Cranberry Berliner | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Cranberry BerlinerCranberry Berliner

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our ode to summer. By implementing a sour mash procedure in our kettle an intense lactic and sour character emerges, complemented by the addition of cranberries. The beer is then fermented with our lager yeast. Finishes fruity, citrusy, dry, and quite tart.

Added by vfgccp on 05-19-2016

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by agreenman19:
Photo of agreenman19
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 06/21/17

Pours foggy hazy pinkish gold with a quickly receding white foam head. Smells like musty tart cranberries, lemon, wheaty grain, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like musty tart cranberries, lemon, wheaty grains, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is really well balanced and drinkable with fairly low acidity. Overall a really nice cranberry Berliner weissbier.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a bottle to a beer teku
look; a really beautiful fuzzy pinkish peach, 1" fluffy very white head, not much retention, some lacing
smell; sour, yeasty, some cranberry, a little funk, smells right
taste; sour, with more grainy than biscuity sweetness underneath, not too sweet, some cranberry tartness but not overdone
feel; some carbonation, light, very refreshing
overall; this is a delicious well done berlinerweisse with a little cranberry, which is nice in a berlinerweisse

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a light peach color with only the hint of a head.
Cranberry and lemon aroma. Almost underwhelming.
Tart cranberry taste. Still on the underwhelming side.
Dry and crisp..
Good mouthfeel, otherwise an average beer.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a semi-pale "cool"/strained grapefruit pulp color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly fell off. No lace.
The aroma had some sweet to sour to tart cranberry flesh up front colliding over some lemon rind and a little bit of grassy sweet notes.
The flavor was moderately sour pulling in the tart aspect in front of some crisp sweetness. Just a touch of the cranberry in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt somewhat low but I wasn't bothered by that. Good bit of pucker hitting against my tongue with a respectable stickiness as it seemed to slide slightly. Did I mind that? Actually, I didn't, seemed nice to be honest.
Overall, quite brisk and refreshing for a Summer's day, I'd have again for me, but I did miss some of that "soured" wheat portion in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of broadway848
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaymus
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Slightly hazy peach-colored body with a two-finger white head that dissipates to nothing almost instantly. No lacing. Looks very refreshing
S -- Wheat, sulfur, cranberry
T -- Cranberry, lemon, wheat, salt, coriander(?)
F -- Very light, refreshin, with lots of tartness produced by the cranberries. Medium+ carb
O -- Reminds me a lot of Long Trail's Cranberry Gose. Good summertime seasonal


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Photo of fitzy84
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer poured with a large head that dissipated into a thin ring around the glass. Overall, the beer has a burnt orange appearance. Aromas seem faint, but what I can smell is more of a wheat and bread and very light fruit that full cranberry. Taste improves significantly from the aromas with a very fruity, tart taste of sour cranberries. Mouthfeel also helps the beer by making it very refreshing and crisp to supplement that sour flavor. Overall, I wish the aromas were a bit stronger, but this beer had some great flavors and a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of dd43
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a rare miss for Jacks Abby with this one. Berliners are traditionally made as an ale, but this being JA they have given us the lager rendition. Both I and the other taster I shared this bottle with felt the mouthfeel was lacking in body and substance. Granted this should be a prickly, light and refreshing beer, and it is, but the flavor and mouthfeel for me were a little too aqueous for me to get excited. It certainly looked nice in the glass, with a finger of bubbly head and luminescent pale rose highlights. The cranberry is very delicate, tartness is appropriate for the style and there is the lacto thing happening in the nose. There was also a touch of butyric acid which I felt was bordering on off putting, but I've tasted Berliners which feature that even more prominently. It certainly isn't a sign of any sort of sanitation issue, as JA quality control is always on point. Fans of this style should probably give it a go, everyone else maybe take a pass and grab any of their other delicious brews.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some purplish hues. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactobacillus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has sour flavors of lactobacillus along with hints of cranberries.
M: It feels light-bodied, tart and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like your basic Berliner Weissbier with the addition of some cranberries. I like the subtleness of the fruit, as cranberries themselves can be very tart. The beer was very easy to drink and makes for a good selection on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

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Photo of IBUBrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pink hue bleeds into a classic yellow lager, with minimal bubbles.

Stinky fruit. It's more funky than I remember any other Berliner being. The smell is a kind of sharp, nearly rotten fruit funk.

Taste is less extreme, with a tart cranberry flavor, which, when you think about it, shouldn't be that hard to achieve considering cranberries on their own are quite sour and tart.

The souring efforts here provide a lactic sort of backbone.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale pinkish yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint deep cranberry colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of lacto tartness over the top of light aromas of slightly sour wheat malts and a hint of tart cranberries.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of slightly sour wheat malts with a slightly heavier than moderate flavor of lacto tartness. That is followed by light flavors of slightly tart fresh cranberries. Light amounts of lingering tartness through the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of almost creaminess.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with a subtle presence of cranberry which I find refreshing since so many other fruit Berliners are a little over the top with fruitiness. Refreshing and perfect for summer but I could see it being enjoyable with a turkey sandwich.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled date is weird, 090705/02/16

Was saving this for Thanskgiving, but couldn't get it to the table, so drinking it now. Pours a huge fluffy foamy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, lightt sticky lacing, hazy pinkish tan color, little pink hue.

Nose has some cranberry tartness, a little fermented frosted cranberry aroma, with a hint of salt, some grainy doughy bready wheat, cracked wheat, a little tartness and hint lemony, a little yeasty bacteria like funk but very light, a touch of minerality.

taste is very tart, quite sour, a little lemony with a touch of cranberry, actually more like tart raw cranberry juice but not a ton of the cranberry flavor, a cranberry lemonade maybe, with a light wheat, wheat is lighter than I expected, a little doughy and raw yeast, bready as well, fair acidity. Finish is dry a little flemmy, quite tart, more cranberry lemonade lingering.

Mouth is a bit thin but not too much for a berlinner, decent carb, fair acidity and flemmy.

Overall OK, quite like a little cranberry lemonade thing, a bit thin, but a decent beer.

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Cranberry Berliner from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 80 ratings