Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #698
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,823
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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Reviews by Daddihowl:
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Daddihowl from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 15, 2016
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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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Lonestar9 from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Oct 04, 2014
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kjyost from Canada

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I am pretty sure this is my first (non home brewed) Berliner (or somewhat equivalent). A 3oz pour at Atomic Coffee, Moorhead, MN (July 27, 2012). From notes.

Hazy body that is pale yellow with a decent head and lacing. Wheat on nose with hint of fruit and butter. Citrus in body, lemon and tangerine initially with light spice notes. The citrus drops right off leaving a light lactic tartness. I wish it had more... Finishes with lingering bitterness / astringency. Seems off.

Aug 04, 2012
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Feb 06, 2013
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womencantsail from California

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very hazy golden orange color with a white head. Smells surprisingly sweet for a berliner. A bit of fruit, some lactic tartness, and some sort of hefeweizen like notes of clove and banana. Flavor is quite fruity with lemon, banana, and peaches. It’s also sweet, maybe a bit of honey to it. The tartness is there, but not as prominent as usual in a berlinerweiss. Sort of heavy on the palate, too.

Aug 07, 2012
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Nov 14, 2012
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ehammond1

2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazed light golden and yellow with a thin white head that leaves spots and irregular webs of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate for the style.

The aroma is a combination of lemon and wheat with some definite acidity and sour notes. Though there is also a bit of alcohol heat sprinting from the glass, which seems absurd for the style...but then again, this one has 7+ percent ABV. What the...?

The flavor is definitely acidic and sour with some lemon and wheat, but the syrupy mouthfeel and overall fruity sweetness is more than distracting. This is incredibly sweet--not a hallmark of the style.

Thick, syrupy, and heavy. Not good for the style. Not good, ever. Cloying, sticky, thick: not words I ever want to associate with a berliner.

A radical departure from one of my favorite styles. I will not have this again.

Aug 02, 2012
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy medium orange with a big foamy head with nice clingy lace. Pretty beer.

Sweet fruit and an edge of tartness and wood in the nose. Berliner Weisse?

If tasted blind, I'd say this is more like a belgian pale ale. Some fruit, alcohol, wood, vanilla, funk, light sour, and some bitterness. In essence, a mess. Way too sweet to be a berliner weisse, but maybe this needs to lay down for a while. Still, uneven. Not undrinkable, but hardly what I would call a version of the style.

Medium bodied, needs better carbonation.

Not bad. Some wood and funk make this ok, but I'd never buy this again.

Dec 15, 2012
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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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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 16, 2015
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TTAmod from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with an illegible date. An imperial Berliner Weisse? Sounds about in the same league as an NA RIS. Odd, but I digress. This bottle was poured into a goblet.

A: Looks like a BW...Cloudy orange with a one-finger white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

S: Smell is decidedly German. Heavy Hefe malt, wheat, and lemon.

T:Taste is sort of akin to an extremely phenolic and semi-sour Hefeweizen. The clove and banana are definitely present, but there's also a strong fruit flavor present along with a slight sour/lemon taste. I guess it would be what an imperial BW would taste like....

M: It has the mouthfeel of a Hefe...AKA not like a BW. Medium-bodied, moderate to minimal carbonation.

O: As others have said, this one would probably be better if aged a bit more. It's not as sour/funky as I'd like in BW. However, as with most Grand Teton beers, this one is very good, even if not doesn't completely fit the BW criteria.

Jun 21, 2012
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Aug 20, 2014
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jjanega08 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A= Pours a hazy orange color iwht a thick foamy white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is what I expect from a berliner. Strong wheat and lemongrass in the nose. A little tartness to it but not much. A really potent aroma however for a berliner. I would prefer it to be a little more tart. Big yeasty aroma as well. smells very yeasty.

T= The flavor matches the taste. A strong green appley yeast flavor to it is probably most dominate of the flavors. A slight lemony tartness to it as well as a potent wheat flavor.

M= Highly carbonated. Nice to style.

