Tropical Lover
SweetWater Brewing Company

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #597
Ranked #32,977
3.73 | pDev: 12.33%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Notes: Berliner Weisse-style beer brewed with mango, guava and passion fruit
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ArchimedesSox
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden color, thin white head,
S: Sour smell, a little tropical as well
T: Slight sweetness, lots of sour with a little mango or some tropical fruit at end
M: LIght
O: Im not a great judge of this style because Im not a fan of sours. It was part of a summer variety pack and felt I should give it a rating. Love sweetwater but with they would go back to the hefewizen as their summer beer instead of this.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Semi-clear golden amber with little lace from white suds.

Aroma: Tropical fruit and floral hops with a little touch of tart fruit.

Taste: Tart fruit, blending well into a light refreshing, almost spritzer-like body, faithful to style and solid, if a bit unremarkable overall.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can 9/18/18 stamped on the bottom.

The pour here is medium hazed, comfortable under a lasting and frothy medium eggshell cap. Leaves some low sheeting.

Sniff brings to mind notes of light vinegar and some sour fruits, peaches and cherries.

On the palate, I get notes of about medium tart/sour, fermented fruits, again some cherries, peaches, apricots

All in all this brew exceeded my expectation....decent little sour brew going on here...prolly a good entry beer for sour/BW newbies....worth a try

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a lightly clear golden color with a lustrous thick head that leaves lacing as you enjoy it - even on an out of date bottle like the one I am enjoying! Some sour scent with citrus in the nose. The mouth gets a nice sour lemony taste.

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Photo of disastermouse
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I'm drinking this beer a few days outside its Best By date. BB was 10/31. Drinking and reviewing 11/5.

Berlinerweisse is one of my favorite styles—especially in the summer. Alas, I've spent the last two summers in the purgatorial embrace of Salt Lake City, UT and its restrictions. If you're a hop-fanatic, Utah's got you covered, but they don't get as many of the more obscure styles.

Look: It's a bit darker in color than I'm used to for the style with a touch of haze. A mostly-white head fades quickly, even from a hard pour.

Smell: The smell is on the soft side compared to other beers I've had in this style. I don't usually have my Berlinerweisse with raspberry or woodruff, and here the fruit is already in the beer, so that could be responsible for toning down the smell. Mango and guava are there and it's pleasant.

Taste: It has neither the tart bite nor the sweetness I've come to expect from other beers in the style. They tend to fall either toward the tart or the sweet, but this one is dry. Mango and tart dominate, but the flavor hits at the rear of the tongue and vanishes immediately after swallowing. It has the aftertaste of a dry white wine. Zero malt evident, but I didn't expect that.

Mouthfeel: Being as dry as it is, the MF comes across as over-much. I think it'd be fine if the flavor profile wasn't so dry. It's not exactly over-carbonated, as the lack of sourness tricks me into thinking it is.

Overall: I think mango may be the wrong fruit for the style. The flavor is faint, but it directly opposes the overall flavor profile for the style. It takes the tart, but leaves nothing nearly as satisfying in its wake.

At the same time, it's an easy drinking beer and might be perfect for someone who doesn't want a tart/sour taste from the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of tropical fruits, tart lemon and wheat. It tasted fairly tart with great tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, tulip, 9/28/18 on the bottom of the can.

Very clear medium yellow with minimal white head.

Guava, tart whiff of passion fruit, woody, vegetal.

Green apple, woody guava, muted lime peel, wild honey. It’s a flavor rich Berliner Weiss with the complexity guava often brings; crackly, woody, astringent.

Semi-thin, semi-dry, with puckering matte dryness.

Guava is the dominant fruit, with passion fruit mostly in the nose. It gose very nicely on a late summer evening.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold orange color . Medium light body with medium light carbonation as well .
Aroma is mango and guava forward followed by a cereal / grain smell .taste is tropical fruit with a cereal, grain finish that lingers awhile
I didn't find this to be too tart and wasn't sweet either despite there being such a strong aroma of fruit .
It came off much more dry than tart , sour , or sweet. It was an easy beer to drink and works great as a refreshing summer beer. I would definitely try it again

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 9/8/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy passion fruit, guava, mango, melon, berries, fruit skin, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, tropical fruits, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy passion fruit, guava, mango, melon, berries, fruit skin, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passion fruit, guava, mango, melon, berries, fruit skin, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, tropical fruits, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance, with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Berliner weiss! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, tropical fruits, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Very flavorful and not watery. Extremely juicy tropical fruits with balanced Lacto complexity; and a nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head head. The aroma is sour tropical fruit. The taste is way to tart and disappointing for a Sweetwater beer.

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Photo of riptorn
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L - Clear light gold, medium effervescence, essentially headless so lacing is pretty much not applicable.
S - Dank aroma, seawater at the locks. Not getting any mango or guava, maybe the slightest passion fruit. Little about this speaks tropical to me, unless it's the seawater.
T – Very different from the aroma (thankfully). Sour cherry with prominent signature back-bite of a Berliner Weisse, akin to sipping diluted lemon juice concentrate. Low detection of alcohol.
F – Crisp. Coupled with the taste (and not aroma) I could see this as prepping and clearing the palate for spicy food.
Would rate it higher overall if not for the aroma.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mango and passionfruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the mango is replace with flavors of guava. No sourness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the combination of tropical fruits in the smell and taste of this Berliner Weissbier. It made for a refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: can

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Photo of comrade_hanson
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this poured from a can into a snifter. Appearance was quite pretty, almost like a carbonated apple juice with minimal head. Aroma and flavor were quite nice as well, with typical Berliner tarness and some (very) subtle tropical fruit. All in all this is a solid Berliner (and incredible for a summer day), but I would have appreciated more of the passion fruit and mango flavors.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into swirly SN glass.

