Bretta Weisse
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #124
Ranked #4,195
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Bretta WeisseBretta Weisse
Notes: 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.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 IKR
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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 SLeffler27
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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 brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 thebeers
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 edward_boumil
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 dave_ackbar
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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 rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do I review this beer? Summary: Great beer at about the worst price in the industry.

Pours a bright yellow, moderate wheat haze, 1/2" white head virgin as can be. Super tart lemon aroma drowns out the wood.

Taste, hey this is definitely yummy. Very sour for style, bright wheat and acidity. Its light bodied and everything traditional with a berliner, but the sourness is fucking pumped, and its still rad with that going on. There's plenty of sourness and funkiness with it. This is big. More citrus going on for it than traditional, I dunno if there is some additional hopping going on or just the way she rolls.

Ultimately, this beer does everything very good. Huge problem though: $15 for 375ml of berliner weisse: Hottenroth is kinda the gold standard for me, and I get that for like, $7/750ml. So basically they want 4x per ounce of this beer, compared to one I like even more. Not gonna bang this one again except for at festivals and on tap. Bottles too pricey.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


Central Jersey Beer Fest.
On Tap to 2 oz. tasting glass.

LOOK: yellow color, white head frothy
AROMA: lemon, funk/yeast
TASTE: Sour grape/lemon. tasty
FEEL: lively, bubbly


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Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Smells of tropical fruits and barrel wood. Tastes of funk, tropical fruits, coriander, and oak. Medium body and carbonation. Overall and awesome barrel aged sour.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one. Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Russian River snifter glass.

A: Hazy light gold, with good carbonation and a thin white head that fades quite quickly.

S: Lactic and citric acid tartness, with some nice barnyard notes. Yeasty with wheat and two-row malts.

T: Lactic tart, with Brettanoyces funk, musty hay and a touch of feet. Some Lactobacillus-type funk also. Lemon, grapefruit and pineapple from the Brett as well. Mild woodsy oak tannins. Yeast and wheat that has just a touch of husk. It finishes dry, with a light tartness and a bit more huskiness.

M: A light bubbly body, and no alcohol to speak of.

O: A very, very good Berliner. This strikes a nice balance of tart, funk, and everything else I'm looking for in a base Berliner. Well done.

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Photo of JRed
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy sundown with white, bubbly head. Strong aroma of yeasty pear, light tropical fruit, tart and sour. Tastes of tartness, sourness, pear, Brett, citrus, lemon. Light bodied with fuzzy carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While more than a few reviewers chide Bretta's thinness and too-mild sour, both suit me better than the traditional renditions (which is why I prefer with the syrups.) But Bretta doesn't need that sweet.

Looks are uninspiring. Smells are accurate: a mild sour and some wild treatment in the yeast. (I also catch a whiff of the oak.) Tastes are surprisingly smooth to me (I'm a very subdued fan of sours.) Curiously creamy and carbonated in the mouth. The semi-dry initial becomes out-right dry and lingers nicely (for even a guy who likes sweets.)

Overall, I would have this again... But only in the situation for which it was intended: refreshment on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of lemon and grain along with some oak and yeast funk.

Tastes of the bright, tart fruits layered over the barrel and malts. Fruits lead off with notes of lemon, white grapes, and pears. This gives way to a healthy dose of tartness. Malt adds in with some grain and a bit of syrup. Brett funk makes it presence towards the end along with some spicy yeast. Some wood notes add in right before a tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done Weisse.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brett's Weiss

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with great lacing. On tap at Whole Foods.

Aroma is of lactic acid, lemon, and soft wheat notes.

Taste is truly refreshing. Moderate amount of tartness; a bit watery, but the flavors are still assertive. Nice amount of acidity with a pleasant creaminess from the wheat.

I see this pairing well with halibut draped over a white bean ragu. It gets a 89/100.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/20/17; drank 3/21/18 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy, dull orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head; frothy lace.

Peach, sea salt & tangy mango notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Peach, sea salt & tart mango flavors.

A tart, fruity treat; not an every day slammer but one to enjoy on a hot summer day (aka not the day I drank it!).

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that doesn't dissipate very quickly. It's actually some very fascinating head for a beer. The foam has some depth to it after the initial pour and enough staying pour to completely cover the surface. The beer is a nice looking clear pale gold color. The carbonation bubbles also give it a nice appearance.

The smell is pretty nice. It's a nice mix of brett, wooden notes, and a citrus note with a bit of a nice tartness to it.

The taste is good and has a nice combination of different notes. It's a nice tarty taste with a decent brett note and lemon citrus that mix very well. The oak gives a nice wooden note that mixes well with the more bitter notes to give a nice refreshing beer.

