Athena
Creature Comforts

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #140
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,395
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.81%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
522
From:
Creature Comforts
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  40
Gots
  161
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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Photo of Sgt_1991
4.64/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Sgt_1991 from Georgia, Apr 08, 2020
Photo of Guppy314
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Guppy314 from District of Columbia, Aug 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Roguer from Georgia, Apr 06, 2019
Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of LogMoss
2.11/5  rDev -48.2%
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?

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LogMoss from Georgia, Jan 02, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Dec 30, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, there's a stamp on the bottom but the numbers/letters are printed too close together so I have no idea what it says on there. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about an inch or so off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, white grapes, and some lemon peel. It tastes like wheat grainy malt, salt, lemon peel, and earthiness. I do think the wheat/graininess is the strongest flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good Berliner Weisse style ale, but then I do like the wheaty/grainy versions. Definitely worth trying for sure!

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Photo of REVZEB
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I know this is a year round beer, but I think it is really nice for late spring or early summer. Light and bright, with lemon, honey, floral, and wheat accents on the smell. Taste is a little deeper, but still maintains light and refreshing feel

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REVZEB from Illinois, May 26, 2018
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can via the little lady's daughter and beau---Thanks Jamie and Jeanette!
This above average berliner pours a lemon lemon straw color with a beautiful
head of thick white meringue topping that settles in the snifter to a thick long lasting
layer with excellent lacing. Nose of yeasty tart funk, soft sweet wheat notes, lemon
zest, and touches of honey. Flavors exceed the nose with excellent presentation of
a tart lemon zest with moderate acidity and honey touched wheat notes with yeasty
tart funk. Elements of sea salt hit the rear of the taste and dries this rather nice brew
out.

Very nice mouth feel; light body, medium carbonation that is lively, and a
tart lightly acidic finish. Overall a SOLID brew in a style that is not my normal cup of
ale or lager....but it is surprisingly drinkable and sessionable. Perfect for BBQ which I
am doing right now.

Cheers

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden yellow in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Lemon, white peach and some lacto. Wheaty malt profile. Light and prickly, yet creamy feel. Light tart and balanced. Refreshing. Pretty good.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Aug 11, 2017
Photo of JamFuel
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unclear yellow, not much foam.

Smell is tart and youghurtey, with notes of apricot, peach and lime.

Taste is mildly tart and fruity, peach and apricot. Ends with a hint of salt.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, Athena is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I prefer a bit more acidity in Berliner Weisses, but I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jul 12, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a very quickly disappating head leaving a small ring and almost no lacing.

The smell is lacto sour lemon, some earthy wheat, and a little stone fruit as well.

The taste is nicely sour with mainly lemon flavor. There is wheat on the finish and not a lot of lingering sour or bitterness. It finishes very clean.

The mouthfeel a bit effervescent and medium bodied.

Overall a very nice, easy drinking beer that's not overly complex.

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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas, Jul 09, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

All that you're looking for in a berliner. Lemonade tartness that is easy drinking. Light and effervescent. Clean and crisp base. Not overly lactic. Nice on a hot day.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Jul 03, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Willie, this was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with no head nor lacing. The aroma takes in a big sour lemon rind/juice to it. Sour-ed wheat slyly moves in for the balance. The flavor starts sour - combined through the wheat and citrus tones. Barely any aftertaste with a quick sour finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fantastic sessionability about it. Sourness is tame enough for a great crushability about it. Carbonation rides nice and light. Overall, fantastic Berliner Weisse by an American brewer. A little bit more citrus sourness than expected but still very well done for the style.

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Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a white fizzy head that dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell has notes of wheat, lemon - including the lemon tartness, grass, very nice array of aromas. Simple yet appropriate for the style.

Taste is mild, with a slight tartness. Hints of lemon, lime, peach and grass. Dry finish, with no lingering bitterness. Again, simple and straightforward but nicely done for the style.

Feel is light and drinkable. Slightly tart on the back end.

Overall a nice Berliner - as examples of the style go, particularly American ones - this is quite well done.

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FBarber from Illinois, Jun 02, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, blue session. Aroma has honey, propolis and floral notes. Taste is tart, fruity and tropical with a bitter aftertaste. Light, dry body, really refreshing.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 30, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's basic but beautifully done. Pours a semi hazy golden yellow. Minimal head. Nose is sour, lemon peel, herbal and grassy. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, challah sweet bread and sour white grape. Nice light fresh body, just the right amount of tartness. Clean semi dry finish. A very basic but nice Weisse.

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MFMB from Idaho, May 29, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden, slightly hazy blonde appearance with a towering head of 3 fingers.

Aromas of dry grass, lemon rind, salt, and hibiscus.

Flavor is lemon rind dipped in pixie stix, some slight bread, and ends on banana peel.

Feel is electric and buzzing. Slight dryness on the finish. Crisp and refreshing on a hot day.

Overall, it's a tasty berliner weiss without many bells and whistles. I'd probably have it again.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, May 06, 2017
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1.57/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

89?! Ok, BA, you're wrong. How this beer is lauded by anyone who isn't an already drunk 22 year old girl is beyond me. Flat. Not sour at all. Very watery. (Pure piss, actually.) It's a shame CC puts their name on this garbage when they actually do have some decent offerings.

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pew_slag from Georgia, Apr 23, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a cloudy light gold color with a moderate sized white head. The aroma is slightly sour with some bitter vinegar and grain added. The taste is sour citrus with some yeast.

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ordybill from Georgia, Mar 28, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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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BigGold from Mississippi, Dec 27, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -17.9%
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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chinchill from South Carolina, Nov 25, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Nov 11, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Athena from Creature Comforts
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 522 ratings