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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #44
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4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Professor Fritz Briem
Notes: Already in the 1600s the Berliner Weisse Style Beer was mentioned in documents by the French reformers "Huguenots" as they crossed Berlin on their way to Flanders. In 1809, the Emperor Napoleon and his troops celebrated their Prussian victory with it.

This Berliner Weisse Style Beer is brewed with traditional mash hoping [sic] and without wort boiling. This along with a traditional strain of lactic acid bacteria provide a fruity and dry but palateful character. A character that Napoleon and his troops characterized as "lively" and "elegant".

Historic Signature Series:

Forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, of the Doemens Institute.
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold appearance with a tiny, off white head and sparse lacing. Aroma of wheat and tart fruit, thinking lemons and green apples. Wheaty, astringent taste; sour, but not extremely so. This one is unique, as if a spritzy white wine had started to turn. Dry, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Lingering, fruity, finish

Dec 23, 2020
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Berliner Weisse, taste nice as is, also very nice with some raspberry sirup, while woodruf sirup may be an acquired taste. Not as sour as some of the Berliner Weisse from the actual city of Berlin, it‘s more a tartness as if you were thinking of sour cherries. A bit higher in ABV. While the Weisse from the actual city if Berlin is in the 3 to 3.8% range, this one comes in at 5%.

Nov 04, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dirty gold pour, foamy head with lacing. This brew is fruity--mellow citrus--and mildly sour, champagne-like. It is a little sip of history, and beautifully re-created from the 1809 recipe. Billed as a sour, but as Berliner Weisse beers go, only slightly tart. No need to add syrup.

Nov 03, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

This smells like light citrus, grassiness, lemon, and some very light wine-like funk.

This is definitely much less sour than I expected, but I guess historically for the style that may be accurate. There's some creamy and citrusy wheat-like character, a bit of dry wine-like character, and just a touch of lemon.

This is light bodied, and crazy drinkable, with a crisp and clean feel to it.

Most Berliners these days, while some of them are delicious, are absolutely laden down with fruit puree. It's really cool to try a traditional and subtle take on the style.

Jul 09, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light hazy amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has fruity hints
The taste follows the nose with a fruity flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated crisp and dry beer
A great Berliner Weisse

Jun 28, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with a small short lived head.
Think of a fresh baked roll with a little citrus marmalade.
The smooth feel, fizzy carbonation, and dash of lemon at the end makes this a very refreshing beer for a warm sunny day.
I don't care for raspberry or the other standard Berliner Weiße flavorings and 1809 doesn't need them. This beer is delicious just the way it is (although I will admit to dropping a few blackberries into the glass)

Jun 13, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Large frothy head that settled in just under a minute. The color appears a rather hazy straw. Smells of banana and slight sour apple. Tastes delicious! Just a tiny hint of sour that quickly fades. I can't stand when sours overwhelm and linger, this is just perfect. Like candy in a bottle. The wheat lingers just behind the fruit. This truly may be thee champagne of beers.

May 27, 2020
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Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly one of those beers to drink before you die. It's that good. Probably my favorite beer of all time.

Most Berliner style beers made in the US add fruit. No fruit here, but it still tastes fruity somehow. The flavors are so complex it's more like a fine wine than a beer. And yet it's so easy drinking you could pound them all day if you could afford it. At $8/each at the bottle shop, this is a special occasion brew for me. If I could I'd buy it by the case.

Aug 27, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice golden yellow with substantial white head. The head really sticks around. Nose is awesome - lemon, wheat, grass. Taste is super smooth. Grass, wheat, lemon, leather, spice, and a bit of metal. Yeast and green grapes are evident. Maybe some apple. Stone as well, although this might be the metallic notes I am picking up. There is a slight sourness, but it's subtle. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is a fantastic version of the style. Will definitely seek more of these out.

Apr 27, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet hell, BA’s, this thang is as ripe as rain. And I’m talking Dublin or Glasgow - not some San Bernardino acid rain. The damn thing glows like the Titanic when she left on her maiden voyage. But does it hit an iceberg in the end? Not even! This beautiful concoction is more like an iceberg destroyer! Wapow on that ass! It’s smooth. It’s clean. It’s like Raul on the weekend...

Yes please!

