Friday, July 3, 2015

White Birch Berliner Weisse

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1387) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
I’m 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 happened?

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.

Score: 5/10

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