Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MasterSki on 03-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of GrumpyGas
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moose90
2.39/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.01/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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...

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Photo of jw4free
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 10Crumra
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephens101
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbowers
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/25/15

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.64/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.46 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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