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Bretta Weisse | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.06/5
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396 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,033
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
396
pDev:
8.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
63
Trade:
1
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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of MrBoh
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of SpecialAgentDaleCooper
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Barrelworks.

I was largely underwhelmed by this beer, and I'm not sure if that's a function of how it's marketed or if it's just not that great. As a Berliner weisse, it's not very good. It's fairly flat and watery, with minimal tartness. Notes of straw overtake any pleasant maltiness or sour bite it might have had. The brett funkiness is pleasing, but eclipses some of the other notes usually present in a Berliner weisse. Perhaps I expected too much, and maybe I should have adjusted my expectations for something less a Berliner weisse and more a slightly tart saison (which, even then, this wouldn't be a very good example of). It's worth tasting, but I wouldn't return to it.

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Photo of Tertullian007
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dkw0063
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, spice, lemon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but fairly watery and lacking in sourness.

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Photo of John_M
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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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3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

Pour is pale golden yellow with a small amount of white head. Nose is heavy leather brett, lactic notes, tons of green apple, oily hops. Taste is off like the nose, the green apple is completely out of place, the body is syrupy and slick, lactic acid is low, not delicate or to style.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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 michaelchirico
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

overwhelmingly popcorny. not that that's all bad. dampens with progression but ultimate flavor is uninspiring...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

RB

Nice pour tonight at Prefunk, but definitely expensive at $8.50 for a 10oz pour... Still excited to get a chance to try this one without the hassle of trading. Nonexistent white head... no lacing... the brew is darker than expected orange with the expected haze. Lactic/lemony with a smack of wheat and something that makes me think of tannic/under-ripe apricot. Body is perhaps a little thick for a Berliner, but that is a minor bitch... Well done.

3/3.5/3.5/3.25/3.5

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mitch3114
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jamesu1295
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale and hazy yellow. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Light acidity. Wheat. Kinda oaky. A bit of lemon.

Taste - Oak kinda overpowers the rest of the beer, which I think adds to it. Tart and wheaty. A little bit lemony. Kinda bretty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's a little more interesting than a standard berliner. Brett and oak help it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 396 ratings
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