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

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78
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475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 08-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 475 | Reviews: 72
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Photo of andyfrancis
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear pale golden, highly carbed with steady rush of bubbles feeding a thin snow white head.

Wheaty flour on the nose, slight hints of clove and sweet fruit.

Hmm, not really digging it. The fruitiness combined with the abv make it seem almost like a wine cooler. Sweettart and a breath of spice on the finish.

Not nearly as crisp as I expected given how bubbly it is. Semi-syrupy.

I'm still game for trying at least a bottle of most of the Lips of Faith series but won't be repeating this one.

Photo of Beaver13
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet lemons and tropical fruit with floral notes and a little tartness.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit (yuzu?) with a little light sour tartness. It has a bit of an off burnt plastic note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth prickly carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with lightly sour fruit.

Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Look: Mildly hazed straw hue, slowly dissapating head leads to a thin lace on the glass.

Smell: Quince paste, fresh aloe, yeast, mild graininess, wild herbs, vegtal

Taste: Super crisp, a bit chewy, faint tartness, clementine pith, yeast, doughy bread, mildly juicy, quick drying finish

Berliner Weiss? An Imperial one at that? Misses the mark there, obviously a wheat beer but the pulling dryness and big tartness is simply not there. So we are looking at a big flavored wheat beer ... if it was categorized as such it would probably have a higher score.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled in June 2013. (11 months old)

Pours a hazy pale yellow color. A thick, full white head off the pour, fades to a retentive layer with some fine carbonation bubbles. Bits of lacing.

A very effervescent, zesty aroma. Lemon zest, some grapefruit. Definatly some kind of yeasty or wheat esters.

Nowhere near as tart as I'd like a Berliner to be. Not sour at all. Tart fruits, lemon peel, orange peel, maybe some grapefruit peel. A light yeast ester. Wheat malt kind of rounds things out in the finish.

Medium to light in body. Somewhat refreshing. I was really hoping for a lingering sourness, but nothing...

Not super flavorful or complex. A bit disappointing, I expected more from new Belgium.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottled in June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy and crisp golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a light amount of lacing.

Smell: A very zesty wheat driven aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and yeast. Upfront presence of wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Big hints of yeast and some tart Brett funk hints. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of the Yuzu, grapefruit, orange, lemons, melon, mango, and apricot. Also some white wine like hints of grapes. Fairly sweet, tart, and acidic smelling. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a nicely tart and sweet wheat driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and yeast. Wheat and soft pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, and straw. Funky yeast with notes of Brett. Light wine like note of white grape. Very juicy presence of citrus fruit with notes of Yuzu, grapefruit, orange, lemons, apricot, melon, and mango. Taste is fairly sweet and tart with a nice light bitter edge to it. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, sweet, tart, and fairly acidic. Finishes somewhat dry. No sign of alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Berliner Weiss. Good tart wheat and yeast presence with a nice zesty kick of citrus fruit.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The tap pours out a bright pale-medium yellow beer that settles with complete transparency. The dense off-white head manages one finger and the lace dropped on the pint glass is creamy, consisting more of patching than anything and on the plentiful side.
This is where it gets tricky. It's a pleasant beer overall, one I could drink all night, but there are certain style guidelines it's pointless to call a beer a Berliner Weiss without meeting. I get fruit like stonefruit, soft and tropical, giving it an overall firm tropical aroma, sweet but on the easy side, with a soft backbone of wheat. What I don't get is lacto, dryness or appropriate tartness.
I'm surprised in the flavor by some of the reviews, though; this is decidedly and strongly both tart and sour. It goes sweet in the middle but ultimately finishes up with the same sour and tart combination, tasting at one point like pineapple juice. The other elements that would be telling of a Berliner are still missing, to a point.
A sharp bite on the tongue is countered by a fluffiness even alongside its harder edge to soften it. It's got a good body, appropriately light but with a heft. Originally, not knowing it was a Berliner, nothing was out of kilter. Knowing that as I sip another pint later, it's clearly missing the dryness and twang that make the great ones in this style truly great.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is actually done very well!...at first i agreed with all these other people, because it doesn't fit the "standard" berliner weisse! then i went to the brewery website and saw they used "yuzu" in it, a Chinese citrus fruit, after this beer warmed a bit, i really began to taste the tart, sourness, and "yuzu"! they really did a great job on this ale!

