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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

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Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of scoots511
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fizzy white head, bigger bubbles that disappear at a higher rate. Looks nice and clear, turned cloudy towards the end of the bottle when the yeast was stirred up a bit.

S: Lemon, sour some malt

T: Lemon, slight sour, slight acidic taste. I could still taste some of the tartness when I licked my lips.

M: Nice fizzynness reminiscent of a lower carbonated deus, etc

O: Light and lightly tart, refreshing concoction, it actually reminds me of my wifes prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) a bit. This was my first berliner weiss, it seemed nice I've rated it 4's across the board.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Foggy pale yellow with a highly active one finger white head.

S: Lemon a bit of pepper.

T: Tart lemon citrus, bready yeast, a light bit of funk.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Mouth pucker from the sour finish.

O: Refreshing. Like a cross between a Gueze and a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is very light straw and clear. There is a spritzy half inch head that shrinks to a layer around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is popcorn and wheat malt with some nice lemony tartness.

The taste has some mild wheat malt flavor in the start. This is quickly overrun with a clean sour lemon tartness in the middle and finish. The balance is heavily emphasized on the tartness.

This is very light with smooth carbonation that is only slightly spritzy.

This is very delicious and is a slightly more drinkable alternative to lambics and gueuzes.

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Photo of atlason
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served from pint bottle into Belgian tulip. Pale straw, rather opaque. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Creamy wheat with citrus fruit and herbal notes. Light and pleasant, not sour at all.

T: Light sour notes, more apple and light drinking yogurt than lemon. Reminds me of Federweisser, the partially fermented fresh wine drink.

D: High due to lively acidity and carbonation. Would be great with pizza or savory crepes.

Overall this is the first Berliner Weisse I have tried and I must say that the style is to my liking. Great beer.

Edit: If you don't like the sour taste, drink it with something greasy. Having it with Camembert cheese now and can hardly feel the sourness.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazed-out,dull yellow body with bits of yeast dispersed and suspended throughout by nice active carbonation.The head consisted of 2 full fingers of rapidly fading,noisy,bone-white foam that left virtually no lacing with the exception of a few sudsy dots here and there.

S-Juicy Fruit gum,preserved lemon,Wheaties,sourdough toast,an earthy/grassy scent and a slight sour milk note similar to Greek yogurt.

T-Bright flavors of Granny Smith apple,pear,unique citrus(Meyer lemon,starfruit),fruity yeast notes and a toasty wheat base.

M-Super bright and mild to moderately tart but not sour.Light bodied with active,prickly carbonation and a slight,subtle creaminess.

O-I must revisit this in the summer months!Super refreshing and unique style.

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Photo of aficionado
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crackling carbonation is quite high. Like a Perrier sparkling water. Nice head. The cleanest of light golden yellow bodies. Aroma is dominant with Granny apples, but there's also lots of lemon. Floral, fruity, Autumn apples. Taste is tart but not as sour as I had hoped. Fruity and dry. Thin, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. On the bottle: Lactic acid. Mash hopped, No wort boiling...Hmmm I'm intrigued.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary. Nice yellow haze glow to it, ample carbobation, head retention is exceptional. Good lemony and tart aroma, fresh ground wheat. Mild yeasty presence.

Taste, more tartness, great light mouthfeel and body to the beer. Amazingly similar to Hottenroth. So fresh and so clean. A perfect summer beer. Very prickly carbonation like a nicely done skunky pilsner (this is not skunky whatsoever). Like most good bw's, there is no residual sugar, just plenty of tartness and a light wheat base to wrap it around.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip.

Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow, with a creamy white head of a finger or two. Good retention. Nose has some wheat, bright lemon zest, lemon juice and some light tart notes. Taste has some lactic tartness, lemon zest as per the nose, citrus zest and some modest wheat notes. Gets slightly juicier, and more citrus flesh with the addition of the yeast. Light mouthfeel, and a gentle zip in the carbonation. On the lighter side of tart, and modestly drying finish. Good drinkability, but a bit more tartness would've been nicer. Refreshing certainly.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Euro-pint sized bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a straw yellow with a soda-pop white head and some chunky sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S: Bright, tart sourness with a candy-like balance of sweet malts. Its fruity, tropical and sour.

T: Follows the smell. Sour patch kids sourness with a cherry coke middle and drying lactic finish. Delicious stuff!

D: Its a bit heavier than is typical for the style and its drinkability falls more in the lines of a heffe than a traditional Berliner weisse. That being said, it still is remarkable quaffable and complex.

Overall: Great beer. I have truly loved everything I've had from Weihenstephaner and would buy this beer in a heartbeat if I find it again. Great, refreshing, original stuff!

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stakem for this bottle in our recent trade, insane box.
A - Served in a tulip this beer pours a murky faint neon yellow with a small white head that fades quickly but has continuous bubbles running the side of the glass.
S - Theres definitly a tart funkiness in the nose of this beer, with notes that remind me of lemon pepper.
T - Stakem informed me this beer is better slightly warmer then most and there is no doubt about that. Spent about 45 minutes sipping on this and the last 20 were where it really stood out. Lots of lemon citrus taste with a funky brett character and perfect tartness.
M - Enjoyable mouthfeel, that was crisp and somewhat dry, very easy drinking.
O - Only my second in the style and really liked it.
Looking forward to some Stakem homebrew Berliner's someday, thanks again Adam.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first of this style. Pretty stoked to try it out.

