Athena | Creature Comforts

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Creature Comforts
Georgia, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. can, purchased for $2.49 at Wise Owl Growlers, Kennesaw, Georgia, into chalice. For me, Creature Comforts is becoming notable for brewing true to (a large variety of) style(s). This Berliner Weissbier is excellent and perfect for a hot, humid Boxing Day deep in the American South.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into snifter, can dated 10/10/16.
A: pours a +1 cloudy white frothy foam head, semi clear golden straw colored body, champagne sized bubbles.
S: pale malt, lemon zest, fresh air over a Montana wheat field, sweet fresh doughnut
M: medium light body with crisp sharpness and semi dry finish
T: sourness up front, lemon, tart sourball gumdrop, wheat grains, hints of metallic, light malt, dry cracker, pinch of white pepper, finish like a good champagne
O: good solid beer and it is fun figuring all the taste profiles, will enjoy more of these!

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 26 Sept. 2016 canning date stamp.
Pours hazy plae golden with a moderate size, semi-durable bubbly head.

Disagreeable, sour aroma with vinegar.

Strong tart flavor with a fruitiness dominated by lemon. Bready and yeasty aspects too.

Feel: light-medium body. Coarse, lively carbonation.

O: a bold and very flavorful beer.

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

What's old is new again. The ancient, rudimentary and haphazard sour ale of the Berlin region once lost favor among the imbibers of beer, the militant acidity and its understated nuances once again draws the attention to a new wave of drinkers who appreciate sourness in beer- if done well.

Creature Comforts' Athena strikes the nose with lemony sourness and a bready backdrop. Musty with burlap and attic woods, the nose is zesty, radiant and mature. Hazy gold with a spritzy, fast-dissolving white froth it's easy to see why Napoleon's troops once declared the beer the "Champagne of the North". But to taste its a powdered sugar, warheads and fresh-baked bread taste.

Sweetness recedes rapidly and the remnants of dough is the only hint of malt as the ale tramples across the middle palate. Beautiful and bright, its tangy center breams with lemon, lime, crabapple, gooseberry and white grape. A scant grassy bitterness extends its finish and offers an unexpected herbal complement to the lasting breadiness.

Medium-light, tangy and panging away at the softer tissues of the mouth, the stern acidity of the beer highlight a sour and spicy feel. Refreshing, tangy and tart, the lasting sensations are lightly alcoholic with a waft of cork, burlap and hay looming. It's absolutely sublime with a white fruit stilton in companionship.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightlyly hazy deep straw/pale gold with nice streams of effervescence streaming from the bottom producing 3 fingers of finely bubbled rapidly dissipating, snow white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is acidic & pale malt, thin wheat with light cracker & biscuit hints, fronted by notes of lemon tartness & grass. Taste is sour, lemon juice, lemon zest & green apple backed by a thin wheat & pale malt. Finishes tart & crisp with a moderate carbonation bite, all of which rapidly dissipates in a clean, shortlived aftertaste. Mouthfeel is low-moderate bodied with medium-high carbonation, juicy, mouth puckering, drawing in the roof of the mouth with a nice crawling prickliness.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-hazy golden color with a white head that faded fast
S-tart lemon with a funk aroma
T-the lemon tart flavor is there but you a bitterness from the tartness and then the lemon takes over
F-light body
O- the tartness was what made this in the end. The more you drank the better it tatsed

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy gold beer with a white head that fades and leaves no lacing. The aroma is lacto, lemon, malt, and a touch of vanilla. The taste is pleasant with a decent amount of sweetness to offset the sour. There is a nice lemon vanilla flavor. A little different that the other Berliner Weisse beers I have had but I like it. It is a little more approachable and a bit sweeter than most.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

COD 3/30/16. Hazy golden pour. Outstanding head volume, normal retention, no lacing.

Nice light nose of tart lemon coupled with predominate funk and a touch of biscuit.

Light body very similar to the viscosity of water. Outstanding carbonation / body balance with a light prickly effervescent middle and a tight mild prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding and very well balanced. Like the nose, this one is light tart lemon over a base of mild funk. It begins tart then flows to a mildly cracker biscuit in the middle. No bitterness, just slightly puckering tartness. A light funk begins to assert itself after the middle as tartness fades. On balance, this one is more tart than funk. The finish is a somewhat crisp fade of lemon and barnyard with tart in the lead.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - hazy yellow not much head what little there is quickly dissipates. No lacing at all.

Smell - Tart lemon smell, also a little bit of malt and a good bit of funk.

Taste - tangy tart lemon zest, light malt flavor. Not getting much else but it is a solid taste I really like, pretty simple and forward.

Feel - The tartness will pucker your mouth, fairly light feel and pretty dry on the finish.

Overall - I really like the flavor of the beer as well as the fell.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer, but I found it underwhelming overall. It found that it had a bit too much of a sour citrusy accent for my taste. Still, it would do in a pinch.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
canned 1/13/16

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small foamy white head that reduces to leave just some bubbles floating to the top

S- lactic tartness mixes with lemon peel & toasted cracker malt

T- light and refreshing with just a hint of lacto tartness, followed by hints of lemon peel, just a hint of toasted malt on a dry finish with a light citrusy linger

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to an effervescent mouthfeel that is light and refreshing, finishing dry and bubbly

O- one of the most crushable beers I've ever had, if this were available to me regularly, I'd easily go through a case in the summer

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Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a chalice. Canned on 03/01/16 date.

Hazy golden with short lived bubbly early head and no lacing. Downgraded due to haze not the other features.

Light lemony tart aroma with tangy wheat and cereal grain.

