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White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse

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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 jstilwell
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been trying a great deal of sours lately including a few varieties of Berliners.

Pours a light yellow with some haze and a bright white head that doesn't last. Sure looks like a summertime brew!

Smell is reminiscent of plain yogurt with lemons and tart green apples and some mild funk.

Taste is sharp and tart with some citrus and bread notes. The sourness hits quickly with zero bitterness and finishes smooth and dry.

This is so, so, so drinkable. I am shocked this weighs in at close to 6.5.

This is a fantastic representation, and one of the best "sour beers" that I've had. White Birch is producing some amazing brews, with the only downside being the high pricepoint that is typically associated with quality small batch brewing.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 1, Bottle 39 poured into my Delirium snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color, almost lemon yellow, with a pure white two finger head after an aggressive pour that immediately disappears to leave a light ring of head around the glass and there is no lacing. Very active nucleation due to the etching in my glass.

S: Smells of green apples and lemon zest immediately, bready yeasts with lots of funk too. Cidery. Some horse blanket aroma along with vinegar, and oddly enough a slight salty aroma that reminds me of procsciutto.

T: Immediately pick up on the apple and grape like sour flavors coupled with a bitter/sour lemon zest flavor which gives to a sweet white cranberry juice like flavor. Very tart and puckering, but sweet at the same time. Lemonade and cider like in flavor for sure, but with more to it. Peppery and bready yeast flavors pull through with a nutty malt finish. Very clean taste that is crisp and clear that doesn't linger besides a tart/sour flavor on the tip of my tongue.

M: Very carbonated and a slightly thin body. Feels like a champagne when I drink it. Slick feel to this beer too.

D: Incredibly delicious beer with a great feel. Light, crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing, especially on a hot and humid day like today. Bought a bottle after tasting it tonight and talking with the brewer/owner, Bill. Great guy who really puts a great deal of effort and thought into his brewing, and it shows. I could drink this very regularly and be quite happy with keeping this on hand consistently. Great job guys!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best session beers I have ever had, hands down. Served cold and poured into my new White Birch glass, this one was consumed on 07/25/2010.

Pours out a bright golden color with a huge amount of cloudiness to it. Barely can see through this to the other side but ample carbonation did continue to stream up throughout the session. Little head of white on top settles down quickly leading only mild lacing on the glass, but a really nice look overall.

Aroma drops me to my knees. Wonderfully crisp, clean, tart aroma quickly fills the air. Hints of apples, light touches of citrus, a light bready note all combine to form this crisp, clean profile that cuts through the 105 degree air around me. Then I take the first sip and all bets are off. This is simply a marvelous beer to behold. I cannot say enough how clean this is. Wonderful tart green apples blending with hints of light orange peel and lemon. Herbal grasses fill the profile mid palate and give it that depth but flowery notes keep it light and airy. Super quick, clean and dry finish leaves a tart flavor on the tongue that will not go away. So light and refreshing I melted into a chair (mostly from the heat) but this was just so session able I was beside myself.

Overall simply amazing, one of the best I have ever come across hands down, I would love to be able to have this all the time, but on these hot days, it is a must.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my buddy Bradford for sharing this with me. Poured this into a White Birch goblet. Pours a pale yellow white color. Kind of looks like lemonade. A thin bubbly white head dissipated in seconds. Smell hits me with a big lemon tart. Funky yeast and it finishes with sulfuric smell. Reminds me of hard boiled eggs. Taste is tart upfront. Lots of lemon with a hint of heavy spices. Cloves with a bit of wheat at the end. Decent mouth feel on this, nice carbonation and light body. The ABV and light body makes it a good beer for the summer. Enjoying this well enough to start the night.

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh White Birch, how you make me smile and frown. You have some beers that are outstanding and then you have some that are disgusting. This is one of the bad ones.

The appearance is a nice straw color, but a little more golden than the usual Berliner Weisse. It pours a nice one finger white head that leaves after a few seconds. Cloudy milky hazy-ness that looks a little off.

The smell is of sulfur and eggs. Has some acidic bug smell, probably more Pedio than anything, but its hard to tell with the sulfur.

