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Blue Lady - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | 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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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:16:41 | More by Etan
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-02-2012 18:29:46 | More by hilgart1
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GRG1313

California

2/5  rDev -43.2%

12-02-2012 05:56:29 | More by GRG1313
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-02-2012 04:29:13 | More by Hugonaut13
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Granahan57

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-30-2012 03:38:27 | More by Granahan57
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StPaulSuds

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-28-2012 21:03:40 | More by StPaulSuds
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avschmitt

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-28-2012 15:28:39 | More by avschmitt
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JALIEN

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

11-26-2012 01:36:54 | More by JALIEN
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Deivos


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

11-24-2012 23:45:25 | More by Deivos
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +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!!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:04:12 | More by Thedaver4220
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

11-14-2012 04:58:20 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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bradner

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

11-12-2012 17:06:44 | More by bradner
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

11-11-2012 08:33:54 | More by mkennedy119
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 06:41:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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klipper

Michigan

1/5  rDev -71.6%

11-05-2012 06:55:19 | More by klipper
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SCZ

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%

10-27-2012 03:12:22 | More by SCZ
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-19-2012 16:55:50 | More by imperialking
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-18-2012 01:46:39 | More by THECPJ
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FullObs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-11-2012 15:16:34 | More by FullObs
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:41:45 | More by TMoney2591
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schneid

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

10-08-2012 19:37:29 | More by schneid
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bertram

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-22-2012 20:18:19 | More by bertram
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 09:17:22 | More by WillCarrera
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 05:15:28 | More by funkyaudio
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:47:38 | More by stakem
Blue Lady from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.