New Glarus says:
Napoleon hailed this tart beer style “the Champagne of the North.” A lively and elegant masterpiece this Berliner Weiss is a kaleidoscope of fresh flavor.
Andrew: When I was younger (think 9 or 10), I thought it was fun to buy bottles of sparkling grape juice and then drink it as if it were a bottle of wine. I’ll pause while you laugh at me…
Anyway, this beer totally reminded me of that, a bottle of sparkling white grape juice. It poured with a slight head and was a cloudy golden in color. It smelled of grapes and a hint of tartness, and the flavor matched that exactly – a very tart, sweet beer that made my mouth pucker with hints of grape and, do I dare say, lemons. This is a great summer beer.
Ryan: I tried to capture the gorgeous color of this New Glarus Unplugged Berliner Weiss but I am not sure the picture really does it justice. This beer has the appearance of a combination of hazy sunshine and straw. And the smell matches that latter appearance. Lots of funk mixed in with some white grapes.
This is such a refreshing beer to drink. Flavors of strawberries and green apple with the consistency of champagne. Watch out, though, this is a tart one. Kinda makes you pucker a bit.
I could see this going great with brunch on a summer afternoon. Maybe pair it with some french toast covered in powdered sugar & fresh strawberries.