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Blue Lady - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.63%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 09-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Batch 31 with no wax has been recalled for off flavors and aromas (e-mail [email protected] if you have one of these bottles).

Batch 51 with Blue Wax is a new batch.
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4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours muddy purple with off white head. Nose/taste of Greek yogurt, blueberries, wheat malt and light tartness. Some diacetyl, but it doesn’t detract from the beer. Reminds me almost exactly of a Blueberry yogurt dumped into a moderately sour Berliner weisse. Medium body. Moderate tartness.

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4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #51 with blue wax.

Pours dark pink/purple with just a few bubbles of fizzy white head fading quickly. Little retention or lacing, but fizzy bubbles throughout. Carbonation looks good for the style.

Tart blueberry and raspberry on the nose with a slight wheat tanginess and a touch of sourness.

Tart berry again at the front of the palate enhanced by the fizzy carbonation. Crackery, grainy wheat leading into a somewhat dry finish with a little bit of earthy funkiness. Spot on for a berliner, it's mildly sour tart, while still being light and not overpowering.

Very light bodied and prickly carbonation. Goes down easily.

Nice take on the style and liking just about everything I've had from Pipeworks so far. The fruit could stand out a bit more, but that is nitpicking. I've had a slew of bad berliners recently so it's nice to have one done right. Light and effervescent and tart, but not overly so. Well done!

*Note* Didn't have any of Batch 31 which was apparently bad so no comparison possible, but give this one a shot. The reviews should be higher after more of them are from the new batch.

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4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared the bottle with my wife. It was great.

A - The bottle poured a purple color. Great carbonation.

S - Stinky Cheese, sour and blueberries.

T - Crisp and full of blueberry taste.

M - Great balanced

O - Great beer. Definitely will drink it with some stinky cheese next time.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Mikasa snifter.

Blue lady pours a cloudy purple with two fingers light purple/pink-ish head. The head disapates quickly leaving a small ring of bubbles where the beer meets the glass. Having just had it recently, the color and general appearance reminds me of Blábær.

The smell is slightly off. There is a small amount of the reported "cheese" smell, but it is not overpowering. The blueberry smell is still noticeable.

The taste is tart, crisp, and very blueberry. There is a slight malt presence, but the tart and blueberry dominate. Very refreshing. Would of loved to have this when it was 100 degrees out durring the summer.

The mouthfeel is spot on. High carbonation dances across the palate delivering the tart blueberry flavor. Clean and crisp finish with some lingering blueberry sweetness make this incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer, I'm glad a have another bottle to enjoy later. Besides the slight smell issue, I think this is fantastic. I asked my wife to smell it, she thought it was wine. She didn't pick up the "cheese" or feet smells that have been reported. I should add, she is not a beer or wine drinker but does enjoy mixed drinks. I think I will put the other bottle in the cellar for awhile and see what happens.

Photo of mjohnson17
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - startling to say the least. It's a very purplish blue color with an effervescent presence.

Smell - Nose is not very strong, a little blueberry, mostly a tart small. Kind of smells a bit like a sour blueberry warhead candy.

Taste - Very good. Did not taste any buttery notes as some people in the forum have noted. It's VERY sour for a Berliner Weisse, actually completed unexpected for a Berliner Weisse in terms of sourness. The blueberry is a muted but still present.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent. Very clean, sour feel. Almost borders on a Framboise mouthfeel.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Happy I bought 2 bottles. It is the most sour Berliner Weisse I've ever had. The blueberries added a nice fruity touch with a clean, refreshing flavor and a tart aftertaste. IMO this beer borders on Berliner and sour styles and the closest comparison would be a NG Wisconsin Belgiam Red or Raspberry tart. Would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes Berliners, fruit beers, or sours.

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, batch 51, blue wax.

A: Reddish purple with a soft light purple head.

S: Aroma is dominated by the blueberries, which are wonderful and sweet. Reminds me of good jarred blueberry preserves. Some bready malt supports the fruit.

T: Slightly tart blueberry, followed by a wave of crisp, pleasing wheat. Not sour by any means, but the slight tartness is there.

