Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #675
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,379
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 15.49%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
255
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Grand Teton Brewing Co.
 
Idaho, United States
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Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse
Notes: In Berliner Weisse we think we’ve found the perfect style for our summer Cellar Reserve. This north German wheat beer is traditionally brewed and released very fresh. It has a light body from the wheat and refreshingly tart acidity that make it a perfect summer thirst-quencher. Its lemony tartness is provided by a secondary fermentation with lactobacillus, the same microorganism that’s responsible for yogurt’s tang. That tartness increases and improves with age, so the people of Berlin are known to buy extra bottles to bury in their gardens for two years or more.

As usual with our Cellar Reserves, we’ve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case we’ve tripled the strength over the traditional beer, which should only increase its aging potential. For the primary fermentation we used a traditional Bavarian hefeweizen yeast that produces soft notes of banana and clove. We followed that with lactobacillus and six months in conditioning to create a complex fruity acidity that compliments the soft sweet malt tones and a unique ale that is both fulfilling and refreshing.

15 IBU
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stevoj from Idaho

3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Boise Co-op.Tart and slightly sour, hazy golden body with tiniest ring of a head. Aroma is floral, and yeasty like a Belgian ale. More tartness in the finish.

Sep 22, 2016
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Impetuous from Montana

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ahh lactobacillus my good friend. Kombuchea, yogurt, kefir, and now this beer.

Malt then sour then hops. Thin body lingering bubbles on the tongue


A quality brew.

Aug 25, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (06/30/15 bottled on date) into a pint glass.
Hazy straw colored body with no head.
Aroma is clearly sour.
Taste is lemony yeast and some sour. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was a cider. It's very refreshing, dry, and no hint of the higher alchohol. That could be trouble.

May 14, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served From 12 oz Bottle

A — Pours a hazy deep banana yellow hue into the glass, a cream colored head forms but settles and leaves bits of lacing behind, poured this very slowly but it is still super hazy and somewhat unappealing.

S — Lemon, estery, banana, yeast, spice, clove, little to no tartness or acidity here, a bit bizarre.

T — Unfortunately like the nose, this is very wheaty, yeasty, and full of esters, no real tartness or acidity, lacks balance and does not adhere to the style guidelines for this beer.

M — Medium-Full bodied with an acrid lingering finish.

O — OK overall, just not what I would call a Berliner, not the best offering from Grand Teton.

Jan 19, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.01/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Too hazy, looks like a hefe, not a berliner. Nice 1/2" of white head though. Smell was atrocious, all kinds of belgian hefe clove and banana. Eeee gad.

Taste, way too much alcohol, milt tartness destroyed by spice cabinet. Mouthfeel sucks, not enough wheat to carry all the clove.

Terrible representation of style, and terrible otherwise.

Dec 25, 2015
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really can't believe that this beer hasn't received a better report yet for the Berliner Weisse style it presents despite the fact that it is 7.5% ABV...

Dec 11, 2015
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jw4free from Kansas

3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a tall Weizen glass. Bottle date 6/30/15.
L: true to style golden straw. Nearly no head. No lacing.
S: sour. Fermented grass. Astringent, acidly. Empty bottle had a pleasant sweet aroma.
T: Sour patch candy. Slight maltyness as it warms, kind of.
F: sour beer. Some bite to the tongue.
O: I tried to be fair, but I just don't like sour beers at all.

Dec 07, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From note 9/14.

On draught at Choice City in Ft. Collins. Good way to start a day brew-hopping.

Has a voluminous creamy tan head and yellow-orange in color. Slightly tart aroma with faint orange, vanilla and spice. Creamy middle and crisp going down with fine layers of light fruits.

Sunshine in a glass.

Nov 15, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/25/15 at 42 degrees into nonic
Received in trade
Aroma weak, sour
Head small (<two cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, quickly gone leaving a one mm partial ring and no layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, cloudy, sediment in bottle
Flavor – starts slightly sour with some fruitiness, quickly ends. Then nothing; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Will bury the rest of the four-pack in the garden for later consumption.

Oct 19, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprised to see the low ratings since it's fairly acclaimed on the forums.
Anyways, here's my roll of the dice, served in a Tumbler pint.

Look : Manufactured frosted glass transparency with a straw yellow color. The head is 2 fingers but recedes very quickly - although that seems to be a trademark of many Berliners. Sparse lace with a creamy ring left on top, none on the sides.

Smell : Fairly off-putting with its rubber cement aroma, cheese/cauliflower mixture, and stale grains. Beyond that is a hint of sour lemon and lime squirts, onion, with yeast strains, and gasoline. Berliner Weissbiers are odd ducks in and of themselves, but this one has a lot off very off-aromas.

Taste : Thankfully the taste is better, with applesauce, lime juice, dill pickle, and yeast. Doughy flavors come out as well, giving a zing and pastiness to the profile. Slight acidity, orange squirts, and finally...a disappointing finish of chalk and kerosene.

