Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style WeisseLips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by SShelly:
Photo of SShelly
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impy Berlinerweisse, an interesting contradiction...

Pours is bright clear straw with a large white head, lots of fizz.

Aroma has a light citrus and funk to it, slightly vinuous not really offputting but not that pleasant either.

Flavor is a clash of competing flavors with a hint of alcohol, overall it upholds the light and tart mantra of the berlinerweisse but there are competing aftertastes that turn me off, light funk with a musky sweetness.

Overall not that interesting or that good, a fun experiment I guess.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - tart sour fruits and some floral spices.

The flavor is sweet and tart and sour citrus fruits and wheaty malts and some brett. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, not very complex but I liked it. It's very refreshing and I like the sour fruits and brett. I think it was a bit better on tap from what I recall.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemons, wheat, light tartness and apples. The flavor is tart lemons and wheat as expected, but I also get quite a bit of sugar. This beer is much sweeter than normal for this style, but I think it works okay. It is certainly an interesting take on the style, even if it is not authentic. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. L: Hazy straw color with a quickly dissipating thin white head. S: Citrusy aromas. T: Rich tartness and lemonsy sourness is tempered by above average malt. F: Light, tart with above average carbonation. O: Big, refreshing and tart.

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Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Closed for Business in Charleston, SC.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with mild amounts of wheat twang and somewhat sweet lemon rind. Also present are hints of pear aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more muddled. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by moderately tart citrus and wheat twang. The citrus become slightly more tart midway through the sip before they are joined by leafy hops and green apples. The hops fade out, allowing the citrus, wheat, and light malts to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a decent thickness with slightly abrasive carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer, although to be fair I should not have expected much from an "imperial berlinerweiss", a style akin to the "imperial mild". I'd love to see NB try this again, except without the imperial part. As a final note, I did not dislike the beer solely because of the oxymoron but rather because the flavors did not seem robust and well defined.

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Photo of kylers
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer survived a cross-country road trip I took pretty well. Poured from a nicely designed 22oz bottle, it was bubbly and straw colored from the outset. Super clear. Initial smell was of cooked vegetables, sauerkraut to be exact. My buddy kept saying it smelled like french fries which was hard for me to pinpoint. Taste was more sour than you think and I kept telling my friends how much it tasted like a dry white wine. Chardonnay maybe? No one else seemed to be into finishing their tasting so I took over and got to liking this beer. It's an imperial berlinweisse so I didn't have much to compare it to, but it's definitely a beer you just want one bottle of.

First review! Woo!

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Photo of beerbrains
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First up, this is probably not a fair review of the beer, I ordered towards the end of a night out and it was preceded by a wide variety of drinks. Secondly, I wasn't able to give it my full attention.

Pale straw yellow in a standard pint glass. Thin layer of bubbles on top that quickly disappear.

Not citrus but lemon in the nose, wheat seems to be missing.

Taste is overwhelmingly lemon, not a natural or even a artificial lemon flavor, kinda soapy sour. The grain flavors don't come through. Makes me think of a cleaner. Maybe the tap lines weren't clean (or maybe they were and didn't get flushed).

Mouth feel is watery and bland.

Half way through the glass I gave it back to the bartender and asked for something else (a first).

Disappointed with this offering from NB (also a first).

Paired with.... other drinks.

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Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy sunny yellow with a fizzy white cap that quickly sizzles itself away. It does leave decent lacing, however.
The nose brings tart lemon wheat nose, along with a slap of olive brine salty funk. It's more than a bit weird, but I'll give it a general pass here.
It begins through the mouth with a sweet-tart, lemon bar doughy fruitiness, topped with powdered sugar, which grows increasingly towards corn syrup as it progresses. The briny olive/pickle note returns, bringing a discordant saltiness. Toasted wheat cereal notes pick up as the funky saltiness fades, with a couple late shrieks from lemon juice and vinegar, and a fuller white grape juice sweetness.
Semi-brisk, rampant upfront carbonation peters out over time, leaving a too-fat half-glass of lemonade, wheat flakes, kero syrup, olive brine, pickles, vinegar, and cheap, flat champagne.
This had some promise early on, the lacto-funkiness was a bit weirdly expressed and overly salty/briny. But it was the lingering heavy syrup/grapejuice sweetness that killed it.
A bomber is way too much, because it's flaws become far more pronounced as it warms. Ultimately, it betrays its base style. It's neither brisk nor refreshing, and over time, this becomes a chore.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of davod23
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Saw this at my local place, thought it sounded interesting. Poured from the bottle into a Delerium Tremens tulip.

