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Deesko! | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Munster-style Berliner Weiss. Tart, refreshing, and perfect for summer.

Added by scruffwhor on 03-21-2006

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Photo of RickS95
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bi-polar looking beer. Early on, it's full of carbonation with a head as large as you want; subsequent to that, after just a minute or so, there isn't a bubble up top to be found. It's glorious when it's there, a 5; and quite ugly when it's not, a 2. Split the difference. When all is said and done, it looks like dark grapefruit juice.

Extremely strong scent. You can smell the tartness that's about to pucker you. Borderline vinegar, which completely overmatched the onion and fruit. Kriek anyone?

A combination of pleasant fruit and unpleasant vinegar. Sort of tastes like a tart wheat thin.

This comes right up to the edge of drain pour but stops just short. I have still not developed a taste and feel for these types of beers, but this was as close to drinkable as I've had. Extreme tartness, but not vinegar. It's vinegary, if that makes any sense. A pucker machine that is anything but dry...my palate was swamped until the next sip.

I can see how someone would enjoy this more in a hot day. This beer could help me get past my disgust for the Lambics, but it's still a work in progress.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy straw-colored body that really almost glows. Head is in eggshell white inch of quick crackling foaming bubbles. There really isn't much retention on the head. The nose is a nice mix of almost stinky funk and citrus zest and raw yeast. As I take first sent I'm quickly surprised at how much body this beer has, it's almost lager like. Now the flavors however are quite nicely in line with a Berliner Weiss beer. You get citrus light saltiness in a crisp refreshing tartness. Nice thing about this beer is it kind the fives the normal alcohol percentage by volume of the style of beer. This one is 6.5% and drinks super easy. This is an excellent example of the style all around.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 9/25/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Golden color with a thin head but plenty of carbonation
S: Wheat, green apple, lemon
T: Tart. Sour green apple, lemon, some wheat, some spice, some funk. Mostly sour and I like sour
M: Light bodied, crisp, sour to the point of mouth puckering
O: I like this. A lot. But many might find it extreme. A bit different from what FFF is known for but IMO they nail yet another style

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/11/16

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Medium gold with some straw and yellow tones - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a small collar, leaves a few wisps

S: Impressively potent - very, very funky with a ton of lactic tartness - sharp lemon and some musty, damp cellar - bright overall, with some light fruit - hints of wheat, some pale malts

T: Sharp, bright, straight-up Berliner funk - sharp, acidic, tart lemon - funky, with some lacto, tart, very funky, touch of sour - some light citrus, with hints of orange and grapefruit zest - clean wheat funk and some pale malts - light sweetness and sone lightly sweet cereal - very interesting but not a ton of depth

M: On the light side of medium, sharp and crisp, lingering funk and acid

O: No need for panic at the Deesko

When FFF makes a beer, they go big. This has some of the sharpest, most tart funk I've encountered in a Berliner. It's intense, but also refreshing.

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Photo of c014572
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart with a nice malt profile, no discernable hops, enjoyed this a lot sitting on the front porch during summer nights. Seems stronger than style, but I have none anyways.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, consistently leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemons and lactobacillus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell is is quite sour, having flavors of lemons and lactobacillus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, tart, and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Berliner Weissbier is quite sour but has lots of refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Indymom
2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I like sour beers and I like wheat beers, but this was weird. I don't know any other way to describe it. I couldn't actually finish it. It was a little too weird for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9-25-2015. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like apricots, lemon peel, green apples, vinegar and grainy/wheat malt. It's a tart brew, for the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma but with the addition of some minerally earthiness and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy to drink. I liked this, the tartness was enjoyable and I thought the flavor in general was good. Now I'm wishing I would have bought another bottle, it's definitely worth picking up if you've never tried it before. $11.49 a bomber.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went to the Deesko. I danced with Hans. He told me about the Berliner. He tasted me the Deesko. It smelled like acetic feet. It tasted like fresh Alpine village air, and it had the body of Helga. Hans took me to the Deesko.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had the Deeko on tap at the Lone Wolf in Chicago. They always feature 4 or more 3F beers on tap.

