The name is brilliant for its simplicity. Berliner Weisse is a traditional sour wheat style from Berlin, and with Nomad Brewing based in Brookvale, the name Brookvaler Weisse pretty much chose itself.
Nomad Brookvaler Weisse uses both lactobacillus and sacchoramyces, and the process of a sour mash (related to kettle souring).
It has the complexion of white wine and if it wasn’t for the initial frosty head or the few minuscule bubbles sporadically heading north in the glass, it could quite easily be mistaken for a chardonnay.
Native Lemongrass And Mild Sourness
As with many Nomad beers they’ve turned to native ingredients and this sour features the addition of lemongrass which certainly complements the tart, citric character of the Berliner Weisse style.
The predominant aroma is mild, it’s one of stewing citrus fruit. There are also some subtle notes of fresh grass under the lemon.
The sourness is on the moderate side for a Berliner Weisse. It doesn’t hit you over the head with puckering tartness or lacto character although there is a pleasant tanginess to it, which you want from the style. The flavours are fairly neutral but with subtle and consistent lemon it’s nicely refreshing.
Balanced And Perfect For Grazing On Snacks
It finishes crisp, dry and biscuity. It’s on the finish that the malt character becomes evident but it’s in no way overwhelming. This is to be expected with a fairly low alcohol sour beer. The wheat is there just enough to make for a nicely balanced beer.
I drank Nomad’s Brookvaler Weisse on a hot afternoon with some herby crackers and salty, oily olives. It’s the type of beer which I think fits perfectly into the European tradition of slow drinking and grazing on food.
With that said, if you were so inclined to have a session on sour beers, at 3.6% this would be a pretty good beer for it. Just best to do it while we still have some warm weather.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Berliner Weisse
Pair with: Salty and herby grazing snacks
This is a limited seasonal release so it won’t be around forever. It’s on tap at selected venues and available in bottle.
Have you tried Nomad Brookvaler Weisse? Let me know your thoughts on the beer.