Hopfentea
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #441
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,429
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.92%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
344
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Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  12
Gots
  45
SCORE
88
Very Good
HopfenteaHopfentea
Notes: A wave of tropical fruit and spice brighten this lively, tart wheat ale, taking the German Berliner Weisse tradition on an island run. Hopfentea, steeped on a house-made tea blend of mango, papaya, hibiscus & lemongrass, pairs well with light appetizers, salads and high humidity.
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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

A: Pours a very lightly hazy pale golden orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale golden yellow + bright yellow + bright orange + amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense fizzy sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of tropical/papaya + tropical/mango + tropical/guava along with light aromas of floral/hibiscus. Moderate aromas of slightly soured wheat malts with light to moderate aromas of lactic lemon citrus. Hints of tea aromas and light amount of tartness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly soured wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness and a light to moderate amount of lactic lemon citrus. That is followed by hints of tea. Finally here are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/papaya + tropical/mango + tropical/guava along with light flavors of floral/hibiscus. Light to moderate amounts of lingering tartness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enough acidity to make this one refreshing. Perfect beer to enjoy on a warm summer evening with really pleasant tropical fruit flavors + aromas. Very interesting with the very light presence of tea.

Jul 19, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy tan/orange - not much of a head - what appears, quickly dissipates and it pretty much goes flat. Smells of tart tropical fruit and slight vinegar. Tastes of green apple and pear (on the super green and bitter side). Couldn't make out much tea or herbal notes. Some vinegar. Quite sour for a berliner-weisse - way beyond. Feels pretty thin but close to a medium body. Overall an ok beer. Doesn't hit the marks for a BW or something claiming to have tea in it. Really sour like a belgian blonde sour. Wouldn't buy again (got this on for 70% off).

Jun 02, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours relatively clear and the color of pink lemonade; the head is rather modest, leaving spots of lace

Smell: Hibiscus and guava tones, with a lactic lemon hug

Taste: Lactic lemony sour tones embrace the tropical combination of hibiscus and guava; the tea-like character lingers into the finish, which is also rather dry

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Though this beer would have benefited from more carbonation, the flavors here are unusual and enjoyable

Thanks, Gregwilsonstl, for the opportunity

Jul 27, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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

A - Dark red core, hazy, with a thin off white head, and thin line lacing.

S - Strong lactic nose, with an underlying fruit core, indistinct but present.

T - Follows nose, with sour out front and central, fruit notes and a mild bitterness suggesting over-steeped tea.

M - Moderate body, puckering hit and a scrubbing close.

O - Very bright and tasty, with solid fruit, and good feel. Delicious.

May 02, 2018
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the_benskii from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with small lacing that disappears completely in a goblet. Looks guava pink and smells juicy with guava and tea notes. Tastes pretty sweet with mango, guava, with a slight tart but almost seems like a carbonated fruit juice. Very drinkable with low carbonation and would work well with non-beer lovers.

Apr 27, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'A wave of tropical fruit and spice brighten this lively, tart wheat ale, taking the German Berliner Weisse tradition on an island run. Hopfrenta pairs well with light appetizers, fish, and high humidity.' (Bottle Notes)

Poured from a 750ml bottle into glass. Bottling date of 07.05.17.
Hazy golden amber body, with settled ring, no lacing.
Tropical fruit and lemon aroma.
Taste is tart and dry. Fruit and tea combine to scrape the teeth, carbonation propels the process.
A very good tart wheat ale, very refreshing. Better suited for the hot, humid summer weather.

Oct 08, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw appearance with some head and carbonation. Aroma is extremely mild fruity. Taste is a sharp citrus that will wake up your taste buds. Taste is the strongest plus for this beer

Apr 27, 2017
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Beers-es from Virginia

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

Pours a hazy yellow with fizzy carbonation. Smell is deliciously fruity, with lots of lemon and passionfruit. Sour candy and some funk. Taste follows, tart but with delicious fruity hops. Feel is a little aggressive on the carb, but it works. Good beer.

Feb 06, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy yellow with a fast dissipating head
S: Papaya, tart smell, melon, sour candy, sparkly, a slight funky yeasty smell
T: A nice blend of wheat with the tartness of the yeast and funk, fruity and funky
F: A changing body that starts off medium in body, gets quite carbonated, and then goes down smooth, weird but enjoyable
O: A quality beer that is best tried fresh. A nice blend of fruit, funk, and wheat makes this a winner

Oct 18, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

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

A huge dose of grainy wheat is the initial impression on the nose. Before the musty introduction has any room to settle, it's quickly followed by tropical notes of guava and passion fruit, with hints of well-rounded yogurt from the lactic acid. Faint hints of jasmine joined by a subtle hibiscus-like floral presence comprise some of the more tertiary characteristics of this brew.

Maybe it's because I haven't had any new world sours in a while, but the first few sips left me absolutely puckering. The main story is bright lactic acid tartness well-rounded by a grainy biscuit-like wheat backbone. The secondary characteristics match the nose pretty admirably; zesty citrus, guava, and some well-subdued funk. There's a slight oxidized/astringent sensation toward the back, like the kind you encounter when chewing on a dried tea leaf. Finishes dry.

Medium-light bodied with lively, prickly carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Whereas I had thought that the kind of stuffy somewhat viscous aftertaste you get with most flavored teas would hamper the overall drinking experience, it actually blended quite well to provide some substance to what could otherwise be an (even) light(er) spritzy(er) brew.

