Ego Disillusionment | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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3.62 w/ 52 ratings

Brewed by:
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: 52 |  Reviews: 17
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a hazy yellow color with a soft soapy looking white head on top. The retention was minimal here along with the lacing. The smell of the beer was pretty good, it has a nice subtle tart aroma from the lactic acid and kiwi. The taste of the beer is sweet with a tart finish to it. There is some kiwi flavors in there but they're not over the top. There is a nice wheat finish to the taste also. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and refreshing. Would be a perfect summer brew. Overall It's a nice beer. It's not my favorite style but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Jspriest
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of victory4me
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1L TH swing top growler
Filled 2/1/13
5oz tasting snifter

A: Pours out a really pale yellow color. Not getting a ton of head for something filled the night before, but it's carbonated. Bright white collar of bubbles. Doesn't leave much by way of lacing.

S: On the nose, I initially got what I took as white grape like notes. Maybe some apple cider as others had mentioned here. The fruit isn't that pronounced but Kiwi really isn't that aggressive a smelling fruit.

T: I actually liked the flavor of this one. I thought it would be a perfect summer beer that they should bring back for the warmer months. Up front a little pinch of tartness on the tongue. You do get that white grape juice character that I smelled. Maybe some breadiness. Crisp finish.

M: Light and refreshing. Little thin but it's supposed to be.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of callmemickey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of AlexFields
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks super pale and hazy, somewhat yellowish but not really distinct color.

Smells like apple juice and unbaked bread dough. Mild tartness, not really getting distinct kiwi.

Tastes better but still getting the bread dough. More tartness, apple cider, some faint kiwi that's mostly hidden under the other flavors.

Fairly drinkable, could use slightly more carb.

Odd beer, not great but not really bad. It's drinkable but disappointing.


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Photo of cfrances33
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of MsRif
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Keyes88
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8 oz glass on tap at brew cafe in Ardmore.

Pours a very cloudy greenish hued yellow with a wispy white head. Nose of lactic sourness and wheat with a strong fruit presence, alternating between lemon, kiwi and green apple. Flavor is bready and tart, mild acidity, with ripe kiwi and mild lemon tartness. Medium light body and low carbonation. A little too thin and watery, but otherwise refreshing and sure future batches will dial in.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Ego Disillusionment from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 52 ratings
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