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European Sour Ale - Berliner Weisse


A very pale, refreshing, low-alcohol German wheat beer with a clean lactic sourness and a very high carbonation level. A light bread dough malt flavor supports the sourness, which shouldn't seem artificial. Any Brettanomyces funk is restrained.

Flavor Profile: Clean lactic sourness dominates and can be quite strong. Some complementary doughy, bready or grainy wheat flavor is generally noticeable. Hop bitterness is undetectable; sourness provides the balance rather than hops. Never vinegary. A restrained citrusy

Ingredients: Wheat malt content is typically 50% of the grist (as is tradition with all German wheat beers) with the remainder typically being Pilsner malt. A symbiotic fermentation with top-fermenting yeast and Lactobacillus (various strains) provides the sharp sourn

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Top 10 Berliner Weisse Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Margarita Gose
18.9 L 4.29% 7.71 1.039 1.007
All Grain 5615
23A.Berliner Weisse
21 L 3.72% 4.19 1.034 1.006
All Grain 4779
Kettle Sour w/ Raspberry
5 gal 5.99% 1.75 1.055 1.009
All Grain 4127
Bakke Brygg Berliner Weisse 22L
15 L 5.47% 8.01 1.051 1.010
All Grain 3494
Sour Ale strawberry
13 L 3.43% 6.32 1.031 1.005
All Grain 2857
Proviva Berliner
25 L 4.22% 0 1.039 1.006
BIAB 2614
Berliner malina
20 L 4.29% 8.22 1.039 1.007
All Grain 2488
Wild Maine Blueberry Kettle Sour (Berliner Weisse)
3.5 gal 5.06% 12.86 1.052 1.014
All Grain 2331
Sour
720 L 2.77% 7.9 1.030 1.008
All Grain 2301
Kettle sour experiment probiotic
5.5 gal 7.01% 19.97 1.068 1.014
All Grain 2119

Newest Berliner Weisse Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Berliner
310 gal 4.11% 0 1.042 1.010
All Grain 20
Berliner Weisse
5 gal 4.09% 1.9 1.036 1.005
All Grain 51
Berliner Weiss
2 gal 3.44% 7.33 1.031 1.005
All Grain 23
The ABOMINATION
5 L 6.61% 18.28 1.065 1.015
All Grain 35
psuedo sour
20 L 2.95% 0 1.030 1.007
BIAB 35
Block Pop
12 L 5.42% 9.23 1.048 1.007
BIAB 41
Cranberry Berliner Weisse
3 gal 3.31% 5.21 1.032 1.006
BIAB 54
Berliner Weiss
5.5 gal 4.08% 0 1.038 1.007
All Grain 66
Berliner
21 L 4.18% 0.67 1.039 1.007
All Grain 82
Awesome Recipe
20 L 6.23% 7.41 1.055 1.008
All Grain 27

Fermentables Used In Berliner Weisse Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Pilsner 204 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 50% 3% - 100%
American - White Wheat 194 American Grain base malt 2.8°L
40 38% 2% - 100%
German - Wheat Malt 168 German Grain base malt 2°L
37 40% 7% - 67%
German - Acidulated Malt 137 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 6% 1% - 50%
American - Pilsner 136 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 48% 8% - 100%
American - Wheat 88 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
38 40% 4% - 70%
US - Pale 2-Row 64 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 54% 13% - 100%
Rice Hulls 62 Adjunct other 0°L
0 6% 0% - 53%
German - Bohemian Pilsner 58 German Grain base malt 1.9°L
38 51% 16% - 99%
Flaked Oats 54 Adjunct raw 2.2°L
33 9% 3% - 25%

Hops Used In Berliner Weisse Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Hallertau Mittelfruh 71 3.75 87% 20% - 100%
Saaz 61 3.5 78% 3% - 100%
Citra 39 11 46% 4% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 38 4 90% 50% - 100%
Domestic Hallertau 32 3.9 84% 15% - 100%
Cascade 29 7 78% 8% - 100%
Tettnanger 28 4.5 83% 17% - 100%
Amarillo 27 8.6 49% 10% - 100%
Magnum 25 15 86% 9% - 100%
Sorachi Ace 25 11.1 47% 10% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Berliner Weisse Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Wheat Malt 2 German Grain base malt 2°L
37 53% 50% - 56%

Yeasts Used In Berliner Weisse Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 176 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Lallemand - WildBrew Philly Sour 78 Lallemand Wilds & Sours Medium High 85% 68°F 77°F
Wyeast - German Ale 1007 46 Wyeast Ale 0.11 Low 75% 55°F 68°F
Wyeast - Lactobacillus 5335 33 Wyeast Ale 0.09 - 75% 60°F 95°F
Fermentis - Safale - German Ale Yeast K-97 32 Fermentis / Safale Ale .104 High 81% 54°F 77°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Lactobacillus Blend OYL-605 27 Omega Yeast Labs Bacterial Cultures 0.12 N/A 0% 68°F 95°F
White Labs - German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast WLP029 26 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
White Labs - Lactobacillus Brevis 21 White Labs Ales Low Low 80% 70°F 95°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 21 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Lallemand - WILDBREW™ SOUR PITCH 20 Wilds & Sours Low Low 0% 86°F 104°F

Other Ingredients Used In Berliner Weisse Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Lactic acid 132 Other Secondary 65% 0% - 100%
Gypsum 124 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 63 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 55 Water Agt Boil 40% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 42 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 25%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 31 Water Agt Mash 9% 0% - 83%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 29 Water Agt Mash 14% 0% - 55%
Table Salt 27 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 100%
Phosphoric acid 26 Water Agt Mash 67% 2% - 100%
Irish Moss 19 Fining Boil 53% 0% - 100%

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