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Evil Twin Justin Blåbær - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 970
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 66
Gots: 110 | FT: 25
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013

OMG! It's JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have "Blabaer Fever," then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer- it's going to make you shout, "Oh, Baby!" This is dedicated to AVSB, A&F YFFL-EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC.
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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at The Beer Store in Southampton, enjoyed chilled in a tulip...shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is a hazed golden with 3 fingers of fluffy yellowish white which collapses to a thin band with fine bead and confetti type lace. The smell is very good a nice sour smell with fruity yeasty aroma with a light funky wild character and slight pie-like tart fruit nose mixed with wheat. The feel is sufficiently sour up front with moderate carbonation and slight funkiness with mild malt adding a sweetness mid palate. The feel finishes mostly dry and vinous.

The flavor has a distinct fruity taste with a lot of wildyeast and lactic tanginess with more fruit tartness coming forward with subtle wheat backing up the bacteria in the flavor with mild fruit skin and low acid in the middle. The lemon and berry cohesive taste is impressive...I find myself going back for additional tastes as there is a mix of sweetness left on the palate after the initial tangy almost sour flavor subsides. This is a great beer and very quenching at the same time I was pleased to have the chance to try this bottle and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys berliner weissbier... a very drinkable, quaffable and satisfyingly great sour wheat. (1,248 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy fire orange with hints of pinkish hues topped by an inch of fluffy white foam that settles into a sparse blanketing within a minute. The nose has huge bready notes, hints of tart fruit, citrus, and...dog spittle. The taste leaves a more distinct blueberry impression than the nose, but the heavy yeast presence is truly the highlight of this beer. It has a light-medium body that's characterized as being bready, semi-dry, tart, fruity and finishes with a potent funkiness that lingers. I definitely think this beer would be a really tasty berliner w/o the fruit, but the blueberry really takes this beer into a new category of deliciousness. Good price/availability, I will likely get again. (714 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy a bit. Nose is very mild on blueberries. Flavor is kind of a sour blueberry thing. The blueberries are definitely dominant, and any berliner weisse character that might otherwise be here is blown out by the fruit. It's always nice to pick up a new berliner weisse. I wouldn't mind one with a bit more punch on it though. (333 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Schen9303 for this one. 22oz bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours like blueberry puree. Thick, cloudy and purple. Light pink colored head with poor retention. No real lace. Nice color.

Nose is lightly sweet and tart blueberry. Wheat and a dank funk linger in the background. Aromatic. Appetizing.

Opens lightly tart. Sweet and tart blueberry. Yeasty and tart in the middle. Finishes blueberry puree. Crisp sweet aftertaste. Simple but very enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down bubbly and foamy. Finishes messy with a filmy, slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable.

There's not a whole lot going on here but its very drinkable and quite enjoyable overall. I could definitely see this as my go to berliner. (790 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Russell!

A: Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color with a thick, fluffy, and frothy white head that slowly faded into a softy and fuzzy collar.
S: Yeast dominates with dry and earthy notes of doughy Belgian yeast followed by tart scents of lemon and juicy blueberries.
T: Blueberry flavor is jam-like and sweet and it mixes well with the doughy yeast to create a blueberry bread type flavor. Lemony citrus is lighty tart and lingering. The finish is sweet and slightly medicinal, and the aftertaste is tart with flavors of white grapefruit, raspberry, and lemon zest.
M: Very ample soft carbonation froths up on my palate over the medium-full body and slick, drying yet lightly greasy mouthfeel.
O: A refreshing and quaffable Berliner with a great dose of blueberry. Not the most dominating blueberry beer out there, but this is quite good. (873 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Prairie Teku Glass.

Appearance: A large, loose white head shows off how effervescent it is. Head dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lacing. Beer is a cloudy mix between peach and orange/red, it looks like I'd expect a blueberry beer to look.

Smell: Lots of lemon, that classic berliner weisse sour wheat smell comes through too. Maybe just a hint of blueberry.

Taste: Nothing to complain about here. It tastes like a solid berliner weisse. Tart, fruity, with a touch of the sweet wheat malt coming through on the finish. Nothing out of this world, but still fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, like any good berliner weisse. Prickly and effervescent as ever.

Overall: This is a berliner weisse alright, continuing to remind me why it's one of my favorite sour styles. So very refreshing. Thrilled to finally get a chance to try this one, although I have to admit I might be more thrilled to have that amazing label included in my collection. (982 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy with a slight pink tinge. Medium white collar.

Smell - Doesn't smell like much. Some lemony acidity.

Taste - Grainy and sour. Lemony. Faint berry fruit in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I don't get much blueberry but it's a tasty berliner. (340 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Kwak glass.

