Freedom Of Press
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #438
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #28,129
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 7.07%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
33
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Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Keep currant with the latest entry in our session sour series-—sweet, earthy berry flavors from black currants to complement this 140 calorie, easy-drinking, lightly tart ale.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AnthonyKolka from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great mouthfeel and vaguely currant flavor. Nice slightly sour taste. The mouth feel is medium bodied and somewhat heavy on the tongue. Despite the light flavour I really enjoy it, I think the "session" descriptor is accurate. Nice acidity in the aftertaste. Really just a pleasant low ABV sour all around.

Dec 28, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/9/18; drank 4/2/19 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark pink appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big off-white head; thick, frothy lace.

Tart currant & honeyed grain notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Currant & mild honeyed grain flavors up front; tart lemon notes on the finish.

Simple & bit too tart, but overall a nice sour. This would probably be better served on a summer day.

Apr 03, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/29/2018. Pours lightly hazy reddish/pinkish golden/orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy black currants, blackberry, raspberry, fruit skin/seed, plum, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, vanilla, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, black currants, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy black currants, blackberry, raspberry, fruit skin/seed, plum, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, vanilla, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy black currants, blackberry, raspberry, fruit skin/seed, plum, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/vanilla/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, black currants, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/acidic/tangy, fairly crisp, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited Berliner weisse. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, black currants, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of nicely jammy black currants, Lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and impressive style example.

Mar 09, 2019
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rose pink with a medium to thick white head. Mildly tarty with taste of concord grapes and currants. Smells fruity and delicious. Not the smoothest of beers but worth the try

Mar 04, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed pink-orange color with mild effervescence and two-and-a-half fingers of foamy, purple-tinted head that leave decent lacing.

There’s a lightly sour aroma with a definite fruitiness to it — I’d probably guess purple jelly grapes over currants if tasting it blind. There’s a hint of gose-like ocean saltiness, too, and a little unpleasant rot if you smell it too deeply.

Lightly sour, tart, salty taste with, again with a little berry-like fruitiness to it that definitely could be currants. Thankfully, the unpleasant rotting impression from the nose doesn’t really carry over.

It has a light-bodied feel that comes across fairly still at first, but offers a little bite of carbonation when swallowing.

A pleasant, sessionable sour that could make for a decent lawnmower beer — although maybe a tad too salty to be really thirst quenching.

Feb 17, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on January 9, 2019. Session sour brewed with black currants. Easy drinking and slightly tart with sweet berry notes.

Feb 04, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Modestly tart. Important.
Because they have colored flavorings added (at the bar or in the can), Berliner Weiss Look un-alike. But the good ones have this one's faint tart Smell. Tastes work my salivary glands with multiple attacks of sweet and sour. (But only 7 IBU !)
Finishes dry and refreshing like a BW should.

This is Revolution's third in its Freedom series. (The other two were Freedom of "Expression" and "SPeach".) It is yet another unhealthy sign of our unstable times when a brewer needs to help defend our Freedoms. While I'm glad Revolution did, Politics is not beer. But, it is nice when they are both good. Carry on, Brothers !

Feb 02, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste: tart, sour, black currants, some sweet, some vinegar bite like some Berliner Weiss ales. Same the sour nose. Amber/copper hue, slightly hazy, pinkish foam head and some lace. Medium/full body. 7 IBUs

Jan 26, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bright violet with plenty of fizzy carbonation bubbles. No mystery in smell or taste, just tons of tart black currant with a touch of salt, sourness, and wheat. Carbonation is way to high for a berliner in my opinion, breaking up the feel. It isn't bad, but putting down a whole pint would be challenging due to sweet candy and tartness of the currants.

Jan 03, 2019
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 33 ratings