Saturday, July 16, 2011

Berliner Weisse At The Diamond

There are few beers more refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer evening than a tart, sour 3% abv BERLINER WEISSE. But good luck finding this all too rare style session beer in any bar anywhere but Berlin, Deutschland. Though luck would be on our side Friday night at Greenpoint's THE DIAMOND bar, where we ventured out to sample some THIRIEZ EXTRA which was recently put on draft. The 4.5%abv French farmhouse ale was a great way to start the weekend, followed by a nice SOUTHAMPTON KELLER PILS, also on draft, and, in bottles, the tantalizing BAYERICHER BAHNHOF Berliner Weisse style sour German ale from the same Leipziger brewery that brings you LEIPZIGER GOSE, GASTHAUS & GOSEBRAUEREI BAYERISCHER BAHNHOF.

Bayricher Bahnhof, Keller Pils and the last gulp of Thiriez.
Bayerischer Bahnhof's 3%abv Berliner Weisse style beer, enjoyed straight (without syrup) had a delicious, quenching sourness, but significantly more subdued than, say, an intense Belgian Gueuze or even some other Berlin-made Berliner Weisse beers. It had a nice graininess and slightly earthy quality as well as a faint honey-like sweetness rounding out the delightful lactic acidity. Somebody's got to get this beer on tap in NYC this summer!

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