A- Pours a super cloudy grapefruit colored body with light, light red fizzy head that reduces quite quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

S- Quite perfume-like, sweet berries dominate the nose but not in an overpowering way. Blueberry, raspberry, strawberries, sweet red wine.

T- Starts off tart and lactic, progresses to subtle berries, raspberry and blueberry, finishes with a very nice freshly baked bread, biscuity, malty note. Very complex.

M- Thin yet refreshing, medium carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised with Justin Blabaer. Tasty but not overpowering, the berries were nicely balanced here. (663 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pinkish color with a ton of bubbly whitish-pink head. No real collar or lacing, but not typical for this style anyway. Taste is a nice refreshing tartness, some blueberry and a touch of lemon and some barnyard funk. High carbonation, and light body. Really great brew! (273 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with some blue and purple tints. Three plus fingers of loose pure white head dissipated to a thin collar immediately. Looks pretty well carbonated, many tiny bubbles floating up.

Nose is baked bread wheat, lightly toasty with a biscuit like sweetness, mild lemony lactic tartness, and a generic fruit ester or berry.

Nice sharp lactic acidity hits the tongue, before some blueberry and wheat and biscuit flavors join in. Finishes relatively clean and crisp, with only light wheat and berry flavors lingering.

Light body and pleasantly carbonated. Very refreshing. (633 characters)

Photo of Dix90
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale pinkish yellow as it pours, finishes as a nice yellow-orange with pink hues and a good bubbly head that dissipates nicely. Near no lacing along the glass.

Aroma: Mostly vinegar in the nose with barnyard funkiness. Notes of fruit are noticeable. Quite pleasant. A good blend of what I was hoping for.

Taste: Fruitiness bold upfront. Blueberries subtly present overshadowed by citrus tartness. Grapefruit is especially noteworthy. Puckering. Very good. Vinegar notes are present as well with a lingering earthiness on the tongue that evens out the sourness.

Mouthfeel: carbonated, bubbly and puckering. Light in the mouth but strikes with the tartness. Very enjoyable.

Overall: despite the poor bottle art (which turned me away from this beer a few times) I finally caved for the try and was very pleasantly surprised. An excellent sour for beginners, has all the complex flavors Berliner Weisses promise but in subtle tones. Would buy again. (961 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of fizzy pinkish head that doesn't retain long before quickly popping away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small thick patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient clots of lacing.

S- Effervescent aroma of lactic acid makes my tongue salivate. You can definitely smell the blueberry as it mixes with the lemon/peach notes from the yeast.

T- Not as sour as expected as the malt makes itself surprisingly known. Sure, there's some tartness to it and it complements the fruitiness of the blueberry but the scales don't tip one way or the other too hardcore.

M- Once again, not very puckering at all for a Berliner but still semi-dry. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is the first time I've actually wanted a sour beer to be more sour. The fruit in it is very nice but I feel it could be accented with more lactic acid. Just seems to be lacking character. Easy to drink though and I could see myself knocking back plenty on a hot summer day. One could say it's an entry level sour. (1,110 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy yellowish orange.

The aroma has tons of lactic sourness, with a bit of blueberry, quite tart.

The flavor follows with tart and sourness in the front and then it moves onto a grainy malt flavor. There is a hint of blueberry and sweetness with a clean flavor aftertaste. Its a decent beer, but could use a bit more of an interesting punch. Lots of carbonation to keep the beer light and refreshing. (424 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally stumbled across one of these at Holiday Wine Cellar for $8.99 (limit 1 per customer). Poured into a crystal tumbler.

Pours a hazed cherry brown hue with a thin pinkish head that dissipates quickly with a couple sips. A lot of barrel funk on the nose, cabernet, dried hay, lemon zest, and a faint hint of bready malt. A lot of fruit up front, seems like it's going to be sweeter than I hoped, then the sour funk seeps in - has moments of an Oude Bruin, but remains much more tart throughout finishing with a dry and bitter mouthfeel. Would definitely satisfy any lover of sour/wild ales! (595 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale pinkish to bordering on a light ruby red. Has a frothy two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Smells very tart/sour, slightly floral and a hint of salt. I can't really distinguish any blueberries in here, but the smell is a sour treat.

T - Tart fruits (blueberry & lemon) that grab the sides of your tongue and has a solid sour finish.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation. Very bright, fizzy and a dry finish.

O - Very tasty and a treat to drink. (473 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Pint poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark orange, almost grapefruit, white head.

S: Sharp sour, almost wine-like, salt, minerals.

T: A sour / tart explosion of fruit with a malty finish.

M: Light and dry.

