Altar
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #189
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,854
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
54
From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: HoliDAZE BerlinerWeisse brewed with hibiscus, Madagascar vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Very bright, juicy, and festive!
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Beautiful bottle artwork.

L: Nearly clear light copper pour. Thin fizzy white head leaves a nice ring of lacing.

S: Tart and acidic... fruity with funk and a whiff of vanilla.

T.F: Tart and delicious. Funk and lemon citrus mixed with green fruit, baking cherry, spice, and tea. The vanilla and hibiscus are subtle but present. Faint cinnamon at the finish complements the tartness and acidity nicely. Light bodied and well carbonated. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Absolutely outstanding. Great mix of flavors, and I tend to strongly dislike spiced beers I really enjoyed the hint of cinnamon at the end (it was far from overpowering... more like barely there). Unique and fantastic beer.

Apr 23, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light color of a wheat beer, with sourness balanced with conditioning on hibiscus flowers, vanilla beans and cinnamon. Definitely felt like a farmhouse style rendition, another creative result from Tired Hands.

Dec 25, 2019
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at TH. From the tap list: “ALTAR: Oak Fermented Hibiscus Berliner Weisse 5.2% A grown-up reinterpretation of a BrewCafé favorite. Composed of raw wheat and a touch of malted rye, and given a lengthy fermentation in a large oak foudre with our Magickal microflora. Conditioned on hibiscus flowers, vanilla beans, and cinnamon. Notes of tart cherry pie, hardspice, raspberry danish, and pink lemonade.” Tart and refreshing

Feb 22, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raspberry red with a finger of pink head that's quick to dissipate. Slightly tart nose. Fruity flavor of some hard-to-pin pink or red berry and just slightly tart. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel. Not as tart as I like from the style, but good.

Jan 17, 2016
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red, pink head, clear and no lacing. Notes of cranberry, sugar cookie, lemon, and light spice. Crisp, clean and dry. Light mouthfeel and lighter carbonation that you'd expect for the style. Nice twist on a traditional for the holidays.

Jan 03, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Tim for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the growler in a willybecker

The color is deep red with good clarity -bright like cherry /cranberry juice with a pink head. The smell is interesting more spice than sour aroma, with light tart floral scent of hibiscus. The feel is great, tangy with light tropical flower resinous texture with light spice and tangy finish with moderately high carbonation and dry finish.

The taste is great lots of hibiscus tanginess with slight vanilla and very mild cinnamon yet a light tangy yeast flavor to round out the taste with dry finish and light body in general. This is a unique take on the style, I am glad I got to try this, thanks tenderbranson69!

Dec 28, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/30/14 notes. 4 oz. pour on tap in Ardmore, PA at the brewpub.

Pours a cool looking, somewhat clear reddish-purple color with no head or carbonation evident. Tons of cranberrys, lightly tart, lemon, citrus, pineapple, grass, earthy notes, oak, tart apples, and spices. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall nice but I am not a bit cranberry fan so a bit too much for me. If you like cranberries and cranberry juice you'd probably love this one.

Jan 09, 2015
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap last night. Great twist on a Berliner Weisse as I really enjoyed how the vanilla and cinnamon added a flavorful body without adding body. Know what Im saying? But really cool brew and a welcome holiday ale.

Dec 21, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a Tired Hands 2nd anniversary pint glass

Appearance: Pours a bright red fruit punch type color with little to no head. Body is lightly hazy.

Smell: Cherry pie, floral, faint spices, grain. Mostly typical tired hands berliner with a little something extra.

Taste: Medium acidity with light grains upfront. The specialty ingredients some out in the middle and into the finish. Cherry and hibiscus are noticeable and while the vanilla and cinnamon aren't individually identifiable, theres a definite mild pleasant spice character throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Carbonation is on the low side, but this is a 2 day old growler, so that probably has something to do with it.

Overall: Another good one from Tired Hands. It seems as though they're improving their Berliners slightly with each one they make. This one is definitely worth trying.

Dec 19, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from TH.

Decanted appropriately into my OG Believer's Club wine-style glass. As typical of any liberally hibiscused beer, this brew had a deep ruby red color, mostly clear, with a thin pinkish layer of bubbles on top that retained as a mere scattering of stray bubbles. Nothing out of the ordinary. Aroma was a bit distant, grainy, floral, distant indistinct sweetness. It was weird: at first sip, the beer came off a bit bland to me, but after a few minutes, I guess my taste buds acclimated and the true flavors started kicking in. Sourdough, leafy, floral notes, light hints of raspberry tartness, vanilla and cinnamon coming in more subtly...not a full-blown syrup blast like Sgt. Salamander (loved that one, by the way). Light mouthfeel, crisp, balanced, nothing overdone here, making for a good, easy drinker.

Dec 08, 2014
Altar from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 54 ratings