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Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States | website

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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138
Ratings:
454
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
29.4%
 
 
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Photo of ONUMello
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Crisp, light, malt/grain, a touch sour
T: Light & clean with a very pleasant sourness; lemon/lemongrass and wheat/grain
M: Light-bodied, sour and a lengthy finish
O: Light, crisp, sour & refreshing. I'll grab more of this if I see it next summer as it would be perfect on a warm summer day

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Photo of DirtyPenny
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a chalice. Or goblet. I dunno, tall stemmed thing with an almost egg-shaped portion for holding beer. Pours a light, golden color with about a half-inch of white head that quickly dissipates. Nose is light and sweet, a dash of lemon within a more robust scent of white grape.

Light and refreshing. Tartness takes a second a to really reach in but is very refreshing and not overwhelming, with tones of lemon and citrus. Pale malt character lingers after a sip, but mutes considerably as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is moderate and gets a bit fluffy the longer it sits.

I haven't had many Berliner weisses, but this is the best among those I've tried. With others, I've felt the need to mix it with something to get a little more flavor (ginger beer is a favorite), but White Birch's attempt is flavorful enough on its own. Kudos for a great summer beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small chalice: color is transparent straw, head is off white and presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is light, pretty fresh, not too funky, subtle lacto off flavors of cheese and sour grapes.

Taste is sour at first then the more subtle flavors present, bread, sour grapes and subtle citric acid like flavors. Wheat is feintly noticeable, some light biscuit as well. A little sweet in the finish, not as dry as expected or even as sour as other similar styles.

Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and harsh from carbonation, not drying.

Overall, a decent tasting beer, pretty drinkable, but it seems to be too sweet for a berliner weisse, without wheat beer qualities (dense looking presence or wheat flavors).

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Photo of sprat1960
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Yellowish-beige in color; very cloudy - opaque. A small white head when poured that immediately disappears without a trace. While initially lots of small carbonation is apparently, it dies down quickly and then the beer seems quite flat. Overall not much in terms of appearance. Faint sour smell; not much aroma. Taste starts off very acidic and citrusy, progresses to a lemon-like sour taste, then progresses to a smooth wheat flavor and ends with a slightly sour and dry finish. I must admit it is very, very refreshing. It was nice on a warm summer evening. Light to medium in body, starts with a definite frizzy feeling in your mouth followed by a tart, dry finish. Overall a decent light sour, though nothing spectacular. I would drink again, especially on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle. The beer pours with no head whatsoever. The beer itself looks like a BMC lager, moderate to low carbonation, no head, and a medium clear copper color.

The smell is quite subtle, there are clear hints of malt, and just a hint of some acidic twang.

The taste is fairly clean upfront, a bit crisp, and then it fades immediately to a slightly sweet, slightly tangy (in a ciderish, apple juice, lemony, citrus sort of way). It is quite light and none to overpowering with sourness.

In terms of beers that exhibit any acidity, this beer is probably a 2/10 on my sour scale.

This is an interesting beer, but not something that I am likely to buy again. I like berliners to be much more tangy and sour.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Summer 2013 this is a little old but I don't believe that matters so much for this style.

Hazy straw color with a towering, white head. Head thins to a meandering spit wad. Smells chapagne-ish. Barn and stale sweat. Tastes like tart unripened peaches.

I bought this to compare to Jamil’s berliner that I just brewed. White Birch’s rendition is far superior and that’s no fault of Jamil.

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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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Photo of mverity
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of sconnell. Pours a clear straw. Almost no head or collar. Aroma is grassy, funky, and some white grape. Taste is tart, light lemon, some faint earth. Medium-high carbonation despite the lack of head or collar. Good light, crisp body. It does hide the 5.5% well.

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Photo of stercomm
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A - A very hazy orange/gold, slight head that disappeared immediately with just a few bubbles floating on the top.

S - Get some lemon, slight doughy scent, a bit of orange.

T - Initial tart lemon drop, with some yeasty wheat, tartness leaves quickly with a slight dry slate like finish.

