Athena
Creature Comforts

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #143
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,413
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.81%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
523
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Creature Comforts
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  41
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.
Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 523 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by LogMoss:
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LogMoss from Georgia

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?

Jan 02, 2019
More User Reviews:
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CrookedVulture from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Perfect Berliner Weisse!

Oct 28, 2014
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dreingold from Georgia

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything I want in a canned berlinner, refreshingly tart but balanced acidity, smoothed lactic notes make it sessionable. A little light on carbonation but I prefer my beers that way, not a fan of gas.

Apr 04, 2015
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ATrevUGA from Georgia

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. Definitely a beer I love coming home to.

Jan 21, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Sep 04, 2016
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bodhisagan from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THe beer pours a nice cloudy amber, almost the color of clouded ice tea. The fragrance is quite yeasty, and mildly fruity. If one could smell sour, I would almost say there is a sour smell to it, strange as that might be. The taste is powerfully sour. It is not quite Lambec sour, but not too far removed. Balancing the sourness is a malty white beer sweetness that is pleasant. Carbonation is moderate, and it doesn't hold a head well. Like another reviewer, I don't make much of carbonation, so it has plenty of snap for my tastes. I don't feel qualified to say much about mouth feel, because this doesn't register much for me in any beer. However, the overall experience is quite nice, and very refreshing on this hot day in Georgia. This is definitely a top rate beer, but you must like the type. I would think that any negative review of this beer would be from tasters who don't like the type, and are judging the type, and not this representation of it. Bottom line, if you like a sour, you'll like this one.

May 09, 2015
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many breweries are doing Berliner Weiss beers lately, it is a no frills style in terms of sours. I think sometimes the reviews don't truely review to style. I will try to do my best here.

Body is a straw golden tone that hosts a half inch of off white head. I think it is spot on in terms of looks. Nose is very yeasty and sweet all over. There are also some soft fruit esters leaning towards mellon. As you take first sip you get a buckle in the jowls as the tart funk really gets the back of the tongue. Yeasty and sour with a little bit of salty dryness on the finish. Really solid for the style and wonderfully drinkable. This is a very good spring and summer sipper. The only stray from style from my perspective would be the consistent yeastiness.

May 04, 2015
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dasunder from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 04, 2015
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Tony_D from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great summer beer. Really prefer this one to gose

Apr 07, 2015
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benzalman from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 08, 2015
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mrjmann from Indiana

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a perfect 5 for me honestly. Probably the most refreshing and easy to drink sour I've ever come across. Crisp mouthfeel, light body, perfect amount of carbonation, and a nice grape taste that lingers with it. Couldn't ask for more, other than i wish that it received distribution in my area. In the meantime i'll just keep trading for more of it.. High recommend this beer, seek it out if you can.

Sep 07, 2015
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liamt07 from Canada

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 30, 2014
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bisonfort from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had growler in mountains. Good sour.

Apr 09, 2015
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 09, 2016
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SveNss0N from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2015
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GDawgs34 from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 19, 2014
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oline73 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 27, 2015
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great extra...great for a sour fan...great sit in my rocker on my porch beer... Great summer beer...great all round sessionable beer..if you're a sour fan!

Aug 29, 2015
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petermethot from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2016
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Domvan from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great example of a Berliner Weiss, not too bready and has a nice tart and freshness to it. I could definitely see myself sipping this on a hot summer day and quenching my thirst. Creature comforts has definitely hit their two cans out of the park

Aug 04, 2015
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dwfrank from Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -50.9%

Jul 02, 2014
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sourdog from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2015
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mikepcarney from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 06, 2015
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justinthegypo from Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 17, 2016
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rjknyy from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Sep 05, 2014
Athena from Creature Comforts
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 523 ratings