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Cranpire Christmas - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Treebs on 12-11-2012)
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JRBecks

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-27-2012 17:52:11 | More by JRBecks
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a bright pink with a 2 finger white head. Minimal lacing.

S- tart citrus, funky cheese, bit of spoiled milk, with some berry aromas as well.

T- big tartness upfront, pale malts, with some tart and semi sweet berries.

M- light body and high carbonation. Light and refreshing.

O- 7/10 sourness. Not as good as Well Read Temptress IMO, but still a very nice Berliner. Not as much fruit flavor as WRT but close to the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 05:12:36 | More by kawilliams81
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beerhawk41

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-22-2012 01:02:16 | More by beerhawk41
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 58

A-This beer pours a hazy deep red with a strawberry blonde head of foam that last a good bit and a strong carbonation.

S- The slightly earthy cranberry fruit is fresh with a raw honey note growing as the beer opens. There is a mellow corn note underneath the fruit that has a slight yeasty tartness to it.

T- The tart fruit is sort of a cranberry soda flavor without the sweetness and a note of dry corn and yeast underneath. The dry tart finish is mostly fruit forward with hints of berliner weissbier underneath.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish but no astringency or alcohol.

O- This is a beer that is crisp and light but really has a nice fresh fruit flavor. I wouldn't mind a bit more beer tartness but the fruit is still well supported.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 21:53:47 | More by rhoadsrage
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

12-17-2012 15:47:15 | More by thewimperoo
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$11.99 for a 750ml bottle from Binny's. Served in a Schultheiss Berliner Weisse glass.

A: murky pink/off-white color, very cloudy, poured with head that gave way to thin veil
S: mild, tart fruitiness with lactic undertones
T: tart with lactic acid but not as tart as Schultheiss, decent brew overall for style and 'A' for effort, cranberry really works well with style
M: slight sourness but very light and drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 22:25:12 | More by wisrarebeer
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cmoody91

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-13-2012 02:04:33 | More by cmoody91
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wide-mouth chalice just for fun, closest I had to the traditional Berliner Kindl Weisse glass.

Color is an electric kool-aid reddish pink, with a finger of foam that melts away quickly, fading into an island of patchy skim, and a crescent shape of bubbles clinging to the opposite side of the glass.

Tart cranberry and vague wheaty aroma, some cranberry juice.

Crisp and puckering sourness, seems a touch more intense than Blue Lady & Well Read, but in the same ballpark. Simple and clean, more tart cranberry up front, finishing dry with some fleeting aftertastes of cranberry and sourdough yeast. No off flavors to speak of. Would make a nice apertif or sunny day quencher. Made a milkshake by blending half cup of Cranpire, half cup of cranberry sauce, 3 tbsp cream cheese, and 1/2 tbsp of strawberry vanilla sugar, and it tasted like cranberry cheesecake.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 01:27:19 | More by emerge077
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JALIEN

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-12-2012 15:19:12 | More by JALIEN
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-11-2012 20:37:24 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
Batch #59 (I think, I don't have the bottle in front of me)
Served in a Teku

A: Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color. Half a finger of white to off-white head. A nice looking beer.

S: Clean sour notes, a slightly discernible cranberry smell. A very slight cheese nose, in a good way.

T: Clean. Crisp. A perfect tasting berliner. There is a faint wheat backbone present which gives it nice character. However I do not taste much cranberry. This can be expected since I do have some homebrewing experience with cranberries and I found that the type of tartness that cranberries have are already close to the tart flavor profile of a berlinerweisse anyways, so I do feel the cranberries get a bit lost.

M: Super clean mouthfeel that finishes with a nice mild pucker Everything I'm looking for in a berliner weisse.

O: Another great, well balanced Berliner from Pipeworks. They are really nailing this style! Please keep em coming PW. I liked this very much, however if I had to rank the three bw offerings by Pipeworks thus far I would rank them: 1. Well Read Temptress, 2: Blue Lady 3: Cranpire Christmas. All are very close though. This beer is worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 15:51:53 | More by mjohnson17
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Treebs

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Pipeworks tulip. Batch #58

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a light pink head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a wispy cap and thicker collar.

S: Musty on the nose. Cranberry and some wheat notes. A little greek yogurt sourness as well. Mild cheesy notes as it warms.

T: Tart cranberry initially on each sip. Creamy wheat. A little lactic sourness and a touch of fruity acidity. The finish is sweet and clean. As it warmed up a touch of blue cheese came out, but it wasn't out of the realm of normal and played nicely with the fruity sourness.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Great mouthfeel with a little effervescence to it.

O: I like Well Read Temptress a tad more, but this was an extremely flavorful and easy drinking Berliner. Pipeworks is locking this style down and I'm excited to see what fruit variation is next!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:02:24 | More by Treebs
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Cranpire Christmas from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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