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

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ultra-pale yellow, though it's actually very cloudy and opaque in the glass. The two finger head settles to a ring within about a minute (common for the style).

Smell: Very wheaty with some undertones of lemon. Not a lot going on here, but it's pleasant.

Taste/mouthfeel: Again, very wheaty. Mildly sour with flavors of lemon and green apple. Pretty reserved for the style. The mouthfeel is light and dry but not overly acidic, making this an ideal Summer thirst-quencher. This beer actually has a lot of flavor for being a mere 3% ABV.

Notes: Got this one from dyan - thanks! I'm starting to really like this style of beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely pale yellow with water colored highlights. This may be the lightest beer that I've ever laid eyes on. The shockingly bright white crown actually has some legs. It started out at three fingers and is only losing altitude to the tune of one digit per minute. No lace? No problem. An attractive yeasty haze appears when the final ounce is added to the glass.

The nose is more wheaty than I remember my other two Berliner weissbiers being. It's bright and lemon juice citrusy, along with that characteristic wheaty tang that hints of light, crisp refreshment to come. A bit more power would be nice, but there isn't much aerosolization going on at this point.

The rear label says that Berliner Style Weisse is 'a slightly softer, more mellow version'. I'll go along with that. Specifically, it doesn't have the massive mouthslam of puckeriness and acidity that I remember (semi-)fondly from my past experiences with beer of this style. In fact, in terms of tartness, it resembles a more-sour-than-usual pale wheat ale at least as much as a Berliner weissbier.

The lemon zestiness is especially prominent and is what keeps this lemonophile coming back for more. Sure it's simple beer, but it's also immensely refreshing and is something that I'd choose over lemonade every day and twice on Sunday.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't an unforgettable sensory experience, it's right where it should be. In other words, it's light without being watery and has just enough bubbles to keep things festive. Considering the 11.2 ounce bottle and the ABV, six of these would be just about right on a hot summer day.

I appreciate the fact that B.B.B. & G.G & Co. have created a kinder, gentler version of this classic style. It's much more enjoyable and infinitely more drinkable this way. Syrups? We don't need no stinkin' syrups.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Pizza Port bottle shop into a snifter glass. Poured a pale clear straw color with a little white head. Smell is dominated by wheat , citrus, and a slight sour lactic scent. Taste is lemon citrus with a little sour flavor but not much and a semi dry finish. Very light body beer bodering on the lightness of water with a moderate to low carbonation. This is my second Berliner Weissbier and while not as good to me as the 1809 ( ilike the sourness and funk of that beer) its was very easy to drink and refreshing none the less, becoming one of my favorite style thats for sure.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my cup and received a very light gold (could see through it clearly when held to light) body with minimal head that died quickly and left little lacings. A mild citrus smell with some hops and yeast in it. A sour taste, a little too sour for my liking. The sourness overrode the wheat coming and ruined some of the smoothness of the beer. There was no backbite to me because of the sourness when first hit on the tongue. Still, a somewhat flavorful brew that with some citrus and wheat that was noticeable and it did go down alright. At 3% I wouldn't session this though - too weak. Just not my style I guess.

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Photo of horseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is the third commercial version
of this style of beer that I've tasted
(The other two being Kindl and one made
by Elysian of Seattle).

This is probably the least sour version
of this style that I've tasted:
the lactic sourness is fairly light.
Noticable, but light.

You can taste some sweet malt which balances
nicely with the sourness.

(I have a homebrewed version made by me last year which I'm tasting side-by-side with,
and mine is much more sour)

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Photo of cjgator3
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle pours a pale and cloudy whitish yellow color with a thin fizzy white head The aroma is a bit sour with wheat and yeast and just a hint of citrus. The taste like the aroma is a bit tart with some wheat and yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty light and thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try. It is nothing special, but would be nice and refreshing and would be a pretty nice session brew on a hot day.

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Photo of rallison
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very intriguing style - so I was glad to find this bottle at the City Beer Store in SF.

Pour is a very pale golden color with a white head that pretty quickly dies. Smell is refreshingly sour.

