August Schell Information Paradox
Schell’s updated take on wood-fermented traditional Berliner weisse nails the ultralight body (thanks to corn in the grist), and the relatively low acidity offers brightness without stealing the show, while the healthy dry-hop builds a citrus character that amplifies the lemony acidity of the base.
Loc: New Ulm, Minnesota
The Referend Berliner Messe
More loose interpretation of Berliner weisse than exacting reenactment, this take mashes up a Berliner recipe with a bit of lambic technique. While the Cuvée Schneeeule edition (pictured above) echoes history with additions of woodruff and honey, the standard edition captures the bright lemony beauty of the lactic-forward fermentation with just a touch of funk.
Loc: Pennington, New Jersey
Berlin’s chief revivalist of traditional mixed-fermentation Berliner weisse undergoes a fascinating evolution, as a dry, refreshing, softly tart lemony quaffer develops into something much more floral and tropical over months in the bottle. The Brett strain changes year to year, too, creating a pleasure cruise where the scenery never quite repeats.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales Germophile
Quirky, grainy light malt note on the nose sweetened by an almost yuzu tropical fruit note. In the sip, a sneaky acidity pushes hard in its initial presentation but with a soft fruity roundness that’s undeniably pleasurable. It backs off quickly and resolves as a lingering lemony note that you’d swear is sweet but you know really isn’t.
Loc: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lemke Budike Weisse
Berlin’s longest-running modern craft brewery (founded in 1999) spent years tinkering with different Brett and Lacto strains before adding Budike to the local canon. Moderately citrus-tart with a farmhouse cider–like rusticity to its aroma, it’s a beer that perplexes orthodox German beer drinkers as much as it delights Brett enthusiasts.