Weiss Trash Culture Berliner Weissbier
1 can, gifted, 3.4% ABV
So much going on here I don’t know where to begin. And since I write WAY too much for these beer reviews, I’m going to try something new and edit myself. Let’s see how that goes…
Let’s go through the unique things here… This was a brewery-only, very limited release – but in cans(!). (The label was another Craig Gilbert creation. This was a Berliner Weissbier in a can. (Okay, that means nothing to me but the beer websites all seem to be in a tizzy about that.) This was a wholly new style for NEBCO; a Berliner? And yeah, the name and label art… sublime.
If this beer was terrible, it would still get major points for the label and the name. Weiss Trash Culture? C’mon now.
The label features all the white trash staples: trailer, three-legged dog, bad skin, meth mouth, cigarettes, pregnant belly… with the Bavarian nod of lederhosen and one of those German Alpine hats. It’s not subtle (though the 668 address is) but it’s pretty hilarious.
And the name? Once again, NEBCO goes the extra step; sure, “Weiss Trash” is a decent enough pun but to add “Culture?” For a beer that contains lactobacillus cultures? Brilliant.
This is a somewhat polarizing beer, and there were many people who hated it. The tart/sourness caught many by surprise, including some guys at Shebeen the day I was there who declared it one of the worst beers they’d ever had.
[True story: those “guys” included the owner of Shebeen. I wrote about his comments about this beer and, well, that turned out to be the first of what would be many missteps by Shebeen’s owner over the years that followed.]
Sure, it’s unique and can be a little jarring on the palate – especially if you just had a mouthful of stout or something. But at 3.4% and rather light on the tongue, the Weiss Trash isn’t offensive at all. Relax, people, and enjoy a new-to-you style.
I first had this on tap at the Outer Space on a random Sunday night when my wife and I were afforded the chance to go see the Lemonheads. No, I don’t know anything about the Lemonheads, but Hoang loves them and I love her, so there you go.
It was great to have this beer on tap, but I wanted to score one of the cans. I’m not a collector of anything, but I do like to be able to say I had a can of this. And let’s be honest, although he’s only half-white, the opportunity to take goofy pictures of my son with the can was sort of a CTMQ requirement.
Fortunately, I’ve become friend with people who are able to get special releases and like to share. So thanks Aron! Much appreciated.
I am a lucky dude.
And that’s the thing about the CT craft beer scene. Talk about a “culture!” These guys (and others) are always more excited to share and give than to receive it seems. I’ve often said that the craft beer scene and its attendant bloggers mostly share this sort of unwritten ethos, whereas other groups of “Foodie” bloggers and the like are all about getting the most free stuff. It’s such a stark difference.
And what was this meeting of the beery minds? It was the Wings For Wishes event at J. Timothy’s in Plainville. Long story short, the team of Connecticut beer fans raised the most money of the Make a Wish Foundation (over $5,000!), dressed up in NEBCO beer character outfits and generally kicked ass – even if they didn’t eat the most wings.
And that, my friends, is a “culture” I can “ferment”…er, “foment,”… or something.
Anyway, I really liked the Weiss Trash. It’s the type of thing that kind of punches you in the face at the outset, but then ends up massaging those bruises for the rest of the time you’re with it. At just over 3% ABV, you can certainly enjoy plenty of these without sustaining any real damage.
Which would be so white trash.
Overall Rating: B+
Rating vs. Similar style: A+