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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of TH28
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of fmccormi
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of bmeehan
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Beer Study

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.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks and smells as it should for style. More on the Gose side then a Berliner but that's minor. What's major is the tartness. Not much Wheat feel at all. Another solid offering from Prairie. I just wish this could be in the Westbrook, Anderson Valley Gose price range, not $11 for a 4 pack

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mason jar. Pale straw color with a massive head that left two inches of lacing on the glass. Aroma is tartness, apple, and citrus. Taste is citrus and moderate sourness with a tart apple, dry finish. The taste is smooth and balanced. Enough sour to be distinguished but not so much it overwhelms everything. Light bodied with medium carbonation and no aftertastes. Very drinkable and refreshing.
It's a good thing this is seasonal. It's good but expensive and is so quaffable it's a good summer and fall beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard Berliner appearance, hazy golden with a thin cap of white bubbles (once the gush from the bottle settled down). Putrid aroma, sour grains, sour milk, cheap wine. Lacto-lemony taste, sourdough, about 4/10 on the tartness scale, which makes for decent drinkability. Somewhat stale and watery, but not bad overall.

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Photo of tronester
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color, with a big creamy bright white head. Rich grape wine nose, with a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Taste starts out with a mouth puckering sour flavor, then some massive lemon, finishing with a hint of water cracker grain in the finish, as this is a beer after all. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a very good Berliner Weiss, a hard to find style that is appreciated.

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Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lemon yellow brew. Extremely rustic aroma, milky, slightly tart.

Tart but easy drinking on the palate. Tons of wheat on the finish. Very lively and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened with a slight gush, then you get a hazed straw colored brew with a near non exsistant head.

S: Sourness, grassiness, all kind of fade

T: Nice tartness, a little lemon, a little cherry, & some grassiness up front.. Tarrtness, lemongrass, almost a little cherry lime-aide action going on. Finishes tart & so quenching

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, you can just feel the puckeryness

Super drinkability, Prairie nailed this one would drink this all Summer if I was made of money

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a clear gold. I was forewarned of the carbonation, so a careful pour helped manage the bubbly white head. Tart breadiness, apple and citrus carry the nose. Those are all present in the taste, though green apple is more predominate. Just tart enough to cause one to pucker. The mouth is light, and crisp with carbonation. This is made so well. It's not a style I'm apt to visit often, but this tempts me to reconsider.

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Photo of Kyndbrah
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an expert on the style but it is a nice sour with a definite wheat beer taste. I'm a big fan of Prairie and this beer is perfect for drinking in the sun.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So glad to see Prairie get on board with this one of my new favorite styles.

A white head flits away quickly per the style. Color is golden-orange with a slight chill haze.

Aroma is tart-forward with a trail of apple and lemon notes.

Dry on the palate with a coating of sticky grain followed by an array of sweet fruits down the middle and a perfect amount of tart fruits for the finale.

So much attention to detail shows palpable in this exceptionally flavorful albeit low-gravity brew.

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Photo of Stuartdea85
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled Bottle/Pour into glass: Simple, elegant, effervescent flow of golden wheat. A crisp clean taste with a nice head and great scent. I enjoy prairie very much and this has been one of my favorites. The sour wheat was such a fresh change from their famous stouts. Such a treat.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one is great. The overall sour characteristics of this Berliner Weisse are outstanding, and on top of that, at only 4.5% abv, it would be session ale heaven if only it were available in bottles around here. Is it available in bottles at all?

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dancing on the fringe of what is wheat and what is sour, the ancient Berlinerweiss style appeases both crowds, teasing and taunting the other with the peer pressure that only sour and sweet tastes can provide.

Prairie's Weisse is of course a sour wheat. Its upstart is tangy, tart and nearly bracingly acidic. But its early rebuttal of wafer-thin breadiness and the must supple of powdered sugar sweetness allow a lemon-drop candy taste to emerge. An earthen waft of stewn hay mingles with notions of sea air and cellar must envelop the nose and front of the tongue.

As the taste of whole wheat and its accompanying sweetness dissolve on the middle palate, its cidery and spicy flavors introduce and its sourness intensifies. White pepper with a dash of cumin rest against reisling-type acidity that's brought to life and lightened by its sparkling and briny effervescence.

Its palate-stripping sourness is tangy, lemony and limey to finish. With no real sugar or malt structure in which to contend, the ale closes snappy, clean and suddenly... only with a deep echo of wheat that returns in a retro-nasal sort of way.

Prairie Weisse is a tremendously sculpted sour wheat that showcases the "lacto" strain to near perfection. But the seeming use of wine barrel and any resident wild yeast gives the ale a playful gusto that's a welcome stray from northern German wheated ale.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy ivory head that dissipates to a small agglomeration of foam.

Aroma is floral and lactic, with soft malt sweetness and what adding contrast.

Green apple and lemon dominate, with plasticy phenols adding an off note. Wheat is a nice contrast. Pear adds complexity.

Body is light, with carbonation a touch on the high side.

Fairly complex, though I'm not a fan of the plastic nature.

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