Flower Child | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 01-25-2013

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Photo of dwagner003
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 99 poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass, carefully following the instructions as to not interrupt the sediment. Unfortunately, it did not work.

SO MUCH SEDIMENT. Honestly, I am all about enjoying the yeast sediment in some of the classic Belgians such as Rochefort 10, but this was a little ridiculous. It was a pale yellow with about a 1/4 inch of gray yeast at the bottom. Not attractive. Maybe something went wrong here.

Smelled sour and yeasty. Picked up some lemon. Not much in the way of a nose, but it did give an indication of the flavor that was to come.

A typical low ABV Berliner. Tart with a slight, and this is going to sound weird, cigar smoke flavor. I think I was slightly turned off by the appearance to really appreciate the taste, but it was nice and refreshing.

A lot of carbonation. Effervescent. Sticks with you.

Unfortunately, I was very turned off by the appearance. I think something went wrong with this bottle, because I am not seeing any other complaints. I drank it, but I was so caught up with the sediment that I wouldn't let myself enjoy it to its fullest extent. I could see this being a nice representation of the style, but it was just a miss for me. If I could drink it down without being preoccupied, it would be a very refreshing beer on a warm day.

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Photo of aussiebeer
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gave this one 1/2 star on untappd two years ago, pretty sure it was a drain pour. Pipeworks do not deserve a 1/2 star for any of their beers. Will have to try it again to see if my taste buds have changed or if it was a really bad bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 74.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better taste over smell in my opinion.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the RVA crew for hookin me up with a bottle of this in our recent exchange. A 750ml batch #74 poured into a pair of matching pipeworks berliner bowls. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a still look about it. No rising bubbles showing visible carbonation but a swirl emits a thin lace across the top. Once it gets warmer and you get violent with it, a finger of white cap emerges. WARNING: despite chilling the bottle for 3 days, it is impossible to decant more than 10-12 oz of this clearly. The sediment in this brew infiltrates the entire solution and literally looks like watered down cream of wheat or watery oatmeal.

The aroma is lemony lactic with yogurt and fresh grains like wheat or cereal. At times it has a minor mineral or vegetative note but that is nit-picking. As it warms and is swirled, it emits a bit of sulfur and footy to cheesy aspect. Stretching to say that there is a minor note of something similar to crushed black pepper.

The flavor is lemony lactic with a sort of greek yogurt appeal overtop cereal grains. Also present is a hint of vegetative or black peppery quality, sulfur and carbonic aspect towards the finish. The aftertaste instead of being clean and snappy has a bit of saline character and faint minerals almost indicative of a gose instead of berliner.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation than what is expected in the style. Overall it is not bad. It is not the best ive had in the style nor even close to the worst. Nicely done, I look forward to trying Pipeworks other berliner iterations but seriously, what the hell is going on in the bottom of that bottle...

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 99. bottle picked up about a week ago in a Chicago trip. enjoyed from a pipeworks berliner weiss glass. beer poured such a pale yellow that it looked almost white it had a thin fizzy head that fizzed away quick. smell is super tart and super tangy lemon rind and some sour egg. Fairly cheesy which is a bit off putting. thankfully the cheese is gone in flavor. taste is relatively nice lemon sourness. Some egg, but all in all a very nicr berliner. Perfect for a summer afternoon. Nice fizziness and crisp body.

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Photo of tut2528
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first try of this style... looking forward to it

A: pours a extremely light yellow, with a strong white appearance (resembles white grape juice). highly carbonated and creates about 1 fingers worth of head formation that dissipates like a soda.

S: not tart but not sour either. i pick up on a strong pear character, green apples, lemon grass, sugary white grapes.

T: very, very bland. slightly sour, with a touch of vinegar, big pears, apples, slight lemon zest, white grape sugar sweetness. most of the notes are subtle, and I really had to reach for the flavors.

M: completely light bodied (as expected), leaves a slight tartness and acidic vinegar quality on the palate that creates some intrigue into taking another sip.

O: my first Berliner, so I had no idea what to expect. but his is one beer that I would not buy again to be honest. its simply too bland. definitely look forward to trying more of this style, but I have a strong inclination that this is weak for its style.

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Photo of Treebs
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch # 74.

