About Berliner Weisse

About Berliner Weisse
Berliner weisse is pale straw to light gold in color and ranges from 3-4% in alcohol. These beers are unfiltered and are defined by their electric sourness. This distinctive sourness is the product of the addition of lactobacillus or lactic acid in the brewing process. This style originated in Berlin in the 1600’s and is still brewed in Germany today Though they had faded in popularity outside Bavaria the style has now been embraced by the craft brew movement as a refreshingly tart, sessionable sour style. These beers are commonly served with woodruff or raspberry syrup to help balance the acidity and tartness.

Noteworthy examples of this style include: Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse, Banhof Berliner Style Weisse, New Glarus Thumbprint Berliner Weisse and Bell’s Oarsman.

Top Picks for Berliner Weisse

Sixpoint Brewery "Lil Raspy" Berliner Weisse
93 points
Opaque cloudy milky sunburst color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berries in greek yogurt and strawberry muffin with a puckering, finely carbonated, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish that shows impressions of lemon, kumquat, kiwi skin, and nut bread finish. A vibrant and balanced raspberry flavored Berliner with excellent quenchability.
August Schell Brewing Co. Lunar Interference Berliner Weisse
92 points
Medium brown color. Roasted, sourish aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate yogurt, and sourdough dark rye toast with a satiny, tart, effervescent, sourish medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with accents of melon and sprouts, kiwi vinaigrette, and chicory finish. A unique dark and roasty take of the Berliner Weiss style that really works and is quite approachable.
August Schell Brewing Co. Basin of Attraction Dry Hoped Berliner Weisse
91 points
Nearly opaque cloudy gold color. Aromas and flavors of pureed root vegetables, lemon spritzed peaches, brown butter on sourdough, and peach kombucha with a supple, tart, effervescent, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of reduced lemon and kumquat, kale and blood orange salad, and hint of paprika finish. A clean, robust and mouthwatering Berliner Weisse that whets the appetite.
August Schell Brewing Co. Galactic Collision
90 points
Hazy yellow color. Sourish aromas and flavors of peach-tangerine vinaigrette, lemon butter on sourdough, honeycomb, and hearts of palm and artichoke hearts with a supple, puckering, effervescent, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish evoking impressions of spiced melon, lemon chutney, grassy herbs, and sodium bicarbonate finish. A racy, mouthwatering Berliner Weisse that intriguing, subtle flavors and a ’throw caution to the wind’ personality.
Awards: 2017 Best Berliner Weisse
Revival Brewing Co. Pinky Swear Berliner Weisse
89 points
Cloudy red oak color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry greek yogurt, pickled melon rind, boiled potato and cabbage, and bubblegum dust with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish that presents notes of buttered potato bread toast with lemon zest, berry skins, wheat wafer, and mineral water finish. A very pure, clean, and precise Berliner Weisse that has a perfectly approachable style.
Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse
89 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon pastry, nougat, and peach-banana muffin with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish revealing nuances of spiced citrus and bread pudding finish. A nice balanced Berliner Weisse that would be a nice introduction to the style.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse
86 points
Opaque cloudy gold color. Mild, citrusy, earthy toasty aromas of overripe oranges and lemons, herb nut toast, and hop pellets with a soft, puckering, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long lemon juice, buttery toasted oat bread and cereal, and reduced lime and nectarine finish. An interesting toasty Berliner; try with traditional syrups.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Kudamm Berliner Style Weiss
84 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toasty lemon muffin and kiwi with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sourish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of sourdough bread, marinated grape leaves, and minerals finish. A tasty well balanced, toasty Berliner Weisse.
Pearl Street Brewery Pearl-iner Weisse Sour Wheat Beer
82 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Curious aromas of sticky oatmeal, paper mache, composted lemons and tea leaves, and waxy honeycomb and asparagus with a supple, racy, effervescent, bittersweet thin body and a tingling, engaging, breezy egg sandwich and cheerios cereal finish. A toasty, piquant Berliner weisse.