Berliner Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Berliner LagerBerliner Lager

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jack's Abby Berliner Lager has a remarkable appearance. Near colourless, it's a straw-like complexion that is as pale as Champagne - and it also has the bubbles to match! Seriously, put it in the proper glass and no one would know it wasn't actually sparkling white wine. The extremely light tone is accompanied by a milky haziness. A simply remarkable sight.

Head retention may be nil but those fizzy bubbles refuse to quit; this is a very effervescent beer. Indeed, in more ways than one - sharp lactic tartness pierces through the nostrils with soft wheat grain notes and a gentle flowery hoppiness there to patch them back up. A mild Brettanomyces presence ensures it smells as unique and vivacious as it looks.

No one can claim to truly understand the word 'refreshing' until they've tried a Berliner Weiss (especially on a warm, sunny day). Prickly carbonation, spiky acidity, and a toppling tartness ripple over the palate in a quenching wheat-enveloped wave. A fairly plump breadiness blunts some of the sourness but the presence of Lactobacillus is still razor-sharp.

I understand why it's customary for many Berliners to enjoy this beer sweetened with fruity or herbal syrups. It's a good combo. But me I love sourness for what it is: the tongue-curling lemon juice flavour, the Sahara-like dryness that completely dehydrates any aftertaste, and the way it leaves your palate puckering yet yearning for more. Such wonderful sensations are products of nature, not man.

Still, brewing a Berliner Weiss takes a few special steps which require skilled hands - obviously Jack's Abby is more than adept. For reasons entirely unclear to me, the style has yet to catch on and sightings can be few and far between. As result, it's become a sort of sacred treat I reserve for those days so sunny you're happy just to be alive. And indeed this one fit the bill.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of irrevjim
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a bottle to a pint tulip
look; golden yellow straw with a hint of cloudiness and plenty of bubbles, 1/4" white foamy head that thins to a covering, a little lacing
smell; lemon cookie, yeast, hint of funk, very mild, subtle
taste; nice delicate light malt, hint of lemon and yeast, mildly sour finish
feel; crisp clean refreshing light bodied, nicely carbonated, maybe more than needed
overall; a very enjoyable berliner-ish lager, light but nicely balanced with subtle, clean flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersilio
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MPPHISH
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours out a clear pale gold. Streams of rising bubbles. Once the sediment is added, it's a hazy pale gold, with a thin, sticky bone white head that dies away fairly fast, but leaves splotchy lacing. Looks like champagne with a head.

S: Massive lactic tartness with dry, vinous qualities. Huge white grape, green apple skin, lemon peel. There's also just a touch of cracker, wheat, honey, and straw. Very much white wine, champagne-like.

T: More mild, but still tart and fruity. Green apples, but also more like red apples. More white and green grape with some lemon. In the middle, there's cracker, honey, straw, wheat, and general graininess. A nice kiss of light sweetness. There's a green apple candy and white wine note. Reminds one so much of champagne or carbonated apple juice.

F: Very light, kinda watery, but nice bubbly carbonation. Super refreshing.

O: A very nice surprise. The aroma is better than the taste, but it's still great. It's like champagne and carbonated apple juice as a crisp summer refresher. Very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mbmiche
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Denzo
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IIPAHOP
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Great taste. Light on the color and light on the taste. Fairly decent for a small town brewery. Starting to be supplied in the outlining towns stores. Definitely would get more.

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