After chatting with Bill about the beer, my taste buds were primed and ready to crack open bottle I had in possession. With the recent heatwave we've been experiencing the past few days, this was a great complement to relaxing on the back porch enjoying the thermometer returning to more tolerable levels.
The beer pours a faint straw color, but remains cloudy with a haze. It produces a billowing white head which dissipates quickly down to the bubbling gold liquid. A lactic burst is the first thing that hits the nose followed by a subtle wheat/malt undertone. Hidden amongst the lactic is a faint wheat twang as well as a minor notes fruitiness and a slight hint of shellfish.
The taste reveals a citrus-like acidity and tartness with an underlying wheat and malt flavor. A clean sourness, but not pungent, with no funk detected. The wheat/malt resides until the mid-palate where it falls off leaving a pleasant tartness that slowly evaporates away. The beer finishes very clean with a dryness and a lingering hint of citrus and lemon.
Overall, the beer is a very refreshing, light, sour ale with enough tartness and clean sourness to cleanse the palate without fatiguing it. Dry and clean, it leaves little behind other than a pleasurable essence of lemon sourness. One sip just asks for another.
If you happen to be homebrewers like us, Bill offered these tips and tricks for those interested in trying their own interpretation of a Berliner Weisse:
I’d suggest 60% wheat malt, 40% pilsner, a very light hand with the hops and lacto. Don’t be afraid to step into the real wild bacteria. If you can make more than one style of beer at a time with different yeasts you can use wild “critters”.
I do recommend dedicated plastic for bottling and stronger bottles than standard 12 or 22oz bottles too.. Heck, if you think about it, wild yeasts are in the air and on everything. If basic sanitation lets us brew a beer without an infection then why not use a cultured “critter”.
I would certainly recommend anyone who find the beer to pick it up and try it. If you've been fortunate to have any of White Birch's beers, let us know what you thought.
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