Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bretta RoséBretta Rosé

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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.

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 700
Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight raspberry deliciousness! The tartness is straightforward, but won't force you to clench your jaw shut, and the color is next to none. One of my favorite Firestone Walkers.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Latest batch drank on 8/13/2016

L-bright pinkish red with a head that disappears quite quickly. beautiful

S-funk, acidic and tart raspberry

T- raspberry jam. oak opens up nice with a little funk too

F-terrific, great balance

O-one of my favorite sours for sure. I am sure a major fan of anything raspberry, but this blew me away

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: orange, pinkish color, cloudy looking
S: sourness, some raspberry
T: nice sourness, very, very tart.
F: very carbonated, smooth but a supper for sure

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with no head.

Very sour and tart. Mouth puckering. Acidic. Raspberries show. Lemon juice.

Light bodied. Sweet tart finish.

Good but not as fruity as I was hoping for. Very very sour.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite tart beers. Great raspberry flavor with just the right amount of tart. Reminds me of a good raspberry lemonade. Perfect for a hot day

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

A quickly dissipating head. Bright, rosy color. Hard fruit candy (Jolly Rancher flavoring) in the smell and taste. Natural raspberry is evident in the taste, too, though. Light body, good acidity and sour sensation. Quite tasty.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright and festive! Pink grapefruit color with lots of active carbonation.
S & T: Raspberries, stone fruit, and a little red wine must
M: Tangy, juicy, light.
O: Wish rose wine tasted like this!

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

Another solid Sour from the Firestone Walker Barrel Works program!!!! Just the right amount of tart, crisp and refreshing! Pours with a light pink haze and is delicious as hell!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful pour on this one. Replete pink and red, pink on the top. Aroma imparted a ton of raspberries and a good amount of oak. Damn FW really does barrels so well.

Taste, great raspberry juiciness, oak dryness, light wheat body isn't lost behind the tart and sour aspects of the beer. Wow, this is a really good use of raspberries, rivals FFAC if you ask me, even though this is a berlinner, seems like a good fit style wise.

Carbonation on point. Not overly acidic or sour. Bottles are a little expensive at like $15/375ml, that is really the only complaint with this beer, otherwise very good all around.

Drank at the FW Buellton house.

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

Cork and cage bottle split between the girlfriend and I into champagne glasses.

Pours a semi-hazy ruby pink color. Smell is of intense raspberry purée, moderate tartness, along with a slight wheat scent. Mostly raspberry, great aroma. Taste reflects the smell. Initial tart berry flavors lead into intense raspberry flavor that suddenly switches back to a generic tartness. Awesome. Feel is light and carbonated, which makes this drink more like a sparkling wine than beer, fits the flavors perfectly. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great raspberry and sour aspects, definitely one to purchase!

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Photo of gpatt55
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Batch No. 003. Bottled 02/10/16.

Pours a gorgeous vivid deep pink rose color with a finely beaded head that dissipates quickly. Lots of acetic acid on the nose with red fruit, raspberry and floral notes in the background. Tart on the entry with loads of red fruit and weisse with lots of acid pumping through on the long finish. Mouthfeel is fairly weighty and you can feel the VA coating your tongue and it stays on your palate for over 30 seconds inviting you to take another sip. I imagine the acid will integrate well with some more time in bottle. Overall impressive stuff. Clearly very well made, an intense and very pretty wild ale.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375 c&c in a snifter - batch 3

L: Slightly hazy, pinkish hue with 2 finger off white head
A: Tart raspberry jam
T: Nice tart raspberries, refreshing
M: Heavy carbonation, clean
O: A very nice refreshing tart beer, crushable

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Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought online from Quality Liquor stores.

Poured into a tulip glass. Shocking reddish-pink color with a fizzy white head.

Smells of raspberries, sour funk, oak and citrus.

Tastes like fresh raspberries, sour, and a touch of acidic citrus.

Very clean, bright and dry.

Really a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of Mach1_zach
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3. Keeps a nice white head about 3/4 of an inch. Has a very nice aroma, strong raspberry scent. Pours pink slightly hazy, has a strong sour nose with heavy carbonation. Nice slightly dry finish. What a fantastic beer, cheers to Firestone-Walker

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl.oz.(375ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Batch: No.003
Bottled: 02/10/16
Served in a tulip

Absolutely gorgeous appearance. The glowing, rosey-magenta body was capped by a billowing, four-finger tall plume of light pink sea foam. This looked nearly identical to a rosé wine and was possibly the most attractive beer I have ever seen. The head fell somewhat quickly to clumps of foam. Thick patches of frothy lacing trickled down the glass. As the beer sat, the chill hazed dropped to reveal a stunning, nearly crystal clear body.

The nose was pure raspberry goodness. This reminded me of freshly macerated raspberries. Super fresh and bright. There was a dry, powdery yeasty quality that dissipated with time. Rather straightforward overall, but perfect in its simplicity.

