750 ml bottle I picked up from Hop City a month or so ago. Once I read the label, this beer really spoke to me. So I finally got around to this one tonight, and served it up in a goblet.
A: Incredibly clear and light in color. It is damn near colorless actually. It basically looks like a clear, water downed glass of lemon juice. The most amazing thing about this is that there is so little color. Its crazy. Its got medium but lazy carbonation activity. Is that lemon pulp in my beer? Got a very thin and minimal head off the pour that disappeared rather quickly. Very curious look, it looks almost like a soda or something.
S: Smell is very nice. Getting a good amount of lemon juice up front. its not crazy powerful or potent lemon, but very distinguishable. There is a little bit of green apple and maybe some pear in there, but mostly just lemon as far as the fruit goes. There is a really nice amount of funk actually in here. Has a nice musk to it. Rounds out with the wheat.
T: This is a pretty subtle beer, but it has a slight punch to it. The wheat rolls in very nicely like you would expect from a weiss beer. The wheat melds into the musty, funky qualities this beer has. Then it rounds out with a lemon juice/lemon soda quality. It so light and subtle, but quite lovely. I really dig it.
M: Very light. Water light. Incredibly drinkable light. No ABV in this baby. Carbonation is medium and works very well with the tartness from the lemon. Aftertaste is all lemon.
OA: You know, this is what must be what all the hullaballoo is with these session beers. Nice light and easy beer, with some flavor but nothing thats going to overwhelm anything. You can put it down and be just fine. I imagine I will kill this 750 and not even feel like I had a beer. Just easy drinking beauty. Will absolutely have this again because this sucker is perfect for summertime weather. Very nice.
Served In: Pint Glass
Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Bought a bottle the other day at SouthBayDrugs. This is from the "tweaked" recipe, 2nd year of course since it wasn't bottled the first year. If I recall correctly the recipe was tweaked by adding some pedio to increase the sourness.
Used my Bruery tulip for this one. Pours a very pale straw yellow with fizzy bubbles racing to the top and forming almost two inches of egg-shell white colored foam on top. The head lasts a few moments but disappears almost completely but understandable for the style in the lack of hops, low protein amount, and high acidity level. I thought it would be a little more effervescent though. Still, solid looking Berliner.
There's a musty wheat aroma at first with some fruity chardonnay notes. Hints of graininess, wheat, and a sour apple note in the background that gets caught up in the back of my throat. Nice light and lively fruity aromas, mostly sour apples and pears with a bit of orange. Increasingly sharp lactic aroma but it smells clean and somewhat kept in control. At times there appears to be a slight buttery note near the back.
Big wheat and grain flavor with more of that "mustiness" coming through. Notes of apples and pears in the finish with hints of vanilla. The second sip seems a little less shocking to the palate with a mineral/club soda flavor and a bit of lime too. Some straw-like flavor later on and the finish seems to get drier too. I'm not sure, there seems to me like something is missing in this one. A touch of a cider flavor near the finish. I don't know, sometimes in the aftertaste I get an almost buttery flavor, like if it's oak aged or something.
Moderate and lively carbonation making it very refreshing and thirst quenching. Light on the tongue and a nice tart dryness in the end. Nice summer drink, glad this style is brewed somewhat locally and available in bottles.
Served In: Tulip
Original review date 10-21-2009.
I'm pouring the contents of this 750 into a Reidel Extreme Riesling glass. Yougoddaproblemwiddat?!
Well the first pour has a body colored like a lighter Reisling - almost Champagne-like. However, the yeasty wisps that pass for a head on a typical Berliner Weisse are present here. Not too heavy on lacing or carbonation. The second pour yields more of a shallow, light, lemon-meringue head with almost a slight bluish tint. Still not a great deal of staying power, resulting in those wispy trails.
This has a much stronger depth than your average Berliner Weisse. It's almost a Belgian-ish yeast strain, along with great lemony citrus sour notes. It may be power of suggestion, but there are some sweet Riesling notes and almost a Belgian pale malt/wheat deal going on.
This isn't my wheelhouse. I enjoy the style but just don't do enough of them. I like the piney mild hop and light malt backbone of this - it's much more deep than others in the style - it is light has hell but has a great deal of soul. The citrus isn;t overly puckering and blends well with the wheat and surprisingly spritely carbonation.
Palate feel is a little lighter than average for the style but what makes up for it is the depth of the grains here. The citrus lemon sour is muted with warmth and continues to get help from the wheat on the finish, which is enjoyable yet benign.
This drinks reasonably well; it may be a little TOO benign in spots while the grains have a little bit of heft that can be filling. Nevertheless, this is quite an enjoyable beverage. Wish I had more of this over the summer.
Price: $11.00 Served In: Wine Glass
The beer is a pale, light gold color with a significant amount of haze. It is topped by a quickly disappearing, fizzy, which colored head. The aroma has an interesting cheesy note to it, this almost seems more derived from stale hops than from bacterial funk (though I would be surprised if the latter was not the true source). Other aromatic notes of clove, grassy grain and a nice wheat note as well as a lactic tartness that really reminds me of lime. This has a nice full aroma to it somehow (despite being light and refreshing); this just has a rounded nice nose that is enjoyable.
The beer has a light, lactic tartness to it that is a touch like sour lemons, though not as evocatively as the aroma was. This is quite quaffable and very light bodied, but not watery or thin; there is just enough body to add some texture, but not so much that this isn't pure refreshment in a glass. Again there is a touch of clove here in the flavor as well (makes me think that they might have used a Southern German Hefeweizen yeast as the Saccharomyces strain). This has a very restrained funkiness to it (other than the tartness), with a touch of mustiness and a faint barnyard muskiness. I wonder if this might get a bit more funky / challenging with a bit more age, it is certainly good now though, but for my particular tastes I could wish for a bit more character from the bugs. This is perfectly within style though, as a Berliner Weiss should not be overly funky, and is the perfect beer to be quaffing quantities of on a hot day.
Served In: Tulip
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