Raspberry Provincial

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #417
Ranked #11,629
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Raspberry ProvincialRaspberry Provincial
Notes: This 4.2% sessionable sour is truly a product of creativity, ingenuity, and luck. In the summer of 2013 we took a test batch of our sessional sour summer ale, Provincial, that didn’t quite hit gravity, and decided to have some fun with it! We added a heavy dose of raspberries. The end result was so delicious, we decided to recreate it! This delightfully tart fruit beer is refreshing, with a citrusy raspberry aroma which transitions to a subtlety sweet and tart finish.

Notes of lemon zest and tart raspberries.
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy whitish pink in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving some delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of raspberries and other berries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a bit sour with flavors of raspberries, although these are more like the type of raspberry flavor you get from candies rather than raspberry purée.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Berliner Weisse doesn't have the type of creamy, yogurt-like mouthfeel that you normally see in beers of this style. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 06, 2019
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MattDecker from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: looks like a pretty rosé
Smell: sour, doughy, tart berry
Taste: tart, sour berry follow-through
Feel: medium, decent mouth-feel
Overall: not bad, didn't bring the flavor like I wanted but tasty nonetheless

Nov 28, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the end of May 2019 on the Denver/Milwaukee trip. Dug it. Notes seem to indicate it was on either at Comrade or wherever we hit right after Comrade (trve?).

Pours a feint pink. Some cloudiness. 1/4" off white pinkish head. Big blast of raspberries in the nose, this is one example where the commercial tug job is on point, it truly is a "heavy" dose of raspberries going on.

Taste was very dry, sourness was more like a wild ale than a berliner, but it was still enjoyable, and it wasn't over the top sourness like you come across too often in these styles that require more of a deft hand and light touch (gose, saison, berliner etc. . . ). Enjoyed the light body, great usage of wheat, well carbonated and appropriate. I dunno what these go for in the bottle, but I could totally see crushing these in an outdoor warm weather setting. I think this summer I really nailed down the fact it is my favorite drinking season. Beers like this one are why. Flavorful, dry, easy to crush.

Sep 18, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky pink with no head. Smells like raspberry lemonade with begian yeast and a touch of sourness. Taste has wheat, belgian yeast, raspberries especially the skin, and some muddled citrus. Feel is thin, light, a little watery, but sharp on the finish.

Sep 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 8/27/19"; drank 7/5/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pink appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice white/pink head; decent lace.

Raspberry, mild wheat & faint lemon notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Dry wheat & mild raspberry flavors; an enticing nose gives way to a rather bland beer.

It's nice enough, and might do you well on a golf course, but it's not one to seek out.

Jul 06, 2019
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright raspberry aroma, pours a clear pinkish with a quickly fading off-white head. Mild tartness, with a finish of raspberry sweetness. Very light bodied, and easy drinking. A nice summer drinker for hot weather.

Jul 04, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a sour glass

This beer pours a pinkish amber hue. It is topped with a couple inches of off white head that leaves spotty lacing.

It has a very fruity and tart aroma. It has lots of raspberry.

It tastes like a raspberry ale with a tart, dry finish.

Light bodied with a light, semi dry mouthfeel

This is a light, refreshing beer with a nice raspberry presence. It is pretty good value for a 6 pack sour and given the quality.

May 18, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pink lemonade colour, thin head that goes away quickly. Nose is fruity as expected, taste reminds me of the raspberry push-ups I used to eat as a kid. Some tartness but not offensive. Delicious!

Apr 09, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass,

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pink, blood orange color, similar to a grapefruit due to the underlying red/pink raspberry. A moderate head. They nailed the appearance.
Aroma: A sharp aroma of sourt lemon/lime citrus hits the nose first, cleaned off by an underlying strong, sweet raspberry aroma.
Flavor: An initial rasbperry sweetness lasts briefly, before a strong sour, slightly bitter, wipes it clean into a dry finish.
Aftertaste/Feel: Moderately carbonated. A little less than I was expecting. Not much malts or yeast, but enough yeast to clean the palate for a dry finish. Could use more carbonation IMO.

Overall: A good Berliner-Weisse. Good raspberry flavor. Appropriately sour citrus. Clean and dry. Not overpowering.

Mar 30, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Understanding well the history, flavor, texture and uniqueness of the classic German Berlinerweiss, the brewers of Funkwerks also understand the flirtation that brewers and drinkers alike have always had with fruit syrups as well.

Pouring a likely pinkish mauve, Raspberry Provincial rises with a loose and airy froth. Its tangy aromas swirl around the branch ripe raspberry and the supporting twang of citrusy, lactic sourness and only a hint of wheat. A light sweetness of sourdough, taffy and agave provide a light buffer to the expansive sourness and a creamy, bready texture at first sip.

While the flavor of raspberry is front and center on the middle palate, the framework of the beer is it sourness that comes with a citrusy taste of lime, lemon and white grapefruit. Crabapple, gooseberry and a light passionfruit character each play secondary to the citrus. Dry white wine and cider give the raspberry flavors a pink lemonade flavor in a strong sangria late palate.

Medium light in body, especially for Berlinerweiss, the added raspberry flavors and textures add a depth of flavor and a rounded body to the otherwise bone dry ale. A quick aftertaste of cider and wine is surpassed only by the linger of fresh raspberries in a medium short extension. The infusion of raspberries from the source of the brewer is a big improvement over the addition of raspberry syrups at the bar.

