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 Huhzubendah
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It took quite a bit of courage to order this beer. Man, I must really enjoy ticking beers. I typically loathe New Belgium beers, and this one is no exception. At least it's overpriced. The beer is pale yellow with a small white head. Aromas of lemon, hay, sweet lemon cookies, alcohol, grain. The flavor and the feel are poor. Out of balance, overly sweet, artificial tasting. Too much alcohol for a Berliner, lacking all of the qualities that can make this style so delectable. Another gimicky, bullshit beer from New Belgium, where sales take precedence over quality.

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Photo of hoodoyoubelongto
2.19/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bomber in NB chalice. Extremely disappointed even though it was cheap ($9.99) by New Belgium Bomber standards. Pours a very light color with little to no lacing. Smell is somewhat floral but average. First taste --- boozy with absolutely no indication that this is a Berliner Weiss. WTF New Belgium? It isn't even like the booze cancels out the sour, the sour is simply not there. Would agree to that it compares to Pluout, which also is terrible. Quickly losing faith in New Belgium though I will probably breakdown and try the Coconut Curry Hefeweizen if I can find it on tap. If you are in South Carolina spend your money on Westbrook Gose instead of this, you won't regret it.

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Photo of harrymel
2.37/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled the one time

It's a light grain colored ale with a fine broken sheet of bone whites. Smells sweet and grainy, a touch of funk when I first opened the bottle is gone in ten minutes. The are notes of grape and witbier on the nose also. Flavor is sweet, fruity, some apple meat, some hints of lemony tartness, but really this is not apparent until the beer warms quite a bit. The flavor is dominated by this tropical fruity character and it's sweetness. Medium on heavy for the style with low carb as well. This is another miss from New Belgium as of late. Getting tired of shelling out $7-$10 for these misses.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of not much, a bit of fruitiness.

Tastes of the light fruitiness. A bit citric fruit comes through at first with a little sugary sweetness. A touch of tartness comes through, but is not enough. Not much going on here.

Mouth feel is light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a swing and a miss. It is quite bland, and it seems like they forgot to make it tart.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear gold color with an ample cap of creamy white head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is snappy wheat, lemony fruit and maybe a shimmer of tartness. Kind of like a box of Lemonheads dusted with Smartees.

Taste is certainly fruity, the yuzu seems to be an earthy, pithy fruit with some tartness, but it is different than one would expect from a nicely lacto'ed berliner. A fruited wheat beer (and not that great of one), maybe...but calling it a berliner weisse is a farce. I'll have trouble choking this one down. These LOF series beers are more miss than hit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow body, lightly hazed, with a slim, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, lemony nose with a vein of savory spice, it's a bit perfumy like a scented bar of soap. Lacks the lactic, that much is certain.

Taste: Citrusy, lemony with a smooth tone of wheat malt. Mild sweetness. Savory, herbal quality throughout. Nil hop character, bitterness. A little tangy, acidic, but the anticipated, hoped for lactic element is absent.

Mouthfeel: Falls about medium-plus body, though barely. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It totally forgoes all of the best attributes of a Berliner Weisse. Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Lightly fogged brew with large voluminous white foamy head. Moderate lacing and fair head retention.

Lemon, lime, zesty... Dry and wheaty.

Taste is like sunshine wheat on steroids. Dry, earthy, lemony, odd dry sweetness. Not tart as label describes. In fact, zero sour or tartness, simply dry and sweet. Carbonation is appropriately high and is a nice fit. Boozy and unbalanced.

Not recommended. Simply a high ABV wheat beer. A mess if you ask me...

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.71/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a slightly hazy yellow with a gorgeous two finger white head. Looks about par for the course for a Berliner

S- light lemony aroma. Nothing going on here at all.

T- Berliner weisse are supposed to be sour. Or at least "refreshingly tart". This is neither. It tastes like a citrus soft drink, mostly sweet with oranges. Not a bad taste, but not what I expected at all - might as well label it "New Belgium Yuzu Wheat", that way I wouldn't have paid 8.99 expecting something tart

M- the body delivers on the "imperial" label, as this is a rather thick beer. But dammit, it's so sweet that the body doesn't add anything to the beer, and instead takes away from the experience

O- this isn't what I expected at all. It's not your typical Berliner weisse, and as someone who loves the style, that disappoints me.

