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Hopfentea - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 5
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Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-02-2014

Berliner Weisse steeped on a tropical tea blend.
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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 224
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a darker variation of hay with a generous crown of white head.

Smell - The nose of dominated by musty wheat. There is not much fruit.

Taste - There is a definite presence of guava. In true Berliner fashion, the wheat is musty with a slight floral presence. The aftertaste is dry with a twinge of sour guava.

Carbonation - The carbonation is generously appropriate for the style.

Overall - I like the take on the style. The tropical fruit adds something. (488 characters)

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

Bottled on 5/2014. Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: light lactic sourness.

Appearance: a huge, gushing white head, with large bubbles. As carbonated as a hot Coke. Much darker than expected for a Berliner Weisse.

Flavor: lactic sourness leads the flavor, which fades into a very light bread and then a mineraliness - chalk?
No noticeable tropical or spice flavors as referenced on the beer's label. Finishes very clean and dry with no off flavors. No Brett flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall: Enjoyable but not great. Tartness is the only flavor component. Very 1 dimensional. (583 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at DeCicco's in Armonk, New York. Never had a bad Perennial beer, including this one, although Hofentea is nothing spectacular. The tea flavor is very restrained and barely comes through. (196 characters)

Photo of Hopped_head
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and refreshing. The only drawback for me was that it just felt a bit light, but at 4.2%abv, what can you expect.
I would definitely recommend this beer to any fan of sour or Berliner Weisse beers (206 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed amber with a thumb of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, average lacing & head retention

S: Tartness, not much else

T: Tartness, a little raspberry, a little pear, some cherry & a touch of grapefruit up front. Dryness & a little mango as this warms, a touch of peach as warms, plus some pommegranite, serious tartness, some floral notes, probably from the hibiscus. Finishes tart with a little mango

MF: Light body, champagne like carbonation

Nice thirst quencher, (515 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy rose/apricot beer with thin white head, low retention. Smell - champagne-like, bath salts, lemon, grapefruit. Taste is tart, lemon, tea, tropical fruits (more apricot). Prickly carbonation. (200 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 oz. pour at CBC Columbia. Pours rose/amber color with slight head. Fruity smells, but no specific fruit comes to mind. Tastes of tropical fruits on the front, with a slight tea bitterness playing with the hops on the back end. Overall, very refreshing. (258 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/2015.

Pours a murky light reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, tropical fruit, spice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, lemon juice, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (537 characters)

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, refreshing and full of flavor.

Let this one warm-up for explosive fruit flavor. Perfect carbonation. A touch of lactic acid makes this a perfectly tart summer berliner weiss. Enjoy! (192 characters)

Photo of ereineri
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really carbonated as I'd expect. Smells of hibiscus, lemon, and papaya. Taste is heavier than expected in a great way. Tart and tropical. Makes me wish I were on the beach in Hawai'i. (183 characters)

Photo of GrahamDN
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopfentea looks, smells, and tastes like an Arnold Palmer--there are some other things going on too though.

Pours a hazy orange iced-tea color with a bountiful, fizzy head which recedes fairly quickly. Hits the nose with a sharp lactic smack, surrounded by lemon juice, iced tea, banana. There's more going on there, but it's rather non-descript. Just when I think I've nailed down a whiff of papaya, it goes away--mango? no, not quite--strawberry, maybe. Just maybe.

In the mouth, not only does it taste like iced tea, but even has a lightly astringent tannic grip, like a strongly brewed tea. Again, lemon juice, lactic acid, tropical something-or-other. It's surprising how effervescent this beer isn't given how fizzy it poured from the bottle, but that may be a blessing given the tannins. Both together could be harsh.

I'd probably buy it again, but not often. (878 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours a golden amber with a pinkish hue. Eggshell colored fizzy head.

S - Tart, lemon, grainy, salty and light sweet fruits.

T - Pale malts, grainy and sweet ripe fruits. It's so tart and how a berliner should be.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. It has a dry finish. The carbonation is so prickly.

O - Really enjoyable berliner here! So much tartness, grains and tropical fruits. (395 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alcohol Paul brought this over for a NYE celebration. This was the second in our series of beers we wanted to drink. And yes, we took notes so we could review the beers later on. Poured from the bomber into two tulip glasses, because I am not sure if I have ever drank a Berliner Weiss. I had to consult BA as to glassware. I digress....

Appearance - Pours a very clear, golden color with a super soapy, bubbly head of two fingers that vanishes muy rapido. The packaging is alluring, and Perennial is always pushing the envelope, so I am interested. Leaves little lacing.

Smell - Sour, tart, grains, all of the tropical fruits mentioned on the label. Some wheat, kinda smells like walking past a candle store or a store that sprays too many samples of their newest fruity body spray.

Taste - Shockingly tart and sour, these two attributes really override any other aspect of the taste. There is a bit of syrupy flavor in there, but the tart sourness is very strong indeed. I am unsure if all Berliner Weissbiers are like this or Perennial has just made theirs like this. Almost like a wild ale or a sour beer, but not as rude or funky.

Mouthfeel - As carbonated as champagne, very light and bubbly on the palate. Finishes a bit soapy and acidic, but clean for the most part.

Overall - This just is not my style. I may have to try a more traditional Berliner Wiessbier to ensure it just wasn't this particular flavor, but this was too sour and funky for me. I rated it like I did because, according to the description, this is how these beers are supposed to be. Well, if that's the case, I don't like them, but I didn't want my personal view to cloud my reviewing judgement. Drink at your own risk. (1,705 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear copper/straw w/ lively carbonation and a bursting head.

