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 hwwty4
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this little (11.2oz) baby sitting at one of my favorite local bottle shops. Being one never to shy a way from a Berliner Weiss (they are, like, totally awesome) I dropped the $3.29 and put it in the sack. Popped the cap and was instantly hit with a mild lactic twang along with, uh oh, wet cardboard. This beer has a slight oxidized aroma to it. Hopefully it wont be to prevalent in its makeup. There also is a slight lemon zest and grassy hop aroma that hides the slight oxidization. The flavor profile is much the same except for one big difference. The infection in the Berliner Weiss isn't entirely lactic in nature. There is definitely something else in there. It reminds me of sour yogurt pushing on the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel isn't as crisp and clean as most Berliner Weiss' but as a "Berliner Style Weiss" I cant really fault it. This isn't my favorite Berliner that I've had but its drinkable.

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Photo of jampics2
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at Winking Lizard.

Got two glasses, one with raspberry syrup and the other without and divided the pour. I think the one with the syrup was ruined when the syrup didn't exactly mix. So let's talk about the glass with the beer itself.

Looked a pale straw. Nice looking beer.

Smelled like lemon and some funk.

Taste was just off. Not a good Berliner Weiss at all. Flavor is sour and tart but not enough other stuff to round it out. I just didn't dig this so much, I've had much better.

Mouthfeel wasn't as delightful as I want in this style. Higher carb would help. Just average.

Drinkable beer but not that great.

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Photo of GreatWeisseHope
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
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 ktrillionaire
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Cloudy tan and lemon yellow, no head, looks like an Arnold Palmer.

S – Not much, slight sour milk smell, but not unpleasant. Lemon and vanilla appears after it airs out.

T – Lemony-lactic sourness, and a sparkling, refreshing quality. A little sweetness too. This is similar to a Radler, I must say.

M – Light, clean, and with a slightly tart and dry finish.

D – Very drinkable, I could drink 10 of these, especially considering the low ABV. But not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of glamphetamine
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
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 botham
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a pale golden color with a mild haze and a single finger of loose white head that retains poorly and leaves no lacings.

Aroma is of a light acidity with a touch of wet-hay like funk and some wheaty yeast in the background.

Taste follows the nose with a flabby character and not as much snap as the aroma would suggest. The funk is almost non-existant but shows up a bit on the back end. The back of the bottle describes it as 'softer and more mellow' than others of the style, and that is spot on. dissapointing.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a mildly sweet character. Could use more acidity.

Drinkability is decent. A good starter into the Berliner Weiss style, but it ends up flat and without any distinct characteristics.

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that didn't stick around very long. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: A sweet, citrusy aroma, mixed with a dose of hops.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, some other fruits and a slightly grassy quality. An interesting, lively, fresh taste.

M: A highly carbonated beer that has an unfortunate syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, best suited for a hot summer day. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. No freshness dating indicated. Poured a pale, honey-gold with a quarter inch, frothy, off-white head that quickly dispersed into a skim; clarity was a bit hazy - no lacing on this one. Mild nose - bready, yeast with some citrus in the blend. Taste consistent with nose, but also has a slight Heineken-skunk quality and a mild, lemony tartness. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and mildly effervescent, with a kiss of citrus astringency at the the finish. Ends fairly crisp and mostly clean, except for some residual breadiness. Only my second Berliner Weissbier, 1809 being my first, and I have to say that this beer doesn't hold a candle to it. Interesting, but I'm not loving this one, particularly at the $4.99 price tag.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first German brewed Berliner Weiss. Syrup? I don't need no syrup in my beer! On to the beer:

It has the color of a witbier. Washed out straw color, slightly hazy, and a tall bubbled head stand on top with good head retention. The aroma is "sharp". It's like smelling raspberries with a hint of cereals. Tastes like the aroma as well. Slightly tart raspberries are the dominant flavor, with a touch of wheat touching down on the palate and settling into the aftertaste. Make no mistake though, there is some sourness here. Lemon creeps into the overall picture. More flavor emerges as I go along. Very light bodied, but not watery. It's a very easy brew to knock down, but if you plan to knock down a few, be aware that it is expensive; $5.49 for a 330 ml bottle.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first try with a Berliner Weiss so I thought I would review...

A - Poured a very cloudy, pale straw color. Small bright white head. dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Lemon dominates the aroma but overall I find it to be sort of muted. Perhaps a hint of a spicy hop aroma.

