Blue Lady | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 31 with no wax has been recalled for off flavors and aromas (e-mail [email protected] if you have one of these bottles).

Batch 51 with Blue Wax is a new batch.

Added by emerge077 on 09-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
151
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
18.96%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to t0rin0 for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Batch # 31.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cheesy, berry, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with berry and cheese flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with some pretty infected aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, Blue Lady is a slightly murky dark scarlet purple blueberry juice color. An ample cap of pinkish pastel foam rises a few inches to the rim and soon settles to a layer on the surface. Minimal lacing, but solid head retention.

Musky, vinous aroma, blueberry and washed cheese rind. Not sure what to expect really, but it's pretty interesting and complex. Edit: Two subsequent bottles smelled pretty bad. More of a putrid off note like spoiled cheese. Averaging scores for the smell.

Tart and puckering as advertised, full on blueberry yogurt flavors, tannic fruit skins, light acid. Finishes pretty clean and light bodied, traditional for the style in that respect. Pretty cool hybrid fruited Berliner here, seems to take on lots of character from the fruit itself. A promising portent of things to come, namely the raspberry and peach varieties...

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I've been hearing some harsh things about this stuff potentially being infected and whatnot, but I'm a risk-taker, a challenge-seeker, a kvass-drinker. Let's do this shit. It pours a lightly hazy fuchsia topped by a finger of lightly pinkish-white foam that lasts for a whole two seconds before melting away into oblivion. The nose is dominated by something akin to bleu cheese, though vague notions of sweet and sour blueberries attempt to bubble to the surface, the version of the Normandy invasion we'd be reading had the Gerries dug in a bit better. Hm. The taste hints at this cheesy smell, but eschews it in favor of a mildly tart Welch's grape juice. You know, the darker variety. I guess I could call that a blueberry flavor, but only if I were to try. Things are pretty subdued, meek. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, if this stuff was truly as infected as rumored, I think it would have turned out even worse than it did. As things stand, though, it's still pretty pedestrian at best, and there's no denying that things didn't turn out quite right. Still, hope exists for future batches and whatnot...

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3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #51.

Appearance - Pinkish purple with a small white head. Like a carbonated Arbor Mist. Classy.

Smell - Wheaty grain and a hint of acidity. No blueberry, really. Maybe a hint of berry, but not what I'd call blueberry. Hint of funky cheese. I know this is the new batch, but it's weird anyway.

Taste - Lightly tart. Wheat grain. Berry tartness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Doesn't taste like much, but it doesn't have any of the weird flavors that the nose has.

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Photo of stakem
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. The label gives a warning to let this chill for 2 hours before opening. I opted to keep it refrigerated for 4 hours prior. The brew pours a super clouded color of deep purple. A pink to purple stained head appears atop and slowly fades to a ring around the perimeter of the glass supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Some stringy fingers of lace stick to the glass. This brew looks like a blueberry smoothie or sort of fruit/veggie drink that came from a juicer. You can tell this is a clouded berliner that has been stained by the skins of the blueberry inclusion.

When the bottle opens up, there is an unmistakable aroma of feta or blue cheese that has been left to decay and has been forgotten about in your fridge, cabinet, pantry, etc. It is excessively funky and smells like stinky feet. The more I smell this, I cannot shake the thought out of my mind that this is like pickled red beet eggs added to this instead of blueberry. Once the thought crosses my mind about red beet eggs, its over, that is all I smell in this no matter how much I try to put it out of my mind. Swirling the glass releases some earthy notes mixed with sulfur farts. It isn't until the brew goes beyond ideal temperature that the first indication of fruit appears but it is so subtle that it might not even be there, it might be my own imagination just trying to find something other than red beet egg aromatics.

