100% Brett Barrel Fermented Lichtenhainer Weisse | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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100% Brett Barrel Fermented Lichtenhainer Weisse100% Brett Barrel Fermented Lichtenhainer Weisse
BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jsanford on 11-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
9
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
17.91%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
7
For Trade:
4
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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage consumed immediately after trying the base beer to this. Poured into a matching Westbrook snifter, it appears a clear golden orange with white cap. Stunning in its color and clarity with spotty lace.

Aroma is kinda all over the place. I cant quite tell if its the smoke, brett or barrel but there is a hint of plastic to the nose then vinous and dry oakiness.

Taste is sour, actually quite a bit more sour than the base version with not as noticeable or enjoyable smoke character but instead a strange muted aspect mingled with dry brett accent and faint barrel.

Its a light bodied brew with moderate to lighter carbonation. Per the style, I would have liked a little more carb but as is no complaints. Its a good brew, just maybe too much going on that doesnt totally work together. I greatly prefer the base version.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in my new Westbrook glassware. Thank you Brad!

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with over an inch of white head after an aggressive pour. The head hisses and disappears completely within seconds. The aroma brings campfire smoke, a la German rauchbiers. Tart lemons, juice, grass. The wine barrel certainly adds presence to the aroma, but this aspect of the beer shines more in the flavor. So many interesting things happening here. It's quite a feat to marry these bold and complex characteristics and have everything cooperate this well. An unusual take on a Berliner. I applaud Westbrook for making the most interesting beer (that actually tastes good) that I've had in quite some time.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of hoodoyoubelongto
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Had sampled the non-brett version last St. Patrick's day and really enjoyed it but this one took it to a whole new level. Interesting, slightly bacony taste reminiscent of the non-brett beer yielded way to intense sour flavor. Mouth puckering goodness. Westbrook is doing good things with sours.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 2-finger fizzy, white head that dissipates in seconds. No lacing. At first, the beer was slightly hazy and had tons of bubbles. Then, I got some yeast into the glass making the beer very cloudy.

S – Lots of aromas going on here with definite sour acidity, faint grapes and raspberries, smoky and almost meaty malt, and a nice, subtle amount of musty Brett.

T – It starts off tart with subtle shades of raspberries and grapes. Tartness builds until mid-taste where smoky malt tinged with salty ham begins to take over. There’s a bit of musty Brett at the very finish.

F – Light-bodied with lots of carbonation, a mouth-coating and tart but crisp mouthfeel, and a dry and slightly musty, earthy finish. Smoky tartness lingers for a bit and is much more pleasant than it sounds.

O – This is a nice and unique Berliner weissbier. I’ve never had the original Lichtenhainer, but from what I can tell from the reviews, most of the elements are still present. The additions of Brett and ageing in wine barrels seem like they may have added some nice mustiness, dryness, and fruitiness. Overall, I think this is a very nice brew and I’m glad I picked this one up.

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100% Brett Barrel Fermented Lichtenhainer Weisse from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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