Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse

Berliner Weisse Boston Beer Company

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Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse served in a snifter from bottle.

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Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse is a German-style Berliner Weisse brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from bottle.

Appearance

Pours a mostly clear gold with an inch-thick head of soapy, white foam that offers modest retention. Residue gathers at the collar and a smatter of lace coats the glass.

Aroma

Soft aroma is a little sweet and musty with a scent of mixed citrus and bready wheat.

Flavor

Taste transitions from a light, malt biscuit to a clean and dry finish consisting of mildly tart lemongrass.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel has a light body with moderate carbonation. Adequate, but would prefer a bit more pop to the feel.

Overall

This is a nice summer beer but somewhat tame for the style. This Berliner doesn’t pack the level of tartness found in better representations of the style and instead is a middle-of-the-road-sure-to-please-the-masses kind of sour beer. However, the Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse is certainly a refreshing ale for a hot summer afternoon.

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About the Berliner Weisse

In 1809, Napoleon’s troops described the Berliner Weisse as the “Champagne of the North”. Today, some call it the most refreshing beer in the world. It’s light, crisp, highly carbonated with a juicy acidity. Dry finish. Pale straw color with varying clarity. Large head has little retention. Sharp and clean lactic sour aroma and flavor. Lemon citrus and apple are commonly used but modern craft versions use a wide variety of fruits. Mild doughy bread or wheat grain base. Low alcohol is undetectable.