Kim Hibiscus Sour Lager
SingleCut Beersmiths

Kim Hibiscus Sour LagerKim Hibiscus Sour Lager
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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #156
Ranked #16,217
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
May 21, 2023
Aug 04, 2013
Very Good
Kim Hibiscus Sour LagerKim Hibiscus Sour Lager
Notes: The hallmark of our lager experimentation. Bright, vibrant, lush, a sour made for pint glasses and icy coolers.

We sour mash wheat malt and lager for an extended period with our house strain, finally adding whole hibiscus flowers and a touch of black current, creating a vibrant rose hue and incredibly aroma. Notes of dark fruit, floral tannin, bright lemon, and a touch of sweet wheat.

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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A pretty beer, dark pink, clear, no real head.
Aroma of sweet fruit.
The taste expanded the aroma. Tart cherry, lemon.
Nice tart mouthfeel, to me just the right amount of tart,
May 21, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by DruC4 from Michigan

May 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by msondel from Massachusetts

May 08, 2022
Rated: 3 by wac9 from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by morebeergood from Massachusetts

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Sep 23, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bright ruby red is the color of the liquid in the clear pint glass. Freshly poured from a tap, there's plenty of carbonation, which contributes to producing a much lighter pink head. Richly dense and opaque, this is one good looking sour. Kudos for a good and tasteful use of black currants. There's no easy pleasure for the nose, but some tart fruit aroma is present. The taste and mouthfeel are excellent, with only a touch of sweetness to counterbalance the tart and sour. This may disappoint those seeking a mouth puckering tartness or a vinegary sourness, but there's more than enough of those characteristics to make this refreshing. Why drink flavored hard seltzers when brews like this are available?
Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: Pours an almost red, pink grapefruit juice color with a one finger pinkish white head of foam that fizzles away very quickly leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Slightly tart strawberry, bittersweet candied lemon peel and floral white pepper. Some plum and raisin. Has a shortcake like malty side to it.

Taste: There's a nice tart strawberry and apricot jam flavor going on upfront. Suggestions of spicy, slightly bitter lemon rind and fresh floral hibiscus. Ends on a light, fluffy, pleasantly malty sugar cake like flavor. Well balanced, neither too tart, sweet or floral. The overall flavor is excellent, but very light and short lived.

Feel: Very light and airy, not overtly bubbly though.

Overall: I very much enjoyed this but it didn't absolutely blow me away. This looks like quite a challenging beer to brew so bravo to stillwater. Everything tastes great - I just wish it had more "oompf". Overall the beer is soft and mild; and although it is very pleasant to drink the taste is short lived. It is incredibly thirst quenching and refreshing to it's credit.
Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by itsmelvv from New York

Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Singlecut Beersmiths "Kim"
16 fl. oz. can coded "11:59:25 18-0345 08/03/20" and sampled on 12/31/20
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is brewed with hibiscus flowers and black currants so I'm expecting it to be pink in color but let's see... yep, pink without question. Pink-ruby body, pink head. The head held up pretty good for a sour beer but they all drop in the end. The aroma is clean, mineralish, and mildly fruity like red berries. On to the flavor, well, that's pretty much the same. It's what I'd call tart but not sour - it's not puckering, nor is it sweet, however, which leaves it very dry. I don't really get the black currant. There's a hint of it, if you know what black currant tastes like, but otherwise it's just berry-like. The floral character of the hibiscus comes through though, and that actually lends to the dryness of it in my opinion. It's light bodied and crisp. So what do we have here? A dry and refreshing, floral and berry-like beer with a somewhat limited alcohol content (4.2%ABV). It is what it's supposed to be but I was hoping for just a little more fruitiness. Oh well, what can you do?
Review #7,151
Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by wildman69 from New York

Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can purchased from the fridge as a four-pack for $15.99. Canned on 4/23/2020, making this exactly 3 months old. Could definitely be fresher but I figured that this type of beer would be pretty stable and was very interested to try this and enjoy it during the summer months.

Look: Magenta pink and clear. Very effervescent coming out of the can. A pink rocky head diminishes quickly to nothing. Pretty color. The bottom of the can is a bit cloudy (probably some yeast sediment) and pours out to look kind of like a strawberry daiquiri or watermelon margarita.

Smell: Smells a bit fruity, a bit sour, slightly hoppy. Definitely get the hibiscus and black currant aromas. Not too much to the nose, very simple. Get some watermelon and cranberry notes on the nose as we go along. Nice.

Taste: This is what I was hoping for based on the description of "Kim Hibiscus Sour Lager". I really like sours, so I am sometimes disappointed when I beer is advertised as sour and then lacks that acidity. This is really refreshing and effervescent. Up front the beer is tart on the tip of the tongue, doesn't linger long with its high carbonation and light body, and the finish is mildly bitter and fruity. The hibiscus flavor is dominant, so if you don't like hibiscus then you might not enjoy this beer. Hard to identify the black currant flavor. Also getting cranberry notes. This beer is thirst-quenching. In my opinion, the best part about this beer is the rocking acidity, that is not so much sour as it is tart because there is some underlying sweetness in the beer with the malt bill and low bittering. It's an aggressive, punchy acidity that isn't shy and works very well here. Also encouraging that the sediment doesn't change the flavor too much.

Feel: Light and bubbly carbonation, yet substantive and flavorful. Very effective for this style.

