Berliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - Peach
North Coast Brewing Co.

Berliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - PeachBerliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - Peach
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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #97
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,846
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.48%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
83
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 10, 2022
Added:
Jan 29, 2017
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  13
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Berliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - PeachBerliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - Peach
Notes: Influential beer author the late Michael Jackson describes “Berlin White Beer” as having an “insistent sparkle, a fragrant fruitiness in the nose, a sharp, dry palate, and a frisson of quenching, sour acidity in the finish.” North Coast Brewing’s Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse is made with the juice of peaches from California and passion fruit from Ecuador, a Pan-American take on the German classic.
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had Berliner Weisse Passion Fruit-Peach poured from 22-oz. bomber, label stamped "90710605" and bottle stamped "BOO778132017062304:08," into chalice.

Pours bright, slightly copper-gold, with 1 and 1/2-fingers of creamy near-white head, which dissipates to a persistent film and ring, leaving very little lace. Big peach aroma off pour, then sweet biscuit malt, which continues amid growing passion fruit complexities. Begins sweet peach, then straight mixed fruit juice (berries, pineapple, grapefruit) over moderate carbonation, before tartness begins, with a mild biscuit malt backing, and grows into a moderately tart, still fruity, drying finish.

More fruit juice and less tart than expected, but still refreshing and deeply flavorful.
Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by OllieStalz from New York

4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
This was the first Berliner Weisse I had a few years ago, and it definitely set the bar for what to expect! It was well balanced, smooth, and very enjoyable. I recommend that you pick some up when it is available.
Mar 08, 2021
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Reviewed by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau American Wheat glass. One of the nicer examples of US brewed Berliner Weisse. The fruity aromas are relatively subtle, leaving enough room for the other aromas and flavors. The nose has notes of apple cider or even iced black tea.
Nov 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.01 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jun 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear beer bottles weird me out. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Beautiful clear gold with a small amount of head that fades quickly.

S: Tart fruitiness and underlying sweetness; passion fruit is apparent and the peach is right there, along with impressions of tart citrus (lemon) and funk,

T: More of the same, refreshing and tart simultaneously, the fruit flavors are there and authentic and lend that stone fruit/summery quality that I like in a Berliner.

MF: Light, tart, effervescent, refreshing.

O: A Berliner that delivers on the fruit additives & their particular flavors.
Jun 15, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Next up. a short break. Not from Bottles (!), but from Tavour. I am taking a break from The CANQuest (tm) to run through some Bottles (gasp!). It needed to be done & this will pave the way for a massive return to CANs when I'm done.

From the Bottle: "Independent Since 1988"; "Certified B Corporation"; "Product of the USA".

I had purchased this a while back, so long ago that there was a good bit of particulate that had settled onto the kick/punt. Given its style, I had no compunction about some pre-Pop! of the cap agitation to get the fruit back into suspension, where it belonged. Following said Pop!, I went with a hard, heavy-handed aggro pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed nicely, but briefly, forming two fingers of fizzy, foamy, soapy, bone-white head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was more heavily oriented towards peach, although passionfruit was certainly discernible along with a mild tartness, causing my lips to lightly pucker in response. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, a step or two above watery. The taste was a VERY tart peach & passionfruit combo. It was the latter that was really lending itself to the tartness while the peach tried to balance things out. It was the same concept that I described WRT New Glarus' Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart the other day. Peach alone might have killed the tartness, but when coupled with passionfruit, it really carried the day. A little sweet amongst the intense tartness. This had clearly aged nicely, given some previous reviewers' complaint that it was too sweet. Not now! In fact, I was very glad that I took my GIRD pill before starting in. Finish remained quite tart and equally fruity, finishing very dry as a result. Nice. YMMV.
Apr 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
12 oz bottle. Pours clear light straw yellow with a medium fluffy white head that goes to a thin collar that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is mild sweet peach with a little tartness.

The flavor is sweet peach with a big tart fruity sourness. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Overall, ok tart fruity sour.
Mar 24, 2020
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Rated by eithne from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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Bottle - 12oz
Feb 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L - clear amber/golden with no real head to speak of
S - Sweet passionfruit and peach on the nose
T - Follows the nose with tons of passionfruit and peach throughout - not too sour - more sweet and juicy.
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - crisp and juicy
O - A very nice berliner weisse
Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
another fine edition of this solid base berliner, which has the right amount of two things in each of these, tartness and yeast character, none are too sterile, none are too sour, none have that lacto stink so many do, all are so professionally done, and i think all are just flavored enough to have wide appeal beyond the normal berliner crowd, but are still recognizable as more than just fruit beer, love them really, but the clear glass throws me off every time. the packaging is sharp on this still, and the beer inside pours a somewhat more yellow orange hue than it looked in the bottle, off clear with some apparent density to it, at least compared to the others in the series i have had in the past. aroma and flavor align perfectly, more passion than peach, where the passion plays on the clean tartness with a tropical brightness, and the peach adds the needed balancing sweetness where the wheat base really doesnt, almost in a candy-like role here, but it works, and i think the pairing of these two fruits together is very intentional and smart for this interplay. enough sourness to be refreshing, a slight yeast ester which i like, sort of belgian and german at the same time, and the fruit not lingering to long past the swallow. this is drinkable and almost refreshing with pizza, but could use a touch more carbonation. i like how the fruit works together and how this takes an overdone style to a cool new place, i think my favorite of all the ones i have had in the series so far! fruity but still beery!
Aug 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by JacksonPM from Indiana

