Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jackie O's Berliner Weisse

Fill date: 2017

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23A Berliner Weisse

AROMA: Clean lactic sourness; moderate intensity. Nearly equally strong presence of citrus peel and pome fruit. A subtle Brettanomyces funkiness can also be found which ties all the components together. Malt and wheat base are just slightly doughy; otherwise no distinctiveness. No hops (none needed). 9/10

APPEARANCE: Pale orange/maize hue (4-5 SRM). Slightly cloudy body. Large white foam when poured, though it mostly dissipates and laces not at all (this is normal for the style). 3/3

FLAVOR: Very strong, but clean lactic sourness throughout. A candy-like taste at first with an underlying doughy component from the malt and wheat. Once it hits the apex, a moderate citrus pith and pome fruit flavor emerges. There is a subtle sweetness to balance the sourness. Subtle Brettanomyces accentuates the fruit character and provides for a tart, dry aftertaste. No hop flavor or bitterness (none needed). 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-high carbonation. Crisp, juicy acidity and tartness like a fresh Granny Smith apple. Very refreshing and highly drinkable at 5.2% ABV. Brew is a bit too strong for traditional style expectations, though.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable and refreshing; this seems to be a pretty authentic representation of the style (albeit a tad Americanized). 9/10


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