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BJCP 2015 Guideline

European Sour Ale Berliner Weisse

BJCP 23A

BJCP 2015 23A Berliner Weisse example
23A - Berliner Weisse

 

Overall Impression

A very pale, refreshing, low-alcohol German wheat beer with a clean lactic sourness and a very high carbonation level. A light bread dough malt flavor supports the sourness, which shouldn't seem artificial. Any Brettanomyces funk is restrained.

Comments

In Germany, it is classified as a Schankbier denoting a small beer of starting gravity in the range 7-8 °P. Often served with the addition of a shot of sugar syrups (mit schuss) flavored with raspberry (himbeer), woodruff (waldmeister), or Caraway schnapps (Kümmel) to counter the substantial sourness. Has been described by some as the most purely refreshing beer in the world.

Commercial Examples

Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse, Berliner Kindl Weisse, Nodding Head Berliner Weisse, The Bruery Hottenroth

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VITAL

  • OG:  1028 - 1032
  • FG:  1003 - 1006
  • ABV: 2.8 - 3.8
  • IBU: 3 - 8
  • SRM: 2 - 3
BJCP 2015 23A - Berliner Weisse Commercial Example
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