O= I would like a little more tartness and a little less yeast flavor. A cleaner profile would have been nice but I have no complaints for this beer. A solid brew and a nice step outside the box. Not enough berliners out there.

Jul 10, 2012
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theconductor from California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Jul 29, 2012
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Nov 23, 2013
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Sep 04, 2014
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brauseboof from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 25, 2015
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Glibber from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Oct 07, 2012
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AleWatcher from Illinois

1.26/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Why is this beer 7.5% ABV?!
That seems so the opposite of the style...

Lemony tartness with orange peel and grassy notes... A sweet and spicy wheat malt lies underneath it.

The lemon tartness was short-lived... Now the finish has become quite chalky-- like Smarties candy with a touch of tartness.

Feels too thick for the style... And quite chalky.

Dark golden colored bodied, not at all cloudy-- very clear. White head of 2 fingers settled quickly to a thin ring. The ring hangs on for quite a while. No lacing at all.

Overall-- this is not a good take on the style. I was really hoping to like this beer... But it just isn't gonna work out. It isn't tart enough, the ABV is too high, and it really isn't very refreshing. It sounds rude, but this beer fails at all aspects of being a Berliner.

Jul 20, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew pours a hazed orange color with a white froth topping. It fades to a thin film atop. A swirl revives an off-white finger and produces some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is filled with sulfur initially, then lemon and perfume almost like coriander. Clove and yeast spiciness is present through the middle which is awkward for the style. Lemony fruit and mild funk like lacto/yogurt and earth/minerals are the lasting impression left in the nose.

The taste is clove spiciness, caramel malt sweetness and some lemony fruit aspects. The alcohol is readily apparent with a mild yogurt tartness that gets cut by the prominent alcohol character. The aftertaste has sulfur, minerals and a strange twist of fruit like apple/pear skins.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. By and far, this is a bad example of a berliner weisse. It is atypical of everything a good berliner is...even by "imperial" standards. Instead of light, refreshing and tart this feels like a strong hefeweizen gone terribly wrong. I would not recommend this.

Jun 18, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had at a recent bottle share.

Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour, with a large, fizzy, white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving some dissipating lacing on the glass. Quite wheaty in the nose, lemongrass, yeast. in the taste, lightly toasted wheat, grass, yeasty sourdough, light touches of lemon and under-ripe banana. Not amazingly flavorful or distinctive, but still pretty crisp and refreshing. Light-medium and fairly enjoyable, but I wouldn't exactly call it exemplary of the style. However, on drinkability alone, I wouldn't mind revisiting this one, preferably on a hot summer day.

Apr 21, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big foam up in the tall, skinny glass, but better in a chalice. Slight haze to the golden amber color. Faint fruity aroma, like ripe muskmelon. Fairly spritzy on the tongue.

Sharp, but not tart. A sweetness more like a Hefeweizen. Nice wheat malt flavors. Some Belgian funky bitterness but not much detectable hop flavor. Cantaloupe and roasted corn. It's kind of interesting, double-strength Berliner without the sourness. Reminds me more of a double Pilsener. Very fruity and seems to get sweeter as you sip.

From the 750 ml bottle, 2012 version. Bought at the Olive Tree in San Diego.

Jul 25, 2012
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color. Produced a really nice head of white froth. Solid retention behind it and some good lacing left behind.

(S)- A nicely tart lemon peel and subtle bits of wheat and biscuit. Ever so slightly sweet.

(T)- Its kind of like a cross between a pretty good hefeweizen with a little tartness. Stronger in the clove, wheat, and banana with a little tartness to it, so a tad different for the style, but not completely disappointing.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. An ok balance for a hefe, but this is supposed to be a berliner weisse. The subtle tartness this has does help, but that quickly fades as it warms.

(O)- Overall, not quite fitting the style, but for a $8 750mL, its not too bad when berliner weisse's are not all the common to find. I enjoyed it, but it does fall short of the style itself.

Dec 12, 2012
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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
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 255 ratings