Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Berliner Weisse
3.95 | pDev: 12.15%
Oct 23, 2019
Feb 14, 2011
Very Good
Notes: This is our interpretation of the traditional German Lichtenhainer Weisse style – a pale, sour, and smokey wheat ale. Beechwood smoked malt contributes a subtle bacon/ham aroma, followed by substantial lactic tartness backed up by doughy, grainy wheat. Prost!

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Rated: 4.06 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4 by HeartofMiami from Florida

Jan 20, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Sep 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled 1/15/15

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that disappears to leave nothing behind

S- aroma is an intriguing mix of smoked wood, giving notes of pork, along with lacto tartness that brings some lemony aromas. Finishes with some floral notes

T- smoke and sour are a perfect combination; light woody and smoky notes up front give faint flavors of smoked pork and peat moss, Mid-palate gives lemon lacto tartness that sends a light pucker to the mouth, the finish tastes of doughy bread, toasted wheat, with a linger of more smoke

M- light body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry tart, puckering finish

O- this was delicious, the mix of smoke and sour keep me wanting more after every sip, please can this!!!!
Aug 30, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by RyeSoSerious from Texas

Jun 22, 2016
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2012 vintage. Bomber poured into a matching Westbrook snifter. The brew appears a clear golden color with a large white cap more than 2 fingers tall that fades holding with a coating supported by constantly streaming carbonation.

The aroma is smoked but just enough to let you know its there. Lemony lacto sits tight underneath bringing out a mild fruity aspect.

The taste is tart and lemony with a greek yogurt feel and then a slight smokiness. Slight fruity notes before a dry grain character.

This is light in body with ample lively carbonation. Crisp and super enjoyable. What a fucking beer, well done Westbrook.
Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by BDeibs from Colorado

Dec 11, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Dec 11, 2015
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from 650 mL bottle into a Russian River tulip.

A: Hazy dark yellow with lots of visible carbonation and a big, two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Lactic tartness, wheat grist, mild barbecue briquette smoke and a touch citric acid.

T: Follows the nose. Lactic acid, lemony tart, and ashy smoke (smoke isn't overwhelming but it does have a mild band-aid quality), then light cracker malt and wheat husk. It finishes with more smoke and citric tartness. Quite dry at the end.

M: Light body, minimal alcohol presence, and good carbonation sensation.

O: I'm not a big fan of this one, but I think it's a pretty good example of style. I'd estimate a score of 3.40 to my personal preference. Scores entered are mine as rated to style.
Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
650 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Clear golden with a small white head Smells meaty and acidic. Smells more savory than smokey. Lemon tartness and then it gets meaty. Almost salty and hammy. Grainy throughout and pretty sour. Light body with high carbonation. Fascinating flavor that I didn't think I would like. Nice surprise.
Sep 15, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by Magery from Kentucky

Sep 11, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by crobinso from Colorado

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by ghirsh from Virginia

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 4 by cultclassic89 from Texas

Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by dgilks from Australia

Jul 10, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Jul 10, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No date under where it says "Bottled On."

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Simultaneous waft of cherrywood smoke and moderate tart aroma.

T- Taste folows closely to the aroma with a semi-tart onset that abruptly turns to a firm smokiness. The smoke lingers in the aftertaste and is sweeter than the smoke I'm used to being in rauchbiers. Definitely tastes like bacon and cured ham...and hot dogs! That's really the main taste you get from this, especially after multiple sips.

M- Dry with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Took me a while to pinpoint it, but this beer definitely tastes the most like hot dogs than any other I've had. It's pretty much the main component while the tartness provides some complexity to keep it from being too one-sided. I'm not usually a fan of smoked beers but this one isn't too smoky and the smoke that is there has a different characteristic than the usual "campfire" variety.
Jun 09, 2015
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Rated by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Just an okay beer, in my opinion.
May 31, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 17, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by Thedrizzle from Florida

May 10, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by chillin from Indiana

May 10, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

May 04, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by kristougher from North Carolina

Apr 22, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by potion from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Zach136 from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hazy toasted yellow no head

Aroma and flavor are bacon and ham doused with lemon juice. Vinegar based BBQ sauce in smoked meat. Really cool balance of sour and smoke.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, no harsh lingering flavors from the smoke. Very approachable and well done! Don't know if it's true to style, because this is the first I've ever had. I love it regardless.
Apr 07, 2015
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked this up in Colorado

Pours an effervescent gold with a sliver of cream colored head. Above average lacing, below average head retention

S: Sourness, smokeyness,

T: Tartness, smokeyness, sourness & grapefruit up front. More tartness as this warms, slight lemon citric notes, pears cherries & dryness as this warms. Finishes tart, moreish with faint smokeyness & grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation

Very drinkable, the smokeyness is restrained enough to make this something I could stay on a while
Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 4.69 by JavierGC from Spain

Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 4.32 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Mar 13, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by egrace84 from Illinois

Mar 13, 2015
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Reviewed by Duff27 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A- Cloudy light peach/pink and color body. Cap and collar.

S- Smells to me like Sweet Baby Rays, yum. Wish the aroma would be in my nostrils forever.

T- Smoke turns to sour. Tarty but not too sour. Highly drinkable.

M- Prickly carbonation, medium mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- Really really enjoyed this one. In theory this sounded delicious to me and Westbrook delivers. Would love taking a bomber down myself on a hot summer evening. Thanks Zuidman!
Mar 13, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by Zuidman from Illinois

Mar 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jaswilson2 from South Carolina

Mar 08, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by SimcoeKid from California

Mar 08, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by Bhoward0698 from Kentucky

Mar 07, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by jshusc from South Carolina

Mar 03, 2015
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