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

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

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%


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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TruePerception

California

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 07:03:23 | More by TruePerception
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zimm421

Ohio

2.89/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:15:34 | More by zimm421
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:08:15 | More by mfnmbvp
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:12:26 | More by bluejacket74
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Packaged June 2013" according to the side of the bottle (stamped in green).

Into a pint glass and a chalice.

A: super light golden yellow colored body with a thin half fingered white foamy head that dies within less than a minute. Lacing - somewhat, but super light and clings in a speckled sort of a messiness around both glasses

S: soured grapefruit and light orange coming through in a sour/somewhat tart kind of way, yes my nose is bothered by this and though I'm not entirely into this style, I understand that my nose is supposed to be bothered or at least "annoyed" (sorry for lack of better words) by the style

T: strong sour/tartness thing going on with a decent sweet fruity backing coming in to balance it a bit; dry grapefruit/orange aftertaste with a super dry finish

M: light, fairly sessionable, with a nice refreshing quality to it (why am I having it this time of year, oh yeah, its from June 2013, ha, no worries) not as much sharpness or harshness as expected from other Berliner Weissbiers I've had, but am I complaining - heck no way - not from this guy

O: hmmm...to me I think I would have this one again, but I'm nowhere close to being someone who knows Berliner Weissbiers well, in fact, I don't even homebrew them. Funny, how its usually a style I stay away from, but this one intrigued me enough to come to and you know what, I like this one for me, and actually, for the style - well, I'm slightly unsure.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:58:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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seydou

South Africa

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:45:44 | More by seydou
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 20:02:21 | More by stakem
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pjwilson

California

2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
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 his 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:36:35 | More by pjwilson
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2014-02-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy yellow with a short head that fades fast and leaves zero lacing.

S - Moderately sour smelling but with some rock candy sweetness. Some straw. Orange blossom.

T - The Yuzu imparts a unique citrus flavor. Some lemon. Pretty sweet. Not as tart as the smell. Very light malt. Kind of insipid tasting. Finishes dry and more tart than in the finish than at the start.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Pleasant.

O - A decent but not very exciting brew. Tasted it with my wife who really likes sours and this one didn't make it too far up the preferred list.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 22:01:31 | More by Tucquan
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baakabak

New York

3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

cloudy gold with a thin, bright white head that quickly settles to just about nothing.

Smell is lemon jolly ranchers, pledge, hay and brett funk

Taste is tart lemon/yuzu up front followed by funk. First tastes are a bit on the candy citrus side,but mellow a bit as it warms.

Pretty thin mouth

It's definitely not like any Berliner Weisse I've had, though I certainly don't hate it for that. If this were labeled as anything other than a "Imperial Berliner Weisse", it'd probably get better reviews.Worth trying for anyone who is a fan of sours

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:43:06 | More by baakabak
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured in a New Belgium Brewing Company branded globe glass

Pours a fairly clear straw yellow with just a touch of haze and dark golden accents. Fluffy bright white two finger head that slowly reduces leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Very slight lactic tartness, citron, and some flora and herbs. Opens with herbal and floral notes, sweet malt tinged by yuzu and other citrus notes combined with a fairly hefty malt bill. Very slight tartness on the finish. Lighter end of medium bodied, highly carbonated, fairly crisp. Described as an "imperial" Berliner Weiss, this brew certainly doesn't exhibit the tart dryness that is a trademark of the style. My guess is the uncharacteristically heavy malt backbone that goes along with making this brew an "imperial" version offsets some of the best aspects that are found in standard versions of the style. Still fairly enjoyable regardless of how one categorizes it. Continues in the tradition of most New Belgium brews; solid but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 04:04:15 | More by chanokokoro
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:07:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apparently, not many people liked this beer very much- I actually did. I'd agree that at 8% it's not really a Berliner Weiss, and I'm not really even sure you can have an "Imperial" version of one. That aside, I don't think all of that is all that important- a beer is a beer, however you classify it. The yuzu also adds a bit of sweetness in addition to it's tartness, which shifts the taste of the beer more toward the sweet side of the spectrum than a Berliner Weiss would display. That doesn't mean it isn't good. I happen to really like the taste of yuzu, and I think you get it in spades here- lots of vibrant sweet/sour yuzu against a somewhat simple version of quasi-tart Berliner Weiss. Not mind blowing, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:28:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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utfiero

Texas

4.26/5  rDev +26.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:16:58 | More by utfiero
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 23:04:21 | More by fourstringer
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Fall 2013
Tulip

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow color. Thin layer of bright white. Highly carbonated. Sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Citrus. Tart lactic character. Smells wheaty. Grassy.

