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Tart Sour Ale (Berliner-style Weisse) | Champion Brewing Company

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80
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19 Reviews
Tart Sour Ale (Berliner-style Weisse)Tart Sour Ale (Berliner-style Weisse)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
championbrewingcompany.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional sour wheat ale inspires by the German original. Made with wheat and pale malt, this beer is refreshing and quaffable with flavors of sourdough and citrus fruit.

Added by pvo on 02-18-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
90
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
35.88%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 90
Reviews by pvo:
Photo of pvo
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, hazy; similar to a hefeweizen.

Smell: a little bit sour, but also not that much there.

Taste: sour without being overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel: crisp, dominated by the tartness.

Overall: very good; I wish more breweries made beers like this. I wonder if they do because Charlottesville has a developed market for cider, so people are more willing to have cider-like beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerYo
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guden
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Crystal clear bubbly pale yellow hue, tight white lacing on top. Tart nose, bready and light. Crisp and light bodied, expected to be thin for its size. Even but semi-aggressive sourness throughout, a bit of lemon and exotic fruit within. Light cracker tone, finishes bone dry. Very drinkable, love that they went to this level and still made it very flavorful.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of let8it8grow
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is light golden crystal clear with a medium sized white head. The aroma is nondescript with a dry finish. The flavor is gull of citrus and is highly carbonated.

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Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Treyliff
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours almost clear on color, small fizzy head tat disappears completely. Tart and wheaty aroma. Taste is very thin and tart, with a hint of lemon. Finish is dry with toasted wheat. Light body and carbonation, pretty simple, a nice palate cleanser but nothing else

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Photo of KYGunner
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I love a Berliner Weiss and I found this to several elements that made it special but it kept a pervasive corn malt flavor that just about ruined it. Nice balanced tartness and a light sour flavor helps this drink incredibly smooth and refreshing. It's very strong on the wheat malt side but then the corn washes it away.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tarheels4life23
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, some wheat. Taste is tart, light, lemons, a bit of wheat, dry at the finish. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of rjp217
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vwbus7
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

This has got to be the most palest Berliner I have ever seen. Bright faded hay straw body color, with an emphasized clarity and long streams of cola bubbles. Almost Zima looking here, with a one finger bright head, minimal retention and very thin collar that dissolves quickly to next to nothing.

Very tart nose for the aroma. Strong fruit notes of lemon, hiding powdered flour like grain in the back behind it. Hints to a bit of crab apple with some good puckering sensations, seems very large.

Palate comes with a good emphasis on tartness but in a very different angle. Clean finishing, slow bready aromatics on the aftertaste which is a good plus that really builds. Mid palate though is very wet, and has a very cidery feel and character taste to it as well. Mid palate has more apple than fruit like qualities and also some gaseous mild dioxide like character.

Overall a very odd berliner, coming off more like cider than beer, some good malt and bready finish luckily saves it from being a complete bust.

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Photo of ecmoon3
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Stofko1992
2.14/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jorrx003
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of bubseymour
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Tart Sour Ale (Berliner-style Weisse) from Champion Brewing Company
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