Justin Blåbær
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #372
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,090
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
1,029
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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88
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 1,029
Photo of macrosmatic
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 dogfishandi
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip.

A bit of a gusher. Pours out a hazy orange, almost pink color. Definatly looks like the color probably started light yellowish and was influenced by the blueberries. Big 2 fingers of soapy, fizzy white head quickly receeds to nothing. Lots of streaming carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is big lactic sourness with maybe a slight hint of a tart blueberry. As it warms you get a bit of funk and a lot more blueberry and maybe other berry like aromas. A hint of bread.

A nice taste, big sour, tart up front and then this very bready lactic yeastiness comes in. Breadiness lingers into the finish. Hard to find much blueberry flavor. Tart lemon citrus from the sour.

Not insanely sour, but packs a nice punch that will stick around in your palate. Somewhat refreshing and easy to drink. High carbonation. Light body.

I haven't had too many Berliners to say if this is to style or not but I enjoyed it. Didn't get much blueberry but has a nice lactic feel and sourness. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy, fairly vibrant raspberry-purple. The blueberries definitely imparted some blue into the color. Medium to large head forms and goes down to a thin film after a moment or two. There is just a little bit of lacing

S- Starts with the smallest bit of tart scent. Bits of blueberry are thrown in there, along with a tiny bit of lemon/citrus flavor. Overall impression towards the end is fresh bread dough...and I'm not sure why.

T- Starts with more than just a mild pang of fruity tartness. The tart flavor is very much that of a Berliner, with a touch of blueberry mixed in. Tart flavor is prominent throughout, moving more towards some tart blueberry flavor at the end. Slight lingering sour flavor with some grainy blueberry flavor mixed in after the drink ends.

M- Very highly carbonated and rather light across the tongue. Tart/sour flavor makes it a slower drink. Level of sour flavor is less refreshing like a Berliner, and more puckering like a wild or lambic.

Overall, a very good, fruited version of a Berliner. This one is somewhere in between a Berliner and a fruited lambic as far as flavor and tartness goes. It's worth a try, even if a little expensive for what you're getting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hard to believe i waited so long to try this, what a great blueberry sour. pink and cloudy in color without much head, true to limbic in looks. the nose is really lactic and tart, more acid than berries over a wheat malt base. it seems vinegary from the nose, and the flavor follows that, sour all the way into my jaw, i really love the flavor. the blueberries come out a lot more in the finish than at first, even after the swallow, and they blend well with a biscuity cookie malt finish. sour as they come, this is a puckery beer to say the least. i would like a little more blueberry through the beer, but i understand most of their flavor is sugars that are fermented out in the brew. brightly carbonated this beer really pops. maybe too acidic to drink a lot of, but splitting a bomber with a friend is a good dose. cool beer from evil twin with a great comical label.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy pink to purple hued beer with a light pink to purple colored head of rocky textured foam.

S: An assertive vinegary punch to the nose with a faint hint of fruit.

T: A medium acidic tartness with almost no sweetness making for a fairly tart beer. There is a moderate berry flavor but nothing distinctive. The finish is of dry with a quick fruit aftertaste and a lingering sourness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: An unbalance sour with a decent amount of berry flavors. I enjoy the assertive tartness even it gets a bit out hand.

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/pink color. 1/3 inch head of an slightly pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of fruits, floral, hint of tartness, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, and some astringency. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is tart, dry, sharp, and crisp. There is an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, slight sweet malt, sour notes, hint of hop, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, very good beer. Good appearance, aroma, body, and complexity.

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Photo of justinmartz
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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 CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy blueish red with a foamy slightly reddish white head. Head fleets to the sides leaving some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very tart aroma with a hefty vinegar character. Blueberry certainly comes through adding some sweetness. Real nice funky aspect to this that lets you know its going to be sour. Bit of an oaky note to it as well.

T: What a flavor on this one. Starts off with a real sour and tart profile. Soon the wheat begins to form its flavor and overtakes the sour. Blueberry rounds out the backend very well lingering far into the aftertaste.

M: Puckering mouthfeel with a very crisp finish. Light to medium body with pretty good carbonation. A bit dry from the tartness.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer with a real nice wheat base to it. Blueberry is authentic and doesnt come across to fake or sweet.

