We don’t get many straight Berliner Weisses nowadays. In Australia, they usually have fruit added to them, which is a nod to the way such beers are traditionally enjoyed in Germany – with a shot of sweet syrup added to them. But there’s something lovely to be found in the nuances of a straight Berliner Weisse, courtesy of the delicate interplay of malt, yeast and acidity.
Aether must think the same thing, as they’ve given us one, calling it Sparkling Sour on the can so as to not intimidate drinkers who aren’t familiar with the style.
Berliner Weisse has the nickname of Champagne of the North (supposedly given the name by Napoleon and his troops), and this beer makes it’s easy to see why: the liquid is a light golden colour and stunningly clear, with steady streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Quite attractive. Serve it up in a crystal flute and it’ll be right at home.
Aether have even played off the style’s nickname by using Nelson Sauvin hops, which are known for their white wine aromatics. But this beer isn’t particularly winey (I’m assuming it’s not heavily hopped, as Berliner Weisses usually aren’t). Instead, Sparkling Sour holds a bready whiff, soft lemon, tart apples and floaty florals – all waiting beneath the surface for you to sniff and sip and discover.
It’s delicate. It’s dry. It’s nuanced. It’s tart. Enjoy it in its stripped back glory… but I won’t judge if you want to add a shot of raspberry syrup, either.
Published March 1, 2023 2023-03-01 00:00:00