Passionfruit Berliner Weisse - Funky Buddha Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -17.4%
On tap at the brewery's grand opening. Served in a snifter.
Appearance - Very hazy orange yellow. No head. Just a thin collar.
Smell - Excellent fruit aroma. Dominating passionfruit. Incredibly fruity. Nothing else to it besides fruit and acidity.
Taste - Great fruit flavor right up front. Tons of passionfruit. Behind it is the seemingly standard Buddha grain and weird lemon chemical flavor. The passionfruit does an excellent job of covering the Thera Flu flavor, but it still comes out.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. That off flavor is almost completely covered, but it rears its ugly head after the passionfruit dies down.
Overall - It's gotta be the base berliner giving it that flavor. Something is off, but so many great flavors in this otherwise.
06-02-2013 01:24:17 | More by Alieniloquium
3.68/5 rDev -16.7%
Poured on draft into a snifter. Pale straw color with plenty of haze. Arrived with a small, white head that disappeared in less than a minute. No lacing or anything like that. No head is common with the Berliner Weiss style, so I don't give it any poor marks for that. In fact this looks like a true German Berliner Weiss, so I give is higher marks for that.
The aroma is simple, but exotic and delicious. The aroma of passion fruit wafts out of the glass, though it is soft and does not seem over the top or fake. Also, pretty clear aroma of lactic acid.
The taste is surprisingly less "exotic" than the aroma. Quite a modest sourness, with only the initial sip bringing sour to the back and sides of the tongue. There is a very light flavor of passion fruit, though it seems to be counter-balanced with a fresh hay and wheat flavor. I was hoping that the passion fruit would stand out more and contribute more to the flavor, as I also expected it to contribute to the tartness, but alas, it did not...
Light body and active carbonation. Pretty solid for the style and I have to give it credit for keeping this beer as close to the style as possible.
I drank a few glasses of this, and definitely thought I would try more if I saw it on tap again. Unique twist on the Berliner Weiss, and my only critique would be to dial up the passion fruit a notch or two.
01-20-2013 18:22:29 | More by MusicaleMike
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev -14.5%
Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this baby whale.
Pours a pale whitish yellow color, slightly clouded, with a wispy white head. Some foamy lace and minimal retention as expected. Aroma is ridiculously awesome dominated by the fruit with trace amounts of wheat or the underlying Berliner (portending impending doom of the flavor). Taste is dominated by an overly acidic, unpleasant Berliner with much softer fruit presence than the nose and a faintly tart finish. The passion fruit also unfortunately presents itself more as more of a syrup floating on top of the weak Berliner (similar to some of the Upland lambics) rather than blending with the base beer. Very refreshing and enjoyable, I'd love to drink a glass or 3 gallons or so of this, but doesn't really hit the mark for a world class Berliner.
03-10-2012 07:50:08 | More by yourefragile
3.8/5 rDev -14%
Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.
Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, grain, and passion fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour and tart grain and passion fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid passion fruit presence that is slightly better in the aroma in my opinion.
10-29-2013 03:07:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev -10.6%
On tap at Redlight Red Light in Orlando, FL during Zwanze Day 2012; poured to a 10oz, tall and straight tumbler, kind of like a high ball glass.
Appearance (4.0): One finger of white head dies down to a thin collar with minimal lacing and retention. The body is a pale, straw-yellow color with orange hues; cloudy, but not opaque. Seems about right for the style, so I can’t complain about the head and the body is very pretty.
Smell (3.5): Surprisingly cheesy—like a good deal of cheesy, lactic funk. But, the passionfruit scent (which is pretty distinct, if you’re familiar with it) lends itself surprisingly well, adding a sweetness to that funk and a sunny, lightly sweet, fruity character alongside it. Still, it’s mildly off-putting.
Taste (4.0): Thankfully, there’s less cheese and more fruit on the palate. Not that I don’t like weird, funky cheeses—just not in my beer. The passionfruit, again, offers a surprisingly natural complement to the funk of it. Very little acetic acid, really just lactic—moderately tart, fruity but not too sweet at all. Finishes with a clean bitterness, leaving just traces of passionfruit juice (which itself has a naturally kind of syrupy character to its flavor) and some of that funky cheesiness. Which, fortunately, blends better as it warms up. Overall, it ends up being very drinkable.
