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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
OMG! It's JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have "Blabaer Fever," then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer- it's going to make you shout, "Oh, Baby!" This is dedicated to AVSB, A&F YFFL-EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
1.45/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Not something I expected at all. Very sour and I am not a fan of sours. But I thought the blueberry taste would make it a sweeter more palatable beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours pinkish purplish red, hazy, with a on finger pink fluffy and spritzy head. Aroma of, good lord what the hell is this? Straight vinegar and maybe some nail polish remover. Really awful honestly. Flavor is some blueberry up front, sourness, very light flavor and rather watered down, finishes with some metallic blueberry skin. Lingering wheaty sourness on the palate. Meh. Extremely light bodied with very high carbonation. This has no redeeming qualities. Drainpour city.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%

Pour is a dark copper with a ruby hue and a lot of off white head. Nose is fleshy and meaty blueberry followed by a dirty malt, a lot of sugars, and a hint of lime. Taste is hot, fake meaty blueberry, dirty malts and grain, a hint of acetic acid, moderate acidity, and sugary finish. Body is messy, medium body, prickly finish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a wine glass, from two days ago.

A: Pours a totes magoats reddish pink color. A fizzy white-colored head starts off at a finger high, but its fizzy looking and retains poorly. No lacing is left behind. It's not as totes magoats as my pink Escalade daddy got me, either. =(

S: OMGGG!1 This is so totally acidic, with faint hints of blueberry. I want to say it's lemony, appley, and vinous as well. There's a bit of that acid stank, but it's hardly offensive.

T: Uh, lyke, where's the fLaVoR?!?! >___< It's vaguely sour to start and vaguely lemony on the finish. I don't think I even pick up much blueberry. This is more shallow than one of Justin Bieber's songs! I STILL <3 U BABY MARRY ME!!!

M: Oh wow, it's even thinner than me in feel, and I throw up at least twice a day to keep my size 0 figure! It feels like fizzy, fruit-flavored water. I bet none of you bitchez could chug this as fast I can!!!

O: I totes paid $13 for a bottle of carbonated blueberry water. =( oh well, at least it has Justin Bieber on it...wait, that's not Justin Bieber on the bottle? WHAT. THE. FUUUCK. *dies*

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a cloudy dark orange pink color with a good head and light lacing.

Smell – Bitter lemon, sour funkiness but no blueberries.

Taste – A sour cidery/white wine taste; I don’t really notice any blueberry flavor.

Mouthfeel – Tart, nicely carbonated, with a mild sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A sour cidery beer without much blueberry flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, blueberries, wheat and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong bite of sourness followed by flavors of blueberries and esters. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect and there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better blueberry sour beers than this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle crafted at Westbrook Brewing in SC.
Pours slightly hazy, with just a suggestion of blue in the whit cap. Lots of visible carbonation for several minutes.
Aroma: some sweet caramel and blueberry mix with unattractive funk.
Flavor: moderately high tartness; lightly funky; mildly fruity with less prominent blueberry than hoped for.

Medium-light body with crisp, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: a bold, lightly funky version of the style.

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

This "malt beverage with blueberries added" poured a hazy grapefruit beneath a thin head that disapperaed quickly. Some pleasant tartness and lively carbonation overpowered any kind of blueberry flavor, though some came through on the nose.

At 4.5%, it is quaffable, balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of Amalak
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a redish, orange color with a pinkish hue (looks like Iced Tea). It has a small white bubbly head with limited lacing. Opaque

S. Very mild malt and metallic scent.

T/M. It tastes like a lambic iced tea. It is quite carbonated and zesty, leaves a tingle on the tongue. Orange and grape with a hint of lemon. A good deal tart.

O. It's basically a beer version of grapefruit juice. I'ts descent, but you really have to be in the mood for it.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I once had Blabaer fever, and this beer cured my ails. Meaning, I no longer have any interest in tracking this one down after having it. It pours a hazy orange and is full of quickly disappearing foam. There's some blueberry-ish sentiment that settles and floats at the bottom, which trust me...doesn't make much scientific sense to me either. The nose is pretty flat in my opinion...some lemon acidity and a touch of that berliner wiesse. It's pretty tart and sour up front, with just a touch of those blueberries present on the medium part of the swallow...and they disappear quickly. I really wish there was just a bit more of that fruit component in the flavor. The beer finishes with a dry biscuit and puckery end. Mouthfeel, it's nicely carbonated and light. I guess I just expected a bit more in terms of blueberry. It's a pleasant beer and not too funky or lactic, but nothing outstanding either.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy with a slight pink tinge. Medium white collar.