Pours a nice cloudy straw color with a massive mound of white and noisy head. Really surprised by all the loud crackling going on in the head. Very little lacing.

The nose is built of wheat, tart sweetness, vinegar and earthy notes. Smells like a good sour ale with a bit of a twist.

The taste is much like the nose. The beer starts with a crisp citrus sour tartness and as it fades, the wheat and malt bill is noticed. Very refreshing and crisp. I get some zesty lemon peel or citrus blend in the mix. Would be ideal on a hot summer day.

The mouthfeel is fully carbonated and has a nice prickly feel due to the tartness. Nice feel.

Overall, for my first Berliner Weissbier, I was quite impressed. Very drinkable and balanced. Refreshing and smooth. I will definitely be grabbing this one again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium cloudy yellow. Some floaties at the end of the bottle. Towering white foam head. No lace.

Big aromas of yeast, lactic acid, some light malt, and tart notes.

Big tart yeasty malt up front, leading to a lingering sourness that is transplanted by a subtle light bitterness that is not unlike a bitter husk. Some sweet raw grain is is there, with false tart lemon edges. These flavors bounce back and forth; fade and come forward. How can you love and find so refreshing something so tart? It is liking sharp cheese -- a refined and unique flavor for the product.

Lighter bodied, medium (surprise again) carbonation.

Wonderful stuff. Clean, refreshing, complex. Loved it.

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Photo of t8s8l8
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- A hazy golden yellow appearance. Nice smooth fluffy head that falls quickly and leaves a band of foam around the glass.

Aroma- slight acidic aroma, also present are fruits, pears and golden delicious apples, slight spiciness not necessarily clove like though, Brett seems to be current as well.

Taste- Real smooth it has that fruit bite from the acidic aroma that follows through in the taste especially in the middle. the mouthfeel is extremely light, not as dry as I was expecting, some what wheaty which i think is common. a champagne bubbly smoothness as well. the acidic character really plays nicely my mouth is still watering as I write this review.
Overall Experience- This was my first Berliner Weisse and i really enjoyed it. the aroma and taste was similar to a nice sour but the wheat character gave it a very summery kick. a mix of summer wheat with a sour would love to try some others of this style.

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light yellow in color with a nice pure white head. The head fades into a slight ring fairly quickly.

S: Sour notes with citrus aromas. Some vinegar scents, as well as a touch of berries and a hint of a wine character.

T: A very light flavor with a solid sour note. There is a subtle tart flavor with lemony overtones. Light, crisp, and delicious.

M: Very light and crisp. The carbonation is fine and effervescent.

O: Overall very good. Something that is nice for a summer night, light, crisp and refreshing with a decent amount of citrus and tart flavors.

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Photo of BeerBean
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Lemon/straw yellow. Hazy, and adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle on the second pour made it extra hazy. Big head that disappears quickly. No lacing... kinda disapointed, but that's the only thing wrong with this beer.

Smell is lemons and citrus fruits (grapefruit mostly). Acidity and yeastiness are present. The aroma is strong, hits you right out of the bottle. It's got a bite to it that is very tart and refreshing.

Taste is spectacular, like sour champagne on the first pour and a citrus-spicy yeast-fest on the second. Acidity seems to dissipate as it warms, and it sweetens up just a bit. The wheat comes through at the back.

The feel is crisp and light, but not empty. It's on the heavier end of light bodies.

What a great Berliner Weisse! Full of flavor and aroma, and a great beer to end the summer season on. Thanks to Will @ The Beer Store in Southampton for the recommendation.

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Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light golden brown with two fingers of head that quickly fade to a collar. Nice carbonation rising throughout.

S - Pleasant tart smells of lemon, a bit of lactic acid, and a bit of yeast.

T - Taste starts with a nice punch of tartness, with lemons, a bit of yeast and a faint wheat presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice if not particularly complex.

M - Light and crisp with nice carbonation.

O - A great beer for a warm summer night, and possibly a good beer to introduce someone to the tart/sour side of beer styles. It is pretty simple but very good.

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Photo of wcintula
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a new experience for me. Poured into A "Berliner Kindl Weisse" glass, a small head was produced above the clear dark yellow body. The smell is tart like fruity wheat beer. The lactic acid creates an incredible tart almost sour raspberry flavor in the beer. Hops seem to go unnoticed as the bottle indicates the beer was only hoped during the mash from what I understand. The bartender told me that it's typically served with a raspberry syrup, this may help round out tat tartness next time around.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-pale cloudy yellow with a thin white head

S-smells like tart wheat. medium strength

T-comes in with a great and smooth taste of tart wheats. really good! ends with a taste that reminds me of banana champagne

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is definitely an easy and fun beer to drink. the germans might really be making this style the best. it tastes so much more genuine and pure than the other that i've had.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split into a 12oz tulip.

