Bretta Rosé
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #3
Ranked #355
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Bach #4.

L: Nearly clear golden rose pour... cloudy at the end with some sediment. A finger of fizzy white head leaves a modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart raspberry and jam. Fruit/berry... a bit of funk and lemon.

T.F: Tart without being overly sour. Modest acidity... big time raspberry jam. Fruit/berry with light lemon citrus and some funk/lacto. Oak and tannins. Medium bodied... effervescent carbonation. More raspberry at the finish.

O: An outstanding oaked Berliner-Weisse. The raspberry is phenomenal, and this one was a real treat.

Jun 16, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Bretta Rosé batch: 005 poured into a Teku glass from a 375mL bottle*

*Bottled on: 11/20/17*

*Drank on: 05/27/20*

This beer poured an attractive Rosé pink/orangish amber. It had a white colored finger thick head which had very little retention to it. When the head subsided, which took no time at all, it left a white lacing around my cup. I'm not sure if it was the age that caused the lack of head or some other reason, but I wish that there was a larger presence of a head as I'm comparing this to other Berliners that I've had.

On the nose, I was presented with a lot of fruity esters upfront ranging from apples to pears, kinda giving me an apple cider kind of vibe to it. I also found there to be a good presence of tartness coming from aromas of raspberries. The presence of sour acetic acid from notes of cranberries only appeared for me in the back-end. I found that the tartness coupled with the sourness made the aroma on this beer an overall balanced experience.

The taste on the other hand was very acetic forward as expected. With sour notes of cranberries and raspberries upfront, I also definitely picked up on some bellow oak characters along with these sour flavors. In the middle was where I found some tartness from the raspberry. So in a sense, the roles of the sourness and tartness that played in the aroma and taste were reversed. The beer finished with a malted wheat taste coupled with a bit of sourness and tartness that I got from the beginning and middle.

The feel of this was medium bodied and had a high carbonation to it. This made it feel like I was drinking cider--which coupled with the low ABV and absolutely no alcohol taste--made this super drink-able and enjoyable for sour lovers everywhere.

I would definitely drink this beer again. I feel like the price tag is worth it for the quality you're getting for this Berliner. I just wish that there was a larger presence of a head along with a more balanced taste of the oak, wheat, tartness, and sourness rather than the overwhelmingly large sour taste that I got in the front.

May 30, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked & caged bottle (batch 3) poured into a teku;

A: Beautiful clear faintly-reddish light copper body; white head dissipates quickly.

S: Raspberry is prominent, impressions of lemony tartness and lacto sourness, hints of a sweetness from the oak I’m guessing with a flash of vanilla.

T: Lemony raspberry sourness isn’t quite bracing in its sourness but it is upfront and prominent here as well; rolls over the tongue quickly and leads to a fairly quick finish that isn’t drying or bitter. Again, a vanilla-like sweetness pokes through but is entirely an afterthought. The lacto character and the raspberry notes underneath carry the palate.

MF: Light and creamy with prominent tartness.

O: This is a really nice BA raspberry sour. Light body, drinkable, tart and sour, fruity. A good, low abv sour.

May 03, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottled: 02/13/17

Pours mostly clear copper amber orange with sediment and a quickly dissipating head. Smells like fresh pure raspberries, toffee, caramelized malt, oak, with floral earthy grassy hops. Tastes like sour raspberry, caramelized malt, oak barrel, toasty hay, spice, acetic vinegar, with floral earthy grassy hops. Feels medium bodied, slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice wild ale fermented with raspberries.

Apr 14, 2020
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Rristow from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours a hazy red with bright white head. Aroma is raspberry and a little sour funk but not much. Taste is big time sour tart. Flavors of raspberry, strawberry, brett funky. Nice flavor but a little too much tartness for me.

Jun 23, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This comes from a 375ml bottle, with a bottling date of '02/13/17'.
Body color is a reddish medium amber. One finger of off white head. After a couple of minutes what is left is an interrupted island and a bubble fed ring. Leaves behind strings of lacing.
Aroma is tart lemon and raspberry. The oak barrel sits underneath, along with a touch of funk.
Taste is tart, and close to sour. Lots of raspberry, which is semi-sweet, but still tart. There is the light flavor of the oak barrel. Some yeast funk but not of a strong flavor addition.
Medium mouth feel, with some fizziness on the tongue. Very good carbonation. The ending is toward the dry side.
This is a beer that progresses from super raspberry semi-sweetness and then transitions to the drier and earthier oak and yeast. The tartness is there throughout. Very tasty to drink and is a real burb inducer.

