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Blue Lady - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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

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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Photo of cosmicevan
2.07/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing.

enjoyed side-by-side with a LeBleu and a 2012 Blabaer (perhaps that was the problem???)

a - a nice crisp maroon similar to the blabaer.
s - ICK...smells like CHEESE. a bit gross
t - ICK...tastes like CHEESE.
m - cheesy
o - CHEESE. ROTTEN CHEESE. meet the drain! (520 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. The label gives a warning to let this chill for 2 hours before opening. I opted to keep it refrigerated for 4 hours prior. The brew pours a super clouded color of deep purple. A pink to purple stained head appears atop and slowly fades to a ring around the perimeter of the glass supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Some stringy fingers of lace stick to the glass. This brew looks like a blueberry smoothie or sort of fruit/veggie drink that came from a juicer. You can tell this is a clouded berliner that has been stained by the skins of the blueberry inclusion.

When the bottle opens up, there is an unmistakable aroma of feta or blue cheese that has been left to decay and has been forgotten about in your fridge, cabinet, pantry, etc. It is excessively funky and smells like stinky feet. The more I smell this, I cannot shake the thought out of my mind that this is like pickled red beet eggs added to this instead of blueberry. Once the thought crosses my mind about red beet eggs, its over, that is all I smell in this no matter how much I try to put it out of my mind. Swirling the glass releases some earthy notes mixed with sulfur farts. It isn't until the brew goes beyond ideal temperature that the first indication of fruit appears but it is so subtle that it might not even be there, it might be my own imagination just trying to find something other than red beet egg aromatics.

The taste is only slightly better than the aroma. There is a funk upfront like stinky feet mixed with cheese, sulfur and yogurt. A bit of lemony lacto is present but this is not as sour as you might expect based on the label telling you that this is a "very sour girl sure to bring a pucker to your lips." Mid palate, a flavor of pickled red beets comes into play just like the aroma suggested. The red beet flavor pretty much dominates all other aspects once it wraps itself around your tongue. Vaguely on the backend is a note of cereal grains mildly reminiscent of wheat. When focusing on the funk instead of the red beet eggs, there is a slight indication of fruited quality that mixes with the lemony lacto. That is the first signs of this being a berliner weisse before transitioning back into the more undesirable character.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew is chalk full of haze and displays a bit of yogurt-like creaminess and fullness that is nearly gritty at times despite being adequately chilled and decanted. The alcohol is pretty well masked but I am sorry this brew is a bit of a failure. I can't help but think the blueberries were added here as a means to try and cover up all the bad properties of this. Sour mashing is a tricky thing to pull off. Trust me, I have done it and made a brew similar to baby puke and dirty diapers so I feel for these guys. However, I paid a good amount of money to get this brew in my hands and you can color me disappointed. I would not want to have this again but I have faith the pipeworks guys will work out the kinks and bust out a new version that is better than this. I look forward to giving another attempt a try and editing this review as necessary. In the meantime, customers need to be aware of what they are getting themselves into when they buy this batch #31. (3,312 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I've been hearing some harsh things about this stuff potentially being infected and whatnot, but I'm a risk-taker, a challenge-seeker, a kvass-drinker. Let's do this shit. It pours a lightly hazy fuchsia topped by a finger of lightly pinkish-white foam that lasts for a whole two seconds before melting away into oblivion. The nose is dominated by something akin to bleu cheese, though vague notions of sweet and sour blueberries attempt to bubble to the surface, the version of the Normandy invasion we'd be reading had the Gerries dug in a bit better. Hm. The taste hints at this cheesy smell, but eschews it in favor of a mildly tart Welch's grape juice. You know, the darker variety. I guess I could call that a blueberry flavor, but only if I were to try. Things are pretty subdued, meek. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, if this stuff was truly as infected as rumored, I think it would have turned out even worse than it did. As things stand, though, it's still pretty pedestrian at best, and there's no denying that things didn't turn out quite right. Still, hope exists for future batches and whatnot... (1,216 characters)

Photo of Treebs
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle served in a Chouffe tulip. Batch #31

A: Pours a dark pink, grapefruit color with a light pinkish head rising up quickly on the pour. it recedes to a bubble film and thin ring.

