Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Snarling Badger Berliner WeisseSnarling Badger Berliner Weisse

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

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

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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of stephens101
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
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 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbowers
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev +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 +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.06/5  rDev +16%
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 +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of ta_hagen
4.64/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SF_Posse
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great summer beer. This is what Shandies strive to be.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rudzud
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 255 ratings
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