Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse - New Belgium Brewing
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3.21/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-22-2013 02:51:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.65/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
10-05-2013 19:27:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.29/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-10-2014 02:35:29 | More by TMoney2591
3.29/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
09-27-2013 04:45:54 | More by Jason
3.65/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-25-2013 04:45:34 | More by mactrail
3.96/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
01-04-2014 21:28:06 | More by Georgiabeer
3.58/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
02-19-2014 20:02:21 | More by stakem
Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
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