Lichtenhainer | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

4 IBU

Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Photo of jsanford
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. As a huge Berliner Weisse fan, this is one I've been looking forward to. Basically a smoked Berliner Weisse.

Pours a cloudy golden straw with a thin white head. Aromas and flavors of toasted grain, lemon peel, wheat, and green apples with a subtle hit of smoke and a lovely lactic tartness that works so well with the smoke. Incredibly crisp and refreshing with a thin body and sharp carbonation. This was my absolute favorite beer of the day, and possibly one of my favorite beers ever. This needs to be brewed full-time, year-round!

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Photo of marvin213
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of JavierGC
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of EConnOG
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HuaiDan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: Had on tap:

appearance: cloudy yellow almost lemonade like, with 1 finger white snowy head,

smell: BACON, tart acidic, apple, wheat,

taste: tart sour apples, bacon, smoke, wheat,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: probably the most unique berliner I've ever had. And so glad to give this one a try. Can't wait to try it in bottle form in the upcoming year.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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!!!!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a wispy head that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Bready, tart and slightly smoky

Taste: As it smells, tart and bready, up front, with a gentle smoky character that develops, mid-palate, and becomes more discernable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Really interesting take on the style (wouldn't expect anything less from Westbrook); very refreshing in the hot weather

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Modernartblues for this bottle.

A: A bit of a gusher upon opening - even fully refrigerated - and the extra foam shows up in even a careful pour as a huge white head atop a clear, bright gold body. Retention is good, but the lacing is a little weak for such a big head.

S: Sourdough bread, light smoke, and lemon juice. Just what the label promised.

T: Sharp lactic tartness up front, followed by some toasty, smoky malt. Dry, clean, puckering finish. Each sip gets more sour and less smoky. I'm a fan.

M: Thin and spritzy. Appropriate enough for the style, I suppose, but less than ideal.

O: This one was bizarre, but in a very good way. The sour and smoky notes went surprisingly well together, and it was by far the most drinkable and refreshing smoked beer I've ever had. As much as I enjoy Rauchbiers I always find them a challenge to drink in any quantity, but this I could quaff at length. Really good stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of modernartblues
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sweatervest27
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Craigory
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacQ32
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a golden hazy straw color with 2+ fingers of white head. Decent retention and lacing

S - tons of smokey aromas. Tobacco and light puckering lemon aromas. Incredibly incredibly smokeyo

T - puckering sourness. Wow. Transitions into lightly salted Smokey ESS hint of tobacco

M - light bodied extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Pretty well carbonated

O - light puckering sour with heavy smokyness

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Lichtenhainer from Westbrook Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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