NOMADer WEISSE | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by dbrauneis on 04-18-2014

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Reviews by dorianmarley:
Photo of dorianmarley
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy yellow with a head that very quickly fades.

Nose is dense like a sweet fruit jam, with lemon and malt.

Taste is sherry vinegar and sour candy. Light malt. Simple but fantastic.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, with steady carbonation.

Overall, this would be a great beer to pair with cheese and fruit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Scouring the landscape in search for brewery downtime to fit in a brew session for themselves, the name is fitting for these wandering brewers. But finding favor with the northern German style seems right up their alley!

Nomader Weisse treats these Evil Twin brewers well as the lemony-stained body meets the tart lemon and lime character that carries its nose. Nearly mouthwatering to the scent, faint whiffs of grain and sugar give rise to the citrus fruit but doing so with a slight musty and sea-like earthiness.

Once the ale hit the tongue a quick procession goes from playful tartness and subtle bread sweetness to full-on acute sourness midway thorough the taste. Sour grapes, lemon peels, lime zest, crabapples and under-ripened berry all frame the sour palate while those earthen wafts keep on coming- salty brine, musty citrus and clean acidity provokes an effortless finish.

Its palate-stripping sourness refreshes the palate with ease and provides a light body and crisp texture. With a quick echo of wheat bread, the beer dissolves from the mouth with utter ease. It's a masterful taste with powerful sourness that never lingers or fatigues the palate. Perfect for hot summer days. I wish this was one of those.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Berliner Weissbiers out there on the market!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art and minimalist label design purchased at a CO bottle shop and served cold into a goblet at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

Reviewed live as a Berliner weisse per the label. 4% ABV. Brewed at Westbrook. Distributed by twelve percent LLC.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Not real creamy or thick, unfortunately, but it's full enough. Fizzy and effervescent. Has a decent complexion and consistency. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Hazy orange-yellow of above average vibrance. Mellow and attractive. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears unfiltered.

Seems well-carbonated. It's a good looking Berliner weisse.

AROMA: Tart fruit: mellow peach and apricot, with a guiding lemony citrus twang. Fresh and inviting, with crisp wheat aromatics. Clean yet alive. Sourness is maybe a 1-2 out of 10 in terms of intensity judging by the aroma. There's also a brief yeasty funkiness. Hop profile is minimal, but evokes complementary fruit and floral notes. I can't wait to try it.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is average for the style.

TASTE: Surprisingly sour and smacky on the palate, actually, with a luscious lactobacillus bacterial presence and a subtle yeasty funkiness (but not brettanomyces-induced). It's refreshingly tart, evoking hints of peach and apricot alongside the dominant but mellow citrusy lemon twang. Not overly zesty. I'd say the sourness is about a 3/10 in intensity.

As it warms, a more tropical fruit character emerges - led by mango, and I notice a briney note of salty sea air. Green crabapple also emerges, complementing the already present cutting tart sourness.

Overall, it's very well balanced and built, with plenty of complexity - at least, relative to the style - and surprising depth. But it never tastes quite like a gestalt build; there's room for improvement, and while cohesive, it doesn't exceed the sum of its parts. I do quite like it, and the sourness is a highlight.

TEXTURE: Soft, smooth, wet, clean, and smacky. Delightfully acidic. Easily one of the most refreshing beers I've ever tasted, with a shockingly light presence on the palate and a quenching mouthfeel. Not at all thick or syrupy, but also not weak or watery. Light-bodied and enjoyable. The smackiness of the palate coaxes out the nuances of the fruity flavours.

OVERALL: I could quaff this by the pitcher. It's obscenely drinkable, and nails the (traditional interpretations of the) style. Very enjoyable, but pricey at $2.99 a can. A worthwhile Berliner weisse from Evil Twin, and a beer I'd recommend to friends. Very well executed stuff, and worthy of mention in any discussion about the best Berliner weissen available today.

High B

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Photo of superspak
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/17/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. No lacing on the glass, and a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, white vinegar, wheat, bread, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/lactic yeast and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart lemon, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, white vinegar, wheat, bread, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, white vinegar, wheat, bread, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/lactic yeast and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very nice Berliner weisse style. All around good robustness and complexity of fruity/funky/lactic yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i think i prefer this to the nomader wit, that was a bit boring, but this one is not without its flaws either. a real quick lacto kettle sour on the nose, funky and apple forward, just sour enough in the aroma. the wheat malt feels heavy even in this really light beer, and the stinky souring process is not matured out of this beer, its gross to those who are unaware how these beers are made. i get a green apple character in here that im not all the way in love with, and a heavier feel because its so cloudy and raw. the carbonation is also below average for the style, i like these to be a bit brighter in that aspect, so this one was a weird beer. a session style that i only want one of. not too often that happens with me.

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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Guden
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- slightly hazy pale white/yellow with no head.

S- light aromas of toasted breakfast cereal, a little bit of yogurty lactic tang not much else.

T- fairly clean sour wheat with very light fruitiness and cereal graininess, a moderate level of tartness, and a touch of funky off character.

M- extremely dry, lightly carbonated, fairly refreshing

O- a bit of an underwhelming sour, especially at this rice point. One dimensional towards the tartness with only the mild breakfast cereal character giving any complexity. Could definitely stand some increased esters or funk. That said, it's an easy drinker and the six pack shouldn't last long as the days get warmer.

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Photo of henryclay_
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow color with decent head. Taste is sour lemon tartness. A nice, light, and summary weisse beer. First beer from the brewery that makes me want more.

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Photo of Torey
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of chossboss
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RC_Saunders
1.8/5  rDev -54%
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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Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed from the 12 oz can at first, then into a tumbler pint. Poured that typical straw color with significant haze. Decent tart aroma, notes of lemon grass and grain. Taste is a little weaker than expected. A quick blast of tartness and a residual sweetness. Some back-end notes of rough grains. Easy to crush body and a sticky mouthfeel. This is a good interpretation of the style but it's lacking compared to some other standouts like Weiss Trash Culture and Fierce.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a June 2014 date stamp.
Pours hazy copper-amber with a sizable bubbly head.

Mild aroma even after the head dies down.

Strong tart flavor with a fruitiness dominated by lemon. Bready and yeasty aspects too.

Juicy body. Fine lively carbonation.

O: a bold and very flavorful 4% ABV beer.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DeadHead003
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nomader Weisse is the pale yellow color I expect it to be, and just as clouded. The head is pure white, sitting firm at a full finger's height and falling slowly, leaving behind good patching as it does.
This one is tart, showing off the funky sourness all the way through. It's downright puckering, very lemony with a bit of must in the nose that translates to drier grains in the flavor, lots of acidity coming through. It's continuously mouth-watering wh8ile balancing against the acidic dryness. It goes mildly briny in the middle, almost like a Gose, but the sourness is never really cut. The only real issue here is that, in going for such strong sourness and heavy acidity, it takes something away from a style that's intended to display a certain softness as well. Still, well done overall.
The feel is refreshing even with the acidic nature, not harsh to drink at all. The body is a little stronger than the light, soft texture it should display, but not overdone much. It keeps up a good dryness on the palate even with the juiciness.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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NOMADer WEISSE from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 500 ratings