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Photo of Extol
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - hazy gold in color, good head retention. Smell - smells like a hefeweizen. Gross. Taste - gross. Not a Berliner at all. Overall - gross. No thanks.

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Photo of pjwilson
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We'll played New Belgium. Berliner Weiss on the bottle got me to buy it and this is no Berliner Weiss. Sadly styles like this are become diluted in name.

Ok there is a hint of that character I there I guess, just not sure it's the same at 8 percent.

Then throw in the massive citrus flavor and hmmm.

Sort of like a warm Blue Moon with orange squeezed in. Sorry that's what it tastes like.

A swing and miss on this one guys.

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Photo of jrsone
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No Berliner Weisse lactic tartness at all! Smell and taste were dominated by the sweetness of the fruit. Reminds me of their Pluot Wild Ale released recently. The fruits would work really well I think if only there were sourness to back it up. I'm wondering where New Belgium's souring program is headed considering Le Terroir and La Folie are great in my opinion.
Don't give up on these fruits (pluot and yuzu), just don't expect a sour.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale yellow color. Some good pure white froth with surprising retention and lacing for the style.

(S)- A lively dry and funky band-aid0like grassiness. Every so slight hint of a fruity tartness in there.

(T)- I am not familiar with yuzu fruit, but there is an obvious fruity profile to the taste throughout that kind of reminds me of a lemon combined with cantalope. The same dry funky band-aid grassiness from the smell. Ever so slightly sweet on the finish. Not really tart or sour really.

(M)- A nice lively carbonation level. I like the combo of dryness and the fruit, but a little too medicinal in the middle; could use some tartness to really drive this home.

(O)- Its not bad. I appreciate some of its characters and using a unique fruit I have never heard of, but otherwise, a bit disappointing for a berliner, and from a brewery I know can do good sours.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An 8% berliner, already all the bjcp cicerone homies are ready to pounce. Pours out cloudy yellow and antifreeze color, still a bit of intensity away from magic ghost levels of antifreeze appearance.

Aroma was neutral, almost like it had some lime. Taste, weird, ok even for me, this is just too far astray from even touching any of the style guidelines. Tartness isn't anything special for the beer. Drinkable, sure, no off flavors, just not what I'm looking for in a berliner experience, too intense of an alcohol presence and minimal body to not be irritating.

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Photo of zimm421
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Appears a very clear, light yellow color, with a thin, fluffy white head. The head has some decent staying power, and leaves some decent lacing.

The nose isn't overly powerful, but the notes that do come through aren't overly inviting. The juiciness is there, but isn't tempting. There is a touch of tartness, but not much else going on. The taste is also very laid back, with the tartness coming through a bit more this time. The juice, and tartness are there, along with the wheat expected out of a berliner. However, nothing really stands out, and in the end, it's the most bland version of a berliner I've yet to experience.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. I get that this is intended to be an "imperial" berliner weiss, but I don't think it works. This is a beer that you want to be light, refreshing and drinkable, and this is none of those, largely due to the mouthfeel. Overall, it's a below average beer, and not something worth seeking out. The yuzu juice is evident, but doesn't star, and the tartness isn't what I was looking for here.

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Photo of Mnigro
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a LOT more from this beer. I've had much better Berliners that represented the style more appropriately. Knowing that this was an interpretation of a Berliner, I didn't go into it looking for a pure BW. However...

The smell was pretty good and it had some nice funk going on but the taste was just a complete let down. It was barely sour, more of a slight tart flavor on the initial taste of each sip. That quickly faded to an earthy, straw funkiness which would have actually been very nice but was interrupted with a malty sweetness that didn't fit in the least and ruined an otherwise OK beer. More sour and eliminate the sweet and they'd have a decent beer.

This was bottled in June 2013 and consumed June 2014 so I'm sure the profile had changed. The bottle did state that it could be aged... Wonder how a fresh batch would compare.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazed pale gold with a thin off white head.

S: Slightly tart wheat, lemon hard candy, light funk, ginger and lemongrass. The sweetness in here is pretty heavy, especially for the style.

