Strathcona Releases Blackberry Berliner Weisse

Strathcona Beer Company in East Vancouver BC has released their new Blackberry Berliner Weisse.

This bright, refreshing European sour ale is moderately carbonated, light in body, with a mild, tart fi­nish. A blend of fresh blackberry juice, wheat malts, and oats produces a beautifully balanced, light purple coloured beer.

You can buy it now at the Strathcona retail store.

ABV: 4%.

IBU: 7

Available in: 4 x 355 mL cans

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Hearthstone Releases 2017 batch of Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse

Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver BC has released a fresh batch of their summer seasonal Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse.

Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse is a fresh take on a traditional old world classic, brewed using 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria and 200 lbs of real, whole local raspberries in every batch.

This sour summer brew is light, tart, refreshing, and pink!

It is available now at the Hearthstone retail store and is making its way to stores now.

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Four Winds Brewing Rebrands Berliner Weisse to Sour Weisse

Four Winds Brewing in Delta BC has announced the return of their seasonal Berliner Weisse, with the added surprise that they have renamed it to Sour Weisse.

I’m not sure why they changed the name, as their old marketing material claimed that it was brewed in revernce of the old world sour wheat ales of Berlin. They say the recipe hasn’t changed though. However, the ABV has increased from 3.0% to 3.5%.

This one is bright, tart, and refreshingly effervescent, so the perfect for those warm days that I am really hoping are just around the corner.

It should be making its way to stores this week.

Word to the wise: I’ve seen the old Berliner Weisse on shelves at some stores. That’s probably not too good now!

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Advent Beer #7 Lil’ Red Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse from Parallel 49

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Sometimes you get terrible Christmas presents but our sour cherry Berliner Weisse isn’t one that you’ll have to regift to your bratty sibling.

This beer pours out a dark pink colour with a tiny white head that disspiates quickly and leaves no lacing.

The nose is cherry and biscuit malt with the recognizable odour of lactic acid. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly tart, but not as tart as a brett sour, with light carbonation and a very sweet finish. The palate is denominated by cherries, sugar, lactic acid, and an undertone of caramel and biscuit from the malt backbone.

I have to hand it to Parallel 49, because they don’t give up! This is the third iteration of this beer, with the original being so poorly received that they completely redid recipe and relaunch it as a much stronger wild cherry sour called Lil’ Redemption. That version was a huge improvement, but this time they went back to the original Berliner Weisse style and improved upon the recipe vastly!

However, I feel like there was a huge missed opportunity here. Central City included a Red Racer Berliner Weisse in this advent calendar, so it would have been really cool to see them collaborated on a Lil’ Red Racer Berliner Weisse.

 

Rating: 3.75/5

Advent Beer #4: Red Racer Berliner Weisse from Central City

20161205_111444.jpgFrom the bottle label:

Red Racer has cruised through Germany and brewed a traditional styled Berliner Weiss, this mildy sour wheat beer has notes of citrus and a big effervescence, light in alcohol and big in flavour , this is a classic German style brewed the traditional way.

This beer pours out a cloudy pale yellow colour with a small white head. The nose is slightly acidic and has hints of lemon and grain. The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation and is mildly sour from the lactic acid produced by the mixed yeast and lactobacillus fermentation. The palate is dominated by wheat, citrus, and light tartness.

Overall this is a very refreshing, light beer, that is a great example of the Berliner weisse style. It’s probably a little light for  winter palates, but would be perfect for a warm summer evening.

Rating: 3.75/5