Bretta Weisse | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
338
Avg:
4
pDev:
28.25%
 
 
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4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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 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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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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