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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #226
Ranked #6,508
4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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grover37 from District of Columbia

2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle at home, about 3 years old. Cellared this one for a couple of years as it had limited carb. Smells like sweet apple juice. Flavor is better but still like a flat uninteresting cider. This is really bad.

Aug 28, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Mildly hazy light gold to yellow with a thin to nonexistent head. A decent amount of visible carbonation overall, but it's low for the style.

S: Not a big aroma, nor a particularly appealing one. Light lactic tartness; cracker malts with a bigger-than-desired grainy character. Light lemony citric acid as well.

T: Light lactic tartness, cracker and less pilsner malts, and a big shot of graininess again. Mild lemon tartness. A very mild earthy funk near the swallow, which otherwise is a light drying acidic finish.

M: A very light body, light even for style. No alcohol to speak of. Carbonation sensation again is decent but on the low side for style.

O: This isn’t a terrible beer, but I think it’s the worst beer I’ve had from Prairie. Not tart enough, no flavor additives, and no depth of sour nor funk to make it interesting. Any one of those would help significantly. There's nothing here to carry the beer, and it ends up underwhelming, nearly bland, and certainly forgettable.

Aug 04, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 7/29/16; drank 9/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head; minimal lace.

Honeyed wheat & mildly tart lemon notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Honeyed wheat flavors up front; mild lemon tartness & faint soda carbonation on the finish.

Pretty flavorless; drinkable but very forgettable.

Jul 23, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a light golden yellow that's a little hazed topped by a finger of white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of pleasant creamy wheat with some lemony sourness. Standard berliner aroma
T: Taste is a nice lactic sourness up front with some lemon, nice creamy wheat in the middle with a slight mineral note. Swallow is more lemony sourness with some nice lingering creamy wheat.
M: This beer is fairly light in body but it is not watery. Carbonation is somewhat effervescent but it is not prickly. The acidity gives this beer a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice berliner. Very true to style with that nice pale wheat flavor along with a pleasant amount of tartness. This is definitely one to try if you like the style and can find it.

Oct 06, 2018
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, listed as 3.9%

I first get simple malts, then citrus, in the aroma.

It a has a powerful sour puckering mouth- feel, yet not over the limits for me.

The flavor is nothing to write home about, yet still good. I get wheat, some citrus, with an interesting finish; light, and in a sense, refreshing!

I have had 3 - 4 for these over the course of a year, and at first I didn't care that much for it: my first impression was that it was different, and overall not bad. It is now over a year since I purchased it, so perhaps the age on the beer itself is what improved it, I don't know. Perhaps it is because I have had a few more sours since then. I definitely like it now, especially for it's super-low ABV of 3.9%. This is a great flavorful experience at a much lover ABV then the 8 - 10% heavy hitting beers I am used to drinking.

Apr 25, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on June 10, 2017. Look is clear bright gold with a thick white bubbly head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is sour citrus. Feel is light in body. A good representation of the style.

Jun 10, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfiltered golden color with a good sized head that goes away quickly. Smells very funky with lemon and other citrus. Taste is sour, lemon, grape, etc. very good sour.

Apr 10, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bright yellow orange color with a thick, white head about two fingers deep and dissipated away rapidly. Interesting note that it sounded like pouring a soda and the head faded just as quickly. Smell is lemon and wheat. Taste is tart, green apple and lemon primarily, fading into a wheat flavor. Sour throughout the beer. Lighter body beer that leaves the palate fairly quickly. Overall it's a nice, light beer that took me a little by surprise at how sour it was but once I got used to that the flavors really stood out.

Apr 07, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fruit/lemon, wheat and very woody/dry. The flavor is wheat, sour fruit, lemon and a mix of mild sweetness and very light lactic in the finish.

Mar 15, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Slightly off lemon, some fruity notes, faint bready sourness, and fairly strong and lightly sharp lacto sourness.

A: Bright golden, totally clear, with a mostly uniform white head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

T: Light lemon upfront front, fairly fruity, faintly bready wheat, with a moderate and slightly sharp sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer has great clarity and is refreshing, but has a slightly off lemon note and a slightly sharp lacto sourness that could be improved.

