Notorious P.O.G.
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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #135
Ranked #6,074
4.08 | pDev: 9.07%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
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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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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 87
Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow gold color with white cap and lacing.

Moderate aroma of ripe fruit, Passion, Orange and Guava, just like the label says.

Taste on entry is surprisingly tart, rather sharp actually, followed by the commingled fruit flavors. I think orange peaks out a bit more than the others but the total effect is of well blended flavors.

Light texture with more carbonation than is needed.

My overall impression is of a very well flavored, lightly textured wheat beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, this one does it for Raul. Yet when Raul first thinks of the word “P.O.G.,” he thinks of those lil cardboard discs that he used to win off of newbs back in grade school, but nah, this beer ain’t like that. This thang is ripe and juicy like J-Lo’s breast milk after having a tropical smoothie. Yes! Believe that!

Pour it. Sip it. Savor it! Cuz it good!

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Photo of Barettes
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. The initial flavor hit I get is more like rhubarb, slightly sour and acidic. Lively carbonation, with the flavor mellowing and finishing with the tropical guava and passionfruit flavors lingering on the tongue. Perfect light and flavorful beer for a warm summer evening.

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Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 6/14/19, so 2 1/2 months old. Marked best by 10/12/19.

Thick cloudy peach/orange colored body. The generous white head shrinks to 1/2 inch, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of guava, tropical, tea, and a faint funk.

Big strong flavors here. I think the tea flavor I'm getting is the result of the passion fruit guava mix. The orange is hard to detect, but maybe cuts the bitterness of the passion fruit. Only knock on it is the Berliner Weiss base gets trampled by the fruit.

Mouth above medium, finish is bittersweet and a little dry.

Overall, a solid big tasty beer across the board, happy to have another 5 in the fridge, though doubt I could deal with more than one a session.

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Photo of joekoz007
1.52/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Excessive carbonation for a medium pour. Almost no liquid and all head. Look is a murky brownish orange. Aroma of chemicals. Tastes like nail polish remover smells. Think I got an infected can. All other reviews are very positive. I can't be drinking the same thing. This was a disgusting drain pour.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm trying this beer at my good friend and old neighbor's house in the 'Wego. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had grapefruit guava mix. The taste was slightly tart but still easy to drink with juicy citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. I'm not a berliner weiss fan but this is really good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

ENJOY BY: 10/12/19.

Appearance: Pours a muddled, obscured, creamy yellow body with a tall,

Smell: Strongly tropical, freshly fruity aroma with a slight leaning towards its pulpy orange scent.

Taste: Burly fruitiness. Again, the citrusy, lightly floral, faintly bitterish orange leads for me, but the p-fruit and guava are definitely notable components in the flavor profile as well. Vibrant acidity. It's certainly not a beer that leaves you feeling cheated in regards to its fruity flavor(s), though it doesn't get bogged down in a dubious desire to be ganky and gloopy. Tangy, fruity finish cleansed by the crackling carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated for a lively mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice surprise. Certainly, it's better than I had anticipated. A full-on fruitiness without unabashedly veering away from being refreshing, engaging and drinkable.

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Photo of hman43
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours cloudy yellow with some orange in it. It has a slightly off white head with moderate head retention.

Smell: It has strong citrus aromas with strong being the most notable. There are also strong guava notes. Passion fruit comes in next. There are background doughy wheat elements in support.

Taste: The flavors are a strong combination of guava, passion fruit, and orange. The flavors meld together more like a tropical drink than a beer.

Feel: There are background notes of doughy and cracker like malt. It has a medium body with some moderately light sourness.

Overall, the flavors and aromas hit just right for a beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass; canned on 6/22/2019, best before 10/20/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart/tangy orange juice, pink guava, passion fruit, papaya, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of orange, passion fruit, guava, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tart/tangy orange juice, pink guava, passion fruit, papaya, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang; light spiciness and citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy orange juice, pink guava, passion fruit, papaya, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of orange, passion fruit, guava, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an incredible fruited Berliner weisse. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of orange, passion fruit, guava, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish; mellowly lactic. Amazing balance of juicy/vibrant/jammy fruit and lacto complexity; with a nice sized pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity for the ABV. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

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Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazy orange with a thin white head that stays.

The smell is of passionfruit and oranges. Zesty. Some guava mixes in.

The taste is of passionfruit, oranges and guava, as advertised. Refreshing wheat tang in the finish.

The feel has plenty of fast carbonation. Effervescent.

