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Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-30-2014

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Photo of dipso123
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy rose colored with a rocky and short-lived head. Tart raspberry aroma that rise up during the pour. Fresh raspberry flavor with a tart lacto character. Overall, a very nice beer. I only wish that it had more Brett character. The brett may be there but it is overwhelmed by the lacto leaving a less complex beer than I had anticipated. More Berliner like than you might guess from the name.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Translucent ruby red with a very think pink head. Mild activity.

Smell: Fresh raspberries, tart, and a sour funk. A slight salinity as well.

Taste: Tart sour on the attack, followed by a beautiful fresh raspberry body, some sea salt lingers throughout, and finishes with a nice farmhouse funk.

Feel: Tart with just the right amount of acidity and not too sweet. Balanced.

Overall: Beautiful. Refreshing, complex, and balanced. The raspberries can be jarring my sweet on other beers but this beer reminds me of having the first summer berries after a harsh winter. Outstanding. The best American Wild I've ever had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice dark pinkish, almost red, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells to raspberry high heaven, delicious, and super aromatics in raspberry, and lemon, with just a hint of funk.

This is such a nice expression of funky, juicy raspberry. It's fairly tart, but not overwhelmingly so. There's lot of juicy raspberry, you almost feel like you have to pick the seeds out of your mouth. It's not all just raspberry, though, there is some nice lemony funk, too. It's super refreshing.

This is lighter bodied, with a juicy and acidic mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

Really, really enjoyable stuff, and gorgeous to look at.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is listed as a berliner, and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be the progeny of Bretta Weisse, but to me this is a straight ahead American Wild Ale that's packed to the gills with raspberries. Like, a fuck ton of raspberries. If you like your sour beer fruited to high heaven, this is your jam. Me? I tend to prefer my sours sans fruit (hello, gueuze!), and this didn't really change my mind, though I won't deny it's a fine brew. Its best analogue is probably something like Russian River's Framboise for a Cure. This one might be a tad better, by allowing the base beer to sneak through a little more. Bottom line: this is tart raspberries start to finish, with some oaky/tannic astringency and a light bit of funk for good measure, amplified (and improved, IMO) by warming up. As for me, skip the fruit.

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Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a raspberry Kool-aid like color with a 1/2F head in an Orval glass. Very interesting looking beer.

Aroma: funk and loads of raspberry.

MF: very, very tart- puckering.

Taste: deep raspberry, some lemon. Fruity. Funk.

Overall: an excellent approach to a Berlin Weisbier. The aging and the abundance of raspberries give a beer a special quality.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting at the brewery
L: Soft pink, cherry hues that are warmly reminiscent of a freshly poured rose with a thin, white head
S: Bright raspberries on the nose with a slight funk
T: Very crisp and tart - not really "jammy", but more in line with the smooth flavors in a wine with a mild sour on the finish
F: Evident acidity complemented with a silky mouthfeel - very easy sipper
O: To be honest I was pleasantly surprised by this one. FW is much better known for its stouts and quads, but this was a pleasant departure from their standard offerings. In my opinion this is right up there with some of the better wild ales I've had in recent memory. Great raspberry profile and just a gorgeous looking pour - well done.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of tart raspberries and citric acid. A bit of funk.

Very complex taste. Sourness builds. Nice salty component with plenty of raspberry. Horse blanket

It gets a 89/100.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Berliner weisse. Extraordinarily well made in the authentic style. Dry, crisp and wonderfully tart, Very refreshing and just the correct level of lactic character. Then the addition of what may be the best raspberry flavor I have encountered. Usually a good BW could have raspberry flavor added with syrup ("mit schuss"). But that tends to sweeten the beer as the syrups tend to be a combination of fruit and added sugars. Here we have a literal explosion of full ripe natural raspberry flavor with all the well balanced combinations expected of this tart and sweet berry. A great idea fully realized.
This was delicious on a cool Spring day...but I can only imagine this sitting outside on a hot summer day. Happy to be able to bring some home bottled for later this year.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super bright raspberry aroma! Little bit of tartness and berry leaves, but mostly just a blast of raspberry. Body is super bright pink with a tiny white head. Mouth puckering tartness up front, with underlying smooth silky body. Killer sour.

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Photo of Docrock
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FW snifter at FW Barrelworks.

A: nice light pinkish red in color with a light pinkish-white large bubble foamy head. The head disapated quickly with minimal lacing.
S: smells like fresh raspberries and lemon.
T: wonderful fruitiness with a nice bit of sour. Th raspberries are perfect. There is a bit of an earthy aftertaste.
M: light and refreshing with the right amount of puckering sour
O: FW does it again, their barrel program is amazing, wish this was more accessible, could drink this all the time. Highly recommend!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into tulip. Batch 2, bottled 3/10/15.

A: Pours a deep ruby color similar to cranberry juice. Head is fizzy and short lived.
S: Jammy smelling nose with a dominating bouquet of fresh raspberry mixed with a clean and musty earthy funk.
T: Raspberry dominates the flavor, as expected, and is again very jam-like and fresh smelling. Tastes of sweet whole raspberry mix with tart lacto and lightly earthy and funky brett. The finish has a touch of bready grain, and the aftertaste has a nice lingering earthy barrel quality. Candy-like flavor at times.
M: Quite tart. It’s not necessarily harsh, but very very acidic. The finish is drying but not a desert as there is a kiss of sweetness. Carbonation is fuzzy and bubbles up on my palate. Medium body.
O: Exceptional raspberry flavor with a decent amount of musty funk. A bit too acidic to be my favorite raspberry sour, but this was pretty exceptional overall.

