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Deesko! - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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87
very good

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
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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 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 ehammond1
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

A pleasant American wild ale/sour, but this didn't really resemble a berliner much at all. Quite tasty at colder temperatures, but it began to fall apart as it warmed. A bit of a white/green grape character is present along with moderate sourness throughout. Some vinegar. A decent sour from Three Floyds, but an unrepresentative berliner.

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep copper clear body with a thick mousse tan head. A gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles feeds this rock solid head.

S- This beer has a very light tart hint with a faint noble hop bitterness. Not what I expected for this style

T- The taste of pale malt has a very light hint of tartness that is a bit more earthy than tart. The finish is a dry noble hop finish that hangs on the breath like many BMCs. Where is the flavor?

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz texture in the crisp finish.

D- This beer has no characteristics of a Berliner Weiss but had a good head and light mouthfeel. Where are the wild sour notes? I'm glad I didn't get any syrup added, and why do you served a 3% ABV beer in a chalice?

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 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 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 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 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 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 CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/copper hue with some fint misty, white head and scatterd lace on the goblet.
Aroma of craked wheat bread, some citric acid and just a hint of some herbal hops.
Flavor has mellow tartness that is softened by the bready wheat notes present. Bit of clovey, sort of Hefe type notes as it warmed a bit.
Mouthfeel has just a bit of tart citric feel with soft kind of mushy malt throughout. No real boor crispness and seems to be lacking some direction.
Mouthfeel was commendable. 3 F's manged to make a farely light beer have some decent body and drinkability. Added a touch of lime flavoring and really accentuated the tartness a bit. Nice to see a diverse style.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my friend for snagging a bottle of this on his way home from Chicago.

Pours cloudy light straw with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

A bit of sulphur smell, but not as much as many berliners I've had. Wheat and bubblegum stand out with a little sour apple and clove in the background.

Bubblegum stands out a lot although others sharing the bottle did not feel it was as strong as I did. Sour apple and lemon and a very grainy finish although feels a bit underattenuated as it was a bit sweeter than I'd prefer.

More medium bodied due to the higher than average ABV for the style, but as I mentioned also seems to be a bit much residual sugar. Low carbonation, but not completely flat.

OK and perfectly drinkable, but falls well short of what I prefer out of a Berliner.

Photo of yamar68
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to hugonaut13 for this bottle!

Honey gold body with a swelling, noisy white head that easily fills the glass.

The nose is much more aggressive than you'd expect from a Berliner. Tart citrus zest, sour grains and melon. Definitely doesn't conform to the style but it smells great nonetheless.

Again, this beer definitely doesn't make me think 'Berliner.' It's tart and dry, almost like a gueuze. That lemon acidity really grabs the palate before fading into a dry, pulpy finish.

An excellent effort from the Floyds. This is really hittin' the spot.

Photo of BStalf21
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if the on-tap syrup option is throwing this beer off cause I have not tried that. But on its own I think it's great. Nice refreshing light bodied beer with good tartness. A little sip went a long way for me in the flavor department but I could put them down fast without a little self restraint.

Photo of rlee1390
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, not much carbonated or head.

S-Some tartness, lemon, wheat, grass, tad artificial though, green apples.

T-Starts with tart notes, has some sour apples end with a lot of bread. However the bread throws off the balance.

M-Light not much carbonated, tad watery.

O-The initial tart notes are great but the bread finish throws off the balance and ruins the beer.

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 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 granger10
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What, a Berliner Weisse from an American brewpub!? That's kick-ass! Amber copper color with a thin layer of carbonation atop which maintains itself. A bit of a wheat aroma with some lime citric notes and some rustic yeastyness to it. Flavor is tart but not real tart. So I stayed sans syrup as I think the syrup would ruin this delicate beer. More of a lemony citric tartness. A slight grain coats the tartness and the yeast comes in towards the finish with a bit of spice, maybe cloves. Finish is drying and a bit acidic. Quite refreshing. I didn't know this was 3% but that is what one would expect from a Berliner Weisse. Easy drinking, refrshing, palate cleansing if not the most daring of offerings. Nice changeup!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Thanks to whomever it was that shared this bottle!

Somehow I'm always transported back to seventh-grade German class when I hear Disco pronounced this way... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, sour green apple, lactic wheat, and soft powdered sugar when all of the sourness has passed. The taste brings in more of the same, with that tart citrus really rocking the initial tastes. A mild vinegar character peeks in at times as well, but never stays long to chat. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice B-Weiss, one that definitely brings the tart without overdoing it.

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 chanokokoro
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded Teku glass

Pours a hazy straw yellow capped with a one finger white head. Fruity notes, a bit of apple and light citrus including lemon accents and some funk similar to that found in yogurt or cheese on the nose. The taste follows the nose, slightly bitter apple, light lemony citrus, some grain accents, and mild tart funkiness. Light bodied with light, bubbly carbonation. The depth of flavor in this brew doesn't match some others in the style, however very refreshing and enjoyable.

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 HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks coz! Bottle opened on 8.7.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale light orange with a fizzy bright white head that is gone quickly.

S - Corn, citrus, wheat, and some tartness.

T - Wheat, then lots of lemony citrus tartness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. A tart finish.

O - Light, tart, citrus - wheat and corn sweetness keep up.

Photo of KFBR392
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A much darker hue then others of the style I've had. Slightly burnt orange color. Head was light on the pour, which quickly bubbled away. The carbonation was very active while drinking though.

Smell: Ripe pears and lemons jump out. These potent aromas keep coming in waves and dominate. Spices, yeast, and some alcohol bite can be detected as well.

Taste: The active carbonation greets the palette right away. A tart front leads right into an equally tart body. Apricots and other bright fruits are present with a solid biscuit bready flavor. Some interesting funky flavors are here as well. The finish fades away slowly with the sour tones never leaving the palette.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very active, the funky sourness leaves a hollow tart feeling on the palette which is less then desirable.

Overall: An interesting brew. The higher ABV gives this brew some uniqueness. Nothing I would go out of my way for or but I'm glad I got to try it.

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