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

Had this on 2014-02-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy yellow with a short head that fades fast and leaves zero lacing.

S - Moderately sour smelling but with some rock candy sweetness. Some straw. Orange blossom.

T - The Yuzu imparts a unique citrus flavor. Some lemon. Pretty sweet. Not as tart as the smell. Very light malt. Kind of insipid tasting. Finishes dry and more tart than in the finish than at the start.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Pleasant.

O - A decent but not very exciting brew. Tasted it with my wife who really likes sours and this one didn't make it too far up the preferred list.

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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 chanokokoro
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured in a New Belgium Brewing Company branded globe glass

Pours a fairly clear straw yellow with just a touch of haze and dark golden accents. Fluffy bright white two finger head that slowly reduces leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Very slight lactic tartness, citron, and some flora and herbs. Opens with herbal and floral notes, sweet malt tinged by yuzu and other citrus notes combined with a fairly hefty malt bill. Very slight tartness on the finish. Lighter end of medium bodied, highly carbonated, fairly crisp. Described as an "imperial" Berliner Weiss, this brew certainly doesn't exhibit the tart dryness that is a trademark of the style. My guess is the uncharacteristically heavy malt backbone that goes along with making this brew an "imperial" version offsets some of the best aspects that are found in standard versions of the style. Still fairly enjoyable regardless of how one categorizes it. Continues in the tradition of most New Belgium brews; solid but nothing spectacular.

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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 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 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 fourstringer
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a hefe glass. Moderate hand. Label reads packaged June 2013.

A: Hazy to slightly cloudy golden yellow. 1 1/2 fingers of fizzy, white head. Quickly dissipates to a film. Light lacing.

S: Citric acid, lemon tartness with funky notes. Hay, horse blanket. Yeast. Smells legit.

T: Round citrus, apple-hinted sour. Relatively low tartness for the style, however. Slightly funky notes. Light bitterness on a mostly dry finish. Alcohol presence consistent with 8% ABV. Orange. Apple. I suspect yuzu, but wouldn't really know... Not much in the way of wheat flavors.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. Moderate body - relatively full for the style. Doesn't quite convey the crispness of a typical Berliner weisse.

O: Never had an imperial Berliner weisse before. Unfortunately, I feel it seemed to muck up what I enjoy about the style, namely a light, sour, low ABV brew. Nose was nice, but taste didn't quite deliver. Could use a bit more zing. Not bad, but nothing I'd revisit.


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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 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 draheim
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz (bottled June 2013) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow w/ a white head.

Aroma is a blend of neutral grainy malt and a mild citric acidity.

Taste is lemony and grainy w/ a sweet undercurrent that's probably the yuzu. Wouldn't know though.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.

Overall an OK Berliner Weissbier, a little one-dimensional.

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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 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 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 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 MetricOcean
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting approach with this one, comes off sweeter than a traditional Berliner Weisse but just in the aftertaste. Due to high ABV? The mild sourness does accent the fruity citrus well. Starts with orange and lime fruitiness, kind of yeasty, then corn nuts, then soap, with an alcohol finish. Becomes soapier the more I drink it. Still, not in an un-enjoyable way. wth is a yuzu? Not bad, not as good as most other Lips of Faith I've sampled. 68/100

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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 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 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 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 pimpinmidget
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Fox and Hound Winston-Salem

A: Pours slightly hazy with a color that somewhere between straw and yellow highlighter. About one finger white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Wheat with a lemony citrus aroma coming through. A bit of a sour/tart aroma as well.

T: Slightly tart. Citrus fruit. Wheat. A little funk coming through.

M: Medium bodied, refreshing, fishing on the dry side.

O: An ok brew. Missing some of the things a Berliner Weissbier should hit. Wish a bit more sour attributes of the style were present in this one.

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Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
3.39 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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