Bretta Weisse | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bretta WeisseBretta Weisse

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

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Photo of DaverCS
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage; drank 10/7/14 on draft @ Fischman's.

Semi-opaque dandelion hue.

White head; no lace.

Honey & tart lemon nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honeyed grain & mildly tart lemon flavor. Simple but extremely refreshing; this would be a summer delight!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 -2%
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 -0.2%
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 -3.5%
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 -5.2%
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 -16.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -7.5%
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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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork & cage bottle poured into Firestone teku, Batch 2, bottled 6/22/15

A- pours a murky bright golden-orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind but carbonation bubbles shooting to the top

S- funky brett and lacto aroma up front mixes with notes of lemon peel, ripe pear, toasted wheat, peppery notes & spicy oak

T- tart and funky up front with plenty of lacto & brett pucker power, followed by flavors of lemon peel, melon rind, spicy oak and toasted wheat. The linger brings more lemon and oak with a tartness sticking around

M- medium-light body with medium fizzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry finish

O- simple but effective, this take on a Berliner brings plenty of sour notes, while remaining light and drinkable

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Photo of breadwinner
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why I'm surprised, but the Barrelworks folks have done it again. Maybe the surprise stems from the "lowish" ratings on this one. Decanted slowly to keep the dregs in the bottle, this is a brilliantly clear gold, effervescent with a bristling, if quickly receding, layer of foam atop. Nose is absolutely fantastic, bits of apple cider and oaky funk mix with bright lacto acidity. Similar palate, excellent sour levels, nothing grotesque or off. And, at just 4.5% ABV, it begs for another. (Outside of Green Flash's criminally underrated Little Freak, I'm hard pressed to think of another low ABV sour beer I dig as much as this.) Overall, a total home run, and the only knock I can think of is the price tag. But, you know, sometimes you just gotta splurge. Kudos Barrelworks team. Kudos.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured int a Barrelworks Teku glass

A: Pours a honey, golden orange, hazy, lots of carbonation streaming up the sides, no head retention, no lacing, a little bit of sediment on the bottom.

A: Sour, tart, funk, slight grainy, hay aroma, no alcohol.

T: First impression is a dry, soft , easy drinking finish, not as tart or sour as the nose, lactobacillus comes through more than the brettanomyces, slight citrus in the middle, finishes with a slight wheat, grain flavor.

M: Light bodied mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, dry, soft finish.

O: Looks good but the aroma and taste are not as promising as I thought, overall, feels like a really light version of a sour beer, at $12 a bottle I think it is overpriced, it's good, I'm enjoying it but I've enjoyed other sour beers more.

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Photo of T100Mark
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance - A big, course head that disappeared very quickly. A bright orange/yellow color. A bit murky. Interesting.

Smell - A little like pineapple juice.

Taste - It tastes a little like pineapple juice, too! The body is very light. A sweet fruit flavor is followed by an acidic finish. The natural yeasts produce a mild Belgiun sour flavor. The finished product tastes almost like wine. Crazy.

Mouth - Light. Acidic.

Overall - The Beer Advocate definition of Berliner Weissbier explains this beer very well. The mix of sweet, acid, and sour makes for an interesting experience. Combine this with the mild carbonation and you have an ale that tastes more like an Italian Prosecco. I commend Firestone for "taking a walk on the wild side."

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Nice crisp sour perfect for summer or any night. This is a light, refreshing tart beer with a lemon citrus note. A well made balanced beer.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a oversized wine glass/sour glass. Very lemony, citrus smell. Yellow cloudy look and taste is amazing. Balanced feel and taste. You get that sourness but sweet citrus/lemon very balanced beer.

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Photo of Tele
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 7.16.15

A: 4.5 Crystal clear reddish gold; really pretty color. The off-white head is rather small and dissipates quickly with almost no lacing.

S: 4.25 Pretty mild nose, but everything coming out of the glass smells great. A bit of funk and oak come through with lemon, green apples, and tropical fruits following closely behind. The citrus and other fruit elements (mango, pineapple, etc.) remind me of the aromas from dry-hopped sours like Le Terroir and some of The Rare Barrel beers.

T: 4.25 Much more tart than the nose suggested. Starts off juicy with pretty forward lactic tartness with a bit of funk mixed in. Lemon, apple, and light hops are present, but are dominated by the tartness. The finish is minerally and dry with a very light bitterness.

