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

Berliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - PeachBerliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - Peach
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #257
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,096
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
113
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North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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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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Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1%
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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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
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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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +8%
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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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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patre_tim from Thailand

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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
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Tone from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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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ptykozoon from California

3.86/5  rDev -4%
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
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3%
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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basaywhat from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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
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TheSixthRing from California

4.1/5  rDev +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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a glossy burnt yellow semi-copper color. It started with a finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. No lace.
The aroma, well, for as many times I sniffed this beer, I swear the peach is in front of the passion fruit. And the peach is soemwhat sweet and fleshy. Just a whiff of tart to sour hay to wheatiness.
The flavor leans a touch sweet but some sour-ness is trying to escape through the sweet fruits. Once again, the passion fruit plays second fiddle in this song. Mild aftertaste of peach, sour fruit skin, and a slight grainy hay to wheat character.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt decent, somewhat low. ABV felt appropriate. Slight sticky fruit skin on the finish.
Overall, this could be a fruit beer depending upon how one looks at it. The wheatiness, honestly seemed a touch 'off.' I mean, I guess I'm used to a stronger and fully "sour-ed" wheatiness like a true Berliner weisse should have. But yet, this beer provided enough enjoyable traits in other departments that I would want to have again. Consider my numbers and rating to have a slight bias in this beer and not necessarily to style.

Jun 18, 2018
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on a "berliner weisse". I love peaches and passionfruit, and they both came through clearly. The sweetness from the fruit countered the sour to the point that you can call it a tart fruit beer. It was a semi-sweet tart flavor via a light and well carbonated body with a clean and dry finish. It's probably too sweet and just barely tart/sour enough for the style but it's certainly pleasant to drink.

Dec 08, 2017
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sokol_1993 from California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: bright yellow, lively head.
Smell: like a berliner weisse, sour, faint smell of peach and passion fruit.
Taste: A lot of passion fruit taste, but it's not totally sour, it's quite sweet too. Peach was there, but fainter than passion fruit. A good malt back.
Feel: You can actually feel the bubbles in your mouth, which is quite nice! Medium body, extremely refreshing.

Excellent brew! Kudo to the lovely label too!

Nov 21, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle- Pours hazy orangeish golden with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity, tart, mildly funky, mostly mango, passion fruit and peach. The taste is fruity, syrupy sweet, lightly tart, salty, funky. I loved the aroma, the taste is not really for me honestly, too sweet and syrupy.

Oct 15, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip appears a hazy golden yellow with white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is laden with peach/nectarine pulp upfront, touch of grass, yogurt and lemony lacto.

Taste is tart but backed with quite a bit of sweetness. There is a sulfur quality to the finish that blends with cereal grain and grass.

Light in body with modest carbonation. This is a downight poundable summer brew.

Oct 13, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill haze gold with no head.

Aromas of watermelon, salt, passionfruit and faint cucumber blend nicely into flavors of tart passionfruit, raspberry and watermelon with a slightly frothy but light body that is slick and round, finishing semi-wet.

A deliciously refreshing Mountain Dew killer!

Oct 12, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Lots of bright peach and moderate passion fruit aromas.

A: Golden color with slight haze and frothy white head that quickly recedes into the glass.

T: Lots of passion fruit and light peach flavor, though slightly sweet, faint malt presence, with a lightly tart finish.

M: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

O: Alright; initially I thought this was a fruit beer because the peach and passion fruit notes were so pronounced. However, since this is brewed as a Berliner, it would much better to have a more prominent lacto zippy sourness and complementary bread notes.

Sep 25, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a two finger white head. The head recedes quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Aroma is passionfruit, unripe peaches and wheat.

T - The taste is passionfruit, unripe peach, pineapple, light grains and some light yeastiness. Finishes with a nice light tartness.

M - Light body with medium/light carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice fruited Berliner Weiss. The flavors are the perfect mix of sweet and tart. Very refreshing.

Sep 23, 2017
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden orange color with no head retention. Soda-like.

Aroma is slightly funky with overipped and almost rotten peach notes. Bright Orange and apricot characters as well.

Taste is close to a cider or even a soda. Sour and sweet; almost like a sour patch kid. Sour apple, peach, blood orange and a tart berry quality. Very close to a sour candy. Some orange soda sweetness. The finish is relatively dry and slightly sour prompting another sip.

Overall, this is a fun and actually pretty tasty beer that non-beer drinkers would enjoy. I see this pairing well with a rich shortrib stew. It gets a 83.5/100.

Sep 10, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from CLEAR (SMDH) 22oz bottle into Chalice. No date.

L: Pale yellow with a slight haze, thin white head forms during the pour however it fades rather quickly as per the usual with a BW.

S: Lots of tart fruity notes, pineapple mostly, some passionfruit, no peach.

T: Quite tart, again a lot of fruity notes, lots of pineapple flavors with some passion fruit but I do not taste any peach.

F: Light, crisp, very dry, like super duper dry. Easy drinker.

O: Beginning to enjoy some sours more although I haven't tried much more than a BW or a sour Saison. But this is definitely a good beer. Probably wouldn't drink it again unless it was the only thing available.

Aug 15, 2017
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Zorro from California

3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mildly hazy yellow colored beer with a good sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of pineapple juice. Mildly tart smelling. Strangely smells of tomato. Passion fruit scent but I can't detect any peach.

Starts out tart and fruity with passion fruit up front and center. Mild bitterness. Tastes like sour pineapple juice. Peach is faint but detectable.

Mouthfeel is light.

Pretty much a hot weather beer.

Aug 13, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is very important to recognize when an American crafter interprets a European style and understands it well enough to improve on it. This may well be the case with North Coast's Berliner Weisse. And this beer may be all the more remarkable given that North Coast has focussed on the British tradition (and does a good job with the Belgian), but has largely ignored the German styles.

Shared on a summer day after tennis, this Passionfruit Peach weisse really, really hit the spot. (My opponent, surprisingly, really liked it; opening his eyes to crafted flavors.) So, what does this beer add to the style?

It Looks like the traditional, perhaps more bubbly. Besides the sour, this beer mostly Smells of peach. As for Tastes, the passionfruit comes in also. But there is a curious dynamic here because the fruit (like the traditional raspberry syrup) also makes the sour more palatable.... but the fruit also makes it more pleasant with being syrupy sweet. Feel is refreshing, long-lasting and drying.

I want to try North Coast's Tart Cherry rendition... But all in all, this peach beer is one more reason to look forward to summer.

Aug 10, 2017
Berliner Weisse: Passion Fruit - Peach from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 113 ratings