Archive for the ‘Berliner Weissbier’ Category

Since Val and I go to New York less than we used to, I don’t get Grimm beers as much. I did receive one for a Christmas gift, which was very exciting. Let’s give this one a shot.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Created in collaboration with the team at Blue Hill, this refreshing Berliner Weisse is brewed as an ode to crop rotation. The historical tradition of rotating crops creates nutrient-rich growing conditions that produce the most flavorful grains and vegetables. Clover is a cover crop that nourishes the soil; oats and rye improve soil structure and suppress weeds; barley rids the field of fungus and pests. The ingredients in this beer both contribute to and result from the health of the whole farm. Brewed with malt grown in New York.”

Random: I like the label on this one a lot.

The beer poured with a gigantic, three finger, pure white head. It took forever to dissipated and left a large amount of lacing on the glass. The body was lemon yellow and super hazy. It had a decent amount of carbonation visible too. The nose had lemon, white vinegar and citrus pith. It had an oat note as well that was definitely unique. The taste was quite tart and took a minute to adjust to. It had lemon juice and lemon drop candies. There weren’t any oats in the taste, which I was disappointed by. It had a lemon cough drop note as well. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a long finish with lemon juice. The bomber set me back $10.99 ($.50 per ounce). I thought this beer was alright, but it was a bit too one-note for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the other beer that I had before the game. I was looking to keep the ABV low since I knew we would be hitting another bar and drinking at the game.


ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In March 2013, after eighteen months of building and planning, Jackie O’s started a new chapter at our production facility at 25 Campbell Street when we began packaging beers into kegs. Two months later we fired up the line and canned Firefly Amber and Chomolungma, and the rest has been history in the making. We partnered with Cavalier distributing in August of 2013, around the same time we started canning Mystic Mama, and were able to start off 2014 with the addition of Hop Ryot cans. In February of 2015, we released Razz Wheat, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Our production facility provides the Jackie O’s team the room to play and think big- hence our arsenal of barrels! From rum and bourbon, to sherry and tequila barrels, we’ve been skillfully aging specialty beers since 2013. Bourbon barrel beers are packaged into 375 mL bottles, along side their non-barrel aged counterparts. 99.9% of the beers that our loyal customers have consumed around the state in 2014 year have come from this facility, and we are grateful for the opportunity expand our efforts and get Jackie O’s beer into more hands across Ohio. Art and BradEquipped with 16 taps for you to enjoy beers straight from the source, our production brewery and taproom is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 9pm & Sunday from 12-7 pm. The taproom offers a wide variety of merchandise, specialty and core beers, as well as carryout of all packaged kegs, cans and bottles.”

Random: The bar had a retractable roof which was really cool.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had lemon juice and a bit of sourness. It had some lime too with some wheat. The taste started with lemon and lime sourness along with some yeast. There was hay along with wheat. The body was light and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart with lemon juice. I enjoyed this beer and it made for a decent session beer before the game. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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