Oct 17, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of creamy yogurt are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sour wheat with notes of tea and hints of tropical fruits.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an interesting take on a Berliner Weissbier, as the tea and tropical fruit lend complexity.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 25, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a fizzy, one finger white head that disappears almost immediately and leaves behind no lacing.

Smell is strong lemon, salt, orange and lime. Taste is similar, but much more tart than the smell suggests.

Feel is light and crisp, also slightly undercarbonated with a very dry finish.

Overall this beer is very good. Fruity, tart and delicious. Super refreshing.

Aug 10, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large bottle, this brew has a cloudy gold color and highly carbonated. The head is tall, pillowy, and brilliantly white. Tart and fruity. I get apricot, peach, lemon, and grapefruit. The finish is dry and flavorful. Medium in body and enjoyable.

Jun 25, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop& Vine.

A mildly hazy amber with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring rapidly, this looks decent. The nose is a muddled blend of wheat and botanicals, a mild yogurt like tartness and some tea. Mildly floral, there's some fruit present as well. The palate is rather utterly lacing in definition and focus, which is all the more apparent when compared to the Right Proper Berliner weiss that preceded it. Mildly tart, mildly grainy, a little hoppy fruitiness and some tea, a blend of jasmine and rose hips. These flavors are great but the lack of structure really hurts. Drying, mildly tart on the finish with a moderate carbonation and some tea flavors, this is decent.

May 30, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

People know this is a berliner right? For a style built on bread and lemon that is neither tart or really sour, I thought this beer added a great twist with the fruit tea elements. Brought some brightness to the style, and the taste is way more complex and satisfying. One of the best berliner weissbiers I have had in awhile

Dec 12, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled 04/2015.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Fruity aroma with some lactic acid twang.

T- Somewhat tart with plenty of the tea quality coming through. Mild stone fruit. Kind of limp and watery.

M- Dry and acidic with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Wish I could have had this fresher. It's decent but not really exciting.

Nov 29, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

STYLE Berliner Weissbier | ABV 4.2% | AVAILABILITY Rotating

Tart, Crisp, Dry, Fruity

Hopfentea is puckering to start, but then the tastebuds warm up and welcome each following sip. Suggestions of rosehips, lemon juice, pomelos, white tea and a faint breadiness. The tartness eventually fades, and the finish is quite clean. It’s a fun twist on the style that nonetheless stays well within its borders. No need for syrups here as this one is perfectly fine on its own. Once again, Perennial never ceases to amaze me.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #104 (SEP 2015)

Sep 15, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes:

Draught at Backcountry Pizza & Tap.

Bright, reddish orange. Smells of passion fruit, a squirt of lemon and tea leaves. Has a tart and fruity taste that is best described as "bright". Herbal in the finish with a hint of tea leaves. Loving this one!

Sep 12, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with just the lightest dab of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with limited retention. Decent for the style.

Smell: lightly tart with just a dab of sweetness. A nice example of the style.

Taste: quite tart right up front with a nice fruity, lemony character. Funk level is low and it's quite well balanced. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and not too bad a creaminess.

Overall: a highly refreshing and drinkable beer. I could see quaffing a lot of this.

Sep 11, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

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

Initial pour was a very clear straw color with loads of carbonation. It had a very nice tropical and tart nose. The body was light, crisp and refreshing with some juiciness. It is slightly over carbonated though. Nice collaboration beer with a fantastic restaurant and bar, Hopleaf.

Sep 09, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a hazed apricot orange color. Great frothy white head with great retention
(S)- Some nice green tea and hibiscus meets lightly tart wheat and biscuit aromas
(T)- Light zesty citrus fruits meets lightly tart biscuit-like wheat
(M)- A VERY high carbonation level. Light, crisp, and refreshing with good fruits
(O)- A nice take on a berliner. Good light fruits and tartness, just tone down the carbonation on this and it would significantly improve for my tastes

Sep 07, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a darker variation of hay with a generous crown of white head.

Smell - The nose of dominated by musty wheat. There is not much fruit.

Taste - There is a definite presence of guava. In true Berliner fashion, the wheat is musty with a slight floral presence. The aftertaste is dry with a twinge of sour guava.

Carbonation - The carbonation is generously appropriate for the style.

Overall - I like the take on the style. The tropical fruit adds something.

Aug 23, 2015
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

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

Bottled on 5/2014. Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: light lactic sourness.

Appearance: a huge, gushing white head, with large bubbles. As carbonated as a hot Coke. Much darker than expected for a Berliner Weisse.

Flavor: lactic sourness leads the flavor, which fades into a very light bread and then a mineraliness - chalk?
No noticeable tropical or spice flavors as referenced on the beer's label. Finishes very clean and dry with no off flavors. No Brett flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall: Enjoyable but not great. Tartness is the only flavor component. Very 1 dimensional.

Aug 16, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at DeCicco's in Armonk, New York. Never had a bad Perennial beer, including this one, although Hofentea is nothing spectacular. The tea flavor is very restrained and barely comes through.

Jul 21, 2015
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Hopped_head from California

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and refreshing. The only drawback for me was that it just felt a bit light, but at 4.2%abv, what can you expect.
I would definitely recommend this beer to any fan of sour or Berliner Weisse beers

Jul 09, 2015
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