3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #317
Ranked #13,950
3.92 | pDev: 11.22%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
Notes: A Munster-style Berliner Weiss. Tart, refreshing, and perfect for summer.
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an odd beer. Was expecting a refreshing tart Berliner Weisse style beer but this one was just a little too acidic and musty for me. Almost reminded me of a wild ale. Obtained this one directly from the brewery but had a 10/26/18 date printed on the bottle - maybe it was too old? Pours a clear golden color with just a little film of white head and no real lingering lacing. Smells of tart ripe pear and berries, a little musty yeast and some apple. Tastes similarly, quite musty and tart. Mild, slightly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. I’ve definitely had better offerings in this category.

Aug 01, 2020
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Pours a moderately hazy medium gold. A thin fizzy white head fades almost instantly. Similarly, the visible carbonation remains only in the form of a few streams of bubbles up the sides.

S: Lactic tart and lemony acidic. Cracker malts with a moderate husky character. Some Lactobacillus funk and musty hay-pile. This does smell fairly dry, and almost woodsy as well (though I don’t think this was oaked or anything).

T: Lactic tart up front again. Lemony citric acid and a modest funk on the tongue as well. Citrus rind, and the cracker malts that only have a mild grainy flavor on the palate. More dry sourness near the swallow with almost a white wine vinous character. It finishes dry with a bit more husk in the hang.

M: A light body, and the alcohol presence is minimal. Better carbonation sensation than the appearance suggested, but still a bit low for style.

O: This was okay, but nothing that would be worth seeking out. Decent enough Berliner, but I think it likely that you’ve got something similar hanging out on shelves these days.

Jun 17, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/5/2017. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, mango, melon, papaya, citrus zest, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of hay, grass, leather, wood, musty/lacto funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic/light funky yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, mango, melon, papaya, citrus zest, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of hay, grass, leather, wood, musty/lacto funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, mango, melon, papaya, citrus zest, wheat, cracker, white bread, hay, grass, light funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/light funky yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tartness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an awesome Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/light funky yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Not overly lactic, with nice fruity yeast complexity and balanced malts. A bit unique for this one; definitely a bit of Brett going on, but it's not overpowering. A really enjoyable offering and spot on style example; even with the higher ABV.

Jan 06, 2018
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle is about a year old - purchased at brewery in December 2016 - about 11 months after purchase. Pretty golden body with quickly disappated head. Nose has lots of straight tartness - a strong signal that this will be a pucker bomb. True to form - it is. Lots of nice complexity with sweeter citrus and sour candy notes. Great brew.

Nov 26, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy gold. Foamy, bubbly, short white head that Fades fast.

Smells lemon, grassy, tart fruit, wheat and light yeast funk.

Tastes surprisingly quite tart which lasts until the end. Lemon, citrus peel, wheat, yeast Funk, tart apple and a hint of vinegar. Finish is dry with yeast and citrus linger. Medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

Sep 17, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scored a bottle of this when I went back to Wisconsin for the Tom Petty/Chris Stapleton headlining of Summerfest. Was amazed how ubiquitous FFF became in Wisconsin since my last visit. Pours out of a bomber (unfortunately the only size this comes in) and is a glowing yellow, slight haze and sizeable 3/5" white head. Nice lemony grain like aroma jumps out.

Taste is a light bodied lemony tart grain kind of experience. I totally dug it, drank the bottle camping in Oregon this last August. Wasn't overly sour, or extreme like FFF does with so many beers. This was just plain good berliner and dare I say, even traditional feeling at times. Sure, it is kinda big for a Berliner, but I expected that, and more importantly, it didn't drink that way. In fact, the only real negative for it is the bomber format and therefore the price. Put this in a 6 pack at $10 and I'll but it all day.

Sep 12, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The head crests past a finger but dissolves extremely quickly to zero surface coverage, lacing nonexistent. Hazy golden color with a strong storm of bubbles throughout, curious given the lack of surface foam. Crisp nose of tart lemon zest, cut grass and saline, wheat and mixed grains, periodic notes of bubblegum, becomes more floral as it warms and you’re able to tease out more apricot, green apple to pineapple scents. Medium-bodied, balances volume and weight with freshness and bite to positive results. Sweet yeast to baking dough, bubblegum and a hint of banana, peppery spice and then an herbaceous finish. All that visible carbonation barely produces a tickle in the mouth. Lemon and white grapefruit citrus ensures a pleasing sourness throughout. Finishes clean enough, has the tact to know when to end. In the end it’s pretty normal.

Sep 10, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Moderately hazy and golden color with a small and fizzy white head. Aromas of tart lemon, floral notes, and wheat. No off-flavors or smells. Fruity esters on the back end. Not as sour as other Berliners that I've had. Really clean lemon, floral, and wheat flavors. Medium-bodied and dry on the finish. Really nice.

Jul 01, 2017
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nrbw23 from Ohio

1.46/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Pours an oddly colored hazy reddish orange. Smell is pretty funky. Very tart in taste. Fun to try had an open mind just can't handle this sourish stuff.

Jun 23, 2017
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a small white head on top that goes away quickly. Has a tart citrus smell along with malt. Has a very sour taste with lots of citrus

May 15, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Traditional optics - clean straw color, good carbonation, wisp of a head. Aroma is simple wheat malt with some lacto-ish yeast tang. Pretty straightforward for the style, malt is light & crisp, tartness is good, what you expect. Ends with a sour peach note. For a moment it flirts with being a tad vinegary but ultimately stays on course. Prefer more carbonation & tingling on the tongue, felt a little heavy for the style. Solid Berliner but definitely better options out there.

