Review: White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse

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

Beer Type: Berliner Weisse  ABV: 5.5%  Tried from can.

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 Raspberry Berliner Weisse is fermented with a great raspberry puree. This approach brings a refreshing raspberry 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: It wasn’t that long ago that I reviewed White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse (read here), and their description of that beer is nearly identical, other than swapping out the word “blueberry” for “raspberry”, so why shouldn’t my review be nearly the same? In all seriousness, the beers are very similar so feel free to read my other review and just understand these 3 differences: Obviously the fruit flavor is raspberry not blueberry, this beer is a bit less tart/sour and less carbonated than the blueberry version.

Final Verdict: Make no mistake this isn’t some commercial-grade raspberry wheat ale that tastes like it was made with the leftover topping from a frozen supermarket cheesecake. This is a quality Berliner Weisse that has been enhanced with natural tart raspberry flavor and has a nice dry finish. I will admit, I like the blueberry version slightly better, but that’s really a personal preference. Napoleon’s troops would most likely be happy with whatever they got.