Angel City Berliner

California
United States
Angel City Berliner Weisse Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Berliner isn’t mouth puckeringly tart, but well balanced with its sourness and wheat malt character. It’s light and refreshing on its own, or can be brightened up the traditional way with woodruff, raspberry or other fruit flavored syrups.

Profile

ABV: 
3.2%
IBUs: 
5
Served at: 
35° F
Hops: 
Hallertau
Malts: 
Europils Malt, Unmalted Wheat, Acidulated Malt
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Berliner Weisse, Napoleon’s “Champagne Of The North,” is a very refreshing light sour wheat beer. This example is very cloudy and has a huge white head that stays around forever. The aroma is of doughy bread with a bit of lemon, with some hay in the background and a light lactic sourness.

The flavor matches the aroma with raw bread dough and a touch of lemon, with a very pleasant tartness – just short of the "squinchy-face" sourness. The tartness and low alcohol are very enjoyable with a short, clean and crisp finish. This beer is very highly carbonated and has a slight but balanced funk character – mostly like fresh hay.

This is a great starter sour beer – it’s quick with the sourness, but then not heavy in body – very thirst-quenching. Pair this with salty Marcona almonds and some goat cheese or some spicy whitefish.