Archive for the ‘Berliner Weissbier’ Category

Val and I found a World Market in Pennsylvania that wasn’t all that far from the new Pour House restaurant. We decided to stop there before going shopping. The food there is quite impressive and it had become a game day stop for us. I just wish it was closer to us, since it’s about a 45 minute drive. They turn their taps pretty frequently and this was one of the selection they had on tap when we passed through there. It’s also the first selection that I’ve had from the brewery.


ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Passion Fruit Prussia is our non-traditional look at the classic Berliner Weisse style. Brewed with a generous amount of passion fruit, this beer pours golden in color with a nice tart finish. A perfect compliment to the summer heat.”

Random: This is a seasonal that is available from April to September.

This beer poured with no head on top of a hazy, lemon yellow body. It had a lot of carbonation on it. The nose had notes of passion fruit, lemon juice and lemon lime soda. The taste was pleasantly tart with light passion fruit flesh and tart lemonade. There was a note of lemon drop candy as well. The body was light and drinkable with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon. This was an easy drinking beer and one that I had no problem finishing. I would highly recommend this beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Happy New Year’s Eve! Val and I aren’t big fans of the holiday and usually just do something quiet at home. If you’re going out, make sure you have a designated driver or aren’t driving at all. Now, let’s crack open this beer.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This refreshing beer features a grainy aroma, slightly hazy straw yellow body. Aroma is grainy, touch of lactic acidity. Slightly tannic, acidity is very refreshing but not bitingly sharp. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.”

Random: One of the beer podcasts I listen to discusses physics on their preshow. It’s quite fascinating.

This beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It took awhile to go away and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow. It had slightly less carbonation than I expected to see. On the nose, the dominant scent was tart cherries along with the expected wheat note. After a few sniffs, I lost the wheat and only smelled the cherries. The taste started with a white vinegar tartness. I also got apple with apple skins, but not the same as the off-flavor apple note. It had a lot of cherry notes with cherry pits as well. The body was thin with the same moderate carbonation that could have been dialed up a bit to make it go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with wheat and white vinegar. A bottle of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce). I enjoyed drinking this beer, I just wish it had more bubbles.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One style that I’ve really come to appreciate, especially in the summer, is a good Berliner Weissbier. They’ve really been getting popular, much like the gose. It’s incredibly refreshing and you can throw a few back by the barbecue. This is one I picked up directly from the brewery.


ABV: 3.7%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The ultimate session beer. Brilliant effervescence brings to life the rich lemonade like character. Tart and sour deriving from a by-the-book traditional mash – no boil fermentation. Enjoy straight white from the can. Serves as an excellent base for creativity. Add Raspberry syrup to for a sweet splash of pink. Woodruff syrup for a marshmallowy green. Or simply build your own berliner-mosa. Try it. Explore it. Enjoy it.”

Random: This beer comes in at 1 IBU.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was sour with lemon and lime notes. The taste was also quite sour. It had a lot of lactobacillus to it along with lemon-lime soda sweetness. It also had some green apple jolly rancher to it that was a bit off-putting. The body was light with intense carbonation. It had a quick and sour finish with lime peel. A can of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I wanted to like this beer, but the green apple note didn’t mesh with the lemon-lime soda note. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

When Val and I visited Smuttynose, this one the one variation in the “Short Weisse” series that I wanted to have, but couldn’t manage to get my hands on. I found it in New York and brought the bottle home to review.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Berliner-style wheat ale with peaches and smoked malt.”

Random: Grilled peaches are one of my favorite things to have at the end of the summer.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with light carbonation. The nose was filled with over-ripe peaches, very light smoke and white vinegar. Lemon pith came through as well, but this is the first beer I’ve had in the series that had a remarkable vinegar note. The taste started with mesquite smoke. It quickly transitioned into authentic peach notes, but they were much more tart than the nose. It also had an apricot note, which was to be expected since most breweries use apricot to enhance peach flavors in beer. It also had lemon juice and was moderately sour, but wasn’t overwhelming. After a few sips, I picked up some lactobacillus notes that gave the beer some depth. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. There was a note of alcohol too, which given how high the ABV was for the style, wasn’t surprising. The finish was long with smoke and fuzzy peach skin. I bought this one for $6.99 ($.41 per ounce). I found this beer to be really unique, but my biggest problem with it was that each flavor was disjointed from the previous one, making the beer a bit muddled for me. I thought that I was going to love this beer, given my affinity for peaches, but it was just mediocre.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I heard a great segment about this brewery on “Good Beer Hunting.” If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen.


