Monday, June 12, 2017

Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20ChadPolenz (1791) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 23A Berliner Weisse

AROMA: A moderately-high sharply sour character is dominant. Wheat base is evident and has a somewhat sourdough character. Faint trace of lemon zest. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Quite dark maize/hazy golden hue. Extremely cloudy body, but carbonation is visible. Medium white foam retains and laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Begins and ends with an assertive [sourdough] bready flavor. There is a mild yogurt-like lactic sourness that lingers in the background throughout but is never especially strong. A minor lemon citrus presence also seems present. Oddly enough, there is a somewhat sweet caramel taste on the finish and into the aftertaste. Sourness and acidity are tame for the style. Sweetness seems out of place. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light-ish body; medium carbonation. Seems too smooth and creamy for the style; should be crisp and effervescent. ABV seems high at 4.8%; though it is refreshing and sessionable. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine introductory Berliner Weisse, but too tame and pedestrian for the style. Sourness should be much higher. 6/10