Frederick H. | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At his core, Frederick H. embodies some of the elements you’d expect in a Berliner Weisse-style beer, such as a tart flavor profile from lactobacillus, a hint of brettanomyces and traditionally low ABV. He gets a little racy though, and gains even more funky and earthy notes from house cultures and fermentation in our oak foeders at Bruery Terreux. After nature takes its course, Frederick H. emerges with a bright, refreshing body, palate-cleansing tartness and au naturel rawness.

Added by Keananmichael5 on 11-17-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
10
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jaydoc
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i always like the bretty and wood aged berliner types. i think you get back a lot of the wildness that way, and in this case without sacrificing the clean natured finish of a good berliner, the bacterial sour side of this is very tidy, sour for sure, but bright at the same time. it looks a little orange tinted in the glass and kind of flat for the style, but the nose is great, with a citrusy sourness in front of everything else, a malty wheat base, and a mature woody and bretty funk that almost smells like lambic to me. the flavor is pretty dominated by the acidity at first, but as it warms i get more of the wheat and the woody. the lacto part of this is nicely done, a lot of sourness for sure, but its so clean here, and dry too. i get a lot of nuance in the latter stages too, apricot, white wine, and minerals abound, while the sourness winds it down. lots going on here in the flavor, but it definitely needs more carbonation to keep it progressing, this gets a little heavy and slow for me, especially with all the acid. cool beer though, nice to see so many of these terreux beers coming through colorado! this was on tap at the new goed zuur, well worth checking out!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/27/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to nothing fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, oak, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of pepper, musty/leathery funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, oak, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of pepper, musty/leathery funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, hay, straw, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, funk, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/sourness balance. Lightly puckering, but not astringent on sourness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a smooth, acidic, fairly tannic, and lightly creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is an excellent Berliner weisse. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the moderately strong acidity/sourness. This appears to be pretty similar to Hottenroth; but with more intense flavors and lactic sourness. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Aroma is tart, a bit malty with a hint of honey. Taste is tart, quite clean with a generic lactic/sour mash character.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a Willi Becher glass. Pours a lighter golden yellow body, slight murky hue, good retention, light lacing. Smells of wheat, sour lactic acidity, lemon, citrus, touch of leather, but for the most part this is a very sour berliner weisse through and through. The flavour profile agrees with the nose; with a bit more slightly grainy sweetness. Heavy lactic acid, lemon and citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, but not exactly a crushable beer unless you have the intestinal fortitude of a giant. Still, a tasty choice and I think it would work well in between different beer styles on draft- it is refreshing, and your palate is ready for the next beer once you're finished with this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can I be objective here? This is essentially just ONE of the mistresses that lead to the undoing of my favorite berliner I hoard, Hottenroth (the other being the Frucht series). So its like trying to give an objective review of the sidechick who caused the dissolution of your BFF's marriage.

Pours yellow with slight wheat haze and a barely heftier appearance compared to Hottenroth. Good 3/4" white head on it. Aroma smacked of that wheat tartness.

Taste was sour, this is a little more amped up than Hottenroth. Not as acidic as Frucht. Not overly heavy, still relatively in the norm, even on the high side of norm, strength wise. Lemony citrus taste and mouth feel. Carbonation high and appropriate. Good wheat.

I'm not super geeked on this only because it replaced Hottenroth, the lighter, softer sister.

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Photo of madelf66
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Frederick H. from The Bruery
4.04 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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