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800. Deciduous Brewing Auroral

Deciduous Brewing AuroralThe first of four beers that I brought home from Deciduous Brewing. For those that don’t know Deciduous is a new brewery in Newmarket NH and David Sakolsky, formerly of Blue Lobster, is the brewer. I always enjoyed David’s beers at Blue Lobster so I was quick to stop by the new spot when they opened. Auroral is the first beer released from Deciduous and is a Berliner Weiss style beer with blood oranges and lychee. I had never even heard of a lychee before this beer so no idea what it added to the beers flavor.

This beer is off to a great start with a deep yellow, slightly hazy appearance and active carbonation that leaves a nice white head. Aroma lets you know this is a berliner with a nice mix of light funk and fruity citrus/lemon. Taste follows with a nice base fruit juice start and enough pucker to make you smack your lips but it won’t make your eyes water. Finish is clean and refreshing.

This is a well done beer and if you like the style than you will certainly enjoy this one from Deciduous.
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Alcohol Content: 4.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: A Berliner style wheat ale brewed with acidulated malts, blood orange and lychee.

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712. Night Shift Brewing Somer Weisse

Nigth Shift Somer WeisseA couple days after enjoying Night Shift’s Supernova I decided to open Somer Weisse. I was hoping for another great beer or at least something enjoyable and refreshing like their Ever Wiesse. What I got was an acidic mess that I couldn’t bring myself to finish.

The appearance and aroma were about what I expected, pale orange with minimal head and aroma dominated by lemongrass and ginger. Taste is where it falls apart; vinegar dominates with only a hint of lemon or ginger. I let it warm considerably hoping it would come around and it did not.

I hope this was an old bottle or something went wrong with the batch as I cannot see how anyone would drink this beer and enjoy it.
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness):
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger

Its name honoring our Somerville homebrewing roots, Somer Weisse began as our answer to a hot July without air conditioning. A few twists on the classic Berliner Weisse style led us to this quencher of thirst. Refreshing and tart, it sprinkles the tongue with the zesty flavors of lemongrass, ginger, and, most importantly, summertime.

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693. Aeronaut Brewing Berliner Weisse

Aeronaut BerlinerPicked up this growler in one of my recent trades with someone from Mass. This is my first beer from Aeronaut and I opted for their Berliner Weisse as it is only 2% ABV and a style that I have been enjoying this summer. This is now the lowest ABV beer that I have ever had with the previous low being 2.9% from Blue Lobster’s Piscataquaweisse.

Aeronaut’s Berliner Weisse is a straight up Berliner with no fruit added. It pours a pale yellow with a thin white head that disappears almost immediately. This is typical for the style and it does not take away from the beer. Aroma has a light tart funk but is very mild. Taste is a bit tangy with some lemon and slightly acidic.  Enjoyable beer and super easy to drink.

I have not had too many Berliner Weiss’ but it seems the ones I enjoy have some fruit added like Blue Lobster’s from above or Night Shift’s Ever Weisse which has strawberries, kiwis and hibiscus flowers.
Pros: Extremely drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 2.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Aeronaut Brewing
Brewers Description: Champagne of the north – delightfully tart with fantastic lightness.

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681. Gneiss Brewing Limericker Weisse

Gneiss Brewing LimerickerI am becoming a big fan of low ABV beers and this one certainly qualifies at a very low 3.1%. Also really enjoying the resurgence of the Berliner weisse style with loads of flavor and a bit of tart to keep your taste buds wanting more.

Dustin does a great job with Limericker Weisse as it pours a light yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is mild but you get a little lemon sour as a hint of what’s to come. Taste is really where this one excels with that sour lemon and very clean dry finish.

Limericker is a great summertime beer from a great new brewery in Southern Maine. A visit to Limerick should be on everyone’s list of things to do this fall. 
Pros:
Flavorful, low ABV
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 3.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 8
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Limericker Weisse is our first sour beer. Our take on the classic Berliner weisse style, Limericker is tart and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day. The unique flavor is achieved by utilizing a sour mash and fermenting with a mixed culture of our house yeast and lactobacillus. The sour mash imparts a citrus like acidity and the mixed culture leaves the beer dry with just a hint of the banana notes found in our flagship Gneiss Weiss.

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668. Night Shift Brewing Ever Weisse

Night Shift Ever WeisseNight Shift makes some excellent beer and I really need to make the trip down to Everett to visit their tap room. Checking their site today and they have 15 beers available for tasters; 9 beers available for growler fills and 5 different bottles available for purchase. Few breweries in the Northeast have the wide range of styles and this many beers available. The list includes everything from the sours, to a summer porter and even a resinous DIPA.

This bottle was brought back by Paul who took a trip to Mass to tour some breweries and he was nice enough to grab me a couple bottles. Appearance is a nice orange with a slightly pink hue, not as pink as JoJo. Almost no head which seems to happen with sours. Aroma has lots of fruit, not fruit from hops like you get in the IPAs but actual fruit. Also get some slight funk and floral notes.