Raspberry notes also came through big time in the flavor profile. Again, freshly pureed raspberries came to mind. As the beer moved along the palate, lemon notes took over. Fairly tart and acidic. There was a slight wheatiness as well. The lemon-like tartness and the acidity intensified on the back end and the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Crisp and highly effervescent. Spritzy. The liquid turned fluffy on the palate. The acidity in the beer was intense. By the end of the bottle, it felt like the enamel was being stripped from my teeth.

I am often disappointed by fruit-infused sour ales because the fruit often seems to get lost in the fray. Bretta Rosé, however, put the fruit front and center. The raspberry notes were so pure and intense that at times I forgot that I was drinking a beer. All in all, this is an incredIbly interesting wild ale/Berliner Weisse hybrid. I definitely plan to keep my eye out for other releases in Firestone Walker's Bottleworks series.

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

Beautiful pink color in the glass. Raspberry and yogurt nose. Clean acidity throughout which elevates the raspberry flavor. Only hints of lactic acidity. Balanced and quenching.

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

375 into a stemless tulip.

This really deserves the name Rosé. It's got that color, effervescence, foaminess, the whole nine. A beauty to look at. 5

Smell is all tart raspberries. Earthy and floral funk. Clean and beautiful. 4.5

Like the nose, this is just abundant in raspberry. Complemented by a lemon-y tartness and acidity. Finishes floral. 4.5

Tart, dry as a bone, acidic, mouth-puckering. The tartness requires that you sip slow, but the dry finish obliges you to drink up. Such a dilemma. 4.25

This is veddy nice.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber to reddish pink in color with a fingernail of off white resting on top. Fairly hazy in complexion. The nose is a very enticing blend of tart Raspberries. The taste is primarily raspberry with a hint of pale wheat and then there's a bit of woodsy oak in the back of the palate. The mouth is mildly acidic, moderately carbonated, and dry.

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

375ml bottle, bottled 2/10/16, poured into FW teku glass
Immediately after uncaging, the cork flies off and hits the ceiling, glad I wasn't hovering over it!

A- pours a beautiful bright pink color with a thin foamy white head that sticks around for a while before settling into a ring around the glass

S- aroma opens up with a burst of fresh raspberries, literally smells like they were just picked. Underlying notes of french oak, dried hay, lacto tartness, strawberry jam, stone fruits & a hint of lemon

T- fresh raspberries gush out immediately, reminiscent of raspberry jam. The mid-palate brings underlying notes of french oak, lacto tartness, stone fruit and lemon peel. The finish is bone dry and slightly acidic, with lingers of raspberry puree

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to an effervescent mouthfeel that finishes dry with just enough tartness to leave you wanting more

O- really enjoyed this one, so light and refreshing, just enough tartness and loaded with fresh raspberry, very good

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Photo of Zythophile
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date: 2/10/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a pleasant dark bubblegum pink. Not much head.

Smell is like a berry plant, leaves and all. It is mostly raspberry, but there are some other berries like strawberry and blueberry. It's a bit jammy, too.

I know it says raspberries on the label, but the berry that I get most is strawberry, unsweetened, too. It's fresh, but I don't get a whole lot of depth. You know how strawberries can taste better with some sugar? This would be much better if I could get even a light amount of sweetness. What sweetness was on the nose disappears in the taste.

Feel is not particularly carbonated, and there's some acidity. I get some savory warmth afterward, but it's a pleasant effect without the accompanying pleasant taste.

Maybe I just got a dud bottle. Still counts, though.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer. The color is wonderful. Delicious taste of raspberries. Slight funk in the nose. Perfect amount of sourness. A little bit of lingering stickiness in mouth. Outstanding.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours grapefruit pink, a bit of lacing on the rim.

Vanilla, cherries, strawberry jam, sour lemon, maple syrup, tad of oak.

Cherry vanilla, lemon peel finish.

Light mouthfeel, ABV feels around 6%. Medium high levels of sour.

Light and refreshing sour.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 bottled 02/10/16 served cold in a teku

Appearance: peachy pink with a off pink fluffy head of creamy foam. Really beautiful

Nose: funk, lacto sourness, fresh radpberries, apricot and other Stone fruit

Taste: follows the nose but with some sweetness. Funky, quite sour initially, lends itself to a creamy and smooth beer. Little acetic character but enough to add anot her level of complexity. Soft carbonation and not very prickly.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of raspberries and some of the other raspberry Sours I've had didn't do it for me. This one however was wonderful and worthy of the world class rating it gets. Well don't FW.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink liquid with giant white head with pinkish hues; long lasting cap; super heavy, clinging lace; excellent clarity. Lite fruit nose. Tart raspberries flavor with an underlying subtle funk. High carbonation with a lite, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Lite champagne like dry finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pink to ruby red. What a vibrant color. Nice clarity. Thin shimmering white bubbles

S: so much raspberry. Some Brett as well subtle funk. More red fruit

T: tart raspberries. Grapefruit hints. Cranberry juice. Champagne. Raspberry purée

F: clean crisp and but also quite soft.

O: this lived up to the hype for me. So well made.

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