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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #421
Ranked #12,140
3.92 | pDev: 9.69%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Nomads; constantly moving, 'round and 'round; sometimes settle, if just for a bit.

Perhaps the muse moves one to brew a sharp and clean session beer, one inspired by the Berliner-weisse of old, and the nomad rests. Enjoy this beer, here, there, perhaps north of Madison Square Park, in lovely New York City. Wherever you are, this beer was made nice, simply for you.
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Photo of CTHomer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: light malt and a little spice;

T: light malt first, then a nice burst of mildly tart lemon that stays through the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation - a little bit tingly; moderately dry finish;

O: refreshing;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 03, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't normally like sour beers, but I had never tried a Berliner weisse before. The wheat back bone, and the carbonation was so refreshing, reminiscent of a nice lemonade. Got as a part of a craft beer Mystery crate.

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GingerFinn from Ontario (Canada), Mar 27, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Honey yellow and partly cloudy. Tiny bubbles break loose and rise to the top.

S: Soured. It's smells like your own brand. Everyone loves the smell of their own brand, don't they. You just can't take your nose away.

T: Pleasant all over palate, every inch of it. Left right forward, it don't care, it's called Nomader, it goes where it wants.

F: It feels like I'm riding in this car. Get yourself a Nomader Weiss, it's really good.

O: There's the sour. Which has the side effect of improving the carbonation. The wheat malt, filtration, weight of the body, lovely. The low alcohol content is actually a pro--it complements the tart and refreshing character of the brew.

I enjoyed this can greatly. I will have another one.

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Photo of RC_Saunders
1.8/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Maybe bc it’s brewed by Westbrook but it tastes just like Westbrook gose....change my mind.... bought two six packs. One was skunked and tasted like pure crap

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RC_Saunders from North Carolina, Nov 04, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear golden color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light wheat notes is OK. Taste is a pretty simple mix of tart notes with light wheat malt with limited amount of complexities. Body is average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and refreshing beer with limited complexity.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), May 04, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/2 finger of creamy white head that slowly vanishes. Pours golden with a slight haze. Bready nose. Slight tartness. Crisp and clean. Not a lot of depth, but very good nonetheless. Exhibits additional funk as it warms.

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Hoonia from Missouri, Feb 05, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light golden color with white head. Aroma has fermented grains, mostly wheat with lactic tartness. Taste follows with light to medium lactic tartness, lemon, grains, dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Classic, well made, refreshing berliner.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Dec 29, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11/12/16 on the can, got it for a dollar so i figured what the hell.

Light bodied, it smells like Berliner Weiss that had been left on the counter for a year.

Crisp bite with a funky aftertaste. Way better than most beers that I could have gotten for a dollar but it's still a year old and it tastes like it. Glad I finally tried this one; now I want to try it fresh

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MelonLord from Indiana, Dec 27, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the single for around 3 bucks into a mason jar pint.

Looks pretty nice hazy orange with just a 1/4 inch of froth that settles to nothing. Smell is decent some lactic sourness and wheat mild grain. Taste is much better sour lemons and some green apple candies, musty grain and a crisp salty finish. Body is spot on for the taste smooth and easy going.

Perfect summer beer I just so happen to find in the fall sour but not overboard salty sour. I like it!