Apr 18, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a minimal amount of white head. Smells of wheat, salt air, and yeast. They are not kidding about it being tart. Some apricot flavors to it, apple cider vinegar too. Not terribly much depth to it, pretty one noted and finishes off the palate cleanly and quickly. Medium body. Shows promise but pretty one noted.

Apr 13, 2017
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jp32 from Michigan

2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden-orange in color. White head. Aroma of tart fruits and funky yeast. It's flavor is tart up front with an apricots and apple juice underneath. A tad sweet and definitely tart. Some wheat and barnyard notes. I really wasn't a fan of this one, but I can understand how other people might be.

Mar 19, 2017
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with effervescent carbonation that collapses to nothingness. Funk, hay, dried morning breath. This is one salty beer! Sour and tart, slightly sweeter than sea water. There are some hops in the background to keep this straight. Refreshing mothfeel. Only thing that holds this back is that it lacks some depth.

Jan 31, 2017
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bi-polar looking beer. Early on, it's full of carbonation with a head as large as you want; subsequent to that, after just a minute or so, there isn't a bubble up top to be found. It's glorious when it's there, a 5; and quite ugly when it's not, a 2. Split the difference. When all is said and done, it looks like dark grapefruit juice.

Extremely strong scent. You can smell the tartness that's about to pucker you. Borderline vinegar, which completely overmatched the onion and fruit. Kriek anyone?

A combination of pleasant fruit and unpleasant vinegar. Sort of tastes like a tart wheat thin.

This comes right up to the edge of drain pour but stops just short. I have still not developed a taste and feel for these types of beers, but this was as close to drinkable as I've had. Extreme tartness, but not vinegar. It's vinegary, if that makes any sense. A pucker machine that is anything but palate was swamped until the next sip.

I can see how someone would enjoy this more in a hot day. This beer could help me get past my disgust for the Lambics, but it's still a work in progress.

May 22, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quenchingly tart and almost fully sour, nice notes of green apple, lemon and pear pair with some candies and there's maybe even a salty gose like character.

May 09, 2016
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy straw-colored body that really almost glows. Head is in eggshell white inch of quick crackling foaming bubbles. There really isn't much retention on the head. The nose is a nice mix of almost stinky funk and citrus zest and raw yeast. As I take first sent I'm quickly surprised at how much body this beer has, it's almost lager like. Now the flavors however are quite nicely in line with a Berliner Weiss beer. You get citrus light saltiness in a crisp refreshing tartness. Nice thing about this beer is it kind the fives the normal alcohol percentage by volume of the style of beer. This one is 6.5% and drinks super easy. This is an excellent example of the style all around.

Apr 03, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 9/25/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Golden color with a thin head but plenty of carbonation
S: Wheat, green apple, lemon
T: Tart. Sour green apple, lemon, some wheat, some spice, some funk. Mostly sour and I like sour
M: Light bodied, crisp, sour to the point of mouth puckering
O: I like this. A lot. But many might find it extreme. A bit different from what FFF is known for but IMO they nail yet another style

Mar 25, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/11/16

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Medium gold with some straw and yellow tones - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a small collar, leaves a few wisps

S: Impressively potent - very, very funky with a ton of lactic tartness - sharp lemon and some musty, damp cellar - bright overall, with some light fruit - hints of wheat, some pale malts

T: Sharp, bright, straight-up Berliner funk - sharp, acidic, tart lemon - funky, with some lacto, tart, very funky, touch of sour - some light citrus, with hints of orange and grapefruit zest - clean wheat funk and some pale malts - light sweetness and sone lightly sweet cereal - very interesting but not a ton of depth

M: On the light side of medium, sharp and crisp, lingering funk and acid

O: No need for panic at the Deesko

When FFF makes a beer, they go big. This has some of the sharpest, most tart funk I've encountered in a Berliner. It's intense, but also refreshing.

Mar 12, 2016
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c014572 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart with a nice malt profile, no discernable hops, enjoyed this a lot sitting on the front porch during summer nights. Seems stronger than style, but I have none anyways.

Feb 29, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, consistently leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemons and lactobacillus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell is is quite sour, having flavors of lemons and lactobacillus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, tart, and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Berliner Weissbier is quite sour but has lots of refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 01, 2016
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Indymom from Indiana

2.21/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I like sour beers and I like wheat beers, but this was weird. I don't know any other way to describe it. I couldn't actually finish it. It was a little too weird for me.

Dec 27, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9-25-2015. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like apricots, lemon peel, green apples, vinegar and grainy/wheat malt. It's a tart brew, for the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma but with the addition of some minerally earthiness and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy to drink. I liked this, the tartness was enjoyable and I thought the flavor in general was good. Now I'm wishing I would have bought another bottle, it's definitely worth picking up if you've never tried it before. $11.49 a bomber.

Dec 12, 2015
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Can_has_beer from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went to the Deesko. I danced with Hans. He told me about the Berliner. He tasted me the Deesko. It smelled like acetic feet. It tasted like fresh Alpine village air, and it had the body of Helga. Hans took me to the Deesko.

Dec 07, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had the Deeko on tap at the Lone Wolf in Chicago. They always feature 4 or more 3F beers on tap.

Served in a glass just like my mom serves milk or iced team in... The beer is light gold with a slight chill haze. But has just a slim of white head and no lacing.

Nice funky nose with a touch of ripe apricots.

The taste is sour and bracing, some summer fruit, straw and sour patch candy.

The mouth is soft with low carbonation.

This hits all the expected buttons and is well executed.

Nov 05, 2015
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