Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
792
Reviews:
89
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
7.5%
 
 
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210
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3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a large mauve head capping the berry colored liquid; plenty of lacing action

Smell: Blossoms with raspberries, with lactic tart tones and Brett funk

Taste: Raspberry forward, sweet and then lactic tartness, with oak tones building; funky Brett builds, through the middle; plenty of tart fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lovely beer; highly recommended

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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 003; Bottled 02/10/16

A: Pours a pinkish red color with 2 fingers of bubbly head that fades down to a thin cap

S: A bit of lacto sourness, raspberry, oak, and some light tannins. Definitely a raspberry sour

T: Starts off with a wave of tartness from the lacto and then goes into the raspberry. Some oak and wheat come through after, with the sourness and raspberry notes still kicking strong. Lightly sweet from the raspberries, which counteracts the tartness very slightly. Finishes with lingering raspberry

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very lively

O: An incredible raspberry berliner that doesn't over-do the sour/tart notes or raspberries and both really shine. The oak and light sweetness make this incredibly drinkable despite the high acidity. Highly recommended

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2.99/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

At Rattle n Hum West, NYC. I am a hugh Firestone Walker fan but this has me baffled. Looks like a Shirley Temple cocktail that is served to children at an adult table in a restaurant. Smells like the perfume you win at an amusement park. Tastes like a weal lime Ricky & cost as much as a trip back in a time machine to a 10 year old me.

There used to be calendar girls that were called strawberry blondes. This experience is about as rewarding as a conversation with one. All that is missing is the sound & smell of snapping bubble gum.

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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, pink-tinted, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of raspberries, a funky quality, and oak.

T: Tasted of the aforementioned funk - this isn't as pronounced as I thought - but also a little bit of malt, a boatload of raspberries, some of the advertised oak, and light fruit notes. Definitely an aggressive aroma that's dominated by raspberries, but this isn't a bad thing. Incredibly tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you're looking for a vibrant, easy to drink beer, this is it. Well made and drinkable.

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3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bretta Rosé from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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