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Oct 05, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a cloudy, murky copper golden body, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is lemon, zest, mineral, wheat, light lactic acid. Flavour follows; lactic acid, wheat, citrus zest, crisp lemon. Clean, tasty and nothing too spectacular. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, very drinkable but a bit on the light side, good carbonation, not too dry on the finish.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Sep 14, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love the brewer, but this seems tossed off, mainly because...
a) IT's weak on looks. Hazy, mid yellow body, with scant head that disappears, and leave nothing to show.
s) t) Beer smells and tastes of a tart, fruity, gritty and grainy wheat malt, with a bit of brewer concrete, dusty floor, attic, basement, milky sourness, earthy yeast, and musty, dusty, dead flowers in the back of the shop.
f) Finishes dry following a mid-weight, biting, sour feel, with little carbonation.
o) Gotta like sour, and light to drink another. Good with summer salads and raw seafood.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Sep 07, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can - if any brewer can claim the term nomad (and the use of '-er' as a pun), it's this fucking guy.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just fizzy off-white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of a tart, indistinct fruity acidity, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a lesser milky sourness, earthy yeast, and some very subtle musty, herbal, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is sour lacto bacteria, semi-sweet crackery pale malt, an equal to the task grainy wheatiness, tart lemon and green apple fruity notes, a musty yeastiness, saltwater, and more meek leafy, weedy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly wan in its timid-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of the 'ol acridity taking the sheen off of the veneer here. It finishes trending dry, the malt struggling to keep the lingering varied tart and sour esters at bay.

Overall, this is a generally well-wrought version of the style, the mixed acidic character working with the grain and fruit essences to provide a zippy, thirst-quenching summer libation. Good stuff, if this is your go-to sort of thing.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jul 29, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny orange with a pristine off-white froth. Aroma of gum and slightly soured fruit. Notes of perfume are also noticed. Tastes of orange, grapefruit and lemon zest. Slightly tart with faint vanilla in the finish. Light and crisp all the way to the finish line.

fantastic way to help get you through a hot and sunny day.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Jul 27, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Retention is medium-poor; a thin ring remains and spots of lacing are left behind.

S: Enticing lactobacillus tartness, zesty lemon peel and green apple skin, with an underlying malt backbone of cracker, wheat, and hay.

T: A big pop of tartness upfront: lemon zest, sour lemon candy, and a touch of passion fruit. Cracker and hay on the mid-palate. Grows tart again of green apple near the finish, ending crisp, tart, and slightly dry.

F: Light, with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Would be slightly watery, but the sparkling carbonation moves it along the palate fast.

O: An excellent Berliner Weisse! Super crisp and refreshing, and tangibly tart like I like.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw with an impressive head; a few streaks of lacing linger as the head fades away

Smell: Lactic tart tones of sour wheat, green apple and lemon

Taste: Opens with the anticipated lactic tartness; considerable wheat character, with the green apple and lemon building, through the middle; more tartness, after the swallow, but the finish brings on a phenolic, band-aid flavor that I cannot displace

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: But for the phenols, I would have rated this higher

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jul 01, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours nicely and settles with a thin ring of off-white head, stray bits of lacing. Surprisingly cloudy. Bit of brine and salt, aromas of fleshy lemon. Not overly tart, not too salty, but what makes it memorable is the strong grain aftertaste - this isn't a bad thing. Light, fresh mouthfeel makes it a sessionable favorite.

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BubbleBobble from New York, May 24, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White wine glass: 12oz bottle. Evil Twin is one of my favorite breweries hands down. This isn't their most impressive effort, but it's certainly worth drinking, especially with warm weather approaching. As far as Berliner-Weisses go, I appreciate Nomader because it's low-key. It's the appropriate amount of tart and refreshing and without too much of the citrusy tang that can sometimes leave a bad taste in my mouth (e.g. Anderson Valley Gose/Blood Orange Gose). There are better examples of this style for sure, but not too many.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer tartness, green character, and low carbonation reminds me of vino Verde, a Portuguese white wine. It's quite dry, the only thing that makes you notice it's actually a beer it's its grain presence ester yeast presence. Sulfure notes

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Photo of pants678
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy gold body, not much head.

Salty, sharp citrus.

Green apple, wheat, vinegar and acidic. Too sour and musty for me.

Dry, light with a clean finish.