Taste is definitely nicely sour, with a nice earthy quality from the wheat. Taste in the middle is a touch watery. Some clean citric qualities, with a slight malty softness present as well. All in all, very enjoyable and a style I would love to have some more of.

Mouthfeel, as mentioned, is a little watery, but somewhat forgivable given the style. Drinkability is exceptional - good amount of flavor, refreshing and, at 3%, drinkable for quite a long time.

Recommended. I need to try some of the 1809 now!

Edit: I added the yeast after finishing about 3/4 of the beer. Doing so let the yeast some through in the nose, rounded the mouthfeel out, but also got rid of some of the nice, clean sourness. I'd recommend trying it both ways to see which you prefer.

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Photo of FMetzger
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light yellow straw color, slight cloudiness. Thin head, dissipated in less than 5 minutes.
Smell: Slight wheat smell, no real citrus note to speak of.
Taste: Soft wheat, slight sourness, mild acidity. Citrus comes through in taste (lemony).
Mouthfeel: Also thin, clean. Nice, but not fantastic.
Drinkability: Refreshing, this would be great on a hot day. Not too sour.
I have had other Berliners and this one is pretty true to form. Overall, a delicious sour-ed slightly wheaty beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy lemony color with a thin creamy white head that quickly faded.

S: light sour lemons.

F: well balanced with a sweet/sourness of lemons and malt. There was a sharp pronounced citrus tang with a subtle sourness and breadiness on the finish. Overall a great drink by style, incredible smooth and thirst quenching on those hot summer days and wont fill you up at 3.0% abv

M: The mouthful as light, slick and juice like, with very soft carbonation, sliding off the tongue effortlessly on the swallow.

D: The unusually low alcohol in no way distracts or hinders from flavor or enjoyability as this is a prime example per style and goes down nicely from the smooth sourness.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle at Merchant's. 3.0% ABV. Pours out to a slightly milky looking very very pale straw golden,forming a modest white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is fruity and full of coriander and crackers. The mouthfeel is light, moderately tart and with a watery light body, but very refreshing and appropriate for the style. The taste is light as well...a little spicy up front with some sparse phenols, then a wave of coriander, followed by some citric acid tartness and soda water acidity, and ending in a very clean finish with a soda cracker aftertaste. Suggestion of lemon throughout.

I really like this. It's very very drinkable, and at 3.0% I could down a 6'er of these way too easily on a summer day. I'd like to try one with syrup as is traditional with Berliner Weisse. I tried this one with and without the yeast, and while the difference is subtle, I prefer mine without. It tended to add a little bitterness.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a very light straw color, very foamy head. This beer is actually pretty nice to look at. Lemony on the nose, straw,yeast,this may sound funny, but I am a country boy and this beer smells just liked freshly shucked sweet corn. light yeast lacing now that beer is poured out. very tart lemony flavor. very light, nice aperitif. clean mouthfeel, I like it!

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low shouldered light brown 11.2 oz bottle. Yellow label.
Cloudy translucent pale golden body topped with a white creamy head that falls quickly and leaves little to no lace.
Light wheat and sweet and sour lemon scent.
Sour/sweet green grass and lemon flavor with only the mildest of hop notes. White lemony aftertaste of intermediate duration.
Medium body with abit of coating and a dry finish.
Very enjoyable, light and crisp.


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Photo of Gmann
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extremely pale, straw, gold color (about as light as I have seen) with an effervescent carbonation that holds up an initially three-finger thick, almost pure white colored head. The aroma has a light tartness to it that is both a mix of wheat aromas and fermentation derived notes. The wheat almost seems to contribute more to the tart aromatics than the expected fermentation character. Other aromas of hay, crushed soda crackers, a surprising amount of grain character and even a light lemon zest note are all noticeable. Perhaps the aroma is not quite as funky as I would prefer, but it is nice and refreshing, which is what a good example of the style should be.

