Boson De Higgs
Hopfenstark

Boson De HiggsBoson De Higgs
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #522
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,124
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 15.14%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
120
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to tulip. Why? Cause I don't have a clue what this beer is supposed to be, honestly.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy semi-bright yellow color with a subtle transparency about it. Small cap of a little white foamy head started and slid off at a decent pace. Some lace slid off and sank with the sips as it concavely stuck to my glass.
The aroma was weird but somehow I liked it. It had a sweet ham-like smokiness up front with some sour to bitter lemon rind. Subtle wheaty tartness kicks on the back end.
The flavor had that smoky sweet ham pretty bold and up front pushing the sour and wheaty tones back a bit. Not much of an after taste, but what was there seemed slightly smoky, a touch of wheat and then some lemon.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability. Good carbonation and a sturdy ABV. Crisp sweet smokey and touch of sour in the finish.
Overall, well, I get to the end and have no clue what style this is supposed to be. All I can tell you is that it's damn good, so try it for yourself and take my score for "overall" with a grain of salt.

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Photo of Angerhaus
1.15/5  rDev -70%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

With the possible exception of Dogfish Head's Chocolate Lobster Stout, this might be the worst beer I've ever had. Smells and tastes like a old tire swing with a hint of sour bacon.

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Photo of thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed pale yellow color with three fingers of airy white head. Settles into a thin crown. No lacing.

Light aroma of smoked ham with some crakery malt behind, as well as a hint of floral hops and light soap. Maybe a touch of mint and grass as well.

Similarly light tasting. Again with some light smoke. A touch of farmhouse or grisette-like Belgian yeast and soapy, floral notes. A hint of hay. Very light lime juice tartness. And some more light smoke in the semi-dry finish.

Relatively light bodied with modest carbonation. Clean, dry feel.

I'd call this more of a smoked grisette than a BerlinerRauchSaison, but there is a definite light tartness to it. Fun enough hybrid, but not one I'm likely to come back to. Love the can art, though.

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Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow with decent head. Aroma is a big punch up front of smokiness with a bit of sour at the end. There is alao a bit of tart citrus that blends in quite quietly. Taste is semi-tart and sour with the smoke still remaining the big flavor. A touch of funk joins in along with lemon and hay. Mouth feel is pleasant and finish is very crisp and clean with the smoke lingering until the last minute. A very interesting beer and a mix of many styles it seems !

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Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong yeast, sweet malt, hint of floral hops, slight smoke, slight coriander, and slight grass. As it is a combination of three different beer styles, I guess it roughly fits the stand alone style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of pale malt, and wheat. Overall, good appearance, and distinctly smoky, wheat-y. and tart. Interesting attempt, but the blend is all over and confusing.

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Photo of Premo88
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into tulip

L: cloudy yellow, SRM 2, pushes up 1-inch head of white foam; no sticking; good activity in glass, keeps a collar and full skin; no lacing; clears up some as it sits but never reaches 100% clear

S: smokey light malt, slight bit of peat, loads of yeast, earthy but with just a hint of something sweet (from the malt?); smoked peach with a little lemon peel

T: yeast, yeast and more yeast ... almost bitter from the yeast, very earthy, lemon peel; slight sweetness from the malt, almost peach; as it warms, the smoke flavor peeks in and mixes with the earthy yeast flavor to give it a small peat/beechwood note; as it warms, the wheat starts giving it a banana flavor

F: light, crisp, easy to handle and very much within berliner weissbier parameters

O: the smoked-malt aroma is fantastic, a highlight for rauchbier fans, but the overload of yeast in the flavor brings down the experience a notch; still, it's a helluva concoction hopfenstark has cooked up, and I wonder with all that yeast flavor if this brew wouldn't come off better with some age ... there's enough sweetness in the flavor to make it seem possible; a beer that tastes much better at warmer temperatures -- mine started off very cold, and it didn't truly open up until after 20 minutes sitting in the glass

