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

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 97
Photo of detlefchef
4.39/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So now I've tried two variations on Berliner Weisse (this and DFH Festina Peche) without actually having tried a normal version. As I've liked both the riffs, I suppose it's high time that I try the real thing. That said...

Very pale and brilliant yellow with light, fleeting suds. Very bright aromas of nectarine and sour yellow plums backed up by wine-like flavors and more stone fruits.

Clean but lingering finish behind round texture. Though I guess "Imperial" is relative as this beer likely comes in around 4%, the alcohol is quite well integrated (though that's no great feat at 7%).

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Photo of kruthar
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Definitely looks like a german wheat beer. bright golden color with suspended floating wheat grist. head is white and foamy that dissapates quickly.

S - Wheaty smell with a strong sour green apple smell, tasty, my mouth is watering.

T - moderately carbonated, doesn't sting the tongue like a lot of sours do. moderately sour, appley, only slightly vinegar taste in the back.

M - The carbonation hits first but its only modearte, the swallow is perfectly smooth, this has a pretty good mouth feel.

D - This ber is extremely drinkable, its not a very overpowering sour and the wheat style helps.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thin layer of white head. The head fades away very quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of lots of funk and acidity. There is some horse blanket, tart light fruit, wheat, and a bit of banana.

T - Starts off with strong funk and tartness with some sweet tart light fruit, some hay, and some wheat. Through the middle, more acidic flavors come in with some more green apple and a bit of horse blanket. The finish is a mix of barnyard flavors with some strong funk and tartness lingering.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with an acidic, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting take on the Berliner Weiss style with a bit more body and alcohol. The acidity keeps up and the overall beer has a decent balance to it.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow body with a white head.

Light citrus and hay aromas.

Wheat cracker upfront with citrus mid palate and a tart bite to wrap things up. Floral notes and a hard to describe chinese spice provide accents.

Crisp and remarkably refreshing, never would guess it was 7 %.

Note to brewers: make more beers like this!

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Photo of gueuzer
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber.

App- Golden. No haziness as you would expect, very clear.. Essentially no head.

Sm- Lactic tartness. Very little aroma overall. Some slight phenols form the yeast.

Ta- Initial malty sweetness, followed up with a good amount of lemony lactic tartness. Some residual yeast flavors with a slight bit of banana.

MF- Light bodied considering the ABV. The "imperial" malt level doesn't come through like you'd expect. Nice balance. Not very complex. Sharp carbonation to aid in the acid flavor.

Dr- Very refreshing. Smooth. Great balance.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +18%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +15.9%
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 Vdubb86
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer pours the palest of straw colors with seemingly no head to it whatsoever. The aroma is of sourness, burnt biscuit, and lemon. The taste is sour, but not what my buddy had built me up to believe that it would be. In fact the sourness quite resembled Shock-Tarts. Where the bother you upfront, but then you get used to them and they really taste sweet in general. This still has that sour lemon pucker flavor that is desired, but I feel that it's not nearly as strong as I've been lead to believe that a beer of this style should be. It's pretty nice on the palate and a good drinking beer. A good Berliner Weissbier for starters.

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Photo of rawfish
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not too familiar with this style but gonna do my best to review it.

Poured gently to avoid much of the bottle conditioned suspension form a 650mL bomber. Color is clear and pale, straw coloration like lemon and honey, second pour is slightly hazy. Tiny fizzy head killed by the wheat and alcohol in a matter of seconds. Small amount of yeast floats in suspension. Looks more like lemon and honey tea than beer.

Smell is rather like juice, grains, apple, lemon rind and predominant white grapes on the nose follows by a slight tartness and noticable alcohol.

Tastes much like the nose, almost like white wine, very sweet. The alcohol is actually well hidden. Wheat followed by muscat juice, lemon tartness with vinegar. Drying finish with wheat, more lemon and subtle maltiness to balance it out. Quite refreshing.

Fizzy slightly biting carbonation that works for this beer as well as a slightly heavy body for weisse beer.

Not sure what all the disappointment is about this beer, not exactly a great looker but it has a balanced tartness as well as a refreshing flavor. Rather sweet but lacks a syrupy mouthfeel and not at all cloying. Good if not great venture into something different.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with hints of orange. Slowly streaming bubbles mildly prop up the thin white head. Not much of an appearance, but that's the style for you.

The nose is slightly wheaty, with some pale grain as well. Nose is lactic enough, but fairly pillowy. Farmhouse funk with some pale malt sweetness.

The flavor is a nicely drinkable mix of sweet and sour. Lemon is all over this one, with enough sour funk to pucker the lips at the finish. In between it's fairly sweet, with a surprisingly robust body. Further complexity comes from a red cherry-raspberry note towards the middle. The fruitiness is pretty apt: real fruit mixes sweetness with a pretty good sour note, especially when unripe. This brew hits the marks nicely.

