Tropical Lover | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Berliner Weisse-style beer brewed with mango, guava and passion fruit

Added by superspak on 02-04-2018

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Reviews:
32
Ratings:
89
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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Photo of disastermouse
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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 ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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 pstam87
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 elohim
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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 alexsergio
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Ralphs66
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdub
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Mark-Leggett
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DangerDawg
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smoky54
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rolltide8425
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riptorn
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Jason_cs
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +2.4%
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 Chilmer
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Tropical Lover from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 89 ratings