Athena
Creature Comforts

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From:
Creature Comforts
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #81
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,501
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 11.66%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
453
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 16, 2022
Added:
Apr 21, 2014
Wants:
  41
Gots:
  161
SCORE
90
Outstanding
AthenaAthena
Notes: A refreshing, gently tart, German-style wheat beer. Our take on the classic Berliner has a blend of citric and fruit notes with nods to cider and sauvignon blanc.
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Rated: 4.19 by cabsandking from Ohio

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by cheappontoon from Georgia

1.18/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Looks close to a wheat beer.
Totally mislabeled as a Berlin Weisse
I was so annoyed by it I joined BeerAdvocate just to say how disappointing this beer is.
I doubt any wheat grain was used. The only resemblance was a bit of haze.
Tastes like a light beer with lime juice. Just horrible.
Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by raust from Texas

May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a light amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has tropical and tart
The taste follows the nose with a nice peach tropical and sour flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A well balanced beer
Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Dec 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by LindyBrew

Sep 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by sd123 from Georgia

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.63 by Joshmarkr

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by la_nomade from Georgia

Jun 25, 2021
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I went on a trip to Georgia in 2016 and this was all I drank because I enjoyed it so much. I still hope to find it near me — if only they distributed more widely.
May 31, 2021
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Reviewed by elenaprozorova

1/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Are Germans aware of what you call German style weisse beer? This one is not even close. It’s more close to champagne with unsweetened lime juice added. Or just piss. As for my taste, it tastes awful. Please don’t dare to call it German style, the label is super misleading! Would have never written a bad review if I hadn’t been tricked by the label promising me my favorite Berliner Weisse style beer.
May 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by jak from North Carolina

May 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Read so much about this beer. Hazy sunshine color, 3 fingers of foam. But sour berliners are not what I like. I’ll stick to amber ale and fruited IPA.
Mar 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by winehead247 from Georgia

Nov 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by smi69 from New York

Oct 06, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Yellow hazy with a huge sea fam head.

Smells like an unflavoured, tart, yeasty brew with a hint of lemon and herb.

The taste follows the nose.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Atlanta and am drinking it in Redding Sept 7, 2020.
Sep 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.02 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Aug 05, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy straw color with three fingers of foamy white head that tracks down the glass and draws you to subtle funky citrus aromas. Lacto Bacillus indeed.

The taste is tart, effervescent, and, most of all, refreshing. It has bright citrus notes and a flavor that is reminiscing of a fruity white wine. There are not many beers that make me want to gulp them, but that is EXACTLY what this beer did - I didn’t, but I seriously considered it. It was that delicious and that refreshing.

The mouthfeel was bright and spritzy, but not cloyingly so. If you’re not a fan of the style, I think you’d still enjoy this, and if you ARE a fan of the style, this is your sweet spot.
Jun 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.66 by Ross_Schu from Georgia

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Sgt_1991 from Georgia

4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Athena is my go-to. I just wish it was cheaper. Been to athens with work. Drove by the brewery. Wish id wouldve had time to stop in. This beer is outstanding. The sour bitterness is perfection. Great mouthfeel and surprisingly light for the style. One of my absolute favorite beers.
Apr 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

Dec 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by BM102216 from Georgia

Nov 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Sep 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
From a can pours as a hazy light yellow with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears. Aroma is lemony, but not like the pleasant lemon scent of your favorite lemonade, rather more like the sour lemon who doesn't know they're unwelcome at the party. Taste has more character. While still tart, there are citrus, sweet malt, and bitter hops flavors. This style is not really my thing with a too dry body, but overall, this is a solid beer.
Aug 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by sirzekel from Georgia

Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by prototypic from Ohio

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by Gagnonsux from Texas

May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big, frothy, snow white head production. Good retention, and excellent lacing. Body is a pale yellow color, with moderate haze, still retaining strong translucence.

Slightly milky, musty, and sour on the nose. Wheat, lemon, hay, and pepper.

Light sweetness balanced against light-to-moderate tartness. An easy drinking Berliner Weisse, with notes of lemon, honey, wheat, and cream.
Apr 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2019
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Reviewed by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bright, refreshing, lightly tart. Wheat, lemon, some white wine notes a prevalent in the aroma and taste. A little sour lacto finish, but balanced nicely. Not puckering at all. One of my local favorites.
Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by BigMarsh from Georgia

Mar 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Mar 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by AngEo from Texas

Feb 28, 2019
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Rated by Howlinmouse from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Simple, bright, tart. No complaints.
Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by LogMoss from Georgia

2.11/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
Poured into a chilled Weizen glass. Color and look is customary for an unfiltered wheat beer. Cloudy, but much more of light yellow than many other wheat beers I have tried. Good wheat beers should have more of a cloudy white appearance, and this is just too cloudy yellow. Visible particulates float around and begin to settle at the bottom of the glass, as expected in this particular category of beer. No golden hues here just a very pale cloudy light yellow with perhaps a very slight orange overtone.

