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Boson De Higgs - Hopfenstark

Boson De HiggsBoson De Higgs

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very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.18%

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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rtepiak on 04-28-2011)
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Photo of PlatoSmash


3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 18:48:19 | More by PlatoSmash
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:31:10 | More by tbeckett
Photo of BEERchitect


3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 18:28:49 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 05:03:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:40:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:24:57 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:36:40 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DefenCorps


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 03:06:39 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of rudzud


3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 15:51:39 | More by rudzud
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:44:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:07:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 17:06:13 | More by stakem
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 06:47:34 | More by wordemupg
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Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 14:09:57 | More by ZorPrime
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:17:31 | More by Derek
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 06:30:02 | More by DaftCaskBC
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:50:47 | More by Rutager
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 12:04:21 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 02:26:31 | More by jrenihan
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:11:03 | More by papat444
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 14:06:34 | More by spinrsx
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very light amber color with thick off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Light but very smokey. Herbal and bit tart. Some sweet malt.

Taste: Very light but there is a lot of smoke. I was very interested when I read the description and I have to say this really works. Light malt with herbal and citrus notes. A bit yeasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was very excited by how well this worked. So light yet so smokey. I would love to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:36:15 | More by oline73
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from freud, shared with Steve and Jason. 750ml bottle into some tulips. Thanks Fred!

Pours an extremely pale hay yellow, foggy body. Massive white head that's rocky and almost Duvel-like. Awesome. Head is sticky and doesn't seem to fail throughout the duration of the glass. Nose is sour lemon, some funk and wheat. Huge WTF-notes of maple bacon and barbecue sauce as well. Truly intriguing. Taste holds more light lemon and wheat notes, with a predominant smoked pork/meat aspect. More maple and green apple notes complement this. One of the weirdest combos I've ever found in a beer, and it works surprisingly well. Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy, mildly tart. Smooth, yet oh so poundable. Chockful of flavour at only 3.8%; fantastic, original and well executed. A big surprise and one of the nights highlights.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 16:44:10 | More by liamt07
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Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a murky yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light smoke with light funky notes is quite unique. Taste is also a complex mix between some smoked corn (?) and light funky yeast ester with lightly refreshing wheat malt. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed with lots of complexity while retaining low alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:22:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SO much flavour at 3.8%, enjoyed on tap at Mondiale 2011. Big smoke yet pleasant, sweetish and medium moutheel. Hops right there,pilsner, saison yeast yields some yeasty flavour, unfiltered on tap version. A small head. I would have this frequently if I could.Only a little head.
Had in bottle 2 months alter, complex with character of smoke, yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:28:34 | More by Sammy
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Boson De Higgs from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.