Berliner Weisse: Cranberry-Quince
North Coast Brewing Co.

Berliner Weisse: Cranberry-QuinceBerliner Weisse: Cranberry-Quince
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #337
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,619
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
60
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
Berliner Weisse: Cranberry-QuinceBerliner Weisse: Cranberry-Quince
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.” The third offering in our spontaneously soured seasonal Berliner Weisse series, North Coast Brewing Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse is made with the juice of Oregon cranberries and the pear-like quince—the perfect accompaniment for all your autumn celebrations!
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz clear glass BOTTLE ran me $1.99 USD on-sale at a Total Wine & More in Austin, TX.

"Berliner weisse."

The cranberry comes through, and it's obviously sweetened. Tart, acidic, and approachably sour in classic Berliner weisse fashion. I can't say I know what quince tastes like, but I do get a note close to pear that's fruity.

2-row and maybe even some Munich malt lends this its simple backbone. No overt hop flavours emerge.

A balanced and refreshing stab at a Berliner weisse that nevertheless fails to measure up to other American brewed fruited variants (Anderson Valley's in particular). Well worth trying once, but its price will keep me away from it in terms of regular buys.

High B- (3.49) / WORTHY

Apr 30, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Nov 13, 2017
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Reddish orange in color with a good sized head. Smells of earth and fruit. Flavors include fruit, and both a hint of sweetness and tartness. Refreshing and good flavor.

Jul 02, 2020
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DOCRW from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 11, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Apr 16, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pink pour. Massive foamy white head. Lasts approximately forever with solid lacing.

S: Tart cranberries and fruit. Light lemon/citrus.

T/F: Sweet/tart combination... balanced and pleasant. Cranberry definitely present and quince as well. Light lemon and acidity. Minimal funk. Overcarbonated... fizzy. Light and otherwise drinkable.

O: A delicious sweet/tart Berliner Weiss, and the only flaw to me is the overcarbonation. Great flavor and drinkability, and a really nice beer.

May 19, 2018
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wingman14 from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jan 03, 2018
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 18, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle Poured out a clear, pinkish color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of cranberry and (I guess) quince. It was tart and sweet with a good dose of cranberry and a touch of tartness.

Jan 05, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Mar 19, 2018
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 22, 2017
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

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

Dec 16, 2017
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warrenc from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.62/5  rDev -9%
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.

Oct 23, 2017
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leefx from Arkansas

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 18, 2018
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Radome from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Apr 08, 2018
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Keene from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 21, 2018
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2017
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dertyd from California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Dec 12, 2017
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hyuga from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 08, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jan 06, 2018
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

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

Mar 10, 2019
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archero from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 14, 2018
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 08, 2017
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KingStelle from California

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cranberry is apparent but not overly tart.

Nov 29, 2019
Berliner Weisse: Cranberry-Quince from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 60 ratings