Berliner Weisse | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale, German-style, light-bodied wheat beer with refreshing tart, acidic and lemony characteristics and little hop bitterness. Woodruff or raspberry syrup can be added to balance the sourness.


Added by weeare138 on 07-09-2006

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured via growler on 7/24/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a hazy golden body with solid finger's width of white head that settled into a thin ring and left decent lace around the glass.

S - Tart nose with sour green apple, grape and cherry notes backed by bready malts, some graininess and a light sweet caramel presence as well.

T - Moderate sour, tart flavor with hints of green apple and sour grape/cherry up front that segues into a bready malt character with a distinct clean grainy finish. Some lemony citrusy qualities also emerged in the backend.

M - Light bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Very clean finish with quite a bit of sourness on the palate.

D - Great example of the Berliner Weiss style. Crisp, refreshing and tart.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to this on the board, I haven't tried many of these.

a: This was a cloudy, slightly dirty straw colored yellow. It was served to me with a one inch, bright white head that left a little lace behind.

s: Tart, green apples and some grains. There may be more here, but my feeble nose couldn't find it. Very interesting!

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Tart and puckery without quite being obnoxious. Very refreshing.

m: Long lasting, crisp carbonation.

d: I couldn't drink more than one, but the one I had was very refreshing. My buddy ordered his with woodruff syrup. While the beer geek in me bristled a bit, I have to admit that the lightly sweet marhmallow was a welcome break from the incessant tartness. Might have to order one that way next time.

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the summer 2008 offering for the Summer of Wheat at the Media IH. This years batch clocked in at a whopping 2.3% ABV.

A-Cloudy straw yellow with a slight greenish tint. Thin, fizzy, bright white head. Left some lacing.

S-Light musty sourness akin to green apples or sour grapes.

T-Man, sharp, biting and tart! Like biting into a Jolly Rancher green apple candi....kinda hurts your teeth and puts a good coating on your enamel! Must be much more tart than last years offering....this is great stuff.

M-Light and super crisp. Very refreshing. Carbonation level is high.

D-2.3%!!! Plus all of this sour goodness! Crazy good summertime refresher brew. Nice job IH Media!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear yellow body...there is a lot of carbonation bubbles racing towards the top...they only form a small, one finger head...a solid ring of retention is left and spotty lacing as well

S - Kind of boring...wheat malt with a slightly tart/sour twang

T - Tartness kicks off the beer and only subsides a bit in the middle...paired with the tart flavor is a bold lemon presence...the wheat malt and yeast shine through in the middle calming the tartness briefly...once it comes back in the finish it's almost a touch sour

M - Light bodied...crisp, refreshing, dry...tart with lemon flavors...slight wheat presence

O - This was my first attempt at the style and I was surprised...there's not much from the nose but the flavors and finish are very nice...great summer beer...the syrups are a nice addition (peach and Woodruff) but the base can stand on it's own

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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I know that you’re supposed to drink this style with a squire of raspberry or woodruff, but for a review, that made about as much sense as reviewing Corona with a lime in it. So, I went for the Berlinerweiss by itself.

This beer came a simple dark foggy straw color with just a few bubbles around the rim of my glass.

Smells of dry green grapes and a touch of citrus. This was really faint.

Tastes of sour and tart limes with a slight touch of wheat and rye. Mostly, this was just sour.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a prominent, tingly carbonation.

There really wasn’t much there. Makes me want to go back and try it with the rasp. or woodruff to see what I missed out on.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour, no syrup (was asked)...served in a mock-tulip type glass

A - very clear yellow beer, almost "had too much vitamin C" colored urine...third inch or so of light and fluffy bright white foam which settled to a ring quickly.

S - very muted, some basement must, grains and very subtle lemon peel

T - quite grainy with some lactic tartness which slowly catches up and takes over without being too overpowering...bright lemoney (almsot metallic) fruitiness

M - super light body with nice playful carbonation...lingering lactic tartness slightly puckers and finishes extremely dry

D - decent take, pretty refreshing and went down a nice 2.8% ABV this wont do much to you. overall enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill's tent all weekend at BCTC09. Didn't go so well with Captain Lawrence's pulled pork(Should of went with the whit maybe? I dunno.), but it went down fine solo after the lights went off.

Hazy yellow & gray, dulled out body. Soft, white film seltzer head.

Smells of itchy & bitter fruit peels, along with some mild sourness.

Already establishing ahead of time what my favorite kind of Berliner Weiss involves, this one wasn't that bad. Dry & more tart then usual. Significantly dusty/chalky wheat, sour limes. Finish leaves your mouth salivating for something bigger. If I wasn't surrounded by so many other quality beers, I might have just killed someone looking for a bottle of woodruff syrup after my second helping.

Excellent beer to start up your palate in the morning. Drinking one soon after brushing your teeth could be dangerous though. :)

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at my recent visit to Iron Hill, Media, along with the West Coast Golden Ale. Offered woodruff or raspberry syrup but passed on both. A friend had the woodruff and I'm happy to say I passed on the syrups, as it made the beer taste a bit like a Sour Patch Kid with the woodruff.

Appearance- Comes from the bar with the thinnest amount of head possible that immediately dies down to a ring around the edges. The beer itself is a pale straw yellow with little carbonation apparent. Nothing terribly impressive, but certainly not off for the style.

Smell- A nice nose built predominantly around sharp, citrusy lemon, a whiff of grain, and a touch of hay. A very refreshing smell with lots of simple but nice scents coming through.

Taste- Very tart up front. Sour lemon strikes the palate initially, followed afterwards by the wheaty/graininess/grassiness detected in the palate. As the beer warms and the palate adjusts, the tartness becomes less prominent while the graininess increases its presence in the flavor. Very refreshing beer on a humid, summer evening.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The mouthfeel on this one is naturally very thin, but it goes well with the sharp tartness of the beer itself, and the two combine to make this one an easy drinker as well.

Overall, I'm happy Iron Hill does this style in the summer as it is often underrepresented. A solid representation and if you're into tartness, this is one to give a try.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Lancaster location.
After sampling the seasonals, I decided to get a pint of the Berliner, straight up. A perfect style for summer and a good beer to pair with a goat cheese pizza. Crisp and tart with alot of soured citrus and wheat flavors in the palate and the nose. Cloudy straw color with a luscious bone-white head. Mouthfeel is lively and the body is a bit velvety. A very nice and tasty traditional brew that is a great change of pace.

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3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The clouds yellow color does not hold a head long. This first one I was served can with not head and little lacing, but the waitress got hungup. The second came a little quicker and there was a bit of head that was gone very fast.

The smell and aroma is very sour. Normally it is served with a shot but I went against the flavor shot. The wheat hangs in the aroma and taste, but man is this sour.

It tingles and hangs in the mouth, but I wouldn't call it very drinkable. The sour flavor slows you down, but that doesn't mean you can't have more than one. You just need to take your time.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught into a goblet, no syrup.

A: Pours a pale and clear golden, with a thin white head that stays as a constant ring.

S: Smells musty, biscuity, and has bits of lemon.

T: The taste is sweet, tangy lemons and oranges up front with sourness and tart in the middle. There's a bready finish that sneaks up at the last moment with some great sourness that loves to stick around.

M: Light and slightly astringent with medium-light carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and low in ABV, so it's sessionable.

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Berliner Weisse from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 53 ratings