Notorious P.O.G.
Stone Brewing

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #346
Ranked #5,792
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Notorious P.O.G.Notorious P.O.G.
Notes: This beer is the culmination of a journey begun on our Stone World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station 10bbl brewhouse. The twists and turns included more than one collaboration beer built on the “tropical weisse” theme. The Notorious P.O.G. was first served up at Hop-Con 4.0, our annual release event for the (in)famous Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. For those unfamiliar with Hawaiian juice lore, P.O.G. stands for Passion, Orange, Guava.
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning and "enjoy by" dates printed on the bottom. Served in a Rastal Harmony tumbler.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a murky, bright, pale straw color. 

Smell: There's some waxy orange peel that dominates, followed by the musty, overripe guava aroma.

Taste: It's very juicy, fruity, tart and just delicious. There's some citrusy orange right away with the passion fruit and guava following right after. 

Mouthfeel: It's light, crisp and refreshing. There's a slight creaminess in there too which is nice. 

Overall: A very nice, juicy tasty beer that's perfect for warm weather. The tartness is just right and the sweetness doesn't get cloying either. 

Jun 22, 2021
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a BrewDog Rastal snifter.

A: Body is mid-way between orange and yellow, showing some strong opaqueness. The head is white and vanishes pretty much very quickly.
S: The aroma is brilliant with a ton of fruit. Passion fruit, guava, citric tones of orange, lime zest, pineapple, it's pretty tropical. The acidity on the aroma matches pretty much the lactic acid bacteria tones that are present once the bacteria does its job.
T: Taste starts off with a huge tone of bright ripe orange, followed by passion fruit whose bitterness matches the low bitterness of the hops and whose acidity brightens up the crisp end of a lactic acid end. This is probably the best juice one can have.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is high. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is medium to low. Acidity is medium to low. Pretty much everything is balanced to create a very crisp and drinkable beer.
O: Wasn't expecting this beer to be as interesting as it is. One of the best Stone beers I've had in a while for sure, if not the best at all in the last couple years.

Dec 08, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Six pack copped from Buy Rite Liquors in South Orange. Pours a hazy, golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Assertive flavor and aroma replete with hints of guava and passionfruit. Excellent rendition of the style. Recommended.

Oct 29, 2020
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The perfect companion to grilling or barbecuing, this beer brings huge doses of tropical fruit juice, specifically passion fruit. This is balanced by an undertone of wheat, though there is not much else to speak of. Solidly sour, and a crushable summer treat.

Sep 01, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a 9/9/2020 BB date stamp on the bottom. Served in a lager glass.
Pours with a cloudy, pale golden body with a tall white head that has decent retention.
Aroma. Very fruity and relatively complex with a suggestion of tartness.
Flavor. Mild tartness for the style with some sweetness. Juicy and fruity with notes of oranges, passion fruit and other tropical fruits.

Aug 25, 2020
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eagles22 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head
Smell-orange and passionfruit right up front
Taste-slightly bitter orange then rounds out somewhat sweet from the guava.
Feel-very lively from the crazy amount of carbonation very nice summer beer.
Great take on the style of the best American berliners

Jul 17, 2020
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rock solid hazy yellow Berliner Weisse that hits the tart note perfectly. Interesting to note the wonderful lightly sweet orange nose on this one. Works good on a hot summer day as its flavor adjusts nicely as it warms.

Jul 03, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a quarter inch of creamy eggshell white on top. The aroma is of passion fruit and guava. I’m tasting passion fruit and guava. The mouth has that familiar refreshing cooling sensation I get from beers that add guava.

Jun 28, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned May 5th 2020.

Pours a cloudy colour of lemonade with a tinge of orange.

Wow, it's not shy with the aromas; passionfruit, oranges, guava, very good tropical fruit smells.

Passionfruit is number one in the taste, guava is well represented, orange zest rounds it out with a light blast of fruity tartness.

Good body for the light abv.

The rest of the 6pack will be easy to drink. I really enjoy this offering from Stone.

Jun 24, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Leave it to a favorite - Stone - to top my favorite hometown brewer, Carton, at the game of fruit and flower and herb inspired Weisse.
POG is one of my favorite people, and also: Passionfruit, orange and guava.
A) Hazed, lemon body, energetic but short lived head.
S) Amazing fruit, flower nectar. Original, tropical, transporting.
T) Adds the amazing melee of fruit and flower blossom, crusty sourdough, peppery finish, white wine, green apple tartness.
F) Suitable tangy sour.
O) Bigger than most others

Jun 12, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notorious POG pours a hazy bright yellow color, with a huge, long lasting and lacing head. Big giant tropical fruit flavors, lots of orange, passion fruit and guava. Flavor is big and bold, lots of sweet dry tropical fruits and citrus notes, with a slightly tart creamy finish to balance this one out. Good body and feel. Overall, big fruit forward Berliner Weisse, on the sweeter side, but has a nice tart to balance the beer. Big flavors.

Feb 28, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 6/22/19, was supposed to be enjoyed by 10/20/19...oops!