Pour is a very clear light gold. Surprisingly clear... Suspected that there would be more haziness. White head about two inches forms immediately but quickly recedes to a few faint wisps.

Smell is odd. Not bad, mind you, but odd. Sour apple, wheat, tiniest bit of what might be termed funk. There's a sweetness to it as well... Like candy... SweetTarts? Sour Patch Kids?

Taste is pretty decent. Sour apple, lemon. Only lightly tart, and actually quite sweet. Sweeter than I'd like.

Good carbonation, medium body. It does not finish as dry as I'd like. Drinkability is still very high; this is a decent brew for a hot day when you're seeking refreshment in a relatively unusual beer style. Still, I probably won't revisit this one. I'd rather drink Hottenroth.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head that subsides to minimal quickly. There was no apparent lacing present. The aroma was comprised of malt and a nice sour note. The flavor was of malt, wood, sour, and a very subtle wheat flavor. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice and smooth sour tasting brew. I quite enjoyed this one as the glass went down quite quickly before I had realized it. This one is a definite must try for those of you who like Wild Ales and sours.

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Photo of hopsbreath
1.58/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up a bomber of this recently along with other non-imperial versions of the style as part of an attempt to expand my beer knowledge.

Poured into a couple tulips to share with the wife, this beer has a yellow-orange body with tons of big thick yeasty sediment floating throughout. Its not the typical yeast haze that sometimes shows up in bottle conditioned beers but instead has the appearance of gigantic gelatinous amoebas swimming in some pond water for a 10th grade biology lab experiment. The slightest agitation to the bottle provoked the sediment into suspension so it was impossible to decant the beer properly and not get any gooey bodies into the glass. The head was thick and dissipated slowly to leave a cap throughout the drink and had good lacing. None of the last sentence is appropriate for the style as defined by the Bros. Utter fail on appearance. 1/5

The smell is faint and not terrible. Yes this is lactic and has a wheat based smell. 3/5

The taste is where this beer totally lost me. It was lightly sour and was definitely wheat based, but the flavors that didn't belong there were bananas, cloves, and a cloying sweetness that was reminiscent of some kind of big bock recipe that had a little lacto thrown in and dubbed Imperial. Had I at least enjoyed these flavors I would grade a little kinder but it just seemed like a sweet muddled mess. 1/5

Mouthfeel was moderately thick and sticky (2/5), and drinkability was downright abysmal (1/5). My wife barely took a few sips of her glass and handed it to me to finish. I was able to finish mine but had no interest in hers. First ever drain pour ensued. Let the record show that my wife who enjoys Duchesse de Burgogne because it is a little sweeter than most of its style, found this to be to sweet.

In an attempt to best understand this style, I also had a bottle of Hottenroth from The Bruery and a couple twelves of Festina Peche on the same night. Those two are still notes and their reviews will come at another time, but they were both solidly refreshing and received scores above 4.0. New Belgium needs to take this back to the lab and figure out what needs to be retooled to make it drinkable. As few beers that are represented in the style, I can't understand why they simply didn't brew a traditional Berliner Weiss and try to exemplify the style in the same way they did with La Folie in regards to Flanders Reds.

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Photo of blindpiggie
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a weisse glass. 7.0% ABV, no date.

A - A good white head springs up right away then lowers to a thin pile kept alive by extreme carbonation rising up. Crystal clear golden pale yellow in color.