Carbonation is much higher than the appearance lead me to believe, so the sour is pulled off quickly. Furthermore, the sweet notes are flash in the pan, so the overall experience is sour rather than sweet - better than most commercial Berliners here. I would definitely prefer to have more sharpness, but that's a bit like writing that I'd like more hops in an IPA - it goes without saying.

Interesting and unique take on the Berliner weisse. New Belgium has turned the style on its head without turning its back on tradition (completely).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. At 7% abv, it is certainly "Imperial" for Berliner Weisse, one of the lowest abv styles, but not all that much stronger than a solid single IPA. I'm not a big fan of doubling everything, no matter the style, but although this is is not a traditional Berliner, it is pretty tasty. I like the Berliner Weisse style quite a bit, but I've found many of them not nearly lactic enough. Berliner Kindl Weisse is more my style, with a very sharp lactic attack that can be softened (or not) by adding flavored Woodruff or Raspberry syrup. I think the "softening" of the style, like that of the recent Bell's version that actually boasted that it was soft enough that it didn't need the "additives" is a major step in the wrong direction. I enjoy the style super sharp without the additions, and I think others could acquire a taste if given a chance. Instead we get beers like 1809, which while highly rated is far, far too soft.

So where does this one fall in the spectrum. Well, to be fair, it is much sharper with lactic notes than something like 1809, but on the other hand, it has far more malt and a bit of sweet tang going on as well- let's call it sweet-and-sour Berliner Weisse. I like the fairly strong lactic presence, but surprisingly, I like that touch of sweetness as well. I guess, in essence, you are getting a touch of the sweetness that accompanies the syrup additions, along with the sharp lactic notes of a true Berliner Weisse. I think this approach works better than the dumbing down of the style seen so frequently. At least the play of the lactic versus the sugars is preserved, and there are some nice lemon notes to cu the sweetness and heavier citrus flavors as well. It has the appropriate effervescence, but is a bit darker than a standard Berliner, and the head is a good deal too faint. There is also a bit of graininess in the smell and flavor, but its a wheaten sort of graininess and doesn't really bother me. I enjoyed this, but I still prefer my Berliner Weisse straight-up rather than pre-sweetened. Call this one the Champagne Sec of the North.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Berliner Style Weiss has a cloudy golden body and a small, white head that doesn't stick around for very long. The head is what I expect from a Berliner Weiss, but the body is just a touch darker.

The aroma has some lactic sourness to it, and a little bit fruitiness along with a malt base that is mostly malted wheat.

The lactic sourness up front is noticeable and pretty tasty, which is important for any Berliner weiss style beer. After that I notice two things: fruit and wheat. The fruit has a lemon flavor, with perhaps a hint of white grape. The wheat adds a little bit of twang and a good bit of sweetness.

This beer has a pretty big mouthfeel for a Berliner Weiss, but it certainly isn't unpleasant. It might actually be necessary for the higher ABV.

In general, I don't see the point of making an "Imperial" version of this style, but with that said, the alcohol was hidden nicely. I think if some of the alcohol and malt base were knocked off, however, I might actually like this beer more. With that said, this is a pretty tasty beer the way it is, and I am glad that I got to try it.

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Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a New Belgium goblet pours a crisp pale orange with barely any head. Aroma is a bit of tart fresh fruit. The taste is a bit of sweet malts in front of the tart fruits I expect in a Berliner Weiss, but not as overbearing as I had heard from others who have had this beer. The beer is medium bodied with a bit of heavy sweetness, but it is still a refreshing, enjoyable beer. This is certainly an interesting and unique beer, one I'm glad I tried, but not likely one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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 rye726
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650ml bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. I belive this was around $7 from the local store. Great to see another brewery making a Berliner Weiss! Pours golden with a white head. Notes of sweet fruits and tart lacto. Needs more sour! Clean body, driinks well.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #3

Blind beer #6 of the 2nd box Khazadum sent my way.
Poured into my East End Brewing pint glass on 12/24/10.
Merry Christmas everyone

A - pours a clear straw yellow with a quick white cap that quickly faded to a layer of very fine bubbles

S - i'm picking up some tart apples, grapes, maybe some peaches, nothing too overpowering, sort of subtle

T - Again, i'm picking up the tart apple, some peaches and the grapes again. nice flavor, can't say i've had something like this before. sort of wheaty but not.

M/D - Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp with a slightly dry finish. Its real easy to drink and very light in the mouth. Slightly tart but not so much that you couldn't drink a few bottles of it.