Pours a hazed over gold color with a white head that leaves spotty lacing

The aroma, well, almost exactly what you'd expect knowing what fruits are here. I also pick up a nice, floral hop note and some slight grain

A nice sip for sure, pretty much follows the nose, leaving a bit of a grapefruit-ish aftertaste, a nice, simple fruited sour

The feel was a bit weird, too pillowy for what it is but still good nonetheless, maybe this an issue of freshness

Overall a good sessionable sour that I'd love to try fresher next time

Dec 13, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At least medium carbonation with a just slightly thin body but still an overall nice feel
Aroma is orange,passionfruit, tropical juice
Taste orange, grapefruit and peel,mild sour and tartness
Very complex ,delicious and one I would try again

Nov 20, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bursts out of the can and pours all foam; eventually, a pale cloudy goldenstraw appears; the head does have persistence going for it

Smell: Aromatics of guava and passionfruit accompanied by floral orange tones

Taste: Guava notes dominate the front, with the passionfruit and orange emerging; very lactic with a tart wheat character that drives home the finish

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated with a light body

Overall: If it weren't for the carbonation and mouthfeel issues, this might be a rather tasty Berliner; I like the guava element

Nov 11, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best Berliner Weisse I've ever had

Look: Hazy yellow with an inch thick fluffy white head

Aroma: orange and some passionfruit, guava and lemon

Taste: The flavor is some wheat-yeast, and then lots of orange and some passionfruit, guava and lemon.

Body/Overall: light body

Nov 10, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden with a offwhite head that sticks around leaving a good amount of lacing behind.
S - Tons of sweet wheat and malts along with tropical fruit notes - pineapple, guava, citrus
T - Follows the nose: tropical fruit notes dominate along with pineapple, guava, orange - just as promised - along with sweet wheat and malt. Some light fruits in there as well.
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.
O - Probably one the best Berliner Weisses I've ever had. Huge, bright fruit notes throughout and a nice light profile.

Nov 08, 2019
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Viaduck from California

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“Carbonation is very high” is a bit of an understatement. A gentle pour into a mug results in a mug of foam that gradually settles into a hazy amber body with a lovely pure white head. Aroma is tropical fruit as promised & wheat. Tart, not overly sweet or sour, zero bitterness. Flavor: tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, tangerine, apple, pear, wheat & apple apple again. Even after producing a mug filling head, there is plenty of carbonation left. Tasty & thirst quenching, it’s delicious.

Nov 02, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this at the end of summer, was a little concerned about the price, as it was about 33% more than they charged for their other Berliner (White Ghost?). Some relatively expensive fruit I guess?

Pours yellow and sudsy, blowing up to 2/3" before settling into about 1/4" a few seconds after the crescendo. Aroma was wicked sour and tropical fruit. Got me salivating before the drinking step.

Taste, whoa, this is significantly more sour than white ghost. Its wild ale sour. Its one of the most sour, if not "theeeee" most sour "berliner" I've ever had, right up there with some of those Frucht beers (which are good, but not as soft/good as Hottenroth was). Plenty of fruity notes to keep the sourness from seeming like a lemon bomb. Why is the number 3 highlighted on this page? Anyways, its enjoyable once I get adjusted to the pucker power. Really does pack a lot of taste into a light body mouth feel that is well carbonated.

Imagine how high this would be rated here if it was from a nanobrewery or johnny come lately!

Nov 01, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head which settles slowly in a rocky fashion. Cloudy, raspberry gold color. Thick 3D ring after the first sip. Minor, but chunky, spots thereafter.

Stinky (more) and sour (less). The sour is easier to identify: a bit like a sour candy; think SweetTarts without the sweet. The stinky reminds me of off-smells from poorly made beers--it's a little bit like the smell of a grease trap. I get some alcohol in the background.

The stinky is gone in the taste, thank God. In its place is a lip puckering tartness that reminds me of Sour Patch Kids. I do pick up a touch of sweetness to cut the strong sourness--like unsweetened lemonade with sweet cherries. The swallow is where the taste peaks but the aftertaste diminishes rapidly for some reason. The body is richer than most Berliner Weisses but the carbonation is spot on. Overall, if you plug your nose and you like sours, you'll likely enjoy this beer.

Nov 01, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't normally like these types of beers but this one really hit the spot. Nice and tart, good balance, great tropical fruit flavors. Canned date 6/21/19, enjoy by date 10/19/19. Nice slightly hazy, yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of very nice POG - passion fruit, orange, guava. Also some melon, lemon, and some sort of faint yeast-wheat aroma. Taste follows the nose, great balance and depth, very nice ripe fruit notes. Tart but not overly so, I really enjoyed sipping this one even though I don't normally like tart/sour beers. Smooth, sticky, great mouthfeel, good carbonation. Well done!