Served in a glass just like my mom serves milk or iced team in... The beer is light gold with a slight chill haze. But has just a slim of white head and no lacing.

Nice funky nose with a touch of ripe apricots.

The taste is sour and bracing, some summer fruit, straw and sour patch candy.

The mouth is soft with low carbonation.

This hits all the expected buttons and is well executed.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Bottled September 25th 2015.

Quite dark bodied for a berliner, deep brass gold and nearly brown, with an ample amount of just small enough cola and fine sized carbonation. Head is white and even, spritzy and soda sounding in its creation. Manages a good solid two fingers before dissolving away without a present collar.

Tartness hints at classic lemon, and bready chewy malt qualities. Pretty solid, with an interesting sweetness touch that's almost candy like in a way hiding in the back.

Interesting palate. Quite a good amount of tartness but also some very noticeable sweetness. Sugary slight red apple with a bit of simple syrup like body. Tart lemon manages to cross the palate as well and very lowly carbonated it seems. Fruit punch a bit getting into pineapple and mango qualities as well, drinking real easily.

Pretty neat tasting berliner, but manages to lose a bit of the malt and lacto qualities in favor of a real interesting contrasting fruit sweetness. Neat beer, but just a little bit different for a berliner.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ 3 Floyds. Notes below are brief given the review environment.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. Off-white colour. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is poor - maybe a minute at most.

BODY: Cloudy yellow of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Appears well carbonated. It's a nice look for a Berliner weissbier, but isn't unique or special.

AROMA: Lactobacillus sourness seems like it's about a 3-4/10 in terms of intensity. Clean wheat, downplayed floral hop character, lactic acid twang, lemony citrus.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Taste follows the aroma, with a 4/10 bacterial sourness and a zesty lemon citrus character reigning supreme. Balanced and enjoyable, never compromising on sourness.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Texture is acidic, smooth, wet, light-bodied, refreshing, and approachable. Not oily, off, gushed, etc.

There's a nice interplay between texture and taste.

OVERALL: A highly drinkable Berliner Weiss, and a good summer beer - even if it is a bit high on the lacto by traditional standards. Definitely a beer I'd want more of. Solid work from 3 Floyds.


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Photo of WestmontStorm
1.48/5  rDev -62%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dated September 2015, I think. Stamp is kinda smeared. Today is October 6. Poured into a glass. Bubbles disappear like seltzer water. Cloudy yellow appearance. Taste is cidery vinegary sour nastiness. I love FFF but this one is ridiculous. I can't believe all the positive reviews. Did I get a bad bottle or what? Not one bad review? Really?

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Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between a pair of snifters. Bottle brought in a suitcase from Chicago by my in-laws. 06/10/2015 is the date stamped on the shoulder of the bottle.

Pours a little cloudy, yellow amber, with no head, and moderate carbonation. Smell is funk, lemon, and not much else. Smells good.

Taste is unripe green grape tart, green apple tart, and a little bit of can-of-pears-juice sweetness. It has a very sharp tartness that makes me think of sweet-tarts, but more fruity.

Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly effervescent. Overall, quite nice beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with lots of bubbles and a thick white head that's quick to dissipate. A little funk on the nose, with a dry and powdery biscuits aroma. A little sweet up front in the taste, with modestly funky tartness in the middle and a fairly clean finish. Medium bodied for the style with good carbonation. Pretty decent, maybe a bit more malt sweetness than the classics.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Light, bright orange. See through. Little to no head, okay, my bottle had zero head, after 10 seconds, therefore, no lace.

Smell - Sour. Tart. Sparkling grape juice smell.

Taste - Slightly sour but more toward the taste of a sparkling grape juice. Alcohol is very faint which is why I say sparkling grape juice as opposed to wine.

Feel - Carbonation bubble. Smooth. Dry.

Overall - I like the faint sour taste for those wanting a sour without crying. This is not the Three Floyds I would buy again, but always worth a taste.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/20/2015 printed on the bottleneck. Props to Three Floyds for bottle dating their beers now. My first encounter with this one, their take on the Berliner Style Weisse Beer. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere, so my faith is in BeerAdvocate on this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice golden orange body with about half a finger to one finger's worth of soft white head that recedes to nothing rather quick. No real lacing to speak of. Befitting of the style. Looks nice.

