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Blue Lady | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Blue LadyBlue Lady

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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

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Photo of Treebs
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle served in a Chouffe tulip. Batch #31

A: Pours a dark pink, grapefruit color with a light pinkish head rising up quickly on the pour. it recedes to a bubble film and thin ring.

S: Unfortunately there is heavy rancid cheese and buttery notes up front. I do get a hint of tart blueberry behind all that, but the nose on the pour is very heavy on the funky notes.

T: Tart blueberry with a light cracked wheat. The buttery and blue cheese flavors are only there in the slight bit in the finish.

M: Light bodied with a nice prickly carb. Slightly oily with a pungent aftertaste.

O: Well it was definitely heavy on the off flavors of blue cheese and buttery funk. This did not work, but I have faith the boys can correct the mistakes on their second attempt at Berliner.

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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 rmalinowski4
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Mikasa snifter.

Blue lady pours a cloudy purple with two fingers light purple/pink-ish head. The head disapates quickly leaving a small ring of bubbles where the beer meets the glass. Having just had it recently, the color and general appearance reminds me of Blábær.

The smell is slightly off. There is a small amount of the reported "cheese" smell, but it is not overpowering. The blueberry smell is still noticeable.

The taste is tart, crisp, and very blueberry. There is a slight malt presence, but the tart and blueberry dominate. Very refreshing. Would of loved to have this when it was 100 degrees out durring the summer.

The mouthfeel is spot on. High carbonation dances across the palate delivering the tart blueberry flavor. Clean and crisp finish with some lingering blueberry sweetness make this incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer, I'm glad a have another bottle to enjoy later. Besides the slight smell issue, I think this is fantastic. I asked my wife to smell it, she thought it was wine. She didn't pick up the "cheese" or feet smells that have been reported. I should add, she is not a beer or wine drinker but does enjoy mixed drinks. I think I will put the other bottle in the cellar for awhile and see what happens.

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Photo of DirtyBikeBrewing
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared the bottle with my wife. It was great.

A - The bottle poured a purple color. Great carbonation.

S - Stinky Cheese, sour and blueberries.

T - Crisp and full of blueberry taste.

M - Great balanced

O - Great beer. Definitely will drink it with some stinky cheese next time.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a murky pink/purple with a big 2" light pink head. Big bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Sour mash, butter, stinky cheese, blueberries.

T- Sour wheat malts, tart/acidic blueberries, almost a faint lemon taste. I do detect the slightest butter flavor in the aftertaste but like I said very faint.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Nice light creamy feel with some acidic tones that linger a little at the finish.

O- Aside from the nose I really enjoyed this beer. Has nice sour/tart notes along with the blueberry makes for a very tasty combination. Will have again.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - startling to say the least. It's a very purplish blue color with an effervescent presence.

Smell - Nose is not very strong, a little blueberry, mostly a tart small. Kind of smells a bit like a sour blueberry warhead candy.

Taste - Very good. Did not taste any buttery notes as some people in the forum have noted. It's VERY sour for a Berliner Weisse, actually completed unexpected for a Berliner Weisse in terms of sourness. The blueberry is a muted but still present.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent. Very clean, sour feel. Almost borders on a Framboise mouthfeel.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Happy I bought 2 bottles. It is the most sour Berliner Weisse I've ever had. The blueberries added a nice fruity touch with a clean, refreshing flavor and a tart aftertaste. IMO this beer borders on Berliner and sour styles and the closest comparison would be a NG Wisconsin Belgiam Red or Raspberry tart. Would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes Berliners, fruit beers, or sours.

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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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