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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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is only slightly tart with some malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a spice flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not a very good representation of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Dark golden body, moderately clouded, with a brief but unyielding, not-quite-fizzy, white head.

Smell: All of the wheat malt aroma you would expect from a big wheat beer, with notes of clove, sugar-laced bananas, florals, and tired lemons.

Taste: Sweet with plenty viscous, creamy malted wheat flavor. Slight perceived honey taste, with a growing banana character. Pinch of clove. Low citrusy hint. Lightly acidic, very little tartness -- not nearly enough to cut through the rich wheatiness (if it weren't for the carbonation, this would be even more of a mess). Closes out nearly as sweet and wheaty as it started.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I cannot tell you h--actually, I suppose I can tell you. I was very excited to purchase a Berliner Weisse. I was very disappointed to learn it was anything but. For a few minutes I tried to pretend it was a Belgian golden ale loaded with wheat. No dice.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a meringue of a head that leaves clumpy splotches of lace

Smell: Overripe pear, lemons and yeasty phenols; somewhat boozy

Taste: Overripe pears, lemons, wheat and yeasty phenols, up front, like a cross between a Weizenbock and boozy tripel; lactobacillus takes over, after the swallow, adding a yogurty sourness along with a bit of funk; quite boozy in the finish, with a tension between the sugars and the tart flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warming in the gullet

Overall: Clearly not to style and I am not rating it on that basis; Weizenbocks and the sweeter end of the Tripel style are not styles I particularly like so it is no surprise that I don't particularly care for this beer; perhaps the beer will improve with some time under its belt

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Photo of kjyost
3.39/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml into a Hopleaf tulip.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a big, white, rocky head.

S: Wheat, musty yeast, stone fruit and banana esters, slight lemon.

T: Big wheat and dry, fruity esters - banana, peach, apple. Slight booze under a grainy pale malt base. Crisp with a peppery bitterness, a bit lemony with a barely perceptible dry acidity.

M: Lively carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Seems more like a strong hefeweizen at this strength, with almost no lacto tartness detectable. Not bad, but not what it should be.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Poured into a snifter

This beer is a hazy golden orange with a two finger white head, quick dissipation with little retention. The nose and taste is surprising. It is a very fruity wheat beer, a lot of wheat flavors, dark fruits and lemons zest. Earthy tones and onion tastes. Very unique taste and somewhat bitter for only 15 IBU's. This beer has high carbonation and a rather full feel. Pretty good and a very unique brew, I would recomment especially if you have a bottle connection.

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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz brown bottle, freshness date on the label and vintage year on the neck.

LOOK: Slightly cloudy, gold color, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Bready, mild tartness, doughy biscuits, grassy, yeast, soft, taffy, banana peel, phenolic

TASTE: Mild tartness, fresh pears, green banana, peppery, crackers, grassy, yeast, mild phenols, gummy, walnut skin, foral, alcohol, dry grain finish

Not as tart as expected, just enough perhaps. I know this is an amped up version though it could have been labeled as a helles weizenbock and we'd all have a different mindset here. Not a huge problem with me though, just hoped to have my palate puckered.

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Photo of SalMineo
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this lovely beer last week.

Pour-Hazy golden orange color with a white head.

Aroma-Citrus with a cloves and little bit of honey as well.

Taste-Balanced with lemon zest as well hints of spices with some honey and bread definitely a lot of wheat. Definitely a bit fruity as well.

Mouthfeel-Wheaty mouthfeel and some carbonation with a dry finish.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.26/5  rDev -63.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod to light amber with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Lemon, grassy hops, some yeast character.

T: Not traditonal for a Berliner, though I do see its roots. Lemon, with some acidity, but this gets overtaken with a lot of pit fruit, almost Belgian in style, yeasty.

M: Medium-bodied, mild acidity, crisp, easy drinking.