Mar 05, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a tulip. Pours a clear dull but deep gold, decent thin crown of eggshell head that fades fairly quickly. This is straight-up and right down the middle for Berliner weisse. Substantial lactic acidity married to some green apple and light citrus notes, a hint of pepper and salt (but not more than a hint), and some nice wheaty twang. Not quite as much oaky woody depth as some of the better versions I've had recently, but this is very nice.

Mar 02, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about a finger of white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A funky and tart aroma of zesty fruit and acid. Upfront scent of funk and tartness along with lactic acid. Fruit scent of lemon zest, green apple, apricot, white grape, and pear. Malt scent of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker with yeast. A very nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, tart, and zesty Weisse taste with notes of fruit and acid. Good funky and tart presence of lactic acid upfront. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, green apple, white grapes, pear, and apricot. Crisp malt notes of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and puckering with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good take on a Weisse. Good mix of funk and zesty fruit notes.

Feb 21, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 7/29/17 bottle date. Appearance: Light golden and mostly clear. Nice thick white head on the pour and decent lacing. Aroma: Sour Apple, lemon, acidic. A touch of grass and hay Taste: apple juice with a sharp tart lemon peel. Very light maltiness and no perceptible bitterness. Acidity strong but not sharp or unpleasant. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Slight retronasal funkiness with a bready sourdough and lemon twist. Surprisingly complex after the swallow. Overall: A nice light refreshing Berliner, very fruity and a well balanced strong acidity. Really like how a different bready element shows up on the finish. I’d like a bit more carbonation here to liven the beer, but a really good overall berliner

Feb 18, 2017
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fmccormi from California

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a bottling date of July 30, 2016 if I’m not mistaken, printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“19561DS1 18:22 21116”). That would make this beer, oh, six and a half months old. Normally I’d be concerned about the age of this beer, but it’s not hop-forward or brewed with adjuncts like fruit or coffee as far as I know, so theoretically it shouldn’t be too bad, assuming it was kept in decent storage conditions. I think this only hit the shelf of one of my local stores a few weeks ago at the most; if that’s the case, it’s probably been sitting in a warehouse or distribution center since then, in a cardboard case. Might be a bit of a leap, but I’m going to assume best-case scenario here and expect the beer to have held up fairly well.

Appearance (3.5): Probably one finger of fine, crackly foam came off of the pour, capping a hazy golden-tane body with orange highlights. It dies down fairly quickly, though, leaving a barren surface to the body and just a thin ring at its edge. Hey, it’s a Berliner. Not exactly a style known for head, lacing, or retention. The body, however, has a surprisingly rich and pretty hue, as well as that attractive haze.

Smell (4.0): Tangy lactic acid with a slightly yogurty funk, lemony citric acid, and a subtly fruity wheat aroma all mix together nicely. The grainy, dusty straw aroma of the wheat adds a nice, rustic component. There’s also a nice green grape-like scent mixing with oyster crackers and a further, bright acidity. Very nice, clean, and classic for a straightforward Berliner.

Taste (4.0): Well, it sure is sour. Not the type of sour that digs in and roots around in your cheeks, but bright, flashy, puckering (but only for a moment). It’s definitely dominated by tart, tangy lactic acid that’s about one part lemony and two parts yogurty. There’s also what seems like a touch of malic acid on the back end, giving the impression of tart apples, but not overpowering at all (and not like sour apple candy—this tastes like the actual juice and flesh of an underripe apple). Grape skins, a hint of green grape juice, and a firmly starchy wheat component fill out the mid-palate and finish. That wheat is crackery, as suggested by the nose, as well as subtly fruity. But man oh man, that tart, sour character really carries through to the finish with a nice flash before resolving, leaving an earthy mixture of raw wheat and grape skins.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Carbonation is full and assertive, spreading itself assiduously across the palate and wrapping itself around every contour of your mouth with a soft, fluffy feel that quickly turns prickly, champagne-like, and fizzles away. The body, meanwhile, is light, lean, and dry as a bone, feeling its fullest as the lactic acid resolves a bit on the palate before washing out. This is quenching and crushable, though the sourness does hold up your pace just a bit!

