Pineapple Kumquat Berliner Weisse
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 8.12%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
87
From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  10
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 87
Photo of soze47
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful straw color and Chrystal clear. Nose has fruit, slight vinegar twang. Taste changes as it warms. The pineapple and citrus notes bloom to challenge the larger sour notes. This is a slippery beer on the palette - very effervescent with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of Slack
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow and somewhat cloudy. Lots of heads and lacing.

Tropical fruit, vinegar, funk, and mild sweetness on the nose.

Sour citrus and pineapple, funk, with a tart finish.

Light and crisp with high carbonation. Finish is dry and lingering.

Very enjoyable and refreshing. Easy to drink. Would recommended this to anyone new to the style who doesn't want to go overboard just yet.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016-01-10
750ml bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Bottle 8/2015.

Some of the sediment made it into my glass due to my pouring. Otherwise, poured crystal clear golden/straw yellow with a big head initially that fades quickly to leave almost no head. Moderate amount of fine, fast carbonation. Smell is tart, fruity (pineapple, mostly), maybe a bit of yeastiness.

Taste is moderate tartness, moderate pineapple with a hint of citrus, some lemoniness, moderate yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Overall, mild but tasty beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle - poured into glass chalice:

Pours lemon-drop yellow with a white head that builds then slowly fades to nothing.

The smell is tart - bread, pineapple, vinegar and a touch of another citric fruit, which I will take as the kumquat. Pineapple enhances without overpowering.

The taste is tart/sour - vinegar and bread. Pineapple (and a little kumquat) in the sweettart finish. Pineapple grows as it progresses.

It is appropriately light-bodied. Carbonation is aggressive.

A pleasantly tart brew with a unique pineapple character. Pineapple enhances it.

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Photo of HopBroker
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one was bad. My first experience with a Pineapple Berliner Weisse was in Barcelona and it was Tropic Sneeze from Brewski (Sweden). Tropic Sneeze tasted like the name, it was awesome. This on the other hand had very little fruit coming through, it was too dry, and gushed a bit when I opened it.
L: straw yellow, very light, looks unfiltered which is nice.
S: Not much. A little bit of spices, tiny bit of pineapple
T: Not exciting whatsoever. Very boring. I want more fruit!
F: Nice, a little overcarbonated. Light.
O: WIll not buy again and would recommend other beers over this one.

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Photo of farrago
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light and frothy head with zero density, crests at two fingers and is gone in two seconds, bleached white, could not be brighter, no stickiness at all to the lacing. Bright metallic yellow hued liquid, gossamer haze to it, the amount of hyperactive bubbles is impressive. Piercing nose of sour tropical fruit, a bit too mixed to identify pineapple or kumquat, sour oranges, lots of yeast but not in a creamy, leesy fashion, iron flecks and mineral water, beeswax, really too laser-like to get a broader array of scents going, even as it approaches room temperature. Light-bodied, the heavy carbonation though gives it palate volume. Puckeringly sour and dry enough that overall it recalls a non-dosage Champagne. Here there is definitely more clarity to the kumquat and to a lesser extent pineapple fruit, minor green apple or passion fruit too. Minerally and chalky, the dryness may negatively impact the ability of the yeastiness to adhere to the palate. The citrus less overt, at moments evokes a lemon sponge cake. If you are up for its level of aggressiveness it is pretty well balanced and crisply refreshing, can say how the sourness might turn some off.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is slightly cloudy, and very pale straw yellow. Tons of carbonation. It looks and sounds like a 7UP with the fizzing.

Smells very champagney. Sour fruits and yeast, and mineral water. A hint of "beer" there.

The flavor is nice. Pretty tart, fermented pineapple juice, some earthy/well water flavor sour funky yeast. The tartness dissipates toward the end and the sweet yeast is checked by some pale, cracker malts that really sit on your tongue for awhile.

Very crisp, lively, prickley carbonation. Light bodied, not filling at all.

Not a style I am a big fan of, or have a lot of experience with, but I think this one was very enjoyable overall and seems to be a fairly accurate representation.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a great beer although it was not as sour as I had hoped. Either way, I think this is very underrated. If you slap a Side Project label on this, the neck beard crowd would be lining up for hours. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose and nice residual fruit afterward.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml it came out clear and golden. Practically no head or lacing, a never ending stream of suds from the etched glass i poured into. Has the usual tart aroma of a BW with a nice and subtle sweet citrus from the corresponding fruits named and used. Not too tart that makes it very drinkable. Really great to finish off a tasting night as it cuts through and cleanses the mouth. Really liked it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Murky pale yellow, looks kind of like pineapple juice, save for the explosive glass of foam.

Smells minerally like an old dishrag. Where's the fruit?
Basic wheat and lacto, very little beyond that.

