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 thekanna
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden pear-like color with just enough haziness to make the beer not entirely transparent. Tiny, effervescent bubbles actively rise to the top.

S: A gorgeous bouquet of honey and fresh pears. Yeasts are slightly muted but still there.

T: Like biting into a fresh, not-fully-ripe apple. Granny Smith-like sourness hits the palate, followed by a tingly effervescence. Honey-sweetness begins subtly and crescendoes to a memorable end.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, especially towards the end, but the active carbonation reinforces the brew and makes it more full-bodied.

D: Highly drinkable; for pure raw apple taste, this blows more apple flavor-oriented brews (like Unibroue Ephemere Apple) out of the water.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a tumbler-like glass.

A: pours hazy straw yellow with an effervescent 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, but still leaves a small ring.

S: lemon, tart wheat, maybe even a hint of other citrus (lime?)

T: orange/lemon tartness, crisp and refreshing. some graininess present, no apparent alcohol flavor. this definitely features the sour lemon although it is not overwhelming by any means. would be a great summer time drinker.

M: light, effervescent, thin, slightly sticky.

D: a very good drinker, very easy to drink and have several as it is low in alcohol. even for a light beer it packs enough interesting flavor to make it a good choice.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was suprised by the sourness of this beer and the low ABV. It is almost like they increased the sourness to add that missing alcohol burn.

I must admit the low abv turned me off slightly as I've become used to the 8% and above style beers.

Overall, interesting, nice touch with the sourness, but not quite something I would get again. If they raised the abv and it had a smooth alcohol burn aftertaste I would probably get it again.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent and transparent light gold with a 2.5 finger, bubbly head. The head recedes after a minute leaving a small amount of lacing on the side of my Russian River snifter.

Aroma is of wheat and zesty lemon. Some earthy and grainy tones are present. Flavor is tart lemon and slightly sour wheat. Not unlike a lemon jolly rancher. No alcohol is noticeable. The finish is dry, crisp, and tart.

Very light bodied with medium carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle that i picked up on a recommendation from Jamie at PHP.

Pours a slightly cloudy very pale straw color with about 2 fingers of pillowy white head. Aroma is very subdued, a bit of wheat, some lemon and a distinct, although not terribly potent, sourness. Overall it was a bit like white wine. Taste is just as subdued as the aroma. Initially there is a very dominant sourness but after the first sip the sourness lessens considerably. The sourness is the main flavor component here with and it builds into the finish. There is a soft wheat flavor that supports the sourness. There is no hop presence to speak of whatsoever and no is expected. No hop flavor, no hop bitterness. The sourness that was so strong initially returns after a few sips and is quite welcome. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Light body with moderate+ carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. The sourness is the dominant flavor but not too strong. Overall this is a very interesting brew that I really did enjoy and I'm glad that I was able to give it a try.

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

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with only a small ring of head. Aroma of white wine and melon. Flavor is spicy/carbonation upfront followed by tart fruits and sour patch kids candy with a wheat/stale wheat finish. A nice level of sourness--sour but not too sour. Quite drinkable and delicious.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light and hazy straw colored beer with a head that poured big then dissipated quickly. It's exactly how it should look.

Smell - The wheat is very light but noticeable and the sourness is mild at the nose. It has the beauty of a lemon without the acid. Very nice.

Taste - The sourness is a bit bigger at the taste but still not overly sharp. The wheat again is very light.

Mouthfeel - This is of course a light-bodied bier with a comfortable tartness. The carbonation is some of the most delicate found in a bottle.

Drinkability - I refuse to drink BWs with a flavoring syrup, dash of liquor, or a straw (especially a straw as it destroys the wonderful carbonation). Maybe it's because my family is Lebanese and I enjoy a pleasing, sour flavor, but I really enjoyed this bier as is.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my second beer at my return to the Heidleburg restaurant on E. 86th. The bottle selection was mainly domestic except for this one and was intruged to give the style another change. The menu noted it was a Berliner Weiss with raspberry so that pulled me in for sure.

A: Poured a impressive cloudy yellow with lots of yeast swirling around and a finger and half pillow white head, prior to the addition of the Marco Polo Raspberrry Waldmeister. The frauline gave the beer a quick swirl with a straw before passing over for me to imbibe. The head rose to about tow to two and half fingers with the sweetner addition.

S: I didn't get much of a nose beyond the raspberry except some wheat and citrus.

T: Now I understand why the bartender and the two German ex-pat's mentioned how this drink is perfect for a hot day. I stayed away from the style after not understanding the sour nature is part of the overall taste. The raspberry worked quite well to balance and to create a sweet and sour together. The sourness still remains but more a tartness comes through beyond the sweet. A citrus profile lingers around the corners to help take a wee bit of the raspberry out of your mouth.

M: As advertised, this is one light beer indeed. I don't believe I've ever had a beer with such a low ABV that was not a American macro lager. While quite light, it is not watery, remains carbonated and is very refreshing, even in a cold December evening.