Not really sure what this is, so lets pull it back...
New Belgium Lips of Faith Imperial Berliner Weisse

Nice, one of my wants. I really enjoyed drinking this one and despite it getting some bad reviews, I think its pretty decent. Thanks for this one.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. There's also some floaties. Scent is a lot of lemon, light funk, sugar, apples, and more lemon. Taste is very different than any other beer of this particular style. More alcohol than this style is supposed to have, but it is labeled as an "imperial" so that makes sense. Initially you get some sugary sweetness, followed by some refreshing lemon and apple flavors. Then comes hints of sourness. Not nearly as sour or sweet as I was hoping for though. Finishes with a bit of alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is very crisp, yet full bodied. The drinkability is not nearly as high as a typical berliner weissbier, but it does have some fair drinkability.

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Photo of reinheitsgematt
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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 Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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 davod23
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 stakem
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jwiss22 for this gift during our local secret santa exchange. Shared with wishuwerebeer on 12/13/10.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a light golden color that is slightly hazy with particles stuck in suspension. A light film of white bubbles composes the thin layering of lace that is the head. Constantly streaming bubbles rise to the surface and fail to support the rapidly depleting head. A swirl barley brings more than a few bubbles to the surface.

The aroma is a combination of lemons, lactic notes, citrusy fruits, sulfur, grain and some souring funky smells very similar to puke. There is a minor indication of alcohol along with a scent that increasingly becomes more yogurt-like.

The taste is lightly tart with lemon and fruits almost like orange with estery alcohol. A flavor of wheat and bready grains is there mid-palate and lasts into the finish with some sulfur and funky flavors reminiscent of puke. A faint almost plastic flavor is also evident as the brew warms.

This is medium to light in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. For the style, the alcohol is very much imperialized but across the board is hidden quite well. Fairly drinkable with an increasing warmth. Leaves the mouth tingly and slightly puckered like the feeling you get when eating unflavored/unsweetened Greek yogurt. The concept behind this brew is quite the oxymoron, however for what it is it is decent and worth a try.

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Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin layer of off-white head over a slightly cloudy light-straw colored liquid. Smells lemony, acetic, fennel seed, salty, light cherry sour. Brisk, almost margarita-like.

Tastes malty sweet with lactic and acetic sour players. Not the crisp weisse I was expecting, as the sweet is predominant. Lemon, crisp watermelon rind, and mild acetic. Wheat and pils malt. Md-light body and medium carbonation. Could use a bit more CO2. Dry finish with minerally and wheat aftertaste. Has a fine carb sting on the tongue on the swallow to help beat off the malt, but still could use more.

Well, how to rate this one. There is currently no imperial weisse style, so do I judge to weisse or double weisse? I guess it's not fair to judge to weisse, which should be dry and puckering. 2x weisse should have some malt sweet to it, as this beer does. I just wish it had a bit more complexity.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a pint glass.
Pours a ever so slightly hazy yellow which has a greenish tinge. A crisp head of bubbles vanishes quickly to nothing but a few bubbles.
Smells like a lemon dessert in the middle of a barnyard. Bready and interesting. Lots of tartness if one can smell tartness.
Not at all what I was expecting. Big time sour flavors burst through the maltiness. Not a lot of fruit, but more lime than anything else. The aftertaste is tough to describe. Reminiscent of the taste of the milk after a bowl of fruity pebbles.
Very refreshing and summery.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with 6/16/2010 date stamp. I do not know if this is a best by or bottling date. I wish I did know, however. So let us now begin another adventure from the clearance cooler at the local liquor store! Yeah. I tend to find equal parts hidden gems and horrible experiences in the clearance cooler, and I cannot deny the random "take your chances" approach thrills me. But enough about me. This is about the BEER.

A. Pale yellow straw grass color, rather translucent with only the tiniest tinge of haze to it. I find myself wondering if the clarity is normal for the style, given that there is supposed to be lactobacillus fermentation going on here. Nearly no head at all. The carbonation even doesn't last very long. After 15 minutes of sipping, smelling, and observation it has become absolutely dead flat.
S. Now we're talkin'. Lemon yogurt smell all the way to the bank. I don't, however, smell the floral tones at all which the brewery claims this brew to have :( Just yogurt. I can, however, smell the pale wheat malt ever so faintly hiding behind the tartness.
T. Mmmmm. Its tastes like baby's first Flemish. A Flemish for beginners, if you will. Very light sourness, very light malt, mostly lemon and wheat with a yogurt backburner. I'd rate it higher but I have a personal preference for the more heavy-duty sours. So this seems sort of Mickey Mouse to me. However, I have no idea if this lightness of sourness is normal for the berliner weissbier style. For all I know, it just might be.
M. No complaints here.

Overall, this adventure in the land of clearance has gotten me intrigued enough to purposefully keep an eye out for further examples of this style to try. I want to try them and then think about this one with a new perspective, perhaps.

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