A: Pours a very hazy light straw color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. it recedes quickly to a thin, wispy film that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Mild lactic acidity up front with a light, refreshing tart lemon aspect to it.

T: Lemon grass, light lactic acidity. Mild cracker malt sweetness on the finish. A little mineral like middle to it as well. Sweet cracked wheat mixing with a drying lemon rind with a hint of champagne-like grape skin.

M: Light bodied with a brisk drying finish and a mild acidic tartness. Lively carbonation as well. High drinkability.

O: An enjoyable Berliner. I must say that I enjoy the fruited Berliner's from PW more, but this was a great take on the style and very true. Extremely easy drinking and I'd love for a re-brew in the summer months to enjoy on a 90 degree Chicago day.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle
Batch 99, 3/12/13
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a really hazy, cloudy faded yellow color. Bright white head of fizzy bubbles. Initially a half finger then just a nice collar.

S: Smells slightly tart. Wheat. Some Lacto like yogurt character. Mild funk.

T: Tartness on the tip of the tongue. Prickly carbonation. In the middle of the mouth you get that wheat and grainy character. Sort of one note. Some creamy notes from the Lacto bugs. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: It's ok. The fruited one is better.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: 20 West Wine and Spirits, Lombard, IL
Date: None, but listed as "Batch 74"
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Warning: huge chunks of coagulated protein/yeast/something on the bottom of my bottle, pour with care.

Pipeworks' Flower Child berlinerweisse is a fairly solid attempt at the style, with pleasant acidity, lemon, and wheat characters. The 750ml bottle also happens to be one of Pipeworks' only affordable offerings, and is one I'd return to if seen again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of clean, white bubbles that are small to medium in size, presenting a foam that is somewhat dishsoap-like in appearance. Foam retention is good, lasting about 1.5 minutes as it declines to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, just a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a light, pale golden yellow color, with light bringing out a extra pale, watery yellow hue to the beer. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy (20-30% opacity) beer, low in number and moderate in activity.

Aroma is tart and lemon-like, moderate lactic acid influences reminding one a bit of yogurt, with notable wheat to smooth out any rough edges and add a bit of grainy sweetness to the overall scent.

Overall flavors are of tart lactic acid, lemon, and wheat grains. Front of palate experiences tart lactic acid, dried lemon, and slightly sweet wheat grains. Mid-palate is of mild white wheat grains, slightly spicy/peppery phenols, lightly tart lactic acid, yogurt, and hints of lemon. Back of palate experiences stronger tartness from lactic acid and yogurt, yeast, lemon, with less present notes of wheat malt, though at times they seem present. Aftertaste is of mild tartness, light lemon, and slightly grainy and sweet wheat malt.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is slightly fizzy (1/5), then becoming somewhat foamy (1/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5). Generally fairly crisp and dry. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip
Batch #74
A- This beer ours a pale white peach color with a bit of hazy and a creamy snow white head that turns bubble. There is a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface. The second class is much hazier with a massive jetsam that looks like wet paper towels floating around. The second class was too slimy and chunky to drink.

S- The fruity tart note was mellow but bright and took on a nice dry honeycomb note as it opened up. There was a faint wheat dough hint to it aswell.

T- The nice tart crisp presents lead to a softer fruity tartness in the finish with a field corn note in the dry finish. There was a gentle hint of tartness lingering for a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no astringency at all with a gentle tight fizz scrubbing the finish.

O- This is a nice tart beer but is much softer than it’s Cousins from Berlinne. It has some nice flavor but I’m not sure a 3.4% ABV bomber is worth $10.00. It was also frustrating that I couldn’t even drink the second glass.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1749th Review on BA
Bottle to Bavarian Lodge Tulip

Batch 74
Purchased at Binny's Naperville, IL

App- Out of the bottle this pours like clarified butter. A bit of a white mixed with wheat and a bit like a Hoegarrden color. Lite, hazy and a nice head behind it. The head is a nice 2 finger fact receding one with a bit of a deep cling and stick.

Smell- I really dont get a whole lot on the nose of this beer. Really only a little bit of lactic wheat with a touch of sour and a bit of lemon. Not a fault. Just not very aromatic.

Taste- On the first sips of this beer, I really pick up on the mild malt balance and then a little bit of lemon and cracker come into play with only a small bit of lactic acidity. I wont call it Blue Cheese, but I will say it is in the cheese family for sure.