D: This beer is the classic defintion of a session beer. I'm quite surprised no other reviewers have had the beer the way the Germans do, with a sweenter. After finding out the beer is from Leipzig, the bartender showed me the Brause-grundstoff that is another sweetner added, but mainly used by Germans. Mouthwash green but much less sweet and something I will have the next time.


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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy/cloudy yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of yeast, bready, dried out lemon peels, and wet/musty wheat (almost like a pile of horse manure). Tastes of wheat and lemons. Verly light tart finished. Description was spot on with '...more mellow version of the Berliner Weisse style...;.

Notes from 6/6/08

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Photo of Douglas88
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small, almost no head. The aroma is fairly sweet; lots of honey and grains, and some light lemon notes. The flavor was much tarter; loads of lemon, acidic and citrus flavors. Some balance achieved by the sweet honey and malt flavors, lots of grains. Very interesting. Quite acidic but also very drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of stumac
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This my first Berliner Weisse so here goes...

this brew pours up a weird yellow tinted pearl color with a decent head. the nose is tart, sour citrus fruits, very acidic. the taste is bready, tart, super dry but doesn't dry out your mouth, slight yeast. medium body, low carbo, subtle sweet finish.

This brew was very empty in flavor but I heard that Berliner Weisses were supposed to be the most "refreshing" beer on a hot day. I could see it.

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

10/24/08- Purchased at Ledgers, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Very lemonade in color, pale yellow to be presise. Nice 3/4 inch head upon pour which settles at a thick 1/4 inch head for the rest of the duration. Leaves light spotted lace markings behind.

Smell- Slightly tart with a tad of funk. Maybe a slight horse blanket aroma and some lemon pith.

Taste- Not even as tart as I was expecting per style. Lightly sour with a bit of a watery note. Lemon juice base with a light malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, nice sour aftertaste.

Drinkability- I said I would never try this style again, but now that I can handle sour beers I appreciate this style. Very crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to Max's for having this beer on tap during the German Festival the other day, and to Jason for taking the extra time and effort to draw me a glass (they were having problems with the draft line).

The beer pours a bright hazy gold color with a striking white head. Head retention was impressive, though there wasn't a lot of lacing. On the nose this beer is very unusual. I get almost a soapy ginger flavor, with some light lemon/lime. It's pretty interesting, albeit not all that attractive. The flavors replicate the nose, except there is even more tartness on the palate. This beer is very, very light tasting, and you can tell the abv. is really pretty low. Drinkability is pretty good, though I'm not in love with the combination of ginger and tartness.

A most unusual beer and one I'm glad to have tried. Not sure I'd want to drink down very much of this, but it was certainly tolerable and interesting to sample. However, I felt like I needed a good dopple afterward to clean and refresh my palate.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An undersized little brown bottle, 11.2 oz that looks even smaller. Vibrant yellow label and bulbous 'balloon-y style' lettering, just 3.0% ABV. Poured to a non-beer glass, just a standard wide-rimmed juice glass from IKEA. Found this several weeks ago at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA; no 'bottled on' or 'best by' dating.

A: Large fizzy head, almost crests the rim at 3+ fingers; it's pure white and drops quickly to a dusting of film. Liquid is a milky pale straw-yellow, with a few tiny bits of yeast resting on the bottom. No visible carbonation. This beer does something I've never seen: there's a layer of considerably clearer yellow, just below the scant head, resting atop the cloudier lower portion. It's almost like water/oil separation. Weird.

S: Expected musty and a little tart sting, but instead got an almost sugar-sweet citrus and mild wheat. Smells vaguely of a Sprite, or even a ginger ale. Curious.

T: Mild lemon-twist citrus and a boatload of yeasty dough. A slightly earthy, vegetal flavor. The flavor reminds me quite a bit of a summer drink we make that has lemons, cucumbers and a little mint in it.

M: Very light. Soft carbonation (that's nearly imperceptible) with a creeping velvety cling from all that yeast, floating unfiltered in this pour. For as light as this is, it's also refreshing and just a little pucker-inducing.

D: Not great scores, but this is a refreshing, quaffable little beer. As summer draws to an end, this is a perfect 'warm day' quencher. I've had better Berliners, still this deserves a try.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color and is the closest to white that I've ever seen in a beer, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, citrus (lemon & orange), light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with a brief burst of tangy & sour citrus, then flavors of wheat and yeast come in along with a mild but complimentary hops presence. The malt character is thin but is on-target for the style and is enough to provide some substance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very mild beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the sourness and you want low ABV.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy/cloudy - looks like pulpy grapefruit juice. Head virtually nonexistent. Doesn't look like much but isn't really supposed to.

Tingly ginger with sour lemon pucker and maybe a latent hint of horse blanket funk. Nice.

Nice, light lemon/yeast feel. Wheat is purely electric. Very bright.