S: Unfortunately there is heavy rancid cheese and buttery notes up front. I do get a hint of tart blueberry behind all that, but the nose on the pour is very heavy on the funky notes.

T: Tart blueberry with a light cracked wheat. The buttery and blue cheese flavors are only there in the slight bit in the finish.

M: Light bodied with a nice prickly carb. Slightly oily with a pungent aftertaste.

O: Well it was definitely heavy on the off flavors of blue cheese and buttery funk. This did not work, but I have faith the boys can correct the mistakes on their second attempt at Berliner. (783 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to t0rin0 for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Batch # 31.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cheesy, berry, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with berry and cheese flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with some pretty infected aromas and flavors. (527 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Pretty deep rose/purple. Small, bubbly, light pink head. Drops to a lively collar and small cap. Decent carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Funky cheese. Light blueberry skin and some juicy flesh in the back. Decidedly odd and funky. Vague citric tart edge. Sweat. Lightly fruity. Pretty mellow. Some oak hints. Corn.

Taste: Tart and funky. Light blueberry fruitiness. Juicy flesh and tannic skin. Funky cheese and some dirt. Some oak and corn. Tart and sweaty. Seriously, it smells like BO and cheese with a soft ripe blueberry undercurrent. Citric bite. Almost acetic at times. Light, pale malts. Some backing malt sweetness. Hints of white bread.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a high carbonation. Crisp and very dry.

Overall: The Lady in Red always seemed a bit classier.

Unique. Hyper funky. Dirty and vaguely fruity. Not good, not bad. (891 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #51.

Appearance - Pinkish purple with a small white head. Like a carbonated Arbor Mist. Classy.

Smell - Wheaty grain and a hint of acidity. No blueberry, really. Maybe a hint of berry, but not what I'd call blueberry. Hint of funky cheese. I know this is the new batch, but it's weird anyway.

Taste - Lightly tart. Wheat grain. Berry tartness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Doesn't taste like much, but it doesn't have any of the weird flavors that the nose has. (547 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1641st Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ml

Batch 31
Thanks to Pmoney for this one

App- Really a good looking Berliner. A wonderful array of colors in the glass. Lots of pinks, purples and reds intermixed together with a bit of a navy tinge to it. A nice fluffy white head that was cloud white with a nice pulled apart feel. A little bit of cling and lace.

Smell- Okay, so I was warned multiple times about the nose. I actual didnt find it all that offensive to me. It was a bit of a tart cheese but if you ever had a good blueberry cheese it works. A little bit more wheat and acid on the nose instead of a smooth wheat and balance.

Taste- I liked it but wasnt blown away by this. The nose didnt really carry over to the flavors so that was nice. A nice tasting fairly tart blueberry with a good bit of wheat and balanced lemon with a bit of grass behind it.

Mouth- A bit more of a medium body on this one, vs. light and an easy sipper. It was fairly well carbonated and couldve been a bit smoother on the finish as well. A bit prickly and does retain a good amount of blueberry and acid on it.

Drink- Besides the nose, I didnt find it too offensive. A tasty beer but fell far short of my expectations. Would like to revisit a new batch at some point. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull cloudy light purple to plum color. Exploding pink-hued fluffy head, lasts quite long until it falls leaving a thin remaining film.

strong stinky cheese up front, light blueberry, light lactic sourness

Moderate high soured blueberries, lightly sweet wheat, moderate tartness. Finishes with a long lingering soured berry, with a pleasing puckering sensation that actually outlasts the fruit. On the finish, soft notes of cheese come back on the back of the tongue, only briefly.

Light body, moderately high carbonation - almost palate cleansing. Light, crisp, refreshing.

