Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #568
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,264
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 11.58%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
128
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but is a great summer time brew. A little sweet with a touch of sour. Nothing too over powering. I would have this any day over a shandy or lemon brew.

Aug 14, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The recent changes in alcohol laws here in PA have meant drastic differences in the way beer is made available to the public. Now, even a simple trip to the grocery store involves a trip into the Café section to look at/for singles. I found this one during a visit to one of the local Giant Food Stores!

From the bottle: "Refreshing & Effervescent".

I Pop!ped the cap & really let go with an aggro pour since as a wheat beer as its base, cloudiness was not out of the question. It shot up with a massive two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a tart lemony quality, not as biting as some examples of the style that I have had in the past. Mouthfeel was a bit light, not exactly watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste had a light, lemony tartness, but again, I have had MUCH more tart examples in the past. The reason for raspberry and/or woodruff syrup is to cut the tartness for the beginners who are supposed to eventually wean themselves off of such stuff. This would not require any syrup, even for the most basic initiate. Finish was dry and refreshing, but it just was kind of a weak example of the style.

Nov 14, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another beer in this year's American Summer Pack and as one would expect, this was a typical summer beer that went down without a lot of heft or thought behind it. It was smooth and easy while having hardly any noticeable alcohol to speak of and during these waning days of the season, there wasn't much else that I could ask for!

Nice, golden pour to this with enough head to offset the lightness of the liquid. Not much lacing was left behind but I doubt that Weissbiers are known for their soapy residue on glasses. Lots of tartness, lemon, and malt in the nose - which wavered between cracker and pilsener. Some white grape, raspberry juice, floral spice, and wheat came through in the taste but overall, nothing was too strong of overpowering. This was a balanced take on the style that had a bit more body that I would have liked but was lively enough on the palate that nothing lingered for too long.

Of course, this was a session beer which meant that it was easy to move onto my next brew once I finished this off. While not a perfect take on the style, beers like this are almost impossible *not* to like and kick back with. The popcorn-like aroma that lingered in my glass at the end of this was a reminder that some beers are just meant to savor and smile to, which was the case here! Having a December notch, this was nice and well-rounded addition to this year's pack...

Sep 06, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7/29...pours hazy opaque gold, darker tints, some residual white foam. Soft citrus small, but very faint. Tart/bitter belnd open. Like a lemony hop. Crisp and rolls away. Edgier than a typical Berliner.

Sep 04, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 9/2017. Pours lightly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness and lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitterness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a good Berliner weisse style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing to drink; with the mildly tart/acidic finish. Very flavorful and nicely balanced for the ABV. Fits the style well enough. They used acid malt and not actual Lacto; so this is more of a pale wheat ale with a little tartness, but it’s still quite tasty. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Sep 02, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my goblet glass, this beer is a slightly cloudy, hazy, medium golden color with white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a big swirls of a film layer of foam that covers almost the entire surface of the beer. Good lacing too. Aromas of some bready malts along with a somewhat grassy lemon citrus tart smell and floral, herbal hops. Has a bready malt flavor along with a bit of wheat and a grassy, citrusy tart flavor that adds a bit of sour barnyard funk. Rounded out with a bit of a herbal, floral hop bitterness that balances the overall flavor profile out nicely. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and slightly dry after taste. A bit different from most if not all other beers I've had of this style, but still quite enjoyable overall.

Eric

Aug 26, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got two (?) bottles of this in a variety pack? Maybe it was 3 I dunno. Either way, pours a hazy light yellow with 1/2" white head on top. Lemon tartness on the aroma, slight wheat.

Taste, run of the mill introductory berliner weisse here. Everything is nice and soft, and nothing is bad. This is exactly what I thought a Sam Adams berliner would be, for better and worse. Its a little tart, sessiony etc. . . lacks depth, but at the same time, has no off flavors. There's lemon, wheat and high carbonation to help out with the levity from being a little maltier and less tart than your average berliner weisse.

I think its a good entry point into this world.

Aug 24, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a yellow gold with a minimal head. The aroma features lemon flesh and skin, black pepper, clove, cracker malts, and a vague floral quality. The flavor starts very slightly tart with a good dose of bright lemon and peach, and then becomes broader, with cracker malts, black pepper, and clove. The mouthfeel is very light with bright bubbly carbonation. Overall this is a nice little refreshing beer, though less sour than the style has become.

