Kim Hibiscus Sour Lagrrr! | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Kim Hibiscus Sour Lagrrr!Kim Hibiscus Sour Lagrrr!

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s hot baby, we needed to do something - so a sour lagrr! infused with hibiscus (and black currants, but who’s counting) seemed like something that would help beat the heat.

Added by jerrytodd on 08-04-2013

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Photo of NickandToni
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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 qcbrewer
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visiting Singlecut for the first time (ps - love the atmosphere!)

Beautiful golden straw in color, slight haze but without any funk. When first poured there was at least 2 fingers of foam (even after careful pouring for more than 2 minutes), but that fizzled down to a thin line. No lacing after consumption.

Aroma is tart, breezy, and hints at some funk. No hop presence, light malt aroma.

Sour floral notes with a very light malt backbone. Sweet and pungent, but not sugary sweet - tart sweet (if that makes any sense).

Crisp and extremely refreshing. What starts out "thin" based on the sour element quickly turns into a malty bath of the tongue. After taste lingers but lightly. The coating the lips stays "sweet" and tart long after the sip has been had.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I would be happy to buy growler after growler of this during a warm/summer day to share on a back patio or deck.

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery... t'was perfect on a nice summer day on the patio.

A: Gorgeous deep pink color with high carbonation

S: Hibiscus, sweet citrus (apparently it also has black currents in it) and faint sour malt.

T: An excellent blend of all the above - everything nicely balanced and not over the top

M: Thin and mildly fizzy, just right

O: This was a huge surprise by a brewery I'm more and more impressed by each day. Viva Queens yo!!

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Photo of CarlosDanger
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect summer sour lager.

Had this in the Single Cut tap room over the weekend and it was crisp, dry, refreshing, SOUR and just all-around wonderful.

The color was rose, mesmerizing in fact. I swear if you changed the glassware to a skinny flute-glass you'd think you were drinking champagne. In my opinion this is a very good thing.

The Single Cut reputation has been that of hearty, hoppy, thumping your chest lagers and ales. And in my experience those beers so far have been pretty successful. But I think Kim Sour Lagrrr is a little bit of a game-changer, showing some versatility from this brewery and their willingness to change gears when need be.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So, from the dudes at Singlecut, this is "pretty much" a Berliner Weisse, in a kinda sorta way.

Pinkish hue on a golden colored brew. Flavor is superb, and I am not throwing that word around lightly. The level of sour here is so perfectly even-keeled and level, I can't really think of a better way for it to go. Light hibiscus tones don't get obnoxious at all. Drinks beautifully. This is one of the best beers I have had in a very long time. I am a fan of the sours, and I will try a Berliner Weisse anytime, but I feel I am not being biased in saying that this is an extremely good beer, mostly due to its smooth tone and that it's put together evenly, without trying to be obnoxious or over the top.

Glad I went out of my way for this one. +1 redemption point for an otherwise lame and too quick of a trip back to NYC.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy orange body with trickles of carbonation.... Foamy pale white head dissipates into sticky lace about the snifter and atop the body...

S- sour and salty, peaches or some other fruit are there... Definitely a fruity profile underneath.

T- still fruity, with lingering peach and lemon zest, i also get a dry taste that reminds me of apricot... Very interesting... Definitely orchard- like...

M- very light, tart, low-carbonation... Drinks easily... Dry mouthfeel so not quite thirst-quenching but still ideal for a summer day...

O- im loving this beer... Quite the surprise to get from a whole foods and from a brewery I don't know too well. I'd say it's great.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 AmyfaceNYC
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't generally like sour beers, so I was skeptical of this one. But wow--it was so smooth! The sourness is wonderfully balanced by the sweetness of the hibiscus flavors. You taste a little of the sour tartness, and then it melts into floral and fruity flavors, and everything is just incredibly well-balanced. Tastes kind of like pear cider, arguably more than it tastes like a standard beer. Color is a very rich orange-red cloudy opaqueness. No hops to speak of, no head to speak of. Truly delicious. Very happy with this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Czarkazm
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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 mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 05/06/14 notes. Had on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. $8 for a 14 oz. pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, amber-orange color with a pinkish tint, one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, funky socks, vinegar, fruity malts, oak, some spice, and sour berries. Nice nose, sour and funky and a lot going on.

t - Tastes of sour tropical fruits, sour fruity malts, citrus, light funky but not as much as the nose, oak, spices, vinegar, sour dark fruits. More sour than the nose but less funky; very good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Good mouthfeel for a berliner.

o - Overall a really good berliner; the best beer I've had from SingleCut so far. Nice and sour and funky with a lot going on for a low ABV berliner. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY.

Pours a light pink-ish amber, with a small, 1/4 inch fizzy head, and no lacing.

Smells moderately sour, with notes of lemon and hibiscus.

This one takes a nice middle road between sour and sweet, with a good but not annoying level of hibiscus. There's a little bit of lemon and cherry flavors, with a mild amount of vinegar.

The sourness on it doesn't linger very much. There's a medium amount of carbonation, with an almost soda-like mouthfeel, and a light body.

Another excellent beer from Singlecut, my first sour from them.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brklyn Beer Garden, JFK Airport Terminal 2, NYC

A: The beer is hazy light rosé in color with no visible carbonation and somewhat resembles peach juice. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with slight hints of hibiscus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sour and has hints of hibiscus flowers.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good selection on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Zonk
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at Green Growler Grocery, Croton on Hudson, NY

The pour basically mimics pinkish grapefruit juice, minor loose head, no lacing to speak of.

Light sour and fruity nose.

Fruity sweet/sour with grapefruit in control. Refreshing, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable.

More high quality brew from this up and coming brewery from Queens, NY.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a hazy greyish purple akin to an Italian eggplant. 1 finger of popping and fizzy head. Definitely had some syrup added.

S: Wild berries and thistle. Like walking through a meadow. Not very sour on the nose.

M: Very light and crisp. High carbonation but not exceptionally effervescent.

T: If you can imagine a not so intense berry Warhead, this is what this beer tastes like. A prickly sourness, black currant, and wild brush character. More sour than sweet, but definitely not intense.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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 GroggyGreg
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this on tap at Alice's Arbor in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The color was a light pinkish orange like the flesh of a pink grapefruit - very pretty.

I got wafts of lemon zest and fresh cut granny smith apples.

The taste of this brew stands out. The mouthfeel was crisp from the sour but it had a little juiciness that was almost cranberry juice-like. As the beer warmed up and I the experience of the sourness faded, the hibiscus tea notes came through very pleasantly.

A really nice middle of the day summer beer. With the low ABV its especially nice if your planning to get things done afterwards.

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Photo of antott0523
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque grapefruit juice with no visible carbonation. Pink hue. No head.

S: Pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. Berry and floral notes as well.

T: Moderately sour. Does not hit the jowels like some others from this style that I've had. Light berry juice flavors and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Thin and carbonated. A touch dry.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing at 3.5% ABV. Not too sour. This is a very straightforward beer, with some more unique berry and floral notes compared to others.

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Photo of seedyone
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

05/21/14 On tap. This seems almost misplaced in a bar setting. No head. Very little body & the 3.5 ABV all add up to a bantam weight class pint. As in most things, there is an upside. The taste is quite pleasant. The rumored black currants w/the hibiscus & whatever they use for balance works really well to present a distinctive beverage. Worth a try.

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Photo of thebeers
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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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