O: This is one of those beers that really has to be reviewed on its own merits and not to style. As a Berliner Weisse it's not that great, there are shades of the style, but no one that would have this for the first time blind would think this is a Berliner, more like an acidic saison or BPA. Nevertheless, it tastes pretty darn good. Well structured, good flavour and nose, this is a real nice beer. Take it for that and enjoy it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a thick and fine-bubbled white head that leaves some generous lacing. Wheaty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and hints of lemon and banana. Be careful when drinking it - this stuff foams like a mad dog - er, make that mad badger! Wheaty flavor has a firm yeasty note plus subtle fruity hints. Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in my Lost Abbey tumbler. Pour starts off with a bright white head that occupies 90% of the volume of the glass before slowly cascading from the bottom-up to reveal a tangerine orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity. Head eventually settles into a rocky, quarter inch cap with a thick, textured semi-circle of lacing evident as the head recedes. Nose expresses lactose, a bready/yeasty quality and a suggestion of light fruit. Taste is a bit sweeter and less tart than your average Beliner Weiss. The beginning starts off with a light, fruity sweetness (tangerines or apricots perhaps) as it hits the tongue, followed by more of the lactic/bready/yeasty character presented in the nose. This characteristic, however, drops off, revealing a slight spiciness, coupled with a lemony citrus zest character. The flavor profile is somewhat complex; however, not as acidic, tart and clean as one tends to expect with the style. Mouthfeel falls somewhere between light and medium on the spectrum, but closer to light. Texture is both slightly oily, but also slightly acidic. Carbonation is lively and effervescent, but really dissipates over the course of the tasting so you get a different impression off the pour as opposed to after the glass has sat. Overall, I can't really say that this beer is particularly consistent with the character of a traditional Berliner Weissbier; perhaps an imperial cousin (I've never seen a 7.5% example of the style). As such, my rating is more to personal preference than style. That said, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit and may pick up a bottle to see if any tartness reveals itself with time; however, this beer is lacking in the traditional tart, lemony, bready, refreshing qualities I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of peaches and wheat, with some light tartness. The flavor is very similar. There is quite a bit of fruit - mainly peaches and lemons - as well as some wheat. There is a good bit of flavor, but the tartness level is very light. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 'triple' Berliner Weiss eh? Picked this up at Binny's and shared it at Edward's birthday bash. Served in a wine glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin partial collar. Hazy banana-gold color.

S - Lots of wheat here, with phenolic yeast notes but not much banana. Light tangy lemon note, but I'm not sure I could guess the style from the aroma alone.

T - Taste has a ton of unmalted wheat character as well, with more banana flavor than the aroma suggests. There's a very light sour note in the finish, but this feels more like a Weizenbock with its mixture of wheat and fruity malt sweetness.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy yet chewy texture, medium bodied, with a touch of alcohol warming. Mildly sticky in the finish.

D - If you go in expecting a higher-ABV German wheat then you won't be too disappointed, but this isn't really what I want out of the Berliner weiss style. Perhaps this will sour up over time? A bit of a letdown, as I've generally enjoyed Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve series, but not a bad beer either.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snarling Badger from Grand Teton is 3x the ABV of a traditional Berliner Weiss, but goes down smooth on a hot day. The brew pours an opaque orange with little to no head. Aromas of bananas, lemon grass, wheat, funk and an underlining sweetness. The wheat dominates the pallet, with hints of spice, banana, and lemon. A light quenching tartness meets a medium-light body and moderate level of carbonation. So excited to see this style taking on a life of its own in America!


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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear amber with no head. The smell is banana and clove as promised and the sweetness is modest. However, the taste is when the beer starts to take a turn for the worse...and the aftertaste is downright gross.
Its still got nice German wheat beer yeast and sweetness, but the lactic acid mixed with the hops is just too much bitterness. Overall, this beer lets you know it's both German and sour, but it's a hot mess overall. It was not a tart/ refreshing summer drink by any means.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $10.49 Bright orange color, hazy and cloudy, foamy head. Smell is wheat and a bit of tartness, not bad. Taste is more wheat, hint of citrus and a lactic quality, just slightly tart. Overall not bad but not one that I would revisit for the price.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy yellow/golden. No head.

Smell is a bit tart with lots of fruit scents: pear, peach and banana. Wheat is there as well.

Taste is somewhat sour, with crisp wheat and tart fruit. Banana is present, as is yeast.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit puckering.

Overall, quite enjoyable. Not sure how well it fits the Berliner Weiss style (not just due to its strength), but a good beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a pale and cloudy yellow with a small white head and minimal retention
S: smells of banana, clove and some wheat malt. more heffe than anything
T: slightly tart with wheat malt flavor, banana and clove. slight sour citrus but not quite enough. swallow is clean with lingering wheat flavor and some clove
M: smooth and creamy in the mouth from the wheat, ample yet soft carbonation from bottle conditioning.
O: lacking in tartness but a very tasty heffe. some more time might help the tartness in this beer pick up so I'll grab another one and revisit this one later. more tartness in the smell and taste would make this beer an easy four.

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky pale orange, not quite a pastel yellow shade as is usual for a Berliner. A solid cap of white foam that settles quickly to a ring around the edge. A wispy crescent shape floats in the center.

Familiar soft weizen traits in the aroma, fruity esters, supple wheat and cider notes. As this was just released and still very fresh, it doesn't come across as sour yet.

A nice tart peach twang against a mellow wheat backdrop, some dusty sweetness in the aftertaste momentarily. Pretty fruit forward with peach, pear, and citrus elements. It tastes good, just not what you'd expect for a Berliner Weisse really. Seems "green".

Seems like it could use more time to let the lacto take hold and dry it out more. It's medium bodied, and a little slick, not yet crisp and tart as would be expected. Carbonation isn't quite as charged as a traditional Berliner Weisse typically is. Nevertheless it's pretty enjoyable, and seemingly has some cellar potential.

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