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Blue Lady - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 24
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:
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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 09-07-2012)
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Photo of t0rin0
1/5  rDev -71.6%

t0rin0, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +13.6%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

kjkinsey, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -43.2%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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...

emerge077, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -14.8%

mdfb79, May 20, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

imperialking, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of stakem
2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

stakem, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Gonzoillini, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 27, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

THECPJ, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

scruffwhor, May 20, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

sweemzander, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

FosterJM, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Holland, May 15, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Florida9, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
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!

cosmicevan, Dec 06, 2012
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Blue Lady from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.