Berliner Weisse - Cranberry-Quince | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Berliner Weisse - Cranberry-QuinceBerliner Weisse - Cranberry-Quince
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 09-23-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,802
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
41
pDev:
6.48%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear and deep salmon in color with a white, finger width head that fizzes away quickly like soda, leaving a barren surface with a champagne-like stream of bubbles No lacing.

Smell - Cranberry and tartness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet, slightly bitter cranberry flavor mixed with tartness that hits that 'stomach acid' range. Not much outside that.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with light, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick drinker with a dry, acidic finish.

Overall - Simple flavor profile that has a slightly vomit-y taste to it, just in terms of the range that acidity hits with. Hard to look past that and so I'll drink what's left and shan't look back.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz clear-glass bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light salmon pink, very much like a sparkling rosé. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with decent retention. Maybe not a traditional beer look, but I like it.

Smell: light and refreshing with wheaty notes and a light fruitiness; if a rosé could be a beer, this would be it.

Taste: delightfully fruity with a tart, sweetish base. A nice, wheaty malt character comes through, as does the cranberry which works very well indeed. A refreshing, interesting treat!

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a fizzy, even somewhat creamy body. Just what it should be.

Overall: this beer gets a lot of points for being weird, in addition to being successful, even if it's not particularly traditional. Absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of CacklingGoose
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Yummy yummy make a bad day good!

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brass Tap in Tallahassee in March 2018.

Cloudy copper body with a durable white head, exceptional clarity and decent lacing.

Aroma: mild, tart and fruity.

Flavor: tart, moderately strong, nicely balanced, fruity and complex.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a light pink rose color, with 2 fingers of light pink head--------- the aromas are of wheat, malt and tartness-------- the flavors are of tart cranberries, Apple's and wheat bread, the beer has a light body with a dry finish---------- overall this beer was nice, there wasn't a whole lot going on but what was here was refreshing, if you like clean crisp slightly sour ales this is for you

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice pinkish-orange color with light head and spidery lacing over the whole glass. Aroma is light and fruity. Cranberry is the dominant flavor and the balance is decent with cranberry, bread and water citrus. Overall, a nice souriness and very refreshing

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a glossy golden amber color with a slight foamy white head to soften quickly with barely any lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to tart cranberries up front to back up a sly sweet to sour wheaty base. Touch of lemon.
The flavor moderately leans towards the sour side but has a keen sweet and tart character to it. Cranberry forward sweet and tart aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Some tart distractibility seems to make a playful grip on my tongue. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat low. ABV felt fine. Smooth tart to sweet finish.
Overall, very nice beer taking the cranberry qualities to play with the Berliner weisse qualities.

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Photo of Keene
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wingman14
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a frothy white head. Smell is sour, tart, and fruity, a nice mix on the nose. The taste is sour and tart with a cranberry finish. The after taste is sour and dry. This one has a nice bubbly light mouthfeel, very refreshing. Overall a nice beer, very drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a four finger pink/white head, some lace that fades slowly. Clear copper/pink color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Cranberry nose and taste follows - tart cranberry. $7.20 for a 22oz clear bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/14/2017. Pours crystal clear pinkish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of sour/tart/tangy cranberries, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, red grape, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, fruits, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy cranberries, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, red grape, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy cranberries, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, red grape, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruits, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.1%. Overall this is a delicious fruited Berliner weisse! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruits, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Really impressive balance of classic Berliner style flavors and authentic fruits; nice level of lactic acid, without being overpowering. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brighteyes868
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Radome
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

L - Medium gold color with some orange and even pink highlights. Perfectly clear. Active, persistent head made up of tiny, swirling, pure white bubbles. Beautiful appearance.

S - The aroma is unexpected for such a light, effervescent looking beer. There is a faint fruity note followed by an herbal, earthy base aroma. Even a hint of smoke. No obvious hops, yeast or microflora aroma characters. Very unusual, but interesting and pleasant.

T - The flavor starts with light sour notes, with an acidity similar to unsweetened lemonade. This is followed by a berry note and then a light herbal note similar to the aroma. In the aftertaste is the smokiness from the aroma. Despite the odd descriptors I'm using, the overall impression is light, pleasant and drinkable.

F - Thin body. Spritzy carbonation adds to the feeling of lightness. Hops bitterness is low but blends with the acidity to give an overall light burn. No alcohol presence.

O - This is a great beer; subtle and refreshing as you'd expect from the style. Although the cranberry and quince don't stand out in an identifiable way, they add add interesting notes that make the beer distinctive.

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Berliner Weisse - Cranberry-Quince from North Coast Brewing Co.
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