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Hopfentea | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Berliner Weisse steeped on a tropical tea blend.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of amano_h
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of CNoj012
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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)

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of W_Des
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Hopped_head
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed amber with a thumb of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, average lacing & head retention

S: Tartness, not much else

T: Tartness, a little raspberry, a little pear, some cherry & a touch of grapefruit up front. Dryness & a little mango as this warms, a touch of peach as warms, plus some pommegranite, serious tartness, some floral notes, probably from the hibiscus. Finishes tart with a little mango

MF: Light body, champagne like carbonation

Nice thirst quencher,

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Photo of Dentist666
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy rose/apricot beer with thin white head, low retention. Smell - champagne-like, bath salts, lemon, grapefruit. Taste is tart, lemon, tea, tropical fruits (more apricot). Prickly carbonation.

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Photo of gibgink
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 oz. pour at CBC Columbia. Pours rose/amber color with slight head. Fruity smells, but no specific fruit comes to mind. Tastes of tropical fruits on the front, with a slight tea bitterness playing with the hops on the back end. Overall, very refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/2015.

Pours a murky light reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, tropical fruit, spice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, lemon juice, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, refreshing and full of flavor.

Let this one warm-up for explosive fruit flavor. Perfect carbonation. A touch of lactic acid makes this a perfectly tart summer berliner weiss. Enjoy!

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Photo of ereineri
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really carbonated as I'd expect. Smells of hibiscus, lemon, and papaya. Taste is heavier than expected in a great way. Tart and tropical. Makes me wish I were on the beach in Hawai'i.

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Photo of GrahamDN
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopfentea looks, smells, and tastes like an Arnold Palmer--there are some other things going on too though.

Pours a hazy orange iced-tea color with a bountiful, fizzy head which recedes fairly quickly. Hits the nose with a sharp lactic smack, surrounded by lemon juice, iced tea, banana. There's more going on there, but it's rather non-descript. Just when I think I've nailed down a whiff of papaya, it goes away--mango? no, not quite--strawberry, maybe. Just maybe.

In the mouth, not only does it taste like iced tea, but even has a lightly astringent tannic grip, like a strongly brewed tea. Again, lemon juice, lactic acid, tropical something-or-other. It's surprising how effervescent this beer isn't given how fizzy it poured from the bottle, but that may be a blessing given the tannins. Both together could be harsh.

I'd probably buy it again, but not often.

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Photo of cvm4
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours a golden amber with a pinkish hue. Eggshell colored fizzy head.

S - Tart, lemon, grainy, salty and light sweet fruits.

T - Pale malts, grainy and sweet ripe fruits. It's so tart and how a berliner should be.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. It has a dry finish. The carbonation is so prickly.

O - Really enjoyable berliner here! So much tartness, grains and tropical fruits.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alcohol Paul brought this over for a NYE celebration. This was the second in our series of beers we wanted to drink. And yes, we took notes so we could review the beers later on. Poured from the bomber into two tulip glasses, because I am not sure if I have ever drank a Berliner Weiss. I had to consult BA as to glassware. I digress....

Appearance - Pours a very clear, golden color with a super soapy, bubbly head of two fingers that vanishes muy rapido. The packaging is alluring, and Perennial is always pushing the envelope, so I am interested. Leaves little lacing.

Smell - Sour, tart, grains, all of the tropical fruits mentioned on the label. Some wheat, kinda smells like walking past a candle store or a store that sprays too many samples of their newest fruity body spray.

Taste - Shockingly tart and sour, these two attributes really override any other aspect of the taste. There is a bit of syrupy flavor in there, but the tart sourness is very strong indeed. I am unsure if all Berliner Weissbiers are like this or Perennial has just made theirs like this. Almost like a wild ale or a sour beer, but not as rude or funky.

Mouthfeel - As carbonated as champagne, very light and bubbly on the palate. Finishes a bit soapy and acidic, but clean for the most part.

Overall - This just is not my style. I may have to try a more traditional Berliner Wiessbier to ensure it just wasn't this particular flavor, but this was too sour and funky for me. I rated it like I did because, according to the description, this is how these beers are supposed to be. Well, if that's the case, I don't like them, but I didn't want my personal view to cloud my reviewing judgement. Drink at your own risk.

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