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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Sour Ale - Berliner Weisse

BJCP 17A

BJCP 2008 17A Berliner Weisse style example
17A - Sour Ale / Berliner Weisse

 

IMPRESSION

A very pale, sour, refreshing, low-alcohol wheat ale.

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') or woodruff ('waldmeister') or even mixed with Pils to counter the substantial sourness. Has been described by some as the most purely refreshing beer in the world.

EXAMPLES

Schultheiss Berliner Weisse, Berliner Kindl Weisse, Nodding Head Berliner Weisse, Weihenstephan 1809 (unusual in its 5% ABV), Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse, Southampton Berliner Weisse, Bethlehem Berliner Weisse, Three Floyds Deesko

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.028-1.032
FG: 1.003-1.006
IBU: 3-8
SRM: 2.0-3.0
ABV: 2.8-3.8%

BJCP 2008 17A Berliner Weisse style example
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