M: 4.5 Mouthfeel is spot on; pretty substantial but also really refreshing and drinkable. I would like a bit more carbonation, but it’s really close.

O: 4.25 This is a great, refreshing beer with a lot going on; much more interesting that most Berliner Weisses. I could drink this all summer long.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Lots of brett funk on the nose – barn yard and horse blankets immediately come to mind.

A: pale gold color that’s slightly hazy with some head retention.

T: Huge amount of brett, which overpowers the lactic sourness.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and highly attenuated.

O: There’s so much brett funk that this beer really doesn’t drink like a typical Berliner. The wheat component, both aroma and flavor get a bit lost. One of the most brett heavy beers I’ve had recently. Atypical of Berliners, but still bright and refreshing.

***Update (4/18/16): Just had Bretta Weisse on draft and the brett is still prominent, but now a bit more restrained. Great Berliner and if consistent, will revisit my review for a higher score.

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Photo of Moose90
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a very pale yellow color with a tall and bubbly bright white head on it. There is some head retention but it fades somewhat quickly and there is pretty spotty lacing.

S — Smells of bright brett and is quite peppery, tart, limey, funky, bright, citrusy, there are a lot of notes going on.

T — Lots of brett and some bright citrus, also some barn yard funk, horse blanket, light leathery tones and pepper.

M — Light bodied, there is a bit of a foaminess to this as well, bubbly.

O — Nice overall, it's certainly a little tart and funky, but it seems like it could have all of its components turned up a bit.

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

On tap at ABV.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks nice! The nose is great. After all the de Garde fruited Bu's I've been drinking, getting back to a more traditional berlinerweiss is so enjoyable. Wheat, a little oak, a moderate funk, a blend of earth, mushroom, lemons. A bright acidity is present. The palate opens with a blend of bright lemony acidity, a moderate lactic acid character, yogurt-like in nature and with a really nice funk. The wheat dextrins act as a nice scaffolding for the funk and the sourness, ensuring every part of your palate is stimulated. Drying on the finish with lingering lemony sourness, some white grape character and the structure of wheat dextrins, this beer is great on the palate. If it weren't so pricey, I'd drink more every time.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Copperversary.
This pours a slightly hazy, bright straw colored, and tightly packed white foamy head. The Brett comes through gently dancing with the typical Berliner Weiss aromas. But the flavor allows less of the Brett to come through with a great blend of funk, peach, sour. Not a category that usually excites me, but this one does.

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Photo of charlzm
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on April 26th, 2015. Bottle purchased at Firestone Walker Barrelworks on April 19th, 2015. Poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Appearance: beer is a deep yellow and slightly hazy. A vigorous pour results in a very fine white head that dissipates in seconds. Absolutely no head during consumption.

Aroma is slightly funky - peaches, white grape and pineapple mingle with a cheese-like, vaguely barnyard-y note.

Flavor is similar to aroma: starts a little sweet then makes a sharp turn towards sour. Acidic white wine vinegar cuts through peaches, grapes and pineapple effectively but stops just short of inducing a Popeye wince. Very low bitterness and fairly clean finish. Refreshing. Strangely, no trace of the wooden barrels that this beer rested in for many months in the nose or on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and still with nice acidic tingle on the tongue. No carbonation present.

Overall, this is a great, tasty, refreshing beer that requires no additional syrups to achieve the best flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, snifter.

A: Served a lightly hazy straw color with a dense and soft bright white head that faded into nothingness.
S: The nose is full of bright tart notes of lemon mixed with mild scents of earthy, peppery brett.
T: Follows the nose with mild earthy brett, doughy yeast, and bright lemon zest. I also get notes of juicy golden fruits. The finish is lightly tart and very clean and refreshing. The aftertaste is quick but there is a lingering doughiness and a slight mineral quality. There a kiss of semi-sweet stone fruit in there as well as a touch of greasy oak and gritty tannins.
M: Light and clean mouthfeel with a drying finish. Tartness is bright but subtle, oak is mellow and hardly tannic. Bright and very soft carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O: Very mellow and well integrated flavors. Subtle overall but fairly complex. I got something new with every sip.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice effervescent white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. There's flavors of stone fruits and an oaky Chardonnay like wine quality to the beer, with a light body and heavy carbonation. Slightly tart. Incredibly balanced. One of the best Berliner weisse I have ever had for sure. Extremely refreshing.

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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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