Clear, light, refreshing, in red, green or simply pure. Well carbonated and acidic, Berliner Weisse beer is a special beer for those looking for a refreshing break to quench their thirst on hot summer days with low alcohol content.
Learn about the history of this popular Berliner drink since 1700.
História da Berliner Weisse Beer
In the beginning it was called Berlinische Weizenbier (Berlin wheat beer). So it’s easy to deduce that the Berliner Weisse is a wheat beer from the German capital.
It is a fermented and sour wheat beer, brewed in northern Germany for centuries. But in the middle of the 19th century, Berlin was one of the beer capitals in Europe, with hundreds of small breweries, all producing a wheat beer, which the Napoleonic troops called “northern champagne”.
Unfortunately, the following century was not good for Berliner Weisse beer, because in the 1920’s some Berliners started to put in the green asperula beer or red raspberry syrup to cover up the bitter taste. This way the original formula of the wheat beer lost more and more importance, and the Pilsner beer became popular in Berlin.
Berliner Weisse Beer Manufacture
The original Berliner Weisse is made from a combination of Pilsener malt and wheat. The beer with the low original wort is fermented with a high fermentation neutral yeast, Saccharomyces and Lactobacillus bacteria. The beer is then bottled in the young bottle and matures in it for a few months, during which Brettanomyces, a special type of yeast, has time to give the beer its own flavor our, a certain earthiness and dryness at the end.
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Protection of the Berliner Weisse name
At the beginning of the 21st century, only one brewery in Berlin brewed a beer called Berliner Weisse. But the good news is that fortunately, with the handmade beer movement, it is being increasingly popular and widely brewed. That’s because it conquers more and more palates every day eager for novelties and acidity. The style has already won the heart of the brewers.
Like Kölsch, the name Berliner Weisse is protected regionally. In Germany, only brewers who actually brew beer in Berlin are allowed to call their beer Berliner Weisse. Everything else is then a “type of Berliner Weisse”.
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