Sour Wench
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #243
Ranked #23,189
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Mar 27, 2021
Aug 05, 2007
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Notes: Our Sour Wench Blackberry Ale is a fruity Berliner Weisse-style beer bursting with Oregon blackberry flavor and aroma. The fruit addition adds a beautiful violet hue, and the taste has an approachable soft tartness from kettle souring. This artful gypsy will surely lure you into the world of sour beers.

10 IBU
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3.46 by Cfitty from New York on Mar 27, 2021
4 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on Aug 19, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 18, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

I bought a 4 pack of Sour Wench in the fall, and the first time I tried it I wasn't impressed, but each bottle I tried, I liked it more. It's a solid sour, not in elite company, but still very enjoyable, especially if allowed to warm up a bit before drinking. Glad to see more sours popping up around San Diego!

Apr 19, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 1/11/19, enjoyed side by side with the white wine BA version that I've had before

Pours a deep red, about of finger of slightly pink-white head that settles to a ring really quick

Mild acidity in the nose, with jammy blackberries and blueberries, a bit of vinegar, and medium malt

The taste is immediately sweet berry before giving a tartness for a brief second, and then it's straight back to sweet, more strawberries this time around than anything

Pretty mild carbonation here, really drinks more like a wine cooler or something than a beer, super light, especially for the abv, and way more sweet than tart

It was tasty, but not something I would get again. Compared side by side to the BA version, this is nothing. The barrel aging really transforms this into something special, more like a beer than this, it's much more tart and authentic. I get none of the classic Berliner tartness here

Apr 04, 2020
3.87 by craigbelly from Iowa on Feb 07, 2020
4.04 by Luiz0930 from California on Feb 04, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a pinkish-purple color with a tiny fizzy pinkish head. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very heavy of a tart apple cider vinegar smell mixed with a big tart blackberry aroma. Along with these smells comes some notes of sweet red grapes a touch of musty smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a tart green apple flavor mixed with a moderate showing of a sour blackberry flavor. There is a touch of hay upfront as well and a little bit of plum. The tart blackberry grows stronger and stronger as the taste moves forward, brining with it more tartness and some other fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry. These flavors all take the taste to its end where one is left with a sour and tart fruity taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mix of tart blackberry and sour green apple flavors, the light feel is wonderful and makes this brew approachable and refreshing.
Overall – A rather nice and refreshing Weiss that hides the alcohol extremely well. I am not a connoisseur of sour/tart brews, but this one is good.

Feb 01, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by monkist from Hungary

A great sour ale this one is! Or at least, I’m not being proper with the description: it is not sour as in a “sour ale” but sour as in it is tart, as a nice Berliner Weisse should be. But it isn’t salty or pucker, it feels like it has been infused with blackberries and the sourness comes from the acidity of the fruit. Very well done! Very drinkable, I backed it down in about five minutes @ Poki Fry in Guam while waiting for my food. Love Ballast Point, there’s nothing they would do wrong!

Jan 16, 2020
3.92 by wc94wc from California on Jan 06, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AnnaJepsen from Iowa

One of my favorite summer beers. This beer has everything I love about beer and sours intertwined! The sour berry flavor and then the hoppy taste in the middle. I love the lingering after taste of the berries! A must try for sour beer drinkers!

Jul 04, 2019
3.93 by kds2437 from Texas on Jul 04, 2019
3.81 by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California on Jun 30, 2019
4.14 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Jun 27, 2019
4.09 by grahamgillespie from Tennessee on Jun 16, 2019
3.96 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on May 20, 2019
3.91 by etreesh from Wyoming on Apr 09, 2019
3.7 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on Mar 09, 2019
3.65 by cgrunin from Texas on Feb 24, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

In the teku it is a red/orange color. There is a tiny white head that disappears rapidly.
Aroma of sweet fruit, oak, and wine.
Berry, cherry, and oak taste.
Nicely tart, refreshing.
Tart and tasty. I would drink this again.

Feb 17, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

L - 1-finger pinkish head atop a translucent maroon body.

S - berries, sugar.

T - mildly tart blackberries with a sprinkle of sugar. No bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - rather underwhelming.

Feb 15, 2019
3.75 by toast9 from New Jersey on Feb 14, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Beautiful ruby color with perfect clarity. The head has a distinctly pink hue, and retains well. Spotty and patchy lacing. A gem to behold.

S: Vinous and pinot noir-like on the nose. Lots of blackberry, some cherry and cherry blossom. Smells mildly tart. Floral and pear notes too. Sweet and toasty malt base with perhaps a pinch of cocoa/nuttiness.

T: Blackberry at the outset. Cherry and red berry flavors further express themselves as the beer opens. Tartness is moderate and well-balanced with malt sweetness and accompanying flavors of cocoa and toasted grain. Long finish of blackberry jam and mild tartness.

M: Medium bodied. Full, somewhat chewy and creamy. Carbonation scrubs firmly.

O: Fantastic. Not the most complex perhaps, but the balance and drinkability of it is perfect. There's a reason it took a medal at the GABF. I wouldn't call it a Berliner-weisse though, it's far bigger and richer in body than that. It's a very approachable beer even for sour initiates, and it's an excellent crossover beer for wine drinkers. Very pinot noir in feel. Makes for some awesome chocolate pairings too.

Feb 12, 2019
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5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Garyhaber from Florida

Beautiful color with red or purplish tint. Great sour pucker with a light tart flavor. Very refreshing and crushable beer, I would have this any season or day of the week. Definitely fruity and sweet aroma.

Feb 10, 2019
4.5 by DFrisselll from Texas on Jan 28, 2019
4.46 by markallmon from Tennessee on Jan 13, 2019
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2.49/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by KooVee from Finland

Bottle. Bb in 4m.

Reddish brown with a tint of magenta. Fine-grained foam that dissipates quickly.

Nose is more cherry than blackberry. One-dimensional tart aromas.

Taste is thin and narrow tartness. More cherry.. with a sense of the bitterness of the stone. No aftertaste to speak of. Feel is OK.

Maybe proof that blackberry is too limited in taste to carry a sour. The sourness is also boring, though. A disappointment.

Jan 11, 2019
4.87 by jguzman718 from New York on Jan 07, 2019
4.65 by AlexE10 from California on Jan 06, 2019
3.75 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Jan 04, 2019
4.48 by Mojopin88 from Mississippi on Dec 24, 2018
4.04 by Wontonst from California on Dec 17, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a dark hazy purplish color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has subtle tartness and blackberry hints
T-The tastefollows the nose with a subtle blackberry and a decent tartness
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent blackberry sour beer

Dec 16, 2018
4.24 by AuntBea from Illinois on Dec 09, 2018
3.93 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on Dec 07, 2018
3.85 by kkarimi from Texas on Nov 25, 2018
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2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by NedFredHead from Massachusetts

Tart and sour for sure, but it could be any berry in the background -- not really getting the blackberry notes. I tasted more of a cherry flavor. Goes down smooth. Otherwise there's not really much going on here, and so far the least impressive beer I've had from Ballast Point.

Oct 20, 2018
3.59 by bluehende from Delaware on Oct 18, 2018
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 14, 2018
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