Mar 20, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Tim for this bottle. Cheers man!

1809 pours exactly how I remember them in Berlin, mit nein "green or red" of course. The raspberry and woodruff shots are just fine of course, just not my jam. Anyway, the soft orange body glows in the historic and original "hazy" way. Capped by a thin and snappy white foam that can't wait to disappear.

The smell is classic and simple, just as it should be. Wheat juice with a touch of lemon like acidity.

Flavor on the other hand is deeply layered. Starts off with a bite of fresh apricot. Peach and green grapes continue the fruit salad and transition perfectly into the acidic lemon and lime. Surprisingly, the subtle wheat sweetness comes in later followed by that signature German yeast flavor found in classic weisse biers. Kind of clove and white pepper with restrained banana.

One things for sure, this is too easy to drink. The glass is disappearing in record time. Light and soft before a spritzy tartness comes through. It ends exceptionally dry, demanding for another sip immediately.

Truly a magnificent brew. Simple and elegant, delicious and refreshing. I can see why the soldiers celebrated with it. If it's good enough for Napoleon, it's good enough for me!


Mar 13, 2019
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Myros from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to chalice, split into 2 pours - the first without sediment, the second with. I highly recommend doing this or pouring all with sediment. The character changed significantly. Bottling date 16/6/2016.

Appearance without sediment is a clear pale yellow with high effervescence and a white, fluffy, thick 2 finger head that disappeared moderately fast with no lacing. Hazy with sediment (not nearly as gorgeous).

Aroma is dominated by green apple without sediment. With lees, there’s that lactic sourness I’m expecting! Also more lemony with apple along with it. Light biscuit.

Taste dominated by the fruit (tart green apple) and not very sour without sediment. This is great but ... with the sediment it became a Berliner. Now dominated by lactic sourness as it should be with support from green apple and lemon. Light dough at the end. Very restrained Brett character. Dry finish. Alcohol not detectable.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

Overall, an outstanding example of the style. I would like to try a fresh bottle as I expect the malt character would be more apparent. I tried to take this into account for rating. I am surprised by the 5% alcohol, seems high for what I consider the style to be, but it didn’t detract from this beer at all.

Jan 26, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(500 ml bottle, Bottled on 16 06 16; purchased cold... split-poured between a teku first then a fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, brassy yellow colored liquid; near snow-white foam, keeping a tall, thick, rocky pad for a few moments before collapsing into med-thick, spongy collar... the pour into the goblet is a shade paler... lace slips, doesn't stick... kinda looks like champagne... good amount of sediment left in bottom of bottle, hard to wash out - wonder if I was missing out on any flavors having not swirled it out into the beer, hmm...

S: familiar wheat malt base with tones of lemon cookie and dried grapefruit peel, as well as light floral and grassy notes... pleasant enough aromas, with good intensity, but I wonder if some of its vibrancy has been lost

T: very clean, lightly malty core; dry, creamy finish with a mellow trail of the lacto closing out the sip; aftertaste leaves a delicate doughy yeast note and some lingering, lightly-bitter tartness; later a mild lemon-bubblegum note... in further sips, the malt and tartness homogenize, front to back, but overall flavors remain relatively potent

F: tiny tart bite up front, bit of a foamy texture going through, but the body is rather light and flat, with the finish dropping off before the back of the palate... tiny bit of effervescence, bit of latent belch

O: not bad, doesn't have off-flavors, just clean and marginally dulled (by age?) - I had this maybe twice a few years back and don't remember it then being all that explosive in taste... may be tempted to grab another bottle later and drink it with the lees

Oct 17, 2018
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Wg1041 from Alaska

4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good Berliner Weiss! Wow...my taste buds are screaming yogurt and beer. Excellent balance. Blonde to amber color. Perfect carbonation. Slight tickle with heavy sour pickle. Overall a melt in your mouth yogurt lambic Combo.

Jan 14, 2018
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JBabz from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer, it’s my go to Berliner Weisse. Light, tart, and nicely carbonated. Great intro to sours if you want to test the waters. Big bottle feels fancy too.

