Review: White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse

Review of White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, NH

Beer Type: Weisse  ABV: 5.5%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Napoleon’s troops referred to Berliner Weisse as the “Champagne of the North” due to its lively and elegant character. Today this style is described by some as the most refreshing beer in the world. Our Blueberry Berliner Weisse is fermented with a great blueberry puree. This New England approach brings a refreshing blueberry flavor and aroma to a German classic. We feel our approach creates an authentic interpretation of the traditional “mit syrup” or with syrup method of serving this classic summer refresher. We hope you enjoy this unique year round beer.”

The Reality: Pleasant scent of fresh blueberry and citrus, unfiltered straw color. The taste is very tart up front with authentic blueberry flavor and is rounded out by the natural wheat background. The finish is quite dry and has notes of granny smith apple. The aftertaste is nicely sharp and crisp, leaving the palate refreshed.

Final Verdict: I’m guessing Napoleon’s troops never drank this good. This is a well-crafted tasty beer that conjures thoughts of summer, but they would like us to “enjoy this unique year round beer”. I’d be fine drinking this beer year-round, but I also love tart dry beers, so I say drink it when it suits you. Make no mistake, this isn’t some weak commercial-grade blueberry ale that tastes like it was flavored with leftover blueberry compote from IHOP. This is a quality Berliner Weisse that has been enhanced with natural tart blueberry flavor, and maybe someday will earn the nickname “The Champagne of New Hampshire”.

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