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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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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 charlzm
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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 DaverCS
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 398 ratings
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