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by DOCRW from Washington

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

Jul 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Jul 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by BEERMILER12 from Maine

May 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by Zsmith35 from Washington

Feb 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
So I guess the clear bottle thing is kinda cool because it does reveal a big significant departure from the cherry berliner weisse they had that was pink, this one is a fleshy mango yellow color. Pours that color, gets about a 1/3" white head it is diminishing at a steady rate as soon as it is poured. Passion fruit and wheat in the aroma, story checks out.

Taste is interesting. Passion fruit and light bodied wheat beer, its pretty agreeable if not far from traditional with the light bodied but relatively sugary impression from the passion fruit. But its good. But its also some strictly summer shit. I couldn't imagine banging this on a snowmobile in norte Wisconsin. It is so sweet and fruity it gets pretty far askew of the typical AAL beer staple, but if you're a berliner fan and not a total not fun at parties traditionalist but still want something that isn't a total abomination, I think this can do the trick in the summer months.
Dec 26, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Peach juice and cloudy with lots of carbonation and a foam of a yellow head.

Smells acidic of peaches, and malts.

Tastes very sour with a little sweetness, hints of passionfruit and peach.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Nov 2nd, 2018.
Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Oct 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.64 by Calmbat from California

Sep 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong passionfruit and a hint of peach. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a hint of dryness. Tastes of strong passionfruit, hint of pale malt, hint of bacterial funk, and a hint of peach. Overall, weak appearance and simplistic aroma, but good feel and blend, even though body is also simplistic.
Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by ptykozoon from California

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a glorious bright orange. No head.

Peach jam, orange, mango, smells divine.

Thick jammy stone fruit notes - mostly apricot. Bits of spice, bread and orange rind. Sweetness isn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium but the fruit coats the tongue. ABV feels ~5%

Good.
Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by interstellar_cowboy from Georgia

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hopsohard from California

Sep 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Sep 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by mcrawford from Michigan

Sep 02, 2018
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light gold body with a thin, white head that vanishes almost instantly.

Smell: At times you detect the peach, at other times the p-fruit, but often they combine and morph into a quasi pineapple juice nose. This is the bulk of the aroma, though elusive hints of crackery malts and perceived lemon are found.

Taste: Heavy on the peach and passion fruit flavor, masking the beer underneath, though it's a beer that can be prone to that, leaving me feeling like I'm being subjected to a juice cleanse. Sweet, tart and brightly acidic, lending a juicy feel to it. Finishes as it starts, sweet and tart. It's a bit like, well, a SweeTart.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: Ehhh. Let me just solidly state that I much preferred their cherry Berliner.
Sep 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

Sep 01, 2018
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single for $3.75 into a pint glass
A - Another unlucky one here with a super foamy brew a medium pour gave me almost a full glass of foam! Color itself is a very hazy bright yellow.
S - Smells of peach some sour lemon and faint wheat.
T - Wonderful peach and lemon sourness with a mild fruity finish! Quite possibly the best fruit based beer I have had in a while.
M - Very carbonated my only complaint. Even settled down in the glass its quite fizzy to drink. Reminds me a bit of a soda makes me burp!

Overall a very great Berliner that I would love to have again just to get a less carbonated bottle!
Aug 24, 2018
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Really nice and light fruity tart beer.
Aug 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by basaywhat from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle. Pours a light orange color with little to no head. Has smell of light passion fruit juice, with some light peach pits, a touch of wheat. Flavors were light tart fruit, light peach skin, some passion fruit, light graininess to it with some light wheat and subtle sour.
Aug 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Aug 05, 2018
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance- Poured into an 11oz snifter, mostly a thick foam (4 fingers deep) that I had to wait to calm down before slowly adding more liquid to the pour, resulting in more hefty head foam. In all, took 4 slow pours to get a decent 10oz into the glass. The brew itself is hazy and golden orange in color. By the time it finally dies down it leaves a thin, broken layer of suds with a thick ring around the edge and thick patches of lace found around the glass.

Smell - Tart, fruity aroma with a good amount of tropical passionfruit and sweet, fresh peach.

Taste - Follows the nose. Primarily tart, with lesser fruity sweetness. Light tropical character from the passionfruit upfront while the peach flavor notes come through more toward the back-end; peach that tastes so authentic you'd swear you could taste the skin on it, all the way down to a hint of nutty bitterness from the pit. Yeah, this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with lively, bitey carbonation. Slick drinker with a dry, easy finish.

Overall - Despite the problems getting this thing to pour without creating a monstrous head, I think it's easily the best of the Berliner Weisses they've released to date. The fruit notes have such a fresh and authentic taste you'd swear you were actually eating it.
Aug 03, 2018
Berliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - Peach from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 117 ratings