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this releases a big smoke smell when the can is cracked open and when poured that smoke blends with some lemon, banana, clove and yeastiness. The taste is tart and tangy up front with some peach and smoke. There is also some banana and fruity yeast. The carbonation is a bit stinging. This is a really odd but tasty beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange, interesting, and unique. I really like this brew. the appearance is light, golden-straw, slightly hazy, and with a light white head. The aroma is smokey...like a distant cooking fire....there is grain and light herbs, fruit (peach?) and grass. Wow. The taste is lightly tart, with firm malt and wheat twang. Strong finish, nice body, and very drinkable. This one is a surprise...well made, flavorful, engaging, and delicious.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a lovely straw color and a pleasant haze. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

Smell: The nose on this one is definitely stronger on the "Rauch" portion of the beer than expected. The ham-like smokiness overwhelms the nose, but fruity esters and a distinct breadiness are still present giving the beer an extraordinary farmhouse feel.

Taste: The acidity of this beer is much more nuanced than expected, almost disappointingly so. There is a distinct banana-like fruitiness that works very well with the slight sour twang and smokiness that is weaker than one would expect based on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very light and spritzy. Moderate carbonation leaves it quite refreshing.

Overall: Surprisingly well-balanced considering all the variables at play in this brew; a lovely summer drinker, particularly on a hot evening bbq or anywhere near a farmhouse.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure I like this beer, but to look at it as an art, like an impression of the various styles it's claiming to be this is a masterpiece.

Smells like a Berliner Weisse and tastes like a Rauchbier. I mean they rock these flavors. Raucbier is a tough one to appreciate because the smokiness and meatiness is so profound but only slightly cut into by the lactobacilicus. The ashy smokiness lingers.

Uber Complexity in this beer. Not my style but you have to appreciate how they made it work.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i was so excited to see a beer from these guys, its been so long since i had those great saisons, but this is a canadian brewery and my pint can says a product of the united states, which upon further investigation reveals a contract brew setup, which in the old days i would have never pegged these guys for, but whatever brings me the beer i guess... its a smoked berliner beer, with a strong what flavor, some nice body from the malt there, a beachwood sort of smoke to it with some sweetness and some iodine amongst the wood, and then a light hop, a belgian yeast note, and just a little front end bacterial tang. its awfully complex, but its also beautifully simple. the smoke is cool because its distinctive but even the light wheat can push through it, and so can the floral hops and the saison yeast which seems belgian and warm fermented to me here. i burp sweet smoke, which i didnt know was a thing, and i taste white wine grapes and bandaids, peach juice and cigarette ash, and some lemon lime soda, a little burnt. cool beer but it tastes and feels a little rushed and cheap to me, under carbonated too, and a far cry from the rich and mature beers i remember from hopfenstark. that said, i like it pretty well, the price is right, and i am excited to see these guys back out in distribution. worth trying one, but i wouldnt pick this one up again in this format i dont think. appreciably different though, but i bet it was better when they made it themselves...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopfenstark "Boson De Higgs"
on tap @ Station Ho.st on 6 October 2014
$3.91 / 12 oz.

Notes: The owner/brewer just happened to be there on the day that I visited and recommended this to my friend and I. He explained the name (I was previously unaware of what the Higgs Boson particle was, although I immediately recalled seeing a television interview with Michio Kaku where he explained it, but which made no real sense to me). If I'm not mistaken, regarding the beer the name refers to a yeast or beer that they used as the starting point for this one. Anyway... It's a fairly clear gold in color beneath a short head of frothy white. Better than average head retention and lacing. The aroma is mineralish, gently spicy, grainy-wheaty, and smoky. The smoke is not bold like you might find in an Aecht Schlenkerla, but it's clear. The flavor is similar: thinly wheaty in maltiness, spicy, tart, fruity, mineralish, and more subtly smoky. It was explained that this is a rauchbier-berliner weisse-saison which kind of makes sense. There's a definite smokiness to it, as well as some tartness, but it's also got some malt and body to it and spice, so it all comes together.

