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

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

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Beaver13 on 08-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of utfiero
4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- cloudy light gold. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- Imagine sniffing an old saddle bag with dried lemon wedge stuck in the musty bottom.

Taste- A mildly sour, refreshing gentle giant of a brew! Starts with a dandelion earthy floral quality moving into a wheaty, whole grain mid-body but its slippery character takes on a semi-sour yuzu infused finish. The fairly high ABV is well masked and indicates brewing quality. Yuzu is a funky mild citrus fruit from Asia. Look it up on wikipedia for more info. I love sours and freely disclose sour bias. This is very mild on the sour spectrum. This would be a great gateway brew for beer drinkers that haven't embraced the heavenly realm of sour beers. A fine offering from New Belgium!

Tasted on 12-30-2013. Purchased from a huge store in Dallas. Poured from 650 ml bottle (aka bomber) into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottled in June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy and crisp golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a light amount of lacing.

Smell: A very zesty wheat driven aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and yeast. Upfront presence of wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Big hints of yeast and some tart Brett funk hints. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of the Yuzu, grapefruit, orange, lemons, melon, mango, and apricot. Also some white wine like hints of grapes. Fairly sweet, tart, and acidic smelling. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a nicely tart and sweet wheat driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and yeast. Wheat and soft pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, and straw. Funky yeast with notes of Brett. Light wine like note of white grape. Very juicy presence of citrus fruit with notes of Yuzu, grapefruit, orange, lemons, apricot, melon, and mango. Taste is fairly sweet and tart with a nice light bitter edge to it. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, sweet, tart, and fairly acidic. Finishes somewhat dry. No sign of alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Berliner Weiss. Good tart wheat and yeast presence with a nice zesty kick of citrus fruit.

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Photo of Resuin
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a willibecher. Consumed on 5/4/14 - reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Pours a very pale gold/yellow and leaves a couple fingers of white head that sticks around for a while. Carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Delicious berries, slight funk, lemon, citrus zest.

Taste: Big citrus zest, bready malts, slight funk.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes a tad dry.

Overall: Definitely a solid big Berliner Weisse, terrific aroma, solid beer overall.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is actually done very well! first i agreed with all these other people, because it doesn't fit the "standard" berliner weisse! then i went to the brewery website and saw they used "yuzu" in it, a Chinese citrus fruit, after this beer warmed a bit, i really began to taste the tart, sourness, and "yuzu"! they really did a great job on this ale!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a 22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice (from notes). L: Its hazy gold with a thin white foam collar. S: Wheaty nose with fruit. T: Grapefruit orange flavors with lemon tartness tamed by rich wheat malt with a mild bitter finish and a hint of pepper. F:Medium light body, medium high to high carbonation. O: The rich malts and the yuzu juice tame down the Berliner Weiss tartness for a refreshing summer drink.

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Photo of pourmeadrink
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Yuzu poured a very cloudy golden hay color and had minimal head with big, full bubbles. The smell of the Yuzu peel was strong and acidic, but not in an offensive way.

It was very light and smooth in the mouth with a really even taste throughout the tongue. The blending done on this beer was superb. Nothing stood out over anything else. It was just very well balanced. You got that bright lemon-grapefruit pop of the Yuzu right away, and then it mellowed out into a very familiar orange zest flavor.

I believe that since this beer was brewed with Lactobacillus and Breattanomyces this lets it live in the world of sour beers. New Belgium has qualified it as a Berliner Weisse – and it has all the classic beer qualities of a good Weisse as well.

I would certainly buy this one again and keep it around for those long Minnesota winters when I need a reminder of summer.