Feel : Biting and creamy, creamy all the way to the finish. Ends semi-dry.

Overall : This is an aspiring Berliner Weiss. It does not meet the awesome standards that the Berliner is capable of, but rather it hints at it, scraping with its badger claws, never being able to climb to the top. If you have this beer, please know there are much better Berliners out there, so don't stop at this one.

Oct 10, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow with excellent head retention. The aroma leads with lemon, followed by sour dough, pepper, and something almost like aged Parmesan. The is at first tart, then bready, then tart again. The mouthfeel is fizzy and refrshing. Overall this is an awesome oddball beer, not a traditional Berliner Weisse, but not bad for it.

Sep 19, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original review from August 2nd, 2015: Bought a four pack of 12 ounce bottles this afternoon. Served in over-sized wine glass. Pours a very opaque honey-yellow. Could have been a little more clear, but last bit out of the bottle was full of fine sediment, some of which can now be seen sliding down toward the bottom of the glass. Very thin, very fine white head of low to medium retention. In bottle, very pilsner-like aroma. In the glass, grain or crackers, vinegar strong at first, but soon it's mostly Band Aid, not unpleasant in my opinion. On the palate, very sour but good if you can appreciate that, lighter fruits, so as the description suggests, lemon more so than vinegar. And Band Aid again, a bit hard to differentiate from what little malt character there is. I'd say medium in body, not light, but it's close. Medium level of mildly prickly carbonation, mellowing quickly, not too dry of a finish.

Updated review from same batch, May 3rd, 2017, more than a year and a half later:

Served in flanged snifter.

Opaque golden amber, with fine, filmy bright white head of weak retention. Tart, bready yeast, banana and bandaid-like yeast qualities, sweet caramel, vinous, and cured meat (gourmet salami) on the nose. Like an apple cider without the apple, but also akin to a Hefe. Smell has definitely appreciated over the last almost 18 months. Palate is basically an extra tart Hefeweizen. Compared to other, more Belgian-style sours, the Hefe relation stands out quite a bit. It’s just as sour I’d say, but more in balance with the malt and yeast and also a little more toward lemon and sour apples than white wine or similar vinegars. Speaking of wine, it’s less vinous overall in spite of the yeast, which is more so on the doughy and Bandaid side. Also, less rubbery or tropical-fruity than most sours I’ve had. This style, or at least this take on this style is to a Hefeweizen as other sours are to a top-shelf Imperial IPA. But as already mentioned, very cider like in aroma and flavor. Sightly peppery retro-olfaction. Pasta-like aftertaste, but also irony as one might expect from something this acidic. Medium in body, creamy with extra fine but increasing tingley bubbles, finishing like velvet. Too acidic to really notice the alcohol at the levels ABV would suggest. Taste and mouthfeel also improved in this time period, at roughly 55-60° cellaring. I know some Berliner Weissbiers have a lower ABV. But I think it’s just as smart to age one with higher ABV as it is a Barleywine, an Imperial Stout, or just about anything barrel-aged. Heck, maybe even a better idea. I do still prefer a Belgian-influenced Sour, but this is close (at least when aged).

This one has improved quite a bit with age, but I will leave by original ratings up. Otherwise, it would now be a 4.25, 4, 4, 4, 4.

Aug 02, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for JLindros for sharing this beer during a little cellar cleaning party. 2012 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear golden hue with a thin head that faded quickly to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of rather fruity apples, green apple skins, sweeter malts. Not very berliner like at all.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More sweet apples and skin, however, there is a surprising amount of alcohol heat given the ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated with some booze.

O - Overall this was a neat, old, odd beer. Certainly don't think the flavour/aroma going on here now was what was going on when it was fresh but still fun to try.

Serving Type: Bottle

Apr 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy amber with a champagne like white foam cap that quickly fills the glass and then drops to a thick fizzy film.
S: Light horseblanket and lemony tartness, light bread.
T: Lemony tart light fruit, white bread. F: Very effervescent, refreshing and light.
O: This has twice the alcohol of a traditional Berliner Weiss but it is ery refreshing.

Apr 19, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

2012 I think, pretty old.

Semi clear golden color light fizzy head

Nose weird fruity, apple like, weird tree fruit, sour,

Taste little yeasty, doughy, big weird fruity again, apple, sour apple and tree fruit, slight tart like strong Belgian thing, flemmy but not acidic.

Med bod little flemmy sticky, decent carb

Nothing like I expected, not much like a berliner at all.

Apr 01, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of Snarling Badger with bottled on date of 23 June 2014.
Pours clear, light amber with a small head.
The aroma is an unappealing mix of yeast, citrus, bready malts and funk.
Flavor: mildly tart with a mostly lemony citrus tone. Some bready light grains.

O: get past the aroma and you'll find a quite drinkable weisse beer with well hidden ABV.

Oct 29, 2014
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw, no head or lacing, single vibrant stream of carbonation in the center.

