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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 Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber to reddish pink in color with a fingernail of off white resting on top. Fairly hazy in complexion. The nose is a very enticing blend of tart Raspberries. The taste is primarily raspberry with a hint of pale wheat and then there's a bit of woodsy oak in the back of the palate. The mouth is mildly acidic, moderately carbonated, and dry.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, bottled 2/10/16, poured into FW teku glass
Immediately after uncaging, the cork flies off and hits the ceiling, glad I wasn't hovering over it!

A- pours a beautiful bright pink color with a thin foamy white head that sticks around for a while before settling into a ring around the glass

S- aroma opens up with a burst of fresh raspberries, literally smells like they were just picked. Underlying notes of french oak, dried hay, lacto tartness, strawberry jam, stone fruits & a hint of lemon

T- fresh raspberries gush out immediately, reminiscent of raspberry jam. The mid-palate brings underlying notes of french oak, lacto tartness, stone fruit and lemon peel. The finish is bone dry and slightly acidic, with lingers of raspberry puree

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to an effervescent mouthfeel that finishes dry with just enough tartness to leave you wanting more

O- really enjoyed this one, so light and refreshing, just enough tartness and loaded with fresh raspberry, very good

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Photo of Zythophile
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date: 2/10/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a pleasant dark bubblegum pink. Not much head.

Smell is like a berry plant, leaves and all. It is mostly raspberry, but there are some other berries like strawberry and blueberry. It's a bit jammy, too.

I know it says raspberries on the label, but the berry that I get most is strawberry, unsweetened, too. It's fresh, but I don't get a whole lot of depth. You know how strawberries can taste better with some sugar? This would be much better if I could get even a light amount of sweetness. What sweetness was on the nose disappears in the taste.

Feel is not particularly carbonated, and there's some acidity. I get some savory warmth afterward, but it's a pleasant effect without the accompanying pleasant taste.

Maybe I just got a dud bottle. Still counts, though.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer. The color is wonderful. Delicious taste of raspberries. Slight funk in the nose. Perfect amount of sourness. A little bit of lingering stickiness in mouth. Outstanding.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours grapefruit pink, a bit of lacing on the rim.

Vanilla, cherries, strawberry jam, sour lemon, maple syrup, tad of oak.

Cherry vanilla, lemon peel finish.

Light mouthfeel, ABV feels around 6%. Medium high levels of sour.

Light and refreshing sour.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 bottled 02/10/16 served cold in a teku

Appearance: peachy pink with a off pink fluffy head of creamy foam. Really beautiful

Nose: funk, lacto sourness, fresh radpberries, apricot and other Stone fruit

Taste: follows the nose but with some sweetness. Funky, quite sour initially, lends itself to a creamy and smooth beer. Little acetic character but enough to add anot her level of complexity. Soft carbonation and not very prickly.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of raspberries and some of the other raspberry Sours I've had didn't do it for me. This one however was wonderful and worthy of the world class rating it gets. Well don't FW.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink liquid with giant white head with pinkish hues; long lasting cap; super heavy, clinging lace; excellent clarity. Lite fruit nose. Tart raspberries flavor with an underlying subtle funk. High carbonation with a lite, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Lite champagne like dry finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pink to ruby red. What a vibrant color. Nice clarity. Thin shimmering white bubbles

S: so much raspberry. Some Brett as well subtle funk. More red fruit

T: tart raspberries. Grapefruit hints. Cranberry juice. Champagne. Raspberry purée

F: clean crisp and but also quite soft.

O: this lived up to the hype for me. So well made.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful and slightly hazy bright red with a two finger head of bubbly foam that dissipates quickly.

Immediately hit with a wave of lacto acidic notes, fresh raspberry, and nice vanilla/oak character.

While the acidity played a strong note in aroma, the palate is greeted first by a wave of fresh raspberries. The barrel character doesn't really come out in flavor and the palate is wiped clean by the tart lacto and raspberry tartness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, tart, fruity.

Overall, a fantastic example of what a wild ale should be.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very beautiful. Rich red color with a thin pink head. The smell is what it should be, raspberries. The initial taste is quite tart. The next wave is pungent and more of fermented fruit. The aftertaste is sweet, dry and crisp finish. A very good beer for those who enjoy lambic beers or tart fruit beers.

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Photo of dipso123
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +6.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -3.8%
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 -1.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +1.8%
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 -3.2%
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 +4.1%
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 -6.6%
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 +13.1%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.6%
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%
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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Bretta Rosé from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.