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Photo of sacrelicio
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised people are rating this so low. Sure, it's not a traditional Berliner Weiss, but it still tastes good. Makes me think of Sprite or ginger ale in beer form. The taste and smell are clean and bright, and it looks pretty good too. Really interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apparently, not many people liked this beer very much- I actually did. I'd agree that at 8% it's not really a Berliner Weiss, and I'm not really even sure you can have an "Imperial" version of one. That aside, I don't think all of that is all that important- a beer is a beer, however you classify it. The yuzu also adds a bit of sweetness in addition to it's tartness, which shifts the taste of the beer more toward the sweet side of the spectrum than a Berliner Weiss would display. That doesn't mean it isn't good. I happen to really like the taste of yuzu, and I think you get it in spades here- lots of vibrant sweet/sour yuzu against a somewhat simple version of quasi-tart Berliner Weiss. Not mind blowing, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours light yellow with little head and lacing. 90% transparency that makes it look light.
S: It has a sour leather smell on the nose with cherries, lemon and orange peel. refreshing and
T: mustiness and a nice balance of sourness that was more refreshing than i expected. the same fruit notes in the taste as on the nose with some oak.
M: sits light to medium-light with medium carbonation
O: more refreshing than anticipated and worth a bomber or if find on tap. Not a true sour but a fun beer

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Photo of BarleyHawley120
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance was a slightly hazy light gold color that poured with about 1/2 foamy head. As drinking it I noticed it had moderate lacing along the glass.

It smelled pleasant with light aromas of citrus and a hint of sour notes.

I really enjoyed this beer's taste. It is not overwhelming at all. It sweet, light and refreshing.

Over all I would say its a decent beer for a hot afternoon after you just cut the grass.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 19, 2014

22 oz. bomber, pilsner glass

A – Medium straw to light yellow/gold, slightly hazy. Thin white head with low retention, leaving milky lace behind.

S – Lactic acid, sweet doughy malt, some strong fruit that I assume is the titular yuzu (nectarine?). Perhaps some green/white grapes. I get some pineapple and banana as well. The tart acidity is very up front though.

T – The lactobacillus is prominent but not particularly assertive, relatively mild for the style. Slightly puckering on the finish / in the aftertaste. Lemon-lime, banana, uncooked sourdough bread.

M – Slightly tart, a creamy, lightly milky feel to the body, presumably from the lactic acid. Enough carbonation to help clear the palate, with a lightly dry, barely puckery finish.

O – An Americanized version of Berliner weisse, so a relatively easy drinker. Interesting build, but in the end a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy straw with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and wheat bread, with some grapefruit.
T: It tasted like sweet tangerine and tart grapefruit, with some wheat bread. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a really interesting and enjoyable brew. The scent and taste were unique and enjoyable, while the body was a little weak. The finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Curious how it was fresh, probably won't get any better with further age. Wish it was more sour, but otherwise a solid experimental beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz

Pours a hazy lemon gold with white suds for a head, retains indefinitely.

Smells of coriander, sweet citrus, and biscuit malt.

Tastes of sweet citrus fruits and light grassy malt with some mild spice like coriander and lemongrass.

Medium body with soft tingly carbonation.

A nice interesting fruity ale, but I wish it was more tart. Worth a try, drinks easy and hides its strength.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

overall its good. i was expecting a bit more tart out of it since its a berliner weisse (guess thats why its a berliner weisse "style ale")

the taste of the yuzu is good but its not very complex. at first the sourness is present but as the taste finishes out the yuzu becomes apparent with notes of honey and a bit of citrus.

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Photo of dalahodson
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big fan of this adventure of New Belgium. This brew as with most of the Lip series is different. Not a typical Berliner. The wheat is way in the background. Poured a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Smelled of citrus and some spices. Mouth feel is sour with a hint of sweet. Flavors cover citrus coriander and a slight wheat taste. Some light malt with a forward yeast flavor. Can't call this a wheat, Berliner, or a whit. Very drinkable. Paired well with the spicy food I had with it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet citrus, wheat and slight grassy hops. Flavor is sweet-tart orange family citrus, light lemon, wheat with a unusual dry bitterness that must be a character of the yuzu fruit, which lingers as a mild astringency in the citrus finish. Light bodied with pleasant sharp carbonation. This sat in my fridge for a while as I was not too excited to try it. I'm not a big Berliner weissbier fan, although I do like the less traditional ones that are not really sour; the addition of sour citrus seemed like it wasn't going to work for me. I was pleasantly surprised. The light wheaty body and mandarin/lemon citrus flavors finished off with an odd citrus astringency really seemed nicely balanced and tasty. This is not a main stream Berliner and may not satisfy traditional drinkers, but it had all the characters that keep me coming back to try both the Lips of Faith and Berliner weissbiers in general; a pleasant, well integrated flavor that is offbeat but fun to drink without a sourness that is intrusive. I'm reviewing this per my enjoyment, not to style. I would buy this again if I was in the mood for a nice mildly tart citrus ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

