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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

435 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Sammy, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, and subdued citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and slightly sour citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued citrus presence all around.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Nov 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Texasfan549, Oct 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

kjkinsey, Oct 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

GRG1313, Sep 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

jaydoc, Aug 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kylehay2004, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow body, lightly hazed, with a slim, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, lemony nose with a vein of savory spice, it's a bit perfumy like a scented bar of soap. Lacks the lactic, that much is certain.

Taste: Citrusy, lemony with a smooth tone of wheat malt. Mild sweetness. Savory, herbal quality throughout. Nil hop character, bitterness. A little tangy, acidic, but the anticipated, hoped for lactic element is absent.

Mouthfeel: Falls about medium-plus body, though barely. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It totally forgoes all of the best attributes of a Berliner Weisse. Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

SocalKicks, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18%

zeff80, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18%

nickfl, Oct 18, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Slatetank, Sep 19, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

mactrail, Oct 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

beernads, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

oriolesfan4, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Nov 14, 2013
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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.