Mouth- A very light and crisp feel to it. The carbonation is a bit medium/low. Needed to be a bit more prickly for sure. Residual lemon and malts with a bit of dry clarified butter to it.

Drink- I thought it was good. Above average but needed a bit more. I dont know if I like the naked version of the other Berliner Weisses. I will keep drinking and see how it goes.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriate hazey yellow appearance, abundant carbonation. Smell is lemon, triscuits, but a bit damp and vegetal. The musty note doesn't carry through to the flavor and we're left with a moderately sour lemon spritzer with some distinct grain tones. Well done; put this one in cans!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw-yellow color, with a healthy, fluffy white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving some lacing on the glass. Crisp wheat notes in the nose, lemongrass, mineral. Similar taste, lightly toasted wheat and crackery pale malts, lemon zest with a touch of tartness, grassy, a little mineral in the taste as well. Light body, thin, but appropriate for a 3.5% beer, Champagne-like carbonation. Crisp and clean, refreshing, easily drinkable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch #753. Finally getting to try this Berliner Weissbier offering from the geniuses at Pipeworks. This is the lowest abv beer from Pipeworks that I've tried yet, also.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a pale yellow body with about a finger of good creamy white head. Appears well carbonated, especially when given a nice swirl.

S - A pleasant aroma. Light, wheaty, grainy, with good lactic souring, and even a bit of that cheesy burnt torilla type aroma I associate often with Berliners. It's just the grain / wheat. Smells very nice, and on the right track.

T - Excellent. Refreshingly crisp, tart / sour, and light. The lactic acid lends a very sour / citric lemony freshness. Grainy & wheaty, with a hint of bacterial yeastiness present on the finish.

M - The feel is crisp & tart. Light-bodied and extremely easy-drinking.

Overall, an excellent Berliner from Pipeworks! I absolutely cannot wait for their sour program to be up and running. Looking forward to much more.

Pipeworks Flower Child -----4/5.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something different fof Pipeworks, Americo’s bottle. Great hoppy aroma. A creamy head on dark brown. Some chocolate, roasty taste with citrus in the finish. Was expecting more significant sourness in the style.I can only speculate that they purposely concentrated on these other elements.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

The beer pours a beautiful cloudy lemon color. There is a nice bright white head as well that releases a complex scent. You certainly get the tartness on the nose as well as some light citrus and bread notes. My wife described the scent as the smell of summer.

This beer is very interesting as basically a naked Berliner. The tartness attacks your tongue, then some sweetness and bright flavors surround. It's very light and appealing for warm weather. If this is your style, then it should satisfy. If this isn't, then this would be a solid version to try and see if you can develop a taste for it.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and some lacing, huge sediment!

S-lemon, wheat, crackers, slight sourness

T-wheat, cracker malt, hint of pepper, lemon, slight yeast , tart

F-light to medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a pretty nice BW, good flavor, the sediment was excessive and really needed decanting

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Photo of Florida9
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very light pastel yellow in color. Actually, more white than yellow. Very cloudy. Forms a small, creamy white head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Strongly aromatic. Lots of lemon, with notes of bread, yeast, and wheat.

T: Taste is more of the same. Mild lemonade, creamy wheat, yeast, and some faint green grape juice. More lightly sweet lemon on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Carbonation approaching the heavier side, but actually quite restrained for the style. Mild tartness, but not quite sour.

O: A nice beer and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace for the share.

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 4/5/2013.

Appearance: opaque straw yellow bodied beer with 3 fingers of white head. spotty lacing.

Smell: This beer smells pretty cheesy like a good blue cheese. Thats most of what I am smelling from this beer.

Taste: Mildly tart lemons. light wheat malt profile. Hint of blue cheese in the middle of the brew and more lemons overtake the cheese in the finish of the beer. The beer finishes with the same mild tartness that it started with. Simple yet enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fresh, light, bright and drinkable beer. Clean finish as well.

