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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

416 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 08-04-2013)
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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.

andyfrancis, Oct 31, 2013
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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.

Beaver13, Aug 04, 2013
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Dbrulet, Sep 14, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jason, Sep 27, 2013
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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.

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mte1972, Nov 04, 2013
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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.

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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.

Brenden, Mar 03, 2014
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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!

nickthegun12, Nov 03, 2013
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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.