Archive for the ‘Berliner Weissbier’ Category

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.


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

My back has been killing me lately, so I’ve parked myself on the couch with Val to watch “Top Chef” while using a heating pad. I’m also having a glass of green tea, so let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: It’s rainy out today, which is perfect weather to sit home and relax.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown. The body was a hazy, dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lime, green apple and pineapple. The taste had slightly more depth than the nose. I got lime and pineapple up front, but it also had a hibiscus characteristic with white grapes. I didn’t pick up any of the green tea, which was disappointing. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation to it. The finish was tart and quick with lime juice. A bomber of this was $8.99, which broke down to $.41 per ounce. I thought the beer was good, I just wanted it to have the green tea note that it promised.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Happy birthday to me! I’m not sure what we’re doing yet, but I’m hoping it’s a lot of fun. Anyways, today’s selection is a beer from a brewery that has some of the best artwork that I’ve ever seen in the business. I love the illustrations, especially the ones with the mice.


ABV: 3.8%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Berliner Weisse with Yuzu Fruit Our kettle soured, free rise fermented Berliner Weisse with Yuzu fruit. It’s ok to enjoy yuzu again! Availability: Summer, Draft and bottles ABV: 3.8% | IBU: 3ish? Malts: Pils, Wheat, Flaked Wheat Hops: A little Secret Ingredients: Lactobacillus and Yuzu (duh!)”

Random: My goal this weekend is to get through my backlog on the rest of my posts and be current. Wish me luck.

The beer poured a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass, along with a quarter of a finger of a crown. The body was bright yellow and cloudy. It had a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with lemon juice and nothing else. The taste reminded me of melted lemon Italian ice with a touch of sprite. It had some tartness as well, but I couldn’t pick up much yuzu. The body was very light with high carbonation. It had an instant finish with lemon juice. The bottle was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, but it was a bit one note for me. I would grab a bunch of other Off Color beers before this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0