Fernson Brewing Company

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #632
Ranked #35,133
3.68 | pDev: 17.12%
Fernson Brewing Company
South Dakota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Tart, yet refreshing. Hints of grapefruit and citrus pith. Quenchingly delicious.

Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

First South Dakota Beer.

L: A peculiar light peachy hue like thinned cantaloupe juice, with a fizzy head that completely disappears the moment you've seen it.

S: Tart and sour, crisp, but slightly sweet, yeasty and wheaty.

T: Follows smell, under-ripe nectarine, sour apple, big wheat. Acidic but does not come across as citrus for me. No grapefruit.

F: Best feature for ABV, heavier than expected body with tart dryness and good carbonation. Still many quick-rising bubbles.

O: It has something for the sour and hefe-lovers. Fine for the ABV but nothing to rave about.

Jul 13, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A South Dakota is the first beer from this state. The beer is 40 degrees and served in a pint glass. The beer has a two finger head that quickly dissolved and left no hint of its existences. The head is white foamy and airy. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a straw color with yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with effervescent. The beer has the typical appearance for a Berliner Weisse.

I first get citrus and yeast. Next, I get wheat, grass, lightly toasted malt, and yeast.

The flavors I get are citrus, tart, wheat, grass, and lightly toasted malt. Next, I taste yeast and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and fizzy.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and light finish.

The Berliner Weisse lacks that tartness that gives the beer punch. The beer is average I have tasted much better Berliners. Good beer has the potential for greatness.

Jan 09, 2019
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can. Mostly clear gold. Pretty good sized head that is a little fizzy recedes quickly.

It smells a bit like a fruited Gose. Sour with lactic acid, wheat grains, and a sweeter, passion fruit like berry.

Sweet and sour up front, but not as sour as the aroma suggested. Tart ale is a good description. Some lemon, lime, grapefruit citrus, but still a pink gum to sweet berry, and I get a hint of peach too. Closes out with wheat grains and a touch of dryness.

Carbonation is lively and it is crisp, but it does have a bit of a salt like softness in the end.

This one is a little bit of a hybrid to me, but I would describe it as a lightly fruited Berliner Weisse. An enjoyable beer that would definitely hit the spot on a warm day too

Dec 03, 2018
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Victory_Sabre for this one as part of NBS BIF #8. Also, it helps me tick SD off my states list. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy dark yellow color, with 1/3 inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma started off with a sweet scent, vaguely bubblegum-ish. Behind that there was just a light hint of grains. On the tongue, the beer had only the faintest hint of gum, but it was quickly covered up by a nice tartness. There was enough earthy grain showing through to give a gentle counterpoint.

The body was light, crisp, and had a pleasingly dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I can see where this would be great at washing the dust out of your mouth after a long, hot, summer day on the Plains. Overall, a pretty nice brew, worth a shot if you see it.

Nov 03, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a fairly clear, light golden color. The head is quite thick when initially poured. It was 3 finger, white, frothy, and dissipated fairly fast.
The nose is slightly tart, and slightly funky. Slight fruit, maybe cherry to it.
Taste - is fairly light. There's a bit of tartness to it (tart cherry), along with a sight funk.
The beer actually has a decent body, and I do get a nice carbonation feel from it.
This is quite good. I probably should have saved it for Monday, when it's supposed to be about 80, but it is a very refreshing beer, with a decent body. I am happy with this beer.

Apr 29, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, melon, green apple, white wine, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of herbal, grass, pepper, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, melon, green apple, white wine, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of herbal, grass, pepper, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate lactic tartness and light bitter/spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, melon, green apple, white wine, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an excellent Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestely acidic/drying finish, never overly lactic. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Awesome well rounded Lacto complexity with balanced pale/wheat malts. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. One of the better ones I have had.

Apr 07, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1st review? OK. Canned 7/19/17, purchased at very large bottle shop in Fargo, ND whose name I can't remember. Poured into Teku glass.

L: 2F head on pour, poor retention, leaves very spotty lacing an a thin cap and ring. Beer is mostly-clear golden.

S: Wheat malt and sour yeast.

T: Sour yeast, wheat malt. The basics. Not too sour at all, just enough. Not a lot of depth of flavor, but basic.

F: Light bodied, strong carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Balance is good, construction decent.

O: Not bad, especially in the summer. They could try to coax some more flavor out of it, though.

Sep 04, 2017
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