Black Market 1945
Brewed by: Black Market Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Ale
- Variation: Berliner Weisse
- Seasonal: Summer
- ABV: 3.8%
- IBU: 6.2
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Berliner Weisse is a very pale, sour, refreshing, low-alcohol wheat ale, and regional specialty of Berlin. Berliner Weisse was referred to by Napoleon’s troops in 1809 as “the Champagne of the North” due to its lively and elegant character. Enjoy the tart, refreshing flavor by itself, or try a more traditional German approach by mixing a shot of raspberry, woodruff, or other flavored syrup.
Hops: Czech Saaz
Malts: Wheat, Pilsner
More 1945 Berliner Weisse Images
Artwork: Follows the Black Market branding with secret agent man witnessing an airdrop of beer in Berlin, circa 1945.
Color: Metallic, copper to bronze.
Aroma: Grainy, with mild citrus sourness.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Stemmed Stange Glass
In the wake of this surprise San Diego face-melter of a heatwave, we wanted to recommend this Berliner Weisse we just discovered from Black Market Brewing Co. That way when the inevitable October scorcher hits town, you’ll be prepared with a heatbeater like 1945 in your arsenal.
We have no clue what the recommended “proper” glassware is for a Berliner. So we broke out these stemmed stange-like glasses, which really help amplify the aromatics of your beer. Inhaling through these deep tubes brought out aromas of grain, followed by the mild citrus sourness of lemon peel.
This radiant copper bodied beer poured a moderately tall pure white head. You could hear it crackling away in the glass like a soda, as we lifted it closer for a whiff of aroma. Although 1945 was fueled by concentrated effervescence to admire in the glass, its froth reduced almost immediately, then completely evaporated.
At the very top of each sip, 1945 tasted like a traditional pale wheat ale. Then a gentle nudge of tartness quickly developed, but mellow enough to wonder if 1945 would intensify. The answer to that question was yes, when the finish unleashed the lasting astringency we were after.
Some might argue for more sour, but we were happy with its level of puckery-ness. These days most Berliners are fruit based that seem to boost the tartness, so it was “refreshing” to return to basics and re-visit the style without any fruity additives.
Final Score: 3.5/5
At a mere 3.8%, Black Market 1945 was an ultra sessionable and thirst quenching Berliner Weisse. Right down to the German malts and hops, and zesty tartness, we’d say Black Market brewed a very true to style Berliner.