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Photo of QuentinCall
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating to be found anywhere on the bottle or label. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice glass with a thin, wine glass-like bowl sitting atop a sturdy stem and base, like a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby pink hue with magenta undertones and a cloudy density that obscures light. The very edges reveal a lighter, lavender colored shade. Head fizzes up to about a half finger of powder white microbubbles, very much like sparkling wine carbonation. Dissipates almost immediately , but leaves a rim of foam around the edge, as well as a moderate film across the surface.

Smell - Tart, lemon notes, and wheaty biscuit with underlying notes of sourdough. The blueberry is present, but surprisingly the grain comes through more along with that lactic sour essence. The blueberry is an accent, an overtone that lends a complexity to the otherwise very straightforward berliner weissebier. Although, I suppose blueberries aren't the most aromatic berries, so perhaps that makes a difference.

Taste - Wonderful mouth-puckering tartness right up front, which then gains depth with a faintly rich (contradictory sounding, I know) fruitiness from the blueberries. Blackberry, lemon juice, blueberry vinaigrette all make appearances along with the sour wheat base. Lingering acidity and dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied and light, but prickly carbonation lending to an effervescent mouthfeel.

Overall, this might be my favorite BW style that has fruit added within the brewing process (rather than as a syrup afterwards). I like the fact that it is fruity, but maintains that tart, biting mouthfeel that wakes up your palate. It's probably also my favorite beer out of the few I've had from Evil Twin.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An impressive head caps the mauve-tinted amber liquid; the lacing slips down the side of the tulip rather quickly

Smell: Grainy bread with lactic lemon and blueberry elements

Taste: The grainy bread flavors underpin, up front; lactic fruit (lemon and blueberry) build through the middle and linger with the bready malts rejoining in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wouldn't know Justin Timberlake from the Back Street Boys (nor do I want to) but this is one enjoyable beer

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at The Beer Store in Southampton, enjoyed chilled in a tulip...shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is a hazed golden with 3 fingers of fluffy yellowish white which collapses to a thin band with fine bead and confetti type lace. The smell is very good a nice sour smell with fruity yeasty aroma with a light funky wild character and slight pie-like tart fruit nose mixed with wheat. The feel is sufficiently sour up front with moderate carbonation and slight funkiness with mild malt adding a sweetness mid palate. The feel finishes mostly dry and vinous.

The flavor has a distinct fruity taste with a lot of wildyeast and lactic tanginess with more fruit tartness coming forward with subtle wheat backing up the bacteria in the flavor with mild fruit skin and low acid in the middle. The lemon and berry cohesive taste is impressive...I find myself going back for additional tastes as there is a mix of sweetness left on the palate after the initial tangy almost sour flavor subsides. This is a great beer and very quenching at the same time I was pleased to have the chance to try this bottle and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys berliner weissbier... a very drinkable, quaffable and satisfyingly great sour wheat.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy fire orange with hints of pinkish hues topped by an inch of fluffy white foam that settles into a sparse blanketing within a minute. The nose has huge bready notes, hints of tart fruit, citrus, and...dog spittle. The taste leaves a more distinct blueberry impression than the nose, but the heavy yeast presence is truly the highlight of this beer. It has a light-medium body that's characterized as being bready, semi-dry, tart, fruity and finishes with a potent funkiness that lingers. I definitely think this beer would be a really tasty berliner w/o the fruit, but the blueberry really takes this beer into a new category of deliciousness. Good price/availability, I will likely get again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy a bit. Nose is very mild on blueberries. Flavor is kind of a sour blueberry thing. The blueberries are definitely dominant, and any berliner weisse character that might otherwise be here is blown out by the fruit. It's always nice to pick up a new berliner weisse. I wouldn't mind one with a bit more punch on it though.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Schen9303 for this one. 22oz bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours like blueberry puree. Thick, cloudy and purple. Light pink colored head with poor retention. No real lace. Nice color.

Nose is lightly sweet and tart blueberry. Wheat and a dank funk linger in the background. Aromatic. Appetizing.

Opens lightly tart. Sweet and tart blueberry. Yeasty and tart in the middle. Finishes blueberry puree. Crisp sweet aftertaste. Simple but very enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down bubbly and foamy. Finishes messy with a filmy, slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable.

There's not a whole lot going on here but its very drinkable and quite enjoyable overall. I could definitely see this as my go to berliner.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Russell!

