Bu Weisse | de Garde Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
degardebrewing.com

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.

Added by ccrida on 05-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
361
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.62%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
42
For Trade:
5
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Reviews by cfrances33:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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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 BeerSamurai34
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dammit this is so good. Even those most basic de Garde brew is awesome.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of highTempo
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 22oz bottle. Poured a nice orange color with some haze. No head at all.

Smell is citrusy but not in the typical hoppy sense. It comes across as more of a true sour lemon.

This is a completely flat beer, thin and crisp. I'd like some carbonation. That would improve this a lot for me. There's not even a hint of alcohol on the palette, which makes sense for a beer that's only 2.3%.

This is a really well priced beer (at least here in Portland) but it's sadly not a real standout to me, especially considering the ratings that I'm seeing up here.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chickenm
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of 01001111
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beer21
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schlafly33
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 acurtis
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of switzer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Comments:
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, yellow session. Aroma is funky with hay and barnyard notes plus the underlying grains. Taste is tart, lactic, astringent with a hint of aspirin.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
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