Photo of pourmeadrink
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Yuzu poured a very cloudy golden hay color and had minimal head with big, full bubbles. The smell of the Yuzu peel was strong and acidic, but not in an offensive way.

It was very light and smooth in the mouth with a really even taste throughout the tongue. The blending done on this beer was superb. Nothing stood out over anything else. It was just very well balanced. You got that bright lemon-grapefruit pop of the Yuzu right away, and then it mellowed out into a very familiar orange zest flavor.

I believe that since this beer was brewed with Lactobacillus and Breattanomyces this lets it live in the world of sour beers. New Belgium has qualified it as a Berliner Weisse – and it has all the classic beer qualities of a good Weisse as well.

I would certainly buy this one again and keep it around for those long Minnesota winters when I need a reminder of summer.

Photo of zimm421
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Appears a very clear, light yellow color, with a thin, fluffy white head. The head has some decent staying power, and leaves some decent lacing.

The nose isn't overly powerful, but the notes that do come through aren't overly inviting. The juiciness is there, but isn't tempting. There is a touch of tartness, but not much else going on. The taste is also very laid back, with the tartness coming through a bit more this time. The juice, and tartness are there, along with the wheat expected out of a berliner. However, nothing really stands out, and in the end, it's the most bland version of a berliner I've yet to experience.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. I get that this is intended to be an "imperial" berliner weiss, but I don't think it works. This is a beer that you want to be light, refreshing and drinkable, and this is none of those, largely due to the mouthfeel. Overall, it's a below average beer, and not something worth seeking out. The yuzu juice is evident, but doesn't star, and the tartness isn't what I was looking for here.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, packaged June 2013. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly fruity, there's a citrus-like aroma that I'll assume is from the yuzu juice. There's also some citrus peel and apple cider noticeable. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some wheat/bready malt and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and pretty easy to drink. I liked this brew, but I didn't think it was very tart at all. Still, it's worth a try if you've never had it before. $8.99 a bomber.

Photo of TruePerception
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium's Lips of Faith's Yuzu. This is an imperial Berliner Weisse brewed with Yuzu juice. 8% ABV. I've never had a Berliner Weiss (this is the first I've come across), and this is clearly not to style (typically, they are 2.5%-3.5%, from what I've gleaned), but it's a start. :shrug

A: Just over a finger of fairly active head. Fades to nothing, pretty shortly. Color is a cross between a filtered hef and bright lemonade. Yellowish-white in the dimple.

S: Grapefruit and lemon in the nose. A touch of a wheat beer smell. Apparent acidity is light.

T/MF: Hmm. I wouldn't call this a sour beer. There is a bit of acidity, but more of a slightly tart hef, than a sour (less tart than the Tart Lychee). Notes of dry lemon peel and wheat. Not much to it, really. A good one for wheat beer fans, but a pass for sour fans, I would say. Still, worth a try, in general.

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.

Photo of ocelot2500
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of not much, a bit of fruitiness.

Tastes of the light fruitiness. A bit citric fruit comes through at first with a little sugary sweetness. A touch of tartness comes through, but is not enough. Not much going on here.

Mouth feel is light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a swing and a miss. It is quite bland, and it seems like they forgot to make it tart.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
8% ABV, packaged June 2013

A - Faint cloudiness comes over the pale yellow beer but carbonation is still visible feeding the well-formed white head. Chunky lace decorates the globe as the foam diminishes.

S - Light tart acidity and wheat bring some Berliner Weiss note into an otherwise non-Berliner aroma that's ripe with lemon and sweet orange peel citrus.

T - Bold pilsner sweetness overpowers soft, delicate wheat and grainy pale malt, shifting to citrusy orange and lemon peel though this beer remains fairly one-dimensional and off style.

M - Yuzu is soft and smooth, plowing through the medium body with lingering sweetness that totally kills the Berliner's classic crisp tartness.

O - The problem with brewing an imperial version of a normally light and delicate beer is that elevated alcohol comes from increased malt and the sweetness through this Berliner doesn't compliment it's style but arrests the classic and sought after crisp tartness. A valiant effort, incorporating a unique fruit like Yuzu but when it comes to Berliners, New Belgium missed the mark on this for me.

Photo of fourstringer
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a hefe glass. Moderate hand. Label reads packaged June 2013.

