Cucumber Hippy Berliner
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #496
Ranked #26,404
3.82 | pDev: 8.38%
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Very Good
Cucumber Hippy BerlinerCucumber Hippy Berliner
Notes: Our Hippy Berliner was such a success that we ebbed to consumer demand and brewed a special edition with the addition of cooling cucumber. Bursting with sweet cucumber notes, balanced by lemon peel and tropical fruits. On the palate this beer is puckering, but very refreshing, full of cucumber, citrus and balanced by light hopping, finishing very clean.
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Reviews by qchic:
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of doktorhops
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a confession to make: I love cucumber. Point in case, my favourite sanger (Aussie slang for “sandwich”): Cucumber. Second favourite sanger? Egg and lettuce (but throw in some bacon bits, what are we? Savages?). So when I come across a beer with cucumber you better believe I’m getting my mitts on that! This Berliner Weisse is special - not only is it brewed with cucumber, but it’s also brewed by Doc’s favourite New Zeelund (that’s the Kiwi pronunciation there) brewer: 8 Wired. See it’s all... well two, of Doc’s things coming together - jackpot bro! (or “brah” if you’re from NZ). Now I’m not a huge fan, nor am I highly acquainted with the Berliner Weissbier style - however it’s a sour themed night, so “BRING ON THE SOUR BEERS!” *said in my best Futurama hedonism bot voice*

Poured from a 440ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very very pale, hazed, straw body with a pumping white sea foam head that wants to party - causing a ruckus in my glass, go at it lad! As the foam dies it leaves some nice patches of lace on the side of the glass - impressive all round at 4% ABV! 9/10.

S: Cucumber sandy (also Aussie slang for “sandwich”, look we’ve got a serious slang addiction over here) in a glass! Even has a bit of dill character too. Dill and cucumber rocks, ergo this aroma also rocks. Hints of peppery spice, citric notes from the hops, and a floral/herbal touch round out this refreshing sandy-like aroma. Bravo 8 Wired, this is an easy 8/10.

T: Flavour is exactly as noted above: dill, cucumber, light peppery note, clean lemon citric character, floral/herbal touch, and what is no doubt an addition from Nelson Sauvin hops - a dry white wine finish. Overall flavour is quite white wine vinous, nice and dry, and clean in the extreme - this is a great palate cleansing beer, slightly tart in the finish as well. Yep, nailed it 8 Wired. 9/10.

M: Mid to light, crisp bodied with a medium full-bubble carbonation. Plenty of burps on offer with this beer... to the detriment of my stomach in fact. 7/10.

D: Hands down the best palate cleansing beer I’ve had in years: it’s light with great cucumber and dill character coming through and being offset by what I’m swearing are Nelson Sauvin hops - I’ll eat the slightly out of date chicken sausages in my fridge if it isn’t... well I’ll eat them anyway, but I’m convinced there’s Nelson Sauvin in this beer nonetheless. A cracker of a light(ish) beer! 8/10.

Food match: This is the beer you have between the entrée and the main ;)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

440ml can.
L: Hazy, golden yellow colour with vigorous carbonation visible. Three fingers of fluffy head quickly collapses to a smear with spots of lacing.
S: Lots of fresh cucumber,lemon juice and tart yeast.
T: Bright, lemony sourness offset by pronounced sweet cucumber. Works surprisingly well.
F: Light body with moderate carbonation and a sour zip in the finish.
O: A refreshing, summery, mouth-puckering, sour beer. The cucumber works amazingly well, exactly as it does in a Hendricks gin. Not sure how authentically ‘Berliner Weisse’ this is... but it worked for me

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Medium gold colored pour with nice clarity and thin lacing.

S - Delicate cucumber with a hint of lime.

T - Cucumber and light citrus.

M - Medium body.

O - The cucumber is very muted in this beer, uneventful. One thing I didn't check was the age of the bottle. I will definitely be happy to re-visit this beer because I dig the cucumber thing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's quite an amazing feat. That is, how beer can make cucumber taste more like cucumber than actual cucumber tastes like cucumber. 8 Wired brewers take that vegetable and weave it into a berlinerweiss styled beer pushing it into the fruity, winey and herbal world.

