Ding Points: 72.00
Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00
Delighted to see a Berliner Weisse. Not really that I’m an especially big fan of the style, but high quality beer of any type under 5.0% ABV is just so difficult to come by in the USA, that almost anything is welcome.
32 oz growler from Hop City, Atlanta, GA.
Pour is exactly as expected, all the elements are there. Pale straw (not golden), with a wispy head that fades to a collar quickly. No lace to speak of, all is in order.
Very light pear notes in the nose, and some lively carbonation.
Tartness is not very high, but I like the level that it is pitched. Some very light cider elements, but this is not an aggressive beer in any way shape or form. The light tartness is very round and not edgy.
A few more very light pear notes, and a little green apple in the middle tastes. I’m quite surprised at the level of white wine character here. Most of the Berliner Weissbiers that I have had in the past, largely lacked that element, so this feels a touch unusual. Unusual perhaps, but I like it. Even the light tartness fades over the course of 32 oz, and in the final analysis it seems to be largely absent.
Finishes clean and bright; never tiring or tiresome.
Tasty beer with plenty to endear it to me. Authentic? Fairly, but that’s not really the point here, it’s a nice beer that frames the style well enough to allow any criticism to be held at bay. A beer that seems greater than the sum of its parts. Nice.
Other: 4.5% ABV, Berliner Weisse.