M - Tart, mild bodied, mild carbonation

O - I like this beer, nice and balanced with a tartness that is not overpowering, good quaffer

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Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to scoobydank for this bottle of a brewery I haven't approached since having back-to-back infected bottles, albeit quite a while back. Another go? Why not. 22 oz. bottle with stark black-on-white label split with my wife after too much good Thai food.

The pour yelps 'summer!' even though it's snowing Armageddon one state over, light orange, with a head that collapses into nadda in minutes. Clear, though I left the last few ounces in the bottle. Nose is tar orange/lemon with a nice side of sour-tinged spring wheat. Promising.

White Birch Berliner Wiesse gives me hope this little brewery doesn't suck anymore. Nice citric lemon base that is neither too sour nor too wheaty. The wheat come on after the tartness passes, & finishes with a jolt of acidity. Lack of caronbation dints what should be a very drinkable beer: by halfway through it's close to dead flat.

Well not everything was perfect, but this is a pretty good beer. A few more bubbles would have jacked up my score & really turned this into a nice post-lawnmower beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy golden hue. Lots of rising effervescence and pockets of bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head which quickly dissipates leaving a slight ring of foam around the rim.

S: Tons of raspberry and banana pretty much overwhelm anything else that might come out in there.

T: Fermented raspberry and a little yeasty sourdough.

M: Light, yet syrupy. Slightly sour finish fades quickly. Comes across just a little shallow.

D: Good sipping beer.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight head and no real lacing, despite plenty of carbonation. Nose is very fruity, not much else. Yeasty raspberry flavor, a little light in the finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy, pale golden color with a small head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a few specks of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells more like apple cider than a weissbier. Just the slightest hint of some cheesy funk.

A little more interesting flavor. I taste green apples with a slight tartness. Some funk is starting to develop with notes of cheese. Not really crisp and refreshing as I would of liked.

Undercarbonated. The style should be bordering effervescent and this is far from it. Light body.

Not fully matured. Seems this beer was rushed out the door before it had a chance to really develop. Certainly does not compare to Schell's Star of the North.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into a DFH tulip/pint glass. Summer 2013 release

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with a very small head. The smell has a bit of a funk to it, wouldnt know it was a berliner weiss from the nose. The taste is quite different than typical beers from the style. Its definitely got that slight tartness to it but its got more of a Belgian sour style of tartness than a german one. Not complaining because its very tasty, but it doesnt seem true to style. Nevertheless its very easy drinking and refreshing. Light body with low carbonation.

overall a refreshing beer thats a bit more sour than a typical beer of the style. I dig it though.

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Photo of Clonies720
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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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Photo of Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought cold. Poured into glass mug commemorating the 1989 Centennial MSFDA Conference in Alexandria, MN. Reviewed as the bottle warmed.

Very hazy, straw color, no retention or lacing, and decent carbonation. Lemon on the nose, slightly grassy, but doesn't smell too sour. Tastes tart up front with lemon and appricot (maybe faint orange?), carries sweet in the middle, and finishes with vague dryness and a bit of lingering pucker. Bubbly but has good body and coats the palette well.

Overall, tasty but a sweeter Berliner weisse. It reminds me of a cider almost, or a drier Asti. Not my favorite of the style but it's still nice, bright, and refreshing. I'd certainly enjoy having it again.

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Photo of ao125
1.32/5  rDev -63.7%
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 ericj551
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

White Birch Berliner Weisse pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent head that fades. The aroma is fairly sour and grainy, but not overpowering. The flavor is quite tart, very crisp and refreshing. The sourness hits right away and lingers, the beer is quite dry overall. There is an odd, sour wortiy character in the finish, but it's mild and I'm guessing is a by product of the lacto. I don't have a ton of experience with the style, but this is the best commercial example I'm had.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled Summer 2013, 5.5% ABV. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. There isn't much lacing. Aroma is light, it smells like apricots, bready malt/wheat, and some lemon peel. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apple juice (adds some sweet flavors in this brew) and green apples. I think the brew has more tartness compared to the aroma. However, the tartness isn't exactly strong at all. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and easy enough to drink. It's not a bad brew at all, but not one of the better Berliner Weisses I've tried. I can't complain too much at $4.99 a bomber. It's worth a try at that price.

