Raspberry Provincial

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #344
Ranked #10,064
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
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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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 350
Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice tart and dry raspberry aroma, with some light pepper and grass. Flavor is mostly raspberry as well, with some grassy and peppery notes. Cracker like malt body. The whole flavor profile is simply too subdued, with only a light tartness and a thin, watery body. My first disappointment from Funkwerks.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light pink color with a very thin white/pink head. smell is tart raspberries slight funk and yeast, Taste follows nose very fresh tart raspberry with a slight sour funk grassy biscuit finish. lower carbonation and dry with a tart/sour mouthfeel . If you like raspberries you will like this one very refreshing and drinkable.

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

L: Pink color with a fizzy white head that doesn't stick around too long and no lacing.

S: Lots of raspberry and tartness, a beer for raspberry lovers.

T: Lots of tart raspberry, not much depth but the tart raspberry is very nice.

F: Light body and quite bubbly.

O: This is one of the better fruit beers available.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy orange-red color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is virtually non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a strong raspberry aroma. A little bit of tartness in there. Raspberry up front with a very mild spicy hops and mild tartness at the end. A little watered down at the end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but just not in love with this one.

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Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly murky garnet red color. A one finger white head forms with good retention and some lace is left behind.
S: Jam like raspberry up front and center, which is really enjoyable. A bit of musty cellar character in the nose. Earthy with a touch of spice. Though the fruit takes over and is the entire show. Which is very welcome.
T: Like the nose, jammy raspberry up front. Almost like fleshy fruit skin as well. The tart raspberry fruit is front and center, and almost becomes acidic. Then more of a sweet raspberry flavor takes over. Light grains, light earthy funk, and all around really enjoyable.
M/O: A light body with a great effervescent bite. I love the carbonation here, and the body is just right. Not sickly, sticky, or medicinal in anyway. Just light and beautiful carbonation. All of that mingles to make a really enjoyable sour. I have already had this many times since it popped up in Houston, and that will not change.

I would not categorize this as a Berliner Weissber. It is a low alcohol American Wild Ale, which is not the same thing. This has more in common with Lindemans Framboise than anything...well without the artificial sugar. It is obvious this is real vibrant fruit added, without "natural flavors" or the aforementioned sugar. Anyway, really good none the less and another from Funkwerks I will be getting much more of.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy, dark pink pour. Pretty much the inside of a grapefruit, very interesting looking. Half finger off pink colored head that settles to a ring. Aroma has some raspberry tart, and some light lemon zest and orange citrus. No funk or sourness in the nose. Taste is raspberry jam, hints of lemon juice and some cracker-like malt character. Tastes very similar to raspberry lemonade to be honest. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and juicy, which is the highlight of all this. But the lack of complexity leaves virtually no palate coating characteristic. Overall, solid Berliner, a little one dimensional. But a good, easy drinker.

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Photo of donspublic
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice soapy white 2 finger head, recedes to 1 finger, nice lacing. Opaque ruby red in the glass, some sediment from the bottle. Initial smell is some earthy barnyard funk, followed by raspberry. Taste is not what you would expect with this one, it isn't a one shot semi sour raspberry beer. Initially picking up the malt, with somewhat of a lemon pucker on the front that smoothes out into the raspberry. Not puckering tartness, just a mild peppery tart finish. A little thin in the mouth, but that is fine. Great summer beer. So glad that Funkwerks is in Texas now

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light orangish pinkish color with very lightly pink tinted head. Funk, tartness, and raspberries on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and bubbly on the palate. Finishes tart and dry with plenty of raspberry fruit.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pink with a good head. Aroma has raspberries, crackery malt, yeast, and tartness. Mild but enticing and summery. Nice tartness in the taste, with raspberries, iced tea, pleasant light malts, and a citrusy aftertaste. Unlike some raspberries beers, it is quite dry. Goes down easy and does a great job of featuring raspberries without being overpowering.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Pours light pink with thin white head. Smells of raspberry jam, white crackers, a very light sour/citrus juice. No funk.

The flavor is tart, light, and dry. There is a nice layer of raspberry along with a sharp acidity and nice malt structure.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and tart, but not puckering or funky.

Conclusion: Very nice. This is a far cry from the true raspberry lambics of Belgium (i.e Cantillon), but then again it is't trying to compete with them

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml Bottle
Bottled On: 2015.12.29

Poured into a chalice a very nice pinkish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy slight pink/white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, tart, raspberries, kinda funky. The taste is really nice malty, yeasty, very nice touch of raspberries, nice little funk, tart. Medium body, nice little dry finish. Overall, this is one pretty nice brew. Would buy again.