ABV: 3.8%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Troublesome’s meaner cousin will flail your tongue as hard as he can, but being such a little guy, you’ll probably just pucker a bit. Spawned through an overnight kettle souring with our house lactobacillus culture, the wort emerges furious at what we did to it. Then, just because, we pitch a saison yeast and allow it to free rise to its further distain. It comes out angrier than… uh, angrier than… well, something really angry. But at 3.8% ABV there’s no reason for you to be too afraid.”

Random: These guys have some of the best labels in the business.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body had some haze and was light yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation in the beer. The nose had tartness, lemon and a definite lactobacillus presence. I kept sniffing to see if there were more scents, but I couldn’t find anything else. The tartness wasn’t nearly as intense as I expected. The lactobacillus was there and there was tartness, but on a scale of 0 to 10, I would say it was a 5. Lemon flesh was there as well, but again, it wasn’t overpowering. A dough characteristic was at the end of the sip. The body was light and thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon flesh. I spent $2.75 on the bottle ($.23 per ounce). Given this was a summer seasonal, I probably waited too long to drink it, and it’s a beer that I would be interested in revisiting.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was a beer that my parents brought me back after an antiquing trip in Massachusetts. For awhile, the Smuttlabs series was difficult to get in New Jersey (at least where I live). When they told me that this was on the shelf at a beer store they were at, I was interested to give it a try. I hadn’t heard any feedback, good or bad, about it, nor was it available at the brewery when I was there.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: This was released in April of 2015.

Random: This is another brewery that doesn’t list much information, at least for their Smuttlabs series.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light purple color with no visible carbonation. The nose had some blueberry with very little tartness. I kept sniffing the beer, trying to pick up something else, and I really couldn’t find much. The taste had lemon zest and blueberry tartness. After a few sips, I got some white grapes too. The body was light with very high carbonation that was seltzer-like. It had a quick finish with the same lemon and blueberry notes. This was $6.99 for a bottle, which came to $.58 per ounce. This was a bit more expensive than the cherry version and in a corked and caged format. Price aside, I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. I wish that the tartness as well as the blueberry notes were more intense on this beer. In all fairness, I waited a while to drink this, so some of the flavors may have dropped off. I’m willing to give it another try.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I first tried this beer on tap at the brewery and brought a bottle back to Jersey. I thought it was alright at the brewery, but didn’t have enough of it to do a formal review. The time has come.


BV: 4.9%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Smuttlabs crew can’t stop making Short Weisses! Next up is a Cherry version, which joins our Strawberry, Blueberry, Smoked Peach and an unfruited version. It’ll be available August 22 in the Smerch Store in 500 ml bottles and on tap at Hayseed and in the tasting room. Tastes are free and bottles are $8 each. Bottles will be distributed to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina.”

Random: Their tasting station at the brewery was in a corner next to their fermentors. I didn’t think it was the best place for a tasting station.

This beer poured with less than a finger of off white head. It dissipated instantly and there wasn’t even a hint of it by the time I took the picture. The body was a clear, pink color with high carbonation visible. The nose had some tart cherry notes with lemon zest and wheat along for the ride. The taste was tart, although not intensely so with notes cherries and lemon flesh. The wheat wasn’t apparent on the taste. There was light funk on it, which would make it a nice beer for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with the style. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a long and tart finish with cherries. The bottle was $8, which made this beer $.47 an ounce, which is more than I would want to pay for it. This beer was good, but it didn’t knock my socks off. It’s not worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0