Berliner Geist (Fellowship 2017) – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first of four beer of 2017 in their fellowship club the “Berliner Geist Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tartness, sweetness, citrus, orange, vanilla and oak.  The flavour is of tartness, lemon, vanilla, oak, sweetness, citrus rind with a good acidic finish.   Especially for a 4.5% alcohol this one is huge on flavour while not packing a huge punch on the alcohol side.  I am really happy to be part of the Fellowship again this year.

Commercial Description:  BERLINER GEIST: This barrel-aged and bottle conditioned Berliner Weisse is distinctly sour and complex (refreshing), with a delicate woody vanilla character and an oaky aroma.  At 5% ABV this is a slightly lighter but deeply flavourful release perfect for laying down or enjoying on a summer evening. 

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Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours a reddish pink colour with a small white head.  The aroma is of Raspberry, sweetness but not to much else.  The flavour is of raspberry, tartness with some undertones of sweetness with a mild malt note.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00.  You can not go wrong with a nice session sour ale and this one will not disappoint.

Commercial Description:  We brew this the way they did back in the day, using a 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria to sour the beer, then we bring it back into the kettle and add 200lbs of real, whole local raspberries resulting in a pink, tart and refreshing summer beer.

Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head.  The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal.  The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up.  This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.

Commercial Description:  This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation.  The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.

 

berliner melon weisse – Brasserie Dunham


From Brasserie Dunham in Dunham Quebec comes their “berliner melon weisse”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head and some mild sediment.  The aroma consists of mild funk, melon, lemon and some spices maybe coriander.  The flavour is of sour funk, lemon, orange, melon, grassy hops and some wheat.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.9% with an IBU of 8.  Not only is this a tasty beer but it is one of the more balanced Berliner Weisse on the market.

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Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse”.  The beer pours a reddish pink colour with a small white head.  The aroma consists of almost raspberry cool-aid and sweetness.  The flavour is of mild tartness, raspberry, wheat, mild earth and maybe some orange rind.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00.  While I do not find this one as exciting as the Peach and Lychee Berliner Weisse it is still quite tasty. 

Commercial Description:  We give you our take on a traditional old world classic – the Berliner Weisse.  Using 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria, and real, whole lychees.  This brew is tart, light and refreshing.  We hope you agree!  Cheers to summer sours!

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