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

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Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with ElderflowerBlackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 06-28-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by dansmcd:
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3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bracingly sour and delicately floral, the flavors and aromas that might seem polar in character actually balance eachother without clashing. It turns out that Victory's "Blackboard Series" berlinerweiss is a beer of complexity rather than complication.

Berliner Weiss with Elderflower pours the pale straw and unfiltered hazy character that largely defines wheat beer. With a creamy and squatty froth, the beer's abundant tartness radiates through the nose; stimulating the senses with lemon, lime, honeysuckle, sea air, wine and cork for a musty-tart scent to evoke salava production and jaw tightening. Supple sweetness greets the tongue in a short-lived warhead confectioner's taste.

With a quick dissolve of sweetness and breadiness, the sourness builds and prickles the mouth with utter sourness. Vinously tart with dry chardonnay with flavors of dry cider, vinegar, citrus, crabapples and green berries- the taste is enough to make the face "stick that way". As the sourness drifts, a soft honey biscuit character reveals themselves with a floral, earthy and slightly sweet balance. Low in bitterness, the beer relies on sourness for balance and intrigue as its cleanses the palate with ease.

Light in body, the beer's fully fermented character leaves the texture bright, refreshing and highly effervescent. This champagne-like beer offers a rustic graininess and cereal-like character that's smooth, dry and clean. A quick aftertaste of citrus and sourness exits the palate swiftly and gives the final taste a great sense of drinkability.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy straw yellow with a small frothy head that dissipates leaving no lacing.

A: Elderflower mixed a tart lemon, sweet wheat and some hints of the sea.

T: Follows pretty close to the nose, with floral and lots of tart and sour lemon, mixed with a sweet toasted wheat.

F: Light and crisp, very easy drinking. A good summer beer.

O: A very tasty Berliner Weiss and a great summer beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw poor, medium head with little retention. Aroma has that dry, tart note that teases a classic style: pale wheat, clean malt and that delicate tartness. Taste is exact for the style, has a punctuated snap and a dry, crisp finish. Can't say I noticed the elderflower, but beyond that, it's everything you'd want from a Berliner: refreshing, tart and "crushable", as the kids say.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first experience with the Blackboard Series was decidedly negative considering I felt the Agave Grapefruit IPA to be an unfinished product at best, but I am definitely down for giving Victory the benefit of the doubt considering their track record is pretty inconsistent in my opinion.

Pours a translucent light yellow color with a green-ish tint and a cap of surprisingly-retentive bone-white head that leaves the surface of the beer a bit hazy. Spritzy carbonation activity is apparent; as this is a lacto-imbued ale, such busyness is unsurprising to me, but I have to hand it to them for imbuing this with such a long-lasting collar of foam with the lacto bacteria in play... most kettle-soured ales these days totally lose any rim nigh-instantaneously, so this is a notch above most in appearance, even though the head does dissipate to nearly-nothing if given enough time in my glass.

Nose is citrus-dominant, though there is a certain slight floral note as well which evokes the elderflower inclusion. Having brewed with elderflower before, it has a bright, lemony scent that makes total sense to incorporate into a crisp Berliner weiss. I get a lot of lemon, for sure, however there's also a slight aspirin note, crackery, wheaty malt, light honey and herbal aspects and a bit of the woodiness they allude to on the label. I can tell I'm in for some tartness on the tongue with the slight funky note as well. This is, so far, much better than the first beer in this series.

Huge upfront hit of sharp tanginess with a wash of quickly-settling sourness. Definite elderflower, though there's also some hay, crackery wheat, raw floral and herbal notes, lemon zest and even a bit of barnyard-like funk. Quite thorough palate here, actually. There's a surprising complexity here, and even though I scoffed a bit at the label saying there would be "vanilla, wood and spice" characteristics, I can certainly see where they're coming from, and that's quite the feat considering the relatively simple recipe this was crafted from. Having a floral component in play here was a very nice choice, and I hope this beer opens the door for more "gruit-esque" kettle-soured ales, as that market could certainly be tapped more.

Feel is tart and spritzy, yes, but the body is a bit too heavy in the swallow for it to go down as easy as it likely should. Granted, the ABV is on the high-end for the style, but there is a very slight syrupy quality to this that hurts drinkability just a bit. Then again, this probably wasn't aiming for being the most "sessionable" sour you'll drink this summer anyway... it is, however, one of the big sleeper hits for me and has renewed my interest in this series after a rather rough start.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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 ledouge
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Strong tart lemon aroma, some vinegar, pepper, oak and flower notes. After a few minutes, I noticed a fruity sweetness I am unfamiliar with. Taste is also driven by lemon, and is mouth puckeringly sour. Some wheat, fruity and floral notes provide some balance. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with an outstanding tart finish. Very good Sour, especially considering the price.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mackeyse
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brother_rebus
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +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 Shade1951
2.47/5  rDev -36.7%
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 StevenH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 MGibbons
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Blackboard Series #3 - Berliner Weisse with Elderflower from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 156 ratings