The Wild Beer Co.

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #406
Ranked #25,281
3.86 | pDev: 9.07%
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Notes: We decided to loosely base the beer on a Berliner Weisse style - a historical Sour beer style from Northern Germany, but with a Wild Beer slant to it. We have used the 58 year old sourdough culture and a little brettanomyces and put the beer straight into oak barrels for its primary fermentation. It has been slowly fermenting, maturing and souring for 4 months in the barrels and will continue to evolve and develop in the bottle.
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle: Light, crisp and tart but borderline too sour with its sharp punch of acidity. A bit more maltiness and bitterness would make a better balance

Jul 27, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw coloration with a quickly dissipating head. Smell is absolutely lovely, with tart green apple and blue cheese funk dominating and lighter notes of citrus and hay. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of tart green apple/pear, medium blue cheese funk and strong citric acidity. There's also a touch of hay and a mild vinous quality to this, with light tannins and oak coming through as well. Finishes super dry, with a medium/strong sourness and some green apple/pear notes and light funk lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation.

This is quite complex for what is essentially a Berliner Weiße, with a fantastic balance of sourness, funk, vinous and woody elements, none of which are too strong, that all work together very nicely to create a distinct and harmonious flavor profile. One of the best Berliner Weiße I've had, fantastic stuff.

Nov 04, 2018
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heygeebee from Australia

4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very, very pale with a very lively head...
Lemons, dough, bread on nose, and then a very zesty, slightly earthy, lemon driven taste. i am really liking these sourdough beers recently.
Light and refreshing, highly carbonated.
So smashable, and at 3.6 so much flavour it's insane

Feb 10, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2016, so it's well out of date. I'm hoping this style lends itself to lengthy aging. Purchased ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a wild beer inoculated with a sourdough starter and brettanomyces, followed by fermentation in oak barrels. The sourdough culture is from Hobbs House bakery and has been in use for 58 years.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Forms a smallish head of white foam that rapidly dissipates away.

S: The aroma is very tart with hints of lemon, citric acid, earthiness, grain/rye, bread, hay, subtle mustiness, a vinegar twang and faintly funky yeast. Mildly fruity but surprisingly clean; slightly reminiscent of lambic.

T: Tastes of intensely sour fruit with notes of lemons, berries, citric/lactic acid, earthy yeast, hay, subtle mustiness, light funk and faint grain. Exceptionally dry, with considerable acidity but no bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the strength. Very astringent; strips the palate. Aftertaste of sour fruit, lemon, citric acid, earthiness and mild funk.

O: Rather good - I sometimes feel ambivalent about sour brews but this one hits the mark. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour showcase intense sourness, citrus acidity, earthy yeast, grain/bread and subtle mustiness. Aroma slightly more complex. Nice body; dry and prickly. Probably not a beer for everyday drinking but great if you want something different. Well worth sampling.

Dec 03, 2017
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle. It pours a pale golden colour with no head. Aromas of sourdough & bready yeast. Tastes of sourdough, bready yeast, vinegar & hints of oak. Aftertaste is quite citric with no bitterness. Overall a disappointment.

Jan 30, 2017
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, pale golden colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving no lacing, cloudy

S: sour and bready, vinegar, malt

T: sour up front, pickles, vinegar, lemon

M: light

O; quite sour with mostly sour flavors throughtout

Jul 03, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and poured with absolutely no head—it looks like it could be lemon juice or some other type of beverage.
S: Light aromas of sourdough are present in the nose; these strengthen as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of sourdough, a little sourness, and hints of oak.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation with a bit of tartness.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer makes it easy to drink, but the flat mouthfeel isn't that pleasant. I wasn't a big fan of the sourdough flavors. This is more reminiscent of a Berliner Weissbier than an American Wild Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

Dec 05, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow, with some carbonation visible and very little head that disappears almost instantly. Slightly funky acidic smell, with lots of vinegar. The taste follows through, with vinegar and citric sourness, musty, and a bit of bitterness. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Aug 20, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a hazy lemonade with big cloudy barley water lemon body and no head retention
it does smell of fresh croissants and good bread dough
& it is like a (admittedly sour) flat hazy still lemonade
really refreshing and very drinkable

Aug 07, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy bright yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light funky ester is quite pleasing. Taste is a nice simple mix of tart notes, light oak with some funky Brett notes. Acidity is very low as well as residual sugar notes. Body is light with great carbonation. Superb mix of great drinkability and loads of complexity. I also love the fact that they didn’t feel the need to go double-digit on the ABV.

Apr 10, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours pale gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows wheat, wild yeast-driven lemon and elderflower. Some bready notes too.
Flavours include more of the bready character along with a nice gentle acidity and some lemon. Somewhat wheaty. Incredibly drinkable.
Carbonation could be a little higher.

Aug 26, 2014
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ADZA from Australia

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw hazy hue with a wispy two finger head and some nice lacing,the smell is very sourdough along with musty Brett and lime,the mouthfeel is light bodied,spritzy and well carbonated with tastes of sour wheat,musty Brett,lemons and limes and finished with a funky sourness and overall quite a nice first beer of the day and would drink again cheers.

Jun 28, 2014
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thick edging... no carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of lambic like sourness, bready yeast, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes...

Taste - Lots of sour lemons and grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, sour (cooking) apples, yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, talcum powder, some woody notes, musty, strong champagne like hints...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness... thirst quenchingly good...

Overall - An excellent wild ale - one of the best UK examples i've tried... recommended...

Apr 07, 2014
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