Aside from the strange nose, i was very pleased with this beer. Simple, yet complex. I found the sourness to be quite high, but it worked... well. I had no problem drinking the 750 (i shared a small glass with a friend), and wish I could have popped open another one. Ill be on the look out for more berliner weiss from Pipeworks. (909 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 2/8/13

Appearance: A charming light purple, with some nice red and pink tones - mostly clear - light pink head, keeps a decent cap and a nice ring - some nice splotches of lacing - yup, it's pretty

Smell: At first, it genuinely smells like a strange, funky cheese, but it gets more pleasant if it warms - some weird vegetable aromas and chewy wood - light blueberry - some mild funkiness - tart, mellow

Taste: Funky weirdness in a good way - blueberry flesh, blueberry skins - chewy wood, I'm guessing this was aged on oak - some yeast and vinegar-like flavors - some vague acidic qualities - overall, kind of tastes like a light sour, but more fresh - some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, very drinkable, but a bit watery

Overall: An interesting use of blueberries and funk

As mentioned above, this kind of tastes like a light sour beer. It also kind of tastes like watered down juice... but in an okay way. It's very interesting, and easy to drink. I would definitely drink this again, even with the odd cheese aroma. (1,124 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright purple-red, almost neon. Unfortunately this might be the part
S- Tartness, mixed berries, cheap white wine
T- White wine with berries mixed in. Bit of tartness. I don't get Berliner???
F- Feeling is ok. Nice and light and fizzy
O- I love Pipeworks and I love berliners, so I was very, very pumped to try this. Just didn't turn out. I would love to see these the pipework guys team back up with Drew from 18th st/sour note to dial in the berliner, but add blueberries. (482 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted with the group, side-by-side with the other three Pipeworks Berliners. 2/4. The pour is a lighter, ruby-red color with some amber around the edges, and maybe even the slightest blue tint all around. A weird, grey-ish, red-hued head fizzles away quickly. The aroma is that of a sweet blueberry patch, but it's quite a bit more relaxed and subdued than I would have liked. It's very mellow and surrounded by other seemingly random "berry" aromas - but the actual blueberry aromas aren't quite smacking me in the nostrils just yet.

The taste starts off with mildly tart blueberries, not really tart enough to even refer to it as "sour". The slight tartness quickly mellows out and turns into a natural sweetness. Some other fruit-like flavors I'm picking up are green apple skins, mild strawberry, and maybe even a little blackberry? Blueberry, however, is the forefront of all the fruit in the taste, and thankfully a bit more powerful that it was in the aroma. However, there seems to be something left to desire. Overall, things are still pretty mild - and while you must realize it's a Berliner-Weiss, you can (and should) still expect a little bit more than this. Thin bodied with medium-high carbonation.

In the end, this one was still pretty tasty and obviously very drinkable, but it's as though I was waiting for something that never came. Maybe I was expecting too much, thanks to my love of blueberries - but they just didn't come through like I wanted them to. Still a decent Berliner, but IMO, last place of the Pipeworks quad. (1,546 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch 51

A: Beautiful purple/red color, nice white head that disappears quickly.
S: Smells like yogurt. The smell is weird, kinda off putting but not that bad (definitely not as bad as what I've heard the other batch smelled like).
T: Tastes better than the smell, that's for sure. Tart blueberries and some wheat.
M: Light bodied but with medium carbonation. I really like this, it's easy drinking and quite refreshing.
O: Not my favorite berliner but not bad. (478 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, Blue Lady is a slightly murky dark scarlet purple blueberry juice color. An ample cap of pinkish pastel foam rises a few inches to the rim and soon settles to a layer on the surface. Minimal lacing, but solid head retention.

Musky, vinous aroma, blueberry and washed cheese rind. Not sure what to expect really, but it's pretty interesting and complex. Edit: Two subsequent bottles smelled pretty bad. More of a putrid off note like spoiled cheese. Averaging scores for the smell.