Overall (4.0): This is a really, really solid, classic take on the style from Berlin. It’s clean, it’s crisp, it’s dry, and zippy as hell. And as much as like really well-made fruited and dry-hopped Berliners and goses, I absolutely do appreciate a well-executed “plain” take on styles like those. This is a great example of a very well-crafted “plain” Berliner, and it’s cool that Prairie will take the time to make something like this. Definitely recommended for fans of the style from berlin!

Feb 16, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I buy a lot from Prairie Artisan Ales, and they have some great stuff, and this sour wheat ale is great too.

Look: semi-clear light golden with a thin white head.

Aroma: wheat, citrus, perhaps green apples.

Taste: It's wheat, lemon, green apple, meringue, its tart/sour and tastes very good.

Feel: light to medium body, and very easy drinking.

Feb 06, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour green apples are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat sour and has notes of lemons and hints of yogurt.
M: It feels light-bodied, tart and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and refreshing. It is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 19, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is very tart and for me, doesn't set itself apart from so many other sours. It's not bad by any means, but I won't remember it and it's got an aftertaste that borders on salty. I don't hate it, but I am disappointed that its wheat notes aren't more present. It's sour and only sour, and it doesn't have anything else going for it.

Nov 14, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/1/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, green apple, apricot, pear, white grape, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, light lacto funk/white pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, green apple, apricot, pear, white grape, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, light lacto funk/white pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity tart/sourness and tangy wheat on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, green apple, apricot, pear, white grape, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/sourness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately acidic/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.9%. Overall this is an excellent Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the balanced acidity; and quite clean finishing. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 26, 2016
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seedyone from New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at home. very chilled so will need to linger to allow flavor to bloom. Light gold with slight haze. Head disappeared before I put the bottle down. Nice mouth feel. Crisp & light but less citrus then the aroma foretold. Fruity, but what fruits? Some lemon, but only some. Maybe light apricot & some pineapple/mango. Ends with a slight pucker but nice & clean. I could see this as an all day summer quencher. Needs barbecue.

Later: slight astringency gets me to a slight sour edge that puts a refresh on the taste.

Sep 19, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours clean dull light gold color, fizzy head fades instantly. Tart fruit punch aroma. Very refreshing, fruity punch taste with touch of tart sour apple, clean semi dry finish. Medium slick feel. Surprised by how tasty this brew is, perfect for summer.

Sep 18, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at House of Brews, poured into a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to be had.

S: The aroma was much heavier on the wheat than I expected, but there was also some citrus and other light fruit.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor had lots of wheat, along with some grapefruit, lemon, a light briny quality (not as much as expected), and some sourness. A solid enough flavor, but the fruit elements aren't quite strong enough; this allows the wheat to be overly dominant. Still, not bad.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not my favorite from Prairie. Worth a look, though.

Sep 10, 2016
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a half finger, satin white head.

Aroma: Nice and sour. Notes of pepper, passionfruit, apple cider and wheat.

Taste: Refreshingly tart. I'm getting flavors of passionfruit and lemon meringue. There is a soft wheat character. Some salt is detectable, but it isn't very prominent.

Feel: Thirst quenching. Not overtly sour or salty. Very nice.

Overall: I could drink this all day every day. If you get this fresh it's insane.

Sep 03, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper to golden bronze with a hazy complexion. There's no head on top. The aroma is lactobacilius, with notes of green apple,pear, and apricot. I taste pale wheat with light traces of pear, and apricot s. The mouth is lightly acidic, with moderate carbonation.

Sep 03, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a sightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, wheat and floral notes. Tart and acidic with sweet fruit and cracked wheat.

Aug 31, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Mostly clear gold under a small head that shrinks to a fuzzy ring. Mellow lemon and wheat aromas along with hay and crisp apples. Flavor is lemon, sweet tarts, dough, and a tasty grain finish. Light and slick feeling - dry on the gums, but not super puckering. A simple, tasty sour.

Aug 22, 2016
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