Imperial Hop Bu Weisse
de Garde Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
4.3 | pDev: 8.14%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Our double version of Bu Weisse, a spontaneously fermented interpretation of a Berliner Weisse. Fermented and aged in oak barrels, this batch was dry hopped to accentuate the lemon and citrus character in the base beer. Dry, crisp, sour and citrusy.
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cosmicevan from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this one back in august and my nets show that I gave this a 4.5 and said...murky orange. nose is bretty like and reminiscent of crooked stave in the smell and taste. Very nice sour Berliner.

Popped one tonight and split between the de garde pilsner and tulip glass
a - pours transparent soft orange with visible carbonation and a frothy fizzy head that fizzled away leaving a thin film of creamy bubbles on the surface.

s - nice lemony tang. Sharp sourness.

t/m/o - big lemon tang crossed with smarties and soft edginess. Super tasty a bit fizzy but a wonderful Berliner. Not hoppy at all. Seems fairly similar to how I remember it. Super drinkable and refreshing. The kind of beer you take big gulps of because it tastes like a summer day. 4.5 stands, maybe even better than the last time I had it.

Dec 07, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -23.3%

Pour is effervescent golden amber, transparent, with lots of white head that is a bit foamy. Nose is soapy hops, sweet lemon, dusty brett, chlorine and plastic lightly in back. Taste is just like it with a bit brighter fruit flavors. The hops are still a touch soapy with some citric notes, its got the dusty brett notes, the finish has some bitterness and acidity, a light plastic flavor as well. Body is extremely fizzy, high carb, prickly finish.

Sep 27, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Nice grassy and grapefruit hoppiness. The lemon isn't really a lemony hop, more from the yeast and acidity.

Taste - Grassy here too, but lemon takes over. Really strong lemony flavor without being too tart. Some pale malt flavors come through in the back.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Light sourness. Medium body.

Overall - Refreshing and flavorful.

Sep 23, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks. 200 bottles.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/4-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Lemony, wheat, kiwi, lychee tropical fruits, earthy and pungent.

T: Bright and clean wheaty lemony sour.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finishes dry with lemony wheat.

O: Refreshing and enjoyed.

Aug 14, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Brian.

A clear orange with a dense, choppy, off white head that falls off to a disk, this looks nice. On the nose, the hops are most noticeable and dominant, with a lemony, earthy, mildly fruity note. This complements the lemony and mildly lactic sourness that are present. A mildly minty note is present as well. Highly unorthodox, but it works. The funk here is cleaner than other de Garde beers I've had, lacking in the Tillamook terroir. A touch of gin is present as well.

The palate opens bright, crisp, clean and sour with a pronounced lemony twang, a lactic yogurt flavor, and a ton of fruits - lemons, mild melon, mint, earth - this is great! The mid palate has flavors of juniper, vanilla, a touch of oak and honey. The way this beer is put together, with the array of flavors present and the way they're layered, makes me think Cantillon's Iris inspired this beer. Drying on the finish with an earthy, minty, hoppy bite to go with the clean lactic and lemony sourness, this is excellent stuff.

Jun 23, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Orange and lemon with other citrus notes. Some earthy hop notes.

T-Nice tart notes, some citrus, some hoppy notes and grapes as well.

M-Medium bodied, a nice tart finish, not much carbonation.

O-A good beer, but compared to the Apricot it pales in comparison.

Jun 08, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, citrus zest, funk, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, citrus zest, and pickle juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance of sour and hop characteristics.

Jun 04, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I shared a bottle of this alongside the Apricot at a recent tasting. While the latter blew me away, I didn't much care for this one.

Hazy golden-yellow pour, with a frothy white head that sank to a wispy layer, leaving random sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty muted, floral, with notes of citrus and toasted wheat, corn sugar. Surprisingly very little tartness in the taste, more so flavors of wheat, cheese, lemon juice, mild malt sweetness, some earth in the finish; hops were floral, but old and subdued; very little barrel notes. Hmm. Not really what I expected. And the lower carbonation sort of made it a bit bland and chewy. Light-medium body, not nearly as crisp and acidic as I like Berliners to be. Not bad, but overall pretty underwhelming. Left me craving some Afternoon Delight. Fortunately, the Apricot was really excellent!

May 18, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle into a snifter

light murky yellow in color with a slight head. smell of lemon acidity and a very distinct hop. maybe nelson? not sure. taste is absolutely on point... starts out with a great lemon tartness. finish is insane with a lingering tartness and lemon finish. just damn impressive. barrel adds so much to this! body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is mild, especially for de garde. such an impressive brewery again and again

Apr 30, 2014
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anteater from Oregon

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at De Garde Tasting Room

A: Golden and hazy, thin white head

S: Juicy fruit, lots of orange, wheat, flowers, citrusy hops and a bit of funk

T: If this beer isn't refreshing, I don't know what is! Delicious light wheaty backbone with a major hoppy citrus punch and the perfect amount of tart to balance it all out. Its grassy, floral, fruity, hoppy, sour and just delicious.

M: Light and refreshing

O: Best hoppy sour I've had, easily. Can't think of a better beer to drink all summer.

Apr 12, 2014
Imperial Hop Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 148 ratings