Very light bodied, as expected, the carbonation adds a bit of texture to what would otherwise be a very watery feeling beer. Only lightly tart, though I suppose this might be when comparing to something like a Lambic. Very dry tasting too, I am not sure that I get a sense of any residual malt sugars here. The sourness contributes a lemon like, or perhaps even lime like flavor here. The beer finishes with a light, grassy-grain character and a hint of soda cracker flavors and pretty much no bitterness. The tartness provides the typical balance that a hop bitterness would provide. Despite the sourness (and probably actually owing to it to some degree), this is a very clean tasting beer.

With the sediment added the nose becomes much more yeasty, a touch like raw dough and the flavor picks up some additional roundness as well as a bit of yeast bite. This is certainly something that I could quaff in mass quantities on a warm day. This is very light and refreshing & I like that the sourness of this brew makes this even more appetizing. This is a touch simplistic though, I would prefer a little bit more complexity and fermentation character. This is definitely enjoyable though and I will be curious to see how this beer ages.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of brantadid
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow into my Berliner Style Weisse Glass. Poured with little to no head. Smelled very yeasty, but not unpleasant. Some citrus in the nose. If tart were a smell, I would describe it as that.

The beer was moderately carbonated. A slight sweetness on the front palate that was follow by a refreshing tartness on the mid to back palate. Reminds me of pink grapefruit. Reminisent of a flemish sour or, in the wine world, a sauvignon blanc.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cold into a tumber
A - Pours a cloud pale golden w/ a 1/2 inch of soft white head. There is plenty of effervescence w/ bubbles streaming upward endlessly leaving specks of lace.

S - Malty, wheaty w/ a light spice odor and lemony sour notes.

M - Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Citrus-like acidity and sweetness.

T -- A mellow creamy, almost buttery smooth taste. Slightly lemon tinged and a bit of yeast spice even w/o the sediment added. Very light and easy to drink flavor-wise. The perfect summer quaff. The flavor of this is lighter than other Berliner-weisse ales I have had.

D - This is a very good example -flavorful, low abv -3%! Very sessionable and refreshing. I could probably drink this often and not get bored. A slightly lighter version of the style than I am used to, but stands up just fine.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Extreme pastel yellow color, with a finger of sizzling foam on top. Head disappears, but is rekindled as the wheat/yeast dregs are added. It also becomes cloudy and opaque. The foam behaves much like soda does.

Aroma of lemon, and grainy, lactic tartness. A little minerally.

Feels like spritzy club soda on the tongue. Fairly clean with a mellow tartness. Aftertaste of cereal grain, like Cheerios. Tart zing upfront that flashes quickly and is gone...not very lactic in the taste or mouthfeel either. Overall it's a little blah and watery feeling. It would definitely benefit from adding a traditional syrup to it.

Very light and easy to drink, however there are more unique Berliner Weisses out there...

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Photo of Atlas1
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's summer time, and I do so love the Berliner Weiss beers....

Pours a very pale, cloudy straw color. It's almost white. Big fat white foam head that fades quickly. But the color of this beer, which may be the lightest-colored brew I've ever had, is so cool and unusual that I have to give it high marks. The aroma is clean and airy, and reminds me of a freshly opened can of tennis balls. Some light lemon/citrus notes with muted malts. Nice, but nothing special. The taste follows suit, serving up a clean, refreshingly tart and tangy berliner style weiss. Fruity and crisp, but underwhelming in the end. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing as well, but a bit watery.

If you like the style, you should give this a try. But if you want better versions, you should try Weihenstephaner's 1809 or the DFH Festiva Peche, both of which are fuller in body and character. Still, this one is nice and certainly refreshing. Great for a hot summer day like today. And at 3% ABV, it's something you can enjoy all afternoon.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a hazy and very pale color,like a witbier. A creamy white head forms and recedes. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is light, but distinctly tart and has that barnyard aroma. Mild tones of wheat beer peek through.

Taste is also light, but to be expected for the low gravity. Nice and tart with a light wheat beer base. Refreshing.

Light body, decent carbonation.

Easy to drink and very thrist quenching. This beer is at the light end of the spectrum for the style, but still maintains the most important characteristics. Definitely one to try for Berliner fans.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
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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