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Photo of Moose90
2.19/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bottle poured into a 13oz tulip

A — Pours a murky odd shade of brownish amber into the glass, there is an off white colored head that resides in patches around the edges, leaving bits of residue behind it.

S — Smell is funky, smoky, meaty, ashy, oaky, chewy, dominated by rank smoke and meatiness, no balance here.

T — A deep wave of pungent smokiness overpowers any malt base or lacto tartness.

M — Sharply tart with a lingering heaviness.

O — Pretty poor overall, a smoky Berliner is not a style I wish to revisit, there is no balance here and it is overpowered by smoke.

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Photo of michaellabreche
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite summer bbq beer. My favorite raushbier. everything is well balanced. it isn't that sour and I think it is better that way. you can really smell the smoked malts but it is less intense than it looks.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled on 7/2014 from my interpretation of the label.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 1/2 finger of stark white head. Average retention for a Berliner Weiss. No lacing of note.

S: Funky smoke. Smoke house. Flourishes of lemon, citrus. hay. Coal ash. Earth. Candi sugar. Indistinct wood.

T: Smoked pale malts open with minimal tartness. A hint of farmhouse and a very faint salinity. The hops are mostly evident in the aftertaste with a slightly floral presence and light bitterness. No alcohol presence. Finish is semi-dry.

M: Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. Feels rather light, even for a Berliner Weiss.

O: I had very high hopes for this beer as the combo of Berliner Weiss, Rauchbier and saison was very intriguing. Unfortunately, I got very little Berliner Weiss aside from the body and low ABV. I found myself searching for even a hint of sour on every sip. The other two styles just came off as watered down.

Prost!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funk notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/smokey yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very nice and unique session smoked saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Even with the unique flavor profile and style mixture, everything came together very nicely. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shiny golden colour with haze; small bubbly head, nice clingy lacing. Slight trickle of bead. OK.

Smells very bacony. Smoky with peppery notes. Yeah, savoury, meaty, spicy. Not much more to it; does there really need to be though?

Taste is not at all what I expected. Tangy, citric with some notes of peach, then descends into dry smoke character with some wood, meat and mild peppercorn on the back. Very confusing drop. Also light.

Bit sizzly, gets some decent texture on the back; foams up.

Very, very weird beer. Smell doesn't match the palate much at all. Overall it's also just a bit lacklustre.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. Not sure if it was on-tap or not.

A-Hazy orange but leaning toward a lighter hue of orange.

S-Almost tart. Seems to be smoky. Definitively hard to grasp. Light Belgian yeast aromatics.

T-Has some tartness and funk. Clearly smoky. Also sweet. Pretty interesting. I'm not sure if the flavors match that well. Finishes a bit sweet and pale-fruity.

M-Light bodied. Flavors don't linger except for the smoke a little bit. Well carbonated.

O-Unique, smoked Berliner. Lichtenhainer Weisse! I've had one before. I guess this would be a good way to describe it. Well worth a sample but I think the flavors clash.

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Photo of PlatoSmash
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like the bottle states: this beer defies all categories. The appearance is much like a saison but the aroma is not. There is a cool smokiness at the beginning of the taste that melts wonderfully into a wheat or saison type. Very enjoyable, love the fact that it defies explanation! I enjoy beers that give you the something unexpected.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Poured a nice golden colour with good carbonation. Cloudy with yeast added. Half finger of white head gone fast and left a bit of lacing and no retention.

S - Mostly smoke and peat. Mild but not offensive with the aggressiveness of the smoke. A little saison is there but hidden with a very gentle sour/funk note that's barely detectable.

T - Smoke, saisony grass and fruit yeast notes. A weird combo that has most of the rauch components really present but subtle saison and faint berliner notes.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body with a smokey finish.

