Berliner weisses have increased in popularity over the past few years, but considering they sit at the crossroads between the session beer and sour ale trends, it’s a bit surprising they’re not more common. Do you know how much fun it is to mix syrup in your beer?
Though technically not a session beer, Grand Teton’s Snarling Badger Berliner weisse (which releases next Tuesday) drinks exceptionally light for its hefty 7.5% ABV. Huge lemon and pineapple notes color a sharp, tart mouthfeel and, combined with a solid wheat backbone, culminate in a playfully engaging swallow.
Brewmaster Rob Mullin goes into more depth about the brewing process in the video above, and notes they wanted to brew “a beer that’s refreshing and drinkable, but that will also lay down and improve with age”—and that’s exactly why this style is one of my favorites.
Why do you think Berliner weisses aren’t more prevalent?