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

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.