I have no idea what to think of this. A sample of a Berliner Weisse from Grand Teton in Idaho showed up in the mail the other week and I thought to myself... I have no idea what to think of this. While I have quite enjoyed their samples before, I have only had one Berliner Weisse before and I have never been to Idaho.
On the nose, it smells like a milder take on gueuze with a bit of a yougurty tang. A ball of melon sweetness opens into a grassy note that is like Sauvignon Blanc but then it finishes with a mineral thing that is a bit like Riesling. Sad, isn't it. Reaching for wine metaphors. Lychee, white grapefruit and green fleshed melon cut with a bit of a lightly astringency. Not to style at 7.5% but, really, does anyone care anymore? What would I have with this? A chunk of cold salmon over bitter greens? Sushi? That'd do nicely.
I have to admit, I love the sample label. This beer is only released next Tuesday according to the brewery. It must have snuck out of its own accord. Four BAer reviews for your consideration.