O/D - What a strange beer. Not detectable sourness and the saison element was very mild. Weird. To be honest it was mostly a tamed rauchbier. Odd, but enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ham. /end review (drops mic.)

But that would be very un-BEERchitect-like, so here's a bit more...

Pouring with a haze straw color, slight golden low lights gleam beyond a moderate wheaty haze. On par with most sour ales, this fusion of rauch and wiess shows champagne-like appearances with spirited carbonation the fuels a fluffy and arid white head. Slow to dissolve, the ale trails with a broken collar of lace.

Its aromas are spot on of honey-baked city ham- now way around it. Its smoky sweetness is of mesquite and maple as is savory and meaty scent strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of curing pork. Its light tangy backdrop is playfully of lemon and straw heading into taste.

Thin cracker-like maltiness is mildly bready and tepidly sweet, until its more acidic tones rise at middle palate and dries the sweetness with ease. Lime, stewed hay, and a salty brine taste crosses the palate with dried citrus tones before its slightly earthen and herbal finish. Echoes of ham then make their only real meaningful mark in taste.

Light and incredibly zesty, the ale does offer a soft creaminess on the early palate that dissovles away rather quickly in order to make way for a minerally-crisp finish. Its fleeting, sparkling carbonation allows the light bodied beer to behave very selzerwater-like.

Its impressive to see so much complexity to rise out of a sub-4% beer. Its highly characterful and refreshing- a more inquisitive offering than an everyday go-to.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml tall brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. They put this somewhere between Berliner Weisse, Rauchbier and Saison. That was well enough to pique my interest, even as I questioned their sanity.

Pours a quite clear yellow golden colour, with a big frothy head of white, that persists for a long time. Lacing is pretty decent and the carbonation is fine. It also looks like it has a bit of heft in the body, despite being only 3.8% ABV. Looks good.

Yep, nose is something like what I expected as much as I expected anything. Definite smokiness, almost peaty and slightly medicinal, with an underlying wheaty sourness that gives slight lactic overtones as well. There's a carbonic acidity to it as well. Very strange, but not unpleasant for it.

Yep, the taste is similarly weird: let's not beat around the bush, it's fucked up, but in the best possible way. Crisp wheaty acidity on the front of the palate, backed up out of nowhere by a slightly acrid, smokiness with no sweetness to it whatsoever—again, it feels slightly peaty and medicinal when mixed with the acidity. Taste is quite dark, despite the colour: it causes no end of cognitive dissonance in my brain.

Feel is quite fine and slightly frothy. It works well.

Yeah: this is bizarre. Hopfenstark have done something really weird and probably against some sort of law of nature. But for all its oddities, it works in some sort of perverse way. When I try something truly unique like this, I have to appreciate it.

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Photo of yancot
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this weird smoky berliner saison! It shouldn't work (and many will claim that it doesn't) but for me it is pure magic! The smoke is often very aggressive on the nose and initially on the palette but the tartness and bubbles hold their own. I still own a few bottles and it's certainly not an everyday selection but i will shed a tear when it's gone. This brewery deserves immense credit for succesfully pushing the envelope. (8/8/15)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slight smoke and chalk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an odd smoke and chalk flavor, especially for the style this is supposed to be.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a third of a glass of white head with good retention; active carbonation. Spicy aroma of farmhouse yeast, citrus, light stone fruit and bready malt, a hint of smoke. Wow, this is really interesting. Flavor is light wheat, bready malt, lemon, faint Belgian spicing with savory smokehouse overlaying all. Light bodied with active carbonation. A very odd and nicely balanced smoky light beer. I'm not a fan of sour Berliner styles, but this is only slightly tart and the smoke seems to take any edge off from it. This is hand-down, down the best under 4% beer I've ever had. Rather idiosynchratic, but I really liked it a lot.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 120 ratings