Taste was my favorite part of this beer as it starts with a tart lemon with some strawberry and as it warmed I picked up more of the hibiscus. Funky and slight acidity make this a very complex beer. I will be making the trip to Night Shift soon and will post when I am headed that way, be sure to comment if you want to tag along. 
Pros:
Refreshingly tart and very complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale aged on strawberries, kiwis, and dried hibiscus flowers.

Sold exclusively at our brewery in Everett, Ever Weisse is what most beers are not – hopped minimally, soured extensively, pink in color, aged on hand-chopped fruit, brewed in tiny batches, and available at at only one location. It sips fruity and tart, with a touch of tangy sweetness. It does not taste like other beers do, nor should it.

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607. Blue Lobster Brewing Piscataquaweisse

PiscataquaweisseThere has been a fair amount of press about Blue Lobster over the past few months and not all of it has been positive. The firing of brewer David Sakolsky and subsequent actions. I am not going to go into any of that here and stay focused on the beer.

Piscataquaweisse was brewed when David was still at Blue Lobster and was one of only 3 beers that made it into bottles. This one is a 375 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. In addition to being an excellent beer this one also takes the honor of lowest ABV beer I have reviewed, not too many options out there uner 3% alcohol.

Appearance is a beautiful red/pink color with almost no head. Aroma is slightly tart and fruity. It has been a long time since I tried a plum so not entirely sure what they smell/taste like but this beer used both blueberries and plums. Taste followed with some nice juicy fruit up front and a light tart finish. I have not tried many Berliner Wiesses so I a far from an expert but this was an excellent beer that I had to keep reminding myself to drink slow and enjoy.
Pros:
Very tasty
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 2.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Brewed with NH Wild Blueberries and ME Plums.

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526. Evil Twin Justin Blåbær

Evil Twin JustinI believe this is only my second berliner weiss in 526 beers but certainly not my last I am really enjoying this style of beer. Many people will buy this beer for the label or the name, I will admit I did as my 6-year old daughter loves Justin Bieber. Once people try the beer they will quickly forget the label or the funny name and realize the beer is just plain good.

The appearance is very interesting cloudy pink color with just a skim on a white head that disappears almost immediately. Aroma is quite tart with plenty of blueberries. Taste follows with a nice sour start, some blueberry and very refreshing finish.

This beer was a complete surprise to me as I was not sure what I was buying when I picked it up at Bier Cellar but I am glad I had a chance to try it. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Evil Twin
Brewers Description: OMG! It’s JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have “Blabaer Fever,” then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer- it’s going to make you shout, “Oh, Baby!” This is dedicated to AVSB, A&F YFFL-EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC.

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484. Blue Lobster Hamptonweisse

Blue Lobster HamptonweisseI believe there is a big void in the craft beer market for truly sessionable beer. Some brewers are getting there with flavorful beer in the 4.5% ABV area but not many are doing anything under 4% and even fewer are daring enough to put out a 2.9% ABV beer like this one from Blue Lobster.

This beer is a Berlinerweisse made with apricot and kiwi. Sounds like odd ingredients for a beer but it works really well. Color is very light with a nice white head, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is tart and I have to be honest I don’t eat a lot of apricot or kiwi so I can only assume that it what I am smelling with this beer.

Taste is excellent with a very nice tart and very refreshing. I believe they finished this off at the brewery recently but I hope they bring it back for another round before the end of the Summer. If they do be sure to buy a couple of 750s or a 2 liter as it will go down very easy. 
Pros:  
Very flavorful and easy to drink 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 2.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Berlinerweisse, with an additional fruiting of Apricot and Kiwi. This bright summer beer is very effervescent and tart.

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309. Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weisse

This was the beer release that brought me to the Portsmouth area a few weeks back. While I was there I visited a couple of other breweries; Blue Lobster and Throwback as well as The Thirsty Moose so it was certainly a trip worth taking. This was a limited release beer and I am sure it sold out the evening of the release. I grabbed 4 bottles and shared 3 with others here in Maine. This may be the first Berliner Weissbier that I have reviewed (I cannot think of another). Certainly an interesting style of beer known for its low alcohol content and tart fruit flavor.

As usual Smuttynose did a great job with the style of beer keeping the ABV below 4% and the Strawberries certainly give this one a nice tart finish. Color is pale orange with a slight white head. Aroma seemed more earthy than strawberry, I was expecting something very sweet but it was not there. This beer is a lot more complex than I expected it to be, crisp refreshing start with a tart almost sour finish but still very drinkable.

Smuttynose almost never disappoints and if you can get yourself a bottle of this Short Batch Series I am sure you will enjoy it. 
Pros:
Refreshing and different
Cons: Very limited release
Alcohol Content: 3.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 5
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weiss, our take on a Berliner Weisse, is lightly tart, refreshing and incredibly drinkable.  It’s also one of our staff’s most beloved beers.

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