Aug 24, 2017
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TonyVic from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great spin on a classic Berliner Weisse. Slighly more color and less pucker factor than one that you might drink on the streets of Berlin, this ale allows for a refreshing beverage on a hot summer afternoon. Aromas are light, with the wheat and yeast being the primary players. The taste is crisp and sour, true to style, but not overly so, leaving enough flexibility in the presentation to be alone or with a syrup.

Aug 17, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by Oct 2017.
A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with minimal head and little or no lacing.
S: Sour even slightly acrid with aromas of pitted fruit and green grapes. A little spiciness notable.
T: Sour in excess of sweet with a hard to characterize "fruit" quality. Minimal bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with light effervescence, but clearly causes "tingling" over the entire palate.
O: I'm not a big fan of this style and tend to like it better when it has been adulterated with fruit flavoring, particularly berry/cherry. I tend to feel the same way about lambics, although I find they go better with a broader variety of fruits. That said, I sampled this "neat" for rating purposes and find it reasonably palatable as is.

Aug 17, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean, crisp, refreshing. I like to refresh the palate with a lighter style beer after a big IPA so I picked out a bottle of this Weisse from a buddy's fridge. Poured into a big glass, briefly looked at the body and quaffed it down.

What's good about it? It's crisp and refreshing with a light tangy tartness on the back end that follows a mellow flow of malt and light citrus.

Not good? Well, in a market of standouts both locally and nationally, it's fairly pedestrian and unmemorable. It certainly hit the spot at the moment; might be a great introduction to the style since nothing about it stands out or confronts the palate in a negative way. Easy drinker.

Aug 10, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse in their Summer variety pack. It's been a long time since I've had a sour beer from this brewery and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label is ok, the design is a little weird and it's not the most eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that takes on more of an orange color when held to the light and it had about three fingers worth of fluffy white chunky head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Berliner Weisse I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a doughy, malty, grainy, bready and light biscuit like aromas with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background and it's followed by a slight stone fruit aroma with some more fruitiness with lemons showing up the most and there's just a slight soapy aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but the slight soapy aspect holds it back.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and not as intense and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart most of the same aspect that they did in the aroma, but they are lighter and the fruitiness seems to show up more and it imparts more stone fruit aspects this time and the lemon is noticeable, but it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next it's a little watery with a little more sweetness and on the finish there's a little bit of tartness with a little bit of bitterness with a fruity, malty and watery aftertaste. It's not that great of a tasting Berliner Weisse it's not really what I would expect from the style.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly refreshing, crisp, a little effervescent, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I thought it wasn't a great example of the style, it wasn't really bad, but it just wasn't what I expect from the style and the bitter yet tart finish threw me off. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it's just not what I'm looking for in the style. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it, it's not too hard to find a better example of the style. All in all I just wasn't that into this beer and it needs some work to live up to the style. It's one of my least favorite beers from this brewery that i've had lately and it's below average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

Aug 04, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, notched best by November and sampled on 22 July 2017

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. I'm not sure what the bi-plane has to do with anything but whatever. Wow, it pours a great head for a sour beer. It's a finger-thick and fairly dense to begin with. The body is a cloudy golden with a bit of an orange sheen to it, and the head is white. It's dropped at this point but it still has a full surface covering and there's some impressive lacing going up the side of the glass to where the original head rose up to. The aroma is a touch lemony, and mineralish, with the grainy malt falling behind that. The flavor is quite similar, and on the whole I'd say it's nice - at the very least it's clean - but as a Berliner weisse... ? This is no Berliner weisse. It's not sour enough, there's way too much malt, and there's also way too much sweetness. A Berliner weisse should be sharply sour and this is barely tart. It should be pale straw in color, not golden. It should be light bodied whereas this is clearly medium, and it should be effervescent with a high carbonation while this is little more than standard. It's also a little bit too strong, and has too many IBUs to truly be called a Berliner weisse, or better yet, Berliner-style weisse. It should also be a little bit funky if it's been authentically produced but this is remarkably clean. With that said, I think it makes a great summer ale, and in fact, I'd drink it anytime of the year. It's nicely balanced, although sweetish, and the lemon-like note is refreshing and charming. So how to review this? As a Berliner weisse it fails miserably with the arrow completely missing and going astray but then hitting fairly close to the center of the target next to it - American wheat! On the other hand it's a pretty great beer. I'll just have to fudge it in favor of allowing them to use the Berliner Weisse tag as this is their interpretation of one, and that they probably didn't know what to call it or thought it would sell better as a Berliner weisse.

