WiLD Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisse

WiLD Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisseWiLD Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisse
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Berliner Weisse
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
WiLD Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisseWiLD Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisse
Notes: This reverse engineered, wild Berliner-style Weisse is a German-style sour that is very pale in color and is the lightest of all German wheat beers. The unique combination of wild yeast and lactic fermentation yields a beer that is acidic, lemony-tart, highly-attenuated and very light bodied. The carbonation of this Berliner-Weisse is high, and hop rates are low.
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Photo of BigGold
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had at The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub, Phoenix, on draft into pint tumbler.

My first beer from DESTIHL, this is true to style, most notably in ABV.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A slightly hazy straw gold pour produces a vigorous head that disappears with champagne-like quickness. It smells lemony tart and drinks like a highly carbonated unsweetened lemonade with a little wheat and malt character in the background to soften the edges somewhat. Counter ClockWeisse’s puckering tartness and champagne-like effervescence makes a very refreshing companion for a long afternoon.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 11/2/15 @ the Yarchives.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE, noisy bright white head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace. Lemon & honeycomb notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & faint pineapple flavors up front; SUPER tart lemon finish. Nice fruit flavors, but this was way too tart for my timid tongue to truly embrace.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a clear, very light lemon gold. White lacing for a head dissipates to nothing.

Smells of lemon, cracker, and cereal grains.

Tastes of very tart lemon citrus over cereal malts.

Light body with a light tingle of carbonation.

As is standard with this series, this is incredibly tart, among the most tart beers you can find. Outside of that, it's otherwise a very light wheat beer without much else to it. Very easy to drink if you can handle the tartness. Not much else to say about it, really.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, almost pear juice color. Zero head. 90% transparent.

Aromas of sweet tarts, baking soda, quartz, and lime.

Not a whole lot going on here, mildly sour, with a distinct mineral quality with the baking soda also floating around. Some bread soaked in what all I can say is sweet tarts water.

Feel is smooth yet crispy and quenching. Wet finish.

Overall, an underwhelming beer, solidly deserves the "okay" category.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical of the goose style it's sour. When it hits the back of the tongue it is like WOW! The first taste is the lemon followed by the uber-tart taste. Not a bad beer. The look and smell rating may have to be reevaluated since I'm drinking from the can!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sour wheat with some light aromas of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sour wheat with a strong amount of acidity/tartness. Light flavors of lemon citrus towards the finish but there is definitely a lingering tartness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth initially with a moderate to strong amount of acidic prickliness in the finish.

O: Possibly the most sour/tart Berliner Weissbier that I have experienced. Enjoyable (if you are a fan of very sour/tart beers) and easy to drink. I found it to be refreshing though a little too intense to be sessionable even at 3% ABV.

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Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed pale straw color with a 1/4" white head that quickly recedes to nothing but a thin ring of bubbles around the glass and a very small island of thin foam on the surface. Sipping leaves few if any small speckles of lacing and any signs of foam are soon gone.

The aromas include light touches of citric and floral character.

The flavors include lemon tartness and a bit of grainy character in the background.

The mouth feel is light bodied and faintly prickly with the very slight carbonation. The finish begins as the lemon tartness recedes into the background and disappears leaving a touch of acidic dryness in the back of the palate.

Well this beer seems a reasonable interpretation of the style but I don't think I'll be looking to have it again. However, It is definitely something to consider for a warm summer's day as it can be very refreshing to have this kind of low ABV tartness to have with food and for a party on the porch.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 o can into a Town Hall tulip. Clear light golden pear color, with an initial one finger white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Nose promises a lot of sour apple and lemon, but a little one-note. Taste has the tart green apple and serious lemon bitterness, but also some nice doughy wheat that peeks in early on and really shows up on the back and then lingers. Light feel but big flavor....very sour for such a small abv,, not super complex, but for the price, if you like 'em aggressive, this will serve you well.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a goblet to a bright and clear deep yellow with a finger of dense white head that fades quickly to a small pool and leaves some lacing
S: smells of lemony tartness from the lactic acid, with some nice clean wheatyness
T: taste is pretty sour like sucking on a lemon off the bat but the mouth acclimates quickly. Lactic sourness still dominates leaving this one pretty one note until the swallow. swallow is some nice wheat and lingering lemony tartness
M: pretty light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: Not bad but pretty one note. Reminds me a little of Hottneroth but I think hottenroth has a nicer balance.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head. The head dissapates quickly.

S - Light aroma of lemon peel and vinegar.

T - The taste is lemon, green apple, and vinegar with some graininess in the finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - A decent and refreshing Gose. Perfect for a warm summer day.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a tulip glass, canned 8/13/15

L- Medium yellow color, pretty clear maybe a slight amount of haze, had a two finger white head on the pour that dissipated quickly to nothing.

S- Lemon, tart apples, bit of vinegar, touch of wheat malt.

T- Similar aroma, tart lemon and apple, a touch of vinegar, ends with some wheat malt. Nice clean flavors.

F- High carb, very refreshing to drink.

O- One of the best of the style I've had, the flavor are very clean and it is very tart without much of a vinegar taste. A nice affordable sour for when you don't want to shell out the money for something aged in wine barrels with fruit.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was an enjoyable effervescent tart ale that goes well with fatty food, cutting through nicely without overstepping bringing notes of tingly lemon.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Destihl's Counter Clockweisse last week for 2.79 at The Lager Mill. I tried review this beer once, but the can was defective, so lets give it another shot. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass. 2015 Vintage.