M: Light-bodied with light carbonation. Could use a bit more carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is fantastic if you like blueberries. The taste and feel aren't as impressive, but are fine for the job.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Review on 1-8-2012, new batch number 51, 750 ml bottle poured into a plastic cup.

A- Pours a purple color with an inch of a pink head, leaves thick sheets of lacing.

S- Lots of blueberry and blueberry skins, some light wheaty malt and tartness.

T- Light blueberry flavor, very juicy and fresh, some light wheat flavor and mild tartness, wheat and blueberry flavors linger into the finish.

M- Light-bodied, has a smooth feel with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O- A huge, huge improvement over the previous batch (I've amended my score to reflect this), the blueberry flavors are really nice and are well-complemented by the wheat and tartness. I'm glad to see Pipeworks has worked out the kinks in this one, which is now a tasty, refreshing beer.

750 ml bottle, batch number 31, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an opaque purple reddish color, topped with a nice inch of creamy off-white head, nice lacing. Looks great.

S- Whew, this can't be right. Big rancid cheese aroma explodes out of the bottle as soon as I take off the cap, it actually smells like a buttery, creamy piece of cheese, but also like one's that's been out in the sun for a few hours. I'm sorry to say it, but it just smells straight up disgusting. Only the faintest hint of blueberry pokes its head above the cheesy surface.

T- It recovers considerably in the taste, has a nice tartness and barnyard funk, the blueberry flavor is very nice, but again it can't escape this weird yogurt flavor that dominates the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation and acidity are spot-on, slightly puckering.

O- The first beer from Pipeworks that I just can't like, which is a shame because I was really pumped about it. The rancid cheese aroma is too overpowering and spoils the entire beer. I'm sure that Pipeworks has the brewing skill to work out the problems with this beer and their future Berliners.

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter. Updating, as I tried the new batch, #51, with blue wax.

A - Gorgeous purple-tinged foam settle to a partial cap, thick collar, and fingers of lacing. Hazy, unfiltered purple body.

S - Going to contrast the two batches.
Batch #51: Huge blueberries, with light lactic notes, wheat, and a mildly bready note to it. Blueberry bread with a dollop of yogurt. 4.0
Batch #31: Heavy lactic sourness and funky cheese at first. I do get a bit of the movie theater popcorn vibe that others are mentioning, but it's not diacetyl - more of a rancid note. Whatever may be causing the smell, I picked up the exact same thing in Dieu du Ciel's Berliner but to a significantly lesser extent. Some nice blueberry skin and pulp comes out as the beer warms up. 3.0

T - The taste is heavier on the tart fruit skins and lactic sourness, with only a hint of the aforementioned cheese showing up in the aftertaste. Some mild wheat character supports things, but malt base is pretty much masked by fruit and bacteria. Fairly sour, but not as extreme as Wakefield Brewing stuff. The new batch gets rid of the mild cheese in the aftertaste, but otherwise it's largely the same.

M - Surprisingly medium body for the 4% ABV, with some nice lingering acidity. Carbonation is crisp and moderate, but I could actually tolerate a tad more. Some tannic dryness along with a bit of chaffed wheat grit. Really easy to drink.

D - I gave to this to my wife blind to see if she'd say 'butter' - she didn't, and I trust her palate seeing has she's had just as many beers as I have. I think I have a particularly high sensitivity to that sort of flavor, as I notice it more frequently than my friends. In any case I enjoyed this quite a bit and polished of all 750ml with no trouble. Looking forward to the other variants and hoping they clean up the aroma a bit.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #51
(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a deep pastel purple body with a white thick foam that takes on a purple hue. There is a wall of microbubbles that race up the sides of the glass.

S- The bright blueberry aroma has some tartness and reminds me of mamba candies as it opens up.

T- The blueberry flavor is soft but starts to grow bigger with a watery and waxy candy note followed by a faint vinous white wine hint to it. The finish has a slight sweet corn note that grows with a blueberry flavor coming back in the finish and lingering.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with gentle fizz and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- The nice fruity wine characteristic is not really sour or funky with like a typical Berlinner Wiesse but it does have a very full flavor for such a low ABV. This would pair nicely with warm weather.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Blue Lady from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.