Jul 22, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Smells of wheat, citrus zest, and some herbs. Tastes of wheat, citrus, and some lactic acid. Medium in body and medium-high in carbonation. Overall a pretty decent berliner.

Jul 18, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a hazy gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of grain and grass with a hint of hops. The taste follows the nose with some added malt. This beer is mildly sour.

Jul 13, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a teku appears clouded golden yellow with a white cap thats quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is slightly lemony lactic with strong cereal/wheat grain sweetness that is fresh and inviting.

Taste is faintly tart and more wheat/cereal grain sweet than anything else. It has a bit of lemony essence as it warms up.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. I dont know why I got excited seeing Sam Adams do a riff on a berliner...I guess because I thought they would stylistically nail anything they release to the public. Instead, this is a very domesticated and mild take on a berliner with mass appeal to the average Sam Adams drinker. Color me somewhat disappointed but there are worse takes on the style out there.

Jul 12, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before Nov 2017. This beer is part of the Samuel Adams American Summer mixed 12-pack.

Pale gold in color with a fair amount of haze to it. Big, creamy white head with decent retention that settles down to a thin film.

Very mild aroma comprised mostly of lemon citrus. Light sourness in the flavor, which again shows lemon, and plays nicely with light grainy malt. The flavors overall are good, they jusy seem a bit too muted.

Medium-light bodied and very dry. It has a chalky feel in the finish that I didn't love. Not as tart as some other examples of the style that I've had, but that's not a knock on it. It's a balanced and drinkable beer. The label says "refreshing & effervescent" and I'd have to agree

Jul 09, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

2.01/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Horribly done, should've known better and should've read reviews first before buying. It's mainly Sam Adams malt with subtle sourness that falls way short from being considered a Berliner weisse. Poor effort on this one.

Jul 08, 2017
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed brown tinted gold color. Two and a half fingers of dense white pillowy head. Retention is good and a moderate amount of irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Tart lemony fruitiness. Straw and breadcrust. A touch of mineral quality. Finished off with a neutral wheat component.

3.0 T: Very soft tartness. Lemon and lime fruits. Neutral wheat with breadiness. Somewhat muted flavors, even for the style.

3.25 M: Light body. Soft, mildly spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink. Light and refreshing.

3.0 D: It's tasty enough, but it's only solidly average. I prefer more tartness in the style with a bit more flavor punch.

Jul 03, 2017
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udfan07 from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Summer 2017 pack. A refreshing beer. It is a tiny bit of sourness to it or maybe tartness but it doesn't detract from the beer at all. I tasted some citric flavors along with bready taste. Enjoyed drinking it.

Jul 02, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately a refreshing beer. Straw colored with medium white head. Goes down fairly smooth. Little tarty but very tolerable. Not the best Sam offers but a decent summer beer

Jul 02, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow with a touch of haze, and a nice white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Slightly tart with bready notes, and a touch of coriander.

T: Slightly tart with citric flavors, and a touch of an herbal flavor in the finish.

M: Light, crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

O: Overall a pretty decent brew. Tangy, and refreshing.

Jun 25, 2017
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michiganmatt from California

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A pale, almost greenish yellow, with a moderate amount of slightly off-white head. Much carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: a slight tart sourness as would be expected in this style or in a gose. a bit of yeasty malts as well.

T: a fruity tartness dominates, yet mildly. The tartness is mild enough to be refreshing rather than making one's tongue go crazy. I'm having a hard time really detecting much else--it's a fairly monochromatic flavor.

F: medium bodied, fairly refreshing. besides the slight tartness, there is nothing really bitter about this beer. the carbonation level of this beer sits perhaps slightly below average

O: fairly refreshing, but also fairly mediochre

Jun 25, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dulled golden body with an initially tall, white head.

Smell: A modest nose smelling of dry straw and stale sourdough, a bit wheaty with a small hint of blonde caramel and breezy lactic whiff. Ho-hum.

Taste: Sourdough bread brushed with a little bit of sweet caramel and backed with some lightly grainy wheatiness. Very subtle lactic twang, a teensy tiny hint of lemon. A bit more of the sweetness is to be found nearing the reasonably crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A pretty watered down, almost offensively mild Berliner.

Jun 18, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Some wheat, light tart acidity, and fruitiness.... Not much else

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some fruitiness and very light acidity. Yeasty fruitiness come through as well

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Not really complex at all and quite lacking in acidity and tartness. Very easy to drink and definitely refreshing, but it's like a dumbed down version of a classic

Jun 15, 2017
Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 128 ratings