S - A nice light sour aroma accompanies the soft wheat nose and cheerful crisp carbonation and nice pale malt aroma. Unassuming and crisp for a nice hot day.

T - The sourness is mild and lacking for what they call an Imperial. I pick up more pale malts and some wet wheat but it doesn't have an imperial feel to it at all.

M - Light-bodied with high carbonation but very mild sourness trickling through on the finish. Crisp and clean but why is the sour so lacking?

D - A great summer drinkable beer with a huge refreshing quality but the sourness can stand to be at least doubled for the style it calls itself. Great otherwise. I gotta say $10.99 is way out of line for this bottle though.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP today by the wife... Thanks Babe.

I am not very familiar with Berliner Weissbiers, so I am just gonna do my best.

Short lasting 1/2" stark white head looks pretty wimpy... the brew is a crystal clear glowing straw golden.

Nose is light lemon grass with a hint of something floral.... more pale maltiness than I was expecting.

Flavor is a tad on the mild side... again what I would consider too much malt for the style.. but it is "imperial" ... lemon is soft... some other sort of fruitiness is in there that I'm having a hard time identifying... pale malts are more of a crackery element... honestly, I was hoping for more of a lactic punch..

Body is obviously on the heavy side for the style, but still retains about a medium .... I also think it could use more carbonation.

Pretty drinkable even given the bigger ABV... I will certainly buy it again, but nobody should think this is any where close to a proper Berliner.

Are we really at a point where everything must be made bigger and badder?


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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber, yellow with a huge hite pillow like head, and tons of carbonation. Very lively aroma, lots of grains and cereal hints, with some subtle fruit like flavors mixed in. Bananas and apples were the most prominant. Taste was quite nice. Such a lively, frothy and light flavor. lots of fruit, grain and tart favors mixed in with an unseen abv that must have taken a vacation

overall it was very interesting, after having one of the best berliners i have ever had, this was no match

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Photo of Xul
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours translucent golden, capped by one finger of fizzy white head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles down to scant lacing.

S: Some light lemon zest and tartness, followed by a reasonably strong sweetness that has a bit of a cream/vanilla character. Not unpleasant, but the the sweetness is out of place and too strong for the rest of the aroma.

T: Opens with lightly tart lemons and some green apples, after which the sweetness comes back in with some darker fruit character, or perhaps some grapes. The finish brings back a bit of tartness but not enough to truly cut the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: Goes down easy but not really what I look for in a Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of reinheitsgematt
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Also picked up @ the Co-op. Having had a few examples, both German and American, none of which were Imperial, I suppose I had expectations. Shared with my lovely lady, in Champagne flutes (Napoleanic reference) @ 38F.

Pours a pale, ever-so-slightly hazy straw color with a restrained and quickly dissipating white head. Expected a bit more bubble, even from an Imperial.

The nose offers a touch of lemon, some bread, and what sour/tartness is there reminds me of cherries.

Flavors are more malty and bready than truly tart - the finish shows a touch of citric sourness, but ever-so-light and forced to share the stage with a hint of booze

Mouthfeel is coating yet thin - due to the amped-up ABV and less-than-prickly carbonation, I suppose medium-bodied is an appropriate descriptor.

As far as drinkability, it was quality without touching greatness - I wouldn't kick it out of the fridge, but I'm not going out of my way to obtain it either.

Perhaps it will evolve into something more tart and sour, but presently it's leaning a bit too much to the malt for what I've had of the style, and that can attributed to its Imperial nature. What's next? Imperial Koelsch?

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear gold colored beer with only slight head formation. Much darker than most.

Smell is lightly sour with peach and apple scent. I detect a little sour grape and no hops.

Starts out sweet and sour with no strong flavor. Not really sour just tart. Not strongly flavored, at best it tastes like a really light pear cider. Could be more complex but it isn't bad.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. This needs something more to be more interesting.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
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