Destihl Wild Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisse, Here Gose Nothin’ & Lynnbrook Raspberry Sour

29 Sep

I’m taking Two-for-Tuesday a step further today, and you get three reviews in one. Today, it’s the Counter ClockWeisse, Lynnbrook Raspberry and Here Gose Nothin’ from Destihl Brewing in Bloomington, Illinois. These beers are all part of Destihl’s Wild Sour Series, and are all available in cans.

First up is the Counter ClockWeisse, and here’s what Destihl has to say about it:

This ‘reverse engineered’, Berliner-Style Weisse Bier is our interpretation of a traditional German-style sour wheat ale that is very pale light-bodied, low hopped, highly attenuated and pleasantly acidic and lemony-tart from our unique, spontaneous wild yeast and lactic fermentation.

This straw colored ale is very effervescent, while being very light bodied. As they say, the hops aren’t really detectable at all, and it’s really all about the tartness. At a mere 3% ABV, this is a really crushable beer, and I wish I had tried this back in pool season when it was hot outside. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less enjoyable now that we’re in fall. In fact, this would make a great tailgate beer. Or at least a nice change of pace while tailgating. Not sure I’d be up for drinking a lot of these in a row.

The Here Gose Nothin’ is a sour and salty German-style wheat. Destihl says:

Our Leipzig-Style Gose undergoes a spontaneous fermentation, similar to Belgian-style Gueuze/Lambic beers, and exhibits a complexity of acidic flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeast lactic fermentation. Lemon, lime and other citrus-like qualities are present in aroma and on the palate, which is balanced by the spicy character of added coriander and a mineral-mouthfeel from added sea salt.

This one is really sour with the salt and coriander really prevalent. It pours a bit darker than most Gose beers that I’ve tried, and the 5.0% ABV is also a bit higher than most of this style. I think this is a weaker offering than the Counter ClockWeisse, as I don’t think I’d really want to have more than one of these in a session. It’s certainly sour and salty, and perhaps would be better enjoyed as a post-run thirst quencher.

The Lynnbrook Raspberry is a version of the Counter ClockWeisse. Destihl has this to say about it:

Lynnbrook, named after our founder’s family farm, is a wild Berliner-Style Weisse with raspberries added, resulting in a very refreshing beer presenting with fuchsia color and an aroma reminiscent of picking tart red raspberries growing next to an old, abandoned barn, with the raspberry-lemony aroma giving way to hints of brie and barnyard funkiness. The flavor is absent of any hops or bitterness and instead has initial impressions of subtle lemon and yogurt supported by tart, fresh raspberries and underlying lactic sourness. The beer’s dry finish helps cut through some sweetness from the fruit.

This was my favorite of the bunch. It poured a light hazy pink color, and the smell was really balanced between sour and sweet fruit. The tartness of the Berliner-style beer is cut somewhat by the fruitiness of the raspberry, which I find to be a wonderful complement. This is a very easy drinker, and quite enjoyable. I could definitely see myself drinking a few of these, and I think it would be enjoyed by a wide variety of beer drinkers.

Of these three, I’d rank my favorite as the Lynnbrook Raspberry, followed by the Counter ClockWeisse, then the Here Gose Nothin’. But don’t take my word for it. Grab a can of each and let me know what you think.

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