Hallo Ich Bin Raspberry Berliner by Mikkeller
Berliner Weisse, 3.7%
Pours an eye-catching ruby red with big aromas of raspberry jam and wheat. Flavours of raspberry with contrasting tartness and sweetness. Mikkeller at their very best.
The live tasting of this beer was on 4th February 2021 #BeerBods
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Mikkel Borg Bjergsø was a maths and physics teacher in Copenhagen who, during his student days, got a taste for some of the more interesting beers that Europe and the States had to offer. This obsession resulted in the formation of a beer club where he and friends tasted and rated beers. He didn’t stop there though. He wanted to see if he could better them.
Teaming up with Kristian Klarup Keller, they embarked upon a series of home brewing experiments. Buoyed on by some early successes Mikkel and Keller moved beyond the confines of kitchen brewing and began using the equipment of other Danish microbreweries. When Mikkel’s twin brother Jeppe opened a bottle shop in 2005, this served as a distribution point for beer geeks from around the world.
Pretty soon, word was out about Mikkeller and in 2006 they signed a deal securing distribution in the United States. Whilst Keller left in 2007 to pursue a career in music journalism, Mikkel went from strength to strength as a gypsy brewer. In 2016 Mikkeller opened their first brewery in San Diego, and then a second, a little under a year later in New York.
Skip forward to 2021 and you can find Mikkeller beers across the world, including a number of their year-round brews in Marks and Sparks here in blighty. Mikkeller bars have continued to appear across a number of major cities and, like their bottle labels, these remain unmistakably Mikkeller.
This week’s beer, Hallo Ich Bin Raspberry Berliner is exactly what it says on the tin. A Berliner Weisse style beer brewed with heaps of fresh raspberries. Pouring an eye-catching ruby red, you’re immediately smashed in the chops with big aromas of raspberry jam and wheat. The upfront sweetness is contrasted with a sourness in abundance. The finish is tart, tangy and incredibly refreshing.