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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style WeisseLips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-14-2010)
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden-straw out of the bottle, this beer pours a small and quickly dissipating white head. Honey and wheat aromas blend over a base of lactic and tart aromas including a touch of Brettanomyces-like funk. Age has mellowed out the tartness to find subtle sweetness more prominent then would be expected in the style. Lemon notes join in the base of wheat to provide a thirst-quencher that packs quite punch at 7% ABV. Highly carbonated, Imperial Berliner Weiss is medium-light in body. An interesting take on a lesser known style that is just so damn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:27:46 | More by phishsihq
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are very low given its current ratings.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and decent retention. Body colour is a very pale yellow-colour. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart lemon, clear clean pale malts, some funky sugary character. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nicely tart and lemony citrusy. Some wheat. A bit funky. Well balanced all around for the style, with some nice non-syrupy lemon notes. Well balanced. Enjoyable, with a bit more alcohol than most beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit overcarbonated and too thick. Doesn't complement the flavour that well.

Dr: Drinkable but somewhat underwhelming. Most beers in the style are more drinkable, but I do like it. It could be a bit more traditional and benefit from it, but it's not bad.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:41:05 | More by kojevergas
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SLeffler27

New York

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a chill haze and tons of fine carbonation that lift a modest, creamy white head which quickly drops to a quarter of an inch before lingering.

The aroma is reminiscent of straw and lemon grass. The sourness is present, including some sour milk and some banana.

Lemon drops and sweeter than expected with a clean tartness. The finish includes a bitter touch along with apple juice that lingers.

A light body with slick texture, fine, prickly carbonation and light alcohol.

Less refreshing than I had hoped for. The tartness was a little biting. Not my favorite of the style, but still enjoyable after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:06:51 | More by SLeffler27
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thin layer of white head. The head fades away very quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of lots of funk and acidity. There is some horse blanket, tart light fruit, wheat, and a bit of banana.

T - Starts off with strong funk and tartness with some sweet tart light fruit, some hay, and some wheat. Through the middle, more acidic flavors come in with some more green apple and a bit of horse blanket. The finish is a mix of barnyard flavors with some strong funk and tartness lingering.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with an acidic, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting take on the Berliner Weiss style with a bit more body and alcohol. The acidity keeps up and the overall beer has a decent balance to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:12:48 | More by ngeunit1
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy, light yellow body with a very small white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no real amount of lacing.

The aroma starts out very sweet, almost like Karo syrup. In the background, I get notes of banana and tart apple.

The flavor is actually better than I expected from the aroma. The tart fruit flavor is not overly dominated by the sweet, syrupy flavor, but they are in nearly equal parts.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, not the best Lips of Faith brew I've had, but not horrible either.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:13:01 | More by FanofHefe
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hard pour produces a 2cm off-white head that quickly fades into the beer. Tiny amounts of lacing remain on the sides of the glass, practically nothing. The beer itself is a dark golden-orange in color, transparent, and with moderately active/visible carbonation.

The esters coming from this are so intense that it's a huge, virtually inseparable mash of old apple cider vinegar, souring/infected/rotting apples, pears, candy sugar, some indistinct solvent.

This is an undeniably sweet take on the style, but there's no denying the sourness and tartness present as well. What first hits me is some sweetness, which is quickly submersed by the sourness and tartness, which while not overwhelming, is very much present. This fades, over the course of about thirty seconds, to some malt flavors, and then the tasting is over. Aftertaste is very enjoyable for me, something like ghostly, but well-soured, apple cider.

Mouthfeel is comfortable, a medium amount of carbonation for a moderately heavy (as in middle of the road) heaviness. Finish is dry, as expected, from the sour bacteria. Clean mouthfeel, though, no noticeable grit on the palate.

I'm not hugely enjoying the scent of this beer, but I truly find myself enjoying the aftertaste, and I find the taste good as well. At first, I was thinking this would be a miss on my first smells and sips, but over the course of the bottle, find myself generally enjoying it. The beer has its peaks and troughs, but generally comes out on top.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:22:50 | More by falloutsnow
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber, yellow with a huge hite pillow like head, and tons of carbonation. Very lively aroma, lots of grains and cereal hints, with some subtle fruit like flavors mixed in. Bananas and apples were the most prominant. Taste was quite nice. Such a lively, frothy and light flavor. lots of fruit, grain and tart favors mixed in with an unseen abv that must have taken a vacation

overall it was very interesting, after having one of the best berliners i have ever had, this was no match

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:09:16 | More by mikesgroove
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with almost no head.

Smells of tart acid, some citrus, some unpleasant aromas also make their way in...can't quite put my finger on it.

The taste is a nice mix of tart acid, lemon, much better than the smell would have you imagine.

Mouthfeel is nice, highly carbonated and dry. It goes down easy.