Overall: This is another great Berlinner Weissbier by Pipeworks. I like it more than blue lady, but its just not near as good as well red temptress. Great to see a brewery in Illinois brewing this beer style and trying different spins on a berlinner especially since you just dont see that many berlinner's on the shelfs in craft beer stores.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted with the group, side-by-side with the other three Pipeworks Berliners. 1/4. This one pours a murky, apple-juice color with a light yellow-gold tint in the very center. Head wisps away into nothing within a few seconds. Aroma is very tart and tantalizing on the nostrils; nice heaps of apples, apple skins, lemon, and sharp citrus blasts back and forth. The smell is actually quite "full" for being a 3.5% ABV Berliner. Smells very refreshing and easy-going.

The taste comes out just as expected - nice, juicy green apple and apple skins that are lightly sour, but not tart enough to cause puckering - just enough to get those saliva glands excited, then keep them holstered. Flavors follow up with lemon, lemon zest, lemon-lime - mildly akin to a Sprite in beer form, though much better. The finish is crisp with some lasting sour fruit notes, mainly apple and lemon, a bit of which have turned into a refreshing sweetness. Very light bodied, to be expected, medium-high carbonation.

Such an easy drinking and refreshing beer, yet packed pretty well with aroma and flavor given its low alcoholic content. I could put down a bunch of these and still be feeling fine. Keep them coming!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch 74

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and lacing left behind.

(S)- A bright and zesty lemon rind tartness. Bits of lively wheat and biscuit too. Really nice lemon profile on this.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A zesty lemon rind tartness combined with smooth but lightly spicy wheat and biscuit flavors. Clean and refreshing.

(M)- A nice and crisp carbonation level. A really nice light but zesty balance and feel to it. Rather thirst quenching.

(O)- I quite like this one, particularly when its hard to find a good example of this style in the states. Truer to the style than their Blueberry variant, which to me felt more like an american wild ale than berliner. At only 3.5% ABV, sign me up for many more once the weather starts to warm up. And, I was happy with the $9.99 price tag per bottle.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 l bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a murky pale lemon color with a 2" white head. The top of the beer looks like a jelly belly after any color is gone. Clumps and trails of small bubbles remain on the glass.

S- lactic, sourdough bread, some light lemon, and vinous notes.

T- tart and sour lemon, sour mash, slight funky cheese at the finish but it hards to get past the initial tart blast.

M- light body and high carbonation. Light creaminess comes through after the initial acidic effervescence.

O- wasn't sure at first how this was going to be at first glance and sniff. But another tasty Berliner from PW. Still enjoy their fruit Berliners more but still solid.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A pear colored off-white brew. Decent head on the pour which subsided quickly. A slightly below average carbonation throughout. A very good amount of sediment at the bottom but did not interfere with this one.

Smell: Pears, club soda, wild yeast, fresh prarie grass, tart lemon and limes. A very subtle aroma which required some digging to really get into.

Taste: A medium sourness on the front. The sourness joins with the carbonation toward the body of the brew. Tart apricots, bright fruits, coriander, and plenty of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. A fruity uniqueness dances on the palette.

Overall: So easy drinking and pleasant. The sourness is very balanced, does not overpower this brew like other sours. Another very unique style that Pipeworks knocks out of the park.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lacework. Hazy pale straw body.

S - Sharp wheat, tangy lactic notes, lemony citrus, perhaps a touch of mineral.

T - Taste has a bit more yeast and breadiness to it, with a low level of tart lemon and lactic acidity. A tad sweeter, with some pale malt and juicy citrus presence mid-palate before yielding to a lightly sour finish.

M - Light in body, but not overly watery for a 3.5% beer. Dry, yet mouth-coating finish. Pleasant refreshing carbonation, albeit a bit less than I like from this style. Some residual acidity might get the stomach churning a little after a full bottle. Really easy to drink!

D - A nice session option. I was able to finish the bomber with minimal effort. Nice Berliner, and you get 50% more for the same price as the German ones available here. Would love to see this on-tap in the summer, as I can imagine putting back a few glasses.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If they weren't already doing a good enough job of it, I would be more than happy to write copy for Pipeworks labels. Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy pale grapefruit juice topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose is a simple blast of tart and juicy lemon zest. Things go from straight within-the-rind fruit to lightly-sweetened lemonade. The taste is more single-minded, keeping to the tart and sour track with a hunk-a-hunk-a burnin' vengeance. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a highly enjoyable and refreshing little Berliner. Good times. 'Nuff said. Get some.

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Flower Child from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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