Berliner Raspberry - Funky Buddha Brewery
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3.08/5 rDev -23.8%
22 oz bottle into several glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for sharing this Funky Buddha rarity. I love the bottle for this by the way. Very creative.
Pours a lovely looking coppery amber, with a thin filmy white head that definitely has a pinkish hue to it. This retains with some creamy bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving back a smattering of spotty lacing down the sides. The aroma smells of raspberries but there is sweetness to the nose that is coming off more like syrupy smelling sugars to me. There is some funk and tartness mixed in as well but this is mostly coming off to me a fruity and sweet feeling.
The taste is tart up front, with a crisp berry feel to the flavor. Some earthy funk shores up the middle of this before things finish sour in the backend with a sharp acidic bite. This is definitely more sour feeling than tart, with that dry acidity lingering on the palate for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharpness to the carbonation that pops the more souring aspects of this. This body does achieve more of a crisp creaminess as this moves out that does help with things.
I don’t really get the love for this one. I expect a Berliner to be crisp and refreshing feeling. Something that I didn’t get with this. Plus the raspberry flavor had a sweet and artificial feel to it. Almost like they used syrup in this. At any rate, I’m glad to have been able to try it but I’ve had much better efforts from these guys.
01-12-2012 19:59:11 | More by Kegatron
3.08/5 rDev -23.8%
Jackie o's tasting baby!! Thanks cam
A-fucking red as shit . I said it. Like red koolaid
S-funky raspberry, but not in a good way
T-weird raspberry that I don'tlike. Not a good one
M- medium boey and smooth
O-eh. Pass. Too much wierdness going on...
10-08-2011 19:05:53 | More by brew3crew
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
On tap at Churchkey the other night. It definitely wins the brightest red beer I've ever seen award. It really looked like the liquid in a bottle of maraschino cherries. No head at all either. It just looked very strange for a beer.
The aroma mixes the sweet raspberries with a strong tart, very slightly sour flavor. The raspberries seem very fresh and bright, which I appreciate. The flavors just seem to clash for me though, or at the least just don't come together that well.
In the taste the tartness really comes through throughout the beer. The sweeter raspberries come out more towards the finish. Again though, the raspberries feel very fresh and bright but just seem to clash with the tart sourness more than compliment it.
The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, but not a standout in the style. The flavors just didn't seem to compliment each other very well in my opinion.
06-15-2012 13:49:30 | More by billab914
3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.
Appearance - Bright pale red. Light pink head that doesn't last.
Smell - Raspberry, but it isn't strong or distinctive. Grainy. Herbal aroma.
Taste - Sour raspberry flavor. Very grainy. Grain takes over the midrange flavor. StandardBuddha berliner flavors come back with that lemony TheraFlu taste.
Mouthfeel - Sour but not overly. Medium carbonation. Light.
Overall - Never loved these berliners, but this is pretty good.
09-28-2013 22:46:33 | More by Alieniloquium
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Thumbs up go to the Funky Buddha for the bit of comedy on the label here. The brew pours a perfectly clear color of neon pink kool-aid. A finger of lightly pinkish stained head appears and quickly fades. A light swirl revives the effervescent carbonation back to the surface and produces some very faint spots of lace on the glass.
The smell of this brew is somewhat reminiscent of raspberry but it doesn't directly carry a fresh or natural aspect. The berry scent is augmented with something along the lines of strawberry rhubarb jelly. There is a little bit of a veggie aspect also going on in the aroma that brings forth some other funky aspects like poopy diaper and cheese/stinky feet. As the brew warms up, more of a focus goes back to the raspberry scent that to me is a bit seeded and earthy, not juicy and fresh. As the brew warms up beyond ideal temperature, it has an ackward note of something along the lines of cooked cabbage. I'm not exactly sold on all these scents working together but I can appreciate the effort considering the wild nature that Berliners can sometimes take in depending on the souring methods.
The taste is sharply tart, not necessarily sour but it has a bold focus on the tart aspects which is a bit exaggerated compared to other takes on the style. I believe the raspberry flavoring here helps to focus more on the acidity level and that completely hides any base grain character. Just like the aroma led on, there are some veggie aspects to the flavor as well that come across like cabbage. When focusing on the raspberry flavoring, it seems unnatural to me like a syrup addition was used, not real raspberries. I'm not saying that is completely bad or the wrong thing here, just lacking the complexity that I was expecting. It has a minor herbal note at times and some citrus notes almost like citric acid instead of the typical lemony tartness produced from lacto fermentation.
