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 Weissbier

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
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 nmann08
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very clear, very light yellow. Less than an inch of head that disappears quickly. Filmy lacing on the drink down.

S - Rotten lemons, weak wheat smell. Honestly to me it smells like citrus Theraflu or Alka-Seltzer and vomit. I was really taken aback by this.

T - Watered down lemon fizzy medicine tablets. Stomach acid/bile like notes. I honestly started to feel sick from the taste of this beer.

M - Good carbonation but coupled with the medicinal smell and taste it reminded me too much of Theraflu or Alka-Seltzer.

D - I really hope I got a bad bottle or something. I was very disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On my first day back at work after a work trip to CO, I was greeted with an unanticipated box from thagr81us. Thank you, Calton, for your generosity.

Pouring a light straw yellow with a dense white head with good retention, this is a great looking berlinerweiss. A gentle, steady stream of carbonation is present too.

The nose is rather highly unconventional. A little musty wheat, some solvent and a blend of green apple and light stone fruit - peach? Some sweetness is present too. Sourness is barely noticeable. The description mentions the use of Brett B here, which I just don't get.

The palate, is surprisingly different too. Opening with a definite lemony tartness, quickly warping into a green apple/cider tartness. Moderate fruity sweetness is present as well. The mid-palate is rather awful, with a blend of hot alcohol and some sugar. The finish has a sharp bitterness, rather unpleasant with some lemon rind before fizzling out with a light cereal character. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is decent on the palate, but rather awful on the finish. Disappointing.

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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 drabmuh
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First thing is first, this is one of my new favorite styles of beer and I like it because 1. Its light in body 2. It has a moderate tartness and 3. Its low in alcohol. Those three things I love about this style are all SHIT ON BY THIS BEER. An "Imperial Berliner Style Weisse" is an oxymoron like Renaissance man or Criminal justice....saying those words in proximity just doesn't make any sense...I have to eventually write a serious review otherwise my review of this gross, grainy, flat, mess of a beer will be deleted by moderators, so here I go.

Beer served on draft. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of wispy little bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears low. Looks OK.

Aroma is grainy and wet, not a lot of lactic in there but I guess I can find it.

Should I be able to taste alcohol in any kind of weiss beer? Maybe a wheatwine or something like that but this si just fucking gross. Its hot and sweet at leadoff, minimal sourness on the midpalate and a finish that is like grain husks. Sour mash eh? I hate it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour yields a very light yellow-apricot color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around all that long. The nose brings some light citrus and an unpleasant wheat character plus a bit of bread. Really plain and a bit off. The flavor is sweet with a very, very slight amount of lactic sourness. This is weird. It's certainly not an imperial Berliner, which I was quite skeptical about in the first place. Light citrus and some bread. Feel has a bit of very light lactic character and a dry finish. Some sugar there as well. Just not a good concept and, on top of that, not very well executed.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thought I'd give this a bid. Interested in seeing if this style can be "imperialized".

Appearance- Light gold. A white soapy head. No lacing. Caps.

Smell- Tart. Lemon rind. A little cat urine, that acidic, vinegar quality. Some spice and coriander.

Taste- Tart. Grainy. Sweet. It tastes like a slightly tart adjunct lager. Just so much sweet graininess.

Mouthfeel- It's thin, which would be fine if it wasn't so sweet.

Drinkability- Like a spoiled Bud.

This beer is a monstrosity. Why take a nice, interesting style and make it this "big". The poor beer couldn't overcome the excessive graininess.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of psiweaver
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

so i was super excited to try this beer as I love Berliner Weisse. I poured the 22oz bottle into two Reidel stemless wine glasses (red wine)

appearance was good but not terrible amazing a hazy somewhat yellow/green

smell was decent again nothing really jumping out at me.

taste was bad, I found it lacked any sourness or bite to it and that even after that had very little flavor. I got a little bit of orange zest but other than that very disappointed.

mouthfeel again not bad but really no bite or snap to it which is disappointing.

drinkability was bad. for being a Berliner Weisse style it lacked almost all flavor and was not refreshing at all.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The beer pours a clear, golden straw color with a small white head.

S: This does not smell like a Berlinerweiss. Apple juice, corn, and sugar are the primary aromas. A bit of bubblegum and popcorn smell to it as well. A strange fruitiness is also present, though I can't quite put a name on it.

T: Same story on the palate. Cotton candy, bubblegum, and corn syrup make for one sweet beer. No discernible tartness or bacterial character. Slightly vegetal and more popcorn.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Just crap. I generally like New Belgium's sour beers, and I love a good Berlinerweiss, but this just sucked.

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Photo of popery
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of billab914
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured golden yellow in color with a thin bright white head to it. It seems a little dark for the style compared to other versions I've had. The head faded quickly, which is typical for the style so I won't knock them for that.

The aroma has a pretty strong sour grape and apple flavor to it. It's very tart and acidic in the nose. The flavors are a bit overwhelming and one dimensional. Would have preferred more balance, maybe some wheat perhaps.

The taste is better then the nose, but still pretty strong on the sour and tart grape flavors. It's acidic, sour and tart with grape and apple flavors being the most dominant. Just a hint of malt comes through in the finish. Versions of this style I'd consider better usually have some balance and more complexities to them. This one is all about the sour and tartness.

The mouthfeel is moderate but probably on the heavier side for the style. Drinkability is average. The sour and tart flavors weren't bad, they were just dominating and didn't have anything supporting them. Comparing this imperial version to New Glarus's, which I had recently, this one doesn't compare very well. A weissbier should probably at least show a bit of wheat at least.