Overall: Delivers as advertised. Very creative. Wonderful summer quencher. This is a nice alternative for someone who enjoys a shandy. I am normally not very excited by lagers, but I find this beer interesting.
Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I quite like this black currant lager it has a nice aesthetic pink hue yet just a quarter inch of foam that settles to nothing. Smell is very berry slight floral. Taste of sweet you can taste the blackcurrants Slade herbal mix not so much floral as expected semi sour. Body is light and flavorful not sure if I would get it again hibiscus really throws it off.
Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 3.46 by caffeinelogic from New York

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by chiefz1 from New York

Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

Oct 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I bought this pint can at the Beer Temple. (Glad to see more NY micros braving the Illinois ABC.)
Refreshing and balanced (which is not easy for a BW as they tend to get too tart for me.)
A high pour makes Kim a pretty redhead in a red dress. Smells are more subtle, but a nice blend of fruits. Tastes are tart; but blend the fruity aromatics with a nice wheat malt; yet the lager's cleanness stays throughout... a nice touch that I'm guessing restrains the sour. Finishes dry and satisfying.

Starting SingleCut in 2012 and dedicated to hoppy beers, these Beersmiths show their versatility and craft in this sour lager. I've always wondered why a city of two million (Queens) exports so little beer to the Midwest. Now, they have no excuse. Send us your best.

9/25/19 Had second can and Kim actually goes well with Indian food. Calms the palate.
Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Sep 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on September 2, 2019. Sour mashed wheat malt that is lagered for an extended period with a house yeast strain. Brewed with whole hibiscus flowers and a touch of black current. Has a vibrant rose hue. Pleasant aroma with notes of dark fruit, floral tannin, bright lemon and a touch of sweet wheat.
Sep 06, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher style glass, this beer pours out like a kids berry juice. Red with pink hues. It forms a finger worth of sea foam pink crown that dissipated rather quickly.

The nose carries light notes of black currents with a lingering hibiscus throughout. It does have a lager like backbone with some wheat and honey showing.

The taste brings in a nice touch of hibiscus; dry floral petals. Really keeps a beautiful lager presence throughout, which kind of surprises me. Cracker like wheat mixing with honey. Black current offers notes of berries the whole way.

Balanced tartness, dry with floral notes, medium-high airy carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, for what it is, they really pulled this off. I was definitely skeptical and wondered what would show through, the sour or the lager. But instead they took the two and tangled them throughout with balance.
Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Aug 16, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/23/2019. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy reddish/pinkish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy hibiscus, cranberry, strawberry, black currant, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hibiscus, black currants, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy hibiscus, cranberry, strawberry, black currant, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit/hibiscus tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy hibiscus, cranberry, strawberry, black currant, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of hibiscus, black currants, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness and tangy fruit. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Berliner weisse. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of hibiscus, black currants, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Nicely soft and not overly lactic for the style. Awesome balanced juicy/jammy currants/hibiscus, and Lacto complexity; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity for the ABV. Mild residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressively spot on style example.
Aug 13, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Canned 7/5/19; drank 7/24/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy ruby-red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big pink head; frothy lace.

Tart raspberry, passionfruit & honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart raspberry & honeyed wheat flavors up front; an abrasive metallic finish.

This was OK overall, but finished as if I was licking the can (the beer was poured into a glass for the record). Not ideal...
Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by SpaethJam from New York

Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: red/purple color with a hint of light brown. Small white head

S: lemons, hibiscus, cherries, grass, lemongrass, pepper, and caramel

T: lemongrass, tart vinegar, and hibiscus. Tart lemons and a hint of pepper

M: light moutfeel with medium carbonation

O: average example of style. Not too sour, with a nice floral note
Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 3 by Lefty_P_Hand from Maine

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Versipellis from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by johnny_c from New York

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L - massive dense pink head atop a near-trasparent maroon body.

S - tart berry, melon, citrus.

T - follows the nose. Tart berries, floral, melon, with a faint impression of citrus. Metallic finish. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with higher than normal carb.

O - refreshing, but the metallic finish drags it down a notch.
Feb 09, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Welcome to the start of my Happy CAN A New Singlecut Be All The Beer That It Takes To Make Me Happy On A Sunday (Week 724)?!? It is to be a CANcerted effort to drink, review and rate some beers in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) while also taking part in NBS. As always, thoughts & opinions expressed are not necessarily my own. Stamp help out!

From the CAN: "Rulpsen says: 'Come visit our brewery!"; "Brewed with Hibiscus and Black Currants"; "SingleCut Beersmiths is proud to maintain the American tradition of beer locally made from craft by zealots/lunatics who believe hard work, truth, pride and passion should always come before profit."

It was identified as "unfiltered" so I did some in-CAN agitation before CANducting the Crack! I was pleasantly surprised when it briefly formed just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, rocky, pinkish head with low retention. Color was a slightly-hazy light-pink (SRM = N/A). Nose smelled very much of hibiscus & I wish that I could tell you that I like it as an adjunct, but no such luck. Mouthfeel was rather thin & watery. The taste was more tart than sour, but the acidity actually worked to hold the floweriness of the hibiscus in check. No syrup would be needed in/with this one & either/both might act as a detriment. It was light in terms of hibiscus, but high in pucker factor. Finish was quite dry. This would be a great, refreshing beer on a hot, humid Summer's day.
Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by taospowder from New Mexico

Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by nater919 from New York

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2018
Kim Hibiscus Sour Lager from SingleCut Beersmiths
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 242 ratings