A: Hazy to slightly cloudy golden yellow. 1 1/2 fingers of fizzy, white head. Quickly dissipates to a film. Light lacing.

S: Citric acid, lemon tartness with funky notes. Hay, horse blanket. Yeast. Smells legit.

T: Round citrus, apple-hinted sour. Relatively low tartness for the style, however. Slightly funky notes. Light bitterness on a mostly dry finish. Alcohol presence consistent with 8% ABV. Orange. Apple. I suspect yuzu, but wouldn't really know... Not much in the way of wheat flavors.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. Moderate body - relatively full for the style. Doesn't quite convey the crispness of a typical Berliner weisse.

O: Never had an imperial Berliner weisse before. Unfortunately, I feel it seemed to muck up what I enjoy about the style, namely a light, sour, low ABV brew. Nose was nice, but taste didn't quite deliver. Could use a bit more zing. Not bad, but nothing I'd revisit.

Prost!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet citrus, wheat and slight grassy hops. Flavor is sweet-tart orange family citrus, light lemon, wheat with a unusual dry bitterness that must be a character of the yuzu fruit, which lingers as a mild astringency in the citrus finish. Light bodied with pleasant sharp carbonation. This sat in my fridge for a while as I was not too excited to try it. I'm not a big Berliner weissbier fan, although I do like the less traditional ones that are not really sour; the addition of sour citrus seemed like it wasn't going to work for me. I was pleasantly surprised. The light wheaty body and mandarin/lemon citrus flavors finished off with an odd citrus astringency really seemed nicely balanced and tasty. This is not a main stream Berliner and may not satisfy traditional drinkers, but it had all the characters that keep me coming back to try both the Lips of Faith and Berliner weissbiers in general; a pleasant, well integrated flavor that is offbeat but fun to drink without a sourness that is intrusive. I'm reviewing this per my enjoyment, not to style. I would buy this again if I was in the mood for a nice mildly tart citrus ale.

Photo of seydou
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a weiss glass. Nice bright yellow with good sticking on the head. Semi-opaque. Not the prettiest as some other berliners, but who drinks beer for the looks!! Smell is very weak, almost nothing.

Taste is bright, bright, BRIGHT! Complemented by the bubbly feeling, champagne like. 8% ABV surprises me - I can't taste it. The beer almost springs off your tongue and you're hit with a significant aftertaste of tart citrus. Refreshing and a good complement to spicy food. I dig it.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with 'packaged June 2013' printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, this one an imperial Berliner weisse style beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a pale yellow, but appears a bright juicy golden lemon color in the glass. Two fingers of frothy bubbly white head that dies down rather quickly. Looks pretty nice. Slightly cloudy; semi-clear. Looks alright.

S - Smell has that tart cheesy smell you would come to expect of a Berliner Weisse style beer. White grapey, woodsy, tart lemon / citrus fruits, slight bacterial yeast presence, and grassy / wheaty grain presence. It's an average aroma, but something appears to be missing. Not a powerful enough aroma for a beer of this caliber. There is a distinct peppery sort of aroma that jumps out at me especially.

T - Taste is semi-tart and citrusy with some peppery spicing / floral / herbal aspects to it. Orange / lemon. Dry and grassy. Tart and spritzy, woodsy, with some grapey / vinous white wine character to it. Grainy and wheaty, again.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, clean, and dry. Mild stickiness on the palate, and subtle resinous fruitiness. Medium full-bodied with coarse sticky carbonation.

Overall, a forgettable offering in the Lips of Faith series, and in the realm of Berliner Weisse beers altogether, I'd say. I am a fan, really, but there just isn't enough here for what this beer has going on for it, being a Yuzu forward beer and all. More Yuzu next time, please.

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse ---3.5/5

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear gold color with an ample cap of creamy white head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is snappy wheat, lemony fruit and maybe a shimmer of tartness. Kind of like a box of Lemonheads dusted with Smartees.

Taste is certainly fruity, the yuzu seems to be an earthy, pithy fruit with some tartness, but it is different than one would expect from a nicely lacto'ed berliner. A fruited wheat beer (and not that great of one), maybe...but calling it a berliner weisse is a farce. I'll have trouble choking this one down. These LOF series beers are more miss than hit.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer is a clear pale straw with white creamy head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a little around the edge of the beer.

Smell:
The beer is slightly tart with a strong wheat smell. In addition, there a fruity smells such as yuzu, lemon as well as others.

