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Boson De Higgs - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rtepiak on 04-28-2011

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 33
Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled on 7/2014 from my interpretation of the label.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 1/2 finger of stark white head. Average retention for a Berliner Weiss. No lacing of note.

S: Funky smoke. Smoke house. Flourishes of lemon, citrus. hay. Coal ash. Earth. Candi sugar. Indistinct wood.

T: Smoked pale malts open with minimal tartness. A hint of farmhouse and a very faint salinity. The hops are mostly evident in the aftertaste with a slightly floral presence and light bitterness. No alcohol presence. Finish is semi-dry.

M: Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. Feels rather light, even for a Berliner Weiss.

O: I had very high hopes for this beer as the combo of Berliner Weiss, Rauchbier and saison was very intriguing. Unfortunately, I got very little Berliner Weiss aside from the body and low ABV. I found myself searching for even a hint of sour on every sip. The other two styles just came off as watered down.

Prost!

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funk notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/smokey yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very nice and unique session smoked saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Even with the unique flavor profile and style mixture, everything came together very nicely. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shiny golden colour with haze; small bubbly head, nice clingy lacing. Slight trickle of bead. OK.

Smells very bacony. Smoky with peppery notes. Yeah, savoury, meaty, spicy. Not much more to it; does there really need to be though?

Taste is not at all what I expected. Tangy, citric with some notes of peach, then descends into dry smoke character with some wood, meat and mild peppercorn on the back. Very confusing drop. Also light.

Bit sizzly, gets some decent texture on the back; foams up.

Very, very weird beer. Smell doesn't match the palate much at all. Overall it's also just a bit lacklustre.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. Not sure if it was on-tap or not.

A-Hazy orange but leaning toward a lighter hue of orange.

S-Almost tart. Seems to be smoky. Definitively hard to grasp. Light Belgian yeast aromatics.

T-Has some tartness and funk. Clearly smoky. Also sweet. Pretty interesting. I'm not sure if the flavors match that well. Finishes a bit sweet and pale-fruity.

M-Light bodied. Flavors don't linger except for the smoke a little bit. Well carbonated.

O-Unique, smoked Berliner. Lichtenhainer Weisse! I've had one before. I guess this would be a good way to describe it. Well worth a sample but I think the flavors clash.

Photo of PlatoSmash
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like the bottle states: this beer defies all categories. The appearance is much like a saison but the aroma is not. There is a cool smokiness at the beginning of the taste that melts wonderfully into a wheat or saison type. Very enjoyable, love the fact that it defies explanation! I enjoy beers that give you the something unexpected.

Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Poured a nice golden colour with good carbonation. Cloudy with yeast added. Half finger of white head gone fast and left a bit of lacing and no retention.

S - Mostly smoke and peat. Mild but not offensive with the aggressiveness of the smoke. A little saison is there but hidden with a very gentle sour/funk note that's barely detectable.

T - Smoke, saisony grass and fruit yeast notes. A weird combo that has most of the rauch components really present but subtle saison and faint berliner notes.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body with a smokey finish.

O/D - What a strange beer. Not detectable sourness and the saison element was very mild. Weird. To be honest it was mostly a tamed rauchbier. Odd, but enjoyable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ham. /end review (drops mic.)

But that would be very un-BEERchitect-like, so here's a bit more...

Pouring with a haze straw color, slight golden low lights gleam beyond a moderate wheaty haze. On par with most sour ales, this fusion of rauch and wiess shows champagne-like appearances with spirited carbonation the fuels a fluffy and arid white head. Slow to dissolve, the ale trails with a broken collar of lace.

Its aromas are spot on of honey-baked city ham- now way around it. Its smoky sweetness is of mesquite and maple as is savory and meaty scent strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of curing pork. Its light tangy backdrop is playfully of lemon and straw heading into taste.

Thin cracker-like maltiness is mildly bready and tepidly sweet, until its more acidic tones rise at middle palate and dries the sweetness with ease. Lime, stewed hay, and a salty brine taste crosses the palate with dried citrus tones before its slightly earthen and herbal finish. Echoes of ham then make their only real meaningful mark in taste.

Light and incredibly zesty, the ale does offer a soft creaminess on the early palate that dissovles away rather quickly in order to make way for a minerally-crisp finish. Its fleeting, sparkling carbonation allows the light bodied beer to behave very selzerwater-like.

Its impressive to see so much complexity to rise out of a sub-4% beer. Its highly characterful and refreshing- a more inquisitive offering than an everyday go-to.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml tall brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. They put this somewhere between Berliner Weisse, Rauchbier and Saison. That was well enough to pique my interest, even as I questioned their sanity.

Pours a quite clear yellow golden colour, with a big frothy head of white, that persists for a long time. Lacing is pretty decent and the carbonation is fine. It also looks like it has a bit of heft in the body, despite being only 3.8% ABV. Looks good.