Nice clarity here with an apple juice color and a minimal head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas are effervescent, spritzer-esque; with cartoon-y aromas of bubble gum, watermelon, lime, and apple.

Flavor is fleeting and washes out rather quickly, but starts with limescale, with superficial raspberry, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit, and kid's apple juice.

Feel is crisp but not clean, has a slightly clinging starch that is a little annoying.

Overall, this is one of the least favorite Berliners I've had. It's drinkable but it's not really that good.

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

Starts with a lacto aroma, with some tropical fruit behind it. Pours a clear pale amber with a quickly fading white head. Subdued tartness, with a light body. Finishes with a lingering sour note. Overall a solid Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 4/3/18; drank 7/20/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small bright white head; almost no lace.

Passionfruit & peach notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Passionfruit, sea salt & mild mango flavors up front; mildly puckering tartness on the finish.

Refreshing but a bit too sour for me.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft in pilsner glass. Poured light golden with nice fluffy white two finger head. Notes of fruit with subtle wheat on the nose. Taste followed the aroma with a very nice clean tart finish. Light bodied. An excellent summer brew. Was at a place that had a huge selection of offerings on tap and ended up coming back to this.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden pour with minimal head
Smells tart and yeasty, with some sour cherry, wheat
Sour cherry and apple, grain
Light and lightly carbonated feel
A great summer beer. Not my usual style but I would drink again. The mango, passion fruit, and guava doesn't really come through but it's still a decent beer

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Photo of cjack828
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For those that love a delicious, light, SOUR summer beer, this is the ONE. I've been drinking nothing but this beer for 2 solid months and I've had zero hangovers and dozens of good times.

Anyone who is complaining about the sour taste is a moron, DON'T BUY A BERLINER WEISSE IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOUR!

Anywho, this beer will knock your penis off, just drink it and enjoy.

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Photo of kevin3046
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear gold color and very quickly dissipating white head that completely disappeared. No lacing whatsoever. Has a musty and fruity smell. Semi creamy mouthfeel with a lot of wateriness and moderate carbonation. This stuff has an extremely sour taste and dry finish. Reminds me of boones farm strawberry hill. But more sour. Absolutely no hops in this. Not my favorite style. But ok for what it is.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is certainly brewed to be a sour mash, with a taste that starts with an initial salty bite before moving to a sweet and sour aftertaste. One can note the mango, passion fruit and guava in the aftertaste. The smell is more earthy, but still has notes of the citrus. Overall, an interesting beer with a complex flavor.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brewed like a sweet/tart sour mash ale.......has to be. Much like Lagunitas Aunt Sally in its sour... yet sweet and mild bite on your taste buds. I think my wife would appreciate this more than myself. I'm letting her have the rest of these. But I give it a 4 without any reservations.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the berlinerweiss, when done most authentically, was distinctively sour, distinctively dry and distinctively fruity. Not stopping with the natural fruit sourness of the underlying ale, the Sweetwater Brewing Company infuses the berliner styled sour wheat ale with gentle additions of tropical fruit for an exotic, succulent and equally as distinctive of tartness to complements the base beer.

Pale, hazy and capped with a loose cottony froth, Tropical Lover strikes the nose with an acidic twang laced with cider, wine, tropical fruit and a faint wheaten must of burlap. Gentle sweetness rolls onto the front of the tongue with notions of taffy, sourdough and hard candy.

Its sweetness dissolves on the middle palate as the sourness washes the tongue with thirst quenching sourness. Leading with crabapple, lime, lemon, white grape and gooseberry, a quick complement of those tropical fruits resonate thereafter with passionfruit, mango and guava for a juicy dry late palate, a tepid herbal bitterness and an acidic taste that's refreshing and cautionary.

Light in bodied, crisp and clean throughout, the ale comes close to the premiere sourness of traditional berlinerweiss, but its fruit additions keep the beer juicy and fuller than usual. But its that juiciness that gives the fruit additions their individualism and allows the beer to add complex taste and a welcomed culinary delight. A brisk aftertaste of burlap and macerated tropical and citrus fruit waft shortly into aftertaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SweetWater Brewing Company "Tropical Lover"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "08/22/18" and sampled on 06/17/18
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Clear, deep golden body with an orange sheen beneath a short head of white that immediately recedes to just a collar. That's OK, that's usually the case with sour beers. The aroma is quite tropical, and somewhat mineralish. What is that aroma? Mango? Guava? Passionfruit? That's what the label says so I guess so, I won't deny any of those. On to the flavor... it's quite tart, and equally juicy. There doesn't seem to be any bitterness but none is needed with all of that acidity, and it finishes quite dry as it is. It's light bodied and moderately crisp but with an acidic bite that livens it. Looking back some nice spots of lacing are left behind, which is unusual for a sour beer. As a "Berliner Weiss" it hits all of the marks. Overall it's quite refreshing, and really interesting in the intensity and choice of fruitiness. An excellent summer beer!
Review# 6,079

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


This feels like a beer that was rushed along to catch the sour wave while it is still cresting in the market. Not a lot going on with this by way of nose or taste. It doesn't linger, it isn't complex, its remarkably forgettable.

Sweetwater is usually more hit than miss, so I won't jump ship just yet. But this is one they could leave behind.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 97 ratings