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Style: Berliner Weissbier
 
Style Information
The Berliner Weisse is a favorite summer wheat beer style for many fans of the microbeer hobby. It is characterized by light color, taste and feel. The color should be very pale golden, with a notable cloudiness. The unique combination of yeast and acids in fermentation give this style its signature tones of citrus and slight acidity. The aroma and taste have notable tones of lemon and citrus. Hop notes should not be present in either aroma or taste. There may also be a slight residual sweetness in the taste. The feel is highlighted by a high level of carbonation, but is very light bodied, which lends itself to being a summer beer. ABV should be fairly low in the range of 2.8% to 3.5%. IBUs should be similarly very low.

From Wikipedia:

"Berliner Weisse is first mentioned in 1642 by the Berlin doctor J.S. Elsholz, as an enhancement of the beer Broyhan from Halberstadt. A famous Weisse drinker was Albrecht von Wallenstein, who during the Thirty Years' War complained in a letter to his subordinate captain Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg that he "does not know how to satisfy his thirst, for [he could] not bear the taste of barley beer." Berlin was hard up for wheat at the time, so that it could not be used for brewing.

Later during the 19th century, Berliner Weisse was the most popular drink in Berlin. Several breweries specialised on this variety, every third realty hosted a tavern, among which were many inns."

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Pilsner Glass Pilsener glasses are primarily designed for serving pilseners, but they do well with many other lighter beer styles also. They tend to start with a short neck at the bottom and taper unwards to ... [more]
Weizen Glass A wheat beer glass is a glass that is used to serve wheat beer, known also as weizenbier or hefeweizen. It is much taller than a pint glass, and is considerably wider at the top than at the base,... [more]

Top Consumed Berliner Weissbier
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Festina Pêche by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery87
2. Thumbprint Berliner Weiss by New Glarus Brewing Company40
3. Unplugged Berliner Weiss by New Glarus Brewing Company23
4. Twisted Sister by Sun King Brewing Company22
5. 1809 by Brauerei Weihenstephan19
6. Hottenroth Berliner Weisse by The Bruery16
7. Fierce by Off Color Brewing14
8. Wild Sour Series - Counter ClockWeisse by DESTIHL Brew Works (Normal, IL)13
9. Peach Berlinerweisse by Perennial Artisan Ales11
10. Blue Lady by Pipeworks Brewing Company11

Top Reviews Berliner Weissbier
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Wild Sour Series - Counter ClockWeisse by DESTIHL Brew Works (Normal, IL)94
2. Thumbprint Berliner Weiss by New Glarus Brewing Company94
3. Unplugged Berliner Weiss by New Glarus Brewing Company89
4. Bubbly Creek Yuzu by Marz Community Brewing Co.86
5. Berliner Weisse by Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant86
6. Fierce by Off Color Brewing86
7. Snarling Badger by Grand Teton Brewing Co.82
8. Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse by New Belgium Brewing Inc.78
9. Cranpire Christmas by Pipeworks Brewing Company78
10. 1809 by Brauerei Weihenstephan77