This is a solid "sour" beer with a nice level of lactic tartness. The unpleasant aroma and lack of anything more stand-out make it hard to highly recommend, but surely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:45:35 | More by TenHornsProud
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with 6/16/2010 date stamp. I do not know if this is a best by or bottling date. I wish I did know, however. So let us now begin another adventure from the clearance cooler at the local liquor store! Yeah. I tend to find equal parts hidden gems and horrible experiences in the clearance cooler, and I cannot deny the random "take your chances" approach thrills me. But enough about me. This is about the BEER.

A. Pale yellow straw grass color, rather translucent with only the tiniest tinge of haze to it. I find myself wondering if the clarity is normal for the style, given that there is supposed to be lactobacillus fermentation going on here. Nearly no head at all. The carbonation even doesn't last very long. After 15 minutes of sipping, smelling, and observation it has become absolutely dead flat.
S. Now we're talkin'. Lemon yogurt smell all the way to the bank. I don't, however, smell the floral tones at all which the brewery claims this brew to have :( Just yogurt. I can, however, smell the pale wheat malt ever so faintly hiding behind the tartness.
T. Mmmmm. Its tastes like baby's first Flemish. A Flemish for beginners, if you will. Very light sourness, very light malt, mostly lemon and wheat with a yogurt backburner. I'd rate it higher but I have a personal preference for the more heavy-duty sours. So this seems sort of Mickey Mouse to me. However, I have no idea if this lightness of sourness is normal for the berliner weissbier style. For all I know, it just might be.
M. No complaints here.

Overall, this adventure in the land of clearance has gotten me intrigued enough to purposefully keep an eye out for further examples of this style to try. I want to try them and then think about this one with a new perspective, perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 23:13:53 | More by WastingFreetime
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armock

New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore CA

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Has a tart wheaty grassy nose

T - Follows the nose with tart wheaty flavors

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - While I do really like this beer its not as tart as others I've had from the style and theres no need to make it an imperial thats why Berliner Weissbiers kick ass because they are session beers however this beer is still worth getting sometime to check it out

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:26:50 | More by armock
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice pale straw color almost a mild lemon yellow. There is a thin 0.5 inch head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves a slight soapy ring around the glass.

S - Slight tart yogurt notes. Some nice lemon zest and slight bready malty sweetness. Lemon meringue also comes to mind. Slight sweet wheat notes as well. Pretty straight forward aroma.

T & M - Taste starts off with some mild sweetness that then has some delicious yogurt tartness. There are some nice slight lemon notes that are mild and deliciously mixed in with some malty and wheat sweetness. Bread notes intermingle and play very well with the slight tartness. Nice light buddy with some mild carbonation that actually makes the beer more appealing.

O - Pretty good and mild intro to the style. Not bad at all. Good wheaty flavor balanced with the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:08:51 | More by JoEBoBpr
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ibbjamin

California

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $9.99 for a bomber from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Pour is very light with a half inch fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring of retention on the inner rim of the snifter. Great lacing. Beer is extremely light yellow in color and transparent.

Nose brings grassy hops, apricot, banana, lemon citrus, German yeast and wheat.

Taste is a bit more sour than I was expecting. The sour taste is noticeable up front and then it fades quickly bringing on a light fruit sweetness. The wheat is not too noticeable in the taste, which to me, is a bonus. Lots of grassy, citrusy hops.

As the pour suggested, this one is light bodied and light in the mouthfeel. I guess this is commendable for this being 7%. Not quite crisp, but certainly a shorter finish.

A different beer, but one that may seem a little confused and for me did not quite hit the mark, especially at the $10/bomber price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:51:48 | More by ibbjamin
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rawfish

California

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not too familiar with this style but gonna do my best to review it.

Poured gently to avoid much of the bottle conditioned suspension form a 650mL bomber. Color is clear and pale, straw coloration like lemon and honey, second pour is slightly hazy. Tiny fizzy head killed by the wheat and alcohol in a matter of seconds. Small amount of yeast floats in suspension. Looks more like lemon and honey tea than beer.

Smell is rather like juice, grains, apple, lemon rind and predominant white grapes on the nose follows by a slight tartness and noticable alcohol.

Tastes much like the nose, almost like white wine, very sweet. The alcohol is actually well hidden. Wheat followed by muscat juice, lemon tartness with vinegar. Drying finish with wheat, more lemon and subtle maltiness to balance it out. Quite refreshing.

Fizzy slightly biting carbonation that works for this beer as well as a slightly heavy body for weisse beer.

Not sure what all the disappointment is about this beer, not exactly a great looker but it has a balanced tartness as well as a refreshing flavor. Rather sweet but lacks a syrupy mouthfeel and not at all cloying. Good if not great venture into something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:18:37 | More by rawfish
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/27/11

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with no head just a ring of bubbles.

