Cranpire Christmas | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

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
Photo of Florida9
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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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of JRBecks
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a bright pink with a 2 finger white head. Minimal lacing.

S- tart citrus, funky cheese, bit of spoiled milk, with some berry aromas as well.

T- big tartness upfront, pale malts, with some tart and semi sweet berries.

M- light body and high carbonation. Light and refreshing.

O- 7/10 sourness. Not as good as Well Read Temptress IMO, but still a very nice Berliner. Not as much fruit flavor as WRT but close to the tartness.

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Photo of beerhawk41
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
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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Photo of cmoody91
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mjohnson17
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
Batch #59 (I think, I don't have the bottle in front of me)
Served in a Teku

A: Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color. Half a finger of white to off-white head. A nice looking beer.

S: Clean sour notes, a slightly discernible cranberry smell. A very slight cheese nose, in a good way.

T: Clean. Crisp. A perfect tasting berliner. There is a faint wheat backbone present which gives it nice character. However I do not taste much cranberry. This can be expected since I do have some homebrewing experience with cranberries and I found that the type of tartness that cranberries have are already close to the tart flavor profile of a berlinerweisse anyways, so I do feel the cranberries get a bit lost.

M: Super clean mouthfeel that finishes with a nice mild pucker Everything I'm looking for in a berliner weisse.

O: Another great, well balanced Berliner from Pipeworks. They are really nailing this style! Please keep em coming PW. I liked this very much, however if I had to rank the three bw offerings by Pipeworks thus far I would rank them: 1. Well Read Temptress, 2: Blue Lady 3: Cranpire Christmas. All are very close though. This beer is worth picking up.

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Photo of Treebs
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Pipeworks tulip. Batch #58

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a light pink head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a wispy cap and thicker collar.

S: Musty on the nose. Cranberry and some wheat notes. A little greek yogurt sourness as well. Mild cheesy notes as it warms.

T: Tart cranberry initially on each sip. Creamy wheat. A little lactic sourness and a touch of fruity acidity. The finish is sweet and clean. As it warmed up a touch of blue cheese came out, but it wasn't out of the realm of normal and played nicely with the fruity sourness.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Great mouthfeel with a little effervescence to it.

O: I like Well Read Temptress a tad more, but this was an extremely flavorful and easy drinking Berliner. Pipeworks is locking this style down and I'm excited to see what fruit variation is next!

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