Archive for the ‘Berliner Weissbier’ Category

My parents brought this beer back for Val, but she wasn’t a huge fan. Let’s see what I thought of it.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introducing the newest iteration of our well-received Feyborn Berliner Weisse, this time with a cherry twist – something crisp, refreshing and decidedly different. At 4.5% ABV, this new brew features a kettle-soured wheat base with a blast of sour cherries and will be available this winter for a limited time only! At its base, Berliner Weisse is a low ABV, golden wheat that is more sour than most wild ales and less sour than lambics. Inspired by the diversity of the schuss tradition, Down The Road is excited to bring back this favorite with seasonally appropriate tart cherries!”

Random: This uses Cascade hops.

The beer poured with less than a finger of white head. It dissipated by the time I took the picture and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear reddish-brown, with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was pungent. It hit me with a generous combination of sweet and tart red cherries and white vinegar. The taste had a bit more depth. It started with tart red cherries and went into white vinegar and cider vinegar. It also had some wheat character to it as well with very light spice. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tart cherries. I have no idea how much this beer was since it was a gift, but this was a solid beer that just needed a touch more flavor. Despite that, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Tonight’s beer is a seasonal from Terrapin intended for the golf course. I’m hoping to play a round while I’m down in Hawaii, although I haven’t played in awhile, so I’m definitely going to be rusty. Let’s crack this one open.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘T-Time’ Berliner Weisse is a tart and thirst-quenching wheat beer made with fresh tea and lemon peel. This easy-to-drink summertime refresher will get you back into the swing of things both on and off the course.”

Random: The brewery recommends pairing this with Chevre and Havarti cheeses or a Turkey Club Sandwich with a side of chips. They don’t specify the type of chips, though.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, ecru colored head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was moderately cloudy and yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was lemon peel and lemon juice along with a little bit of funk. I didn’t pick up any tea. The taste started with lemon juice and lemon peel. It had significant tartness to make my lips pucker. There was no tea that I could pick up in the flavor. The body was thin with a lot of carbonation. The finish was almost instant and very sour. I picked this can up for $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I really wanted to like this beer, but when you advertise tea being in it and there’s no tea, I’m left a bit disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Bronx Brewery. It’s been awhile since I had a beer from them and Val picked this one out for me.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A refreshingly sour and cloudy ale brewed with cucumber & basil giving this traditional beer a cool & peppery finish. Our head brewer, Damian, spent a few years living in Germany because his dad was piloting F-15’s for the Air Force (call sign: Hash Brown). So it was only fitting that we brew one of Germany’s traditional styles with a Bronx take. This Berliner Weisse beer is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and wheat malts and balanced with Caliente hops to add a refreshing fruity backdrop. Cucumbers and basil are then added in the late stages of the brewing process to give it a cool, minty and peppery finish. We hope you enjoy our Bronx spin on what the Germans like to call the champagne of the north.”

Random: This uses Caliente hops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with lemon juice and some lemon zest. I didn’t pick up a lot of cucumber or basil on the nose. The taste had more of a presence of cucumber, but manifested like pickle brine since the lemon juice note was so prevalent. The basil kicked in at the end of the sip. The body was light with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon juice. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. The price wasn’t bad, I just wish it had some more basil.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that Val picked out because she liked the label. She’s not a big fan of sour beers, but I have to agree that the label is super cute. I’ve had a few beers from Perennial and I’ve had some great beers and some less than great. Let’s see where this one stacks up.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “To create Von Pampelmuse, we souped up our Berliner Weisse base with generous doses of Mandarin orange and Rio Red grapefruit during fermentation. The result is a juicy summer crusher bursting with citrus.”

