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Deesko! - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 59
Gots: 49 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scruffwhor on 03-21-2006

A Munster-style Berliner Weiss. Tart, refreshing, and perfect for summer.
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Ratings: 361 | Reviews: 54
Photo of KevChiTown
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely light mouthfeel with a mildly tart, bready finish. Super mellow.

Photo of do_ob
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super bready nose. Crisp, tart & clean. Tastes like Summertime.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of lemon, pale malt, hops, slight sweet malt, yeast, and a hint of sourness. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is strong tartness, crisp, sharp, and high carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, sourness, hint of hop, lemon, and yeast. Overall, weaker appearance than the aroma and body indicate. Good aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a Berliner Weiss glass. Thanks goes to Pidzik12.

A: Pours a shade lighter than apple juice with a foamy, airy, and very fizzy bright white head that quickly faded away into nothingness.
S: Tart, bright, crisp, and refreshing scents of lemon zest, minerally seltzer water, slight stone fruit and golden fruit, bready yeast and acid.
T: Bright, up front tartness followed by golden fruits, pear, lemon, and crackery bready yeast. The finish has a kiss of sweetness and green apple, and the aftertaste is juicy and drying, with lingering fruity sweetness and crisp tartness. There's an earthy quality as well. Wheat is light and grainy.
M: Juicy and slick mouthfeel, dry but a bit buttery and full from the wheat. Crispy, refreshing medium body. Good sharp tartness that isn't lingering. Fuzzy and frothy carbonation that is ample but soft.
O: Very good flavor and mouthfeel. All around very enjoyable. One of the heaviest Berliners I've had. Extremely delicious though. Thanks for including this Paul.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful gold/saffron/jonquil body with a blindingly crisp isabelline/snow head.

Aroma: Crisp apples, light lemons, mango, papaya, guava, persimmons, etc.; In short, a large fruit/citrus nose, yet extremely balanced and light.

Taste: Apples are prominent, followed by light notes of persimmons and quince.

Mouthfeel: Extremely tart and refreshing; carbonation is light sparkling apple juice.

Overall: Not only one of my favorites, but also one of the best, from 3F; crisp, refreshing, flavorfull...just, amazing. Should you come across any bombers, stock up on as many as you can - you will want to savor 'Deesko!' as frequently as possible.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from the brewery last summer....meanderingly dumped into a wine glass over a few hours time.

A darker yellow that pours with a discernible fizz. Quick head falls and dissipates to a still and bare surface.

Somewhat unexpectedly fruity on the nose. Guava? Fleshy summer fruits with little indication of tartness. It's nice but strange.

Gummy peaches and bright tangerines...sour fruits pound away. Finish is tart and sprtitzy lemon with a fading grainy malt quality that's enveloped in lemon warhead.

An odd take on the style that's not without its good and unique qualities. As a Berliner, it's strange and abnormally high in abv. As a post run sour beer it hits some positive notes.

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

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slight haze. Golden body. Some bubbles as I pour it, but there isn't any real head.

Smell - Acidic. Not like a normal berliner. More acetic. Minimal grain.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Lactic and pushing some acetic flavors. Light grain. Simple flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Definitely heavy for a berliner. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not what I expect from a berliner. Some of these flavors don't belong.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave!

The beer is clear and light golden with a small white head. Scents include lemons, ornage peel, light funk, lactic sourness, stone fruit. Nice flavor, with everything coming together nicely. Puckering finish with lingering tart citrus. My chief complaint is the abv, which I feel could be lower, making the beer more refreshing and quaffable. Still, a solid offering from FFF.

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle poured into a flute.

A- A clear dark golden color with a two finger white head that fades very quickly.

S- Sour lemons, some barnyard funk, some light fruits, wheat, some sweet malts.

T- Sour lemons, touch of funk, green apples, some wheat, some lacto in the finish.

M- Light, crisp, lot of carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable and sour Berliner Weissbier. Really with I some raspberry syrup to put in this, I feel that would be really good!

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - golden apple like color. Looks like a cider beer. Very clear. Basically zero head.
Smell - fermented sour and tart.
Taste - slightly salty, pretty sour and tart.
Mouthfeel - smooth with lots of carbonation that leaves bobbles in your mouth.
Overall - not a fan since I'm not a fan of sour beers. It's about on par with new glarus's Berliner weisse that I've tried.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a dark apple juice. Nice nose on this. Lots of citrus, phenolic acid. Smells just like a Berliner should. Huge tartness upfront and mellows out with a wheat malt finish. Very nice carbonation on this, quite refreshing. Could see myself drinking a ton of this in the summer.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Golden on the pour, good clarity. Frothy white head settles instantly. No lacing.

S: Tart, very acidic. Sour white grape, sour green apple skin, lemon juice. Very subtle wheat.

T: White grape, lemon, green apple skin. Puckering tartness. Thinly wheaty. Dry. Grainy on the back end and into the finish.

