reviewed White Birch’s regular Berliner Weisse back in July and was not
too keen on it. I decided to give the blueberry edition a try in hopes
it would be an improvement. And indeed it is, but not by a whole lot.
Much like the traditional version, this beer is pretty mild and
unremarkable. The addition of blueberries does make the palette a little
more interesting, though.
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy straw color; no visible carbonation. Pours to a small,
white, soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely.
Smell: Fairly light nose overall with mild lacto and blueberry puree scents.
Taste: When you add fruit to a niche style brew it becomes a battle of
the base brew versus the fruit addition. Is this beer a Berliner Weisse
with blueberries or a fruit beer that’s a little tart and sour? Not
being an expert on the style I’m not going to say how it compares to
spec, though going by my experience it’s pretty familiar. A light
palette with a bit of lemonade-like tartness right away. The blueberry
flavor emerges on the second half and has a classic puree flavor; akin
to that found in most blueberry-flavored foods and drinks. It’s neither
authentic nor faux; but it is a nice addition. The sourness is pretty
mild overall, though the blueberry does complement the beer’s natural
tart and sour components quite nicely. If this were more
strongly-flavored it would be pretty great, but it’s okay for what it
Drinkability: This is obviously the kind of beer that would work quite
well in the summer. However, at 5.5% ABV it’s much too big to be
considered a session beer. It’d be tempting to do so since the mouthfeel
is very light, thin, and tepid. A brew like this should have
champagne-like effervescence, but it’s a bit dull. Refreshing while in
the mouth, which is nice, and a fairly clean aftertaste. Drinkable for
sure, but one is all you need.