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
Ratings:
362
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
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27
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
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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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

more or less a berliner style beer, just more brett than lacto. still the same pale wheat base, listed on the hops and pie draft list at 4.9% abv, which is far more sizable than the listed content here. seems light though, and so pale hazy in color, caucasian looking beer here, creamy and rich and pale and peachy. the nose is familiar white wheat malt in healty dose, and subtle brett C type yeast, along with mild and immature lacto, which if left to get weird probably would before too long. some sturdy oak on this too, sweet and woodsy, even a hint of sap to it. richer than any berliner weisse on the market, but in the same family, albeit loosely. the development of the wild side of this is extremely pleasant, up there with the other firestone beers, and not all that different from lil opal, although i think i like that one a bit more. this one sits a little heavy at room temperature, and never really gets to the sour level. supremely well made though, and this would surely satisfy any drinking of the lighter side of wild ale. it certainly works for me. thanks to hops and pie on tennyson for making this come to life for me. scrumptious rarity.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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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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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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

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

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3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy egg yolk (bright ) yellow with a thin (1/16") white head which fades to the rim leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Wheat, lemony tartness, fruity, citrus zest.

T: Follows nose with an mellow citrus astringency.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Lemony and wheaty finish.

O: Base beer for some of the FW sours. Standing alone, this is a bit thin and watery although there is a nice tartness but not too crazy.

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

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Bretta Weisse from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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