Berliner Weisse
von Trapp Brewing

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #412
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #27,115
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
22
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von Trapp Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: This traditional style derives from northern Germany, so we use noble hops from that region to add balance. It’s perfectly refreshing on
its own, but also get it on tap with a dash of woodruff (waldmeister) or raspberry (himbeer) syrups which really enhance this region’s style. The beer is known as the Champagne of the North.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a hazy yellow color with a modest head that remains for a while. In the nose, it is wheat with some musky aspects. In the mouth, it is slightly sour, with notes of bread and a light funky sharpness.

Apr 19, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge as part of a six-pack for $11.99. Best By 6/1/2021.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color; has a slightly viscous look to it. A frothy white head has dissipated to basically nothing, just a bit of white clinging to the edge of the glass. Looks nice.

Smell: Aroma is lemony, and of peppery, spicy Noble hops and a bit of sulfur. Also detect some crackery malt and smells very minerally. Some subtle floral notes as well. Smells like a nice berliner weisse.

Taste: This is quite the crusher. It's just a little bit watery, but that's a tradeoff for such a highly drinkable, light 4.2% ABV beer like this. Up front, very nice lemon tartness and minerality. There is very little bitterness on this beer, and it is light so the mid-palate is a bit empty. The finish is more minerality, some pepperiness and yeasty esters.

Feel: Very light bodied and effervescent.

Overall: This is a very nice Berliner Weisse, and you don't find them available stateside so easily. I love sour beers, so I'm a big fan of this style and this take on it by Von Trapp. I don't know if I would generally prefer this to Von Trap Pilsner, which I thought was really awesome, but I like this beer very much and it would be great as a thirst quencher or to drink during hot weather.

Apr 07, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light yellow from the can, 1" fizzy white head, no retention or lacing. Nose is wheat, Brett, and light musk. Flavor is very subdued - defined cracked wheat and cracker from the base and fruity, winey tartness. Mouthfeel is on the slick side while the carbonation is very small and light, almost like a lightly carbonation mineral water in terms of its mouthfeel. Overall a very recognizable version of the form unlike most contemporary examples.

Apr 04, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like candied lemon, hay, white wine, and wheat.

This is super solid, and a nice reprieve from what the style is in America today - heavily fruited puree bombs. It's solidly wheaty, and slightly wine-like, with a decent breadiness and some lemony sweet and sour undertones. It's very softly sour - it keeps it quite drinkable.

This is light bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and a nice crisp finish.

I'm really glad that Von Trapp gave this style a shot, and I'm glad (and not surprised at all) that they nailed it in a very traditional manner.

Mar 26, 2021
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden. Bright fresh scent and bright fresh flavor. After drinking fruity sweet Berliners this was a pleasant surprise. Refreshing dry finish and would be excellent on a hot day.

Mar 04, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For tonight's offering, I have chosen CANother beer from the fine folks at von Trapp who apparently listened to me since everything from them is now in CANs for The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Berliner Weisse Style Ale"; "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "A perfectly refreshing Berliner Weisse, traditionally hazy and tart."; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU: 20".

I CANducted some in-CAN agitation to ensure that any and all flocculate would be back in suspension before I Crack!ed open the vent. Following the Crack! of the vent, I CANducted a heavy-handed aggro Glug into the awaiting glass. This resulted in the formation of a rolling, roiling finger of fizzy, foamy, eggshell-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose really smelled strongly of wheat & I'm talking evocative of my late-Pops' morning Wheaties! Mouthfeel was thin & watery. The taste was mildly tart & wheaty with an inherent fruitiness that would not require the addition of syrup. I never use syrup anyway since the idea is to slowly wean yourself off of it. This one was really mild in CANparison to some that I have had. Finish was tart and semi-dry. It was kind of a weak interpretation of the style, IMHO. YMMV.

Sep 22, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

Bright lemon brass gold colored, with a real shiny polish look. Fleeting but somewhat noticeable bright white head at two fingers, surrounded by small streams of carbonation. Settles to a nice thin collar for a great look.

Great aroma. Really balanced touch of soft acidity that goes from lemon to an almost peach marmalade like quality. Exceptionally bready nose mixed in for excellent contrast and balance, a chewy sense of body, an maybe a touch of sweet herbs even too. Real great nose.

Palate hits the spot. Just a good hint of malt push density, with still a light feel that is an impressive balancing act. Chewy notes of soft baked bread and light soft sweet tasting lemon interestingly. There's almost an angel food cake quality to this on the sour angle. There's a touch of bitterness strangely that is not that jarring luckily but creates a real unique contrast.

Great solid berliner, could drink lots of this.

Aug 29, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, BB 07/13/20; purchased single off shelf... decanted into fat tulip)

L: slightly-hazy, golden-yellow liquid; active, yellow-ish, off-white foam on the pour, tight and crackly collapsing from the start, but slowing up once the last dregs were added

S: lemon, tart, spicy floral aromas, rather heavy in its almost witbier-like spice/fermentation character; overall bold intensity

T: cracker-y. citrus-pith kissed up front, with a lovely earthy, bready, mildly-toasty and peppery finish; relatively-dry aftertaste, with a delicate acidic tartness and yeasty nuttiness lingering

F: smooth, slightly-silky, wheat-puffed body, with a slow finish; soft prickle of carbonation and acidity up front, light sting of acids persist... arguably a subtle warmth from the alcohol

O: taken off-guard and little by the earthy yeast and bread tones in this, and I can't escape the notion this has witbier character going on - a tart witbier does sound appealing... not quite what I was expecting, but better than my anticipation... could easily see getting a sixer (1662)

May 03, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nice looking beer. Nose is lactic, foamy, slightly tart and a touch metallic. A bit of citrus too. Yeasty as well. Smells of a traditional berliner. Beer opens with adjuncts. Slightly tart. I get corn, aluminum and yeast. Some wheat sweetness in the middle with a foam and yeasty light tartness towards the finish. Not much happening here but what there is, is a bit too sweet. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and sparkling going down. Crisp, clean finish. Real drinkable.

Overall a bit disappointed by this one. The nose is promising but the flavor here really falls flat.

Apr 06, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of wheat up front along with a very light tartness and some fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the moderate tartness that quickly gives way to the wheat and fruity notes. Finishes with lingering wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid Berliner that is nicely tart and wheat-heavy. Super easy to drink and very approachable

Mar 12, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can best by 7/2020
The beer looks wonderful on the pour, with an evenly hazed white body and a big, fluffy, blindingly white head. Lacing is medium heavy.

Nose has a wheat cereal with a few shavings of banana vibe to it. There's a little brightening from the sour agent, but it isn't distinct in its own way. To extend the breakfast analogy, it's a little like the orange juice from the middle of the table is sneaking in.

First cold sips were a tad dull, and as I typed and got a quarter way down the glass, the sour note was a little more pronounced. It wasn't powerful, but a little sour milk note up front combined with the wheat adjunct to open the taste. A soft feel rolls in as the light tartness bite fades slowly and moves to the back of the tongue. A bit of a dry grain bread crust covered in flaked grains fills in behind it. This flavor profile acts to give the brighter yet fading tangy note a bit of a watered down aspect.

Balanced might be a term to use here. I like the wheat being obvious, but I do want a little more strength from the souring agent. The dull ending, let's call it, isn't off-putting, it just seems like an opportunity for something a little more interesting.

Mar 08, 2020
Berliner Weisse from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 22 ratings