Tart and puckering as advertised, full on blueberry yogurt flavors, tannic fruit skins, light acid. Finishes pretty clean and light bodied, traditional for the style in that respect. Pretty cool hybrid fruited Berliner here, seems to take on lots of character from the fruit itself. A promising portent of things to come, namely the raspberry and peach varieties... (877 characters)

Photo of Thedaver4220
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter batch #51

Blue lady pours a ruby red with pink thin head and legs that still running. It smells sour with a touch of blueberries. Nice tart taste with a crisp bite. This is a great desert beer or a beer for a late summer evening. This was the second beer I had from pipeworks and it didn't disappoint. Nice work guys!! (354 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a murky pink/purple with a big 2" light pink head. Big bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Sour mash, butter, stinky cheese, blueberries.

T- Sour wheat malts, tart/acidic blueberries, almost a faint lemon taste. I do detect the slightest butter flavor in the aftertaste but like I said very faint.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Nice light creamy feel with some acidic tones that linger a little at the finish.

O- Aside from the nose I really enjoyed this beer. Has nice sour/tart notes along with the blueberry makes for a very tasty combination. Will have again. (643 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from batch 51

A: Pours a bright ruby pink color. Cloudy, with a 1-2 finger head that disapeears really quickly.

S: Bready, farmhouse yeast esters dominate the initial nose. At the end there is a hint of berry, but not strong. Blueberries have little-to-no smell though, so anything extra would seem artificial. Pretty much what I expect to smellfrom a Berliner.

T: As the nose suggests, the beginning is farmhouse yeast. As the taste finishes there is a strong, but not overbearing tartness of blueberries. Very refreshing.

M: Very light body. Good carbonation.

O: My first Pipeworks experience, and I'm pleased. I wish I were on a boat drinking 12 of these. I love that the blueberries don't seem artificial at all. That's the risk with many blueberry beers. (772 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #51

A: Color is kind of a purpley-red. Forms a moderate sized, very fizzy, ever-so-slightly purple tinted head that fizzes away as quickly as it is formed. No lacing.

S: Aroma is blueberry pie. Slightly sweet, slightly creamy, and even just a little bit of bread.

T: Taste is pleasant, but rather simplistic. There are blueberries, a little sweet and a little tart. Then a hit of wheat on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation gives this one a spry mouthfeel to it.

O: A nice beer. Very fruity. Glad to see the blueberries retained their "blueberry-ness" as often the fruit gets fermented beyond recognition. Simple and easy drinking. (664 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL waxed bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #51

(A)- Pours a hazy blush purple color with some reddish highlights. Produced a nice cap of white froth.

(S)- Quite a cheesy manure funk to this. Ever so slightly tart fruits behind that.

(T)- A vibrant burst of tart berry fruits. Finishes dry and oaky with a touch of funk. Ever so slightly Brett-like but in a clean sense.

(M)- A nicely crisp carbonation level. A nice feel to it overall; very refreshing. The funk gets a touch odd as this warms, but easily not noticed since the lively tart fruits dominate.

(O)- I like this. The fruit definitely kind of changes this beer for me when considering the style since it really becomes more like a fruit lambic / wild ale to me, but I get it. Very enjoyable and actually relatively cheap considering what alot of other beers cost for a 750mL bottle. (858 characters)

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 51 – Blue Wax – 750ml bottle – 4.0% ABV

Poured down the center of a Chalice glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a dark pink and red body with minimal carbonation. The one finger head that settles on top dissipates down to just a lacing. Some light effervescence streaming up from the bottom. It pours really light bodied and looks super refreshing.

Aroma: Ripe and tart fresh blueberries and some raspberry, mild sourness, slight wheat, bready yeast and malts with a subtle bitterness on the nose.

Taste: Very light and refreshing, especially after a strenuous day work! Fresh, tart and ripe blueberries with characteristics of other bright fruits. The sourness is very pleasant and ideal for someone that isn’t use to an intensely sour beer. Very slight astringency and funk flavors exist in the back end that work well with everything. Very slight hop bitterness, pale and bready sweet malts in the back and wheat beer characteristics like bright citrus fruit, lemon, orange peel and cracked wheat.

