Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with ElderflowerBlackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower
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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Ratings:
158
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 02, 2020
Added:
Jun 28, 2016
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  27
SCORE
87
Very Good
Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with ElderflowerBlackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower
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4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 02, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Enjoy by 11/16/16"; drank 8/7/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dull yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge, noisy white head; minimal lace.

Tart lemon, wheat, peach & fresh flower notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Tart lemon & wheat flavors up front; peach notes on the finish. Pleasantly tart but not over the top; enjoyable & above average.

Feb 19, 2019
 
3.75 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Feb 10, 2018
 
3.84 by Keepnitrl from Washington on Feb 05, 2018
 
3.98 by classixIII from Pennsylvania on Sep 10, 2017
 
3.7 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 25, 2017
 
4.45 by Trentt2 from Alaska on Jul 23, 2017
 
3.93 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Jul 15, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a stange, the appearance is a cloudy yellow color with a sustaining finger’s worth of white foamy head. It does eventually dissipate a bit more, but definitely at a nice pace. Mild stringy lacing clings to the glass yet slides into an acceptable messiness. The aroma brings in a nice amount sour-ed wheat, but springy light. Elderflower is quite underneath. Light citrus. The flavor takes in a graceful amount of the sour wheat to some citrus. Super quick sour-ed wheaty mash hits the aftertaste and puckers up nicely in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable sour smooth feel sliding over my tongue. Carbonation seems to hit appropriately. Overall, as a Berliner Weisse with Victory’s creativity to drop in the elderflower it works for me. I would have it again. Definitely crushable on a hot day!

Jun 06, 2017
 
3.75 by hinemk76 from Pennsylvania on Jun 05, 2017
 
3.75 by kotzbauerm from Kentucky on May 30, 2017
 
4.09 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 23, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 6.00 (Including tax)/six pack ($ 0.083/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
BB 16 Nov 16 at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – very faint perfume, sour. I had one about a month ago and the flower smell was much stronger – not strong enough to be repulsive but definitely disturbing.
Head small (Maximum one cm, aggressive pour), off white, thin and frothy, average retention leaving a two mm partial ring fed by effervescence and no layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – light yellow, cloudy, effervescent with extremely tiny bubbles.
Flavor – Basically tart. No distinct flavor of malt, hops, or alcohol. No diacetyl.
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation.

An unremarkable Berliner weisse but one that I would like to have available year-round, if the flowers were left out.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

Apr 14, 2017
 
4 by StevenH from New Jersey on Apr 09, 2017
 
4.04 by tommy5 from Michigan on Mar 11, 2017
 
4.2 by DangerDawg from Ohio on Mar 05, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I just keep plugging away on the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & at times, it begins to feel like Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill, only to have it roll back on him at the end of the day. I know, first world, white man problem. Onward!

From the bottle: "Herbal and floral aromas emerge from this tart Wheat Ale as vanilla wood and spice impressions compliment a mildly sweet finish, inviting you to taste Victory (R)! Brewmasters' Approval [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron".

I was going to let loose on the pour when I was suddenly struck with the inspiration to look at this site's "Styles" section. Good thing, since it reads: "... a clear, pale golden straw-colored appearance" & I could not guarantee that such would be the case with a heavy-handed pour. Once decanted, I utilized a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of fizzy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight funk and if that was lacto, I am getting better at identifying it. It had the sourness of spoiled milk, which I will never forget, having filled a thermos with it as a kid for a trip & promptly forgetting it until the car took on an unforgettable odor. Needless to say, my parents were not overjoyed. In addition to the sour milk smell, it gave off a ReaLemon juice tartness & my lips began to involuntarily pucker. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was VERY tart, not really sour, but laden with a vinegar & lemon tartness and my eyes began to water from the intensity. I remained unsure what the elderflower was to impart, but it did not seem to be imparting the impressions mentioned on the label. Finish was tart and dry. It was a nice, refreshing change from some of the recent beers & styles that I have been drinking & reviewing of late, but one was plenty.

Feb 23, 2017
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3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Very hazy color with a hint of crystal clarity peeking through. The head is large, overflows, and settles to a soapy 2 finger stand-still.

Aromas of lemon, lemongrass, yeast, and pale grain.

Ample sour lemon qualities, sweet tarts, amid quite a few metallic flavors. The metal throws me off a bit, and I don't think it's supposed to be there, so that raises concern with either their production or their storing.

Feel is as it should be, light and carbonated, crisp even.