Mar 27, 2019
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DesMorris from Minnesota

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

L- translucent pink and slight haze. Pours little to no head and low to medium head retention, although served at very cold temp.
S- raspberries straight from the garden, fresh
T- very subtle raspberry flavor, almost like eating real raspberries, except with a little sour tang but not too much. Again, very fresh real impression of raspberries.
F- high carbonation which is ideal for this style as it compliments the flavor and sour acidity, which is not too strong
O- if you love eating real raspberries fresh from the garden, and you enjoy an American wild sour, then this is your beer. Fine and somewhat unique example of this style, and highly sessionable. I recommend

Mar 09, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Bottling date is marked as '2016.09.20'.
Clear, red amber colored body. Each pour results in a piled on white head, which recedes quite rapidly. No lacing left behind.
Aroma is deep raspberry, no funk or sour aspects are presented.
Taste is a mix of sweet and funky raspberry. Not sour nor tart. The raspberry is presented in a full spectrum of flavor that represents the fruit well.
Medium mouth feel. High carbonation. Rather dry and tight (more than tart) in the taste profile.
Each sip is an experience of highly carbonated true raspberry fruit taste, as can be expected from a fermented drink.

Oct 26, 2018
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours raspberry-hued rose slightly cloudy with a quickly fading head. Looks delicious.

Smells absolutely delicious- red raspberries, lemon, citrus.

Taste is raspberry- lemony tartness, slightly sweet, citrus bitterness into a tart/clean finish. Decent flavor if not quite tart enough.

Very light body on the palate, 3/10 on a tartness scale, so while it’s delicious it comes off either very sessionable or somewhat watery.

Enjoying it but would like something a little more substantial in body.

Jul 29, 2018
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Mtn from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1-10-18
Poured into wine glass
Appearance is cloudy pale plum color
Aroma is raspberries and a mild citrus aroma.
Taste follows nose, raspberry with a squeeze of lemon
Body is watery, light Lactic tartness, medium+ effervescent carbonation.
Overall not bad, just boring.

Jul 13, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish violet in color with just a wisp of off white head. The nose is all raspberries and is very forward. I'm tasting plenty of raspberries, but it's not as tart as the nose implies. The mouth is acidic, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

May 29, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught. $6 per pint in Austin, TX.


02/23/19 bottle:

Tart, acidic, and tasty. Has a nice fresh raspberry flavour that blends well with its lactobacillus sourness. Many raspberry sours have an artificial taste or reek of butyric acid; this is a refreshing change of pace from such beers.


May 28, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was seriously tart, with just a hint of the raspberry, more so in the smell than the taste. It's similar to the Apricot Provincial, but I think I like that one a little better. This one is very pink, so that may be offputting to some, but I didn't have a problem with it. I just liked the balance and taste of the Apricot version a bit more.

May 17, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on...No date. Unlike the other Funkwerks beers I've had. Pours red, very little foam and no lacing. Smells of tart raspberries first and foremost. I get some wheat and a smidgen of funk. Tasting an abundance of tart raspberries, wheat, funk, other fruity notes. Reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart but not quite up to that level. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Excellent and my favourite of the fruity beers from Funkwerks so far.

Feb 04, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky reddish color from the tap. There is little head. What is there is off white.
The nose is very rich with raspberry.
Taste is a tart raspberry flavor. Some bitterness. Not much sweetness.
Feel is a bit watery, but not too bad.
Not a bad beer overall, but not something I would go out of my way for.

Feb 01, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very light hue of pink with a huge head. The aroma is very typical of a berliner weissbier with the added hint of fruit. The taste is fairly tart and balanced by the raspberry. Lots of carbonation.

Dec 11, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip

Pours an unmistakable berry-red, with an interesting murky delivery and plenty of excellent lacing. The raspberry is stout on the nose, along with tart almost malic notes. The flavor is more complex than expected. Tart berry with subtle briny notes, and a touch of yeast. The mouthfeel/drinkability is excellent. Dry but not puckery, crisp but not overdone. Because the berry flavor is mild, it doesn't get old.

A nice brew.

Dec 09, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely purple-red body, light pink head. Nose has lactic funk and fruit, flavor is mildly tart with nice raspberry highlights. Feel is moderately acidic, lightly washing over the tongue. Very pleasant sour overall.

Oct 08, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing as a Berliner Weiss should be. And not too sour.
Got some sweet besides the raspberry. I'm guessing it is strawberry.
While I thought Funkwerks specialized in Belgians, they made this German sour well.

Sep 19, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. 1/31/17 bottle date. Appearance: Watermelon red, clear, with an aggressive frothy pink head. Aroma: Sugary raspberry purée, some floral notes, with a light vinegar acidity. Taste: Sweet raspberry dominates, with a light breadiness, and a moderately strong lactic acidity that kicks in on the back end to balance it out. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a very high carbonation. Finish: Lingering tart raspberry and lactic acid Overall: A nicely balanced fruited sour that manages the aggressive raspberry sweetness against the sour base. Crisp and refreshing, but is fairly simple in complexity

Jul 16, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tall vertical at Jester King on May 14, 2017
(bottled on Jan. 1, 2017)

L: cloudy magenta (red-red-orange) topped by over 2 inches of white/pink-tinged foam; no stick/lace after foam dissipates quickly

S: sour-sour-sweet raspberry, slightly funky, maybe some lemon peel; as it warms, raspberry sweetness takes over lemon

T: tart raspberry

F: super light and super carbonated

O: amazing beer, about the only thing it's missing is freshness, but even a little past three months old, the raspberries are still very present and tasty, offering lots of tartness but bits and pieces of fruity sweetness that make it enjoyable; as tasty and well-made as this beer is, I'll be seeking out more Funkwerks in the very near future

May 15, 2017
Raspberry Provincial from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 362 ratings