Cranpire Christmas | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Treebs on 12-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted with the group, side-by-side with the other three Pipeworks Berliners. 4/4. Pours a light sunburst color, orange and murky with a foamy off-white head that fades quickly into nothing. The smell is very, very light on this one - kind of hard to pick up anything right off the bat. After digging for a bit, there are some light cranberry and mixed berry notes underneath, accompanied by a slight astringency. Slight tartness can be perceived from the aroma, too, but not until the beer has warmed up substantially, and by that point, you've probably already taken a sip. The nose remains pretty quiet and underwhelming through most of the beer, though when you pick up anything at all, it does smell pretty good.

The taste has a light tartness to it, probably finishing second in the list of "most sour" between the four Berliners. Mellow cranberry is the heaviest flavor, as it should be. I like the way the cranberry was handled - it was lighter and softer. I was afraid it could be too heavy and syrupy, like Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice or something - good thing it was not. Although, the mellow flavor that it did have definitely could have been more powerful. There's a mild tartness spike, but not enough to pucker. Sweetness flows through to the aftertaste, where I'm picking up a slightly strange "cardboard" flavor. Not exactly off-putting, but I don't really know how to feel about it. It just feels a bit out of place. Thin body, medium-high carbonation.

Again, a decent Berliner, but an underwhelming aroma prevents it from being great. Still tasty and very drinkable, as a Berliner should be. I'd say this one finishes third out of the four Pipeworks Berliners.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Hazy dark pink and light ruby with a thin head of white, creamy foam.

Cranberry and mild lactic sour character in the aroma, along with some cheesey funk.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with definite cranberry character coming through, along with mild sweet, some lactic sour character, and a cheese character I wish wasn't present.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate to near-high carbonation.

Good, but probably my least favorite of Pipeworks berliners to date.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 58

A-This beer pours a hazy deep red with a strawberry blonde head of foam that last a good bit and a strong carbonation.

S- The slightly earthy cranberry fruit is fresh with a raw honey note growing as the beer opens. There is a mellow corn note underneath the fruit that has a slight yeasty tartness to it.

T- The tart fruit is sort of a cranberry soda flavor without the sweetness and a note of dry corn and yeast underneath. The dry tart finish is mostly fruit forward with hints of berliner weissbier underneath.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish but no astringency or alcohol.

O- This is a beer that is crisp and light but really has a nice fresh fruit flavor. I wouldn't mind a bit more beer tartness but the fruit is still well supported.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wide-mouth chalice just for fun, closest I had to the traditional Berliner Kindl Weisse glass.

Color is an electric kool-aid reddish pink, with a finger of foam that melts away quickly, fading into an island of patchy skim, and a crescent shape of bubbles clinging to the opposite side of the glass.

Tart cranberry and vague wheaty aroma, some cranberry juice.

Crisp and puckering sourness, seems a touch more intense than Blue Lady & Well Read, but in the same ballpark. Simple and clean, more tart cranberry up front, finishing dry with some fleeting aftertastes of cranberry and sourdough yeast. No off flavors to speak of. Would make a nice apertif or sunny day quencher. Made a milkshake by blending half cup of Cranpire, half cup of cranberry sauce, 3 tbsp cream cheese, and 1/2 tbsp of strawberry vanilla sugar, and it tasted like cranberry cheesecake.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this (and giving me more once he magically exploded my glass with a TV remote)

Consumed 2/9/13

Appearance: Pink, perhaps salmon - looks like somewhere between a pink lemonade and ruby red grapefruit juice - off-white, vaguely pink head - decent carbonation, keeps a little cap - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Very weird (as I suppose a Berliner Weiss should be) - sharp cheddar cheese, funky cheese, and vinegar-like weirdness - some fleshy cranberries and cranberry skins - some tart, some sweetness - kind of smells like a weird fruit juice with seltzer

Taste: Lactic sourness, tart, and a hint of cranberries - like a light sour, similar style to the other Berliner Weiss from Pipeworks (Blue Lady, reviewed last night) - not particularly fruity, but it works - some yeasty weirdness in addition to the funky qualities - watery, but in a refreshing way, mellow - acidic with some vinegar

Mouthfeel: Light, nice carbonation, very drinkable, watery

Overall: OMG Cranpires!

This is an interesting beer. It's about as interesting as Pipeworks' Blue Lady. Lightly fruity, funky, and weird. Refreshing, but not a particularly mind-blowing Berliner Weiss.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Appearance is very cool on this one. Bright pink color that resembles grapefruit juice. Fizzy, bubbly head that settles quickly into a nice small rim and lace around the top of the drink. No lacing on the glass, as to be expected from the style and low ABV.

S: Lots of cranberry. Some esters, and sweet tart smells.

T: Good amount of tartness. Cranberry, grapefruit, some malt background.

M: Light body. High carbonation. Very dry. Perfect for a Berliner body.

M - Pleasant and spritzy carbonation, medium-light body, and a crisp, dry finish. Goes down really easily.

O: This got a little better with every drink as it warmed. This had about the perfect amount of tart and flavor for my liking. Another well-done brew by Pipeworks.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Cranpire Christmas from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 64 ratings