Smell - Doesn't smell like much. Some lemony acidity.

Taste - Grainy and sour. Lemony. Faint berry fruit in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I don't get much blueberry but it's a tasty berliner.

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Photo of dowen17
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pinkish yellow hue. Big head quickly recedes to a ring around the glass.

On the nose is funky tart blueberries. Some barnyard yeast funk as well.

Taste is tart blueberries. Barnyard yeast. A bit sour on the finish. Comes and goes without much going on.

Good carbonation. Light bodied but not watery.

Decent beer. Would drink again but don't know if it's worth buying.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beatiful, hazy, raspberry-magenta. Head is white and one finger. Head retention and lacing were below average.

Smell is dominated by tart berries and sour green apples. No hops or alcohol are detected. Aromas are pretty one note, fruity and sour.

Taste seems more like sour raspberries than blueberries. Beer is very acidic along with flavors of granny smith apples. Straw malts are very light, hops and alcohol are non existent.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent and light. Carbonation is that closer to a champagne than beer. Wish carbonation contributed more to the body.

Overall this beer was above average but pretty one note. Very puckering with nothing to balance the flavors at all. Not the best sour beer I've had.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

High expectations for this one given both the brewery and recent hype. Currently has a 91 rating. 4.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with vaguely homoerotic label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $13.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "A collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing, Westbrook Brewing Co, & The Charleston Beer Exchange." Produced/bottled at Westbrook.

Served cold - straight from the refrigerator - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide white colour head with pink hues. Fizzy, effervescent, and thin. No creaminess or frothiness. Retention is quite poor considering how low the ABV is; it retains maybe 1 minute. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a dull orange-pink. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's not great for the style. A weak appearance.

Sm: Light tartness and sourness. Sourness is clean, not spontaneous - suggesting lactobacillus yeast only is the cause. Wheat. Berry fruit, with prominent (but not dominant per se) blueberries. Berry fruitskin. Blueberry comes through mainly on the backend. Not real complex, subtle, or evocative, and the fruity notes don't come off very natural; fruit extract could easily have been used based on the aroma alone. This artificial quality has me suspicious. No alcohol or floral hop character is detectable.

A decent aroma of average strength. So far, this is far from unique or special.

T: A bland wheat body comprises the entirety of the weak foundation. Empty and bland up front as well as in the early second act. From the midpoint to the climax, a burst of berry notes (including dominant blueberry) emerges. It dies shortly after the climax and the finish is as bland and boring as the open. Very one-note and painfully simple, with little sourness (what little there is is all lacto) and tartness. This is what the hype is about? Really? Decent balance, but zero complexity. Maybe some slight subtlety.

Certainly an inspired brew, but it's far from great. Low depth and intensity of flavour. Below average flavour duration. I really don't understand why this has such a great reputation; I mean it's very pleasant and approachable and the blueberry character is nice, but it's far from mindblowing. I will say the berry notes are lovely, and they do get better as it warms, but berries are used far better in other beers.

No hop character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak. Thin. Near perfect carbonation. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Refreshing and enjoyable. Good body.

Dr: It's obscenely drinkable, sure. And it's a damn fine summer beer if drinkability is your only standard. But there's so much more you can do - you should do - in a great berliner weiss. Bear Republic Tartare this is not. I like this, but the hype is unjustified. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up again, and I sure wouldn't pay this price for it again. I could drink it by the 5 litre keg, but drinkability does not alone equate to quality. I like the concept, but this can be improved upon a great deal - starting with more tartness and sourness. Hides its ABV well. A decent introductory beer to sours.

High B-

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hmm . . . weird but it tastes like the bottles looks. Worst bottle label ever. Well, I take my first statement back. The beer isn't as bad as the label.

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Photo of mindspin315
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yes, I've finally ticked Blåbær, Justin Blåbær that is!

Pours out a solid, few fingers worth of head. Pale ruby red (sounds contradicting) body. Medium hue. Couple floaties chillin'.

Light effervescence. Slight fruit tartness. The fruit aroma is not very blueberry like though...doing this blind I would say it smells like a raspberry berliner. I'm not picking up much blueberry at all...in fact I could name a few other fruits over any trace of blueberry.

Sweet upfront...not cloying or sticky. Red berry jam throughout, but not as sweet. Dries out ever so slightly in the finish with a light cherry pit flavor remaining. Mild to light carb...is def very drinkable, but feels almost like a watered down Framboise.