Random: It’s pretty rare to see Berliner Weisses in a bomber.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left little lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and slightly hazy. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some tartness, white vinegar and wheat. It also had significant grapefruit juice. The taste started with a lot of citrus juice. Specifically, I picked up grapefruit and lemon juice, along with grapefruit pith. It had some white vinegar tartness. There was some wheat as well. The body was light, but coupled with lots of carbonation along with it. The finish was quick and tart. I picked up a bomber of this for $13.99 ($.64 per ounce). Even though this beer was more expensive than most other beers of this style, I thought it was a decent example of the style. I wish it had more complexity, but it was no problem to throw back.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the last beer I had at The Referend, before we headed to Troon.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The microflora from the inoculated wort and barrels now proliferate and out-compete one another, fermenting and acidifying the beer. After a few months, the barrels’ contents are enjoyable and resemble lambic, but for up to four full years the yeasts and bacteria jockey for dominance, imparting different characteristics to the finished beer. Because each barrel is wholly distinct, the real art of lambic production lies in blending barrels to produce the desired combination, and carrying some essential aspects from batch to batch of the same brands. The Referend Bier Blendery is based upon the Belgian geuzestekerij (or geuze-blendery) in which pubs, individuals, or commercial producers purchase young lambic from local brewers, age in oak casks and blend and package to taste. In order to execute this model in America, where coolships are scarce, we bring our mobile coolship to a local host brewery. There, we collect the wort brewed to our specification and send it to the coolship where the wort cools overnight in the ambient cold air before being brought back to the blendery to begin its extended aging in oak. Our Méthode Lambic beers aim to pay homage to Brussels’ proud history and heritage of lambic through our distinctly modernist sensibility: take the best of the ancients, and make it new.”

Random: I bought more violet flavored mints this week. They’re my favorite.

The beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. A finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy and yellow in color. I couldn’t see any carbonation on this beer. The nose was super funky with lots of yeast and some white wine and earthy flavors as well. The taste was quite funky with only light vanilla and oak characteristics. It was a bit too funky for my taste. The body was way too thin with not enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with horse blanket and funk. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. The funk was way too much for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I went to The Referend Bier Blendery awhile back and had a few of their beers. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Referend Bier Blendery practices the neglected art of waiting, of letting nature run its course, to produce a beer of depth and character inimitable through technological shortcuts or chemical interference. These beers are: 100% spontaneously fermented, no yeast cultures are added at any point in the process. Fermented and matured in oak barrels, neutral oak imparts little flavor and allows the beer to breathe. Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Unsweetened, to sustain the beer’s natural essence. Built for posterity bottles are capable of decades of aging. Acidic and complex (not basic).”

Random: It’s nice that we have more local breweries. I don’t visit them nearly as much as I want to, but they just keep popping up. Having a sour blendery a town over is quite the luxury.

The beer poured with absolutely no head. The body was cloudy and light yellow in color. There was very little carbonation visible. The nose had notes of rubber cement and peach nectar. Lemon juice came through next with some yeast. The taste, luckily, had no rubber at all. It just had a lot of citrus juice with peach and nectarine as well. Yeast came through next. The body was thin with very light carbonation and a quick, citrusy finish. I thought this beer was alright and had some nice flavors, but the rubber note in the nose was very off-putting. I wouldn’t have this again, but glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Funky beers have really exploded and Transmitter has been putting out some great yeasty beers. I don’t remember exactly where or when I picked this one up, but hopefully it’s a good one.

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ABV: 3.9%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sour with notes of Citrus and Floral. Spelt Berliner style Weisse beer made with all NY State ingredients. Sour and light with refreshing citrus/pine notes and subtle floral nose.”

Random: The brewery says that you can cellar this, which I found interesting.

When I went to pop this open, the cork pretty much popped out itself, with the cage only slightly loosened. It gushed all over. I think I lost about a fifth of the beer, but luckily, I was by the sink when it opened. Thus, why you see the dish towel under the bottle. Once I got it into the glass, it had a huge, three and a half finger, white head. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was a lot of yeast and some funk, but not a lot of sour. The taste was grassy and had some yeast and only a small amount of citrus. It was on the bland side, actually. The body was thin and bordered on watery with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and yeasty finish. The bottle was $16, which came $.73 per ounce. This beer was expensive and didn’t deliver for me. I wouldn’t get this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0