Feb 23, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy pink with orange hues, a one finger white head that settles quickly to an everlasting cap that leaves no lacing. Smells of tart raspberries with some Brett funk and a hint of wheat. Tastes of crisp sour raspberries, Brett funk, strawberries, and wheat on the finish. Very tart yet somehow refreshing. Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation, very dry finish.

Feb 10, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy pink with orange hues around the edges with a medium white head that dissipates quickly
S - Crisp raspberries, brett funk, earthy notes and some hints of strawberries.
T - Follows the nose with crisp raspberries up front followed closely behind with notes of brett funk, and some hints of strawberries and earthy notes.
F - light to medium bodied with a moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Crisp.
O - I typically can take or leave this style of beer, but this one is hands down one of the best I've had. Such a great surprise and well worth trying and definitely one I'd revisit.

Nov 06, 2018
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Jrosso from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer with raspberry perfume and flavor. Nice carbonation with a refreshing finish. A fantastic Berliner Weisse wild ale with a sour raspberry flavor.

Oct 11, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a pinkish orange topped by a dense two finger white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of huge juicy raspberries with a little sourness.
T: Taste is some nice sourness with a lot of juicy raspberries along with a slight creamy wheat flavor. Swallow is a little more wheat and some lingering sourness with some remaining notes of raspberries.
M: The beer has a moderate amount of body. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this one is fantastic. Really nice raspberry flavors with a real nice sourness along with the rest of the notes that I'd expect from a quality berliner. This id definitely one to try if you can find it and like the style.

Sep 22, 2018
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

June 20th, 2015 - The Bretta Rose is a nice gem in Toronado's menu, a beautiful pomegranate and ember color. The aroma is bright and springy with some sweet watermelon, fresh raspberry, cotton candy, and deep cherry scents, like a fancy, cherry jubilee. The flavor is much more sour, beginning with a sample of pomegranate, and blossoms, ramping up in acidity on a linear scale. But even at its peak, the sourness is brilliantly balanced, with a nice acidic burn all the way through. Layers of watermelon and sour barrel come in with some white wine vinegar and what seems like chardonnay. The taste is bright and one sip goes a long way, though the aftertaste is relatively short.

Sep 11, 2018
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obywan59 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange/pink in color with a nearly 2 finger pinkish white head that leaves nice lacing.

Tart raspberries with a touch of woody/musty yeast.

Taste very much like the aroma, only way more tart.

Acidic with crisp-hot carbonation. Astringent and drying with light, sticky syrup from the raspberries.

Generally, I'm not a fan of really tart beers, but this is very well balanced. A great summer beer.

Sep 10, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden hue with a tinge of hushed violet, champagne carbonation, whisp of a head. Aroma is delicate & cajoling - raspberry, elderberry, lingonberry, traces of oak & tannin, light funk. Taste really brings the raspberry, but it is balanced by a wonderfully crisp, tart foundation that frames the fruit note & keep it from being too much. The sour notes are bouncy, don’t bully the other flavors, but gives a nice kiss of that horse saddle / farm house / whatever you wanna call it lactic note. It spins back for a fruity finish, light and clean. Excellent balance and harmony, overall fantastic wild ale

Aug 29, 2018
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emyers from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours clear rose color with a thin white lacing.

Nose: tart raspberries and lactobacillus. Maybe a touch of brett-y funk but mostly tart berries.

Taste: similar to the nose - big tart raspberry flavor up front. Hint of oak on the finish along with more berries and lingering acidity. A touch of yeast and malt come through as it warms up.

Feel: Nice acidity, very clean dry feel. Refreshing.

Aug 19, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer to drink mid day today (95 degrees). Bought in Vermont back in the winter so it’s been resting even longer. Wish I had bought several as this is absolutely wonderful!

Aug 05, 2018
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Momma_Knapp from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!y husband bought this in a Vermont bottle shop and I got annoyed that he wasn’t buying more from Vermont. This is so refreshing on a hot day that I wish he had bought enough for every summer day!