Pours a mild yellow, though reveals a good brown note. Mild fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nose is very dry. Like sniffing a dry chardonnay. Earthy notes, a bit of citrus on the edges with a sour/funk that reminds me of cutting into an unripe lemon. Or grapefruit for that matter.

Light, mild citrus notes. Mild spice character. Lingering sweetness, though mild. Did I say the flavors presented are mild? Big bite in the front, but after that resides, the "weisse" part takes over.

Clean finish, crispness and a fizzy mouthfeel. An experience.

A testament to the style and a fine example of what it should be, although, it is rather bland and lifeless. If you could consider this to be the "banner bearer" of berliner weisse, then I can see plenty of room for which this style could grow. Regardless, an excellent summer style and beer.

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Photo of DCon
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 1 PINT .9 FL OZ bottle @ The Stable in Benton Park (St. Louis), MO for $8.99. Poured from the HARD TO READ bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Nonic Glass and doesn't have a freshness date anywhere on the botte.

Aroma- Has a pleasant lemon smell and a nice sour background. Very acidic and the fruit character is well balanced within the aroma. Lets see about the taste...

Appearance- Pours a whopping 6 fingers of bubbly head that die quickly. Has a pale straw color body and great clarity. Very effervescent and leaves nice lacing behind.

Flavor- Very fresh from the beginning of the drink and then a light strawberry taste comes through here! A nice acidic taste follows this up but not too strong. Good amounts of grain are noticeable also.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HIGH Carbonation, A Dry finish, and has a bit of puckering afterwards.

Overall Impression- One of my favorites of this style so far! Refreshing, medium acidity, and has this strawberry flavor that was very interesting. So far I haven't seen this in Beer Stores but am going to be buying this very soon to enjoy again! I suggest you do the same.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into tall weizen glass.

Aroma: Sour, lemony yeast, hay, and cereal grains. Some faint spiciness. Very subtle sulphur note.

Appearance: Very hazy, opaque, golden-white body. Active, fine carbonation. Bright white, fluffy, 3 finger foamy head collapses quickly. Minimal lacing. Would have liked a bit more clarity.

Flavor: Tart, refreshing lemon. Some grainy character that matches the aroma. Mild bitterness works well to support the citrusy tartness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, biting carbonation scrubs the palate. Tartness makes the mouth water. Mouth puckers, and tongue clings to the roof of the mouth like a magnet.

Overall: An excellent, refreshing example of the style. Next time I get one, I'm going to let it sit in the fridge for a week or so to let the yeast settle out. Highly recommended by my cousin, David, the clerk at Lukas Liquors, and now by me! I only wish this were more readily-available!

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Photo of julian
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow in color, hazy, massive frothy white head. Looks crisp and refreshing! 4.5

S: Smells like a hefeweizen, although with a more subdued ester profile. Definitely bready. 3.5

T&M: Yeah so this is definitely delicious and crisp. The bready, wheaty quality is nicely balanced with the lacto tartness providing for a good fusion of germanic styles. It’s slightly tart, and crisp but at the same time feels full bodied. Tartness is kind of a green apple flavor. 4.5/4.5

O: This could be an excellent summer beer, and quite possibly will be this year for me. Goes down way too easy and is super refreshing. 4

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Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale straw yellow with a slight cast of haze. Moderate white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Fresh wheat aroma with just a hair of lactic tartness and lemon. Some fruity aromas of aprioct and dried pear. Has a little bit of an earthy yeast funk to it as well, reminiscent of lambic must, grass, and hay.

Flavor-Quite tart with lactic acid and lemony flavors up front. Extremely low to negligible hop bitterness, and a spritzy refreshing finish with light lemon and peach notes. The tart flavors are somewhat difficult to describe and pick apart, but the flavor is complex and layered.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Body is bolstered by the wheat. Quite refreshing.

A fantastic example of a hard to find style, though I have to imagine that this is not as tart as the original berliner weisses, as those are generally described as bracingly sour, but it is tart, refreshing, and all around pretty awesome. Also has some nice yeast/bacteria notes in the aroma and flavor as well.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review dated 5/18/2009.

Bottle at City Beer in SF, first I’ve rated of the style I think. Golden color with a white head and high carbonation apparent. Aroma of wheat and lemon/other sour fruits. Flavor of wheat with lemony tartness and sour grapes and apples. Sharp, crisp palate with a pleasant astringency. Not too sour. Refreshing.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Was careful not to dump the yeast into the glass. Good sized white head, no lacing. Nice looking summer beer. Didn't have any raspberry or woodruff syrup to add so I drank it as is.

Smells distinctly like a wheat beer. No lactic sourness. Definitely not a rich smelling beer at all, but clean and seems like it would be refreshing.

The taste is excellent. It's like a lighter version of a wheat beer where the typical clove flavors are downplayed and made far more palatable. I've noticed other wheat beers that have an unpleasant sourness to them, but this style thankfully uses that sourness to its advantage. Yes the acidity is noticeable but it is not overwhelming and serves to offset the flavors perfectly. Very lemony. A slight bittering finish caps off a great tasting beer.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Light summer beers that are good are really hard to come by. This and Russian River's Redemption are my top 2.

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