Smell is pretty nice. Clean. very slightly yeasty and heavily fruity. Citrus abounds. Smells rather delicate and unoffensive as a good wheat beer should.

I actually enjoy and respect many wheat beers, and some of them I rate as among my favorite beers I have tried among all styles and classes. However, with the Athena from creature comforts, I was in for an unpleasant surprise.

Taste is absolutely horrendous and immediately offputting. An unbalanced flavor profile this bad really drags down every other quality this beer might have. Pure lemony garbage. Pinesol comes to mind. Am I drinking a mikes hard lemonade or a wheat beer? Coulndt even pass as a lemon shandy. If there are hop flavors present, you can't really know because they are grossly overshadowed by, you guessed it, lemon. This is straight sour lemonade overpowering the delicate flavors of what might otherwise be a mild and enjoyable wheat beer. Trying desperately to unpack the delicate profile and nuances of this beer and evaluate it's true characters, but the lemon bomb far outpaces the understated nature of it's delicate wheat beer frame. If this level of lemon was combined with more carbonation in a different style of beer it might be at least decent, but to pair lemon to the tenth power with a smooth wheat makes for a really bad almost undrinkable combination. What was really strange is that the beer was actually much less offensive directly from the can. I almost didnt notice the lemon from the can, but once poured into a glass and carefully evaluated, the lemon became unmistakably overpowering, and you simply couldnt put it to the back of your mind and try to enjoy the beer for what it is. So it's hard to say if this beer was pretty good or just plain bad. I can only say lemon, lemon and lemon again, so to me that ultimately translates as bad, as if they are trying to cover up or hide something.

Good wheat beers have undeniable fruity UNDERtones. They are supposed to be subtle and linger on the pallet in the background, and not overshadow or detract from the delicate nuances of what is a very mild and sensitive flavor delivery vehicle. It should be a complete package of slightly hearty smoothness with a very light complement of refreshing fruitiness. That is where this beer fails. Miserably.

The mouthfeel is decent, smooth and somewhat watery as wheat beer should be. But again the lemon is so overpowering that is assaults the pallet and detracts from the delicate qualities a wheat beer should have and ultimately even distracts from the evaluation of the mouthfeel as a standalone quality.

The can boasts the presence of 'lacto bacillus' as a seemingly after the fact justification of such an awful taste. "This beer is good for you. take your probiotics and eat your brocoli.' But im simply trying to enjoy a beer, not take vitamins or be healthy. I just want a good tasting beer. If it has to taste like crap to be healthy, it's simply not worth it. I didnt ask for a shot of lemon wheatgrass, i asked for a beer.

This is the type of beer that many people will pretend to enjoy as it comes in an artfully crafted can from a local micro brewery with a $11 per 6 pack price tag. So if it's pricey and local, it must be good, right? I would argue if you take this out of its cute artsy handcrafted can, and cover up the Creature comfort nameplate and the price, this beer would underperform every time in truly blind taste tests, and would recieve a much lower more realistic score than its getting here on Beer Advocate. I feel the score is artificially overinflated because of the marketing, the price and the implied ethics of quality artisan handcraftsmanship. But the proof is in the pudding and the taste is what either carries or ruins a beer.

Many pretentious hipsters with their heavily waxed handlebar mustaches will glibly praise this beer in overconfident smugness, and gladly pay the high pricetag, thereby further perpetuating such atrocious offerings from microbreweries nationwide. It seems impossible to find just a decent smooth drinkable well balanced micro brew anymore. Every one of them tries to reinvent the wheel and add over the top unwarranted fusions and flavor combinations to try to set themselves apart. Can we just go back to beer basics and stop tampering please? Why do we have to constantly try to reinvent the wheel. Why does it always have to be beer with a twist? Why cant we just have straightforward high quality good tasting beer?
Jan 02, 2019
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a hazy pale to medium golden apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate straw yellow + pale golden yellow + pale burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat malts with just shy of moderate aromas of tart lemon citrus, lacto, yogurt, and white wine/grape.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sour wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of tart lemon citrus, lacto, yogurt, and white wine/grape. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering lemon citrus tartness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Almost creamy with a light to moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable, refreshing, and sessionable.
Dec 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by jmc65267 from Georgia

Dec 17, 2018
Athena from Creature Comforts
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 540 ratings