A- The can looks nice, it has a nice simple design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear pale yellow color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light with a little over half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that quickly faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a sour aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by a big doughy aroma with a nice mixture of fruits that take on a little bit of berry like aroma. Up next comes some grainy, biscuit and [ale malt aromas with some white bread aromas coming through and little big of sour candy flavor comes through at the end. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, i have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the sourness being the first to show up and there's a a high amount of it followed by just a little bit of a berry flavor with the some big lemon flavors sticking out the most. On the finish and all through the aftertaste there's a big grainy cereal flavor that really lingers. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but it's a little overly sour and it could use a little more complexity.

M- Not the smoothest, a little crisp, on the acidic side, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it wasn't so acidic and had better drinkability.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a little above average for the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for, but it was lacking the balance and the acidic sourness is a little too overpowering. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for, it would really start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the taste and aroma, they were nice and pretty true to style. What I like the least about this beer is the drinkability and balance, it's just a little too sour for me to really enjoy. I might buy this beer again and I don't think I would turn one down. I recommend trying this as long as you like really sour beers. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't live it, it had a couple aspects that needed some work, but i still liked it. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little more work I think this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very light yellow pour, tons of clarity, head dissipates itself quickly. Super bright aroma, no funk or oak here.

This is a real clean kettle soured beer. Nothing complex, just a real good banger to have on hand for summer activities. If you get this distributed, you've got a solid straight forward beer to consume in mass quantities.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can (no date) from Copper Vine ($2.89). Poured into chimay chalice.

A- Hazy golden, straw body clears and sports medium-heavy carbonation. The light, off-white head drops to nothing. No stick.

S- nice and funky. Lots of vinegar and green apple peel. Hints of wood.

T- Quite sour, but refreshing. Vinegar and lemon up front and Granny Smith Apple through the middle. There are hints of sweetness through the middle and in the finish. A little lactic in the end. It's almost salty even.

M- Bone dry. Medium-light body. Light carbonation.

O- wish I got this in the heat of summer. It's crisp and refreshing. I'm not an expert on the style by any means. Glad I tried it, but I probably won't return to it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been winnowing down the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody for a couple of weeks at the expense of The CANQuest (tm), but since I have been drinking anything and everything but AIPAs and DIPAs, it seemed prudent to branch out even further.

From the CAN: "Unfiltered Spontaneously Fermented Wild Sour Ale"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "This 'reverse engineered', wild Berliner-style Weisse Bier is our interpretation of a traditional German-style sour wheat ale that is very pale and light-bodied, low-hopped, highly-attenuated and pleasantly acidic and lemony-tartest from our unique, spontaneous wild yeast and lactic fermentation. Cheers."

Crack!ing this one open got me a little spray across the fingertips to go along with the auditory nature of the vessel. The gentle Glug produced a finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fizzled to wisps. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, but the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas and Croesus was having precisely none of it. The nose held the same lemony tartness as the last one, along with the now-familiar sharpness of lactic fermentation. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like lemon juice had been squirted right into my mouth! This one was sour! My lips puckered up like I had ingested liquid alum. Phew. Whoo! At least, they were not trying to suggest that I adulterate this beer with syrup(s). No, this is what a good German will eventually wean himself to if he starts with syrup. The idea is to use less and less of it until you are using precisely none. Dry? The finish left me feeling like I had just been through a sandstorm in the Sahara. I am still trying to prise my lips open. Hey, if this is your bag, I leave it to you. I shall put on my hophead hat and resume my attack of AIPAs and DIPAs, thank you.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque, faded yellow. There is a ton of fizzy foam here that is gone by the time I'm ready to take my first sip. The nose is barely present, but what I do grab from it is sav blanc and lemon peel. The taste is a puckering sour that eases the palate down as it drinks. Not extremely acidic, but a lemony juice sour is leading the way here. Very thin, crisp, and refreshing. Nice selection here.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's.

Clear pour, golden-yellow color, wispy white head that disappeared completely after a few minutes. Aroma was floral and citrusy. Taste: light toasted grains, lemon tartness, hints of potpourri. Light body, moderately crisp. Not great, but not bad, and certainly gets extra points overall considering how much flavor they can squeeze out of a 3% beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw color with a small head that recedes slowly and leaves a small ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma is acidic sourness, lemon, and lemon grass. Taste follows the aroma with a pleasant sour lemon taste and a slightly dry finish that is easy to swallow. It was a little funky, but not particularly funky. Light body and high carbonation fit the style. No aftertastes and the alcohol is dangerously absent. Even though it's only 3% ABV, it maintained the sour components to still obvious be a beer.
It was really good and very good despite it's low ABV. The low ABV is probably a good thing given how easy it is to drink this.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty light straw yellow with a good amount of see thru to it. Lactic bright aroma. So fresh and so clean.

Strong carbonation, high degree of lactic sourness, no funk, nothing spontaneous, just a solid kettle soured option. Would bang much in the summer if I could get this all the time.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lactic aroma, clean and tart, mouth wateringly lemony.

Flavor is fairly tart, as well, with lemon notes of sourness and a slightly acetic note.

Lacks flavoring, aside from the tart and sour characters, but nicely done.

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Photo of SStein
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, clear yellow. I get a slight funk, but no real smell. The taste is very lemony. It is very fresh and light. A stronger carbonation helps wash it down. This would make a great sitting around on a porch or watching the waves at the beach drink.

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Photo of durlta
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovin these DESTIHL sours. They've all beer super sour and delightfully tart. My mouth is puckering just thinking about it. The raspberry one was my favorite, but they have all been quite good, especially for the price.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.99/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Mostly clear light yellow with a very thin head that dissipated quickly, leaving a teeny bit of lacing around the rim and a few islands in the middle
S: Funky sour citrus
T: Wee-oh, my face turned inside out on the first sip! Bright, citrus rind sour all the way through
F: So good, the sour travels all the way to the top of the esophagus
O: This beer is amazing! By far the best Berliner Weissbier I've ever had and to which all future Berliners will be compared

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WiLD Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisse from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 353 ratings