Cucumber Hippy carries none of the actual scents of patchouli and cabbage like those of hippies, but instead wafts across the senses with bright vegetation, orchard fruit, citrus, cider, wine and melon. Foggy gold in its appearance, its scant froth comes to the eye as sparkling white wine. Its taste is bright and slightly sweet with taffy, hard candy and light sourdough.

With full saturation of the tastebuds comes a weakening malt influence and a billowing sourness. Strong flavors of dry french cider, white wine and lemon lead the charge while the generous cucumber additions bring a pleasant grassy herbalness before a deeper taste of honeydew, kiwi and casaba. A finish of crushed basil, parsley and fennel trail along with the sourness of crabapple and lime.

Clean, crisp and highly refreshing, Cucumber Hippy is medium light in body, given a slim textural quality from residual wheat proteins. Lightly creamy and short in a citrusy aftertaste, the session closes with an aura of damp burlap and a slight mossy character.

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Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

440ml can - everybody seems to be jumping on the canning choo-choo of late, eh?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of random chunky and splattered lace around the glass as it lazily evaporates.

It smells of well-ripened cucumber peel, gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled plain citrus notes, a hint of additional green veggies, and some very, very tame earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, saline solution, mushy cucumber flesh (so, 'solid' green water), a bit of sour yeastiness, faded citrus rind, and more well-understated leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-swarming frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of vegetal acridity taking things down a notch or so here. It finishes trending dry, the cucumber holding fast, with some salted citrus along for the lingering ride.

Overall - well, I gotta say, these guys have done a bang-up job of making cucumber (like watermelon before it) actually come through in the flavour of a beer. I don't know how 'hipster' that is, but I find it kinda cool, and yes, in the manner of the titular vegetable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller, Bangkok.

Translucent pale gold in color, it comes with thin foam that stands for a while before sinking and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

In a nose and through the taste buds, it provides with notes of fruity, sour, tart, tropical, lime, passion fruit, lychee, apple cider, and of course cucumber. Malt is also there with its bread and candy while hop with some earthiness.

The body is light to medium with quite smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The feeling is very crisp and refreshing with a pleasantly dry finish.

Cucumber helps in making this hippy to be much more refreshing, good starter to open up the palate.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gelasin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mig100
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fresh cucumber, coupled with a light tangy sourness.

A: Straw color, hazy, with a fluffy white head that quickly recedes into a ring around the glass.

T: Lots of cucumber flavor, slightly vegetal, with a light spice and zippy lingering sourness.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has lots of cucumber character and is refreshing and easy to drink. However, the beer could be even better with slightly less vegetal flavor.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow with a white foam head leaving fuzzy spots of lace on the glass, this isn't too intense of cucumber, with a bit of tart citrus in the moderate body. This is certainly drinkable, and definitely not as weird or intense as the last cucumber brew I had, by Jackie O's.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It says Berliner weisse, so I treated it as one and poured into a stange.
The appearance was a slightly glossy burnt yellow color with a subtle transparency about it. Some carbonation could seen rising at a decent pace. Nice finger and a half's worth of white foamy head slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace.
The aroma had the fresh sweet cucumber up front fashioning a Summery-light refreshing character with a light airy and floral underneath.
The flavor lends it's hand towards a refreshing sweet side and bringing in a subtle crisp citrusy off shoot to meld into it. Moderate sweet cucumber to citrusy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with an absolutely wonderful sessionability about it. I feel like I could pound this all day. Carbonation felt good, somewhat low. ABV felt on par.
Overall, aromatics and flavors are absolutely wonderful, only thing is where's the 'sour-ed'wheat? It's nowhere to be found. As much as I liked this for me as a Summer slammer, there's really no Berliner weisse qualities to this. Wishing brewers wouldn't confuse the 'Berliner weisse' style to something that they want it to be but was never meant to be.

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Cucumber Hippy Berliner from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings