Tart Hopfentea | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Birch and Barley in D.C. served in a small wheat glass

The color is a hazed golden with thick lasting white head. The smell is pleasant with lots of tart yeast aromas with mild sour citrus scent and gentle floral odor with nutty wheat lastly. Mouthfeel is good with tartness present yet not intense and enough to induce a slight pucker with middle tangy and dry with light toasted graininess and medium high carbonation throughout with mostly dry finish.

The taste is tangy as expected with gentle tea-like herbal flavors blending with light toasted wheat and gentle graininess with slight lactic flavors playing nicely with the subtle fruit in the tropical tea blend-Overall a very nice sour wheat ale- great for the style and has enough sour in the mix to keep it interesting.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: a little pink, and maybe a little clearer than a normal wheat beer, but those are minor detractions from an otherwise nice looking beer

S: I LOVE the smell, but that is not because it necessarily fits the style (rated lower due to this). The predominant smell is tea, but I also get a coconut milk sweet smell as well, almost like a Thai iced tea. I also get lemon at times, and definitely a feel of a deciduous forest in spring (there's a word from junior high)

T: the sour notes come through more than you'd expect from the nose. Grapefruit tart in nature, it is fairly quickly balanced by the leafy tea tastes from the nose. To be honest, the nose us way more interesting to me, but I do like the taste.

M: decently smooth, with some slight puckering from the sour

O: an enjoyable beer. It has a bit of a novelty feel, but that's more in the nose. The beer itself seems pretty solid to me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Perennial Tap Room in St. Louis, MO.

App- slightly hazy straw yellow, minimal white head that disappears as it is served. No lacing.

Smell- smells more like tea. A touch of citrus, pineapple with a tart nose. Not much else.

Flavour- tastes a bit tart, but there isn't much of the tart wheat flavours I get from other Berliners. No lactate or yogurt. Some tropical fruits are in the background but overall the beer feels watered down a bit.

Mouthfeel- watery, thin bodied. Seems the tea has cut the beer a bit. Not difficult to drink. Serves as a nice palate cleanser though!

Overall- I think that if they added tea to the beer in secondary or something like that, that seems to have diluted an already low ABV beer style and made it watery without adding a lot of flavour or complexity. It's alright but I wouldn't recommend it unless you needed a change of pace in between giant Perennial stouts.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Proletariat, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and eventually only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of papayas are present in the nose.
T: The taste has subtle flavors of papayas and tropical fruits.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Hardly any tartness is perceptible, except in the finish.
O: This beer is light and refreshing. It can also be considered thirst-quenching given its limited amount of tartness.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Torst, Brooklyn, NY

White peach color, hazy, with a thin bubbly white head that sank to nearly nothing; not much lacing. Aroma was a bit muted, herbal, notes of tea and slightly funky citric/lacto tartness. Nice twinge of tartness on the tongue, though fairly mild in that regard, toasted wheat, lightly lemoned tea, slight musty grass sensation. Not overly aggressive for the style, but tasty and accessible nonetheless. Light-medium body, prickly carbonation, easily drinkable. A good brew overall.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at hopleaf

A - Hazy warm orange with a small white head

S - Light straw, tart Berliner lacto, with a hint of apricots

T - Tart green apple, light straw. It has a lacto tartness that while there is overall soft. There is a light apricot but not as much as you'd imagine. Solid for a Berliner but a bit light on the tartness

M - Nice refreshing body with a slightly dry finish. Medium carbonation

O - A solid Berliner with the tea adding a nice apricot presence that makes this one more balanced than tart

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: On-tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL
Date: N/A
Glass: Tulip

Review from notes

A fairly average to mediocre Berlinerweisse, the tea adding minimal interest. One I wouldn't return to.

Arrives with a 0.5cm head, fades to a thin ring around the glass fairly quickly. Retention is about a minute, lacing is a small amount of dots on the inside of the glass. Body is a pale peach color, somewhat hazy, carbonation fairly modest in size and activity.

Aroma of wheat malt, heavily diluted tea, the start of a lactobacillus infection, slightly fruity. Reminds me a bit of Lambrucha, which isn't a good thing.

Flavor is mildly tart, musty, with slightly fruit-like esters, herbs, and wheat malt. I would have liked this to be more assertive with its tartness, instead it is more based on heavily diluted herbs and tea with a bit of tart and mustiness.

Beer is medium bodied, with fairly aggressive, fizzy carbonation. Somewhat typical for the style, but still doesn't lend itself well to the beer. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dull strawberry blond with a loose white head that fades quickly. The nose is tart and sour with notes of bile, wheat, and a slight bitterness that isn't very reminiscent of tea, but possibly the rinds of citrus fruits. The taste is relatively funky with a mild acidity, lemon tartness, and a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, acidic, quite effervescent, with a lingering tropical fruit dryness. This is approachable, drinkable, and has a subtle tart/dryness that allows it to pair well with most meals.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam quickly settles to a partial cap and thick collar. Hazed pinkish-orange body.

S - Interesting mix of black tea, wheat, a bit of musky funk, and a touch of sulfur. Not very lactic at this stage, and the tea is more understated than I expected.

T - The taste is a bit more tart, with an emphasis on wheat and yeast. Loses the sulfur thankfully and gains a bit of lactic acidity. Finishes a tad herbal and tea-like, but again it's largely a very classic Berliner.

M - Surprising heft for the listed 4.5%. Grainy texture, with moderate carbonation, and a dry, crisp finish.

D - Easy to drink, but a tad disappointing. Very much a classic German Berliner with a hint of tea and funk to it. Perhaps they rushed this for beer week? It was really easy to drink, but I was annoyed I had to wait 2 hours past the event time for them to tap this.

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Tart Hopfentea from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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