Brewery: Destihl Brewery, Bloomington, Illinois
Beer: Counter ClockWeisse (Wild Sour Series)
Serving: 12 oz can
Information: 3% ABV, 4 IBUs
Style: Berliner Weisse
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
This Berliner pours a faded light yellow, hazed through completely, topped by a short-lived white head, driven off by the big lactic acidity in the brew.
Sharp lactic acidity bites the olfactory upon the first whiff, closely followed by lemon peel zest and a slightly salty coriander note, almost like a gose, though certainly not as pronounced. White wheat closes the aroma out with a refreshing softness that begs for a big gulp.
A quick splash of zesty lemon peel crosses the palate before turning almost completely to lactic acidity. White wheat closes the beer out once again, finishing off with a big soft wheat profile.
High carbonation sparkles on the tongue almost like champagne lending the beer a wonderful crisp brightness, and then comes the sourness; aaah, the sourness. Admittedly, Counter ClockWeisse’s lactic sour profile is over the top for a classic Berliner but we all know I’m all about the sour, so this one lands right up there with some of the best in terms of hard sour bite.
My first encounter with this beer was moments off the canning line as I passed through Illinois, driving back from Texas. Unfortunately it wasn’t in stores otherwise I would have picked up a case. Counter ClockWeisse is a perfect summer refresher, light in alcohol, bold in flavor, complete with a lingering sour bite that’s near perfection. It might not be a prime example of a classic Berliner due to it’s hard sour bite, a little heavy for the style but, it’s a great sour regardless.
Score: 93 / 100 – Exceptional