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Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful ruby-pink color with a pinkish white head. The aromas and flavors are incredible: raspberries, tart raspberry juice, hints of cranberry sauce, and delicious funkiness and oakiness. Some cran-lemon juice qualities. Super refreshing. Not too sweet or fruity, and perfectly balanced. I think this is the best beer I've ever had from FW's Barrelworks.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is an excellent beer. Wonderful fruit flavor and just the right amount of tart. Easily my favorite Barrelworks offering. Worth tracking down!

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing raspberry taste! Great sour with solid fruit smell and very sour feel. Firestone has been doing very solid sours and this one fits it. Very solid!!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

top notch stuff right here, but these guys almost never miss, especially with the wild stuff. the color is awesome, half way between pink and red, electric and bright, with a bubbly head three inches tall from the tap, but only a little pink. it smells really acidic, and tastes far more sour than expected for what i though was supposed to be a brett only beer until i just read the description. the fact that is a berliner as a base makes a lot of sense, obviously its a wheat base, but the acidity is now explained! good. the fruit is radiant in the nose, both sweet and tart, but clearly at the peak of ripeness. up there with atrial in terms of use of raspberry in beer. its genuine in the taste too, right off the pricker bush. right as the fruit starts to fade out in the taste with that mouthwatery i need another thing, the brett kicks in, pushing up through the lactic acidity just enough to add some woody musty funk to the very last essence of this before its gone. i like its late and subtle appearance, and i like how well it dries out the fruit sweetness but preserves the flavor so well. really tremendously high quality beer, i have been so impressed with this series, but this one stands above the rest for me. worth seeking out, even at a considerable cost.

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Photo of Myotus
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml (batch 2 - bottled 10Mar15) bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that disappears into nothing after 45 seconds. Bright red in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles hardly exist and there is no lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour yeast and rasperries combine with subtle hay and earthy yeast aromas.
TASTE: Extremely strong sour yeast flavors entangle with strong raspberry flavors to create the initial taste. Mild hay flavors along with hints of earthy yeast flavors enter immediately after as the already extremely sour yeast flavors somehow grow stronger (of course raspberry flavors persist).
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. The sourness agitates the tongue and is just mouth-puckering. Finishes sour and moderately dry.
NOTE: This was the sourest beer I have had so far. I thought it was borderline over-the-top. It was even more sour than La Roja du Kriek, which I never thought would be possible. Still tasted amazing.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy reddish color. The smell was fantastic, sour raspberries and some funkiness. The taste followed up the smells but even stronger. Great blend of strong raspberries and some tarty funkiness. Nicely carbed and with a good feel. Really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of M_chav
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Stunning blood orange/raspberry
S - tart fruit, just awesome. Makes me salivate
T - Oh man, this is crazy delicious - sour raspberry, tons of deep fruit
F - crisp, acidic to a perfect balance, a perfect summer sour
O - hard to find anything to complain about here, just an amazing brew. so much flavor!

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Photo of tasteology408
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rasberry flavor packed in to the fullest so mild and refreshingly sour. Even a beginning sour drinkercould enjoy this. Amazing look amazing smell and flavor. Only down fall is that it's only 5% and costs almost 20$ for a12 ounce bottle

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Photo of lupercmda
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light reddish strawberry color with mild carbonation. Smells of raspberry funkiness with a slightly acidic smell. Taste does not disappoint. Get the carbonated, light funky raspberry tartness and the sour finish. Smooth carbonated mouth feel.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge Raspberry aroma with some definite funk in the background

A: Beautiful ruby color with medium amount of head retention and moderate carbonation

T: Upfront raspberry flavor, faint breadiness from the wheat a touch of oak with a moderately funky tart finish

M: Medium bodied, but not overly viscous or cloying

O: Absolutely Delicious. The Berliner style lent well with the raspberries and french oak barrels.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally made a stop by the Barrelworks room in Buellton and made off with all the delicious treats that we don't usually get at the Paso brewery. This was right up my alley too and is a perfect summer evening beer. Pours a very intriguing color: a dark, slightly hazy off ruby red with no head and no visible effervescing. Smell is funky and fruity, lots of citrus, grapes, and berries. Taste is very good, crisp and tart, tons of rasberries and cranberries, and a background of subtle brett funk. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for this style: astringent, dry, light, refreshing, lively carbonation. Overall, very good showing by Firestone; this is one of my new favorite summertime sours. Really glad I got a chance to try this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

EBF sample. Really, really wanted to try this one. I am a raspberry fiend so get this one in my mouth. It starts off by looking perfect in my sample cup. Pours a dull, pinkish-red with a frothy, pink cap. So awesome to behold. The smell is a regal, naturally tart raspberry aroma. A tart berry blend with a light lick of oak. The flavor is just like biting into a fresh picked, young raspberry. I swear to god I could even taste the seeds. Tart and slightly musty tasting with a bit of pleasurable oak that blends with the berries on the finish. Lingering tartness. Super light and quenching. A great break from all these huge Imperial Stouts and the like. One of the best raspberry brews I have had; and that's saying a lot!

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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tart and bright wild brew with a light raspberry touch. Instead of an intense jammy flavor, this leans towards a Tazo tea flavoring of raspberry. Easily better than the Agrestic I had next to it.

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Photo of -Rick
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: a magenta like reddish body with a pink head
S: tart, lime, big raspberry smell
T: even more raspberry taste than the smell indicated. tart fruits, and a nice lingering sour finish
F: fizzy carbonation. clean
O: an amazing sour, can be enjoyed by all.

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