Berliner Style Weisse | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Berliner Style WeisseBerliner Style Weisse

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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Huguenots may have originated the style as they traveled through France to Flanders, having first mentioned it in the 1600s. Later, in 1809, Napoleon and his troops identified Berliner Weisse as the "Champagne of the North". He requested the beer be served with syrup to cut its extreme level of acidity. Our interpretation is a slightly softer, more mellow version of the "Berliner Weisse" style with a beautiful balance of tartness, fruitness, and sweetness.

Added by RblWthACoz on 05-29-2007

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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 199
Photo of SMKida
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of laituegonflable
1.45/5  rDev -61%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a very pale yellow, slight haze in the body. Head is white, quite creamy and dense with trails of lace here and there, not too sticky. Looks OK, yeah.

Smells foul. Sickly, pongy sweetness from the get-go with a sense of mouldy wet grain, honey and oatmeal. Just a fermented rice porridge character. Doesn't smell right at all, it's an absolute stinker.

Taste has a weird, possibly accidental sourness to it which is actually the highlight. Apple-esque with a lactic acidity on the front that's sour without being hugely tart, and ends up sort of weakly fruity. Finishes horribly sweet, with that fermented rice pudding flavour, oatmeal and honey notes. Off-balance, off-putting and just plain offal.

Watery thin and fairly plain. Not terrible texture but it's hard to keep this foul liquid in my mouth long enough to tell.

Two words. Actually is drain pour still two words or is it one, now? Drain pour, anyway. Ouch.

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Photo of Anthony1
1.79/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Serving Type- bottle poured into a pint glass

appearance- a very very pale straw color. the head was decent at first, but quickly vanished, but that was expected.

smell- lemon

taste/mouthfeel- an OVERPOWERING flavor of lemon. it was almost like drinking lemon juice. I began to question the age of the bottle, but it seemed way to sour. The 1809 berliner was one of my girl friend's favorites and she loved the sour tart flavor, but even she could not manage this beer's extreme sour.

drinkability- I couldn't even finish the beer :( Also, such a low abv. Seems like it will be good for people who love lemons, but not suggested for most

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Photo of Northsider
1.96/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had the Festina in this style and I wanted to try one more in the style before I dismissed it. Got this in bottle from Piece Brewery, Chicago.

There is only one word to describe this beer: TART. I felt like I was drinking lemon juice. This was a very unpleasant beer. It didn't smell very nice, and taste sure followed the smell. Appearance was fine, as was the mouthfeel...but I couldn't even finish this drink. It left a sticky, sugary residue in me mouth that spoiled every drink and the food after this one for the rest of the night.

If this is the style, A+ for making a beer in that style. However, I now can decide that it's a terrible style. I do not recommend this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.09/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a berliner bowl.

Pours a moderate-light golden color with a short white head and not too much in the way of lacing. The nose carries some bready malt and a very faint acidity. Not much going on. The flavor has a light breadiness and no real acidity. Perhaps a touch if I imagine it. This really does not get into the style. Light body and crisp carbonation; acidity is near negligible. Boring and way too plain.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very murky and watery brown with absolutely zero head. Very spotty strands of lace on the drink down. Smells of wheat, slight lemon, and very faint vinegar. Taste is of wheat and weak lemon. Very little tartness for this beer, which is odd for this style. Good carbonation with a light, easy drinking body. This beer isn't too good. I was hoping for a tartness that just wasn't there. I would not recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of Fantalek
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of rderedin
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Just not a fan of the style.

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Photo of clarknova
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Photo of glamphetamine
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy bland yellow with about an inch of head that quickly recedes and disappears.

Aroma of wheat and some kind of citrus. There's also a hint of corn in the smell.

Taste is...odd. Kind of like if you put lemon into a thin wheat beer. I can't say I hate it, but it tastes more like a weird cocktail than a beer. Honestly, the first taste was so strange that I almost rejoiced - "Yay, my first infected beer! A milestone in my beer geekdom!". Nope. Apparently, according to another review, this is how it's supposed to taste.

The aftertaste isn't enjoyable. It's like the aftertaste of tea with just a pinch too much lemon in it. Not

I don't think I'll have this one again. I might have a few sips of someone else's if they bought a bottle, just to revisit the bizarre flavor of this brew, but other than that I wouldn't want to venture another glass.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an exceptionally pale yellow, almost tending towards the colour of pear juice, very nearly transparent. Head forms in a filmy bump on the top of the glass, although it falls down to almost nothing. Body is exceptionally light. Fine carbonation. I like how light it is, otherwise it's a bit lacklustre.

Nose... Ooh dear. Yes there's some slightly rank acidity to it, but it's actually dominated by a really quite unpleasant corny adjunct/cereal character, that melds with a touch of floury yeast to give a really rancid aroma. Some green vegetative qualities to it, but the cereal/flour character is really unpleasant.

Taste is a bit better, giving a tartness on the front that snaps the palate a bit like tonic water. But after that, it just sings with that bland flouriness, and very little body whatsoever. Flat finish doesn't even give it the sparkle to be really refreshing. Blergh.