Smell: Sour apples, pineapple, lactose

Taste: Sour, apples, lactose

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Overall: not one of the better berliner weiss's out there but glad I had a chance to try it.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 19:09:04 | More by THECPJ
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rye726

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650ml bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. I belive this was around $7 from the local store. Great to see another brewery making a Berliner Weiss! Pours golden with a white head. Notes of sweet fruits and tart lacto. Needs more sour! Clean body, driinks well.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:01:49 | More by rye726
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UCLABrewN84

California

2/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very clear, very light yellow. Less than an inch of head that disappears quickly. Filmy lacing on the drink down.

S - Rotten lemons, weak wheat smell. Honestly to me it smells like citrus Theraflu or Alka-Seltzer and vomit. I was really taken aback by this.

T - Watered down lemon fizzy medicine tablets. Stomach acid/bile like notes. I honestly started to feel sick from the taste of this beer.

M - Good carbonation but coupled with the medicinal smell and taste it reminded me too much of Theraflu or Alka-Seltzer.

D - I really hope I got a bad bottle or something. I was very disappointed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 23:06:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Hoser77

Nebraska

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A-Pale, straw gold. Bright clarity. Dense, white head. Two fingers in width, quickly dissapates. Very little lacing. Effervescent bubbles.

S-Slight sweet malty aroma. Subtle breadiness, biscuity. Slight hint of funk and lactic acidity. No hop aroma.

T-Slightly sweet breadiness. Moderate to low tartness. Very low lactic acidity considering it is an IMPERIAL Berline Weiss. Slight Brett funk-horsey, earthy, leathery. Very low tropical fruit flavor. No hop flavor or bitterness.

M-Low to moderate mouth puckering considering the style. Slightly chewy. Moderate body. Crisp. Not as effervescent as I was expecting.

D-I was expecting more to be honest. Lacks that lacto tartness and acidity. Could be a little more effervescent. Still drinkable, but could be more tart, crisp, and refreshing. Still a good example of a rarely brewed style. Worth trying for the drinker who is wishing to dive into the sour beer realm.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 03:15:39 | More by Hoser77
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jwiss22 for this gift during our local secret santa exchange. Shared with wishuwerebeer on 12/13/10.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a light golden color that is slightly hazy with particles stuck in suspension. A light film of white bubbles composes the thin layering of lace that is the head. Constantly streaming bubbles rise to the surface and fail to support the rapidly depleting head. A swirl barley brings more than a few bubbles to the surface.

The aroma is a combination of lemons, lactic notes, citrusy fruits, sulfur, grain and some souring funky smells very similar to puke. There is a minor indication of alcohol along with a scent that increasingly becomes more yogurt-like.

The taste is lightly tart with lemon and fruits almost like orange with estery alcohol. A flavor of wheat and bready grains is there mid-palate and lasts into the finish with some sulfur and funky flavors reminiscent of puke. A faint almost plastic flavor is also evident as the brew warms.

This is medium to light in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. For the style, the alcohol is very much imperialized but across the board is hidden quite well. Fairly drinkable with an increasing warmth. Leaves the mouth tingly and slightly puckered like the feeling you get when eating unflavored/unsweetened Greek yogurt. The concept behind this brew is quite the oxymoron, however for what it is it is decent and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 18:01:32 | More by stakem
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #3

Blind beer #6 of the 2nd box Khazadum sent my way.
Poured into my East End Brewing pint glass on 12/24/10.
Merry Christmas everyone

A - pours a clear straw yellow with a quick white cap that quickly faded to a layer of very fine bubbles

S - i'm picking up some tart apples, grapes, maybe some peaches, nothing too overpowering, sort of subtle

T - Again, i'm picking up the tart apple, some peaches and the grapes again. nice flavor, can't say i've had something like this before. sort of wheaty but not.

M/D - Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp with a slightly dry finish. Its real easy to drink and very light in the mouth. Slightly tart but not so much that you couldn't drink a few bottles of it.

Not really sure what this is, so lets pull it back...
New Belgium Lips of Faith Imperial Berliner Weisse

Nice, one of my wants. I really enjoyed drinking this one and despite it getting some bad reviews, I think its pretty decent. Thanks for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:25:04 | More by mikereaser
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kylers

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer survived a cross-country road trip I took pretty well. Poured from a nicely designed 22oz bottle, it was bubbly and straw colored from the outset. Super clear. Initial smell was of cooked vegetables, sauerkraut to be exact. My buddy kept saying it smelled like french fries which was hard for me to pinpoint. Taste was more sour than you think and I kept telling my friends how much it tasted like a dry white wine. Chardonnay maybe? No one else seemed to be into finishing their tasting so I took over and got to liking this beer. It's an imperial berlinweisse so I didn't have much to compare it to, but it's definitely a beer you just want one bottle of.

