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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #484
Ranked #24,103
3.87 | pDev: 8.01%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Man, "Bock Me & Bock Yinz! I Almost Forgot That It's New Evil Voodoo Twin Ranger Beer Sunday (Week 745)" is simply outta control, yo! I wildly overamped on today's excursion & I am paying the price as a result. I even went to church today since it was "Music Sunday" & the church is directly across the street. I have no hope in my soul, which still trumps the spooneristic girl taking a bubble bath with soap in her hole. Hopeless. Pheh. Onward!

From the Bottle: "Vegan-style Berliner Weisse Ale with Mango and Pineapple added".

I did a little bit of in-BT agitation before Pop!ping the cap. I saw some lees on the punt & since there were fruit adjuncts involved & clarity was not an issue, I wanted to get them back into suspension. My quick C-Line pour resulted in the formation of a finger of fizzy, foamy, off-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was more tart than sour, but the tropical fruit adjuncts also made themselves known, albeit not in an assertive way. Mouthfeel was thin & watery, kind of a drawback to the style. The taste was quite tart initially, slowly allowing the tropical fruit flavors to assert themselves. I liked the way that the fruitiness cut some of the acidity since that is what usually does me in with my GIRD. Still, I decided that it was prudent to pop a Prilosec pill before delving too deeply into a bomber of what might set me off.

I have a friend whose wife is hardcore vegan while he is vegetarian & I wish that I had a third bottle to share with them to get their input. I was at a Vegetarian/Vegan Fair yesterday & it was as organized as a trailer park in OKC, OK following a tornado! I get that they are enthusiastic about their lifestyle, but enthusiasm only gets you so far. The food was spendy, the layout was haphazard & there was not a map of vendors. Beer fests know MUCH better that that.

Back to the beer. The mango was really taking a backseat to the pineapple, which was fine by me.

Mango seems to be the hot flavor of the moment & while I like mango, it is starting to wear out its welcome. Heck, I used to get up early for stewed mango over grits before they ran out while aboard the USS Crommelin (FFG-37)! Now, mango is seemingly everywhere & in everything. I had a student eating a fresh, raw mango about a month ago & when I asked for a piece, she balked, saying, "Aw, you wouldn't like it, mister. It's mango!" I imparted some of the ways that I had eaten it in the past & she was flabbergasted, passing me a chunk. Mmm.

Now, for the uninitiated, mango is NOT all that sweet. It has its own tartness, which in this case, neither blended nor clashed with the base Berliner Weisse. Instead, it was like a new & different syrup than raspberry or woodruff had been added to the beer. Hmm. Perhaps a little woodruff syrup in this one … ? No matter. This held its own without needing additional adjuncts. Finish was tart & dry, but that is why you drink the style, correct? It is meant to be dry & refreshing without being overpowering in its alcohol content. I was glad to have bought it on clearance, but at MRP, it might not be worth it. YMMV.

Jun 03, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Trillium glass a nice pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice quick/fizzy off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, tart, with some mango/pineapple. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with some nice mango/pineapple, tart. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a dry finish. Overall, a tasty brew, a nice thirst quencher.

Nov 18, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - 'vegan-style'? So they kept all the meat and dairy out of this iteration of a Berliner Weisse?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and pretty fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a few instances of splitting paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of yeasty fermenting white wine must, underripe mango and pineapple, gritty and grainy pale malt, wet wheat crackers, and a minor leafy and floral green hop bitterness. The taste is rather sharply tart lemon, lime, and apple, a lessened mango and pineapple fruitiness, still kind of overwhelmed-seeming grainy and crackery mixed malt notes, more dry white wine acerbity, and a generic musty earthiness that may or may not be hoppy in its origin story.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-tingling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and not particularly smooth, not with the tartness and bubbles bouncing all over the bloody place. It finishes trending dry, the guest fruits kind of washed away in the general tide, as it were.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style, with the mango and pineapple not really providing the same offset as a typical mit Schuss. They do add flavour, however, making this offering a fair bit more interesting that it probably would have been otherwise.

Mar 09, 2017
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy pineapple yellow with a full head of small white bubbles that receded to nothing in under a minute. The aroma is citrus with a vinegar aroma. The flavor is overwhelmingly sour citrus. The beer is crisp enough to be pleasant but too sour for me. Will not purchase again.

Mar 02, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let the era of sour continue with yet again, a Berlinerweiss ale with an adventurous kiss of mango and pineapple for a tropical spin off the classic citrus and cider tang of traditional northern German varietals. Evil Twin's stab at the style is tantalizing to the palate with tropical succulence but pangs away with clean lactic acidity.

Hazy straw and firmly capped, the tangy ale pours with a yeasty bulb and with impressions of light pulp catching the eye. Its bright and tangy scent is remiss of dried pineapple, green apple, mango, lemon, under-ripe apricot and lime. The tandem of tropics and citrus play out on a brief malt base of wheat sugar cookie and vegemite.

As the flavors develop, the ale trends tart, clean and refreshing; drying the palate like dry French cider, chardonnay and citrus juices. Succulent and citrusy with a kiss of the orchard, a taste of peach flavored margaritas come to mind. Lightly musty with waft of sea brine, an earthy cork-like peppery balance supplants hops and rounds the finish.

Bright, tangy and curriously tart, the beer's body levels out into a thin, watery affair and keeps the whistle wet before trending semi-dry and sheepishly sour. Straddling the middle ground of more mild-mannered gose and the bracingly sourness of true Berlinerweise, Evil Twin's fruit-filled take is saved by the sensual fruits and their own lofty reputation.

Nov 25, 2016
Don No from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 22 ratings