Taste:
Sour and tarty with a wheat taste as well. Other flavors include yuzu and orange but the wheat flavor seems to dominate.

Mouthfeel:
Dry, crisp and medium bodied. Smooth feel.

Overall:
A decent Berliner and worth drinking at least once.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 19, 2014

22 oz. bomber, pilsner glass

A – Medium straw to light yellow/gold, slightly hazy. Thin white head with low retention, leaving milky lace behind.

S – Lactic acid, sweet doughy malt, some strong fruit that I assume is the titular yuzu (nectarine?). Perhaps some green/white grapes. I get some pineapple and banana as well. The tart acidity is very up front though.

T – The lactobacillus is prominent but not particularly assertive, relatively mild for the style. Slightly puckering on the finish / in the aftertaste. Lemon-lime, banana, uncooked sourdough bread.

M – Slightly tart, a creamy, lightly milky feel to the body, presumably from the lactic acid. Enough carbonation to help clear the palate, with a lightly dry, barely puckery finish.

O – An Americanized version of Berliner weisse, so a relatively easy drinker. Interesting build, but in the end a bit unremarkable.

Photo of patre_tim
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow with a light haze, very little fine bubbled carbonation, 2 fingers of bright white head with large and small bubbles that fades relatively fast.

S: Musty Biere de Guarde quality, acidic lemony quality, very Belgian quality like some strain of Belgian yeast, almost a stinky breath quality at times.

T: Very light, low flavor profile, really hides the alcohol, light and almost no flavor except for a very light essence of the scent, then all the sudden at the end, a lemony, burst of dry lemon and lemon rind quality comes in.

M: Light and dry, but weighty in the mouth feel perhaps due to the alcohol. Medium low carbonation that is fine bubbled and spritzy, like Kombucha. Very smooth.

O: Really light in flavor and in the mouth feel, even though its got such high alcohol content. Light and lemony. Still, its feat to have accomplished the lightness covering the alcohol.

Photo of utfiero
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- cloudy light gold. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- Imagine sniffing an old saddle bag with dried lemon wedge stuck in the musty bottom.

Taste- A mildly sour, refreshing gentle giant of a brew! Starts with a dandelion earthy floral quality moving into a wheaty, whole grain mid-body but its slippery character takes on a semi-sour yuzu infused finish. The fairly high ABV is well masked and indicates brewing quality. Yuzu is a funky mild citrus fruit from Asia. Look it up on wikipedia for more info. I love sours and freely disclose sour bias. This is very mild on the sour spectrum. This would be a great gateway brew for beer drinkers that haven't embraced the heavenly realm of sour beers. A fine offering from New Belgium!

Tasted on 12-30-2013. Purchased from a huge store in Dallas. Poured from 650 ml bottle (aka bomber) into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a slightly hazy yellow with a gorgeous two finger white head. Looks about par for the course for a Berliner

S- light lemony aroma. Nothing going on here at all.

T- Berliner weisse are supposed to be sour. Or at least "refreshingly tart". This is neither. It tastes like a citrus soft drink, mostly sweet with oranges. Not a bad taste, but not what I expected at all - might as well label it "New Belgium Yuzu Wheat", that way I wouldn't have paid 8.99 expecting something tart

M- the body delivers on the "imperial" label, as this is a rather thick beer. But dammit, it's so sweet that the body doesn't add anything to the beer, and instead takes away from the experience

O- this isn't what I expected at all. It's not your typical Berliner weisse, and as someone who loves the style, that disappoints me.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some lemon + Straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a medium size patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/yuzu and sweet lemon citrus along with some light hints of tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat which quickly overtaken by light amounts of tartness and fruits - citrus/yuzu and citrus/lemon.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as tart as most of the other beers in the Berliner Weissbier style and slightly lacking in the lactic acid sourness. It is an easy beer to drink and the rather high ABV for the style is well hidden. I really like the idea of using yuzu in the beer but this recipe still needs a little tweaking in my opinion.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle a fairly clear yellow-gold with just a very thin ring of white head on top. No lacing with this one.

Aroma was on the sweeter side with orange and fruit cocktail with a bit of saltine cracker.

The taste was apple and tropical fruit upfront followed by light bready malts.

Lighter bodied and dry with a flat carbonation.

This was an interesting idea but easy to forget.

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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.