First review! Woo!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:26:11 | More by kylers
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thought I'd give this a bid. Interested in seeing if this style can be "imperialized".

Appearance- Light gold. A white soapy head. No lacing. Caps.

Smell- Tart. Lemon rind. A little cat urine, that acidic, vinegar quality. Some spice and coriander.

Taste- Tart. Grainy. Sweet. It tastes like a slightly tart adjunct lager. Just so much sweet graininess.

Mouthfeel- It's thin, which would be fine if it wasn't so sweet.

Drinkability- Like a spoiled Bud.

This beer is a monstrosity. Why take a nice, interesting style and make it this "big". The poor beer couldn't overcome the excessive graininess.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:37:05 | More by callmescraps
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy sunny yellow with a fizzy white cap that quickly sizzles itself away. It does leave decent lacing, however.
The nose brings tart lemon wheat nose, along with a slap of olive brine salty funk. It's more than a bit weird, but I'll give it a general pass here.
It begins through the mouth with a sweet-tart, lemon bar doughy fruitiness, topped with powdered sugar, which grows increasingly towards corn syrup as it progresses. The briny olive/pickle note returns, bringing a discordant saltiness. Toasted wheat cereal notes pick up as the funky saltiness fades, with a couple late shrieks from lemon juice and vinegar, and a fuller white grape juice sweetness.
Semi-brisk, rampant upfront carbonation peters out over time, leaving a too-fat half-glass of lemonade, wheat flakes, kero syrup, olive brine, pickles, vinegar, and cheap, flat champagne.
This had some promise early on, the lacto-funkiness was a bit weirdly expressed and overly salty/briny. But it was the lingering heavy syrup/grapejuice sweetness that killed it.
A bomber is way too much, because it's flaws become far more pronounced as it warms. Ultimately, it betrays its base style. It's neither brisk nor refreshing, and over time, this becomes a chore.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 07:15:50 | More by cokes
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hawks10

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle - Bottled June 16th, 2010 - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a pale golden orange with a bit of haze. Two fingers of fine bright white head forms and recedes into a cap of haze...

Very sweet on first whiff, but when you swirl the beer a bit, it really brings out the funk. Musty and earthy, loads of wheat...While I usually really like the combination of those aromas, the sweetness smells a bit artificial and just irritates me a little, but it's still not bad...

Initially fruity with a bit of an artificially sweetened apple juice taste going on. Tiny bit of tartness tries to break through the apple juice exterior but just can't do it. The funk that was apparent in the nose has disappeared in the taste. The overall taste just seems artificial, it almost reminds me of one of those nasty, too sweet Tripels...

Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty light and smooth on the palette, leaves a slick, lemony feel and taste behind...

Berliners shouldn't be 7% abv, I don't know if the high alcohol level is to blame for the annoying artificial sweetness or not, aromas were not bad, but taste lost it for me. Would not try this one again...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 05:50:48 | More by hawks10
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jampics2

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. 

I'm not sure what an Imperial Berliner is, but this beer is clear and gold with no head and no lace.  Good color but not so good head/lace.  Some hanging yesst chunks suspended in the liquid.  Not a great start.    

Something is really off here.  I swear, this beer smells like green olives.  A sour note like lemon and saltiness like just a hint of brine. Some torrified wheat,  weird and intense and expressive, but off-kiltered.  Some peach and lemon, but solvent and just off.  

Wheat and lemon dominate, but it is not too sour with only hints of tartness and citrus.  Not as bad as the nose, but some brine is there.  Way too one-dimensional, wacky and weird.  Pear and apple make an appearance but are swallowed by the lemon and lactic.  What in the world is this?    

The mouthfeel features sparkling carbonation and some medium body.  Some lemon in the finish.  The aftertaste is nice and, overall, the mouthfeel is perhaps the best part of this beer. Overall, I'm left saying that I just don't know about this.  This is a weird bird of a beer.  Just funky enough but I want more.  The wheat isn't up-front enough and the sour and lemon are just too subdued.  The brine taste throws me off.  But, overall, I like the idea behind this beer much more than the execution.  But keep up the experimentation.     

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:12:17 | More by jampics2
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Xul

California

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours translucent golden, capped by one finger of fizzy white head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles down to scant lacing.

S: Some light lemon zest and tartness, followed by a reasonably strong sweetness that has a bit of a cream/vanilla character. Not unpleasant, but the the sweetness is out of place and too strong for the rest of the aroma.

T: Opens with lightly tart lemons and some green apples, after which the sweetness comes back in with some darker fruit character, or perhaps some grapes. The finish brings back a bit of tartness but not enough to truly cut the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: Goes down easy but not really what I look for in a Berliner Weisse.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:58:46 | More by Xul
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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.