The taste is only slightly better than the aroma. There is a funk upfront like stinky feet mixed with cheese, sulfur and yogurt. A bit of lemony lacto is present but this is not as sour as you might expect based on the label telling you that this is a "very sour girl sure to bring a pucker to your lips." Mid palate, a flavor of pickled red beets comes into play just like the aroma suggested. The red beet flavor pretty much dominates all other aspects once it wraps itself around your tongue. Vaguely on the backend is a note of cereal grains mildly reminiscent of wheat. When focusing on the funk instead of the red beet eggs, there is a slight indication of fruited quality that mixes with the lemony lacto. That is the first signs of this being a berliner weisse before transitioning back into the more undesirable character.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew is chalk full of haze and displays a bit of yogurt-like creaminess and fullness that is nearly gritty at times despite being adequately chilled and decanted. The alcohol is pretty well masked but I am sorry this brew is a bit of a failure. I can't help but think the blueberries were added here as a means to try and cover up all the bad properties of this. Sour mashing is a tricky thing to pull off. Trust me, I have done it and made a brew similar to baby puke and dirty diapers so I feel for these guys. However, I paid a good amount of money to get this brew in my hands and you can color me disappointed. I would not want to have this again but I have faith the pipeworks guys will work out the kinks and bust out a new version that is better than this. I look forward to giving another attempt a try and editing this review as necessary. In the meantime, customers need to be aware of what they are getting themselves into when they buy this batch #31.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Berliner with a slight tart blueberry flavor. Well done for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter. Updating, as I tried the new batch, #51, with blue wax.

A - Gorgeous purple-tinged foam settle to a partial cap, thick collar, and fingers of lacing. Hazy, unfiltered purple body.

S - Going to contrast the two batches.
Batch #51: Huge blueberries, with light lactic notes, wheat, and a mildly bready note to it. Blueberry bread with a dollop of yogurt. 4.0
Batch #31: Heavy lactic sourness and funky cheese at first. I do get a bit of the movie theater popcorn vibe that others are mentioning, but it's not diacetyl - more of a rancid note. Whatever may be causing the smell, I picked up the exact same thing in Dieu du Ciel's Berliner but to a significantly lesser extent. Some nice blueberry skin and pulp comes out as the beer warms up. 3.0

T - The taste is heavier on the tart fruit skins and lactic sourness, with only a hint of the aforementioned cheese showing up in the aftertaste. Some mild wheat character supports things, but malt base is pretty much masked by fruit and bacteria. Fairly sour, but not as extreme as Wakefield Brewing stuff. The new batch gets rid of the mild cheese in the aftertaste, but otherwise it's largely the same.

M - Surprisingly medium body for the 4% ABV, with some nice lingering acidity. Carbonation is crisp and moderate, but I could actually tolerate a tad more. Some tannic dryness along with a bit of chaffed wheat grit. Really easy to drink.

D - I gave to this to my wife blind to see if she'd say 'butter' - she didn't, and I trust her palate seeing has she's had just as many beers as I have. I think I have a particularly high sensitivity to that sort of flavor, as I notice it more frequently than my friends. In any case I enjoyed this quite a bit and polished of all 750ml with no trouble. Looking forward to the other variants and hoping they clean up the aroma a bit.

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid example of the style, modestly tart and low on salt taste. The blueberry is nicely subtle

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL waxed bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #51

(A)- Pours a hazy blush purple color with some reddish highlights. Produced a nice cap of white froth.

(S)- Quite a cheesy manure funk to this. Ever so slightly tart fruits behind that.

(T)- A vibrant burst of tart berry fruits. Finishes dry and oaky with a touch of funk. Ever so slightly Brett-like but in a clean sense.

(M)- A nicely crisp carbonation level. A nice feel to it overall; very refreshing. The funk gets a touch odd as this warms, but easily not noticed since the lively tart fruits dominate.

(O)- I like this. The fruit definitely kind of changes this beer for me when considering the style since it really becomes more like a fruit lambic / wild ale to me, but I get it. Very enjoyable and actually relatively cheap considering what alot of other beers cost for a 750mL bottle.

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Blue Lady from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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