Clean as hell on the mouth but slightly empty. Carbonation more powerful than you would guess by the looks of things.

This is quite drinkable - I do enjoy this style a great deal.

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Photo of Drew966
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Berliner Style Weisse pours an extremely pale yellow with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit malty and very lemony and even a bit sour. The mouthfeel is light and pretty carbonated. The taste is very lemony, tart, sour and refreshing. Wow, this is what they should be selling instead of that chelada/wine cooler-like/shandy/malternative junk, this is the real deal as far as a light refreshing well made beer. I'm not sure it's really to style, it's not as intense as the other German Berliner Weisse I've tried, but I really like it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Palest beer I've ever seen, including some macros. A cloudy shade of banana pith with a bright white head that fizzes up to 2 fingers before settling at a moderate pace, leaving very little lace.

Aroma is clearly wheaty, with the classic banana ester character. However there's a touch of tartness as well.

Flavor is tart lemony citrus and a touch of lactic acid. The banana is very subdued but detectable.

Carbonation is actually a little too low here, resulting in a less-than-optimal palate. Sticky and not very crisp for a style that's intended to be refreshing. Body is as thin as can be, making this quite drinkable.

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Photo of wschumac
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Light Pale cloudiness with impressive white head which dissipated very quickly

S - Slight citrus aroma not too overpowering good combination

T - not citrus but more tart interestingly strange taste.

M - Light with some aftertaste but very smooth.

D - Wish I didn't give the other one away

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Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle at Radegast in NYC.

Pours an extremely pale, straw color. The white head fades to nothing. The aroma is light. There are some banana and orange notes, as well as a light acidity.

Tart upfront, but this fades through to the finish. There's a light graininess and only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied, low carbonation and a hint of dryness.

Tasty and very refreshing. I would have liked a little bit more sourness, but that's just me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale golden color with a modest head that descends quicly and leaves only a few bits of lace

Smell: Smells a bit like a bowl of yoghurt and Grape Nuts

Taste: Particularly bland, with an underlying sour yoghurt flavor that builds through mid-palate; very subtle sour elements and an underlying powdery lime sweetness that shows up late

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After a while, this beer grew on me and I enjoyed the light but complex flavors

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Photo of marcpal
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz small bottle poured into wine glass with Mexican byob tonight. Highly unimpressed.

Been fan of the style lately, having not been able to get enough of 1809 and Festina, but this just came off as bland.

A: Apple juice yellow, cloudy, with some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin lacing.

N: Smells of a bit of lemon and lime. Almost some detection of cilantro or other strong herb which came out of nowhere.

T: Sour, lemony and tart. Some sourness but I dont catch the sweetness or any of it to balance it out. Awfully one sided and needs some type of syrup additive to round it out.

M: Tartness takes over, dry, and one of the lighest and most watery beers I have had.

D: Light, can drink till cows come home but Id probably rather have grapefruit juice with a kick. Just not much to it, maybe Im missing something? I think it needs the sugar syrup.

Refreshing but not what I was hoping for or had anticipated.

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

A huge head of bright white foam rises up as you pour it. Beneath, a hazy whitish-gold body releases delicate pin-point bubbles. The nose is a touch grainy, wheatish, yeasty, and even subtly sweet. It's subdued, as is the flavor. Again, it's got some grainy malt and yeast character, but it's also veiled in a thin tartness. It's far from mouth-puckering, and overall this is a very restrained version of the style. That, however, leaves it imminently drinkable and refreshing. With its low alcohol content and tartness it's almost like a lemon seltzer. Perfect for summer!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz (really? looks alot smaller) from the Coop over the weekend for about $5. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head dies back to just a collar and no lacing atop a very clear wit colored brew... very light...

Aroma is "wheaty" with a little bit of sour.. more grainy than anything.

Flavor puts a couple punctuation marks on the aroma.. soft pale malts are punted through the uprights by the abundant lemon.

I don't really know what to say about this brew.. reminds me of green tea and lemonade without the sweetness.... drinkability is off the charts especially when it is still hot as can be at 1:00 am in Boise. Drinkable without being watery.. Body is light as expected.. but I am still a huge fan.

You have to taste this brew to actually smell it.. the aroma is 1% of what's going on. I've never had a Berliner Weiss with a syrup before.... and this brew does not need it.

Edit: I must brew this.. the ultimate lawnmower beer... No need for Gatorade with this one.. No doubt an all day enjoyable brew... as long as its hot.

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Photo of tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale yellow in color with a nice large white head, average retention, and light lacing.

S: Nice light wheaty aroma. Hints of citrus, lemons, very light spice, some perfume.

T: The flavor is on the light side, a soft sourness, very lightly acidic, some light peppery spice, lemons and bananas.

M: Lightly spicy mouthfeel, light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

D: Very light you could drink a ton but there are others in the style that are more suited for such.

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Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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