A: Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color with a thick, fluffy, and frothy white head that slowly faded into a softy and fuzzy collar.
S: Yeast dominates with dry and earthy notes of doughy Belgian yeast followed by tart scents of lemon and juicy blueberries.
T: Blueberry flavor is jam-like and sweet and it mixes well with the doughy yeast to create a blueberry bread type flavor. Lemony citrus is lighty tart and lingering. The finish is sweet and slightly medicinal, and the aftertaste is tart with flavors of white grapefruit, raspberry, and lemon zest.
M: Very ample soft carbonation froths up on my palate over the medium-full body and slick, drying yet lightly greasy mouthfeel.
O: A refreshing and quaffable Berliner with a great dose of blueberry. Not the most dominating blueberry beer out there, but this is quite good.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a small white head of foam. It smelled fruity sweet with lemon-like tartness.. The taste was very sour. Puckering mouthfeel.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Prairie Teku Glass.

Appearance: A large, loose white head shows off how effervescent it is. Head dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lacing. Beer is a cloudy mix between peach and orange/red, it looks like I'd expect a blueberry beer to look.

Smell: Lots of lemon, that classic berliner weisse sour wheat smell comes through too. Maybe just a hint of blueberry.

Taste: Nothing to complain about here. It tastes like a solid berliner weisse. Tart, fruity, with a touch of the sweet wheat malt coming through on the finish. Nothing out of this world, but still fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, like any good berliner weisse. Prickly and effervescent as ever.

Overall: This is a berliner weisse alright, continuing to remind me why it's one of my favorite sour styles. So very refreshing. Thrilled to finally get a chance to try this one, although I have to admit I might be more thrilled to have that amazing label included in my collection.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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 gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Kwak glass.

A- Pours a super cloudy grapefruit colored body with light, light red fizzy head that reduces quite quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

S- Quite perfume-like, sweet berries dominate the nose but not in an overpowering way. Blueberry, raspberry, strawberries, sweet red wine.

T- Starts off tart and lactic, progresses to subtle berries, raspberry and blueberry, finishes with a very nice freshly baked bread, biscuity, malty note. Very complex.

M- Thin yet refreshing, medium carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised with Justin Blabaer. Tasty but not overpowering, the berries were nicely balanced here.

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Photo of mverity
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pinkish color with a ton of bubbly whitish-pink head. No real collar or lacing, but not typical for this style anyway. Taste is a nice refreshing tartness, some blueberry and a touch of lemon and some barnyard funk. High carbonation, and light body. Really great brew!

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Photo of nataku00
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with some blue and purple tints. Three plus fingers of loose pure white head dissipated to a thin collar immediately. Looks pretty well carbonated, many tiny bubbles floating up.

Nose is baked bread wheat, lightly toasty with a biscuit like sweetness, mild lemony lactic tartness, and a generic fruit ester or berry.

Nice sharp lactic acidity hits the tongue, before some blueberry and wheat and biscuit flavors join in. Finishes relatively clean and crisp, with only light wheat and berry flavors lingering.

Light body and pleasantly carbonated. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Dix90
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale pinkish yellow as it pours, finishes as a nice yellow-orange with pink hues and a good bubbly head that dissipates nicely. Near no lacing along the glass.

Aroma: Mostly vinegar in the nose with barnyard funkiness. Notes of fruit are noticeable. Quite pleasant. A good blend of what I was hoping for.

Taste: Fruitiness bold upfront. Blueberries subtly present overshadowed by citrus tartness. Grapefruit is especially noteworthy. Puckering. Very good. Vinegar notes are present as well with a lingering earthiness on the tongue that evens out the sourness.

Mouthfeel: carbonated, bubbly and puckering. Light in the mouth but strikes with the tartness. Very enjoyable.

Overall: despite the poor bottle art (which turned me away from this beer a few times) I finally caved for the try and was very pleasantly surprised. An excellent sour for beginners, has all the complex flavors Berliner Weisses promise but in subtle tones. Would buy again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of fizzy pinkish head that doesn't retain long before quickly popping away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small thick patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient clots of lacing.

S- Effervescent aroma of lactic acid makes my tongue salivate. You can definitely smell the blueberry as it mixes with the lemon/peach notes from the yeast.

T- Not as sour as expected as the malt makes itself surprisingly known. Sure, there's some tartness to it and it complements the fruitiness of the blueberry but the scales don't tip one way or the other too hardcore.

M- Once again, not very puckering at all for a Berliner but still semi-dry. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is the first time I've actually wanted a sour beer to be more sour. The fruit in it is very nice but I feel it could be accented with more lactic acid. Just seems to be lacking character. Easy to drink though and I could see myself knocking back plenty on a hot summer day. One could say it's an entry level sour.

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