Bu Weisse | de Garde Brewing

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Bu WeisseBu Weisse

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our version of a barrel-fermented and barrel-aged Berliner-Weisse, but fermented with ambient yeast and bacteria. Tart with citrus and fruit notes, a subtle grain character, and a hint of funk.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man, you really got to tip your cap to a brew like this. Just 2.3%, teeming with flavor, but not falling victim to the common sour beer pitfalls, acidity levels are just right, no throat burn, the lemon tartness playing nicely with some cereal malt, little bits of funk in the nose and on the palate to add complexity. Pale gold in the glass, huge layer of white foam, this is an insanely drinkable beer that makes me eager, indeed, to try more from De Garde.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright tangy and getting back to fermenting basics, the de Garde team rests on the northern German Berlinerweis. Wheaten in its underpinnings, the sourness from lactic fermentae cuts through its breadiness and ensures a crisp, sour and refreshing session.

Bu Weisse is a hazy, creamy, canary yellow affair, rounding into a cottony and arid froth with aromas which abound with sour citrus, wine, earth and orchard fruit fragrances. Its taste is supple with grain and confectioner's sugars, seeming like pulled candy and sour warhead sweetness.

The middle palate shows a quick dissolving malt action as the beer's body and sweetness retreats rapidly. What follows in its wake is a supreme sourness. Lime, lemon, crabapple, kiwi, under-ripened berry, cantaloup, sour white grape and a brisk, vinous acidity. Off-vinegar, the beer's finish is low in bitterness but big on acidity, only trailing with a soft briny character of the sea.

Finishing dry, crisp and utmost refreshing, only a hint of malt body remains and allows the carbonation to become restrained but creamy. An echo of fresh wheat bread returns in aftertaste to remind us of its wheat beer soul buried within. Still, its enamel-stripping sourness and its gentle burlap earthen finish is what keeps us coming back, sip after sip.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy milky gold with a thick collar.

Smell is big funk, and somewhat savory, with carrot, parsnip, and stinky overripe peach.

Taste brightens up, to Sunkist levels. Tart and drinkable rotting peach and apricot. Tangy, a little milky, with horseblanket funk riding in waves, and a hint of lime candy to cut through.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, somewhat hazy straw yellow with minimal head. Very sour berliner weisse. Nice pear and strong citrus flavors and aroma. Puckering tartness. Thoroughly refreshing.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One finger of head that bubbles away immediately. Nose of sour nectarine and lemon citrus. Palate is wonderfully tart with stone fruit flavors coming through. Simple yet very flavorful for a 2.9% beer; nice sipper that finds you coming back for more.

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Photo of Mistamakkus
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive pucker in this bad boy, even by de Garde's standards. Perfect beer for a hot summer day, hanging out in the yard, or by the pool. Very low alcohol, so it's great for midday sessions.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a great tasting, largely unbalanced Berliner-Weisse. Very sour and low in alcohol, the type of beer you could sit around with on a warm day and drink by yourself unapologetically.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon moving to Portland this was one of the first beers I had never tried before that I decided to give a go. I became fascinated by this style on a recent trip to Germany, so I was happy to see de Garde making it one of their signature beers.

Pours a beautiful cloudy shade of glowing yellow. Crisp aroma of citrus and stone fruit. Love the complexity and balance in such a drinkable beer. Something I will drink again for sure.

Updated 2/7 had this on draft and have to say it was something that made me see the light. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 June 2015.

Pours super pale, like grapefruit juice, tan yellow. Really cloudy. One finger of white head, gone pretty quick (as it should be).

Smell is a little wheat and a whole lot of lemon. Tart, citrus. More tart than I want it to be.

Taste comes through like half berliner weisse, half sour. It has some serious sweetness that might just be weird hints coming in from the acid. But it feels sugary, which is odd. Like lemonhead candy, a combination of sugar and lemony sour. I don’t get much depth beyond that. I’d like it to be less sour, more crisp. Drinks more like a gose or a straight sour.

Feel has this incredible buzzy tingly-all-over-the-place carbonation. High carbonation but it’s spread out well.

