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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 480
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 40%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 08-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Extol
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - hazy gold in color, good head retention. Smell - smells like a hefeweizen. Gross. Taste - gross. Not a Berliner at all. Overall - gross. No thanks.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a 22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice (from notes). L: Its hazy gold with a thin white foam collar. S: Wheaty nose with fruit. T: Grapefruit orange flavors with lemon tartness tamed by rich wheat malt with a mild bitter finish and a hint of pepper. F:Medium light body, medium high to high carbonation. O: The rich malts and the yuzu juice tame down the Berliner Weiss tartness for a refreshing summer drink.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

June 2013, thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this one. Held onto it for a bit too long, but still good thankfully.

Pours light fizzy head disappears quickly, no real head, lots of bubbles rising, clear pear tan colored.

Nose brings nice Berliner, wheat, tart sour fruit, toasted wheat and grain, lemon rind funk, weird citrus and tree mixed fruit thing.

Taste brings sweet tasting fruity flavor despite being quite dry, but somehow sticky, weird tree fruit and tart flemmy, lemon tartness, mild grainy wheat and creamy tart wheat, grassy, with mild grassy hop thing, lemons perhaps, cereal, big lemon like cereal.

Mouth is med to lighter bod no booze at least, nice carb.

Overall interesting.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Who zu yuzu? It's a friendly fruit with grapefruit-meets-orange flavor that got involved with the souring side of New Belgium in this bottle conditioned wheat beer. They got on well enough to make this imperial Berliner Weiss style ale a smooth, delightfully tart sipper with a dry finish." Brewed in the style of a German Berliner Weissbier. Available as a one-off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy crisp head of a pearl white color over a mildly hazy golden straw yellow body with ample lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) The yuzu comes through strongly in the aroma as a hybrid between grapefruit, a lemon and a tangerine, altogether pithy, tart and bordering on mildly sour. Other aromatic notes include a soft cereal wheat base with a moderate sweetness and a mild acidity, but far from sour. Very clean with a nice emphasis on the Yuzu fruit. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Mildly sweet wheat and pale malts generate a clean and simple malt base. Equally evident as the aroma suggests is the distinctive flavor of yuzu fruits, distinctively tart and curiously citrusy, front-and-center in this beer. Any inclusion of salt and bright spice such as coriander in this beer are fairly underwhelming in comparison to the yuzu fruit and malt selection. Thus, it could be far more tart, sour and refreshing than it is, however I enjoyed it primarily for how different the Yuzu fruit itself makes this beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a moderate/high frothiness and moderate crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, and light/medium overall. Balance is very slightly tart and bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no notable off-characters. 3.75

(Overall) I think that this style itself has grown tremendously in popularity since this beer's release, so I'm cautious as to be among the little positive praise for this beer, one that was generally received as average or worse at the time of its release. My few gripes come from the underwhelming use of salt and spice, which keep the beer from being quite as dry and quenching as I think it should be. The sourness isn't quite puckering, but I feel it could be much worse- perhaps the age on this bottle did improve the intensity of the tartness for my experience. Ultimately, the Yuzu is the star of the show, as the flavors seem an ideal candidate for amplifying tart, sour beer styles. I'm rather fond of this Lips of Faith release, and would love to see it re-brewed in a smaller bottle format with its small kinks worked out. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weissbier

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy straw with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and wheat bread, with some grapefruit.
T: It tasted like sweet tangerine and tart grapefruit, with some wheat bread. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a really interesting and enjoyable brew. The scent and taste were unique and enjoyable, while the body was a little weak. The finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Curious how it was fresh, probably won't get any better with further age. Wish it was more sour, but otherwise a solid experimental beer.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Cloudy apple juice.

Smell: Sweet, yet metallic.

Taste: The front taste is very much a sour beer. The beer finishes fruity, with a little bit of citrus rind (and still a little bit metallic).

Feel: Light.

Overall: It's an unremarkable beer, although the concept is interesting.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

as a berliner this is terrible, it has very little tartness, and where it is tart, its more from the yuzu fruit than it is from any sort of lacto mashing or fermenting, it just doesnt fit the bill. the imperial part is also out of place, sort of goes against what the style stands for, at least in my head, limiting drinkability to the bare minimum, although that doesnt bother me because it doesnt really taste all that good. the yuzu fruit is nice, fits in a berliner, and is zesty and well dosed. the base beer just doesnt stack up for me though. i know this came out awhile ago in bottles, but i am only now seeing it around town on tap. they either believed in it enough to brew it again, which is a mistake i think, or saved some kegs hoping it would pucker up a bit, which it must not have. overall a great idea but i just didnt work out this time. not a bad beer, not weird or gross, just not what it says it is.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Hazy, light golden-amber, with a 2 finger head of nearly white foam that quickly descipated to leave just a few wisps of lace.

S: Fruity notes dominate, including Chardonnay grapes, apple, apricot, and maybe some grapefruit. There's a bit of yeast aroma as well.

T: Mildly bready malt is there, followed by tart fruit (again I taste white wine grapes) but not the level of sour I was expecting for the advertised style. Yeasty notes are there, but hops bitterness is minimal.

M: Crisp and well carbonated. Booziness is present, but not distracting. Fairly dry finish.

