Beer Man: Pearl-Iner Weisse is true to style – USA TODAY

Pearl-Iner Weisse, from Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., is 4.5% ABV.(Photo: Todd Haefer, The (Appleton, Wis.) Post-Crescent)

Beer Man is a weekly profile of beers from across the country and around the world.

This week: Pearl-Iner Weisse

Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse, Wis.

http://pearlstreetbrewery.com

It was only natural that an offshoot of the sour beer craze over the last several years from American breweries would include the Berliner weisse style from Germany.

The style is a mix of pilsner and wheat malt, soured with lactobacillus yeast. If you have ever had a typical weissbier, think of having one that is extremely tart and the sugars downplayed.

When I originally had Berliner weisse beers, I found them too tart to drink without adding fruit syrup. However, after having numerous sour beers the last few years, my palate has become more accustomed to the sourness and I find I can enjoy some of the Berliner weisse beers without any additives. Pearl Street Pearl-Iner Weisse is a good example.

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The aroma was of fresh grain and slightly earthy yeast. Its most remarkable aspect was the insane cascade of bubbles swirling from the bottom of the glass to the top — it made the foamy head look like it was boiling.

The 4.5% ABV beer was a straw color with the flavor, as expected, very tart and sour, but not really vinegary, with lemon-citrus notes. The carbonation was spritzy and tongue tickling.

Although I just bought my 22-ounce bottle of Pearl-Iner a couple of weeks ago, it is apparently at the end of its cycle; however, a new batch is brewing as you read this and will be shipping in August.

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