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Photo of zonker17
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pinkish color poured on draft with white rapidly diminishing head. Not very fragrant. Fruit flavor alongside tart and a bit of wheat. Great take on Berliner Weiss. Dry and crisp with decent carbonation.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kinda hard pressed to not rate this even higher, as there's something about it that just works. We deceive ourselves if we think all sours must be über-funk bombs. This is tart, yes, but eminently approachable, beginning with its wheaty/cerealish nose, accompanied by some tart, acidic, perhaps citric notes, and just a light hint of raspberry. Palate is equally restrained with the berry influence, but again it works really well, keeping the beer light, drinkable (actually downright crushable), and free to expose its other features, that light wheat malt, the lovely acidity, etc. Really a delightful Berliner -- one that is sure to become a go-to sour in m my fridge.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

STYLE Raspberry Berliner Weiss | ABV 4.2% | AVAILABILITY Year-round

Tart, Quenching, Fruity, Subtle

Raspberry jam, mild tartness, and mild cellar funk introduce themselves in the nose. From start to finish, this is a beer with mild tartness and an even raspberry flavor. A little slick and thin with a decent amount of crispness, it’s earthy, musty and peppery with dry cracker-like maltiness, some faint yeast character, and more tartness in the finish. On the lighter side for a tart brew, which only makes it that much more drinkable for me. Very sessionable without a massive puckering character, this is Funkwerks putting magic in a bottle.

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.50 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.25

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #105 (OCT 2015)

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Photo of lewk556
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Berliners so I was really excited to give this one a try. Unfortunately it comes across as a little watery and neither the fruit nor the sour really give you the kick you would like.

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Photo of denver10
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish pink with an off white head that quickly escapes. Flavor offers raspberries, wheat, and a little lacto giving off some tartness. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, thin, active mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer but it does not do much for me, personally. For those who enjoy a a good raspberry beer, though, this should be up your alley.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Berliner weissbeer. Nice raspberry color with a tart raspberry nose. Tasted of clean raspberry with a smooth transition into sour and tart finish. Could drink tons of this.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Light pinkish color, fizzy small head, sour smell with raspberries. Taste was a mellow slight tartness with some lemon. Easy drinking and a great sour. Cheers!

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Photo of angelmonster
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright pink body, head is 2/3rd of an inch and has a white head with a pinkish hue. Head retention and lacing were outstanding, this was one of the most attractive looking beers I can remember.

Smell is of raspberries and tart lemon. Reminds me of a Lemon berry slushy from Sonic. Tart yeast is also present. Malt. alcohol and hops aren't detected.

Taste is of sweet. slightly tart raspberries and sour yeast. Light sweet malt is also present. Hops and alcohol aren't there. This beer is all about the fruit.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. Carbonation levels were high and head retention added some nice froth to the body. Beer ends with a slight puckering finish.

Overall this was a very good light bodied, fruit sour ale. No artificial flavors, syrupy bodies you find in some fruit beers. Visually, one of the best beers i've seen, looking forward to buying more.

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Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuzzy looking pink guava juice coloration. Really heavy carbonation coming from the bottle, loads of white foam. It takes patience to let the foam settle.

Powdery crisp nose, with some cereal grains, lemon pith and lactic acid. The raspberry comes out more and more as the temperature warms.

Fresh raspberry, lactic sourness, a touch of cereal grains, coriander and lemon juice. On a sour scale this rates a 3/10. Very crisp, slightly tart and has some saison aspects to it.

Nice light body rounded out with the yeast. Over carbonated, I really needed to create some action in the glass to get the bubbles out so the foaming wouldn't interfere with the taste.

