Blue Lady | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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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22
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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 2/8/13

Appearance: A charming light purple, with some nice red and pink tones - mostly clear - light pink head, keeps a decent cap and a nice ring - some nice splotches of lacing - yup, it's pretty

Smell: At first, it genuinely smells like a strange, funky cheese, but it gets more pleasant if it warms - some weird vegetable aromas and chewy wood - light blueberry - some mild funkiness - tart, mellow

Taste: Funky weirdness in a good way - blueberry flesh, blueberry skins - chewy wood, I'm guessing this was aged on oak - some yeast and vinegar-like flavors - some vague acidic qualities - overall, kind of tastes like a light sour, but more fresh - some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, very drinkable, but a bit watery

Overall: An interesting use of blueberries and funk

As mentioned above, this kind of tastes like a light sour beer. It also kind of tastes like watered down juice... but in an okay way. It's very interesting, and easy to drink. I would definitely drink this again, even with the odd cheese aroma.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Pretty deep rose/purple. Small, bubbly, light pink head. Drops to a lively collar and small cap. Decent carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Funky cheese. Light blueberry skin and some juicy flesh in the back. Decidedly odd and funky. Vague citric tart edge. Sweat. Lightly fruity. Pretty mellow. Some oak hints. Corn.

Taste: Tart and funky. Light blueberry fruitiness. Juicy flesh and tannic skin. Funky cheese and some dirt. Some oak and corn. Tart and sweaty. Seriously, it smells like BO and cheese with a soft ripe blueberry undercurrent. Citric bite. Almost acetic at times. Light, pale malts. Some backing malt sweetness. Hints of white bread.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a high carbonation. Crisp and very dry.

Overall: The Lady in Red always seemed a bit classier.

Unique. Hyper funky. Dirty and vaguely fruity. Not good, not bad.

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Photo of C2H5
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jjheinrichs
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DooshBagalow
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #51

A: Color is kind of a purpley-red. Forms a moderate sized, very fizzy, ever-so-slightly purple tinted head that fizzes away as quickly as it is formed. No lacing.

S: Aroma is blueberry pie. Slightly sweet, slightly creamy, and even just a little bit of bread.

T: Taste is pleasant, but rather simplistic. There are blueberries, a little sweet and a little tart. Then a hit of wheat on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation gives this one a spry mouthfeel to it.

O: A nice beer. Very fruity. Glad to see the blueberries retained their "blueberry-ness" as often the fruit gets fermented beyond recognition. Simple and easy drinking.

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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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Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from batch 51

A: Pours a bright ruby pink color. Cloudy, with a 1-2 finger head that disapeears really quickly.

S: Bready, farmhouse yeast esters dominate the initial nose. At the end there is a hint of berry, but not strong. Blueberries have little-to-no smell though, so anything extra would seem artificial. Pretty much what I expect to smellfrom a Berliner.

T: As the nose suggests, the beginning is farmhouse yeast. As the taste finishes there is a strong, but not overbearing tartness of blueberries. Very refreshing.

M: Very light body. Good carbonation.

O: My first Pipeworks experience, and I'm pleased. I wish I were on a boat drinking 12 of these. I love that the blueberries don't seem artificial at all. That's the risk with many blueberry beers.

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Photo of Irishmafia
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Nachos4two
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bauermj
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zach60614
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mcc1654
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dhbiker0889
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Batch #51
(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a deep pastel purple body with a white thick foam that takes on a purple hue. There is a wall of microbubbles that race up the sides of the glass.

S- The bright blueberry aroma has some tartness and reminds me of mamba candies as it opens up.

T- The blueberry flavor is soft but starts to grow bigger with a watery and waxy candy note followed by a faint vinous white wine hint to it. The finish has a slight sweet corn note that grows with a blueberry flavor coming back in the finish and lingering.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with gentle fizz and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- The nice fruity wine characteristic is not really sour or funky with like a typical Berlinner Wiesse but it does have a very full flavor for such a low ABV. This would pair nicely with warm weather.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #51 with blue wax.

Pours dark pink/purple with just a few bubbles of fizzy white head fading quickly. Little retention or lacing, but fizzy bubbles throughout. Carbonation looks good for the style.

Tart blueberry and raspberry on the nose with a slight wheat tanginess and a touch of sourness.

Tart berry again at the front of the palate enhanced by the fizzy carbonation. Crackery, grainy wheat leading into a somewhat dry finish with a little bit of earthy funkiness. Spot on for a berliner, it's mildly sour tart, while still being light and not overpowering.

Very light bodied and prickly carbonation. Goes down easily.

Nice take on the style and liking just about everything I've had from Pipeworks so far. The fruit could stand out a bit more, but that is nitpicking. I've had a slew of bad berliners recently so it's nice to have one done right. Light and effervescent and tart, but not overly so. Well done!

*Note* Didn't have any of Batch 31 which was apparently bad so no comparison possible, but give this one a shot. The reviews should be higher after more of them are from the new batch.

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Photo of t0rin0
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 51 – Blue Wax – 750ml bottle – 4.0% ABV

Poured down the center of a Chalice glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a dark pink and red body with minimal carbonation. The one finger head that settles on top dissipates down to just a lacing. Some light effervescence streaming up from the bottom. It pours really light bodied and looks super refreshing.

Aroma: Ripe and tart fresh blueberries and some raspberry, mild sourness, slight wheat, bready yeast and malts with a subtle bitterness on the nose.

Taste: Very light and refreshing, especially after a strenuous day work! Fresh, tart and ripe blueberries with characteristics of other bright fruits. The sourness is very pleasant and ideal for someone that isn’t use to an intensely sour beer. Very slight astringency and funk flavors exist in the back end that work well with everything. Very slight hop bitterness, pale and bready sweet malts in the back and wheat beer characteristics like bright citrus fruit, lemon, orange peel and cracked wheat.

Mouth feel: Very light bodied, refreshing, highly drinkable at 4% ABV, and it’s pretty easy getting through a 750ml bomber on your own.

Overall: Overall, this is a pretty interesting take on a Berliner-Weiss that has some nice flavor to it. The only thing I wish was better in this is the fresh blueberries, if they were a little more pronounced here, this would have been a notch better. Regardless of what could have made this better, the balance of sweet and sour fruits with the enjoyable wheat beer characteristics in-between make this a pretty solid example of the style. I recommend purchasing one bottle if you can find it or see it the shelf somewhere.

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