Beatnik Sour
Exile Brewing Co.

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From:
Exile Brewing Co.
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #208
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,141
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
102
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 27, 2022
Added:
Aug 21, 2014
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  26
SCORE
86
Very Good
Beatnik SourBeatnik Sour
Notes: Tart and acidic, Beatnik Sour is everything your conventional beer isn't. Unfiltered and extra pale with a pure white crown, we kettle soured the wort with Lactobacillus, leaving a refreshing lactic tartness that puckers your palate.

2 IBUs
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Rated by Jessbob

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Frothy and lemon heavy with just the right level of acidity. Not the most complex sour but my favorite.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Elemental19xx from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First let me start by saying this was my first time trying a sour. I quite enjoyed it, however with how different this is from a "normal beer, i would have to be in the mood for a fruitier drink to seek these out. I really enjoyed how much of a citrusy juice-like flavor there was, and would gladly pick up a six pack from time to time. The malty beer flavor is light but still comes through. I'm looking forward to trying some more sours when I get the chance. Definently an unexpectedly pleasant experience that i highly reccomend!
Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by DesMorris from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - pours very thin white foam head which dissipates quickly. Light straw in color and mostly clear with slight cloudiness
S - has a mostly grain/wheat/bread like scent with a hint of sour sharpness
T - tart and sour up front but mellows in the middle and becomes well balanced with the wheat showing up.
F - seems a little higher in carbonation/fizz. Acidic and kind of chewy.
O - well balanced, clean, crisp, and tart. Overall seems very true to the style but also very good and unique in its own way.
Oct 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by AnnaJepsen from Iowa

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tart/sourness, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness balance, and no puckering flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious Berliner weisse. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the modestly acidic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Great well rounded Lacto/German yeast complexity, with a nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.
May 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by phatsmackey from Texas

Apr 10, 2019
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good color, slightly hazy with a thin ring of foam clinging on for a long while. Very clean nose, not too much to report there, sadly. Mostly cranberry. Taste is heavy on the cranberry and apple skin. Very dry and delicious, but without much fun funk. Goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.
Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by moonman1994 from Wisconsin

Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by DesMoinesMike from Iowa

1.47/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1
The best part of this beer is the look. It's all downhill from there. Has a distinctly sour aroma. When I drank it, it was like concentrated lemon juice, just awful. No appeal what so ever. Drain pour.
Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very sour smell and equally tart taste. Very true to style with a lip puckering finish and aftertaste. Unlike the Berlin version, no sweet syrup was offered to cut the bite. Simply put this is sour lovers beer.
Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by aldolphins1317 from Iowa

Aug 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by CreightonSM from New York

Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by JackieTH from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Straw yellow liquid with a white foamy cap.

Smells tart - unflavored yoghurt, lemon zest.

Taste is moderately tart with some acidity. Middle notes of lemon, wheat. Some faint citric bitterness. Acidity lingers. Finish is dry with some lemon notes.

Approachable sour quenches the palate and one could drink 2-3 of these pretty easily.
Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.08 by Gregory2018 from Iowa

Jun 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by colbra from Minnesota

May 20, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
this one didnt really move me much, kind of the classic one note lacto sour profile, tangy and tart but not insanely acidic, followed by a no bitterness dry hopped complexion, new school citra mosaic amarillo type stuff, appealing but now too familiar to be exciting, a trend follower not a trend setter, and one of the least impressive beers we had from the otherwise pretty awesome exile while we were in iowa. a nice fizzy feel to this, a little thin, exacerbated by the acid a bit, but pleasing in feel, summery and not too sour for multiple bottles. the key here though is to drink fast, this warms up a little sloppy and doesnt stay as refreshing as it starts, ice cold is best. this for me is a little one dimensional and not quite up to the quality standards these guys have demonstrated with most of the rest of their beers, but it serves the purpose if its a sour you crave. this would benefit from some hop bitterness, a little fruit of some kind, or perhaps even the introduction of some brett...
Apr 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.28 by invalid665 from Illinois

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Mar 30, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle into a goblet. Had 9/9/17.

Pours a bright, pale yellow, clear, with a one finger head and a flash of soapy lacing. Smells tart and sour. Aromas of yeast, pineapple, light malt, a little funk. The taste is the same, minus the tartness- sour, yeast, pineapple, light malt. Dry, refreshing, smooth, a good body, well carbonated.

Don’t have this style often, not great at describing it. Didn’t really identify much, so it seems pretty straightforward. Pretty nice, though. Good aroma and feel.
Mar 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by boogerisu from Iowa

Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jan 11, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of tart lemon, cracked wheat and some caramel. It tasted tart and acidic with a nice lemon presence and some sweet wheat for balance.
Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Dec 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Nov 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by nickapvikes from Iowa

Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.91 by Slarson7 from Oklahoma

Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.71 by EdFed from Illinois

Jul 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Jan 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.37 by heyheymdn from Iowa

Dec 23, 2016
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Reviewed by jlochner from Iowa

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great acidic, wheat Berliner with a lemon undertone below the tart, sour. Dry finish with minimum aftertaste. Pale color with relative amount of carbonation. White head that quickly disappears.
Dec 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by Jpb123 from Iowa

Nov 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by scaliasux from Wisconsin

Nov 11, 2016
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pleasant Berliner that features moderate tartness with lemon notes and a dry finish. Light body with lively carbonation. Not the most complex but nice.
Nov 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Oct 31, 2016
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