June 2013, thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this one. Held onto it for a bit too long, but still good thankfully.

Pours light fizzy head disappears quickly, no real head, lots of bubbles rising, clear pear tan colored.

Nose brings nice Berliner, wheat, tart sour fruit, toasted wheat and grain, lemon rind funk, weird citrus and tree mixed fruit thing.

Taste brings sweet tasting fruity flavor despite being quite dry, but somehow sticky, weird tree fruit and tart flemmy, lemon tartness, mild grainy wheat and creamy tart wheat, grassy, with mild grassy hop thing, lemons perhaps, cereal, big lemon like cereal.

Mouth is med to lighter bod no booze at least, nice carb.

Overall interesting.

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Photo of baakabak
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

cloudy gold with a thin, bright white head that quickly settles to just about nothing.

Smell is lemon jolly ranchers, pledge, hay and brett funk

Taste is tart lemon/yuzu up front followed by funk. First tastes are a bit on the candy citrus side,but mellow a bit as it warms.

Pretty thin mouth

It's definitely not like any Berliner Weisse I've had, though I certainly don't hate it for that. If this were labeled as anything other than a "Imperial Berliner Weisse", it'd probably get better reviews.Worth trying for anyone who is a fan of sours

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Fall 2013

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow color. Thin layer of bright white. Highly carbonated. Sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Citrus. Tart lactic character. Smells wheaty. Grassy.

T: Punch of tart lactic flavor right up front. Then you get some of that Yuzu citrus, more lemon and orange. It's very bright and lively. Not as lactic and yogurt like as traditional Berliner. Finish is light and crisp. Abv is hidden nicely.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another oddball brew in the Lips series. Might as well try every fruit. This one seems to blithely skip through several categories, so I'll just have to review this as a Silly Brew. Kind of a fermented pineapple aroma to start.

Looks nice enough with bubbles streaming up the tall Pilsener glass. A modest foam on the yellow brew, but plenty of spritz on the tongue. The interesting part is this has that "meaty" sensation encountered in a Bière de Mars and Saisons sometimes. It's an odd savory note that goes with the strange fruit that is something like citron and pear.

You could call this a tropical fruit soda with a taste of tamarind. I think this is the set-up for a real beer cocktail-- how about a dose of light rum and maybe a cherry? From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace on West Point Loma.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Who zu yuzu? It's a friendly fruit with grapefruit-meets-orange flavor that got involved with the souring side of New Belgium in this bottle conditioned wheat beer. They got on well enough to make this imperial Berliner Weiss style ale a smooth, delightfully tart sipper with a dry finish." Brewed in the style of a German Berliner Weissbier. Available as a one-off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy crisp head of a pearl white color over a mildly hazy golden straw yellow body with ample lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) The yuzu comes through strongly in the aroma as a hybrid between grapefruit, a lemon and a tangerine, altogether pithy, tart and bordering on mildly sour. Other aromatic notes include a soft cereal wheat base with a moderate sweetness and a mild acidity, but far from sour. Very clean with a nice emphasis on the Yuzu fruit. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Mildly sweet wheat and pale malts generate a clean and simple malt base. Equally evident as the aroma suggests is the distinctive flavor of yuzu fruits, distinctively tart and curiously citrusy, front-and-center in this beer. Any inclusion of salt and bright spice such as coriander in this beer are fairly underwhelming in comparison to the yuzu fruit and malt selection. Thus, it could be far more tart, sour and refreshing than it is, however I enjoyed it primarily for how different the Yuzu fruit itself makes this beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a moderate/high frothiness and moderate crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, and light/medium overall. Balance is very slightly tart and bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no notable off-characters. 3.75