Jan 06, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into glass. Label stamped bottled on date is '10 02 16'.
Last bit of pour results in cloudy, golden colored body. Thin white cap. Some spotting of lacing.
Aroma of lemon, wheat, and funky yeast.
Taste of lemon, grape (champagne), and funk.
Fizzy, clean mouth feel. Very refreshing.
A straightforward Berliner Weisse, well done.

Dec 03, 2017
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Spiceboy from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the Sour that got me into Sours!:) It pairs great with Fatty Meals and you get the added health benefit from the probiotic lactic acid bacteria.

Nov 25, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold. Foamy, medium, Whitehead that Fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells lemon, wheat, light Apple tartness and light yeast funk.

Taste mildly tart Lemon, Lightly grassy, unripe Fruit, yeast Funk and a hint of spice. Finish is semi dry with a citrusy linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Sep 08, 2017
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tremendous ale, Perfectly balances an acidic tartness with a lively body and a refreshing aftertaste. Dry finish and lemony citrus notes leave a clean ending. Dances around your tongue like a pair of 1980s figure skaters. Love this.

Sep 04, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yet very light gold color. Thin fizzy white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head or lacing. Effervescent bubbles course upwards through the beer. Early pour was clear, later pour was more hazy and opaque.

Smell has notes of white wine grapes, a light airy champagne like yeast, lemon peel, and a slight tartness not the nose, but very light.

Taste is reminiscent of a brut champagne. Notes of white wine, grapes, hints of lemon peel, a touch of a light champagne like yeast, pretty clean. Slight tartness, but really rather mild.

Feel is light, crisp with a hint of tartness. Very dry finish, again reminiscent of a brut.

Overall this is an unique but very good Berliner weisse - apparently (reasonably) true to the original style (although there is vigorous debate about that). Either way, this is a fantastic tasting beer.

Jul 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a stange (because that is correct glassware for this style). The appearance was a hazy burnt orange peel color with a semi-thick to thin foamy white head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was somewhat foamy but small bubbles. The smell had the sour wheat up front then subtle sour to bitter lemon and orange rind with a nice little bit of sweet wheat sliding in underneath as it warms. The taste was basically the same with a citrusy aftertaste about it. On the palate, this one was light bodied with a sly carbonation allowing just enough bitter harshness to accompany the feel. Overall, now that’s what a Berliner Weisse should be! Would I have this again - maybe a better question is: does a baby like milk?

Jun 11, 2017
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Summerteeth from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers, this is a Berliner Weisse style beer that is brewed with traditional mash hopping without wort boiling with a lactic acid bacteria. This style is typically a bit sour and low in alcohol. This one is 5.0% ABV. Smell is nice, slightly sour with a bit of funk. Good head retention even after I left it out for 30 minutes. Pale, opaque straw color with active carbonation. Taste: good lingering, but not overpowering, sourness that is perfect for hot weather or spicy foods. Awesome stuff! Definite A or higher.

May 24, 2017
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Spinaltapped from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from my local liquor store. Drank out of a King Sue Toppling Goliath teku.

Look: Poured with three and a half fingers of fluffy snow white head, almost entirely transparent with a straw colored body, little to no lacing, lots of fast down-up carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Sour yogurt, sweet wheat, grape skin, fresh squeezed lime juice, unripened pear.

Taste: Light tartness, fruit cocktail simple syrup, white grape juice, sweetened wheat cereal, lemon grass.

Feel: Light bodied, high carbonation with tongue dancing bubbles, very refreshing.

Mar 03, 2017
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ChipChaight from New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Blind Tiger Alehouse NYC
Clear gold, sweet sour candy, sweet wheat, star of anise, cinnamon, hints of banana. A horchata berliner-weisse, sweet and spiced.

Jan 21, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear pale straw producing 3+ fingers of very finely bubbled, slow to dissipate, snow white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma light malty cracker & biscuit, sharp & lactic in a background of lemon/lime & grass. Taste is lactobacillus sour, lemon-lime & pepper backed by thin grainy & cracker malts. Finishes tart & lively with a prickly carbonation bite, a faint mineral note & a hint of something akin to a freshly extinguished candle. Aftertaste is dry & tart. Mouthfeel is light bodied with intense carbonation, fruity, dry & lively in the mouth with peppery carbonation bite that ligers on the sides & back of the tongue.

Jan 10, 2017
1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
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