Kim Hibiscus Sour Lager
SingleCut Beersmiths

Kim Hibiscus Sour LagerKim Hibiscus Sour Lager
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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #377
Ranked #11,451
3.93 | pDev: 10.69%
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
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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Photo of Beginner2
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

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Photo of hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 9/25. Pours a slightly hazy rosé color with about an inch of soft, pale pink head that fades leaving a nice ring of foam around the edge and very minimal lacing. Smells of under-ripe strawberry, a sweet wheat, floral and tart/tangy. Taste is similar but i found it interesting that the sour comes through much stronger on the smallest sips. The hibiscus adds a floral, fruity sweetness that cuts through the sourness. The finish is refreshing and slightly dry, the carbonation is sharp.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, NYC.
Pours a hazy straw color. Aroma and taste aligned; hibiscus, currants, lemon. Mouth puckeringly sour. Finishes bone dry, leaving you wanting more. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield, MA. The beer had a dark, murky orange-yellow appearance with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The aromas were flowery mixed with dark fruit. The taste followed that nose with a very tart flavor; i could sense raspberries with the flavors. Medium body, good carbonation. Overall, super tart and tasty.

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Photo of EMV
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden pink pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Tart and funky... lemon, hibiscus, and fruit.

T/F: Sour... good flavors and a strong pucker. Lemon and hibiscus... under-ripened/green fruit. Mild funk. Definitely gets the salivary glands going. Something almost soapy. Light in body and more carbonation than expected.

O: Smells great but a bit too sour to be easily drinkable. Solid flavor but over the top. One that grew on me after having it a few different times.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice, pale gold, mostly clear beer with a white head that leaves quickly and leaves no trace of lacing behind. The aroma is light with floral notes and a nice tart and funky smell. The taste is sour, flowery with a fruitiness that is reminiscent of cranberry. Nice light beer that is fruity and tart.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the SingleCut Brewery a while back and finally had a chance to sit down and sip it tonight. It's a bit cool out for this but regardless, this was a fun beer that was quite different from the northeast-style IPA's that I've become accustomed to from them recently.

Loved the pour to this as the beer had a grapefruit hue, frothy head, and a murky, dank look to it unlike anything I've had in a long time...if ever. Strong tartness, hibiscus, and SingleCut's house yeast were in the nose with all of those being in the taste as well. More of a burn from the black currant than anything I could discern on my tongue while there wasn't any booze to be seen or felt. Some grapefruit and lemon could be felt here as this was quite citric and tart with a nice, juicy mouthfeel to this. Quite thin, carbonated enough, and addicting, I enjoyed this for what it was even though the heat of the summer is no longer part of this year.

Though I only bought one bottle, it would be easy to have another once this was polished off. While not even close to their best offering, I give them props for going outside of the box and taking a stab at this style. It's not good enough to win anyone over but feeling the burn in the aftertaste and seeing how easily this went down served as proof that I'd have it again, even if it was just to remind me of warmer days ahead!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz. bottle into a Surly teku. Shared by schen9303.

Great bright strawberry color. This one certainly has a unique nose. Vinous, some cantaloupe, peppercorn and a seltzer tartness. Deep but bright at the same time. Unfortunately, as I sip this one, the first note that I get is rotten egg. Sulfur notes upfront and a light, seltzer tartness in the back. I'm not sure where the hibiscus comes in but I'm not really tasting it, although there is a light perfume-y accent somewhere in there. Pretty simple but enjoyable... except for the sulfur. Light bodied and real quaffable. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style.

Pretty solid beer overall and if this is their base berliner, I look forward to the fruited versions.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle dated 6/29

Pours cloudy light pink-orange peach color with a quickly receding creamy frothy white foam head. Smells almost tea-like with tart acidic tannic black currants, hibiscus flower, some wheat, with mild notes of apple, pear, and cranberry. Tastes like tart, lightly acidic sour black currants, hibiscus flower, lemon, crackery wheat, with nuanced notes of apple, pear, and tannic white cranberry tea. Feels medium bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice hibiscus black currant sour lager.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/29

Pours a pink wispy fluffy almost 1 finger head fades at a med pace, light lacing, super rosy hazy pink rosé colored.

Nose nice tart sour, soured mash creamy wheat, doughy raw dough, little tart lemon faint minerality, very Berlinerweisse like, touch floral component.