(Overall) I think that this style itself has grown tremendously in popularity since this beer's release, so I'm cautious as to be among the little positive praise for this beer, one that was generally received as average or worse at the time of its release. My few gripes come from the underwhelming use of salt and spice, which keep the beer from being quite as dry and quenching as I think it should be. The sourness isn't quite puckering, but I feel it could be much worse- perhaps the age on this bottle did improve the intensity of the tartness for my experience. Ultimately, the Yuzu is the star of the show, as the flavors seem an ideal candidate for amplifying tart, sour beer styles. I'm rather fond of this Lips of Faith release, and would love to see it re-brewed in a smaller bottle format with its small kinks worked out. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weissbier

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Hazy, light golden-amber, with a 2 finger head of nearly white foam that quickly descipated to leave just a few wisps of lace.

S: Fruity notes dominate, including Chardonnay grapes, apple, apricot, and maybe some grapefruit. There's a bit of yeast aroma as well.

T: Mildly bready malt is there, followed by tart fruit (again I taste white wine grapes) but not the level of sour I was expecting for the advertised style. Yeasty notes are there, but hops bitterness is minimal.

M: Crisp and well carbonated. Booziness is present, but not distracting. Fairly dry finish.

O: When I think Berliner Weissbier, I'm expecting a sour beer, which this is not. I'm not saying it was bad - it was very drinkable in its own right - but more aggressive use of souring Lactobacilli and some more time to develop in the cask would have helped it be true to the advertised style.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
8% ABV, packaged June 2013

A - Faint cloudiness comes over the pale yellow beer but carbonation is still visible feeding the well-formed white head. Chunky lace decorates the globe as the foam diminishes.

S - Light tart acidity and wheat bring some Berliner Weiss note into an otherwise non-Berliner aroma that's ripe with lemon and sweet orange peel citrus.

T - Bold pilsner sweetness overpowers soft, delicate wheat and grainy pale malt, shifting to citrusy orange and lemon peel though this beer remains fairly one-dimensional and off style.

M - Yuzu is soft and smooth, plowing through the medium body with lingering sweetness that totally kills the Berliner's classic crisp tartness.

O - The problem with brewing an imperial version of a normally light and delicate beer is that elevated alcohol comes from increased malt and the sweetness through this Berliner doesn't compliment it's style but arrests the classic and sought after crisp tartness. A valiant effort, incorporating a unique fruit like Yuzu but when it comes to Berliners, New Belgium missed the mark on this for me.

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Photo of seydou
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a weiss glass. Nice bright yellow with good sticking on the head. Semi-opaque. Not the prettiest as some other berliners, but who drinks beer for the looks!! Smell is very weak, almost nothing.

Taste is bright, bright, BRIGHT! Complemented by the bubbly feeling, champagne like. 8% ABV surprises me - I can't taste it. The beer almost springs off your tongue and you're hit with a significant aftertaste of tart citrus. Refreshing and a good complement to spicy food. I dig it.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a white string lace effect sticking to the glass. Overall it plays the part of a berliner with the exception of the head which lasts well beyond the duration of the typical berliner.

The aroma contains mostly a scent of pickled ginger coupled with lemon. Artificially sweetened yogurt and a bit of lacto funk/feet. As it warns up, it starts to get a light struck skunky feel to it.

The taste mimics the nose in that it is tart and filled with a flavor like pickled ginger. A little bit of lemon candy sweet/tart contrast, yogurt and slight skunk and sulfur notes.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting but tapers off as it warms. By all accounts, this beer takes my favorite style of beer and completely bastardizes it. 8 percent alcohol is a stretch even by "imperial" standards. Comically enough, this beer was not as bad as I expected. It really is more of a fruit beer though with an overall feel more like ginger soda/beer than berliner. I would drink this again for what it is...but a berliner it is not.

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