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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 Magery
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a light golden color with very minimal head. A very non-descript nose, slightly funky. Starts slightly sweet and just kind of mellows out. Very slight funk in the end. No real sour notes to speak of. Berliners are a really hard one to nail and I applaud NB for trying to do an Imperial style but it really falls a little short. Maybe some time sitting might do this one some good.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jampics2
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. 

I'm not sure what an Imperial Berliner is, but this beer is clear and gold with no head and no lace.  Good color but not so good head/lace.  Some hanging yesst chunks suspended in the liquid.  Not a great start.    

Something is really off here.  I swear, this beer smells like green olives.  A sour note like lemon and saltiness like just a hint of brine. Some torrified wheat,  weird and intense and expressive, but off-kiltered.  Some peach and lemon, but solvent and just off.  

Wheat and lemon dominate, but it is not too sour with only hints of tartness and citrus.  Not as bad as the nose, but some brine is there.  Way too one-dimensional, wacky and weird.  Pear and apple make an appearance but are swallowed by the lemon and lactic.  What in the world is this?    

The mouthfeel features sparkling carbonation and some medium body.  Some lemon in the finish.  The aftertaste is nice and, overall, the mouthfeel is perhaps the best part of this beer. Overall, I'm left saying that I just don't know about this.  This is a weird bird of a beer.  Just funky enough but I want more.  The wheat isn't up-front enough and the sour and lemon are just too subdued.  The brine taste throws me off.  But, overall, I like the idea behind this beer much more than the execution.  But keep up the experimentation.     

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Photo of ccrida
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a large goblet, New Belgium's Imperial Berliner Style Weisse is good with steady streamers forming a small white head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, some tartness, muscat grapes. Best part of this beer.

Taste is okay, it's got some sweet esters, Belgianesque, but with a very sharp lacto tang that tastes very fake and chemically, very unpleasant at first, although I adjusted to it a bit as I worked my way through it. First sips of this weird off-flavor were a kind of chocolate/stem wood thing like you get in really cheap wine.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied. The sweetness and lack of crispness makes it not very thirst quenching, a bit like flat sprit.

Drinkability isn't to hot. Nice smell, everything else not really working for me.

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Photo of froghop
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a very clear yellow-orange with a medium size white head that dissipates quickly, and some lacing.

smell is faint, straw, and some yeast.

taste is oily, wheat, sour, wild yeast, orange peel, malt, and some fruit, ends on the tart side.

overall an okay berliner-weiss.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear straw gold color. Poured a thin wispy white head. Spotty thin lacing.

S: Lactic tartness for a little funk. Maybe some hay and grass; very little aroma overall.

T: Sweet malt up front. Lemony tartness follows quickly. Residual yeast flavors linger along with some fruit.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation though feels more, but I think its the overall tartness. Strange balance given the odd (or unexpected) flavors.

D: Some interesting flavors. Smooth. Good balance

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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 UnionMade
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Screen printed bottle
Bright, clear gold, with a fugitive misting of white head.
Smells immediately fruity and sour. Sour white grapes, green apple and maybe a bit of cherry? Ever so slightly funky, just a bit of farminess and swiss cheese sharpness. The malt comes off like Kix cereal, mixed with Sour Patch Kids.
The flavor opens with a good bit of sweetness, which manages to remain a bit cloying throughout. Wheaty sour in a sugary, kid's cereal manner, moving quickly into sour fruit of all sorts. Sour, Welch's white grape juice mostly, with green apple and lemon in a syrupy, candy-like form. Strange. The body is fuller than I expected, the finish not particularly dry because of it, with an effervescent carbonation. The malt flavor comes through like Kix cereal, as I'd gathered from the aroma. The overall impression is one of processed, artificially sweetened flavors, even though I know it's not. If I could sum this up in a sentence, it would be Berlinerweisse meets American Malt Liquor.

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Photo of hawks10
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle - Bottled June 16th, 2010 - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a pale golden orange with a bit of haze. Two fingers of fine bright white head forms and recedes into a cap of haze...

Very sweet on first whiff, but when you swirl the beer a bit, it really brings out the funk. Musty and earthy, loads of wheat...While I usually really like the combination of those aromas, the sweetness smells a bit artificial and just irritates me a little, but it's still not bad...

Initially fruity with a bit of an artificially sweetened apple juice taste going on. Tiny bit of tartness tries to break through the apple juice exterior but just can't do it. The funk that was apparent in the nose has disappeared in the taste. The overall taste just seems artificial, it almost reminds me of one of those nasty, too sweet Tripels...

Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty light and smooth on the palette, leaves a slick, lemony feel and taste behind...

Berliners shouldn't be 7% abv, I don't know if the high alcohol level is to blame for the annoying artificial sweetness or not, aromas were not bad, but taste lost it for me. Would not try this one again...

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Photo of Hoser77
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A-Pale, straw gold. Bright clarity. Dense, white head. Two fingers in width, quickly dissapates. Very little lacing. Effervescent bubbles.

S-Slight sweet malty aroma. Subtle breadiness, biscuity. Slight hint of funk and lactic acidity. No hop aroma.

T-Slightly sweet breadiness. Moderate to low tartness. Very low lactic acidity considering it is an IMPERIAL Berline Weiss. Slight Brett funk-horsey, earthy, leathery. Very low tropical fruit flavor. No hop flavor or bitterness.

M-Low to moderate mouth puckering considering the style. Slightly chewy. Moderate body. Crisp. Not as effervescent as I was expecting.

D-I was expecting more to be honest. Lacks that lacto tartness and acidity. Could be a little more effervescent. Still drinkable, but could be more tart, crisp, and refreshing. Still a good example of a rarely brewed style. Worth trying for the drinker who is wishing to dive into the sour beer realm.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Berliner Style Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 97 ratings