Aug 05, 2018
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Greeneye from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

An all-time favorite. This sour appeared on tap at our favorite bar/restaurant in Waltham, MA - what a treat!
It pours like a cloudy rose wine, pinkish red, letting light through but not clear. The head is tall, but it subsides quickly.
There is a strong aroma off the top: citrus and berries with a woodsy, fruity background.
The first taste is very tart - the berries come through. The second sip balances and the beer opens up like a good wine. Great depth of flavor from the light malt, wood, berries and mild sweetness. Wonderful with cheese, seafood and alone.

Jul 02, 2018
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rand from California

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL corked bottle, poured into a neku glass

Looks like a sparkling rose wine. Nice, tart bouquet of unripe berries and oak. Refreshing on the palate, with lemony tartness and unripe raspberries. Oaky, crisp, with a touch of malty sweetness quickly offset by its woody aspects and lactic acid. Short, clean finish, very quaffable.

What a brew, I wish I'd bought more of these.

Jun 05, 2018
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champ103 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/20/2017

A: Pours rose/reddish/pink color. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes quickly. A touch of lace left behind initially. Almost like sparkling wine.
S: I can smell the acidity here, but that is not bad at all. Raspberries up front with light funk and a touch of woodiness.
T: Up front acidity that takes over a little to much for me. Certainly tart raspberries and funky. Light wood as well.
M/O: A light body that is almost watery. Very effervescent with a light tannin quality. Enjoyable to sip on, and I do enjoy it. Just might not be among my favorite wild ales. To acidic and would like a less "watery" feel.

At 6+ months, this seems to have thinned out. I don't remember this being so "watery." The acidity has taken over the fruit flavor a little to much as well. Given that, still enjoyable ans worth a try as is. I hope this is made again, so I can try it fresh again as I remember that being fantastic.

Jun 03, 2018
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HipCzech from Texas

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12.7 oz bottle (“Batch: No. 005, Bottled: 11/20/17”) poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Hazy salmon pink with a short head of whitish bubbles that remain as a halo of foam and trace streaks of lace.

Smell: Bright, tart raspberries, along with some Brett farmyard funk.

Taste: Beautifully complex layers of tart, juicy raspberries, lactic acid, salt preserved lemons, fino sherry, all leading to a crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with fine, refreshing carbonation.

Overall: Tasty wild ale with plenty of juicy raspberry and acid funk.

Jun 02, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex with Chris last night.

A clear red pink with a thin pink head that falls off rapidly. The nose is insanely fruity and jammy with tons of clean raspberries, bright, fresh, fruity and mildly sweet. Some lactic sourness is present as well. The palate opens bright, fruity and jammy with a delicious lactic sourness to go with the fruit notes. A touch of lemon is present as well. The base Berlinerweiss is hidden, this really drinks like an American Wild ale. With a mildly jammy finish that has tons of fruit, this beer is one hedonic delight. Highly recommended.

May 28, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pinkish with a small head. Nothing remarkable.

Smell: Funky, fruity, and intriguing.

Taste: Very sour and funky with moderate raspberry flavor.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, on the dry side.

Overall: NOT a Berliner Weissbier. I don't care if they started with a Berliner Weiss base; there is way too much going on for it to qualify as that restrained style. But nevertheless, it is delicious.

May 25, 2018
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craftaholic from New York

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look like much but yet that glass to your nose and you'll spend time introducting yourself. The flavor is a rush of salt, lemons, raspberry, tart, cracker, melon.

May 18, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a goblet. 2016 edition, bottled 2/10/16, had 4/10/18.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a pink hue, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. A light ring of foam follows down the glass. Aromas of raspberries, brett, white grapes, some yeast, light lemon. Smells tart. The taste starts out with a medium level of sourness and tartness, although there’s less of both as it warms. Flavors of raspberries, oak, brett, white grapes, some funk, a little lemon. A little acidic, but not bad. Smooth, pretty dry, a great body for the style, well carbonated.

This has such a delicate flavor for a tart beer. The raspberries are great, and the oak adds a lot of character. Well balanced, and no real sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Apr 27, 2018
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ChipChaight from New York

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery in Paso Robles, CA.
Pours a clean ruby pink with a fluffy finger of white head, excellent lacing, smells like fresh cut grass, sour raspberry purée, tootsie roll pop sweetness, taste is tart frutti di bosco with hints of concord grape, pomegranate, and sherry that lingers, this beer is light and creamy with a mildy sticky finish. A complex fruity sour raspberry liquid tootsie roll pop. Ymm.

Apr 11, 2018
Bretta Rosé from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 984 ratings