T - Wow, that's different. First sip was not very enjoyable. As a drink though I enjoy more. A lemony tartness is definitely the dominate flavor, much like the aroma. A strong wheat presence becomes apparent in the aftertaste. Overall it is enjoyable and tastes better to me the more I drink.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium-light mouthfeel. Not at all watery but not very heavy either. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability - If you don't mind a sour beer I think this is highly drinkable. Packs plenty of flavor for a low alcohol level beer. Certainly a new experience in beer for me. I'd been interested in trying a Berliner Weiss for some time and I would definitely recommend giving this a try.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

weird small bottle size. long-necked, unlike the gose. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into sam adams glass.

pale peach juice color. hazy, almost cloudy (yeast swirled in). 1-finger foamy white head fades to wisps and ring. lacing forms after sips, but never sticks for long.

aroma: fresh bread, yeast, lemon zest, and... fresh raspberries! (i hadn't even broke open the syrup yet!) hint of herbs, possible whiff of noble hop? lemon-like acidic note.

taste: tart, bready, notes of pale malt vinegar, trace funkiness and yeast. hop character is even more faint, with very mild bitterness. citrus notes. all a bit watery tho.

light body, tart and crisp, with mild to moderate, spritzy carbonation.

everything is improved (including lacing) with a dash of sugar and raspberry syrup. the score reflects that slightly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this bottle in a trade with NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

My 4th adventure into Berliner Weiss territory.

11.2oz bottle, it pours a cloudy very pale yellow witha 1 finger head of foam and some damn good lacing. I served this cold straight from the fridge so I'm impressed how this poured that way.(a rarity for me)

I'm taking some whiffs and as Artie Johnson used to say on the old popular American TV show Rowan & Martin's Laugh In, with the appropriate German accent,...."very Interesting". It smells fruity and yeasty and wheaty with nice notes of sweetness and tartness. I hope that the taste follows the nose as the nose is very good.

The taste is less intense than the nose but quite flavourful. Nice tart notes of lemon, light hints of both wheat and yeast, a bit of other fruit flavour I can't identify as it really is on the very light side, and at the finish, it almost tastes cereal like. Weird finish and something that I don't find all that pleasing. Darn it, the tartness was really working despite not being on par with what the nose promised.

Light bodied, watery at times, with very light carbonation, something I expected from the style so it's spot on there.

Drinkability? The taste was a let down on 2 counts: It never got to the level of the nose and the finish put me off and pretty much spoiled the session. Still, for a brew this low in abv, it wasn't as bad as you might infer from my comments and as always, I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy straw, stark white 1.5" head, dissipates to ring in 10 minutes. Thick sudsy lacing around rim of liquid.

S - Light wheat.

T - Lemony tart, grainy, wheat component. Pretty one dimensional and a bit watery on the finish.

M - Good carb, thin beer.

D - Low ABV and not offensive. Easy to drink.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with almost no head. Minimal lacing, settled to a ring.
Tart, mostly lemon character with a pleasant malt finish.
Well carbonated but a tad thin.
Enjoyed with Velveeta Mac and Cheese for some reason, Worked well. A good beer that I would like to enjoy again. A good introduction to the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definately a more moderate Berlinerweiss-ish beer. More depth in the fruit profile and not as astringent as the mouth-puckering versions known to Berlin.

The beer pours with a moderately hazy canary yellow color. A short-lived head reduces to the slightest of traces around the edges in a mere minute or so- but these beers do that. No lacing.

Aromas of lemons still prevail, however it takes on more of a lemonaid (shandy) notion with a mounting on the powdered sugar, pilsner malts. Raw grain flavors of wheat (and to some extent, barley) come through as the malts do. No hops, big on esters, and light phenols set the stage for taste.

Flavors are foremost lemony, but soon followed by peaches, pears, white grapes, apricots, pineapples, and regular apples. As the fruity esters begin to fade, the maltiness rises with a sugar cookie taste and confection sweetness. Still, the lemony notes continue right into the finish.

Light and refreshing on the palate with a crisp, clean, lemony acidic feel. Not overbearing or intimidating, the lactic quality of the beer is tempered well by the wheat malt creaminess and body. Not nearly as astringent as most Berlinerweiss. Still, lightly vineous as found in zinfindales and chardonays

A pretty good beer that definately favors the milder end of the style's spectrum. Very fruity and less challenging than most.

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Photo of rayjay
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Ledger's Liquor.

Very clean, brite looking beer, no haze at all, and a small sediment cake at the bottom that stays compacted. Minimal head, no retention, active carbonation.

Aroma is raisins, yogurt, fresh malt, pretty much as expected.

Flavors are similar that come to mind. A sweeter Berliner, not as tart as others.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, and thicker than some other examples I have, with a good bit of beta glucans. Needs more carbonation for this viscosity, as details like this are very visible in this very simple beer.

Clean and drinkable, very refreshing. Highly recommended, especially for those unaccustomed to this unique, wonderful style. Cheers!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the uniquely shaped 11.2oz bottle a very very light color. Kind of a soft and nearly witbierish white/very pale yellow with a nice slight haze and a fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring around the glass with some light skim and leaves minimal lacing.

