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 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 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 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 HattedClassic
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a clear pale straw with white creamy head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a little around the edge of the beer.

The beer is slightly tart with a strong wheat smell. In addition, there a fruity smells such as yuzu, lemon as well as others.

Sour and tarty with a wheat taste as well. Other flavors include yuzu and orange but the wheat flavor seems to dominate.

Dry, crisp and medium bodied. Smooth feel.

A decent Berliner and worth drinking at least once.

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Photo of confer
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was looking forward to this as a good Berliner Weisse is a good thing and an Imperial BW should be a very good thing.
Started out good with a pale yellow slightly cloudy look and a bright white head.
Smell is also very nice with a tart aroma dominating.
The taste just doesn't have the sour that is expected. It is actually on the bland but sweet side.
Overall not a bad beer but not a great Berliner weisse.

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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 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 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 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 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 SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a light straw color. almost opaque and with a finger or two of a white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: wheaty, fruit mostly orange and other citrus, some tropical notes, slightysourness to the smell

Taste: a wheaty lemon flavor opens up. makes way for tropical fruits that is bitter. and orange peel that is partly sour and partly bitter. too much competition between the sour and bitter

Mouthfeel: extremely light for 8%. too much bitterness

Overall: I wish it would make up its mind if its sour or bitter. i don't really like the bitterness in this one

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle a fairly clear yellow-gold with just a very thin ring of white head on top. No lacing with this one.

Aroma was on the sweeter side with orange and fruit cocktail with a bit of saltine cracker.

The taste was apple and tropical fruit upfront followed by light bready malts.

Lighter bodied and dry with a flat carbonation.

This was an interesting idea but easy to forget.

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle was chilled in the refrigerator. 22oz Bomber, poured into a Boulevard tulip glass. Crisp hiss of carbonation on opening. Pours with a vigorous but quickly dissipating head. Lacing is nothing special, but does coat the glass nicely.

Tart and citrus notes dominate the aroma. Never having had a Yuzu fruit before, I can’t tell if this is a result of the fruit or the fermentation. At only 6 IBUs, it’s unlikely to be hops. I’d wager the citrus coming mostly from the fruit, with some help from the brett, and the lacto and brett producing the tartness. Smells somewhat like a properly made radler, actually.

Despite other reviews, my glass is very clear. I can see straight the straw yellow, even able to read the “Amazon Prime” labeling on a box across the room. This is odd for a wheat in general, but notably New Belgium does pasteurize even it’s brett / lacto beer, so this could likely be a result of filtration. The appearance is again, nothing special, but would plate nicely next to an appetizer or as a reception beer.

Taste is interesting. The tartness in the nose is not as well represented in the beer, which has a sour profile but nothing close to what the nose would give off. There is a pleasant funk to back up the citrus from the Yuzu. The Yuzu is still overpowering, but thankfully the brett seems to have cut it nicely. I’d guess Brett Trois? I’m sure New Belgium lists but can’t remember. As a fan of fruit beer and funk, this suits me just fine, but it’s nothing like a Berliner Weisse. This is an American Wild Ale / Fruit Beer with some interesting fermentation methods, but the presence of pale malt so heavily in the taste and lack of a complex sour profile make it fail the BW test.

Is this a beer I like? Sure. It’s fruity, it’s a nice aperitif, and I’m enjoying sipping it listening to some music. Is it one I’d buy again? Not at the Lips of Faith price point. People have pointed out that at this ABV and the fruit fermentation this seems more like an “alcopop”, which I don’t agree, but can understand it in the taste from the fusel alcohols and residual sugars.

TL;DR: If you like fruit beers or wild ales, try a bottle. If nether of those appeal to you, stay far away.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale golden with a fizzy 1 finger white head that has decent retention. Lots of bubbles are bubbling up from the bottom.

Nose has big notes of citrus juices like orange and grapefruit and some other fruit like notes I'm not able to pin down. There is also a slightly sour must and some spicy phenols near the end.

There are some light fruity notes mainly citrus and apples along with a moderate sour taste and a slight must. Malt are very light and grainy.

Mouthfeel is light but the sour gives it a somewhat sticky feel.

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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 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 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 Powderhornphil
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light bodied straw color. Lively carbonation. It is warm here in MN today so excited to try this.

Smell is understated. Sweetness is a little too strong on the nose. It kind of eclipses the lactic dryness.

With all the sweetness of the Yuzu it could use a dry, more tart finish. Wheaty malt sweetness.

Nice carb but I don't find the finish dry/tart enough.

Fairly enjoyable but would not purchase again

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

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating for freshness or bottling. Poured into a Boulevard smokestack chalice/goblet.

Appearance - Head is light and bubbly, about a finger thick and dissipating quickly. Creamy white color of the foam contrasts to ruddy lemon yellow body with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

Smell - Some elements of tartness, but mostly some citrusy sweetness along with an underlying foundation of grain and light wheat bread. Some light lemony acidic characteristics poke through as well.

Taste - The main flavor that comes though is bready, with the wheat and faint tartness giving sort of a sourdough characteristic to it. Here the tartness from the smell has turned out to be somewhat of a mirage, with the taste bringing more sweet than sour. The yuzu element is definitely detectable, but faint.

Mouthfeel - Tingling carbonation that keeps it light and effervescent. Light body and a dry finish.

Overall, this is like other Berliner Weissebiers that I've had that come with the fruit infused ahead of time. The tartness loses the battle to the sweeter fruit, and the overall beer suffers for it. Certainly not a bad beer, like some of the LOF series, but not one I'm likely to buy again.

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