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Unplugged Berliner Weiss by New Glarus Brewing Company
Berliner Weissbier
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

New Glarus's version of a Berliner Weissbier dumps from the bottle deep golden with hints of orange here and there. The body becomes straw golden when backlit with a slight haziness. I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer. Streams of tiny carbonation bubbles stream to the surface from every part of the glass. The clean white head grew to a surprising three fingers and, although it eventually fell to a solid cap and thick collar, had great staying power for the style. Thin history lines were left after each drink.

Lemon and lime juice are the first things that jump from the glass. There's a lot of tart citrus in the nose of this beer. Deep smells bring about a dusty wheat twang and the pinot grapes add a lot of depth. They end up bringing some of that mustiness along with all the vinous qualities. The wheat that's in the nose also throws out some of the damp sourness that combines with the lemon-lime citric qualities. The aroma is fairly robust (if that makes sense for the style) but all the separate qualities come together very well.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but doesn't fall very short either. Lemon stands out more then the lime on the tongue. The wheat tanginess isn't as expressive as the nose suggested and that's where the flavor falls short. The mustiness, that's reminiscent of damp wood and cobwebs, is there in small amounts and toward the finish. The pinot grapes make themselves known on the swallow and aftertaste with a slight sweetness that sticks around.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum but does have a touch of stick. The tartness invades every nook and cranny to give a little pucker after each drink. The carbonation is quick moving but barely noticeable on the tongue.

This beer, as per the style, is superbly easy drinking. Slightly dry finish combined with the puckering quality keep the glass tipped.

This is yet another winner from New Glarus. Hopefully we can see a lot more Berliner Weiss styled beers come along here in the near future. I have to give a nod to New Glarus for yet another unique beer with the use of pinot grapes to add more depth. Very nice!

Reviewed: 9/22/08

Price: $8.99 Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by tavernjef on 05/07/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2009
Lemon juice color with a bit more gold to it. Medium tallish dull white head gathered up quickly and creeps down to a very solid skim and some sporatically placed lacing with strings and spots.

Liken the aroma as right from the first nose full it says a bold hello of lime spritzed musty basement coated in a white grape funky tartness. Quite lambic-like in its grapey funked up quailty. Nice!

Taste is right on given what the nose leads to as its tartly balanced with soured white grape and lime and lemony zest squeezing thru a bit of musty oak. Its zippy, zesty, clean, and tartly forward with a smidgeon of complexing woody grapeified dryness. Again...Nice!

Body is about medium and filled in with alot of cleanly controlled tart and sourness that kisses the lips with lime, coats the palate with white grape dryness, and makes for a pleasantly spritzy zing of fun.

I can't drink the hell out of beers like this. But I do like them and this one is another in the Unplugged series that is uniquely superior and enjoyable.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by bakes on 01/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Thanks to TipTop for the bottle!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold into the glass, a shallow head that lasts a long time and rises quickly with a schwirl. Aroma is more wine like than beer like - tart apple, tropical fruit, faint vapors, slight mustiness/mineraliness, grassiness... complex and just about spot on for the style.

Starts with a sour lactic tang over crisp wheat malt on the front of the tongue - it digs in quickly. The green apple tartness quickly envelops the entire mouth, with a slightly toasty wheat malt flavor in the middle with lemony, ever-so-slightly estery flavor appearing in the middle. Finishes with a toast and tart white grape and apple fruit aftertaste that's absolutely mouthwatering. Insanely quenching with a brilliant sparkling mouthfeel, maybe slightly too fizzy? Hard to fault.

After the late lamented Empire Berlinerweiss, the best brew of the style I've had outside of the original. I could easily go through cases of this during hot summer days. Says "may be a one time only beer" I hope not.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 12/11/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2008
Much thanks to Scoobydank for including this one in our most recent trade.

Pours a light yellow hue with a slight caramel overtone. A nice inch to two inch crown of bright white foam topped it off.

I got in a little close as I was pouring and I a wonderful mixture of green apples, lemons, pineapple, and grains greeted my nose. As it sits in the glass, the beer develops a more husky grain aroma with some acidic and sour notes. White grapes, pears, lots of green apples, lemon peel, and tangy wheat…wow, probably the best smelling Berliner Weiss I’ve had so far. Sour bubblegum too. Fruity, fragrant, and floral. Some minor grassy aromas. Reaching the end of the beer I get a sweet tart candy aroma. A little more toasted malts, wheat, and hay as the beer warms up.

The sourness is a little more mild than the aroma. A bit of a sour milk flavor upfront, toast, and wheat in the middle; green apples and pears near the finish. The finish is pretty interesting, there is almost a milky, creamy, flavor that lingers in the end. A little salty in the middle with a brief sweetness to balance it out and then the tartness finishes it off, beautiful. A nutty and toasted malt flavor in the finish/aftertaste.

Bubbly but very smooth, soft carbonation, just spot on! Very refreshing and super easy to drink. Semi-dry finish.

Damn, I almost wish I had not tried this one, makes me sad now that I only got one bottle.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 07/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2008
A - Pour produces a soapy foamy white head that fizzes away in about 10 seconds flat. There are only a few bubbles around the edges left. Body is a pale yellow, with bubbles occasionally slowly rising to the top.

S - Definite wheat and hay. Touch of sourness. Sort of a barnyard aroma in here. Corn syrup.

T - Taste is way more defined than the aroma. Start off tart and doesn't dissappoint. Tartness builds rapidly into a huge burst. Lemon, spritzy. Oh so good.

M - Light bodied with champagne like carbonation.

Overall - I could drink a shit ton of this one. I wish I would have bought more of it. Very tart and lemony, refreshing. Perfect summer brew.

Served In: Bottle

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