The beer has a light body and serious biting carbonation. As a result, it has a nice dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting for the hot summer days if you can.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour enjoyed while on the west coast. Golden brown pour with a puffy head. Aroma of green apple, cherries and hay. Great example of the style, albeit a little on the lighter/subtler side. Tart, but not cheek-puckering; slightly fruit-sweet, but not cloying; funky, but not horse-blanket levels. Just a well crafted beer that's balanced, light and refreshing. A bit pricey for that profile but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A rather dear 1 quart crowler from the Sherbrooke liquor store - this was apparently aged in French oak foeders for 8 months.

This beer pours a murky, light apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy dirty white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of mixed tart fruity notes - lemon, pear, blood orange, and pineapple core - slightly funky yeast, gritty and grainy pale and wheat malt, white saltine crackers, a gentle sour milkiness, and some leafy and dried hay-like hop bitters. The taste is more zingy lemon, cherry, and underripe apple fruitiness, softy phenolic yeast, a very tame Brett infection rate, laid-back grainy and wheaty malt, ethereal wooden staves, and some consistent earthy and weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, if you consider where you're standing right about now. It finishes trending dry, the tartness of the fruit holding tight, while the yeast and malt start fading away.

Overall, this is a very well-made barrel-aged version of the style, as the expected woodiness for the prescribed time in the cask doesn't really translate to an overabundance of the typical esters in the beer. Tart, fruity, somewhat grainy, and refreshing, even - that's what I'm taking way from this one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from May 22nd, 2016. Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz nifter, the brew is cloudy and golden yellow with a white ring of suds crowding the edge of the glass.

Smell - Sour, fruity aroma hitting on notes of green apple and cherry.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sour fruit notes of cherry and tart apple. Wheaty malt flavor peaks through once the tartness dies down. Aftertaste lingers with apple tartness and a touch of mineral character.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Typical sour beer. Tasty, but nothing to set it apart from others in the style.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: 6/22/15
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is a mostly clear gold, but not much head.

Smell is funky citrus and melon. There's definitely some sweet corn in there, too. It's pleasantly sour and sweet.

Taste is perfume at first, giving way to a light, sweet maltiness. The citrus turns into what's definitely lemon, but there's not much more range of flavors in the tartness.

Feel is pretty fizzy. The immediate aftertaste is nothing special, but after a little while there's a savory flavor.

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Photo of John_M
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm a huge fan of FW beers, but I'm starting to think they need to lay off the BA sour and brett offerings. While they haven't been awful, "mehhh" seems to generally cover the quality of the stuff I've had from them so far. Considering the price (tap and growler was selling an 8 ounces glass for $7.50 I think), this beer is a particularly bad bargain.

The beer pours a solid gold color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is pretty simple and one dimensional. There's something of lemon lime aroma from the sour component, with something of an underlying "wheatiness" as well. Flavor profile is more of the same, but there was something of a buttery mouthfeel, which I attribute to the brett I guess. The beer is otherwise pretty light on the palate, with no sense of alcohol. The beer does have good acidity, which is nice, but it's pretty hard to think of anything positive to say about this beer otherwise.

While not awful, I really am not sure just what FW is going for here. Pretty certain this isn't something I need to try again any time soon.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Firestone Walker Taproom, Paso Robles, CA

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thick white collar around the glass and a patch of bubbles in the center.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some hints of raspberries.
T: The taste starts out having flavors of sourness and lactobacillus and has some hints of raspberries towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It isn't nearly as sour compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look (3.75): A hazy wheat like hue. It's got residue on the bottom which looks extremely tastey. Minor carbonation that doesn't stick around long. Hardly any carbonation, but that's expected.

Smell (3.5): Funky acidic smells that seem almost vanilla and lemony like. Pleasant tropical notes that remind me of freshly squeezed pineapples.

Taste (4.5): Beautiful funky lemony sourness upfront. Tropical apples and pineapples drive this guy home. Taste is where sours are finally winning me over.

Mouthfeel (4): An extemely high acidity that makes your mouth water like crazy, but a weird softness from the wheat at the same time. I'm confused, conflicted and in love.

Overall (4): The best sour I've ever had. I need to experiment further...

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- 4oz. pour off tap into flight glass at Haven Gastropub (Orange, CA) on 11-Feb-16

I must admit that while I do enjoy this style from time to time, I do not have much experience with Berliner Weiss's. Very tart, light, and refreshing. Overall, I did enjoy this but seemed a little too one-dimensional.

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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 424 ratings