If they brewed this with a lot of blueberries it is not very detectable. Maybe ever so slightly in the middle of the mouthfeel/taste...but it's so subtle. This is just not a very impressive berliner. It's not bad by any means, but it's a pedestrian berliner. Was hoping for a better take on the style, especially with all the hype surrounding this beer. It's a bit of a let down too because Westbrook killed it with their Weisse Weisse Baby. If you're going to poke fun at one of the most highly sought after sours you might want to have a little bit more game.


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Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AtlCarl, a man who schlepps beer around the country for me, for this one. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Before the pour, one must admire the artwork on the label, which I'll admit made me smirk. The pour is a cloudy hybrid of peach & pink, with a lively amount of carbonation. Nose is weaker than expected, I have to inhale several units of oxygen to detect a vague fruitiness &, maybe, wheat. Not much coming on.

Justin Blaeber is as bright & bouncy as its namesake. The weiss is on top, a nice shiny, tartness driving the beer. The blueberries aren't overt, but hang around the middle, & they're muted by the tart bite. Fizzy & light on the tongue, & it's disappearing at a rapid rate from my glass.

I would have liked a bit more on the blueberry end; as is, this is a pretty standard berliner with a touch of berry added. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Ant4711
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very very very funny, definitely not bad, just watery and not too much blueberry taste as I hoped for...

Bottle says:

OMG! It's JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have "Blabaer fever," then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer -- it's going to make you shout, "Oh, Baby!" This is dedicated to AVSB. A&F YFFL - EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC

A collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing, Westbrook Brewing Co, & The Charleston Beer Exchange.

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Photo of 57md
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is reminiscent of pink grapefruit. There was no head at all. The nose was slightly tart, but little else. The flavor was distinctly that of blueberries. It was pleasantly tart and easily drinkable – perfect for a muggy and hot summer day.

There was no hint of malt or hop flavors, so this may appeal to people who do not like beer.

However, as someone who actually likes beer, this was an interesting diversion but not anything that I would consider to be a serious beer offering.
Maybe I’ll have it again at a Sunday brunch. Outside of that, I’ll stick with something heartier.

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

A: This poured a nearly opaque pinkish gold (like a pink grapefruit), with lots of fizzy white head.
S: It smelled like wet cardboard and copper hops and vinegar and funky sour yeast.
T: It tasted like white wine vinegar and metallic hops, with some sour yeast and a little unripe apricot. It had a crisp tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was an ok berliner weisse, but no blueberry was noticeable. It was more like a subpar gueuze, with an uninteresting scent and taste and body. The finish was a bit harsh too, so must be sipped. Age may help, but this was really not worth buying in the first place.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Panny for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange-red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, blueberry, and other fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with only slightly sour blueberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the blueberry presence is fairly subdued all around.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to cistercian12 for sending this! Much appreciated. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Hazy reddish and purplish copper, with a thin white head and good visible carbonation.

S: Light lactic tartness, lemony and citric, and maybe a touch of berry aroma.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly - I get no real blueberry flavor to speak of. Moderate citric and lactic tartness and acidity, and these last into the hang. Some light crystal and wheat malts, and some ill-defined fruitiness. Note - some blueberry flavor tries to develop as it warms. I let the last few sips get essentially to room temperature, though, and and it never really stood out.

M: Light body, average carbonation sensation for the style, and very low alcohol presence.

O: It's not that it's offensive or anything. But this doesn't even approach some of the truly good Berliners or sours around. I'm feeling let down by this one. Not tart enough, nor enough fruit.

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Photo of QuentinCall
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel as though it is more than appropriate that Evil Twin's Justin Blåbær elicits the same sort of affecting, charming, fraught, aggressive and occasionally wonderfully dumbfounded impressions that I imagine could also very well be evoked by the dating of Selena Gomez.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Peach colored with no head.

Aromas of blueberry and peach and flavors of blueberry and peach as well, maybe being on the sour end of the spectrum alters the blueberry, but at times the unintended peach flavor seems to dominate the blueberry.

A little tangy but a very smooth, wine-like texture.

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Photo of SFC21
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice rose gold/grapefruit color. No head retention whatsoever.

S- Faint lemon and hay. Aroma doesn't jump out.

T - Overripe blueberries, lemon, wheat, light tartness. Very drinkable.

M- Nice and light, refreshing.

O - Solid Berliner but not mind blowing. Certainly worth trying and I appreciate that the blueberry flavor, while light, is not artificial tasting like many blueberry beers.

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