Mouth feel: Very light bodied, refreshing, highly drinkable at 4% ABV, and it’s pretty easy getting through a 750ml bomber on your own.

Overall: Overall, this is a pretty interesting take on a Berliner-Weiss that has some nice flavor to it. The only thing I wish was better in this is the fresh blueberries, if they were a little more pronounced here, this would have been a notch better. Regardless of what could have made this better, the balance of sweet and sour fruits with the enjoyable wheat beer characteristics in-between make this a pretty solid example of the style. I recommend purchasing one bottle if you can find it or see it the shelf somewhere. (1,689 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep red-purple, straight up blueberry color, with a fair amount of active carbonation and a thin off-white layer of foam.

Huge blueberry/fruity aroma with a noticeable tangy acidity.

While rather subtle, the blueberry flavor shines through, tart, and rather sour.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, high acidity, tart, and fruity.

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but rather tasty nonetheless. (411 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 51.
poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: purplish red bodied beer with 1 finger of white head. Drops quickly to no head.

Smell: blueberries with a hint of musty moldy blue cheese.

Taste: Lots of berries, but mostly blueberries that are mildly tart. Malt profile has a touch of wheat and cereal note to it that balances out the tartness with a little bit of sweetness. A touch of musty funk.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Carbonation is more soft and less aggressive. The carbonation gets a touch bubbly as it goes past your tongue, but its fairly mild. Super easy drinking. 750 bottle will go down with ease.

Overall: Well Read Temptress is definately the best berliner wiessbier that Pipeworks has made! Blue Lady was good, but WRT has much better flavor profile/mouthfeel/carbonation and its true to style with a berliner wiessbier since it was brew with raspberries. Blueberries are a nice creative spin with the berliner weissbier style. I dig what pipeworks is doing with a rarely brewed beer style in the USA. Pipeworks is a really awesome brewery!
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Original review of the infected batch.
Original score of 2.38.

batch 31.
poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: purpleish red bodied beer with a full finger of white head. Drops quickly to an almost non-existant cap. 3.5

Smell: Big moldy blue cheese; this is truely unmistakeable. A hint of tart berries. 2.0

Taste: Yep just like the smell. Moldy and ripe blue cheese. Mild tartness and fruity notes of blueberries. Lingering blue cheese in the aftertaste. 2.0

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is eppervescent and prickly. Well carbonated beer. 4.0

Overall: I heard that this beer was having problems and I can confirm it. I love blue cheese just not in a berliner wiessbier. The off flavor of blue cheese is very strong in both smell and taste in this beer. It was honestly hard for me to drink a full glass. 2.5 (1,961 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch #754. My first time trying this one from Pipeworks, their Berliner Style Weisse with Blueberries Added.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a very impressive juicy reddish-purple body. Just over a finger of frothy pinkish-purple tinted white head. Head retention is short-lived, and there isn't really any lacing to speak of, but that color is amazing.

S - Initially, a very grainy & wheaty aroma presents itself. Not particularly sour on the aroma, but some lactic tartness is in there. The smell turns creamy & fruity towards the end. Somewhat of a buttery / diacetyl popcorn type aroma jumps out at me, to my surprise. Simple, but appealing.

T - Good sour / tartness. Not overdone, but it definitely scratches that sour itch. Creamy & fruity, but I wouldn't necessarily guess blueberries just by taste. Very juicy, fruity, and tart. A yeasty / bacterial finish.

M - Feel is sour & tart. Smooth, light, & easy-drinking. I could drink tons of this stuff. The sour seems to build over time. Very nice.

Overall, an excellent Berliner Weissbier from Pipeworks. Absolutely love this, and cannot wait for their sour program to expand. I look forward to what is to come.

Pipeworks Blue Lady -----4/5. (1,235 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,891 characters)

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Blue Lady from Pipeworks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.