The nose has quite a grain punch, with some slight dirty wheat/corn like notes. Not alot of lacto in the nose, but i think that will change with first sip. Some apple skin is also apparent. Slight almost white pepper as well.

Hmmm. An interesting take on the style, but to be honest, one i am not terribly fond of. The wheat profile is sort of muddy and unwieldy and gives and almost adjunct like grain flavor to the mix that is just strong enough that you can't quite get past it without mention. That being said, aside from that it fits the style quite well. Very soft on the palate, with a beautifully subtle lactic tartness. Nice and mild, slick in the throat, and aftertaste lingers with green apple notes and tartness.

Mouthfeel is dead on for the style, perfectly soft, beautifully light, and a fantastic subtle tartness.

Drinkability would get top marks here if not for the slight issues i have with the flavor. If there wasn't such an odd almost adjunct like flavor in here, i could literally drink about twenty of these bastards, as they sit at the traditional abv range of 3%

Overall a very well made berliner weisse. If not for mild flaws in the taste, this one would be top notch. Very traditionally made, and accurately so. The subtle tartness and mouthfeel are fantastic. This one really could be a very amazing beer if they can just get that damn wierd corny taste out of the middle. A good beer, but I'll grab 1809 over this one nearly every time.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a billowing white head that eventually recedes to leave a collar. Smells tart, with citrus character, as well as notes of damp hay and a bit of honey. Notes reminiscent of grappa. Tastes of lemon and grain. Some sourness, but not incredibly strong. The flavors are rather weak. Light body with heavy carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing; a great summer beer, but not a great berliner weisse.

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Photo of Anthony1
1.79/5  rDev -51.6%
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 rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice pour with a nice head that sits and eventually ends up a ring on the glass. light lace. color of light yellow murky. quite light, and not murky but cloudy even. smell is tart and a mild sweet. there is a light aspect of yogurt... and this carries over into the 'creamy' aspect of the body. mild sweet wheat malt, apricot, grass, predominant tart quality, apple, combining into a fruit acid and lactic acid that give the sour multiple dimensions.

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

Pours a very light piss yellow with some slight haze but not as much yeast as I would expect. Big fluffy white head sits on top of the beer and it sticks around quite nicely.
Aroma has some fruity notes with a hint of a tartness but overall it is nice and malty with some esters.
The taste begins with a sour apple like tartness that quickly segues into a nice soft creamy malt flavor that is then washed away by more of the tartness and a nice carbonation.
Nice mouthfeel as the beer dosen't drink like it is only 3%. i wonder how they pack in that much flavor without making the beer thin or underattenuated tasting.
Excellent drinkability as the low alcohol, complex yet sessionable flavor, and soft mouthfeel make this an nice summer beer for beer geeks.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBB & GGG's BWS. Pours a cloudy lemony yellow color with some darker yellow hues throughout. A good pour left a fizzy and almost non existent head. Not much on retention or lacing. I know it's a sour but should have some hints of carbonation.

The nose has more of a funk aroma than sour. Some light barnyard notes with a hint of acidic notes. Would have liked a bit more sour notes even for style. Some nice citrus notes with a lighter herbal zing to it. They yeast is noticeable with more of a German aroma. Some minor barnyard and a light pepper note form the wheat.

The taste is similar. Some funk and sourness with a more moderate malt flavor. Would have liked a bit more sourness and a drier finish. Some light barnyard, but lighter versus the nose. Some noticeable wheat notes with a light pepper finish. A touch citrus with more of a lemony finish. Some floral notes with a yeasty finish to it.

The body is light but not as dry as would have liked. Some yeasty leaves a chalky off aftertaste in the finish. Overall, a decent berliner weisse but I suppose my US expectations expects a bit more acidic notes.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Came in a small 11.5 oz bottle.
Color is a pale yellow. Like dishwater.
Huge foamy head. Like soap.
Nose is fruity. no hops
Taste: fruity, tart, interesting.
Mouthfeel: Very light . refreshing.

Very interesting beer. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow color. 1 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, sourness, and some slight fruit. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is slightly thick with high carbonation levels and high level of sourness. Very sour, almost burns the tongue - another first for me! Tastes sour first, then the sweet malt and wheat come through. The fruit and more sourness is in the finish. Wow, this is hard to describe - it's a mix between sour drop candy, lemonade, and a decent wheat beer. I agree that the sour level is too much and that I couldn't drink more than one. Since, this is the desired affect though, they nailed it as far as I can tell. Worth a try if just to sample the style.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super pale yellow, very hazy, with a fluffy white head that disappears quickly and leaves nary a trace.

Nose is tart and crisp, lemony, clean. Simple.

Taste has a soft tartness, very lemony, clean. Crisp, but not puckering - a bit of tangy wheat comes through towards the finish as well. A sour clearly made for sessioning. Leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is crisply but softly carbonated, very light bodied.

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Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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