Category Archives: German Berliner Weisse

Firestone Walker Bretta Tangerine

Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: Berliner Weisse style fermented with tangerines. Barrel ratio: 100% French Oak

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Our region is blessed with an abundance and variety of fresh fruit. South of Barrelworks in the hills surrounding the hamlet of Ojai, there are groves of citrus-oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines. We’ve been lucky to work with the Ojai native Friend’s Ranches who specialize in tangerines. Friend’s offered the W. Murcott tangerine which we zested for aroma, juiced for flavor, and then fermented with our base beer of Bretta Weisse to create a metamorphosis. Brought to life was Bretta Tangerine! A bountiful bouquet of citrus mingles with pronounced herbal notes, leading to funky, yeasty, citrus flavors. Soft cereal and oak aromas are enveloped by a firm acidity and tartness and punctuated by zesty tangerine. The finish is dry and crisp; a thoroughly enjoyable beverage. Santé!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch No. 001, bottled on 1st May 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin replenishing layer, while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Funky, orange juice, mandarin, unripe mango, unripe apricot, and a touch of oak.
Taste: Light sourness, tangerine, mandarin, orange candy, oak, with a light funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Not up to the standard of Bretta Rose, but still nice and easy drinking with good citrus, funk and barrel notes. Carbonation could be higher for a Berliner Weisse, but the lack of, doesn’t take too much away from it.

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De Molen Pina & PocoCoco

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 4.3%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: Pina Coco Berliner Weisse-ish

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Pineapple & a wee bit of cocos.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled on 8th August 2018, and with a best before date of 8th August 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a huge uncontrollable white head even with a slow careful pour, that left lots of nice fluffy lacing.
Aroma: Wheaty, sweet, light clove and banana, with a touch of coconut candy.
Taste: Grainy, wheat, sweet, light clove, light banana, milk candy, and a hint of pineapple juice.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: I guess not what I expected given the name and bottle description. Too sweet, lack of sourness, lack of pineapple and/or coconut, and the carbonation was so high that it was uncomfortable to drink at times.

Mikkeller Spontanberliner Frederiksdal Cherry

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 4.4%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Blended ale with Frederiksdal cherries added.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.41
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle, with a best before date of 15th February 2023. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark ruby reddish purple colour with a big four finger light purple head that had decent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour and sweet cherry, raspberry and a touch of raisin. Lightly jammy.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, almond, marzipan, yoghurt with a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Looks great, with good cherry plus marzipan aroma and flavours. There appears to be less funk coming from the Spontan base in this Spontanberliner versus the other Spontan ales, which is not a problem, but interesting to note. I also seem to like it whenever they add Frederiksdal cherries to their beers.

Bruery Terreux Frucht: Raspberry

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 4.3%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: 2018 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Berlin-style tart wheat beer. Aged in oak foeders with raspberries.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml bottle, 2018 vintage, bottled on 6th November 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy reddish orange colour with a two finger very light pink head that dissipated quite quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Jammy sweet, lightly tart, raspberry, strawberry and light wheat.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, lemon, lemon juice, with maybe a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: While flavours were not bad, it was perhaps held back by being almost on the verge of being overwhelmingly sour.

Grimm Passionfruit Pop!

Brewery: Grimm Artisanal Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 4.8%
Style: German Berliner Weisse

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Dessert Berliner Weisse style ale brewed with passionfruit, vanilla and milk sugar.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled in January 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very hazy straw yellow colour with a less than two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sweet, passionfruit, guava and bubblegum.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, passionfruit and guava with a touch of grapefruit. Finish is sweetish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Didn’t get much vanilla, but this was very nice and easy to drink. My kind of flavours!