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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 MNishCT77
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, Summer 2013 vintage, poured into a Rogue chalice, drank 6/9/13 over one hour.

A: 4.00 - murky straw yellow, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), yellow-white one finger head quickly dissipating into subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-large alcohol legs (especially surprising for the style)

S: 3.75 - huge hit of stank baby diapers, but I dig it...

T: 4.25 - tart-puckering sensations right off the bat that don't really abate throughout...I won't call it refreshing, but, again, I'm digging it

M: 4.00 - moderate bodied (mostly alcohol), good carbonation, lingering flavors/aromas

O: 4.00 - tart, puckering Berliner weisse; I've definitely had better but love the style and still enjoying this one as I type

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLED: June 2, 2010
BATCH: One
BOTTLE: 502 of 1458
ABV: Alc. 6.4% by Vol.
VOLUME: 1 PINT 0.9 FL OZ

Served in a glass chalice.

L - slowly poured I got a clear light golden liquid with a small fizzy white head that bubbled itself away in less than a minute.

S - tart lemon drops.

T - it's like liquid lemon drops candy with tartness taking over from start to the dry finish.

F - light bodied, it's refreshing and worth savouring slowly.

O - I don't have much experience with this style but I found this beer to be most enjoyable.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky yellow while retaining a Champagne like head.

S: Light wheat malt, lemon/citrusy notes

T: Upfront rush of lemon and tart mild acidity, a flash of wheat malt, and a finish of slight dry grain. I detect a fresh fruit flavor as well reminiscent of apple.

M: Smooth and tingly Champagne level carbonation. Dry finish and the tartness is not overbearing or cloying.

D: Highly drinkable. This is a quintessential summer quaffer. One of the most pleasant white beers I have encountered.

I visited the brewery today and it was closed to my dismay. However, an employee inside spotted me and opened up the store so I could buy a few bottles. Have to give a shout out to White Birch Brewing for that kind of awesome customer service!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a fairly clear yellow color. Decent head, it dies but leaves a good lick of lacing.

S-Not a lot like the Berliners I have run across. Lacking that tart lacto note. Seeing that you could arguably call this an 'Imperial' Berliner Weisse (huge ABV for the style), I am not too surprised to see this deviate in the aroma. I get a lot of green apple juice and some semi-funked wheat.

T-Not really tart at all. Much more sweetness than I am used to as well. Lots of apple juice and sparkling cider. I bet this beer's quality has suffered batch by batch. Its missing the desired complexity and tartness.

M-Not bubbly enough. Not tart enough. A bit too full in body. But it still drinks rather easily.

O/D-Was expecting better here. I bet this beer was great in its infancy; Batch 1 or 2. Now I just don't see how this is a relatively desired beer. Its not bad but its probably the worst Berliner I have had.

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Photo of Maxwell
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NOTE: Review of 6 month old bottle
The beer pours a very pale and murky yellow, its body is completely opaque, though it does allow light to come through, and a slight run of carbonation bubbles can be seen running to the top of the glass. The beer pours with a very soapy looking head made of big loose bubbles, but this quickly fades away to nothing. On the nose, this beer smells gross, like rubbing alcohol and cleaning products with a strong touch of pine sol. I feel like the Lacto may have been given too much time to run free in this beer… Gross fruity alcohol is really the only character I get on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes much better than the smell, with very metallic sour notes and not a lot else. The beer begins with clear and brutal lactic sour with a touch of chalk. This brutal sour opens into slight lemon and the faintest whisper of wheat bread make it into the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part there is just clear lactic sour running through this beer, which is much more pleasing than the smell, but still a little too sour. On the mouth, the beer feels prickly and puckering, yet with a medium light body. The mouth is left pouring with saliva from the sour and a chalky film covering the rest of the mouth. Overall, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this beer. I appreciate the lactic flavors, and they have clearly grown strong since the beer was bottled in August, but they are little too brutal on the tongue, and there really isn’t anything else going on in the taste. I want more of the faint bread on the taste, and perhaps there is more when this beer is fresh. In conclusion, I wouldn’t try and age this beer for longer than 3 months, but I would be interested to try it fresh.

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White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
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