The taste has an off egg flavor that is due to an infection of the bad kind. It has a thick mouthfeel that is uncharacteristic of many Berliner Weisse. The off flavors are subtle, but are the backbone of a mediocre Lactobacillus flavor that makes me want much more.

The mouthfeel coats the palate with a bit of cheese, thanks Lacto! It is fairly crisp with the funk character adding some complexity. It was barely drinkable, and overall I am not impressed.


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Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours pale, hazy yellow with a one inch head of white, crackling bubbles. The head drops like a bomb, revealing the classic barren surface found with many acid-laced brews.
Zero lacing or retention.

Aromatics are laced with enticing lemons, lime, husky wheat, and clove-studded apples. White pepper and cut grass follow through. A nice tart, earthy promise.

Light bodied with a crisp, almost spritzy mouthfeel. Sharpish and drying.

Bright acid with soured fruits start the palate. Lemon pith with a wheaty twang and grapefruit undertones. Zero bitterness with plenty of tart, quenching dryness and lots of lemony pulp.

Finishes with a building tartness, lingering lemons, and bright acid.

What a great summer quencher. The tartness perhaps steps into sour territory as the jowels lightly salivate throughout the glass.

I'd be really interested to see where this one went with some time in a barrel with Brett.

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Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle (Batch 1, #827 of 1458) poured into a Berliner Kindl logo glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy pale straw color with a thin fizzy cap of foam that dies almost instantly without even a hint of a collar around the glass. Tons of soda like fizzy carbonation rises constantly from the bottom of this bowl-like glass.

S - Wheaty graininess, bread-like malt, lactic sourness, very light lemony aromas. Overall the aromas are very subtle without much real presence.

T - Lactic sourness up front, as expected, lemony citrus, a faint almost clove-like herbal/spicy flavor creeps in towards the middle. A base layer of bready malt is present throughout. Finishes sour. Pretty good, but this pales in comparison with some others out there I've had recently - notably the Haverhill Berliner Weisse and the Bruery Hottenroth.

M - Sourness is lightly puckering. Light in body, approaching watery with a very healthy carbonation level that gives a nice refreshing fizziness thru the mouth.

D - I could easily drink this all day, especially in the heat of summer. Excellent as a refresher and thirst quencher. Alcohol is a bit high for the style, but doesn't detract from its drinkability (given what I'm used to drinking the level really isn't that high) When compared to some of the best Berliner Weisse beers out there this seems to be missing a little bit...thinking its a lack of lemony aspects - this definitely has lemon character, but pretty straight forward, missing some of the nuances. Also, the malt seems a bit subdued in the flavor profile and the aroma is light overall too. I feel like I'm being too critical here, because it is quite good, but just missing some of the "special" aspects of the best examples.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Ryan for sending this to me recently. Shared this one at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy pale straw color with a thin white head.

S: The nose is lightly lactic with some popcorn, wheat, yeast, and a bit of spice. There is a slight lactobacillus/bacteria funk to it.

T: A really nice, light beer: just like a Berliner weiss should be. Some lactic tartness, wheat, and a bit of yeast.

M: The body is light with a very crisp and plentiful carbonation.

D: Really easy to drink, like you would expect. Surprisingly high in alcohol for the style (about double the usual), but even at 6+%, not really noticeable.

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

Pours a shockingly light clear straw yellow. INteresting. Thanks to a generous BA for letting me try this. Pungent, slightly sour notes with some biting wheat zest.

Pretty solid berliner weisse. I actually wrote on my notes: "I wish I had more to say about this, but it's just a solid, well put together example of the style." That about sums it up. Light, refreshing mouthfeel.

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

Stubby bottle, 1pt .9floz into tulip. Batch 1, bottled June 2, 2010, bottle 745 out of 1258. 6.4% ABV.

A- Pale pale hazy yellow, ivory white head that's about 1cm tall.

S- Nose is fruit salad, bit of funky earthy mustiness going on.

T- Tart, a bit drying. Fruity, oranges and some funk as well. A bit musty. Lemons are prominent.

M- Lively, great carbonation.