M: Light bodied. Very slight wheat fluffiness. Well carbonated.

O: Maybe a touch more grainy than I like my Berliner Weisse, but true to style. Puckeringly tart and very crushable. A great summer quaff.

Photo of Himynameisart
4.86/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The first sour ale that I have ever tried. The taste was rich and full of flavor. It is quite sour, but personally I like that. I have had other sours, but Deesko is still the best one I've ever tried. Unfortunately, 3 Floyd's does not brew this often. If you're looking to try your first sour then I recommend this beer strongly. It will change your life.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I received a bottle of this from a friend in a trade two weeks ago on a Denver visit.

I poured the beer into a chalice.

The beer pours a light copper color like apple juice and produced about a finger thick head. The beer has considerable carbonation that persists and continues bubbling long after the pour.

The smell hits you with tartness and sour notes immediately and I picked up a berry-like flavor. I also noticed some saltiness like you'd find in a gose. There's also a bit of funkiness to the aroma. Good stuff.

The flavor still reminds me of a gose, with saltiness and nuttiness, and considerable tartness. There are notes of sour berries that really come to life with the high amount of carbonation.

Overall, the beer is the right amount of tartness, sourness, dry, yet easy-drinking with a clean aftertaste. A great beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, there's an initial finger of foam that audibly fizzles away after a few minutes or so. Hazy saturated orange body, a rising plume of carbonation visible, and a thin ring of foam around the edges. Swirling gently brings back a momentary wisp of skim.

Tart lemony aroma, somewhat like a lambic, restrained funk and sour citrus. Light citric sweetness, vaguely like sweetarts. Pleasant and more complex than some others.

Moderately sour, at a pretty high level for a Berliner. Lemony and crisp, dry and almost woody in the aftertaste. Very effervescent and spritzy. A great Berliner Weisse, wish this was more widely available than it is.

Berliner Weisse review #26.

Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look gives no warning of the huge aroma and flavor awaiting. In fact, it looks very much like a Berliner Weiss, pretty much the typical soft medium yellow that gets maybe a couple shades closer to orange in the depth. It's also as hazy as expected. It develops a fluffy head that's pure white in color, which rests at just over one figner's height and retains itself well, leaving mostly spotty lacing as it falls.
This beer is no slouch in FFF's lineup. It shows the same expertise as the other greats in amplifying a style (in this case a very soft one) without losing any of the depth. While I wouldn't call it subtle, all the other aromas and flavors that could be completely taken over by the hugeness of it simply aren't. This is impressive, because this is massively tart and acidic with all kinds of funk to it. So much lemon and lime flesh, juice and zest with some added horeseblanket should sate anyone looking for tartness or acidity. It reminds me of how certain tasty sours have notes like red wine, only this one goes more the white wine direction: slightly vinous, mineral, acidic, and bright, with soft and tart fruits, a touch of woody dryness (particularly in the aroma), and a touch of leather. All these things manage to break through the sheer tart and funk. Wheat lays a strong base down, too, and soft malts are enough to hold it up. It's really complex, and the lingering finish is puckering while allowing softer notes to pull through.
It's light-bodied, but this one might be an example of a beer that should have a little more body just to carry thh big flavors through, a bit more wheaty heft (not much). It might be a bit more of a break from tradition, but it seems necessary, just to a small degree. As it is, it's nicely crisp, bright, and acidic but still smooth.

Photo of guityler83
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured into the FFF Teku glass with a very small 1 finger head and quickly receeded leaving nothing behind. There are lots of tiny bubbles sliding up the edge of the glass but it doesn't accumulate. The beer itself a marmalade orange with a slight haze but overall its pretty transperrant.

S: A very tart aroma that reminds me of a strong cider. citrusy but not in the traditional hop aroma sence, but more in a lemon/lime type.

T: Very tart, mouth puckering on the first sip. Cider like sourness with a low low bitterness that keeps the beer on the sweet side. The aftertaste is bready and doughy but the tartness lingers on the roof of the mouth.

M: As stated in the taste analysis, tart mouth puckering that starts to subside as you adjust. high carbonation levels and a light refreshing body. the mouth is left with a slight drying sensation.

O: Tart from begining to end with hints of bread and citrus. Not the mostt drinkable beer but I'm glad I was able to snag a bottle at the brewery.

Photo of jeonseh
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden / orange with a clear body and light carbonation. Not much of a head with small carbonation sitting on the side

S - Sweet tarts, sour apple, bit of Chardonnay, lemon peel, and lactic acid. It is tart but has a light sweetness to it as well

T - Tart lemon, sour apple, and lactic acid that gives it a nice crisp bite. The finish is dry white wine with a tart lactic acid presence that lingers

MF - Crisp with good carbonation that goes well with the beer

O - Nice tart and refreshing Berliner. It isn't too complex but it gets the light tart profile just right. Definitely a beer to sit on the porch and drink during the hotter months

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Deesko! from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.