O: A very fun beer for sour beer lovers. (253 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. "Brewed and bottled for Evil Twin Brewing at Westbrook Brewing Co. in Mount Pleasant, SC". Ah yes, at long last I have acquired a bottle of Evil Twin Justin Blåbær. Expectations are moderately high based on this beer's reputation.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy mauve grapefruit juice colored body, pale orange when held to the light, with about three fingers of soft fizzing pinkish white head, audibly sizzling away. Just a tad of lacing, but none sticks. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of tart vinegar, lactic acidity, a bit of burnt tortilla / cheesiness, some funk, and some soft natural smelling blueberry when I really look for it.

T - Very tart & sour on the first few sips, but it sort of mellows out after a while. Authentic natural blueberry is definitely present but faint, but blueberry isn't exactly the most powerful taste to begin with. A bit of an apple cider like taste in the middle.

M - Feel is tart and sour with a clean, dry finish, beckoning you to take another sip. High soda pop like carbonation.

Overall, a nice Berliner weisse beer from Evil Twin, and the people at Westbrook. Some more blueberry wouldn't hurt this beer, but it is well enough as it is. Tart, sour, and refreshing. I would definitely drink this again.

Evil Twin Justin Blåbær ---4/5. (1,368 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Looks like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

S: Faintly tart and floral.

T: Not too tart. Palate cleansing and not too funky.

M: Only slightly prickly.

O: I've also had it from the bottle and wasn't a big fan of either one. It's good but I wish it was more fruit forward. (308 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of kingkong, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks Patrick!

A: A gentle pour delivers a clear orange body under two inches of dense, fine pinkish foam. Retention is great, but lacing never really materializes. Quite good.

S: Lemon, blueberry, and sharp lactic acidity. A bit of minerality, and just a touch of cheese. Some almost grape-like fruitiness as it warms. Pretty complex and very enjoyable, if a bit underpowered - I really have to inhale hard to get it all, and as the ABV is on the high side for the style I'd expect a bit more assertiveness.

T: Follows the nose. Tart fruit dominates, with blueberry, citrus, grape, and green apple all contributing. The finish is extremely dry, with lingering sourness alongside some earthy minerality. The rich fruitiness disappears almost entirely on the aftertaste, though, which is a bit of a shame. I won't penalize a Berliner for clean crispness, but a bit more juiciness from the fruit would have been welcome.

M: Light-bodied and spritzy, with a very high carbonation level. Appropriate for the style.

O: Extremely tasty and impressively refreshing for an over-4% Berliner, this one is a real treat. I'd love to try the BA version, as I imagine Brunello barrels would be a tremendous accompaniment to this brew.

Cheers! (1,296 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours like watery pink grapefruit juice with pink and pale yellow notes, and a lot of murkiness. The beer pours with a small head of fizzing soda bubbles that burst away into nothing. In body, this beer is like swamp water; murky, opaque, and possessing a couple of floating particles. On the nose, the beer is initially yeasty--like a bread dough—but then the fresh fruit breaks through on the nose with mashed blueberries, slight apple skin, and citric lemon and lemongrass with a touch of blueberry pie that is just delicious to smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes lip-smackingly tart with a little balancing sweetness from the wheat malt and the blueberry fruit. Citric acid is huge in this beer and puts a nice pucker on the lips. This beer is puckering and tart, but the balance is enough that it is not painful, and gives the beer some wonderfully refreshing qualities. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body with a crisp mouthfeel that gives way to a little bit of oiliness on the finish. Carbonation tingles nicely over the tongue at a rate on the plus side of medium, and the mouth is left full of acid-canceling saliva. In flavor, the beer is very light with its blueberry character. The beer begins as sharp citric lemon juice, slowly moving into lemon grass with a touch of yogurt, which is rounded out by sweet blueberry pie with some nice wheat flake flavors moving into the finish. The finish is lighter but refreshing with a last burst of fruity lemon and blueberry. The aftertaste is sweet with wheat malt and a touch of yogurt. Overall, this is an American Weisse/Fruited Weisse/Miami Weisse that is closer to the original Berliner Weisse style. It has some great wheat and lacto flavors, along with some lovely nuances from the blueberries. This is a great beer to put back during the summer… Unfortunately is was just released by me, and it is distinctly the fall now… Crisp, refreshing, sessionable, and delicious. A great weisse to try. (1,980 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Toronado SF quite recently - about $8 for a 12oz pour, but I've never had a blueberry sour beer before and I've heard good things about this beyond merely the hilarious label that adorns the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Yup, it's a blueberry sour all right - unlike other fruits I've seen these beers infused with, this is neither red or ruby, but rather a combination of violet, pink, and garnet that makes this very nice looking. Not necessarily glimmering in its appearance, it is nevertheless rustic, slightly cloudy, and takes on an authentic portrayal of the Berliner weiss style. There's a slight fizzy off-white head that coats the top of the glass, but it dissipates extremely quickly, leaving behind a flat looking fruit drink of sorts. From afar, I don't think I'd ever be able to tell that this had blueberries, but the color is nice enough to warrant interest.

