Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner-style Weisse

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I had the opportunity to taste a very strange beer recently.  The Bayerisher Bahnhof Berliner-style Weisse is produced at the Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei in Leipzig, Germany.  This happens to be the first beer of this particular style that I've tried, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  The expert at the beer store told me that these are quite sour, so are typically flavored by adding various fruit syrups to them.  A bit of research reveals that apparently Napoleon's troops began doing this during their occupation of the city.  Well, I didn't have any flavored syrup to add, and the idea sounded pretty odd to me.  After all, if I can handle The Dissident, nothing could be too sour.

Upon pouring the beer, the most prevalent presence on the nose seemed to be pineapple and a few vague hints of sourness.  Indeed, the beer proved to be a little sour up front, but I didn't find it to be remarkably so.  In fact, though it had a pleasant effervescence to it, I cannot say that the beer impressed me a great deel.  It had a fairly empty, boring body.  I began to see why flavored syrups might be added to it.  As the beer left the palate, lingering hints of lemonade or perhaps cider remained behind.  It's hard to judge this beer really accurately without knowing more about this particular style, but at the moment I'd have to say that Berliner-style weisse is not my favorite variety of brew.

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