A very pale, sour, refreshing, low-alcohol (2.8 to 3.8% abv) wheat ale that is a specialty of the Berlin, Germany area. Although it is native to the Berlin area, Berliner Weisse is somewhat rare even in Germany today as only two Berlin breweries still produce this style. Consumption of Berliner Weisse is most popular in the summer months when this style serves as a refreshing alternative to sodas or higher alcohol beers.
References to Berliner Weisse exist as far back as 1642 and slightly more recently, Napoleon's troops in 1809 referred to it as "the Champagne of the North" due to its lively and elegant character.
Because of the sour nature of this beer it is often consumed with flavored syrups mixed into the beer in various quantities. Popular flavors are raspberry (Himbeersirup), lemon (Zitronensirup), or the herb woodruff (Waldmeistersirup).