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Angel City Berliner

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.

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