Aroma is subtly tart and grainy with hints of sweet fruit.

Taste is brightly tart with a touch of crushed aspirin. Pale grainy malt and ripe, juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel is crisp and prickly, dry finish.

Overall a really enjoyable sour fruit Berliner-weisse. Would drink this pretty often if it were available to me. Thanks again LambicPentameter for sending this one my way. (465 characters)

Photo of handcrafty
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Solid brew. Fun take on a traditional Berliner.
A lot more sour than I thought it was going to be.
Definite tea flavors along with notes of papaya, rose and mango.
Worth a try, at least once.
Better than the reviews imply. (223 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a light orange body with two finger head that dies pretty quick and leaves miscellaneous patches around glass.
Aroma mixes some sour fruit notes with tropical fruit sweetness and some spicy yeast.
I find the beer light bodied and smooth and mostly it has a sweet, tropical fruit sensation (pineapple and mango really hit me), and then there's a spiciness and graininess to the finish.
Has some balance as the yeast keeps it smooth and adds its own sweetness and there are sour/tart notes which is expected for a weissbier.
Interesting beer and I did enjoy it but just not one that I will seek out again. (610 characters)

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

I've had this beer on draft a few times now. It's a little different every time. Interesting.

The beer is a light pink color with a thin, off-white collar. Aromas of grassy funk, herbal tea, peach, peach skin, kombucha. Moderate tartness with stone fruit and a mild earthiness. Some floral notes with a hint of berries. The finish offers a light puckering sensation with a moderate acetic quality. Complex and enjoyable. The peach character was more prominent the fist time I had this and nearly absent on the second occasion. A fun beer to drink, and definitely worth a try. (576 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes on July 16, 2014 at Hopleaf, Chicago, IL. Draft poured into snifter.

A: moderately hazy amber with a pinkish hue. Bone white head that settles down. No visible carbonation.

S: Wheat. Grainy. Sour citrus. Tea.

T: the taste follows exactly from the nose.

M: thin and carbonated.

D : definitely not true to style, but delicious with the addition of tea, which adds just a mild amount of sweeter floral notes to the nose and palate. Extremely drikable and refreshing. (483 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap at Birch & Barley in D.C., served chilled in a wheat glass.

The color is hazed golden with thick lasting white head. The smell has lots of tart scents of yeast with a mild sour aspect with gentle floral and light nutty wheat aroma. The feel is good with tartness there yet not intense..just enough to pucker with a nice middle ground tangy and dry feel with light toasted grain texture and medium high carbonation with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with lemony tangy and gentle tea-like herbal flavors with light wheat in the middle and slight toasted grain with gentle lactic element playing nicely with the tropical tea blend with a nice sour finish. Overall I really liked this but consider it a great berliner with subtlety enough sour flavor to keep things interesting and the tea adds to the blend of tastes well. (857 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant pinkish orange, frothy pastel foam, spotty lace and ever present surface skim.

Aromas is mostly hibiscus, some wheat and minerally yeast, lacto tartness.

Flavor is much he same despite the papaya front and center on the label it just doesn't come across. Still, as a hibiscus Berliner, it's pretty enjoyable for what it is. Light bodied, crisp and tart. Finishes dry with a slight pucker. It's not bad, just was hoping for more tropical fruit and complexity. (477 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perennial snifter from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice light orange with slight pink hues to it. There is a nice thing quarter inch white head that rises and then recedes down to a nice thin mat.

Aroma is light with slight tartness. Notes of bready grain and wheat. The nose also boast some very mild sweetness. Notes of fruit. Very light nose. No real tea notes can be perceived in the nose.

Flavor starts off with a sharp yet light tartness as expected from the style. There is some nice fruity tartness and sweetness that attempts to show up but is quite mild and light as expected. The tea notes seem more prominent in the flavor with herbal and grassy notes mixed in with the tartness. Yummy and refreshing brew. The tea gives the brew a nice dimension even though everything is very light and refreshing. (825 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a rad take on a classic berliner. tropical fruit all through it, but ever losing its lactic sourness or bright refreshing carbonation. pink tinted, murky, but still bright because of the bubbles and the airy white head. it has a nose of tart tropical fruit, maybe passion fruit seeds, white wheat in high dose, and a familiar lacto profile, truer to the style here at its base than many american incarnations. flavors of guava and papaya come up in the middle of an otherwise very classic berliner. there is a floral element, sort of in the yeast, that really comes out in the finish that is awesome with the sourness. its about mid scale on the sour spectrum, just right for session drinking. this is the ultimate summer beer this year i think, and at under 10 bucks a bomber, its super reasonable. instead of adding funny fruit or botanical syrups to the berliner, i like this with the fruit added for me. its in perfect proportion, not too sweet, different enough, and very genuine. good bubbles, light body but frothy in feel, not dumbed down. dialed in, even by perennials high standards, this is elegant and delicious beer, sure to be a crowd pleaser. (1,157 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peach to amber in color with a bit of haziness. Head is virtually nonexistent. Aroma of tropical tea with a hint of wheat. Mango and passion fruit are present. The body is light and this is meant to be fairly drinkable,but the sweetness prevents that from happening. (266 characters)

Hopfentea from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.