It’s a nice, hot, Fourth of July, so I wanted something light and refreshing. The New Glarus Berliner Weiss I got when I stopped by the brewery up in Wisconsin sounded like it would fit the bill. The bottle said, “a few times a year we will cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses, un-censored, un-cut, unplugged. Always hand crafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again. Napoleon hailed this tart beer style, ‘the Champaign of the North.’ A lively and elegant masterpiece this Berliner Weiss is a kaleidoscope of fresh flavor. Barrel fermentation, Pinot Grigio, Reisling grapes and Wisconsin White Wheat are bottle fermented with five proprietary yeast strains. A connoisseur’s rare jewel both spirited and subtle. Enjoy your sparkling toast under summer stars.”
It poured a hazy straw-yellow color, and it had absolutely no head on it. However, it appeared very carbonated with strings of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass – a bit like champaign. It had a light sour lemony aroma to it.
It had a very light body, and seemed very crisp and refreshing with a bit of a light lemonade taste at first. That was quickly followed by some tingling and a good strong tartness, almost like a Sweet Tart candy. The longer the aftertaste lingered, the more the tartness caused some puckering in my mouth.
I’m not sure I’d drink this one with a food, since the tartness wouldn’t go with much. Overall, it was a very interesting and unique beer with a good tart flavor. If you’re in the mood for a good sour beer, this one would one to try.