This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of carbonation that is lively and prickly on the tongue. For a 5% berliner, it is pushing the threshold of being "Imperialized" yet the alcohol is fairly well hidden. I collectively have mixed feelings about this beer. On one hand it is unique and enjoyable but on the other hand it displays a bit too much artificial candy flavoring but without the lasting sweetness. Something I look for in a solid Berliner Weisse is it's ease of drinkability and depth of character. I believe a fruit addition should deepen the complexity without overpowering. In this case, the fruit was a bit ackward and just didnt really blend well with the rest of the character. It was not as easy drinking as other takes on the style. It is certainly worth a try if you get the opportunity but not worth the hassle of there only being something like ~20 bottles made.
11-14-2011 15:17:29 | More by stakem
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
Pours a neon pinkish red. No head at all. Not even if i shake the shit out of it.
Smells funky and odd. Some seediness on the nose. very weird. Norm says he smells celery seed. I'm not sure but I think the funk and raspberries just clash a bit.
Tastes reeeally raspberry heavy. I am really enjoying the taste of the raspberries but the nose is messing with me. Nice solid mouthfeel. Well carbonated, sits well on the tongue. But overall this one is not quite a hit.
An interesting take for sure but needs some work i think
10-08-2011 19:22:06 | More by Urbancaver
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Thanks, Jason! Poured into a Narke tulip.
A - Pours ruby red, white head, thin collar, wisps.
S - Raspberries, nice level of tart/sour, fruity sweetness. A really nose the raspberries dominating right up front. Pretty much as-advertised, really nice nose.
T - Raspberries up front, but not fresh...more "fake" extract fruity notes. Light tart/sour notes, some funk, but mostly raspberries. Not quite as good as the nose, I'm afraid.
M - Light body, good carbonation, dry tart finish.
O - A really nice berliner that was refreshing yet still had some nice tart notes. The raspberries weren't quite as nice on the palate as the nose, but still, very enjoyable. Would love to have again.
10-17-2011 17:36:05 | More by Sean9689
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a bright pink color with a thin white head that recedes quite quickly. The nose carries a light bit of cheese, especially as it warms. Behind that is a strong scent of fresh raspberries. Bright and acidic as opposed to musty and earthy. Flavor has an underlying tartness to be paired with the strong raspberry presence. Moderate acidity. Light body. Very good and thirst quenching. Quite nice other than the cheesiness in the nose.
12-15-2012 19:12:54 | More by Thorpe429
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
Thanks to Jason for the share.
A - A nice looking bright red beer that had a small head that faded to a ring.
S - Great smell, like great real raspberries with a little bit of tartness. Very nice job on this one.
T - Taste is not as good as the nose. Raspberries are toned down, lost some of the realness that it seemed to have, but still relatively tasty.
M - Light bodied, not tons of carbonation.
O - Pretty good beer, not as good as I thought it would be with the nose, but still tasty. Alcohol is well hidden, but surprisingly high, actually would have given this better marks if it were 3ish percent.
10-17-2011 02:22:36 | More by AgentZero
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a deep dark red color that looks kind of like a mixture of fruit punch and fake blood from a '70s blacksploitation film. Minimal pinkish-white head that immediately fades. No lacing.
The aroma of this beer is bursting with uber fresh, tart raspberry that overpowers almost everything else. Some lactic funk and acidity but the raspberry character is so promient that it doesn't smell(or taste) like a Berliner weiss. Really strong sweet raspberry presence that smells really nice but I wish that it was a bit truer to style.
Medium bodied with a nice balance of raspberry sweetness and tart, puckering sourness. Again, the raspberries dominate but it's a little more complex than the nose suggests. Very, very sweet with a rush of tart and sweet raspberry flavor that lingers over some lactic funk and citric acidity into a dry, tart finish. It's even a little bit seedy but after a while the raspberry flavor becomes a bit overwhelming. Like the other three Berliners from FB that I've tried, the traditional characteristics are almost completely overshadowed. Could use more funk, citrus, bread and wheat. Definitely the sweetest of the four I've tried so far but I did enjoy the fresh raspberry flavor.
