not an expert on the Berliner Weisse style, but I do know what I like.
White Birch’s Berliner Weisse is close to my expectations of the niche
style, but doesn’t quite live up to them completely. While there’s
nothing inherently wrong with it, I find it’s just a little too mild to
wow me. It is nice for what it is, though.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.79 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep golden/maize hue with a highly cloudy body. No
carbonation visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, soapy head which
completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Lacto is prominent, but not especially strong. Some wheat and some green fruits, but otherwise mild.
Taste: This style is known and drank for its sourness and tartness, but
in the case of this particular brew it’s more of a subtle component
rather than a front-and-center feature. The palette is a mix of pilsner
and wheat malt; not especially sweet, though. On the second half I
detect faint notes of green apple and grape as well as a quick lactic
bite. The sourness does not linger and is not especially strong. This is
disappointing because I remember having this beer at the brewery about a
year ago and it was a much stronger and more complex beer – what
Drinkability: A beer like this is exactly what you want on a hot
summer’s day and in that aspect, White Birch Berliner Weisse works. The
mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but the carbonation level is
surprisingly low with a slightly watery, tepid texture. It’s also
difficult to believe it’s 5.5% ABV when it feels and drinks like
something closer to 4%. I couldn’t honestly recommend this as a session
beer based on this serving.