S - The aroma isn't particularly powerful, but it hits it's mark. Slightly sour & tart, which evokes notes of apple, wine grapes, leather, and some possible tannins?

T - Taste follows the nose: a quick clean sour / tartness washes over the palate and quickly leaves us hanging out to dry. Notes of bready malt on the finish. A simple, but flavorful brew.

M - The feel is crisp & clean. Mild sour / tartness that leaves a dry feeling behind, beckoning the palate for another sip. Super light-bodied and easy-drinking, with good spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a very nice take on the style from Three Floyds. A bit heavier on the alcohol than most others in this style category, but that's no problem. Very easy-drinking stuff. Would definitely have this one again. Well done, Three Floyds.

Three Floyds Deesko! -----4/5.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only FFF beer I had at DLD 2015.

A great example of the style, clean malt sweetness, crisp feel, but a bit more sour than other Berliner Weisse's I've had. I dig sours, this is right up at the top of the Berliner Weisse list for me for sure.

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Photo of DVoors
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Higher alcohol than most berliner weisse's but considering it's three floyds and considering the $12 price tag for a bomber, it was expected.
Tart and refreshing. But not my favorite. I don't think I'm a huge fan of the style, but trying not to fault them for brewing to style. I've had other Berliner weisse's that I enjoyed. Not sure if I wasn't in the right mood or if FFF's had a rare miss with this beer.

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Photo of do_ob
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a cloudy gold with a fizzy 1/2 finger head. Very bubbly and carbonated. The head was gone before I could even pick the glass up. Bready, malty smell with notes of spice and tart fruit. Very light weight, and has a champaign-like, carbonated mouthfeel. Lemon, wheat, bread, and spice onnthe taste. Tart on the back end. Finishes crisp and dry.

I'm not sure if this beer was a miss, or if I'm just not a fan of the style, but I really didn't enjoy this one at all. The smell was offputting to me, and the taste put me in mind of how it tastes when you have acid reflux. This beer has a nice mouthfeel to it, and I enjoyed the tartness, but the cons outweighed the pros for me. Won't be buying this again. Sorry 3F.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

love this beer!! poured from bomber into a snifter. crisp flavor with a nice gentle sour after taste. a near perfect example of a berliner wiess !! with the added benefit of a bit more abv

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that has been in my fridge for about six months. Hazy yellow color, small head. Aroma was wheaty, and hinted at tartness. Mildly tart, really good flavor. Had this right after a Snarling Badger and this was mile ahead of that one. Nice stuff.

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Photo of pat61
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%

Nose: tangy, lemony, some fruit and light wheat.
Hazy gold and very effervescent with a quickly descending bone white 2” foam cap.
Light body with Champagne quality carbonation.
The palate has a tart lemony breadiness.
Overall the beer is dry, crisp, tart and refreshing. Excellent summer beer and a good example of the Berliner Weisse style.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Clear golden straw color with a fizzy white and short-lived head.

Very simplistic lemon and slightly tart aroma. Light grass.

Tart lemon, grainy, and green apple.

Very crisp and light. Quenching.

It drinks like a standard Berliner Weiss despite the abv being higher than true to style. No frills here, and I appreciate that.

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Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

650ml bottle, 2014 release, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a golden copper color, hues of straw and orange, lightly hazy with a finger or so of white head, low retention that yields no lace. The aroma is of tart lemon, green apple, pale grain and mineral qualities, simple and inviting. The flavors mirror nicely, tart citrus, apples, light funkiness, pale grain with fairly minerally at the finish. The body is lively, bubbly and crisp, ample carbonation that prickles the mouth and finishes with light sharpness but is generally easy.

Verdict: A very refreshing beer from Three Floyds and easily one of the simplest beers they've made. Fairly true to style, although much higher ABV, although you'd hardly notice the difference between this and a 2-3% ABV berliner. Perhaps a bit too acidic, but thirst quenching nonetheless.

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Deesko! from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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