Beer Styles 201: Berliner Weisse
Like Berlin itself you either love the eclectic, funky nature or you hate it. This brew is tart and bubbly a combination that is not for everyone, but Berliners and most Germans love it! It may take some getting used to, but we think you’ll love it as well.
By Justin Beerber on Nov. 30, 2016
Style Name: Berliner Weisse pronounced “Bear-leeh-nuh Vice-uh”
Substyle Region: Berlin, Germany enjoys legal protection of an appellation d’origine contrôllée like the Kölsch ales of Cologne and the Trappist ales of Belgium.
Appearance: Berliner Weisse is usually made from roughly 25—30% pale malted wheat, but in times past, it may have been made with as much as twice that amount. The rest of the grain is always barley malt—brownish in the old days, but pale Pils-like today. The result is a finished beer with a cloudy, dark-yellowish color.
Flavor & Aroma: Berliner Weisse is a sour, tart, fruity, and refreshing ale.
Palate & Mouthfeel: It is a light-bodied, effervescent, almost spritz-like brew similar to the feel of Champagne (hence it’s nickname “The People’s Champagne”). There is no residual sweetness and a low ABV, which makes it an ideal summer drink.
Food Pairings: Due to it’s light body and tart flavor crispy French Fries or other salty appetizer are a perfect match. Anything smokey or rich are definite NOs because they will overpower this light beer.
Comments: Also known as “Ein Rotes” (a red one), “Ein Grünes” (a green one), “Mit Schuss” (with a shot of sweet syrup), “Champagne of the North,” “The People’s Champagne” or “The Workers’ Sparkling Wine”. Known for it’s very low ABVs of 2.5-2.7%. Berliner Weisse has been brewed in Berlin since the Middle Ages.
Serving Suggestion: It is usually taken with a shot (a “Schuss”) of raspberry syrup or woodruff-flavored syrup to cut the brew’s tartness. Add the shot first and then pour the beer over it. It is best served in a wide-rimmed, bowl-shaped chalice, about twice the size of the bottle, because Berliner Weisse foams like champagne.
Similar Beer Styles: Weissbier
Beer Varieties: The Origins (Part Three: Colour)
In this series, we are exploring what characterizes the hundreds of styles of beers that are available. While yeast is the most important determinant of beer style, two of the other main ingredients (hops and malt), and how the beer is brewed, among other things, also play a part. It is these factors that create the inherent qualities of the beer, which formulates each category or style. Part Two looked at how gravities and alcohol by volume (ABV.) are calculated. In Part Three we will explore colour; how it is measured, and how the different colours are assigned.
Beer Varieties: The Origins (Part Two: Gravity)
Original Gravity, Specific Gravity, Final Gravity find out what it all means as we continue on our beer variety journey.
Beer Styles 201: Weizenbock
This German style beer is nothing to bock about. It’s known for its high ABVs and high amount of wheat malt.
Guide to Grilling a Beer Can Chicken
This is an easy method for grilling a flavorful and tender chicken that keeps all eyes on the grill, and provides that “wow” factor for any cookout you host.