Napoleon’s Armee Berliner Weisse
Brisk, tart, refreshing, and just in time for summer, Lock 27 Brewing’s take on a Berliner Weissbier is a bit exotic. We sour this ale using a single strain of lactobacillus, isolated in our own lab, to conjure the tart melon flavors. Napoleon called Berliner Weissebiers the “Champagne of the North” which may have been a bit tongue-in-cheek. Napoleon was an unconventional guy and we believe this beer lives up to the legend.
4.5% ABV // 5 IBU
Here’s the Story
When Napoleon and his army marched into Berlin they were celebrating their last victorious campaign. They took refuge in a small village and were lodged in private homes. The soldiers were avid wine drinkers, so the residents were ordered to give them a bottle of wine each day. Wine was expensive and hard to come by so, instead, the Berliners gave them beer. Napoleon’s army was shocked, as this was not the type of beer they were used to. The beer they were served was none other than Berliner Weisse. Intrigued by its unique taste they passed it onto their officers and told them not to force the Berliners to give them any more wine, as they loved the taste of the beer. While Napoleon and his troops occupied Berlin they dubbed the beer “the Champagne of the North.” Whether you’re celebrating a victory or a warm summer day, Berliner Weisse is the beer for you.
Berliner Weisse is a top-fermented, wheat beer made with both traditional warm-fermenting yeasts and lactobacillus culture. They have a rapidly vanishing head and a pale golden straw-colored appearance. The taste is refreshing, tart, sour and acidic, with a lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness.