Hamptonweisse - Blue Lobster Brewing Company
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Jeff for the growler! This beer was the whole reason for the Blue Lobster trade in the first place - the description sounds amazing. Hamptonweisse pours with a pale pear colored body, fully opaque with an unfiltered haze that engulfs any type of light trying to shine through, even given the relatively vapid hue. A frail, fizzy white head escapes quickly and leaves the top of the beer bare.
What an enigmatic aroma on this one... lots of notable must, heavy citrus zest, lemon peels and lemon flesh, a brash hint of kiwi, and a mild apricot aroma that builds in character and juiciness with time (or temperature, perhaps). So much to wrap your head around, and each whiff is somehow seemingly different from the last... how can that be?
There's apparent lactic sourness, and possibly some biting acidity, from the smell alone. The weird funk and must plays well in balancing everything out, and keeping this beer from just being some generic fruit juice (although I have to say, the fruity combination of this beer smells great, and would probably make a damn good juice, too).
Bam! A swift smack of lactic tartness up front, wall-to-wall, right to the dome. Apricots are heavier, which is good to see, and they seem to contribute more sweetness than tartness in terms of relative flavor. Don't worry though, sour-heads, there's more than enough biting tartness and souring to go around in Hampotonweisse. Get your butt cheeks ready out of the gate.
Kiwis jettison into the middle of things along with a funk that's even more nebulous on the palate. Woodsy must, cheesy popcorn, and mild, mildew-y sweat socks. Is that descriptive enough for you? Sounds awful, but it's not. It gives me that "out of round" sense of balance and fullness that beers like this need... and it's one of the most distinguishable and unique funks I've smelled, so that's also a plus.
The weird-ass funk carries into the end, with some Sprite-like lemon-lime acidity and finishing sour notes, ironic how the mouth feel of this beer is almost exactly like Sprite, too. Very thin and wafting with a spritzy, effervescent, and bitingly crisp mouth feel. Lightly acidic, more lactic, pretty grainy, super fruity, pleasantly sour, and all other sorts of love-you-longtime descriptors.
Very glad to have a chance to try this one. Just reading about a Kiwi-Apricot Berliner makes my slacks tighter, smelling and tasting it was total tent pitchin' mode. Maybe not quite as orgasmic as my mind was shaping it up to be based on the description, and actually a little different than I expected, but awesome nonetheless. Hopefully they make more of this stuff.
Serving type: growler
08-16-2013 16:40:19 | More by tectactoe
4.16/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is straw gold with a vinous hue. Loose retreating head with wisps on the cap.
Aromas of white grapefruit, dried apricot, melon rind and kiwi. Apple cider tartness.
Definite lactic sourness, firm but not overbearing. Insofar as fruitiness, basically picking up more on apricot. Light grainy malt notes.
Body is thin and the effervescence tickles the mouth. Crisp, dry and sour on the finish. Find it to be very refreshing.
Nice interpretation on style with the fruit. I enjoyed very much. Nice to have tried.
Serving type: growler
07-19-2013 00:14:49 | More by joeseppy
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a hazy yellow with orange tints and a little bit of muddy water coloring thrown in there. The beer pours with a pretty head of large, soapy white bubbles that leave a quarter of a finger’s width of head on the beer. In body, the beer is totally murky and hazed, with just a hint of rapid carbonation bubbles racing to replenish the head from all over the bottom of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of vegetal funk with a light lemon kiss on the end of the sniff. Apricot and kiwi both work their way onto the nose lightly along with slight berry scents, and generic fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes tartly acidic with a nice bready sweetness from the wheat malt that provides a little balance. In flavor, the beer begins as tart lemon, moving into light vegetal apricot flavors with a refreshing fruity twist coming from the kiwi. It’s hard to say that I taste the kiwi at all, but it definitely gives a bright freshness to the beer, and touches the smell more than the flavor. Light cereal wheat flavors also appear in the taste, but build beautifully in the aftertaste. Just before the finish is where the most kiwi flavoring can be found, but this is then pushed aside by a big, bright citric lemon and just a touch of vegetal apricot which make up the finish. The aftertaste rings with citric lemon and chewy wheat flakes. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body and effervescent on the tongue, with a light prickle from carbonation and a good resounding pucker to the mouth which mellows into a light chalkiness. Carbonation is medium strong with notes of fluffiness and of fierceness, too. Overall, this is a terrific fruited Berliner Weisse that doesn’t lose track of the original style, as others in the burgeoning new category often do. In comparison to Night Shift Brewing’s Everweisse, my favorite fruited Berliner this summer, this beer touches beautifully on the other side of the style spectrum. The fruit is light, raw, and refreshing, providing a lovely flavoring to coincide with the tart lacto and the wheat malt while note being very sweet at all. This beer is hugely refreshing, and is right up there with Everweisse for me. A great beer for summer sipping or for summer knocking back.
Serving type: growler
06-29-2013 22:06:15 | More by Maxwell
Hamptonweisse from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.