Not one of my favourite Berliner Weisses, and one which makes me question the genre yet again. Probably just really needs that woodruff syrup.

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Photo of DerrickW
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of shbobdb
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer tastes like corriander to me. Corriander has no place in a Berliner Weiss. At all. As a side note: I don't much like corriander.

Aside from that, the beer is pretty disappointing. There isn't much of a sour-bite at all. The beer has a slightly tart finish, but that is all. Otherwise the beer is very spicy, again with the corriander. I mean, it smells nice and wheaty the way it should but as soon as it hits your mouth it becomes a total and complete mess.

I like my Berliner Weisses wheaty and tart (like the Berliner Kindl), as opposed to a "slightly more mellow version of the [sic] with a beautiful balance of tartness, fruitness [sic], and sweetness". The last one, ehhh, I like to add on my own and the middle one, what the heck is that doing there?

I will say that if you like their Gose (I don't), you'll probably dig this beer.

Ohhh! Based on another reviewer's comments, I tried adding some Woodruff, and I have to say the beer improves dramatically! Still not the best of the style by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd bump the taste up to a solid three with the woodruff.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My 500th review and rather than pick out a super special beer from the cellar I grabbed one of the few Berliner weisse beers I could find on the shelves. Ive become a big fan of the style so I was anxious to give this one a try. Unfortunately this was not a very nice example of the style and I'm not sure whether this is just a lousy beer or a poorly stored bottle.

A very unattractive beer..kind of a murky cider Color, without much head and no lace at all. Lots of chunky stuff and little dark brown floaties that fortunately sunk to the bottom of the glass quickly. Aroma is moody lactic and lemony, with a faint honey note underneath. The flavor follows the nose, but the honeyed sweetness is further up front, with a lighter lactic acid and lemon hit and just a trace of hay and general funk. Average, at best.

Body is thin but carbonation is a little lower than one might like and the beer is generally lacking in the crisply refreshing and tart feel of a better Berliner weisse. Finish is also not as clean as it should be. Overall pretty dissapointing.

I drank a lot of beers to get to 500 reviews and this was not one of the better ones. Not exactly forgettable, because I will definitely remember how subpar this one was. Oh well, live and learn I suppose.

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Photo of Guden
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GreatWeisseHope
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Gose by this brewery is the best I had while in Leipzig. The Berliner Style Weisse is soured similarly to how the Gose is, which doesn't quite work for this style.

A: Yellow-straw with haze and little head retention. Color a bit dark for the style.

S: Here is where the beer starts to fall apart. The wortiness is heavy. A traditionally brewed Berliner Weisse is super-attenuated and highly carbonated. This beer smells unattenuated and sweet. The "funk" in the aroma is from their wort acidification technique, which isn't as "clean" as other Berliner Weisse styles. I always think of the now-shuttered Schultheiss brand as the pinnacle of Berliner Weisse brewing, even though it had more than just lactic acid in the beer, it was cleaner and crisper than this beer. There are lactic and acetic acids here, some sulfury notes from other bacteria gone wild and a lack of the typical saccharomyces and other yeast strains that "should" be there.

T: The aromatic deficiencies are mirrored in the flavor problems. The beer is sweet, a hint sour, and not particularly intriguing.

M: Not carbonated enough, not dry enough, and the body isn't light enough.

D: Fine if you are considering it a summer thirst quencher, but not a good rendition of a great and nearly dead beer style. The citizens of Berlin only have one offering in a city that consumed over a million hl of it at the turn of the 19th to the 20th Centuries. A shame.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the palest beer I've ever had I believe. Somewhere between clear and very pale golden. Very slightly hazy with an initial head that fades completely. The smell has faint lemon and grassiness. The taste is similar- very, very lightlemon and a hint of grassiness. The mouthfeel is crisp and soft and the body is very light. Somewhat drinkable, but so light and with a washed out citrus taste that is somewhat distracting. This is a nothing beer and dissappointingly soft for a Berliner Weisse- I like way more zing in the style. Don'teven think of adding syrup to this one- it would overwhelm what little flavor the beer has completely.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle into a rocks glass. Pours a very pale, lightly hazy yellow no head.

Nose is bright apple citrus.

Very delicate wheat sweetness, citrus, lightly tart. Overall very delicate and doesn't really establish itself terribly well. Fine carbonation and appropriately thin, somewhat dry body.

Meh, not impressed. Somehow too delicate for the style, which is odd, I know, but not nearly enough tartness compared to the gems I've had in the style.

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Photo of Gmann
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a minimal white head. The smell is of wheat malt and lemony citrus. The taste is very light, kind of like lemon seltzer. A slight malt base to distinguish this beer from water. The feel is light and moderately fizzy, finishes very neutral almost water like. I'm not an expert on this style but knowing what it should be, I would have to say this doesn't hit the mark. It is barely tart or sour and adding any sweet syrup to this brew would make it grossly over balanced.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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