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

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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

as a berliner this is terrible, it has very little tartness, and where it is tart, its more from the yuzu fruit than it is from any sort of lacto mashing or fermenting, it just doesnt fit the bill. the imperial part is also out of place, sort of goes against what the style stands for, at least in my head, limiting drinkability to the bare minimum, although that doesnt bother me because it doesnt really taste all that good. the yuzu fruit is nice, fits in a berliner, and is zesty and well dosed. the base beer just doesnt stack up for me though. i know this came out awhile ago in bottles, but i am only now seeing it around town on tap. they either believed in it enough to brew it again, which is a mistake i think, or saved some kegs hoping it would pucker up a bit, which it must not have. overall a great idea but i just didnt work out this time. not a bad beer, not weird or gross, just not what it says it is.

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Photo of superspak
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 6/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon, peach, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and interesting aromas with good balance of malt, fruit, and yeast ester notes with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, peach, lemon, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, peach, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Decent balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and yeast ester flavors; with light flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent Berliner Weisse. Not really a whole lot going on in the flavors, but is smooth and drinkable with good flavor balance. Fairly enjoyable stuff.

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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 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 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 dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some lemon + Straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a medium size patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/yuzu and sweet lemon citrus along with some light hints of tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat which quickly overtaken by light amounts of tartness and fruits - citrus/yuzu and citrus/lemon.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as tart as most of the other beers in the Berliner Weissbier style and slightly lacking in the lactic acid sourness. It is an easy beer to drink and the rather high ABV for the style is well hidden. I really like the idea of using yuzu in the beer but this recipe still needs a little tweaking in my opinion.

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Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Look: Mildly hazed straw hue, slowly dissapating head leads to a thin lace on the glass.

Smell: Quince paste, fresh aloe, yeast, mild graininess, wild herbs, vegtal

Taste: Super crisp, a bit chewy, faint tartness, clementine pith, yeast, doughy bread, mildly juicy, quick drying finish

Berliner Weiss? An Imperial one at that? Misses the mark there, obviously a wheat beer but the pulling dryness and big tartness is simply not there. So we are looking at a big flavored wheat beer ... if it was categorized as such it would probably have a higher score.

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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, packaged June 2013. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly fruity, there's a citrus-like aroma that I'll assume is from the yuzu juice. There's also some citrus peel and apple cider noticeable. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some wheat/bready malt and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and pretty easy to drink. I liked this brew, but I didn't think it was very tart at all. Still, it's worth a try if you've never had it before. $8.99 a bomber.

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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 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 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 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 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 Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The tap pours out a bright pale-medium yellow beer that settles with complete transparency. The dense off-white head manages one finger and the lace dropped on the pint glass is creamy, consisting more of patching than anything and on the plentiful side.
This is where it gets tricky. It's a pleasant beer overall, one I could drink all night, but there are certain style guidelines it's pointless to call a beer a Berliner Weiss without meeting. I get fruit like stonefruit, soft and tropical, giving it an overall firm tropical aroma, sweet but on the easy side, with a soft backbone of wheat. What I don't get is lacto, dryness or appropriate tartness.
I'm surprised in the flavor by some of the reviews, though; this is decidedly and strongly both tart and sour. It goes sweet in the middle but ultimately finishes up with the same sour and tart combination, tasting at one point like pineapple juice. The other elements that would be telling of a Berliner are still missing, to a point.
A sharp bite on the tongue is countered by a fluffiness even alongside its harder edge to soften it. It's got a good body, appropriately light but with a heft. Originally, not knowing it was a Berliner, nothing was out of kilter. Knowing that as I sip another pint later, it's clearly missing the dryness and twang that make the great ones in this style truly great.

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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 birchstick
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a faint yellow golden color with a soft white head that retains well

S - wheaty sour funk oak and citrus notes

T - taste is soft citric orange flavors that hold strong through almost most of the way down the tongue. A little bit of sourness shows at the end, but the tangerine flavors hold strong.

M - soft and smooth bodied...a nice touch of spritz at the end

D - overall, this is a pretty decent take on the Berliner Weiss style. The fruit dominated the palate and overshadowed some of the Berliner Weiss flavors, but it was a new take on the even made me look up what a yuzu is, which happens to be an eastern asian citrus tangerine-esque fruit. Learn something new everyday.

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