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pants678 from California, Mar 29, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a hazy golden color. The smell is sharply sour with lemon and a wheatiness. The taste is sour/tart beginning to end with lemon and green apple and maybe bitter orange. Very crisp. nb

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SmashAdams from New Jersey, Feb 23, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10/2/16...pours semi-clear gold, very still, no foam. Faint nose, slight saltiness. Lemon citrus sour, sharp tartness. Quite sour, but very smooth. Ends up being filling but still sessionable and tasty,

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Nov 26, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Very hazy pale gold - bordering on murky. A goodly amount of visible carbonation leads to a white fizzly head that forms and disappears just as quickly.

S: Lactic and lemony citric tartness with a wheat malt body that has mild husky character. A touch musty as well.

T: Lactic tart to start, which is drying up front. Some more citric acid, though it's less "fruity" lemon than the nose suggested. A wheat body with only a touch of husk on the tongue takes up the middle before succumbing to the finishing tart dryness from the lactic acid at the end. This leaves the impression that almost seems like the finish of fresh lemonade.

M: Light body, no alcohol flavors detectable. This could maybe use a touch more carbonation for the "champagne" character associated with a lot of Berlinerweisses, but is far from flat.

O: A tasty beer, and cool to have it available in a can. But an absolutely outrageous price for the six-pack (or was it actually a four-pack??), at least at each of my regular bottle shops I checked. I'm not going to entirely blame Evil Twin for that – I've heard their offerings get marked up significantly along the way. For that reason, I'm not likely to buy any more. But this is certainly good if someone gives it to you.

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4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

June 4, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Bright, light gold and hazy at the beginning, though it clears significantly once the carbonation settles. A big foam stand of about two inches-plus, bright white, clears somewhat quickly, leaving soda-like bubbles at the top.

S – Lemon soda with a touch of lime. Spritzy, bright, light, inviting.

T – Lemon soda, hints of lime and tangerine. Highly tart, acidic, somewhat puckering.

M – Very light, bright, spritzy, and refreshing. Carbonation is high and body is light. The tartness is sour, mildly puckering, contrasts well with the scrubbing bubbles. Leaves you wanting more with every sip.

O – I’ve only tried a few interpretations of the Berliner Weisse style, and this one matches the textbook description more closely than any of the others. A perfect summer beer, perfectly executed.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a fizzy, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of tart wheat and some lemon.

Tastes of the tart lemon with plenty of wheat and some grain. Tart fruit notes lead off with lemon zest predominantly featured. This gives way to some wheat and grainy sweetness. Finishes fairly clean with a slight lingering acidity.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, clean, and crisp weissbier.

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ocelot2500 from Maryland, May 28, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz. can
Served in a goblet

Thanks to my friends Pontus, Jess and Octavio for bringing a four pack of this to our dinner party.

Pale straw yellow appearance. Somewhat hazy. The beer was capped by a small, fizzy white cap that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was really interesting. Wheaty and tart. The sour mash was quite noticeable. Slightly musty. A bit funky. Lacto notes were rather apparent. A bit yogurt-like. The mustiness came out more as the beer warmed. Slightly grapey. Muscat grapes were noticeable. Perhaps some Sauvignon Blanc. There was also a briny, salty quality. The wine notes really intensified by the end of the session.

The flavor profile was outstanding. Super crisp and tart yet nicely balanced. Quite wheaty and lemony but not overly sour. Briny and salty as well. White wine was also noticeable. Like in the nose, Sauvignon Blanc came to mind. Strawberry notes were detectible. The beer was anchored by a slightly sweet, crackery malt backbone. The finish was tart and remarkably clean. Lemon notes lingered.

Solid mouthfeel. The beer was fuller bodied for the style and highly effervescent. Fluffy and frothy. Once the liquid settled on the palate, it turned slick and smooth. Even though this beer did not taste overly sour, by the drink's end I felt as if the enamel was being stripping from my teeth. The sugars in the beer left a lemon candy-like flavor on my lips.

Berliner Weissebier's are typically refreshing and highly quaffable, and this beer was all that plus super flavorful and complex. This will likely occupy a regular spot in my fridge this summer.

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Damian from Massachusetts, May 17, 2016
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