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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #447
Ranked #12,630
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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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Dec 09, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Nov 24, 2014
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Apr 30, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Oct 17, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Oct 21, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/8/14.

Pours a murky honey yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, wheat, fruit, salt, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, salt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense sourness that I wasn't expecting, but it actually detracts from the drinkability a bit for me.

Serving type: can.

Dec 05, 2014
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BrentLepping from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

I'm surprised at the amount of mediocre reviews. Fantastic take on a BW, especially if you like em' with heavy Lacto and very sour. Maybe a tad too sweet, but again, hits the style on the head and has terrific smell, feel and taste from top to bottom.

Oct 30, 2014
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a flute

A- A hazy golden straw color with a three finger white head.

S- Tart, lacto, some wheat, bready malts, underwhelming.

T- Much better than the nose, tart lemon, some wheat and pale malts, touch of funk, some lacto in the finish.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, light body.

O- Not the best Berliner I have tried, but I am very happy that I was able to pick this up. Nose is fairly weak, but the taste is not.

Jul 27, 2014
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BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A little too tart for me.

Aug 06, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Evil Twin's Nomader Weisse a few days ago at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer and since i'm in the mood for something sour tonight I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Canned 12/23/14. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. it poured a hazy pale yellow color that took on more of a brighter golden orange color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a big sour lemon aroma being the first to show up and it's a little similar to lemon juice. Up next comes the malts with some grainy wheat aromas seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a good aroma and it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with those big sour lemon aspects still being the first to show up and it imparts a lower amount of high sourness. Up next comes that same grainy wheat aspect that I got in the aroma with a some doughy aromas showing up in the background. On the finish there's a little bit of linger sourness with some lemon and grainy wheat flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the sourness seemed to be at just the right level.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, a little acidic, a little crisp, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it's work well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in a Berliner Weiss and I think it would make for a good beer to enjoy in the summer time. This beer has nice drinkability, it's smooth, a little refreshing, a little acidic, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think the acidity would prevent me from drinking more than one. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just a nice true example of the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, I wish the head and lacing were better. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sour beer and especially if you like the style. All in all i was happy with this beer, it just what I was in the mood for and i think it's nice that more breweries are making this style. This is one of the better Evil Twin beers i've had and I think it's above average for the style. Good job guys this is a tasty and refreshing beer, keep up the hard work.

Mar 13, 2015
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ThaJokerWild from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 11, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Aug 15, 2015
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KG710 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 18, 2014
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sendbeer from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 16, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Jun 13, 2014
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grittybrews from Washington

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

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.

Jun 13, 2016
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Totbot from New York

4/5  rDev +2%

Jul 20, 2014
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

Aug 05, 2014
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Saviour from Russian Federation

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 25, 2015
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shirtless_mike from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Sep 01, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

Aug 27, 2014
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2017
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_morandi_ from California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 17, 2014
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2015
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