T: Light lemon mixed with overripe green apple upfront. Lots of sweetness with a good amount of pale malt and heavy wheat sweetness. The flavor pretty much stays the same throughout, with a chalky dryness creeping up near the finish. Maybe a touch of funk on the back of the tongue, but nothing about this says Berliner Weiss to me at all. Very one dimensional and it's not the best dimension. I don't think I'd get this again.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear pale golden, highly carbed with steady rush of bubbles feeding a thin snow white head.

Wheaty flour on the nose, slight hints of clove and sweet fruit.

Hmm, not really digging it. The fruitiness combined with the abv make it seem almost like a wine cooler. Sweettart and a breath of spice on the finish.

Not nearly as crisp as I expected given how bubbly it is. Semi-syrupy.

I'm still game for trying at least a bottle of most of the Lips of Faith series but won't be repeating this one.

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Photo of GrahamDN
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

"Packaged June 2013. Delicious now and differently delicious later." Drunk 10.16.15.

Hazy straw-gold in the glass, with a thin but fluffy white cap. Deeper in color than a typical Berliner, but that's to be expected from an "imperial" interpretation.

First impression is a little like sawdust, though a swirl of the glass presents the yuzu clearly. Thankfully, the sawdust note completely disappears, and after a minute in the glass the smell is much more appetizing. Citric, floral, tart-smelling.

Not tart, however. A savory attack on the palate with rather little acidity. Rather than a fresh, bright citrus character, the yuzu tastes more like a preserve alongside a light pastry note, creating an impression of a yuzu tart. Modest earthy-funky flavor, and a bit grassy with a hint of lemon oil.

For anything called a Berliner weisse, this LoF misses the mark for mouthfeel--even if it is imperialized. The acidity isn't there, and the bolder alcoholic body overwhelms the relatively delicate flavors.

Overall, it's a pretty tasty brew, but it strikes out on some critical points for me.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Cloudy apple juice.

Smell: Sweet, yet metallic.

Taste: The front taste is very much a sour beer. The beer finishes fruity, with a little bit of citrus rind (and still a little bit metallic).

Feel: Light.

Overall: It's an unremarkable beer, although the concept is interesting.

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Photo of Cindy_C
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

the best way I can describe this beer simply is a sour wheat beer. it really throws you for a loop because I for one am not used to my sours tasting slightly citrusy and vice versa. still this interesting combo just makes you want to try more but not too much more

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Respect the use of the Yuzu fruit from Japan in this beer.
Can't compare this beer to classic Berliner Weissbier from Berlin because simply I've never had one before.
It poured a nice yellow color and citrus aroma though light filled the nose.
A bit sour, very slight then nothing to taste.
Alcohol well hidden (very well hidden for 8%).
From my research a classic Berliner is very low ABV so I go back to start of review and give props for bold attempt to steroid this classic up to Imperial and throw in an Asian twist.
I wouldn't buy it again but glad I took the gamble anyway.
Life is an adventure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, and subdued citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and slightly sour citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued citrus presence all around.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet lemons and tropical fruit with floral notes and a little tartness.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit (yuzu?) with a little light sour tartness. It has a bit of an off burnt plastic note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth prickly carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with lightly sour fruit.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, wheat, coriander, slight citrus, slight pale malt, and floral hops. Barely fits the style of a Berliner Weiss. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, strong orange, coriander, slight yeast, slight hop, and slight citrus. Overall, the orange and coriander dominate the body, unfortunately. The tartness of a Berliner Weiss is not present, but the appearance was good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Tap House - Des Plaines.

Finally reached the end of the list of LoF beers I hadn't yet sampled with Yuzu. Yet the line to meet Svengoolie remains rather long. Nice. Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet lemon zest (gotta be the yuzu, but I'm not well-enough versed in the fruit to say so with much conviction), light biscuit, and a touch of Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, a general tidal wave of sweet lemon-drop-style lemon zest, light greens/grass, and even lighter bread. Not much tartness at all, frankly. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent enough brew, but the lack of any real tartness (my assumption is that they scrapped that aspect in favor of a higher ABV) and the inability of the yuzu to actually wow me in any appreciable manner hold it back in my book. Meh.

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