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Bretta Weisse | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonebeer.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imagine yourself in Berlin’s Tiergarten enjoying this refreshing Berliner Weisse inspired beer on a warm summer’s day. Bretta Weisse honors the traditional beverage of the great Prussian capital, Berlin. Fredrick-the-Great was trained to brew it, and Napoleon’s troops called it “The champagne of the North”. Firm estery notes of stone and tropical fruit lead to Funky, yeasty, citrus aromas. Soft cereal and Oak flavors are enveloped by a firm acidity and tartness. The finish is dry and crisp; a thoroughly enjoyable beverage. At 4.9% ABV, one could imagine enjoying several Bretta Weisse’s in the Tiergarten, or anywhere else. This Berliner Weisse inspired Wheat beer was aged in 1700 gal French Oak horizontal foeders for 8 months.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,899
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
415
pDev:
7.86%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
64
Trade:
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, caged and corked. Bottling date marked on label as '03/20/17'.
Partly cloudy, dark straw colored body. One finger of fizzy white head with the initial pour which quickly settles back to thin cap fed by rising bubbles. Left behind are some scattered patterns of lacing.
Aroma is citrus and yeast funk. Portends the tart taste of the beer.
Taste is tart, with citrus fruit, yeast funk, and the oak barrel. Finish is dry and crisp.
Mouth feel is medium, with a real effervescence on the tongue. Refreshing.
Very tasty and tart beer, with excellent balance in the taste profile.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beinerso
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IKR
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Straw yellow color that's just faintly cloudy. Generous sized white color that faded quickly. nice appearance.

Smell: Very faint musty notes, mild barnyard funk, tart apple notes, tart citric notes, and some mild grassy notes.

Taste: Tart citrus notes, tart apple, moderate hay/ grassy notes, and very mild barnyard funk and. The beer finishes very and clean.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly generous level of carbonation.

Overall: A tasty and interesting Berliner Weisse that makes for a nice summer cool down beer. Nicely done.

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Photo of jmh21
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

With an SRM of 2, Bretta Weisse is clear, pale straw, and yellow. The one-inch foamy head quickly settles to half an inch and is creamy white. Ample lazy carbonation reinforces the head from below.

The funky aroma is surprisingly powerful for this style. Citrus and coriander give way to lemon. Oak quickly insinuates itself after raising the glass.

A Cisco fisheye pint glass delivers this sour lemon beer. The lemon is quite pronounced for a Berliner Weisse, but quite tasty for sure. It is possible that the oak amplifies the funkiness higher than one might otherwise perceive. Tart apple compliments the lemon once it starts to warm. The finish is mild and lingering and acidity is high from beginning to end.

A medium to full body and woolen texture is quite surprising. Carbonation is explosive and the alcohol seems to be far greater than stated on the label. This is also a very dry beer.

This is a great beer, although I don't see why a Berliner Weisse needs to be Americanized. Perhaps, answering my own question, it is enjoyable on a warm Summer afternoon. While it did lack the delicateness I enjoy from the style, and as advertised on the bottle, if we call it an Imperial Berliner Weisse, ones expectations will clearly be met.

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Photo of Sparky44
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours hazy and golden orange with a thin cap that fades to a ringlet; shards of lacing hang around

Smell: Barnyard funk with lemon, pear and oak tones

Taste: Lactic lemon and pear with tangy wheat flavors building; funky, through the middle, with the oak emerging; dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A well-constructed, non-fruited Berliner; the oak aging adds a layer of complexity

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ale_Lover
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a highly-hazed, light-orange color with good effervescence and almost three fingers of airy, yellow-tinted head that leave nice, sloppy rings of lacing.

It has a lovely, delicately sour aroma: horse blanket, barnyard funk, that sort of thing -- as well as some distant lemon.

These elements continue to the taste, along with a very dry tartness. There's sour apple in there that really packs a punch, then all-but-disappears very quickly each and every sip. Just a hint of the tartness, lemon juice sourness, oak and dry red wine lingers in the aftertaste, begging you to drink more.

It's hard to get a sense of the feel through the tartness of the taste, but it's relatively light bodied with strong carbonation.

All-in-all, this is an excellent beer. It's robust enough that I'd probably pair it with food rather than drinking it on its own in the future.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spav
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edward_boumil
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Not much head retention. Golden yellow with orange color. Opaque.
S: Gonna be honest digging this aroma. Very floral, really nice fresh lemon zest, sweet, slightly funky. Its hard to pin down what is different about it but I really like it. Reminds me of a lemonaid on a hot summer day I guess. Touches of tropical fruit
T: Sprite like. Lemon, quite tart but in a nice way. Tartness balanced by sweetness which helps keep things rounded. Not funky at all when drinking it.
F: Crisp light and easy drinking
Great beer, maybe not worth the price though

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Photo of REVZEB
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dave_ackbar
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap:
Bright yellow with a good white foamy head.
Smells like it tastes, bit of floral with a distinct sourness
Sour with a light sweetness
Acidic feel
Decent, very expensive by the bottle, but a decent price on tap.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 415 ratings