Taste brings big tart lemony fruit, big sour creamy wheat, lacto funk and creamy lactic sugar wheat kinda thing, touch rich minerality, raw bread dough, sour mash, just a touch of flowery hibiscus like. Finish touch flemmy, tart but dry, lingering sour mash bread dough and little tart lemony.

Mouth is med to lighter bod a little creamy, tart, touch flemmy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a lot like a nice mild Berlinerweisse or perhaps a gose, nice sour lacto creamy lemony funk, but hibiscus is barely there at all.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color with mild pinkish hues and a minimal head. There’s an almost glowing character to the appearance due to the color and haze combination.

S: Light tartness and floral notes, with an almost gose-like salinity. A bit funkier than the taste.

T: Light, refreshing mostly dry flavor, with light-to-medium tartness. Lots of raspberries, blackberries and strawberries along with a strong unmistakable hibiscus character. A little bit of malt in the finish combined with mild tartness and a lot of pleasant hibiscus. Rather clean tasting, with no yeastiness or funk to speak of.

F: Light body with medium carbonation. On a positive note, there’s no off-putting biting acidity that’s sometimes found in Berliner’s.

Thoughts: A pretty nice beer, and one of the better hibiscus beers I’ve had to date. Very clean, but in this instance I feel that this detracts from the beer’s complexity and the price tag ought to command a little more than just a drinkable Berliner.

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Photo of pinyin
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft a few years back in the taproom.

This review is from the recent mass production and distribution of KIM bottles.

Very average and off putting. Not much flavor or balance.

Very weak in both color and mouthfeel.

Seems watered down compared to when I tried it in the taproom, way back when.

Certainly not worth the $.50 per ounce for the cost of the bottles.

I'm usually a huge fan of Singlecut products, but this one in mass distribution is very subpar for the price point.

This should be more like $11.99 for a six pack.

I fear that Singlecut is misusing their namesake to cash in on inferior quality products.

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Photo of thebeers
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, light pink grapefruit color with three fingers of dense pink-tinted white head that lasts a good whole before leaving heavy rings of lacing. Dry, tart and slightly sour aroma; hard to pick any particular fruits. Tastes similar, but with less tartness, and a definite currant thing going; not sure I'd know what hibiscus tastes like but there's definitely a distinct fruitiness sort of like cranberry, pomegranate and blackberry, but not exactly any one of those. The aftertaste falls off a little more quickly than I'd prefer. Medium bodied for the style, and mildly creamy, but still pretty light overall. A pretty good example, but not as mind blowing as their IPAs.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/29/2016. Don't know what I was expecting in terms of color but this one pours out a cloudy pinkish orange with a quickly dissipating white, compact head. On the nose, I get fresh raspberries, underripe gooseberries, sweet floral aromas, tart cherry, lemon, strawberry, and sour apple. Very refreshing, light mouth feel with a clean, fruity, slightly tart aftertaste. The taste has raspberry jam, cranberry, rose petals, mild lemon zest, and a funky yeast characteristic underlying all the flavors, bringing everything all together. This is not my go-to style or preference but I f'in love SIngleCut and give all their beers a try. Great for a hot and humid summer evening, when chilled.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! If you drink sours, hello and help your summer cool down whether at the beach partying in the Hampton's or grinding the day out in the city streets. Wine drinkers with their chilled whites, chablis, or rosé need to get a clue. Not the "Colonel Mustard, with the Candlestick in the Lounge" but the kind of clue that put this at the top of the must be drinking at all summer occasions kind of clue.

Single Cut once again puts pride of brewing to the forefront and delivers the very best in each category.

Thank you.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy pink color with a big, fizzy, bright white head that has the slightest pinkish hue. Retention is solid for the style and there are spots of hanging lacing. Smell is very earthy with a hint of raspberry and cranberry. Taste is much better. All flavors from the smell are there with a slight sweetness that compliments the tart lemon flavor very nicely. Feel is light and crisp. Carbonation is perfect and the finish is dry. Overall a very good beer. Super refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of dar482
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer offers a good combination of green apple and lemony tart with lots of floral and a light crackery malt.

A light and crispy sour, without too much on the palate and good for the ABV.

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Photo of Zonk
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a growler. Very tart. Pinkish hue. Comes off more like a cocktail then a beer, but still has great flavors. Nose wasn't huge but generally what I would consider appropriate for a lager. The hibiscus was noticeable.

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