A very nice berliner. Really lemony, really tart. Good, but leans very sour. I’d like more variety and more balance.

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Photo of Beervana
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a head that fizzles away almost instantly. Smell is dominated by a yeasty funk; almost savoury. Second whiff brings forward some stone fruit, plum and nectarine mainly. Taste brings on a citrus characteristic, mostly lime, funk is still there but dialled back. A really nice aggressive sourness compared to most Berliner Weisse. Feel is light, sharp and clean, ultra refreshing.

Really a wonderful beer, very complex for such a low ABV. Love that it drinks so clean, flavours don't muddle at all.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours beautiful hazy, pale yellow. The nose is just absolute yogurt getting toward spoiled. Tough to get past the over-lacto'ed nose but the beer itself was bright and quenching. Aggressively tart as the smell suggested for the style. Light and smooth but the big carb fades and leaves the mouthfeel lacking brightness throughout the 750 mL bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Yeah....it's not all that great looking with a very fast fading head but wow. This is just a delicious drink in all respects. It is smells fruity and oaky and of citrus . The mouth feel and balance is perfect for my money with lots of tart; a hint of sweet and a hint of bitter with just the right funk - yet, you get that great pucker quality that's missing from so many sours.

Flavors are smashing - apricot, peaches, sweet oak, hints of funky earth. Complex and yet easy to drink and enjoy. Drank this bottle with Chinese food that went from elegant fish and a sweet strawberry shrimp all the way to spicy chicken and peppered clams. This one went with it all, and it usually goes with everything. I wanted another bottle! Great stuff - under rated.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge lactic aroma, lemons, with wheat.

Flavor is very tart. Can't believe it's so flavorful, given the low abv. Big lactic and lemon sourness. Puckeringly tart.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a bottle from the cellar to treat myself. Stuck my nose up to the freshly popped bottle and was kicked in the nose with a pleasant tartness. Very clean looking, almost to clean. Was worried it may come out a little thin, silly thought. Flavor is on point although tartness is high. The bubbles dancing across the tongue remind me of Zotz Candy. Overall, was very pleased with my first DeGarde. Can't wait to Crack the other two.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from de Garde! As usual, whole numbers only. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Like a classic Berliner. Slightly cloudy with a big, bubbly off-white head. Fizzed away to nothing within 1 minute. I think Berliners are slightly ugly, but them's the breaks.

N - Tart, acidic, with slight vinegar. A more robust aroma than usual for the style, which doesn't say much, but good for de Garde!

T - Wow wow, so so tart. Really interesting the way it's so sour without being very carbonated. That's impressive. And talk about dry. I need some more right now! Glug, glug, glug. Not so impressive on the finish, almost like something forgot to stick around. What IS that I taste on the finish?? Banana yogurt. That's it.

M - As I swish it around a little bit, I do get some carbonation and some softness on the mouth. And there's that finish again; it's so weird. Not too unpleasant.

O - A fine starter sour for those getting into the style. I prefer a bit more character and boldness, but I can't expect too much from a Berliner with such a low ABV. A very fine beverage.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, Abel.

A: Pours a clear straw color with very active carbonation. A faint fizzy white bubbly head quickly fizzed away to nothing.
S: Musty feet funk dominates the nose alongside tart notes of sour yeast and grains with a hint of sugary fruit.
T: Both sour and tart notes of minerally sour mash, sweet tarts or war head type acidity, griany malt and a touch of stone fruits and slight melon. Finish is quick and bright, with a pinch of citrus and acid in the aftertaste.
M: Light body, tart and acidic mouthfeel, very mouth watering, very acidic.
O: A tart, bright and clean beer, with a nice suggestion of fruit. Thanks again Abel.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

we really do get spoiled with all the fruited berliners that de garde makes but the classic bu weisse can hang. fizzy golden yellow...nose is a nice crisp tart egg w some salty lemon tartness. really crisp and fizzy feel. easy drinking like a summer afternoon.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow body, two finger white head that dies immediately without much retention, no lacing. It looks like lemon water, in some ways. Smells of lemon, lacto, oak, just a slight bit of funk, wheat. Not too complicated, but clean and very nice. Flavour is very similar; oak, lemon, wheat, a mild bit of funk, minerals. As you can imagine, this is quite tart. The lemon is a moderate presence. I can see why this one is a nice blank canvas for the fruit variants. It's good, but not too complicated. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit light on carbonation for the style, but drying and refreshing. Finish is a mild lemon and mineral-laden feel. Overall, a fairly decent berliner that's on the hefty side of tartness, but that's what we all seem to like these days.