Overall I'm not sure if this comes in six or four packs, and at what price point - I simply bought a single for $2.49 and hoped for the best. That being said, better Berliners are out there for around that same price or slightly higher; I'd suggest checking those out first.

Feb 20, 2017
 
3.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Feb 16, 2017
 
3.75 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia on Feb 08, 2017
 
3.85 by bluehende from Delaware on Jan 27, 2017
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3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by bark from Sweden

The colour is gold-orange, the liquid cloudy. The low head is white, it sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The light smell got notes of soap, elderflowers and lemonade. Hints of minerals and iron.

The taste starts with tart earthy lambik-like flavours. Elderflower lemonade and gunpowder. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit sour with dough, white currant, pine needles and sour candy. The finish is tart with vague fruits.

Strong carbonation, small sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit harsh.

Not enough elderflowers, and a bit too harsh.

Jan 27, 2017
 
3.83 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania on Jan 27, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, earthiness, strong citrus, strong hop, floral, bacterial funk, and fruit (elderberry?). Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, earthiness, strong citrus, strong hop, floral, bacterial funk, and fruit (elderberry?). Overall, weak appearance, but good body, blend, aroma, and complexity. Also, there is a pleasant tartness.

Jan 26, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Victory Brewing Co. "Berliner Weisse with Elderflower"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy golden body beneath a short-lived head of bright white, which is common for the style.

Smell: Surprisingly the elderflower comes through along with citrus pith, some light lemon zest, and crushed granite.

Taste: Exactly as the aroma suggest with a firm sourness and some wheaty malt.

Feel: Acidity lends a little zest to the tongue along with its moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Light-medium in body.

Overall: Quite charming and highly drinkable. It's not too sour, and it's quite clean. The malt comes through, as does the elderflower, giving it an extra element that helps to fill it out whereas some Berliner Weisse can just seem empty.

Jan 23, 2017
 
4 by jakea from Wisconsin on Jan 08, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, golden-straw color with lots of carbonation but virtually no head or lacing. It smells of lemon zest, floral (I'm not familiar with elderflowers), and a distinct sourness. It's a fresh, pleasant aroma. The taste is extremely tart with abundant lemon, grassy flowers, and a hint of berry. It is also rather salty, similar to a Gose. It is highly carbonated, almost fizzy, and the 5.2% ABV is barely discernible. While Berliner Weissbier is not one of my favorite styles, I find this to be a nicely-crafted and interesting beer. It is ideal for a hot summer's day. I would drink this again if Victory continues to brew it.

Jan 05, 2017
 
3.75 by RobertJBeer from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2016
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2.14/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by MajorMartn from Arizona

Personal Opinion: I don't have any love for this style of beer. It is pretty sour. I bought a 24 pack for 10 dollars on base. I didn't expect much. I'll drink it, but it really isn't anything to talk about.

Dec 30, 2016
 
3.24 by VaporDome from New York on Dec 23, 2016
 
4 by freewill35 from Indiana on Dec 11, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TH28 from Florida

12oz bottle. 11/16/16 best by date. Appearance: Pale straw yellow, hazy, with a decently thick white head for a sour ale. Aroma: Lemon, bready, with a noticeable acidity Taste: Light wheat maltiness that quickly turns to a sharp sour tartness with some citrus peel and low bitterness. Not really picking up any of the elderflower character. Mouthfeel: Light bodies with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering tartness on the back of the tongue with some lemon citrus. Overall: A very clean, crisp, aggressively tart Berliner weisse. Flavors are pretty straightforward and typical of the style with some wheat maltiness, lemon citrus, and sharp tartness. Really well executed take on the style, but I’m not sure where the elderflower is in this beer

Dec 04, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bmanley90 from Virginia

A: Lots of foam poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Head dissipated very quickly, though. Pale yellow with a greenish hue and slight haze.
S: Light Aroma. Fresh sour smell with hints of citrus.
T: Lemony sour bite with a hint of wheat and a bit of earthy funk on swallowing.
M: Light body with a very acidic on the tongue with a fair bit of carbonation.
O: Overall this is an enjoyable Berliner Weisse

Dec 01, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by NeilSilber1 from California

Best sour for the non-sour fans. I'm a convert! Herbal flowery tarte with a drop of sour notes.

Nov 26, 2016
 
3.63 by bowzer4birdie from Illinois on Nov 23, 2016
 
4 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas on Nov 18, 2016
 
3.79 by GregStoner from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2016
 
4.34 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Nov 13, 2016
 
4 by VABA from Virginia on Nov 11, 2016
 
3.9 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Nov 06, 2016
Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 158 ratings