T: Punch of tart lactic flavor right up front. Then you get some of that Yuzu citrus, more lemon and orange. It's very bright and lively. Not as lactic and yogurt like as traditional Berliner. Finish is light and crisp. Abv is hidden nicely.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 14:43:56 | More by inlimbo77
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71CrazyOtto

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Respect the use of the Yuzu fruit from Japan in this beer.
Can't compare this beer to classic Berliner Weissbier from Berlin because simply I've never had one before.
It poured a nice yellow color and citrus aroma though light filled the nose.
A bit sour, very slight then nothing to taste.
Alcohol well hidden (very well hidden for 8%).
From my research a classic Berliner is very low ABV so I go back to start of review and give props for bold attempt to steroid this classic up to Imperial and throw in an Asian twist.
I wouldn't buy it again but glad I took the gamble anyway.
Life is an adventure.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 12:31:52 | More by 71CrazyOtto
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draheim

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz (bottled June 2013) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow w/ a white head.

Aroma is a blend of neutral grainy malt and a mild citric acidity.

Taste is lemony and grainy w/ a sweet undercurrent that's probably the yuzu. Wouldn't know though.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.

Overall an OK Berliner Weissbier, a little one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:39:56 | More by draheim
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superspak

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 6/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon, peach, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and interesting aromas with good balance of malt, fruit, and yeast ester notes with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, peach, lemon, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, peach, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Decent balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and yeast ester flavors; with light flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent Berliner Weisse. Not really a whole lot going on in the flavors, but is smooth and drinkable with good flavor balance. Fairly enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:00:32 | More by superspak
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MetricOcean

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting approach with this one, comes off sweeter than a traditional Berliner Weisse but just in the aftertaste. Due to high ABV? The mild sourness does accent the fruity citrus well. Starts with orange and lime fruitiness, kind of yeasty, then corn nuts, then soap, with an alcohol finish. Becomes soapier the more I drink it. Still, not in an un-enjoyable way. wth is a yuzu? Not bad, not as good as most other Lips of Faith I've sampled. 68/100

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:09:47 | More by MetricOcean
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.11/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:29:40 | More by nickthegun12
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andyfrancis

California

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:54:29 | More by andyfrancis
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:21:51 | More by bigfnjoe
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale yellow color. Some good pure white froth with surprising retention and lacing for the style.

(S)- A lively dry and funky band-aid0like grassiness. Every so slight hint of a fruity tartness in there.

(T)- I am not familiar with yuzu fruit, but there is an obvious fruity profile to the taste throughout that kind of reminds me of a lemon combined with cantalope. The same dry funky band-aid grassiness from the smell. Ever so slightly sweet on the finish. Not really tart or sour really.

(M)- A nice lively carbonation level. I like the combo of dryness and the fruit, but a little too medicinal in the middle; could use some tartness to really drive this home.

(O)- Its not bad. I appreciate some of its characters and using a unique fruit I have never heard of, but otherwise, a bit disappointing for a berliner, and from a brewery I know can do good sours.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 16:00:30 | More by sweemzander
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mactrail

California

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another oddball brew in the Lips series. Might as well try every fruit. This one seems to blithely skip through several categories, so I'll just have to review this as a Silly Brew. Kind of a fermented pineapple aroma to start.

Looks nice enough with bubbles streaming up the tall Pilsener glass. A modest foam on the yellow brew, but plenty of spritz on the tongue. The interesting part is this has that "meaty" sensation encountered in a Bière de Mars and Saisons sometimes. It's an odd savory note that goes with the strange fruit that is something like citron and pear.

You could call this a tropical fruit soda with a taste of tamarind. I think this is the set-up for a real beer cocktail-- how about a dose of light rum and maybe a cherry? From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace on West Point Loma.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 04:45:34 | More by mactrail
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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.