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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Berliner Weisse
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 157
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bark
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MajorMartn
2.14/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of TH28
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Bmanley90
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Lacing withers away quickly, completely hazed out with some floaties. Mild tartness and a floral tone in the nose. Crisp with a puckering tartness on the palate, tartness fades but the Elderflower addition really shines. Lighter body, easy drinking with some extra character from that addition of Elderflower. This works for me!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat malts, light aromas of lemon citrus, and light to moderate aromas of floral/elderflowers.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sour wheat malts with a moderate amount of tartness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and light to moderate flavors of elderflowers (which taste like a combination of floral and berry notes). Light amounts of lingering tartness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very easy to drink and refreshing, making it perfect on a warm evening. A nice example of the style with a interesting addition of elderflowers. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lagunitas mason glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque light golden color. Two fingers of fizzy white head which falls quickly. Modest lacing.

S: Lemony funk... a bit of yeast.

T/F: Moderately tart up front... definite lemon and some funk/lactic acid. Mildly floral. Wheat and grains... no discernible hop presence. Not the most sour beer I've ever had but it's got a bit of a pucker to it. Well carbonated... a bit fizzy on the mouthfeel. Finish is tart and sticky.

O: Decent sour Weissbier. Not a beer I'd drink more than one of in a sitting... but ok for a change of pace. If you're into the sour stuff it's worth a try.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Best by 16 November 2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy darker golden body, one finger white head, thick and effervescent, average retention, bits of lacing. Smells of grain, wheat, touch of lactic acid, floral notes. Not too complicated, but does have a mild tart kick to it. Flavour is a frothy wheat, light apple cider, bit of lactic acid, with a floral bitterness on the finish. Moderate cidery tartness to it. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, crisp and refreshingly dry. A solid berliner weisse, nothing too mindblowing with a slight wateriness to it, but it would make for a good summer barbecue beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a large lively head.

Smells like elderflowers (surprise!), with some tartness and funky citrusiness. This doesn't really smell like the style. Sometime I love beers that are courageous enough to break with tradition, but this is not one of them. Not a bad smell, but not for me.

The elderflowers dominate the taste as well, with some tartness and sourness in the background. Once again, not a poorly brewed beer - but not for me. Feel is light and crisp, probably the best thing this beer got going for it.

I remember having their Oktoberfest beer the other day and loving it for the very fact that it broke convention. This is different, and I'm really not digging this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very light translucent yellow, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like clean tart lactobacillus, a bit of an earthy floral herbal thing (maybe the Elderflower, I don't know what that smells/tastes like) and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

This surprised me with how good it was. It's quite tart, and bracingly sour, but not overwhelmingly so. There's a nice floral character to it- that's probably from the elderflower- though this is my first experience with elderflower, so who knows. It's incredibly refreshing, because of how cleanly sour it is- Victory did an excellent job with this.

This is pretty light bodied, very crisp, with a sparking level of carbonation.

This is one of the better Berliners I've ever had- wonderful stuff.

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Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Pale yellow with a hint of darkness, like the riders of the apocalypse approaching from the East in the first few moments of a sunrise.

S: A whole lot going on here. Too much for one sniff. Honey, melons, flowers, sours, maybe even some subtle vegetablian aromas in the backend.

T: Massive sour bite right up front, with a variety of floral and fruit flavors momentarily splashing on your tongue an instant afterwards, but the lingering tartness drowns out the backend completely. Definitely couldn't drink more than one or two of these in a single sitting.

F: Nice, mellow mouthfeel. Completely appropriate for the fruit and vegetable garden you've smelt and tasted.

Overall: Would be at home in a farmhouse or saison series, but not quite what I expected from the label.


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Photo of jooler
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Great smell and look. Taste is amazing. For the price, it satisfies my sour needs. Not comparable to Brett weisse from Firestone but good

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Photo of drtth
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear lightly hazy yellow color with a 1 & 1/2" white head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a scattered spider web of thin amounts of foam on the surface. Sipping creates several patches of foam on the side of the glass, most all of which slide back down to the liquid. By midway through the beer there's virtually no foam left.

The aromas offer an interesting mix of something that seems to be citric (but a bit more than just lemon) along with some floral character and a bit of mustiness.

The flavors are much as expected from the aromas so there's a soft, tart, citric sourness with some floral character and some light, softening sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with only a faint prickliness from the light carbonation. The finish begins as the citric sourness begins to fade allowing the floral and sweetness to emerge before all move to the back of the palate where the citric tartness pops up again for a bit before giving way to a light, dry bitter tang that also fades.

On the whole this is a fairly nice beer and I'd be happy to have another, even though it isn't one of my favorite styles. The presence of the flowers is subdued but noticeable and the tartness does not overwhelm. So even though this is not one of my favorite styles I’ve enjoyed having this one to drink and it is definitely refreshing on a warm summer's day, and could become a treat in the summer heat.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm a big fan of Victory beers.
I'm a big fan of Berliner Weisse beers.
I'm a big fan of sour beers of all styles.
This beer unfortunately is so acidic and tart/sour, its not quite pleasant to drink. I feel like its going to cause extreme heartburn or an ulcer. I was disappointed with this one from Victory. I'm usually a fan of being more extreme with flavor than lame, but in this case it crossed the threshold I'm afraid.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a slight chill haze. The aroma is floral and has some sour yeast notes. The taste is lightly tart and bitter, mostly tart, almost like a lemonade. Elderflower really didn't come through, yet its fine because the beer itself is quite satisfying. Slight floral notes as it warms. Another solid beer.

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Photo of Shade1951
2.47/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I don't want to rate this one because I cannot give it a fair rating. Victory makes some excellent beer, and this one obviously appeals to a lot of people. It's just that I don't care for sour in beer. To me, it just tastes wrong. And I doubt that it's a taste I would acquire with repeated drinking. I don't think beer should make me grimace, and the couple of sour beers I've tried have done that. It's not a pleasure to drink them; it's a chore.

When I bought this one bottle, I had no idea it was so SOUR, else I would have stayed away. For those who do like sour and tart in beer, give this a go. Others should pass.

I wasn't able to submit without giving a rating, so take it with a grain of salt (or a slice of really sour lemon).

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I have come to love, and this is a great example.

It's pale yellow with a great floral, yeasty, aroma. It's a pleasure to sniff.

The taste is a great balance of tart and sweet and it is just so refreshing that it is really hard to drink slowly. I just want to suck it down and then suck another. There isn't anything wrong with that.

This is a very satisfying Berliner Weisse and a good example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 157 ratings