08-20-2012 01:37:00 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
On tap at Funky Buddha, poured into a snifter.
Beer pours a gorgeous reddish pink with a thin white head. Smell is heavy on the raspberries, but has a distinct sweetness to it as well. There is also a bit of sour/funk in there as well. Taste is much more sour than expected, almost like fresh Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, with a lot of raspberry flavor and some significant sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. After being blown away by the Passionfruit Berliner, I had high hopes for this beer and it didn't quite live up to them. It is a nice sour fruit beer, but didn't have the light refreshing quality I associate with a Berliner.
03-10-2012 15:52:59 | More by starrdogg
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
On tap at Monk's during Philly Beer Week.
All of the Funky Buddha brews seemed to gush from the tap lines, and this was no exception. From tap to pitcher behind the bar, then poured into individual pints. Head quickly melted into the fuchsia-colored body.
Aroma is fresh, though subdued, raspberries. The other Berliners were stuffed full of fruit flavor, and this one lacks by comparison.
Taste is similarly mild compared to the others: much less tart & acidic with the raspberries not standing out as far as I'd like. I suppose this lends itself to higher drinkability for some (not me), but this one was a disappointment.
Objectively, this is still a GREAT beer, but it simply does not compare favorably against the other Buddha Berliners.
06-05-2012 19:29:08 | More by brystmar
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
I am appreciative to stakem for sharing this bomber with me and kegatron. Enjoyed from a tulip.
This is an attractive beer, it grabs the eye if you know what I mean...it is got some hot pink hues of raspberry with shirley temple or cherry spritzer qualities. The clarity is great and the pink head is quick to collapse w/ very tiny bead. The smell is earthy up front, fruity and slightly funky with some almost 'rhubarb-like' notes which I heard stakem comment. There is a light raspberry fruitiness with tart aroma that hints at acidity with an almost lemony nose. The feel is very lactic and slightly sharp but still has a high level of sweet to balance with superhigh carbonation and moderately high puckering astringency w/ strong fruity tanginess and a drying almost astringent sour finish with very gassy quality.
I like the way this starts, but it does have a slight sugary tinge which seems juicy, not added sweetner sweet. There is a light raspberry taste with an almost extract-like flavor with sweet/sour juxtoposition and light candy-like quality which brings out the edge to the lemony lactic flavor with subtle soda-pop quality. The carbonic acid is there with the high carbonation in full effect making the fruit seem sharper and has an almost raspberry lemonade flavor. Overall a bright poppy kind of wheat, spritzy and light on fruit in the taste , but has the refreshing sour wheat quality. A bit high in carbonation which I would tone down personally which takes away from the overall enjoyment - but all-in all a good example of the style.
11-18-2011 19:45:27 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
From 06/0/12 notes. Had on tap at the Churchkey FB event in DC. Very excited for this one after trying their passionfruit and lime berliners.
a - Pours a murky, dark red pink color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of medicinal notes, raspberries, strawberries, dark fruits, light floral and sulfur notes. Not the best, and not very sour, though not bad.
t - Tastes of tart raspberries, lightly sour strawberries and dark fruits, lightly acedic. Much better than the nose, but still not too sour here.
m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.
O - Overall a nice beer, but a bit of a disappointment for me. I really liked their
Passionfruit and Lime Berliners, and think they are much better. Not very sour and the nose was a little bland, but worth checking out and still better than most people's attempts at a berliner.
06-13-2012 20:26:34 | More by mdfb79
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
From a 22oz bomber courtesy of PhiChiFiji00 (Chad), thanks!
Appearance was red-light district (from my notes, so hey!), jolly rancher red toned.
Smell is reby red, grapefruit, small bubbles, good carbonation.
Taste is clean, refreshing, not overly complex, zesty, more carbonation feel on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is acidic, light, taste of some raspberries, but more grapefruit notes.
Overall impression of this beer is good. I'm not a huge fan of berlinerweiss beers but this one was pretty good. Slight alcohol, but consistent with style.
11-06-2011 07:20:08 | More by CenCalMario
Berliner Raspberry from Funky Buddha Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.