ClubGonzo’s Then We Take Berlin

Then We Take Berlin by ClubGonzo, Berliner Weisse, 3.2% ABV, 3.4 IBU.

Then We Take Berlin, batch no. 60.

Then We Take Berlin, batch no. 60.

Big fizzy head that lasts for 10 seconds.

Big fizzy head that lasts for 10 seconds. A ghostly pale body that still haunts me in my nightmares.

It’s never a good sign when the ABV and the IBU of a beer are comparable. And it’s never a good sign when the word “Berliner Weisse” is printed on the label. So, on we go with a totally unbiased review of a another beer of my least favourite beer style!

This is a fizzy looking brew has a very, very pale golden colour, with a large, white head that… oh, it’s gone.

The aroma is quite faint, and in addition to the mandatory crisp lemony notes, there is also an overly sweet and slightly unfresh background of overripe citrus.

There are of course not much flavour in this brew, and strangely enough there isn’t much acidity either, despite the fact that the brewer added lemon juice. The slightly exciting funky hints of sourness that was present in the First We Take Manhattan is not present in this water-meets-fermented-lemon drink. The most exciting thing about this one is the trace of buttery popcorn(!).

The mouthfeel is of course watery, but it’s refreshing in soft drink way.

Conclusion: please ban this beer style.

Aroma:      4/10
Appearance: 2/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    6/20
Ratebeer score: 1.9/5.0
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ClubGonzo’s First We Take Manhattan

First We Take Manhattan by ClubGonzo, Berliner Weisse, 3.8% ABV, 4 IBU.

First We Take Manhattan, batch no 58.

First We Take Manhattan, batch no 58.

Water? No, berlinerweisse!

I’ve never had a Berliner Weisse that I’ve really enjoyed, every single one I’ve tried so far have been plain boring. A noticeable exception was ClubGonzo’s S.C.O.B.Y. Doo, even though that was pretty far from a regular Berliner Weisse.

As expected the brew looks utterly uninteresting. It pours a clear golden body that is very, very pale, this one almost looks like water. The small, white, fizzy head disappears completely after a few seconds.

The aroma is pretty faint, but it’s actually quite pleasant. It’s crisp and refreshing, with notes of apple cider, apple cellar, lemon and traces of an interesting funky sourness.

The flavour is also rather faint, and I fail to pick up much else than what I got from the aroma.

It’s dry, fairly lively carbonated, and refreshing (in the same way as carbonated water with a drop of lemon juice is).

Conclusion: the vague funk sort of saves this brew.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 2/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    7/20
Ratebeer score: 2.1/5.0

ClubGonzo’s S.C.O.B.Y. Doo

S.C.O.B.Y.  Doo by ClubGonzo, Berliner Weisse, 4.6% ABV, 3 IBU.

Nice colour, a bit frothy head.

Nice colour, a bit frothy head.

S.C.O.B.Y. Doo, Batch no. 62, fermented with the Kombucha culture.

S.C.O.B.Y. Doo, Batch no. 62, fermented with the SCOBY culture.

The S.C.O.B.Y. Doo is a highly experimental brew: a berliner weisse fermented with the SCOBY (Sybiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) culture that originally was used for fermenting black tea in the far east. How about that!

It pours a bright, hazy, yellow body with a fluffy white head that stays finger-thick for some time, before reducing to a partially covering film. Hardly any foam sticks to the glass.

The aroma is quite strong and it’s far more interesting than that of your average Berliner weisse (which might be the most boring beer style I know of, right after pale lager). It’s light sour with refreshing notes of lemon, and with a nice funky touch. The gentle horse blanket feeling really enhances the aroma.

Unfortunately it’s not that exciting from the moment it enters my mouth. The flavour isn’t that strong, and the farmhouse feeling is a bit too subtle. It has a simple flavour profile, without very much going on, but there are some crisp notes of lemon, and some pale malts. And it’s an incredibly refreshing and thirst quenching brew, with a light sour taste, very little sweetness and no discernible bitterness.

It’s a very light brew with a fizzy and watery body, but that only confirms that this is a highly drinkable brew, perfect for a hot summer afternoon, I guess.

Conclusion: a simple, light and quaffable beer with a mellow farmhouse influence.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0