Tart Attack
NoDa Brewing Company

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Berliner Weisse
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This Berliner Weisse style sour ale is full of character and flavor at only 4.3% alcohol by volume. We sour mashed this ale and allowed the souring lactobacillus to create a lovely tart and bright flavor. To further the tart character, we rested it on blackberries after its fermentation was complete. The result is a bright and complex tart ale with both semisweet and dry notes throughout. This ale was brewed to honor Pints for Prostates and all their work in bringing awareness to prostate cancer. So men... get tested, live longer and enjoy more craft beer!
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A cool Berliner type, more malty than others and it shows in the color. Fizzy head and feel keeps it appropriately light with its low abv too. Really drinkable, less sour than it is just a little puckery. A mouthwatering beer that has some fruity notes beyond the usual lacto lemon finish they style often produces. Pear and even peach come to mind from the smell and taste. Finish is dry for a split second before the pucker comes rushing back. A very cool palate experience. Seems like everyone wants to make sour beer these days, and this is a logical style to start with. I like how different it is, but it lacks the depth and overall quality of the best in the game.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear rosé/champagne in color with a moderate amount of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rather quickly and some faint peach highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest, light fruit/green apple, and lacto sourness over the top of very light aromas of wheat.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of slightly sour wheat with a light flavor of black raspberries/blackberries. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of citrus/lemon zest and light fruit/green apple. Finally there is a light amount of lacto sourness that is very subtle but present.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very refreshing and super easy to drink - extremely enjoyable on this hot muggy summer evening. I wish there was a slightly stronger presence of blackberries/black raspberries but this was a great beer and I would gladly grab another if I could find it. Sessionable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Tart attacks are the leading cause of death among the non-sour-inclined (sour-declined?). Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunset straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, lacto sour, light cracked wheat, and a touch of green apple. The taste brings in more of the same, now with some berries, though I'm getting more of a tart blue raspberry thing instead of blackberry. Tartness is in nice effect, not too much puckering, but it's definitely obvious. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice Berliner, though I think I would have liked to see some more blackberry action. That said, I'd drink this stuff again without hesitation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pale lemon color infused with a touch of pink; the modest head fades quickly, leaving very little lacing behind

Smell: Lactic, with wheat grain, green apple and berry tones

Taste: Lactic sourness mingles with the green apple and berry tones; the wheat bread flavor persists, underneath; the finish is rather watery

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A bit limited in the flavor department, but still quite refreshing

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a bright, yellow orange. The body is very milky, yet the beer still seems to glow and shimmer. This beer sat on blackberries for a period of time and I am surprised that the color was not influenced by that. No purple or reddish hues whatsoever. Is this an omen? An aggressive pour yields minimal head and zero lacing.

S-The aroma is lacto-tart. There is a graininess to it as well. Quite wheaty. Not picking up much blackberry influence here which is quite disappointing. It's mostly a combo of dried wheat and lactic tartness.

T-The flavor is again, prominently lacto tartness. The wheat is also very important to the flavor profile. I really wanted more blackberry. It gets fruitier as it warms and it's clearly tart but I don't get much authentic blackberry flavor. Cereal and sour milk (somehow a compliment). Gets better and fruitier as it warms.

M-Has more body than I was expecting; it is still light, though. Bubbles are very prickly and numerous. Quite quaffable.

O/D-If I didn't know that this beer rested on blackberries I would have liked it more. The blackberry addition has been a negative for me. I want more blackberry. If I was told this was a straightforward Berliner I would probably give it a higher grade. Yet, when you add an excellent fruit to a beer, I need to taste said fruit or else it was not as much of a success.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, Summer 2013
Boulevard tulip

A: Pours a clear light yellow orange. Slight haze. Bright white head that lingers around. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Some fruit. Some lactic. Kind of disappointing. Cereal grains.

T: Cereal grains. Some lactic tartness. Not getting tons of fruit. Really simple. Finish is dry.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Noda

Pours a slightly hazy pinkish gold with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of light citrusy grassy malts and tart cherries.

Tastes of sour cherry and apple with light grassy malts and tart lemon acidity.

Light body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Fantastic for the style, definitely worth trying for fans of sours, particularly the increasingly rare BWs. Not going to appeal to some folks, but that's just because of the uniqueness of the style. For what it is, this beer is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: an orangish and strawy yellow color. quite hazy and with next to no head with nothing that sticks around

Smell: really wheaty, kind of musky wheat. some tartness. comes off in a bit of a weird musky fashion.

Taste: opens up with a wheat base that is blended with a tart green apples. some slight muskiness but nothing quite like the smell

Mouthfeel: tart and light. not quite refreshing

Overall: the muskiness is a bit off putting. but overall the flavor isn't too bad

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at the brewery

Served in a pint - pale body with rose hues, some fizzy carbonation. Definitely on the low-end of the tartness scale for the style, and especially given the 'tart attack' label. Some clear notes of raspberry and blackberry - would make a logical summer smasher, but as a berliner weiss, this kind of stinks.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Extremely pale and clear. Pinkish hue. No head.

Smell - Faintly acidic. Grainy and a slight fruit. Nothing that I'd call blackberry.

Taste - Grain more than anything. Minimal fruitiness. Slightly sour.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Minimal sourness and, really, flavor.

Overall - Not exciting, but not bad.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, very light, rose-gold coloring with a filmy, white surface coating of head. Nose of tart cherry, sugar, and toasted grains. Flavors are fruity forward, with a solid tart and subtle sourness on a crisp, light body. Berry and melon fruit characteristics throughout. Clean, crisp finish after a tart, tangy sweet aftertaste. Light overall, but tasty.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear pink hue with 1/4 inch bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Interesting...kinda like a fizzy pink lemonade.
S: Tart blackberries, soda (sugary carbonation), hint of sour blueberry cream.
T: Tart blackberries and blueberries abound. Sour fruit notes less apparent than the tart ones. Fairly straightforward, but very well done.
M: Super light body. Some carbonated effervescence tickles the tongue. Tart, sour, with a dry finish.
D: An extremely drinkable/sessionable brew. Would love to have this at an early summer picnic. A focused beer in that it does not try to do too much and instead excels at what it does offer. Very enjoyable. Seek it out!

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Photo of starshockey9
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice light color with an orange pinkish hue. Small head that dissapates quickly.

S: Has that wheaty aroma with some tartness in the nose.

T: Wow! This is where you get blown away. This is only my second Berliner weisse but this one is fantastic. Nice tart upfront that's not overpowering like a wild ale then has that wheat like character mellowing out the tartness. Nice berry taste finishing out.

M: With the berry taste at the end that coats your mouth, it makes you want another sip. Speaking of which, allow me to take another while I'm talking about it.

O: As I said it's only my second Berliner weisse but this one certainly won't be my last. This is such a top notch beer. Highly suggest trying this one if you can!

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Photo of stealth
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a teku glass for maximum enjoyment.

A: Pours a hazy peach, lots of lively carbonation rising up the sides of the glass for a while until the thin, fizzy off-white head dissipates.

S: Standard berliner tart lactic wheat nose on this one. Not really picking up any of the blackberries that this brew sat on.

T: Strong lactic tartness from start to finish, offset slightly by a berry sweetness from the blackberries. Wheaty finish. Very bright flavor.

M: Super dry, super crisp, puckering. Leaves your mouth salivating for more. Exactly what I want from a berliner.

O: This is a a great berliner weisse. So damn tasty and refreshing. The tartness level lives up this brew's name. If you are a fan of berliners, or sours in general, you will want to give this one a try.

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Tart Attack from NoDa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 74 ratings