Yep, nose is something like what I expected as much as I expected anything. Definite smokiness, almost peaty and slightly medicinal, with an underlying wheaty sourness that gives slight lactic overtones as well. There's a carbonic acidity to it as well. Very strange, but not unpleasant for it.

Yep, the taste is similarly weird: let's not beat around the bush, it's fucked up, but in the best possible way. Crisp wheaty acidity on the front of the palate, backed up out of nowhere by a slightly acrid, smokiness with no sweetness to it whatsoever—again, it feels slightly peaty and medicinal when mixed with the acidity. Taste is quite dark, despite the colour: it causes no end of cognitive dissonance in my brain.

Feel is quite fine and slightly frothy. It works well.

Yeah: this is bizarre. Hopfenstark have done something really weird and probably against some sort of law of nature. But for all its oddities, it works in some sort of perverse way. When I try something truly unique like this, I have to appreciate it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slight smoke and chalk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an odd smoke and chalk flavor, especially for the style this is supposed to be.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a third of a glass of white head with good retention; active carbonation. Spicy aroma of farmhouse yeast, citrus, light stone fruit and bready malt, a hint of smoke. Wow, this is really interesting. Flavor is light wheat, bready malt, lemon, faint Belgian spicing with savory smokehouse overlaying all. Light bodied with active carbonation. A very odd and nicely balanced smoky light beer. I'm not a fan of sour Berliner styles, but this is only slightly tart and the smoke seems to take any edge off from it. This is hand-down, down the best under 4% beer I've ever had. Rather idiosynchratic, but I really liked it a lot.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked wheat in the nose with some much lighter hints of light fruit malts. Barely any perceptible tartness or sourness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts with a moderate amount of smoky wheat. That is followed by some light fruit flavors (green apple) and then some lighter hints of iodine from the smoky wheat. Light hints of vinegar tartness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: With a very low ABV, there are a ton of interesting flavors and aromas to this beer - that being said, this is a rather unique beer and might be more of an acquired taste. I have never come across a smoked Berliner Weissbier.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station yesterday.

Clear yellow with a dense white head with good retention and decent lacing. Nose is fresh, lightly lactic and mildly lemony, wheaty and with a touch of sulfury smoke. Palate is tart with lactic yogurty notes, along with a touch of lemon. Some mild earthy mustiness is present, lending some complexity and a little earth. Some smoked malt character is present. Clean and refreshing with crisp carbonation and a lingering, yogurty finish, this is excellent

Photo of rudzud
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a clear golden yellowish hue with a nice solid one finger head. Looks awesome...and then it falls flat.

S - Aromas of smoke, and an almost meaty quality to this. I get faint saison notes. I'm told this is a hybrid with rachbier aspects...definitely getting that, and not digging it.

T - Taste is more of that smoke, with like meaty tones and faint spice notes. I can see what they were going for here, but for me the characteristics just don't jive.

M - Mouthfeel is more spot on, light and crisp.

O - Overall yeah, this one just didnt work for me. Smokey, meaty berliner..uhh, pass.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to oldp0rt for this one. 750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. This one's described as a Berliner Weisse - rauchbier - saison... I'm giddy at the thought of the flavor possibilities!

Pours a layer of course white bubbles the dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy pale grapefruit. No lace with very thin legs. Average.

Nose is actually a nice combination of the 3 styles. Some peppercorn and other spices mixed with a healthy dose of smoke that's not overpowering. Berliner weisse lactic tartness hides in the back though and is very faint. Decent.

Opens saison yeast, coriander, clove, and spiciness. Some maple and smoke in the middle with just the slightest touch of tartness mixed in towards the end. Finish is bready, spicy, and yeasty with a mellow malt presence. Aftertaste of more clove and other spices. Huge complexity without being over-the-top.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Slightly prickly but pretty soft in the mouth and goes down quenching and smooth. Finishes clean and spicy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Really really drinkable.

I'm not really sure what to make of this beer but it sure is unique, complex and drinkable. Probably one of the most sessionable beers I've ever come across, this really takes the best of the 3 styles that guides it and combines them into 1 wonderful experience. The only thing holding it back from being a 5 is the lack of any real noticeable tartness. Really pretty under-the-radar. Worth seeking out.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The label on this one states two things, of note. First, that it's a Berliner Rauch Saison. Second, that the beer doesn't fit into any category. The latter very much rings true.

The smoke is certainly here, but it does mesh with all the other things going on without hijacking the ride. And what else is going on is mostly the Berliner Weisse edge. Lemony tartness with a fairly biting acidity. Saison tones barely seem to show much, and the earthy sweet character that does show peeks out for only a second and then is gone.

Glad I got to try this beer. A very well executed hybrid that I doubt I will see pulled off as well by anyone else, let alone attempted.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to eagles22 for sharing this long-time berliner want of mine. (Well actually more of a Lichtenhainer than berliner but still a want of mine nonetheless.)

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color. Some white spotty lace sticks to the glass and a thin film of white head persists across the top supported by rising bubbles of carbonation.