Delicious with initial tart lemon giving way to lightly sweet cereal grain with a very grainy pale malt finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty light but could be lighter for the style. High carbonation.

A really nice fairly approachable Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RichJ1970 for this one from NBS BIF #3 . Canned on 2/27/16. 12oz can, poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy straw yellow with about 1/2 inch white head that dissipated quickly and left no lace.

A tart , lemony scent was the first thing noticed. A bit of grain was faintly underneath. On the tongue, the Lacto tang was dominant, with a nice lemon flavor lingering at the back.

The body was light, with a crisp, clean body that had a dry finish. Drinkability was good, I could easily see knocking a few of these off on a summer afternoon. Overall, a very good brew. Nice example of the style. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't think I've had a finer Weisse beer. If you like this style, you'll love this. Amazingly well balanced between the sour and a lemon/citrus zestiness. I may experiment adding a fruit syrup to it like ze germans, but on its own it is excellent.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Cigar City's Hunahpu's Day 2016 in Tampa, FL. This berliner weiss was exactly what I needed after drinking a lot of heavy beers. It is light, tart, and citrusy.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hendershots. From notes. Reviewed 30 October 2015.
Hazy gold. It smells wheaty and dull, but tastes brilliantly fruity and tart. Crisp and bright, and generally delightful.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 2/23/2016 into snifter.

A: Pale straw yellow with 2 finger white head. Decent retention and leaving some light lacing.

S: Lemon zest, cracker malts, and a slight funk.

T: Light citrus mostly tart lemon mixed with pale malts.

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

O: Very refreshing beer, and welcome on a warm spring day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i really liked this berliner, quite unique as they go, and also courtesy of wcu80, thanks so much for this delicious beer man! this was really the first nice weekend of weather here in denver, so having a nice berliner like this was a real treat. its a little different from the norm, still milky yellow pale and cloudy on the pour, with a pretty good head on it, and still with a nice tangy nose, but it has a few elements i think that make it special. the first one is the feel. a lot of these end up more acidic than they need to be, and thus thin. not here. this is fully fluffy form the wheat, with an almost creamy mouthfeel to it. its well carbonated and dry, which i think the style demands, but the lactic sourness is more a compliment than a takeover, and i appreciate that too. its tangy and even sharp for a moment, but it comes out balanced in the end. refreshing without turning the stomach. its one of the very few beers in this style i could drink a ton of without feeling strange in the guts. the other thing is that it has this soft but distinct fruity hop profile, definitely more than the old world examples of the style, and more than just the american bitterness. not sure what hops they use, but they come on really nicely in the aroma and then again late in the drink. its an expertly made brew, and one of the more interesting takes on a berliner ive had. top notch and probably underrated here on BA.

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow color. Aroma is tart and a little funky. Flavor is good, tart and a little salty but a flavor is a touch on the light side. Very drinkable and really nice overall, this would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of C_Solodkin
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy golden with substantial head and a lace that clings nicely to the glass. A funky yeasty aroma. Flavor is strongest of sour lemon with a finish resembling white bread... very light, very easy to drink, and perfect for a summer day. Actually i'm even enjoying it on this cool winter afternoon. (FYI, i'm a little partial here since I lived in Athens GA for 8 years, the creature comforts guys are great and really know what they're doing! Keep on making stellar brews fellas!)

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Photo of BrownNut
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know what a standard beer of this style is supposed to taste like, having only had fruited ones before, but this is really solid and drinkable, with just enough going on to make it more interesting than your average standby. If I had this near me, it would be one of my few regular go-to beers. Some beers, your mouth would get sick of. But the citrusy zip and tartness in this one keeps your mouth refreshed and interested.

I get a bit of lemon and something almost a lager yeast flavor in amongst the other flavors, and overall a nice crispness. Kind of adds to the go-to-ness of it as a great beer for having multiple of in a setting where the beer isn't the focus so much as the company and the event, just like in the old days with college beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks Tommyguz for the share. 12oz can into a snifter, the brew appears a chalky yellow with white cap. The aroma has suggestions of lacto like greek yogurt and lemons. The brew is tart but also very grainy and sweet like cereal. Some sulfur notes are also present both in the nose and taste. Overall its not anad berliner but it is lacking the cleanliness and sharper tartness I typically look for in the style.

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Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow, pretty dark for the style, with a billowing soapy head that dies quickly.

Smells of cereal malt, champagne yeast, and tart cherries. Like a Miller High Life spiked with Brett. That probably sounds gross to many of you, but I think it's nice.

Tastes like it smells: probably the most adjunct-like berliner I've ever had. A very Americanized take on the style. Cereal grain up front, lemon and grape in the middle, more semi-sour grain in the back.

While it lacks the sharp crispness of some of the paragons of the style, this is the rare Berliner that manages to be both interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours a murky, dirty shade of yellow. It is topped with an inch of white head that disappears almost immediately.

The smell consist of sour grain and hints of lemon.

It immediately hits me palate with sour flavor with thought of lemon. It is slightly acidic with a dry finish leaving me craving another taste.

Moderate mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is quite a tasty beverage. It is more sour that a lot of beers that I have tried in this style, plus it met my expectations based on how good other beer from Creature Comforts has been.

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Photo of eingram
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the first beers I ever enjoyed, so it has a bit of nostalgia along with being a delicious berliner weiss. Good level of tartness and acidity, its a gateway beer to stronger sours.

It is incredible how significant the difference is between fresh Athena at the brewery and older canned Athena. Ive noticed this difference in almost all beers, but its more pronounced in Athena. Go try it fresh at the brewery for one of the best beers the state of GA offers.

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