Sunday, February 22, 2015

White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse (6/10)

White Birch Brewing is located in Hooksett, New Hampshire.  This Blueberry Berliner Weisse is one of their flagship beers.

BJCP guidelines describe Berliner Weisse as "a sharply sour" beer with no hop flavor, a restrained fruitiness, and some grainy flavor.

White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse pours a clear pale yellow with thin white head.

The aroma is fruity.  The blueberry aroma is strong and sweet, almost smelling like a breakfast cereal such as Froot Loops or Boo Berry.  There is no hint in the aroma of the Berliner Weisse sourness.

The flavor is all Berliner Weisse.  It's very tart and lemony, with only the faintest hint of the blueberry picked up in the aroma.  Malt and hops, if present, take a back seat to the tartness.  This is to be expected for the style, but may be off-putting to those who aren't used to Berliner Weisse beers.

Beer Advocate rates White Birch Berliner Weisse an 86 or very good.  Rate Beer gives it an 82 overall.  While I do like the Berliner Weisse style as a change of pace, it's not a beer style I'm crazy about in general.  That means this beer's going to rate lower with me than it deserves to as an example of its style.  For that reason, I'm giving it a 6 out of 10.

As of this writing, the beer is available on tap at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington.  You may also find the bottled version at area retailers, but I don't recall having seen it recently anywhere.

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