Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#285
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
931
pDev:
7.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rand
4.31/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -13%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

B / GOOD

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of videofrog
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Bretta Rosé from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 931 ratings