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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

462 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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
3.64/5.00

Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of ghengisflan
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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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3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.89/5  rDev +14.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.