D- Good stuff. Would like to drink some more of this. A bit unusual, even for the style (although I'm not an expert) but it works for me. Perfect in this heat.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice with solid head that quickly disappears into nothing. No lacing even. Smells wheaty, with a bit of popcorn and slight sour notes. Decent. Tastes delicious. Nice and light with sourness up front. Carbonation is almost non existent once the head fades, not much sharpness on the tongue.

Overall enjoyable for the style. Definitely looking forward to more of this.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 1 Pint .9oz bottle into White Birch signature glass. Bottled June 2, 2010 (986/1458).

A - Poured a light hazy golden yellow with a solid white 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Towards the bottom of the glass the beer was almost clear. A bit unfiltered at the end of the pour but tried stopping the bottle conditioned goodness from going into the glass, but did take some down the gullet from the bottle and boy was it sour.

S - Clove, with lemon citrus funk. The funkiness is toned down as the beer sits and airs out while drinking but it's still there. Hints of that belgian yeast.

T - Tart sour lemon on the front of the tongue, sour as it hits the side of the tongue and a clove aftertaste upon swallow. After you swallow there are earthy notes mixed with wheat flavor that sets in and you are craving another sip.

M - Carbonation is prevalent that may be due to the cheek puckering sour tart flavor, lighter body.

D - What a great summer brew for a hot summer day. I could drink this all day long. Great summer session beer!!!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1
Bottle 1357 of 1458

Poured into an Ommegang tulip glass. Forms a big foamy white head at first that quickly subsides leaving only a pale golden yellow body. Slightly hazy and unfiltered. It would be nice to see a little more head retention, but it doesn't looks too bad.

Swirling the glass brings out some crisp, sour, citrus funk. Soured wheat and sweet malts. A little bit of orange and citrus peel. Hay and other earthy notes.

The flavor has lots of sweet citrus followed by lactic sourness. Crisp lemons and malty wheat. Somewhat acidic with floral citrus notes. Light Belgian yeast qualities. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and sour. Lively, almost spritzy, carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good. This is one quaffable drink. Crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day and the ABV is unnoticeable. Really enjoying the lactic sourness.

Overall, it seems that White Birch gets better with every beer they put out. I don't know if I would call this a true Berliner Weisse, but it is a tasty sour wheat ale like the bottle says. Very refreshing and the sourness is about perfect. Fun to drink. Pick a couple up if you can.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 June 2, 2010
Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a thin bubbly white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the top of my beer.
Smells of tart lemons, grainy malts, spicy wheat and a hint of funk. Taste is much more tart than the nose suggested with lemons piercing my taste buds with every sip. Tart lemons up front, some wheat malt sends some spice through mid way, a little funk in there and a long lingering lemon pie in the finish. Crisply sharp carbonation with a light body and a tangy mouthfeel makes this a refreshing warm weather drink. I quite enjoyed this one, maybe a little strong for the style abv wise, but it certainly didn't affect my enjoyment of this brew. Great job Bill.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. The beer is a very light, very hazy opaque yellow. It almost looks like carbonated lemonade it's so light. There is a thin white frothy head that quickly fades to nothing, leaving behind small traces of oily lacing, but not much.

The smell is sour lemons with slight hints of apricots, and a grainy, hazy malt and hay. The smell is very straightforward, slightly sour, and inviting without being complex.

The taste is much more sour than the nose let on. The acidic lemon sourness is first and foremost, but it's very clean and appealing. There is a slight balance of crisp wheat and some hay, but the finish is more refreshing acidic lemon.

The beer is very light, well carbonated and crisp. The acidic lemon tartness and the dry finish make this a refreshing beer that is perfect for summertime. At almost 6.5% it packs a better punch than other Berliner Weisse's I have had, but it's welcome, as the alcohol doesn't hinder the flavor or drinkability what-so-ever.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a few of these at Bert's today, along with some of their other new releases. This is bottle # 779 out of 1458 from the first batch. The pour reveals a hazy barely pale straw colored ale, with two fingers of white heading. The smell is full of sour funk, light citrus fruit (think lemons), something sort of egg like, and more funk. The wheat is more apparent in the taste, with the sour character backing it up nicely. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but with more body than other examples I have had. Drinkability is perfect for really hot Summer days like this one. Certainly a well made Berliner Weiss we have here. I am looking forward to having this get distributed to the Massachusetts market.

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