Yes, luckily enough, the flavor is most definitely of blueberries, or rather, tart juicy berries and fruits of all kinds. At the front, there's an immediately jolt of ripe blueberries (seeds, skins, and all), as well as raspberries, boysenberries, and slight blackberries. Watermelon and guava are two other fruits that come right in. Other than that, there's a slight acetic note combined with a little bit of funk and soured flavors that are barnyard-like and definitely a bit creamy. Not too many spices come in, although, there definitely are notes of baking soda and wheat way at the back, with perhaps a bit of lactic sweetness. Not too complex, but the fruit is quite forward on this in a delightful and refreshing manner.

The flavor is more of the same, only delivering the much expected acidity and tart feel that I fully expected this to have. Right at the front of the palate, there's strong, puckering notes of sour blueberry skins, raspberries, watermelon, and dragon fruit (??), as well some green apple, lemon peel, and straw flavors that straight from the acetic sourness. Slightly lactic at the back, with notes of caramel and cracked wheat, but not as bready as you'd expect. Can I claim that this beer has a watered down feel that's the equivalent of adding crushed ice to under-ripe juiced beverage? Because that's exactly what it feels like, and I'm glad it's that way, as the consistency prevents this from being to watery or thin overall, in spite of the fact that the fruits at hand are thinned skinned ones to begin with. Delightful stuff, but I do wish there was more going on beyond the fruit.

At the low ABV and easy drinkable quality, this is a very accessible yet easy drinking blueberry sour. Blueberries contain just the right tart level and acidity to make them a perfect addition to sour beers, and I really wish more people were doing things with it rather than usually going for cherries or currants. Good stuff - definitely one of the more memorable beers I've had from Evil Twin in a while - and trust me, it's not just because of the label!! (2,985 characters)

Photo of onefalsemove711
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Reissdorf stange. Appearance is purplish-pink with a dense white head and smells of grapes, lemon zest and funk. Upfront, the taste is intensely tart, but quickly evens out into a bright, funky, floral berliner with a bunch of fresh blueberries in the finish. Nicely carbonated. Quite enjoyable!!! I would definitely not regret buying this again. (361 characters)

Photo of dowen17
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pinkish yellow hue. Big head quickly recedes to a ring around the glass.

On the nose is funky tart blueberries. Some barnyard yeast funk as well.

Taste is tart blueberries. Barnyard yeast. A bit sour on the finish. Comes and goes without much going on.

Good carbonation. Light bodied but not watery.

Decent beer. Would drink again but don't know if it's worth buying. (388 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perverted to the core, the marketeering of this beer is simply not right. Its all of what's wrong with the world as I feel ashamed simply looking at its label. Excuse me while I go shower...

Hazy mauve in color, the ale releases a delicate lacy creme that slowly recedes but regenerates easily with a swirl of the glass. Light on lace, the ales acidity gets the better of its foam character, but that's to be expected.

Lemony to the scent, a musty tartness wafts about with complementary notes of dry cider and white wine vinegar. But then an even more sturdy fruit note emerges- its the unmistakable blueberry notes, and not the artificial candy blueberry flavor but true vine-picked blueberries in all its musty tartness and and robust earthiness.

Its taste is highly lemony, but lightly salty, cork-like and sour with the taste of white grapes, light vinegar, wine and crab apples. Its lemon and lime-type sourness folds in a bright blueberry taste with all its tart citric acidity and little of the fruictose- keeping the beer clean, crisp and dedicated to the taste of Berlinerweiss first.

Light bodied throughout, the beer's sheer sourness causes a lightness on the palate, aided with the bold spritzy texture of champagne. Thinning late, the would-be astringency of blueberry skins is buffered nicely by the light bready after texture of wheat.

After the bottle is forcefully discarded, what remains in the beer is outstanding. The beer doesn't get in the fruit's way and the fruit doesn't get in the ale's way and this creates a harmonious blend and is still well-infused. (1,585 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep burgundy-brown color with a one inch white cap, good carbonation, decent lacing

S: Immediate wine barrel with fresh blueberries, dark fruits, musty and a little sour tinge.

T: Initial mixture of fresh and tart blueberries backed up some red wine, like deep red wine, Merlot , earthy notes, and some lacto like sourness. The finish is rather dry, lingering berries and a moderate sourness

M: Lighter bodied beer with ample carbonation for the style, perhaps a tad bit low. A little acidic, dry with a little sweetness and pretty easy to drink.

O: A pretty good Berliner. I honestly thought it tasted more like a straight-up fruit beer. (655 characters)

Evil Twin Justin Blåbær from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.