

Wheat, unripe bananas, lemon curd, and sourdough intermingle with the expected lactic aromatics.

This has the same distinctive yeast note that the Belgian Pale Ale I sampled from White Birch exhibited - very difficult to pin down, but slightly floral and weedy, similar to Bermuda Buttercup but hinting at DMS almost. This doesn't have quite as much of that god-awful durian flavor though (ugh). The lactic flavors suggest buttermilk and butterscotch, adding complexity and and earthy smoothness which offsets the tart wheaty/lemony base. Quite well balanced, less sour than some examples I've tried, perhaps because this particular beer isn't brewed with the addition of syrup in mind.

Light bodied with modest carbonation.

Indeed, a suitable summer libation - an odd but still enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of nickd717
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
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 nas5755
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very pleased to have picked this up at Granite in the past week. The color is like most of the White Birch beers I have tried, it is straw colored and cloudy with a minimal head and some lacing. The smell is tart lemons and grains. The taste is a sharp sour lemon tang, grass and straw. The mouthfeel is nice, the carb levels are kinda sharp with tiny bubbles. Overall, I am very pleased with this beer and would love to drink this all summer long.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a White Birch flute. Special thanks to vanillamike for this from our recent trade!

Bottled: June 2, 2010
Batch: One
Bottle: 650 of 1458
ABV: Alc. 6.4% by Vol.

A: Pours a hazy pale gold, like pear nectar. Clouds considerably after all the yeast is poured in. One finger of crackly, bright white head forms breifly on top before completely disappearing.

S: Excellent aromas of lemon zest, toasted wheat, dried wildflowers, clover honey, and baked bread.

T: Just like above with a lot more tart, tangy, and sour citrus. Lemon is a major player here.

M: Tart, sour, and quite prickly. Lively effervescence keeps things very interesting and playful.

D: A very refreshing interpretation of a warm weather classic.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

god, I have been digging the berliner weiss lately! stoked to see this on the shelf of my local beer store (Granite rules!) poured into a portsmouth tulip. pours a cloudy straw yellow with no head after a semi-aggressive pour. sour lemon, wheat and a bit of plastic on the nose. taste is tart, lemon, grassy. Fairly dry mouthfeel. good interpretation of the style even with the heightened abv. great summer sipper!

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Photo of BogleHill
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours out looking a lot like still lemonade. Sort of a cloudy yellow color. The aroma is tart and a little fruity. There's little to no carbonation. More a little fizzy. Thin mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly dominated by tartness with a little bread wheat one the backside. Finish is quite dry. Somewhat refreshing, but please note that this is certainly not a beer for beginners!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Batch One, bottle 729. Poured from the bottle into my Allagash white glass. This is the fourth time I have grabbed a couple bottles of this beer. Very excited to see more on the shelf when I went to the store today.

Appearance: Yellowish white in color and hazy throughout. No much sediment floating around, just a solid haze. Pours a two finger white fizzy head taht recedes into nothing within seconds.

Aroma: Tart lemon and green apples are strong in the nose. A pronouced barnyard funk there as well. Even some bananna notes hidden in there too.

Taste: Immediately sour lemon rushes forth and takes charge. The lacto gives this nice barnyard muskiness to the brew. Tart green apples fill this out to make this a nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Stays refreshing throughout.

Drinkability: Even with the elevated ABV for the style, I find this to be one of the more drinkable brews I've had. By that I mean that I could easily see having three of these with laying in the sun. The refreshment factor here puts it over the top.

Overall, a great interpretation of this style and an immediate favorite summer beer for me. This is my sixth or seventh bottle already and I plan on having more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of glid02
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a very hazy light yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head quickly recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light malts, green apples, muddled citrus, and phenols, in that order.

Tastes more phenolic than it smells. Light malt flavors with hints of lemon peel kick things off and are joined almost immediately by muddled fruit flavors and phenols. These flavors carry through to the ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is slightly harsh.

Drinkability is just not good. I struggled with my glass and would not like another.

Overall there are some major flaws with this beer and although the possibility of a good beer exists beneath everything I'm not getting much of it.

As an update, I received a bottle of this in a recent trade. I opened it and the same flavor profile exists so it's certainly not an isolated incident.

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Photo of levifunk
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra given. poured into my L.A. taster while at Concerts on the Square.

a - pours is a cloudy white. odd looking.

s - funky as hell. smells like meat or baked beans. I've only had a few berliner weisses, but never anything like this.

t - funky. sour. tastes like wet hay? as if I know what that actually tastes like, but thats what I come to.

m - lighter body. good amount of carbonation for the style.

overall - wierd beer. not sure if its truely a berliner weisse.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my Ommegang snifter. Pours a pale hazy straw to yellow looking color. Infact, it looks like lemonade in the glass. A fizzy bright white head rises about a fingers height, and dissipates somewhat slowely to a layer of fizz. Leaves nice fizzy lacing all over the glass in between sips, but it slides pretty quickly.

Aroma is a little odd. Could be because I'm new to the style. But you can really pick up both the wheat aspects and the sour-funkiness of it. Funny thing is it's reminding me of a ball-park hotdog with kethcup!

Hmmm...ok, this is a very unusual style for me. I'm therefore going to rate this beer based on it's style and characteristics, and not on if I like it or not. I will say that I don't hate it, it's just very strange. It seriously tastes like I'm drinking a hotdog with ketchup at a baseball game! Wheat and yeast is prominent, obviously mixed with the funky sourness. A mild earthy tone resides. Booze is not a factor at all. Carbonation is high, and mouthfeel is light to medium. Not my idea of a refreshing beer, but very interesting!

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