Smuttynose Launches Short Weiss Series of Canned Berliner Weiss Style Ales


I love Berliner Weisse. Not too long ago, the style was nearly extinct. But in recent years, it has made had a resurgence. If you've tasted a Berliner Weisse, you might understand whyit's light and tart, and ideally suited to summer drinking and outdoor adventures. It also melds seamlessly with fruit.

Smuttynose Brewing Company recently launched its new Short Weisse series of canned Berliner Weisse style ales. The first release, Blueberry Short Weisse was released in June. Peach Short Weisse will be released this month, and Cherry Short Weisse will follow in the fall.

These beers make use of the kettle souring technique, where lactobacillus is added to the kettle at the end of the boil. Once the desired level of acidity is achieved, the kettle is fired up again to kill of the lacto and halt the souring process. Finally, yeast is pitched (in this case, German-style Weizen yeast) in the fermenter.

The brewery sent me some samples.  Here are my tasting notes.

Poured into my Luigi Bormioli Craft Beer Tester Glass. Deep crimson in color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma begins with a bright lactic punch, and provides a clue for what's in store. A touch of berry follows in aroma. The taste starts with a mouth puckering lactic twang. I should be more clearthis beer is sour, not tart. In the middle, notes of wheat and light bread come through. The berry reveals itself in the middle and adds a mild sweetness. It makes its presence known, but is not overdone. Blueberry Short Weiss is light bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes dry.

If you like your Berliner Weiss aggressive, this beer's is for you. While a traditional Berliner Weiss is not this sour, I found this to be a a nice change of pace.

I'm glad to see Smuttynose packaging it in a 12 ounce can. They previously packaged a series of smoked Berliner Weisse style beers in 500 ml bottles under their Smuttlabs brand. Those were great for sharing (or enjoying solo), but glass can be difficult to manager for outdoor adventures. A rotating canned Berliner Weisse will make a fine addition to their year-round lineup!


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