Tropical fruits and tang linger. Strong Hawaiian character in this Berliner Weiss. Refreshing, enjoyable. Well-done!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: passion fruit, guava, and orange;

T: passion fruit, guava, and orange through the middle; finish is all orange; moderate tartness throughout;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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Photo of Lucular
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 oz pour on tap. Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange. Aroma and flavor are bursting with tropical fruit and you can pick out the orange, pineapple, and guava individually. Overall a delicious and refreshing fruited sour.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As brilliant as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, the nose is jam packed with tart oranges, guava, and passion fruit, and those aromas translate impeccably to the taste. Really well done by Stone.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz can into my goblet glass, this beer pours a very cloudy/hazy light to medium golden color with a slight copper hue. Has some streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's initially an inch thick when poured that settles eventually to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Not really any lacing or any surface coating of foam. Aromas of some bready malts and wheat along with tart fruit smells of orange, guava, and passion fruit. A very similar taste, with the aforementioned bready malts and wheat that are followed almost immediately by the orange, guava, and passion fruit flavors that give a nice sweetness along with a bit of tart sourness. Good balance of flavors here. Not really any hops here that my palate could detect. Has a crisp, just slightly prickly, also smooth and frothy light to medium bodied moutfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish and aftertaste along with a bit of tany tartness that stick around on my palate nicely after each sip. Quite a good beer here.


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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruised yellow juice looking with a finger of head.

Smells of pineapple and grapefruit.

Tastes sour and of pineapple and tropical fruit.

Medium, acidic body with lots of carbonation.

Redding, July 27, 2019.

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stone Taproom in Pasadena

The aroma is an overwhelming assault of tart tropical fruit, and the taste lives up to the aroma.

A truly delicious and exquisite beer. Great for sipping on a summer afternoon (or any time!)

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Photo of Tony210
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium straw color, minimal head. If passionfruit aroma. Taste is heavy on passionfruit, nice sour / tartness to it. Carbonation is appropriate. Overall an enjoyable beer, extremely flavorful.

Draft at Brickwall
4 rating

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Passionfruit, orange and guava are the automatic cheat code for modern day sour ale. Stone Brewing's Southwest palate is ripe for the pickings as they depart from their hoppy ways and basque in the acidity of sour ale and these tangy tropical fruits.

Pouring a hazy, slightly silten burnt lemon color, The Notorious P.O.G. greets the senses rather graciously with the succinct tangy of exotic tropical fruit and a brisk acidity that activates the saliva glands upon its very first scent. A backdrop of sourdough and cereal extends from the beer's perfume and onto the the tastebuds. With the balance more reserved for gose ale, a cream of wheat breadiness, sweetness and softness coats the early palate.

A big transition on the middle palate means that the malt structures begin to dissolve and the sourness of the underlying ale brings the brunt of green apple, white wine, dry French cider, gooseberry, lime and lemon. Gentle flavors of grapefruit come with the copious additions of guava, passionfruit and orange offers their own succulent fruit punch uniqueness to a brisk and sour taste late on the palate.

Highly refreshing but leaving a gentle coat of cereal behind on the tongue, the beer's promise of Berliner types of sourness stops shy of expectations. But that cheat code of fruitiness saves the day for the otherwise slightly underwhelming Berlinerweisse.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced; tart/sour taste isn't overpowering and the fruit is there but not to an extent that it tastes like a smoothie. It's still a berliner first. I'd recommend this as a great summer beverage.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours cloudy peach/apricot-gold with modest head but good lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of sweet and tart, with no real bitterness. Mango, guava, orange, pineapple, peach, apricot, white grape and nectarine fruitiness with a touch of crackery malt and citrus acidity.

The flavor follows the nose, although with a bit more tart, and a bit less sweet. The brew certainly delivers on the tropical fruits, but the mid-palate reminds the drinker this isn't a juice cocktail, delivering some malt and grain, and the tartness really delivers at the finish.

The brew is medium light, well-carbonated, and fairly dry at the finish.

Good to see this brew I'd heard of but hadn't tried make a comeback, and nice to drink a Stone brew that wasn't another repackaged/reformulated IPA. A very good take on the style, with a great finish.

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Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Fresh... tart and fruity. Tropical juice.

T.F: Modestly tart up front.. strong tropical fruit. Guava and passionfruit at the forefront... orange/tangerine and grapefruit in the background. Modest bite for a Stone brew. Some acidity towards the finish. Smooth creamy carbonation... easy drinking and refreshing.

O: An outsanding Berliner Weisse... one of the best I've had and the price point is spectacular. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale golden, straw coloration with a medium, frothy, quickly dissipating head. Smell is dominated by guava and passion fruit, with a hint of orange and citric acidity as well. Taste is a good balance of light, crackery malt and sweet'ish guava, passion fruit and mildly zesty orange, with a mild citric/lactic acidity. Finishes with a light/medium acidity and some tropical/citrus notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this a tad too sweet and not quite acidic enough for my personal taste, with little actual tartness coming through, it still has some quite vibrant tropical/citrus notes going for it. All in all, a tasty, refreshing Berliner Weisse that could use a bit more zing to be truly great,

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