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Passionfruit Berliner Weisse - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Passionfruit Berliner WeissePassionfruit Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 234
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brittmb29 on 10-19-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer. Has the typical cloudy straw-colored Berliner appearance. The nose is straight passionfruit at first; fresh ripe passionfruit. It's damn impressive. Citrusy and lactic notes pop out as it warms, along with a bit of wheat. The palate offers more of the same, with a huge, bright passionfruit flavor that's remarkably three-dimensional. Citric lactic sourness are at a pleasant moderate level. The beer finishes clean with a touch of grain and yogurt. Exceptionally tasty stuff.

largadeer, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, thank you for sharing this huge rarity Thorpe. Beer served in a cervoise. Beer is sort of whitish with a wispy head, moderate carbonation, hazy, looks fine.

Aroma is very lactic at first but the fruit cuts through with a vengence. Strong sweet fruit aroma.

Beer is light in body, great fruit, late tartness on the palate, lactic creaminess, no hint of acetate, a great little beer here. I love berliners.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

oline73, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rifugium, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart passion fruit, sour tropical fruits, light funk, very acedic. Awesome sour and fruit nose, I'm a huge fan of it.

t - Tastes of tart fruity malts, sour, passion fruit and kiwi, tropical fruits, acidic. Not as fruity as the nose but nice and sour, and still quite good.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Acidic and tart, very nice for a berliner.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice berliner weiss; I like I like it a little better then their Key Lime one, though I might just like this type of fruit better. Nose is really nice and sour, would love to get more of it.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

beernads, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

InspectorBob, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

yourefragile, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange color with a half finger white head that quickly fades away without a trace of lacing. Doesn't look great but still a lot better than the key lime.

The aroma of this beer is bursting with juicy tropical fruit yet it still has characteristics of the style. Some citrus and lactic funk to go along with the passion fruit and other tropical notes. Some of their other Berliners smell and taste overly sweet and dessert-like but this is the best one I've had so far, staying truer to style while containing a dominant fruit presence.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and a nice balance of tropical fruit, citrus, bread and lactic funk. Tart and puckering with a decent amount of lactic funk and sour acidity. More sour than the other FB Berliners I've tried. Still, the beer is dominated by sweet, juicy tropical fruit elevating the flavor to another level. This is countered by the lactic funk, citrus acidity and sourdough bread notes, rendering it more like a traditional Berliner weiss than the others in the series. Delicious, well balanced and very refreshing.

corby112, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Philly beer week at Monks with Ryan from Funky Buddha not only in attendance but helping to deliver the goods to patrons. As mentioned in other reviews, all the draft lines were spewing foam so beer was dispensed into pictures before standard pint glasses were served. On this glorious berliner-lover occasion we had the opportunity to sample the raspberry, lime, peach and passionfruit versions side by side.

This version appears in a pint similar to most berliner experiences. Pale and hazed in color with a quick dissolving white cap atop. A swirl releases some white bubbles but in typical berliner fashion any resemblence of a cap is quick to fade.

The smell of this brew is a little more earthy than the other offerings. It strikes up a suggestion of lacto-like yogurt quality as well as a fruity element I am guessing is the passionfruit but im not terribly confident since ive only had but 1 or 2 other experiences with this fruit. For the most part, this is a clean smelling take in the style.

The taste of this berliner is significantly more sour than the other 3 versions available on this day. It boasts an earthy fruit quality from the passionfruit but wow the sourness is a main factor here. Whereas the other offerings include a fresh cereal-grainy sweetness, this one has much more tartness filling the profile.

This is a light bodied, modestly carbonated and very refreshing/easy drinking. This is a brew I would really like to sit down with in a less stressful environment to enjoy but I dont see that happening anytime soon. If you get the chance, try this. It is the real deal. Nicely done.

stakem, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

I was pretty excited to try this beer and it did not disappoint.

The beer is hazy and yellow hued with a small and fleeting head. The aroma is fantastic. Mouth watering scents of passion fruit and a nice, light funky aspect. The flavor, while perhaps a step down from the aroma, is still quite excellent. Again, passion fruit dominates. Light bodied with a mild tartness. Utterly chuggable. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -32.1%

johnnnniee, Sep 30, 2013
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Passionfruit Berliner Weisse from Funky Buddha Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.