Ego Disillusionment | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Berliner Weiss fermented on 66lbs of Italian kiwi halves.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by jmarsh123:
Photo of jmarsh123
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Retail1L0 for the swing top 1L growler.

Pours pale straw with a small white effervescant head. Doesn't have much retention or lacing.

Some lemon and apple aromas along with a wheat twang. Can't really pick out kiwi in the aroma.

Typical berliner flavor profile. Some tart apple up front along with some grainy malt. Finishes with just a kiss of tartness and light throughout. The only problem is this is a "kiwi" berliner and I get absolutely nothing from the kiwi.

Light refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation was a touch lower than I'd prefer for the style.

This is a perfectly good berliner weiss that I may have enjoyed more in a summer month. My beef is it's advertised as a kiwi beer and I don't feel the kiwi had any impact on the flavor profile at all. Marketed as a straight berliner, I'd score it higher. It'd be nice if they did this one again for a warmer time and let it sit on the kiwis longer to really bring out the kiwi tartness in addition to the light lactic tartness from the base.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler during a tasting. Cloudy white and watered-down lemonade-like in color, barely enough color to call it straw. Hazy and foggy - looks like white grape juice with very tiny bits of sediment floating around, slightly olive-green tint to it. Aroma is packed with apples, apple skins, white grapes, pears, and some moderate kiwi. Some lemon and lime zest detected as well. Mainly fruity on the nose, not much to mention in terms of vibrant malt or hop characters.

Hits the palate pretty thin with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Slightly tart up front, turning quickly to a lasting, fruity sweetness. Kiwi, green apple, white grapes, and ripe pears. Very "juicy" in character. The aftertaste contains a nice amount of lemon-lime zest, mildly reminiscent of a Sprite (but in "beer" form, of course). The kiwi wasn't as ripe or juicy as I thought it would be, but it's definitely noticeable. Very crisp and refreshing on the tongue, and a pretty hefty amount of fruit flavor given the style.

Flavorful and quenching for being only 3.5% ABV - this is definitely something I could drink all day, especially on a hot day after being outside for a while. Nice example of the Berliner Weiss, I'd love to have a growler of this stuff to myself.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to xnicknj for this.

Pour was hazy straw yellow, pale as can be. Thin light head but decent looking.

Fruity and malty. Nose was light, not much going on here.

Fruity up front, the kiwi is apparent. A tropical fruit with a very very mild tartness. Towards the finish, very pale malt and bread forward.

Light and easy, mild carbonation. Slick with a very faint tartness, but enough to keep it interesting.

I enjoyed this, my wife loved it. Sounds weird but almost had a wine like feel to its flavor profile. Worth trying.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$5.00 for 10oz, served in an elongated chalice
Sampled 22FEB13

[A] Arrives with a wispy white head, bright, sudsy and short lived. The body is a pale, soft and light yellow with enough murkiness to prohibit any transparency. No lacing.

[S] Light lactic aromas on the nose with a cellar-like mustiness, plus soured grain and a restrained kiwi fruit character.

[T] Sourness is modest but plays well off of the spritzy acidity. Tangy, yogurt-like qualities come through from midpalate on. The fruit character could be elevated a bit more because the addition of kiwi seems like a fantastic and natural combination with a Berliner base. Nevertheless, the flavor is not lacking - even at 3.5% ABV.

[M] Super crispy, light and refreshing. Everything a Berliner should be - just not as sour or lactic as I like. Plus the kiwi component was downplayed, which seems like a missed opportunity to me.

[O] I thought this beer was MUCH better than the ratings suggest - and I'd happily have another.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and cloudy, gray hued straw color, somewhat bubbly. Notes of musty grain and hay on the nose, lemon and lime rind. Taste quite mild all around, musty grain and lightly tart citrus rind... hoping for more tart Berliner and kiwi qualities. Lighter bodied, mildly bubbly. Lacking in a few areas to make it stand out at Tired Hands or against other Berliners.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tired Hands last weekend followed by a growler last night. Served in Tired Hands stemware.