A nice fresh use of raspberry though to appreciate the fruit more the temperature of the beer needs to be fairly high. I take this one to be more of a crisp saison, with light sourness and good use of fruit. If you are expecting a big sour beer you will be disappointed.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a beautiful cloudy red body with a one finger pink head that quickly receded to a white ring leaving no lacing. Quite nice looking. Scents of raspberries, bright citrus and other red berries, a bit of a sour, acidic aroma, more lactic than yeast sourness. Overall impression is of a brightly fruity aroma with some pleasant lactic sourness underlying it. Very much a fruity Berliner Weisse aroma. Flavor begins with strong notes of sour raspberries and other red berries and a bit of sour lactic acid. This moves into a more sour middle, with the main flavors at the beginning still evident. Finish is moderate-high in sourness with notes of sour raspberries, lactic acid and sour red berries. Aftertaste is sour lactic acid, raspberries and a hint of grainy malt. Overall impression is of a very fruity beer with moderate-high sourness, very much fitting into a Berliner Weisse mold, though a bit more fruity than other fruity examples of the style. Mouthfeel is light bodied, effervescent, with high carbonation and a crisp, puckering, watery feel. Overall impression is of a light, refreshing, puckering mouthfeel that is very refreshing. Overall this is a nice Summer beer. It is light, fruity and refreshing, with a pleasant sourness, that while. It the best Berliner Weisse, is still quite nice. Its relatively high price point is it's only real drawback, otherwise it is a solid beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%

for a berliner weiss, not that sour at all, more sweet with plenty of raspberry, both in the nose and tongue. Body amazingly light and super-drinkable, like a great thirst-quencher brew for a super summer day.

Light and airy with great raspberry finish. Massively delicious. Definitely a must-try for berliner or fruit beer fans. I can see this one being real popular with the ladies.

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Photo of rhynosorus
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Being full of raspberries, this beer has a dark pink/red hue and is cloudy. Mildly creamy head with low retention.

Smell - A deep raspberry smell is complimented by the slightly sour smell of brett. An initial yeasty fragrance wears off with the head.

Taste - The taste is much more mild than expected from the smell. Doesn't make the face pucker or jaw tingle like lacto sours and seems to be even more mild than many brett sours. Also, the raspberry taste is not as bold as the smell would imply. Not much funkiness either. While the flavors of fruit and sour are well balanced, they are slightly too subtle, leaving a flat taste at the middle and end of each sip. This beer could benefit from more boldness in each of these flavors.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation balance. Light, smooth, and airy as it travels around the mouth.

Overall - The appearance and mouthfeel are enjoyable. The smell yields decent expectations for the taste, which while well balanced, lacks boldness and leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ablackshear for this extra!

750ml bottle sealed with "FW" logo pressure cap.

bottled on 2014.04.03

poured into HF Wine Stem

Appearance: this beer looks like a slightly dark color than what pink lemonade looks like. Thin and whispy white head. Drops down to a thin ring.

Smell: This beer smells fantastic. Juicy fresh raspberries and raspberry seeds. Also getting a hint of strawberries too. Very fruit forward. Not much else in the nose.

Taste: The taste is a bit of a let down. If the beer tastes like it smell it would be fantastic. Fruit forward beer that is almost, but not quite tart. It is very close to drinking liquified raspberries. With hints of strawberries and watermelon. As the beer warms you get just the slighest bit of cheesy funk. Not overly complex and does not have big flavors.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with very low carbonation. Feels a bit watery and thin. Extremely drinkable; probably the most crushable 750ml bottle of Wild Ale that I have tried, to be completely honest.

Overall: Provincial is a better beer than Raspberry Provincial. This beer needs more flavor and better mouthfeel that is similiar to Provincial. It is a pretty good option for a session beer on a hot day. Raspberry Provincial is label as a Wild ale and it would be an extremely great beer to introduce someone to a fruit beer or wild ales without it really being sour(if that makes any sense at all...).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at hops and pie. they always have the latest and greatest there... this is the fruited version of the great provincial, which is one of my favorite funkwerks brews. this one has a pink tint, still hazy, with a short and short lived white head. pale washed out color. the nose is fruity but not sweet, not as dynamic as i expected, the berries are in the background. i also get much less tartness than i did from the original, which was the feature that made it for me. this one isnt sweet in taste, but its sweeter, and the tartness and cleanness are lost a bit. the fruit adds a layer of flavor, and a different kind of mouth watering appeal, but the quick dry finish is also missing. the berries are summery, i think its a good time of year for this release. i wish the berries accentuated the tartness better, a la atrial rubicite from jester king, the best example of that on the market. instead they sort of muddle a very light and already complex enough beer. enjoyable but inferior to the original in my opinion. still, light and easy drinking, if bottles are fairly priced i will likely pick a few up.

edit: this is far superior in the bottle, bumping ratings way up based on that. so much more tart, acidic, dry, and fruit forward. authentic as heck, as good as i remember provincial being now, much more satisfied than the draft version. mouth watering from top to bottom, all day drinkable, and a beer i desperately need to fill a fridge full of. awesome. can't believe the draft was so underwhelming. bottles kick butt!

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Raspberry Provincial from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 350 ratings