Berliner Weiβe Berliner Weiss Berliner Weiss beer style

Berliner Weiβe

Berliner WeissBerliner Weiβe – the quintessential summer sidewalk café beer – light, effervescent, low alcohol and tart nearly went the way of the passenger pigeon and the dodo bird. Napoleon’s troops, on their way to Moscow during their ill-fated mission to conquer the world, characterized this wheat-based beer as the champagne of the north.   The alcohol hovers around 3% in the traditional versions and they can have the tartness of unsweetened lemonade. The tartness encourages you to sip the stuff – at least with the undoctored versions – and with the low alcohol content you can drink it all day sitting under a tree with a book or at a sidewalk café discussing Kierkegaard, global warming or the Minnesota Twins. When I learned that in Berlin Germans would add raspberry (Himbeersirup) or woodruff (Waldmeistersirup) syrup to the beer and drink it with a straw, the image of Berliner Weiss became forever melded in my mind with Mike Meyers’ Dieter in the old SNL skit Sprockets. For some reason the image of pretentious Germans prancing about in black tights sipping flavored Berliner Weiss through a straw cracks me up. The stuff is on the wane in its homeland. While some 700 breweries produced Berliner Weiss during the 19th century, by the late 20th only two remained in Berlin.

Recently it’s enjoyed a mild renaissance. A handful of other German brewers outside of the Berlin area have stepped up with their interpretations – Professor Fritz Briem’s 1809 Berliner Weiss and the Gasthaus Bayerischer Bahnhoff Berliner Style Weiss both do exemplary work. Within the past year three excellent Berliner Style Weiss have popped up in Minnesota and others have popped up on the east and west coast.

Food Pairing

Entrée: Grilled seafood, salmon

Cheese: Havarti

Dessert: Fruit desserts, fresh picked berries, panna cota

Other: Tart fruit, raspberry vinaigrette dressing, pickled vegetables, citrus salad


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German Berliner Weiβe

Professor Fritz Briem’s 1809 Berliner Weisse

Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse, Brettanomyces Lambicus Special Edition

Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse *

Other Berliner Style Weiβe

12welve Eyes Brewing Sourmeister

August Schell’s North Country Brünette Berliner Weissbier

August Schell's Dawn of Aurora Starkbier Berliner Style Wheat Ale

August Schells Brewing Star of the North Berlin Style Wheat Beer

August Schell Brewing Noble Star Collection Black Forest Cherry Weissbier

August Schell Brewing Company Schells Starkeller Static Transmission

Bank Sour Bomb Tart Wheat Ale

Barrel Theory Beer Company Landscaping Duty

Bells Oarsman Ale

Bent Brewstillery Funked up Apricot Berliner Weisse

Bent Brewstillery Funked up Belgian Berlin Ur-Bock

Black Stack Brewing Ken Burns Presents with Cherry, Tangerine and Pineapple

Bruery Terreux Frederick H.

The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weiss *

Destihl Brewery’s Counter ClockWeisse

Disgruntled Brewing The Utha Side

Dogfish Head Festina Pêche


* Beer Judge Certification Program Commercial Example

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