Tart and bland, thin juice. Wheaty aftertaste. Very little fruit presence. Slight band aid/sterile gauze infection note, intended or not who knows. Doesn't taste good. Overcarbonated at first, then it gets flaccid. Womp womp. Better luck next time.

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Photo of grover37
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip at Paradiso Gtown. Tiny ring on yellow gold, clearish pour. Not much in mose, touch of the lemon tart you expect. Flavor is a bit better, more balanced than acidic. Finish is best part with the fruit finally coming thru with a residual sweetness. Decent but not worth seekng out, a bit disappointing.

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Photo of hophugger
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow and semi cloudy. Lots of carbonation and a great aroma of tropical citrus, especially pineapple. Taste is fizzy and very nice, with tastes of pineapple and other fruits, I guess kumquat. Finish is exhilirating.

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 2015

L - Pours a hazy golden/straw body with a fizzy two finger eggshell colored head. There is no retention to the head as it dissipates quickly.

S - Mild pineapple and sweet honey at first. It develops into an earthy, some funk and a bit of grain ending.

T - Nice pop of tartness at first. Midway there is a good helping of kumquat & pineapple. Funk and grain on the ending.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Crisp body with prickly carbonation.

O - A very refreshing beer that is a great change of pace from a regular berliner weisse.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy straw/gold with about 1 1/2" very foamy white head that recedes slowly at first...& then disappears completely. Retention is above-average for the style, lacing is poor. The exceptional (to style) retention gives this brew something of a unique overall appearance.

S: Somewhat reminiscent of pineapple upside-down cake. I detect honey & brown sugar blending with a cake-like bread aroma. This is tempered by fairly distinct pineapple notes & somewhat more vague citrus qualities. There's a trace of salinity as well. This nose is pretty well-developed & once again: unique.

T: Comes on with a strong acidic citrus & pineapple punch to the palate. Both tartness & salinity increase leading into the mid palate which gradually tempers these notes with an apple/pear-like sweetness & some honey-like flavors. The finish is a bit broad & hollow - this brew fades away into nothing rather than providing a distinct punctuation of any kind. That being said, it's an excellent Berliner - very assertive up front & distinct until the finish.

M: Relatively high carb married to a light, slightly slick body. It's appropriate to style, but nothing special. About the only thing going on here that isn't notably unique.

O: Much like Suburban Beverage, this brew from Perennial is both a boundary-pushing re-definition of a sour beer style & at the same time a solid representation of the very best qualities of said style.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle:
The initial pour was quite clear, although it seems to have hazed up slightly. I think there was some sediment in the bottome as the last pour was quite cloudy. If you are careful, the beer is close to transparent. The bubbly white head grows nicely, but doesn't last too long.

Funkiness hits my nose first, during the pour. The fruit notes are in there, mingling together with some funkiness. Without the sweetness thereof, it has a lemon-lime or grapefruit soda note to it.

Initial tastes are quite tart, and I can maybe get some kumquat in that, but the pineapple tries fairly successfully to hide. There is some bitterness behind the sour, and I think I'd enjoy the beer as a light offering without the sour notes. Later on in the beer, the opening starts like a typical Berliner before the adjunct fruit starts to grab hold. There is fairly citrus tartness that comes from the kumquats shines more to me, with the pineapple maybe hitting me late as the tartness fades.

The feel of the beer - light, crisp, with fairly heavy prickly carbonation.

The backbone of this beer reminds me a little of DFH Festina Peche. The beer is more tart/sour. I found it an enjoyable beer overall. Well done.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL capped bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled 8/2015.

A: Hazy, pale golden yellow boy. 2 fingers of coarse, sudsy, white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Restrained citric acid and lemon juice, largely trumped by a stronger wild-type funkiness. Earthy and somewhat musty. Perhaps a hint of floral hops. I was surprised by the very subtle character of indistinct, tropical fruit, only faintly present in the background.

T: Funk-forward out of the gates with a quick swell & retreat of a moderate sourness. Finish is quite dry with some lingering tartness in the back of the palate. No alcohol presence of note.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Effervescent and prickly, not unlike a champagne, which suits the dryness.

O: Enjoyable, if not what I was expecting. Not much in the way of fruit or wheat. Drank more like a geuze than a Berliner Weisse, but performed serviceably as the former.

Prost!

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a clear pale yellow, very little head that disappears fast. Lots of crisp clean citrus in the nose. The taste is very much the same, fruity and tart. Pineapple stands out. Feel is a little light, but very refreshing.

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Photo of Jennifer_W
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and different. Pineapple is the first note, followed by the kumquat. Opaque and well bodied for a sour. No real head. Very tart, which is my preference.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The nose is dominated by pineapple while the tartness and kumquat dominate the flavor profile with some pineapple on the finish. Overall very enjoyable, and more tart than your typical bw

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Pineapple Kumquat Berliner Weisse from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 87 ratings