O: When I think Berliner Weissbier, I'm expecting a sour beer, which this is not. I'm not saying it was bad - it was very drinkable in its own right - but more aggressive use of souring Lactobacilli and some more time to develop in the cask would have helped it be true to the advertised style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light gold. Forms just over a finger's worth of white head over medium visible carbonation. 4/5

S: Some fruity tartness, lactic sour, cracker malts. Reminiscent of a saison yeastiness as well. 13/20

T: Fruit (yuzu), somewhat tart but less than the aroma suggested. Pilsner and light cracker malts, some yeast breadiness and a hint of dishwater soapiness. Saison pepperiness and a touch of barnyard funk near the swallow. A bit acidic and residual fruit in the finish. 29/45

M: A light body overall, but a little heavier than typical for a berliner-weisse. Low alcohol presence, carbonation sensation somewhat low for style as well. 6/10

O: Not a standout berliner by any stretch. I don't suspect the base beer was great, and the yuzu fruit just didn't play as nicely as I might have expected. Not anything to recommend, but not offensive. 14/20

Estimated final score: 3.47
Calculated final score: 66/100
Old BA score: 3.30

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Tap House - Des Plaines.

Finally reached the end of the list of LoF beers I hadn't yet sampled with Yuzu. Yet the line to meet Svengoolie remains rather long. Nice. Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet lemon zest (gotta be the yuzu, but I'm not well-enough versed in the fruit to say so with much conviction), light biscuit, and a touch of Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, a general tidal wave of sweet lemon-drop-style lemon zest, light greens/grass, and even lighter bread. Not much tartness at all, frankly. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent enough brew, but the lack of any real tartness (my assumption is that they scrapped that aspect in favor of a higher ABV) and the inability of the yuzu to actually wow me in any appreciable manner hold it back in my book. Meh.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz

Pours a hazy lemon gold with white suds for a head, retains indefinitely.

Smells of coriander, sweet citrus, and biscuit malt.

Tastes of sweet citrus fruits and light grassy malt with some mild spice like coriander and lemongrass.

Medium body with soft tingly carbonation.

A nice interesting fruity ale, but I wish it was more tart. Worth a try, drinks easy and hides its strength.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Mnigro
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a LOT more from this beer. I've had much better Berliners that represented the style more appropriately. Knowing that this was an interpretation of a Berliner, I didn't go into it looking for a pure BW. However...

The smell was pretty good and it had some nice funk going on but the taste was just a complete let down. It was barely sour, more of a slight tart flavor on the initial taste of each sip. That quickly faded to an earthy, straw funkiness which would have actually been very nice but was interrupted with a malty sweetness that didn't fit in the least and ruined an otherwise OK beer. More sour and eliminate the sweet and they'd have a decent beer.

This was bottled in June 2013 and consumed June 2014 so I'm sure the profile had changed. The bottle did state that it could be aged... Wonder how a fresh batch would compare.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It took quite a bit of courage to order this beer. Man, I must really enjoy ticking beers. I typically loathe New Belgium beers, and this one is no exception. At least it's overpriced. The beer is pale yellow with a small white head. Aromas of lemon, hay, sweet lemon cookies, alcohol, grain. The flavor and the feel are poor. Out of balance, overly sweet, artificial tasting. Too much alcohol for a Berliner, lacking all of the qualities that can make this style so delectable. Another gimicky, bullshit beer from New Belgium, where sales take precedence over quality.

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Photo of Resuin
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a willibecher. Consumed on 5/4/14 - reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Pours a very pale gold/yellow and leaves a couple fingers of white head that sticks around for a while. Carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Delicious berries, slight funk, lemon, citrus zest.

Taste: Big citrus zest, bready malts, slight funk.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes a tad dry.

Overall: Definitely a solid big Berliner Weisse, terrific aroma, solid beer overall.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of TruePerception
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
2.89/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of seydou
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a white string lace effect sticking to the glass. Overall it plays the part of a berliner with the exception of the head which lasts well beyond the duration of the typical berliner.

The aroma contains mostly a scent of pickled ginger coupled with lemon. Artificially sweetened yogurt and a bit of lacto funk/feet. As it warns up, it starts to get a light struck skunky feel to it.

The taste mimics the nose in that it is tart and filled with a flavor like pickled ginger. A little bit of lemon candy sweet/tart contrast, yogurt and slight skunk and sulfur notes.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting but tapers off as it warms. By all accounts, this beer takes my favorite style of beer and completely bastardizes it. 8 percent alcohol is a stretch even by "imperial" standards. Comically enough, this beer was not as bad as I expected. It really is more of a fruit beer though with an overall feel more like ginger soda/beer than berliner. I would drink this again for what it is...but a berliner it is not.

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Photo of pjwilson
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We'll played New Belgium. Berliner Weiss on the bottle got me to buy it and this is no Berliner Weiss. Sadly styles like this are become diluted in name.

Ok there is a hint of that character I there I guess, just not sure it's the same at 8 percent.

Then throw in the massive citrus flavor and hmmm.

Sort of like a warm Blue Moon with orange squeezed in. Sorry that's what it tastes like.

A swing and miss on this one guys.

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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.