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HappyHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Heirloom Tomato Berliner Weisse. 5.2% Brewed with wheat. Conditioned on 120 lbs. of Heirloom Tomatoes from Tim Mountz at Happy Cat Farm.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-14-2013)
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Reviews by Rifugium:
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TH

Interesting and perhaps somewhat controversial. But would the beer scene be any fun otherwise? Pale yellow pour, hazy, with a small cap of creamy white head; moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, some fruity funk, and a touch of almost lactic tartness, and a dash of salt. This came out right around Mr. Alien, which I wasn't crazy about, so I'm not sure if the "base" beer was the same or not, but regardless, the conditioning on tomatoes really turned it into a different creature. Several people--including one or two of the staff--seemed to think the tomato didn't really come out in any meaningful way, but I noticed it immediately on the first sip. Perhaps in a blind taste test, it would be harder to identify, but there was a salty and almost savory element to the taste, actually almost coming off more like a ragout than fresh raw tomato, overripe, mid-palate bringing in a bit of lemon-like tartness, toasted wheat with a slight weiss-like acidity, and a decidedly earthy finish. Medium body, full-ranging taste bud stimulant. Probably not something I'd personally get more than a glass or two of, but definitely points for originality, and I think it was about spot on for what they were going for.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 22:09:20 | More by Rifugium
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-02-2014 03:11:03 | More by cwelsh55
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour is lightly hazed pale yellow with a white head. Nose is apple cider and vinegar, vegetal, earthy and minerally. Moderate carb, lighter body, lots of vegetation, less salty than the nose with more sweetness. Estery in the finish, puckering and prickly.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2014 20:08:22 | More by cpetrone84
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

09-15-2013 16:30:40 | More by cclark67789
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-08-2013 21:40:21 | More by mikeburd1128
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-31-2013 16:41:49 | More by yourefragile
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MatthewPlus

Florida

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved a growler in a trade with Kapkenobi- thanks bud!

32oz. growler poured into a FFF teku.

Pours a hazy whitish gold color with just a hint of pink, with a thin, bone-white head. minimal lacing, and the head quickly dissipates. I was expecting a bit more color from the tomatoes, but it's still a good looking beer.

Comes with the typical berliner nose, tart lemon, soft wheat and theres just a touch of funk.

Tastes follows the nose. Lemon and wheat with a mild lactic presence. There is a soft, faint sweet tomato flavor, but its way in the background. I was really hoping for/expecting more of a tomato flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style. clean, tart finish and excellent carbonation in the body.

Overall, while i think this beer is an excellent berliner, it is pretty straight-forward. I think i've been drinking too much Florida Weisse, where the brewers pack the berliner chock full of fruit flavors. This beer was refined, and subtle, but lacked any standout qualities.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2013 13:08:17 | More by MatthewPlus
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tmhoye

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-27-2013 22:53:05 | More by tmhoye
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson by way of Slatetank for securing this 1-liter growler for me. Poured into a matching TH oversized wine glass, the brew pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white froth from a pour down the middle of the glass. The cap slowly fades leaving hardly any lacing effect. The brew looks pretty standard for a berliner offering.

The aroma is slightly earthen and faintly seedy in a tomato sorta way but without previously knowing tomato was put in this, I highly doubt anyone (myself included) would be able to distinguish that. As it warms up, a bit of lemon character and accenting fruity quality emerges.

The flavor has some saline aspects to it with a minor fruity lemon appeal like your typical berliner. More sips reveal a touch of earthen and sulfate character that gets mildly vegetative towards the finish. As this warms up, almost a vinous note emerges that has somewhat of a chardonnay sort of feel to it.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and prickly with a cleansing sort of feel to it indicative of the style. I cant stress how awesome it is to get a TH growler that is adequately carbonated...it doesnt happen all the time but when it does, man is it good. This berliner while very unique with the tomato addition is leaps and bounds ahead of mr. alien stylistically which was released shortly before this one. The tomato was subtile enough that you could certainly get it in the aftertaste as it warmed up. For a strange idea, I think they really pulled this one off. I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2013 14:14:36 | More by stakem
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-26-2013 20:46:35 | More by mythaeus
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volta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-26-2013 03:09:08 | More by volta
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-25-2013 15:09:35 | More by zekeman17
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy, near gold. small head, good laces.
S- fruity, but not citrus. Funky - bordering on sour or tart, but not there.
T- surprisingly well-balanced, not sour or overly tart, light taste of tomato, refreshing
M - lighter than expected, no discernible acidity, quite quaffable
O - as advertised "awesome and weird" nothing like any Berliner weisse I've had. I liked it. Purchased two small growlers for friends to sample the strange fruit that is tomato brew.

Served in an 8 oz glass

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 03:00:45 | More by EBeckett3
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-23-2013 17:00:06 | More by nrs207
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tenderbranson69

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-22-2013 16:51:40 | More by tenderbranson69
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the brewpub - served in taster

Hazy straw golden color with a bubbly cropping of white head, quickly fading out while tasting. Toasted grain, lactic tartness, wet straw and a hint of vegetal tomato in the nose. Tart and snappy on the tongue, funky yeast and cracked pepper glance across. The tomatoes aren't boisterous, but rather an accentuation of salty, fruitiness that reminds me of fresh picked vegetables from a backyard garden. Finishes tart and dry on the tongue. Refreshing, lighter body, higher carbonation.

Funky and interesting brew from Tired Hands (of course) - I'd definitely try it again, but I wouldn't put this in the top echelon of Berliners for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 23:09:42 | More by xnicknj
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-21-2013 19:24:22 | More by millerbuffoon
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-21-2013 01:57:15 | More by rydev24
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-21-2013 00:41:42 | More by beernads
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-20-2013 12:53:55 | More by InspectorBob
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-19-2013 21:04:49 | More by brez8791
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kapkenobi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-19-2013 20:25:09 | More by kapkenobi
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-19-2013 18:39:27 | More by rondufresne
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-19-2013 14:17:02 | More by GeoffreyM
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-19-2013 03:48:41 | More by Greenplastic615
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HappyHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.