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Flower Child - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 35
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-25-2013)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something different fof Pipeworks, Americo’s bottle. Great hoppy aroma. A creamy head on dark brown. Some chocolate, roasty taste with citrus in the finish. Was expecting more significant sourness in the style.I can only speculate that they purposely concentrated on these other elements.

Sammy, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 74.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain 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 a pretty good beer that has a better taste over smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

spycow, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Thorpe429, May 29, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.5%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Knapp85, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If they weren't already doing a good enough job of it, I would be more than happy to write copy for Pipeworks labels. Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy pale grapefruit juice topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose is a simple blast of tart and juicy lemon zest. Things go from straight within-the-rind fruit to lightly-sweetened lemonade. The taste is more single-minded, keeping to the tart and sour track with a hunk-a-hunk-a burnin' vengeance. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a highly enjoyable and refreshing little Berliner. Good times. 'Nuff said. Get some.

TMoney2591, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod, murky and opaque, it looks more like a glass of lemonade with heavy pulp, but the huge billowing head of white foam betrays that idea. Lots of sticky lace in the glass, spindly and delicate. Coverage is good and lasts for awhile.

Minerally lactic tartness and champagne aroma, some hints of grape and sourdough bread.

Puckering tartness right away, lemon and grape fruits ride alongside a cleanly sour and bracing acidity. Dry and quenching finish, true to style with a bit of amped up lemony sourness. Great stuff, its definitely an extremely quaffable beer. Really enjoyed drinking the bottle and would love to see it on tap around town in the warmer months.

Glad I picked up two of these, and will try to grab a couple more for when spring finally rolls around.

emerge077, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lacework. Hazy pale straw body.

S - Sharp wheat, tangy lactic notes, lemony citrus, perhaps a touch of mineral.

T - Taste has a bit more yeast and breadiness to it, with a low level of tart lemon and lactic acidity. A tad sweeter, with some pale malt and juicy citrus presence mid-palate before yielding to a lightly sour finish.

M - Light in body, but not overly watery for a 3.5% beer. Dry, yet mouth-coating finish. Pleasant refreshing carbonation, albeit a bit less than I like from this style. Some residual acidity might get the stomach churning a little after a full bottle. Really easy to drink!

D - A nice session option. I was able to finish the bomber with minimal effort. Nice Berliner, and you get 50% more for the same price as the German ones available here. Would love to see this on-tap in the summer, as I can imagine putting back a few glasses.

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

oline73, May 30, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw-yellow color, with a healthy, fluffy white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving some lacing on the glass. Crisp wheat notes in the nose, lemongrass, mineral. Similar taste, lightly toasted wheat and crackery pale malts, lemon zest with a touch of tartness, grassy, a little mineral in the taste as well. Light body, thin, but appropriate for a 3.5% beer, Champagne-like carbonation. Crisp and clean, refreshing, easily drinkable.

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mendvicdog, May 30, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

yourefragile, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the RVA crew for hookin me up with a bottle of this in our recent exchange. A 750ml batch #74 poured into a pair of matching pipeworks berliner bowls. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a still look about it. No rising bubbles showing visible carbonation but a swirl emits a thin lace across the top. Once it gets warmer and you get violent with it, a finger of white cap emerges. WARNING: despite chilling the bottle for 3 days, it is impossible to decant more than 10-12 oz of this clearly. The sediment in this brew infiltrates the entire solution and literally looks like watered down cream of wheat or watery oatmeal.

The aroma is lemony lactic with yogurt and fresh grains like wheat or cereal. At times it has a minor mineral or vegetative note but that is nit-picking. As it warms and is swirled, it emits a bit of sulfur and footy to cheesy aspect. Stretching to say that there is a minor note of something similar to crushed black pepper.

The flavor is lemony lactic with a sort of greek yogurt appeal overtop cereal grains. Also present is a hint of vegetative or black peppery quality, sulfur and carbonic aspect towards the finish. The aftertaste instead of being clean and snappy has a bit of saline character and faint minerals almost indicative of a gose instead of berliner.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation than what is expected in the style. Overall it is not bad. It is not the best ive had in the style nor even close to the worst. Nicely done, I look forward to trying Pipeworks other berliner iterations but seriously, what the hell is going on in the bottom of that bottle...

stakem, May 07, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

duceswild, May 30, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip
Batch #74
A- This beer ours a pale white peach color with a bit of hazy and a creamy snow white head that turns bubble. There is a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface. The second class is much hazier with a massive jetsam that looks like wet paper towels floating around. The second class was too slimy and chunky to drink.

S- The fruity tart note was mellow but bright and took on a nice dry honeycomb note as it opened up. There was a faint wheat dough hint to it aswell.

T- The nice tart crisp presents lead to a softer fruity tartness in the finish with a field corn note in the dry finish. There was a gentle hint of tartness lingering for a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no astringency at all with a gentle tight fizz scrubbing the finish.

O- This is a nice tart beer but is much softer than it’s Cousins from Berlinne. It has some nice flavor but I’m not sure a 3.4% ABV bomber is worth $10.00. It was also frustrating that I couldn’t even drink the second glass.

rhoadsrage, May 02, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Gonzoillini, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.5%

billab914, Jun 28, 2013
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Flower Child from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.