Well some time has past since posting Part 1 of my first Berliner Weisse and the results are in. I have to say that regardless of fact the beer missed a little on the style guidelines of not being tart enough, I just love this beer. Simple, clean and really a crowd favorite.
Now on the judging. I submitted this beer to the 2011 Orange County Fair “Homemade Beer Competition”. The 3 judging scoresheets that were returned scored the beer 30/30/27. All the judges had the same 2 general comments “Good Base Beer” & “Lacked Tartness/Sourness”.
I'm very pleased that the judges liked the beer for overall quality. In addition, I would have to say I agree 100% with the comments that it lacked in tartness/sourness, because it did. Knowing that I have a solid base beer it really allows me to play with souring. In fact, I just bottled the second version of this beer and I'm really happy with the level of souring on this batch.
Getting back to the judges comments that really hit home for me.
“No Off Flavors” “Refreshing” and my favorite “Great drinkable wheat, effervescent. Lacking in sharp sour character of a Berliner, but hits every other point. If this beer had a lactic character, it would be a 40+ points”
This was the first time I had ever entered my beer in this type of a competition, and I'm really glad I did. I entered a total of 4 beers; American Wheat, IPA, American Brown (3rd place) and the Berliner.
Regardless of what you think your beers are, I would encourage all homebrewers to enter at least one competition. Why I waited so long…I don't know, but I'm already working on ideas for upcoming events. Cheers!