Sourweisse
Reviewed by Jez on 05.01.16 in bottle
Overall:
28 / 100
(Nasty)
500ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a surprisingly dark yellow colour, almost golden, but very hazy. Head forms a futzy surface of white that peters out, leaving on the thin ring. No lacing. Body looks very light, although the carbonation is pleasantly fine and powdery.

Nose is a little disappointing. There's a thin, slightly vegetative tartness to it, perhaps a little like raw wheat porridge, slightly floury and a little bit dank. Maybe a hint of lacto if I'm looking for it, but also wit a good dollop of wet yeast. I'm unenthused. Deeply.

Taste is not good, verging on actually nasty. If you swig it heartily, you can maybe ignore some of the unpleasant flavours, instead getting a rather flat, soda-like acidity that leaves nothing in its wake. But it's really missing true sourness, and when it lingers it starts to feel particularly bad. Wet grain notes, flour and powdered aspirin, with a strong yeasty aftertaste that gives a pong to the back palate and leaving a truly nasty aftertaste. It's not good.

Feel is very light, slightly spritzy, which would work if there were more bite to the flavour.

Overall, I'm genuinely not a fan. However, to be honest, I've been equally not a fan of other similar Berliner Weisses from Germany, so this may be a fair example of the traditional or commercial examples. That doesn't make me like it any more, but it perhaps excuses it a little more.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 2.0