Prior to the days of refrigeration, summer was traditionally Hefeweizen season in Germany. But while the Bavarians enjoyed their Weissbiere, Berliners preferred their own style of wheat beer known as Berliner Weisse. Named the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleon, Berliner Weisse is a sour, tart, citrusy beer that is traditionally served with either a raspberry or woodruff flavored syrup to make it a more palatable refresher for the warm days of summer.
Our friends over at Grand Teton Brewing Co. recently released their own unique take on Berlin’s specialty drink with their 2012 Snarling Badger. Part of Teton’s Cellar Reserve Series, the beer is infinitely more interesting and enjoyable than any traditional or non-tradition version of Berliner Weisse I’ve “researched.” Crisp, refreshing, and clean the Badger has enough of a backbone/complexity to satisfy but not overwhelming your senses during the summer heat. Best of all, no syrup is necessary to enjoy.
Here’s my complete review:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse (7.5% alc)
Bright caramelized orange in color the beer pours with a thick and frothy head at cellar temperature. The Badger’s yeasty nose expresses sweet citrus fruit as well as hints of banana. Light in body, slightly carbonated, and refreshing the palate is smooth with notes of tart lemon, banana, and clove. Finishes clean with hints of the beer’s essence lingering pleasantly in the mouth.
Copyright © sports-glutton.com, 2010-2012. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from sports-glutton.com is strictly prohibited.