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Photo of BreweryRun
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is an absolutely killer berliner. Smell is light funk and acidity but not all that fragrant. Taste is slightly lemony followed by a huge burst of sourness. That ends quite quickly and finishes bone dry with no lingering tartness. Just amazing stuff.

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Photo of Diameter
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a unique adventure. It arrives like a Berliner and chews like a Bavarian.

IMHO it deserves the outstanding overall rating.

Look: 4.75 - would have been 5.00 if it had been as transparent as the Berliner I was taught with. Does not impede my enjoyment.
Smell: 4.75 - would have been 5.00 but I am picking up a little parmesan, which would be fine if I were drinking from a Reebok.
Taste: 5.00, because *you'll see*
Feel: Another 5.00 because [goto Taste]
Overall: I tried this on a whim (the old stubby Berliner I used to get is long gone). I drink a lot of Weisse and Bavarian Weizen beers and this is a nice cross between the two styles (at least in the time domain). I would call it a hybrid except I don't know if that was the brewmaster's intention.

Edit: Bought from QFC in University Village.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, pours a cloudy hay yellow. A strong tart kombucha (bacteria) nose with a hint of fruit. It's just little bite, not overpowering. It has a nice carbonation and a mellow finish, leaving you wanting more. A light summer sensation.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a murky pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates immediately. Nose is heavily sulfuric and eggy with hints of lemon and brett. Taste is a bit sweeter, still lots of sulfur, less egg, more decent lemon, a little tartness through finish. Moderate carb, lighter body.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pale straw in color and murky when poured. Started off with tons of head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing.

Smell – At first whiff this beer smells extremely sour and reminiscent of vinegar. However, other notes of yeasty funkiness lie underneath.

Taste – So sour! This beer has a lacto-sourness that tastes like biting into a lemon. After this sour punch, the slight sweetness of wheat kicks in and is complemented by subtle oak hints from the barrel aging. Floral notes and yeast funkiness are found in the finish.

Mouthfeel – The beer has a medium body but the acidity and soft carbonation make it feel much lighter on the tongue. Though the beer will defiantly make your mouth pucker up.

Opinion – To be honest, the reason I picked this beer off the shelf wasn't the minimalist label. It was more due to the fact that it was in a 750 mL bottle and only five dollars. When tasting this beer I had low exceptions since I have only tasted a few sour beers and well... it was cheap. However, this turned out to be a wonderful different session beer. The low alcohol content and size meant I could sip for hours and really explore the subtle oak notes and yeast funk under the powerful lemon sour start.

Perfect size for sharing and wonderfully refreshing.

If you try it (when I try it again), Berliner Weisse's are traditionally paired with a raspberry or woodruff syrup. Since this beer is not very traditional a syrup may not be necessary. Though a fruit or herb syrup could be very interesting and could bring that lemon sour a little more into balance. Especially helpful if one is not familiar with sour style beers.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy silver-golden hue with a finger of fizzy white foam which dissipates quite quickly. Very nice for the style.

Smell: slightly tart with a sweet, lightly refreshing malty character. Subtle but very enticing.

Taste: very tart when compared with the aroma, with just a light malt and sweetness on the back. This is an example of tartness at its finest.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly good carbonation and creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: extremely refreshing on this hot day. Mmmm bien.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Pale yellow body with a small head that fades rapidly. Aromas of wheat, lactic funk. A light, easy drinking Berliner. Some lemon, wheat, a touch of floral notes. Puckering finish with tart citrus lingering. Solid.

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