S: Slightly tart and sour lemon balanced by bready yeast.

T: Delicate yeast funk, the sourness is diminished here a little, but still apparent. Lemon. Near-dry. No alcohol apparent, even with these light flavors. A little watery, and I'd like more sourness, but the flavors there are clean and balanced.

F: Light bodied, fine carbonation.

O: A bit watery, but still enjoyable, and were it not for the ABV, sessionable in the extreme. Another viewpoint is that they show restrain in their formula.

Sep 20, 2014
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Tone from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, slight lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of wheat, and strong yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, decent feel, okay body, and good blend.

Sep 19, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

a very god ale, right on for summer and super easy drinking and refreshing and all. my only issue, and its a big one, is that is this really sour mashed like a berliner should be? is it really tart? sour? funky? sessionable? lots of no and a yes there. it truly is sessionable, but there is no lacto there at all, let alone a sour mash or a funky weirdness or lemon kick. lightness is there, real sessionable and low abv and all of that, but no tart to the taste, no citrus kick or acidity, its just an ale, and for something billed as a wild, its real disappointing. the way thier oud bruin is a good beer, but not good as an oud briun, this does basically the same thing. tasty as a beer, fully, but not enough as a berliner, missing a lot of key elements. light and clean, but show me the sour!!!

Aug 26, 2014
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into an IPA glass????

A faded orangish body holds up a ... no, there is no head! Or lacing. The aroma is very tart with Granny Smith apples coming to mind. Also hints of banana and clove. The taste is pretty tart as well. You have to really try hard to pick out the malt from all of the tartness. The mouthfeel is slightly acidic!

Overall, pretty tart. Too much in fact.

Aug 22, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

RB

12oz bottle picked up at the COOP... Pours a pretty hazy dark yellow... no real head to speak of and no lacing.

Nose shows some very light yogurt qualities (that may just be in my head)... but the big player is wheaty pale malt and some yeasty phenols that remind me of clove.

Flavor is a sweet mess of fruity pear and apple esters that belong no where in the same breath of anything Berliner. xx

Body is entirely too thick... This brew is pretty much a disaster IMO.

2.5/2.75/2.75/2.75/2.75

Aug 19, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on 5/23/14.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A funky, tart, and fruity wheat forward aroma with hints of spice and citrus. Wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Big hints of the lacto funk. Spice hints of coriander, clove, and pepper. Good fruit presence with zesty hints of lemon, orange, banana, and pear. A pretty decent Hefeweizen like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, funky, and sweet wheat driven taste with notes of fruit and spice. Wheat and pale malt with some bready notes of grains, straw, cracker, Hefeweizen yeast, and caramel. Spice notes of coriander, pepper, and clove. Big presence of lactobacillus funk. Fruit notes of lemon zest, banana, orange, green apple, and pear. A pretty solid wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat high level of carbonation. Tart, sweet, prickly, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice spin on the Berliner Weisse style. Good mix of funk and spices with some zesty fruit esters.

Aug 14, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a huge, frothy, white head that has really good persistence. A nice yeasty aroma that is a touch tart. Hazy, straw color. Starts a bit tart, yeasty, and with a bit of grainy hop. Wells up into a big banana/clove yeastiness. Quite dry. Finish is biscuity malt with yeast in the background.

Overall, this isn't too bad. It's like a mildly sour hefeweizen. I like a Berliner that's most assertively tart, and a bit thinner, actually.

Jul 26, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks yet again to styleisking for this one.

A heavily clouded pale gold color, this beer grows a moderately sized and extremely fluffy pure white head. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing is in the same moderation as the head itself in quantity and heaviness.
There's all kinds of everything going on in this aroma, and it's a little confusing. It wants to come together, but doesn't quite manage cohesion. I do get the notes I want, with tartness, funk and some sour fruits, but the phenols, light bitterness, grass/hay and bready malts complementing it add confusion rather than working together.
The flavor offer much of the same, and the boozy heat adds another element of confusion even as some of the aroma's confusion eases off. Lots of yeast, earth, tartness, sourness, funk, fruits, dryness and sweetness competing; it's interesting for sure. Ultimately, it's actually pretty good, just difficult to put together.
The feel moves back and forth between tangy/leafy dryness and fruity sorts of sweetness, but it's got the light sting on the tongue that doesn't hit too hard. The odd booziness gets to the mouthfeel just a little, but it's this beer's best aspect.

Jul 04, 2014
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Golfer3Aces from Wyoming

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On sale for 3.99 at my local liquor store. Can't beat the price for 22oz and 7.5 abv.

A. Looks good. About a finger of head. A peach type if color.
S. All I can smell is wine.
T. Fruity. Maybe peaches. Almost tastes like fruit cocktail juice.
M. Light mouth feel. Ends dry like a red wine. (Of the red wines I have tried they have finished dry. No wine experience)
O. I haven't had many of this style that I know of. That being said it, its not a bad beer. I would try again.

Feb 14, 2014
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 255 ratings