The pour on tap (the day of the tapping) was a pale yellow with a greenish tint. Very cloudy with a whisp of a head. From the growler, the beer still has a bit of a greenish tint, though less so, and has cleared up quite a bit.

The nose carries a bit of lactic acidity and mild bread and grain. The kiwi is a bit in the background, becoming a bit more pronounced as it warms. Mild lemon and lime-like citrus there as well.

Flavor is initially tart followed by ripe kiwi. Mild bread character in the background, though the grain character is fairly subdued, with fruit and acidity being the dominant components.

Very light with a smooth tartness through the finish. Quite drinkable, though I wish the carbonation had been higher, even on tap.

Overall, a great concept and a very nice beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Tired Hands

Hazy, pale yellow pour, with a small, fizzy, white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Fairly effervescent. Aroma was a bit distant, vaguely kiwi, but more lemony, I thought, lightly toasted wheat. Taste was a bit thinner than I expected, even taking the lower ABV into consideration. As in the nose, I picked up lemon more than anything, kiwi rind, pale wheaty malts, and a touch of grassy funk just poking through. Mouthfeel was thinned out and a bit watery, which didn't help the lighter flavor profile, but on the other hand, this was quite a refreshing and drinkable beer overall. I think maybe my opinion of it would be better if I were drinking it outside in the middle of August rather than in the bar during the coldest week of January.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of cfrances33
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pour: Completely hazy pale yellow with a finger and a half white head. Head recedes to a rim and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Big burst of kiwi and lemon juice right off the bat. A light yeast and a ton of dough. Mostly just fruit juice.

Taste: Again, tart kiwi and lemon juice dominate the palate. A ton of doughy breadiness. This is incredibly unbalanced, but that's fine with me.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but just exceptionally drinkable. Nice carb too.

Overall: Not sure why the previous reviews are so low... this wasn't mind blowing, but was quite refreshing and tasty. I would like to see Jean dial the recipe in on this one (maybe scale back the amount of Kiwi used?) and brew this again come spring or summer.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler provided by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt.
Pours a deeply hazy straw color without much of a head. Smells of funky and citric fruit with a bit of kiwi thrown into it. The flavor is lightly tart with a nice citric and kiwi thing going on with a hint of funk and a sulfur rotten fruit flavor that luckily doesn't dominate or stick around very long. Light body with a lightly tart puckering mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is a light easy to drink beer that would go great sitting on the deck when it gets a little warmer.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours pale, cloudy yellow with a one finger tall white head leaving little to no lace at all on the glass.

S - Smells of day old wheat bread, dulled Kiwi and Lemon fruitiness, some dry yeast and a bit of lactic sourness. I just wish the fruit came through a little more.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. Kinda bready up front, Kiwi and lemon are a little brighter here, combining with the light lactic tartness to make a nice finish.

M - Light body with moderately low carbonation. My only problem is the feel, it is kinda watery from the start and it doesn't improve.

O - It is very easy to drink and it has some nice flavor but the feel just kills it. With a little refinement I think this one could be a very nice beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

1-liter growler into a matching Tired hands oversized wine glass. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a white frothy finger of head that collapses to a thin ring fairly quick which is typical for the style. Some faint spotty lace sticks to the wall of the glass.

The smell consists of bread and yeast. A faint fruity and lemony character emerges across the middle. This is a bit seedy with some notes of yogurt. A bit of sour mashing aromatics is present faintly suggesting oxygen was present while the wort was being soured. It has a distinct note almost like corn and grain about to be spoiled.

The taste is bready with yeasty notes coupled with lemon. A bit of fruity charcter is present that I want to guess is the kiwi but it isnt bold by any means and kiwi is in its own regards a pretty subtile fruit. Sone yogurt notes persist into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a lightly almost chalky feel. It is easy drinking with some nice sour mash qualities and fruitiness. Thisbis not bad but it is a bit of a letdown after having their kvass which raised my level of expectation higher than it probably should have been.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Ego Disillusionment from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 51 ratings