The aromatics contain plenty of saison yeast spice character coming across like clove. Some fruity hints of pear and apple solidify that saison sort of feel. A light smoke inclusion is present that increases in character as it warms along with hints of lemon and earth.

The flavor is mildly fruity with sweet hints of grainy wheat character. Some lemon fruity essence and saison yeasty spice of clove blends into a background note of beefy smoke. What a strange mixture of flavors but not being a rookie to the Lichtenhainer style, I knew what to expect. The amount of saison yeast impact was however surprisingly bold.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is an easy drinking and perplexing but enjoyable brew. I would have liked to seen more berliner impact overall in this but instead it was more if a mild smoked saison. Not bad, but also not the brew I thought it was going to be.

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 10/30/12 thanks unibroue4ever, from notes

A clear golden yellow with loads of tiny bubbles but the 2 fingers of bone white foam is a little noisy as it falls in seconds leaving no lace, a dirty glass?

S campfire clothing the day after with a nice farmhouse profile shining through the smoke, bubblegum and a little spice mix well with some dry cereal and white fleshed fruit, a very interesting mix and at 3.8% I'm very impressed

T the smokes a little toned down but still in charge, everything I smells still just blended together and a little harder to distinguish, very nice but the nose has more intensity

M fairly light bodied with the tiny bubbles working well for it, a little slick and a smoked apple finish

O very impressive considering its only 3.8%, big smell, tastes good unique brew and the 750ml was no issue solo, well done Hopfenstark

I'm glad I wasn't the first to review this one because I couldn't pick a style. I could drink this again for sure, cheers Yannick for the chance

Photo of ZorPrime
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally was able to get my hands on this one.

Pale yellow in color. A very light veil. The head is white and disappear very quickly. Little effervescence. The aroma is citrusy with some sourness in there. Taste is also sour with citrus. Fruity. Mouthfeel is good with some effervescence. A dry finish.

Funny thing is the smokiness... Makes it unique. It's very good. The smokiness is present in the taste only, I can't get it in the aroma.

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More of an historic farmhouse ale than a berliner.

Hazy straw colour; light smoke in the aroma with a hint of funk.

Incredible depth of flavour for only 3.8% abv. Light smoke, hint of leathery funk, tropical fruit and phenolic spice wih some wheaty biscuit.

Light to moderate mouthfeel with very little acidity.

This is art... and very drinkable.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared generously by Rutager.

A: Cloudy straw liquid with minimal white head.

S: Coriander, grass, earthy hops and smoke.

T: Smoke, lemon, moss, and funk reminiscent of sweaty socks.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: The combination of bitterness, smoke and sweaty funk did not make this a drinkable beer for me at all. Drain pour.

Photo of Rutager
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for another big box of Quebec, Deadbolt82!
Shared with Daftcaskbc. I bust out my a-game for him, and he pours it down the drain!! ;-)

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow straw with just a skim of white head.

Smell. Belgian yeast and light spice, some bright and sour light fruits, lightly earthy and a bit of alcohol. Couldn't pick up any smoke...

Taste. Sour grainy wheat, sweet spices, lemons and funky sweat.

Mouthfeel. Light body with a medium amount of fine carbonation.

Overall. The sour component was about all I enjoyed in this one. The flavours were a little strange and didn't work very well together for me.

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde colour, ring of white head, good retention and solid lacing. Smell is yeasty and lemony, some citrus fruit, a good dose of malt as well, very subtle smokey notes as well. Taste tart and acidic, lemon and citrus followed by a big smokey flavour, hickory and BBQ before finishing with a malty lemon flavour. Lightly carbonated, medium weight and feel. This is one hell of an interesting beer, lots going on and quite complex but it all comes across so simple, had more than one pour of this, really good stuff here.

Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy yellow. Big white head. Excellent retention, very good lacing.

Smell contains wheat, light fruit, strawberry. A bit tart, some lacto noticeable.

Taste contains wheat, coriander, clove, lemon. A bit of tartness, not a lot. Lactobacillus- strawberry. Crisp. I don't get the smoke that apparently is there.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Very refreshing. Good.

Overall, very nice. Great on a hot day.

Photo of papat444
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (bottled 04/12) and shared with my wife.

Appearance: A good sized head but it rapidly dissipates to nothing. The body is gorgeous, hazy and looks like pulpy lemonade but with a pronounced banana color.

Smell: Tinge of smoke mixed with yeast. Citrus fruit is also strong.

Taste: Not much smoke, more sour citrus, peaches, strong wheat profile and some pepper.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation works well here. The body has some legs for a less than 4% beer.

Overall: Proof that a light beer can still be packed with flavor. Very refreshing and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Yellow.amber colour with a small white fizzy head. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Smoke, straw/hay, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hay/straw, yeast, and smoke. There is also a bit of a tart citrus flavour. It ends with a smokey slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this one, so points for originality. The flavours seemed odd at first, but I actually began to enjoy it more as I progressed through the glass. The smoke doesn't overpower the other flavours in the beer which is nice.

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Boson De Higgs from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.