Oct 27, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 19.2-oz. can
Glass: Tioga-Sequoia 13-oz. tulip
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Sept. 22, 2019
Consumed: Sept. 26, 2019
Reviewed as: Berliner Weissbier
Misc.: Canned on June 15, 2019; Enjoy by Oct. 13, 2019

Saw this in canned format for the first time, well at least 19.2 ounces. Really couldn’t beat the price of $4.99 as I’ve seen it at $9.99 for a 22-oz. bottle at the local grocery store. Had it twice before on the same day on a recent trip to Stone Escondido, giving each 10-oz. pour a 4.5 on Untappd. The first time I wrote, “World-class. Setting up a court date.” Then 45 minutes later, “One more because it’s awesome.” Online description read, “We’ve had plenty of fan-favorite beers over the years, but few have garnered the cult-like adoration of this one. Stone Notorious P.O.G. was originally brewed at our 10bbl Liberty Station brewhouse in San Diego, as a collaboration with comedian / actor Jonah Ray. It’s a tribute to the passion fruit, orange and guava juice (aka POG) he grew up drinking in Hawaii. This Berliner Weisse-style ale is loaded with the aforementioned trifecta of fresh, tropical fruits, making for a unique flavor that’s tart and refreshing yet deeply rich and complex. It’s as ridiculously tasty as it is deliciously unique.”

Poured a golden hazy color with three fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled orange, passion fruit and guava like it said on the can. Also tangerine, orange tooth polish, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, Fruity Pebbles cereal and hints of honey on the backend. Much of the same from the can. Just lovely for the style. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted just about as good as the nose. Got orange, passion fruit, guava, tangerine, orange tooth polish, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, green apple, Fruity Pebbles, tropical fruit punch, lime and lemon. (Taste - 4.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, juicy finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Almost as good as I remember it from Escondido, but still a world-class Berliner Weisse. (Overall - 4.50)

4.47 | 99 | A

Oct 25, 2019
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a white foam head that lasts.

Smells of fresh orange, lime, guava and passion fruit.

Tart and juicy. Mostly bright orange but the guava and passion fruit are there.

Prickly carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel.

This is a really good example of the style. Tasty and smells wonderful. I will definitely revisit again.

Oct 22, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden color with a medium sized, off-white head of foam. It smelled of tropical fruits and wheat. Sweet tropical fruitiness with wheat and tart notes.

Oct 06, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing "Notorious P.O.G."
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED: 06/21/19 E2225 ENJOY BY: 10/... (illegible) and sampled on 09/28/19
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Passion fruit, orange, and guava - got it. It's cloudy and golden beneath a massive head of rocky white foam. The aroma certainly is tropical, and it's perhaps the most tropical smelling beer I've ever encountered. The passion fruit and guava really come on strong but they're then immediately backed by the orange. This smells like a glass of juice! At this point I have to pause but that's OK because I'm waiting for the head to drop so that I can see how long it takes, check out the lacing, and then top it off. But my pause is really about questioning whether or not it will taste as juicy as it smells. Hmmm, I'm getting some papaya in there now as well. I kind of doubt it will taste as juicy but we'll see. OK, the head has dropped by now but it did hold really well, bolstered by some standard sized bubbles streaming upwards from below, and the lacing is OK - yeah, just OK, but keep in mind that it is a sour beer. Let me top it off. Nice. It's got almost a finger's thickness of loose foam holding really well. Here we go onto the flavor... I feel like I'm on a roller coaster that's just reached the summit and about to drop... it's tart, juicy, and lightly malty. It's not as tart as I'd expect a Berliner weisse to be, and it's not as juicy as the aroma suggests it might be but it's still pretty damned juicy. That's a great aroma! Back to the head retention and lacing, I'm kind of amazed that it's held up as well as it has given that it's as tart as it is - I still have a 1/4" of solid foam covering the surface, and there's some nice lacing rising up around the edges. That must be from the addition of sugars from the fruit, which would also explain why it's not as tart as a standard Berliner weisse. I'm impressed. I wouldn't have called it a Berliner weisse, because it's not, neither in style nor in origin, but what can you do? "Sour" beer or ale would have worked for me as a descriptor, but I see they also called it a "tropical weisse" which would have been even better - no need to actually drag Berlin into this, although there was the Stone brewery in Berlin at the time and maybe that was part of it? If so, probably a bad move, Germans aren't very flexible with their heritage. Back to the beer itself, there's very little bitterness there, and I'm assuming this is low in alcohol? Wow, 4.7%, well that's stronger than I thought it might be given the Berliner weisse moniker, but that's about what it really feels like. I don't know, but I kind of like this beer. It's really fruity and refreshing. In the mouth it's not as acidic as you might expect, and it's got a little more body to it as well. I'd call it medium-light whereas most of the Berliner weisse I've had have been light-medium. It's also got a crisp carbonation but it doesn't have the sparkling effervescence of a true Berliner weisse. In the end, no matter what you call it, this is a great beer. I'd probably reserve it for spring and summer myself, but I could also see breaking one out following a snow storm just to bring a little bit of a tropical mindset back home. Worth trying to be sure.
Review #6,723

Sep 28, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with one one finger of cream colored head. A little head retention & lacing

S: Guava, a little orange & passion fruit.

T: Follows the nose, plenty of tartness. Guava and tart orange as this warms. Finishes with tart guava & a little orange

MF: Light/medium body, restrained carbonation

A tasty & drinkable take on the style

Sep 25, 2019
Notorious P.O.G. from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 138 ratings