Mouthfeel (4.5): This has a very nice, gaseous feel: the carbonation expands nicely, tingling fully on the way down with some great, dynamic action. The body is almost medium-weight, surprisingly, for such a (relatively) small beer. The passionfruit sticks around as much as the cheesiness, which is good. Very easy to drink, but not forgettably so.
Overall (4.0): Easy drinker, for sure. The cheesiness can be off-putting, but it blends better toward the end. It’s light and refreshing, but the body has enough character that you also can’t throw it back like water—not quite. There’s more going on here than something so light, and it’s good. Very curious to try more of Funky Buddha’s berliner weisses!
12-02-2012 15:15:23 | More by fmccormi
3.95/5 rDev -10.6%
On-tap at Hunahpu's Day 2012.
A - Pours a hazy golden yellow, spritzy white head, no lace/retention/collar to speak of.
S - Citrus, light wheat, and fruity tartness. I can't say I actually get a huge amount of passionfruit, but it's fruity, so I guess that's what it is. Very light, subtle, and enjoyable nose.
T - Nice level of fruit notes, citrus peel, wheat, lacto-tartness. Not to sharp, yet not too subtle...just right. Really liking this one, but I wish there was more fruit...needs a bit more.
M - Light, crisp, refreshing, good carbonation, dry tart finish.
O - A really nice berliner, but nothing that blew me out of the water (see CCB Pilot Passionfruit/Dragonfruit). Really easy to drink and very enjoyable on a hot day in Tampa. Would have again, over and over.
03-13-2012 23:27:49 | More by Sean9689
4.05/5 rDev -8.4%
First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA
Big gush of foam out of the tap, poured into a pitcher, finally settling to a serve-worthy consistency. Cloudy dull dishwater yellow pour with a ringlet of bubbles that faded to about nothing in the glass, despite all the activity from the draught line. Aroma was fairly tart, lactic, fruity, an indication of things to come; also a bit of potpourri...reminded me of the scents you get when you walk into AC Moore craft shop. Taste was, as expected, full of passionfruit, and fortunately not too sweet, not too sour, definitely some tartness and citric acidity going on. Light-medium body, drinkable, but mind your heartburn if you're drinking it in larger quantities. Expectedly one-dimensional, but gives you what you came for. Nicely done.
06-04-2012 12:52:26 | More by Rifugium
4.13/5 rDev -6.6%
On-tap at FB 7/20, served in tulip
A: Pours a super cloudy beige color with a small white cap. Looks like grapefruit juice
S: Tart and ripe passionfruit dominates the nose. Super acidic, this will be sour!
T: Passionfruit, super sour passionfruit. Mouth puckering sourness
MF/O: Super tart and a little dry. Lower carbonation and a good feel to it. Heartburn central. One of the most sour beers I've consumed, but also very delicious.
07-22-2012 20:39:39 | More by scottyshades
4.2/5 rDev -5%
Huge thanks to TroubleMaker for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a semi-hazy light yellow-golden color with a foamy white head. A bit of retention and slight sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries a tremendous amount of passion fruit with some light sourness in the background. The fruit addition is really working, but the backing Berliner isn't fantastic.
The flavor confirms my initial impressions. I really dig the use of the passion fruit and the flavor works quite well with the berliner base, but the base just has acidity without the accompanying fruit and other complexities that I really enjoy with world-class Berliners. Also, the passion fruit isn't as strong as it was in the nose. With that said, it's still a good base made much better by the fruit.
Light body with crisp carbonation and a quite acidic finish. Overall, a pretty good Berliner made much, much better by the fruit addition.
03-06-2012 01:52:05 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev -4.5%
A- unfiltered yellow body with a hint orange (color of ripe passionfruit) retains a thin rim of white head without sticky lace.
S- tangy berliner sour along with passionfruit sweetness. wheaty body and yeast also light.
T- Follows nose, comes on with great berliner sour followed with the wheat and yeast flavor (stronger than in the nose). Amazing passionfruit flavor, really captures the essence of parcha pulp. Light sour comes back in the end but passionfruit stays throughout.
M- Totally crisp without being harsh (even with the light pucker from sour). Finishes dry and mostly clean, with a light sour over the lips.
O- Really wish this beer was available on growlers, incredibly happy the brewery has taken to doing berliners this past month. Best passionfruit flavor in any drink i've ever had and not the most sour berliner so it is more drinkable without overwhelming the palate.
10-19-2011 15:51:26 | More by Brittmb29
Passionfruit Berliner Weisse from Funky Buddha Brewery
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