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:
465
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.21%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of kalosjakar
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow/straw colored with basically no head. Just a film which even that disappeared fast.

Funky up front, pear, lemon, light peach notes, yeast, bready.

Taste: sour, slightly tart, lemon, pear.

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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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Photo of craigdb
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shellynix
1.32/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of patpbr
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M-Jez84
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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 NizzleEGizzle
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: light yellow, straw colored.

S: a little sour, but not too much going on here.

T: nice and refreshing, zesty. Lacks depth of flavor or startling straightforward simplicity. Kind of meh.

F: weirdly watery on the body.

O: nice and refreshing, although nowhere near a memorable beverage. Can be enjoyed on the beach nicely.

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Photo of bman13
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigAggie89
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, gold color with no lacing; sour, citrusy flavor; 5.5% ABV; medium mouthfeel with a dry finish; reminds me of a very sour lemonade; a drinkable beer but I'm not a sour beer fan

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

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sour. Smooth.

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

Photo of Extol
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - slightly opaque gold in color. Smell - wheat and sour smell. Taste - follows the nose. Not too tart, very refreshing. Overall - I'd drink this again. Very solid.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2ellas
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hop_junkie
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Czequershuus
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an opaque dusky orange with a large but quickly dissipating head. The aroma is primarily of fresh wheat with some grassy yeast and a bit of under-ripe fruit. The flavor leads with a fresh bread flavor, followed by a mild sourness, like three hour old lemon juice diluted with water, and then ends with a very soft doughy flavor. The mouthfeel is refreshing despite the highly cloud appearance. Overall this is a very nice Berliner Weisse, not one that overwhelms you with sourness, but a very balances, restrained beer.

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Photo of Lukass
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Spreetaper
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St Gambrinus (Brooklyn,NY)

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White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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