Cranpire Christmas | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Been holding onto this bottle for awhile as it was gifted to me and frankly I didnt want to open it because one of the other berliners ive had from this brewery was pretty bad. 750ml bottle into a matching Pipeworks berliner bowl. The brew appears a clear light peachy pink color with a white cap. A second pour looks like someone threw up cream corn in the glass.

The aroma has some lactic tang and pleasant fruitiness about it that isnt quite identifable but I assume it to be the cranberry inclusion.

The taste is tart with a bit of wheat and quite a bit of carbonic bite. As it warms up, it doesnt get any better, this tastes like club soda more than a berliner.

Light in body with modest carbonation. In comparison to the pipeworks blue lady berliner, this was ok. Im glad the experience is over, I dont need/want to have this again.

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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

An explosion of variously-fruited Berliner weisses? Nice. This one pours a hazy salmon (and I just recently had some smoked salmon nigiri at a nearby sushi joint, so, yeah, I can tell it's pretty damn close, baby) topped by over a finger of pink-white foam. The nose comprises light cranberry and very light grassy wheat. Considering the fruiting and the style, things are strangely diffuse. The taste basically amounts to a mildly tart cranberry juice, though definitely thinner than actual juice. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this was a surprisingly boring offering, one that had very little character beyond the meek cranberry. They can't all be winners, I suppose...

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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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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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazed pink. Looks like a fizzy pink lemonade or grapefruit juice. Head is a super pale pink and drops to a tiny collar in short order.

Smell: A lighter version of the same funky cheese and funk from Blue Lady. Nice undercurrent of tart cranberry flesh and juice. A bit sweet. Delicate layers of funk, wood, and tannic fruit. Sweat. Almost Kool-Aid sweet at times. Powdered drink.

Taste: Clean citric tart.edge. Mild push of tart cranberry flesh in the back. Some softer layers of powdery funk. Likely acetic. Very clean and light. Some dampness. Hints of own round out the back. Some pale malt. Seltzer water.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Feels effervescent thanks to the tart edge. A bit dry.

Overall: Vampires always beat ladies.

A nice mild sour. Backing fruit is delicate and allows the funky elements to really shine. Easy drinking.

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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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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours PINK. Not salmon colored. No, it's a slightly cloudy, pastel pink. Looks sort of like watermelon agua fresca. Forms a smallish lightly pink tinted head that fizzes away fairly quickly leaving just a faint ring around the edge.

S: Aroma is fairly light. Mostly some light cranberry notes and wheat with a bit of yeast in the background.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma. Very lightly flavored. Cranberry and wheat with just a hint of yeasty funk, but really not much else. Mildly sweet-tart. Reminiscent of what I imagine a cranberry flavored soda would taste like.

M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild tartness.

O: A decent beer whose light body and light flavoring create an incredibly drinkable brew. Might be a nice introduction to the style for some. However, its fairly one note and lacks the character most Berliners have.

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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to mjohnson17 for the brew, and yeahnatenelson for the pipeworks berliner glass from the glass bif.

a - poured a soft fizzy pink. looks like pink soda. thin bubbly head that fizzed away quick with a small island of tiny bubbles left on the surface. the sides of the glass are coated with bubbles. looks fairly carbonated!

s - artificial fruit flavoring. cranberry (duh)...more on the natural cranberry edge than the ocean spray edge. fairly thick and a bit cheesy (uh oh, thinking blue lady here).

t - hey, that's not bad at all...cranberry juice. some cheese. pretty drinkable...can i get through the full bottle? i think so. very cranberry juice with a hint of cheese.

m - carbonated, but still somewhat juicelike...cranberry soda anyone? maybe a little cheesiness.

o - overall much better than blue lady (at least the batch i had), but definitely some notes of the cheesiness which takes things down a notch. kind of like cranberry soda, but more natural cranberry as opposed to ocean spray, but there is definite sweetness here to keep things in check.

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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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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$11.99 for a 750ml bottle from Binny's. Served in a Schultheiss Berliner Weisse glass.

A: murky pink/off-white color, very cloudy, poured with head that gave way to thin veil
S: mild, tart fruitiness with lactic undertones
T: tart with lactic acid but not as tart as Schultheiss, decent brew overall for style and 'A' for effort, cranberry really works well with style
M: slight sourness but very light and drinkable

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 64 ratings