Spots | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerOps on 07-26-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,822
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
34
pDev:
6.19%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on July 8, 2018. Berliner style weisse infused with tropical fruits and jaguar pelts. Crisp, tart and delicious.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CSO
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been pretty satisfied by my past experiences with Off Color, particularly when it comes to their off-kilter (off color?) renditions of forgotten European styles such as sahti, kottbusser and Berliner weissbier. This is a rendition of the latter, likely based on their popular Fierce Berliner weiss. I bought a single of this and a four-pack of Yuzu Fierce on the same day. For some reason I recall having this at some point, but I don't have any specific recollection about it and it seems like something I'd definitely remember... mostly because it's quite good. That leads to the review...

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a very thick and chunky head that dies down quite quickly to about an 1/8 finger of foam. No lace to speak of, but the way this built up from my initial pour was quite impressive. Though it is but a shadow of its former self right now, it's still a pretty good looking Berliner with a clearly wheat-heavy body and nice, pallid color. I'm okay with this one despite its shortcomings... lacto does what lacto does, after all.

On the nose I'm greeted with a lot of passion fruit and pineapple like scents, backed up by some slightly-citric vestiges of grapefruit and lemon peel thanks to the lactobacillus souring. Guava, light notes of melon and apricot also come out, bringing along some stone fruit and peripheral tropical fruit elements to the party. I get a little bit of the wheat here, which comes across as grainy and works well with the fruitiness.

The passion fruit is a star here, with a juicy and thirst-quenching yet surprisingly tart profile that lends itself perfectly to the base beer. Good sweet/sour balance with some passion fruit upfront combining with tart and lightly-bitter grapefruit. Dragonfruit, pineapple, mango, guava and more apricot (and maybe even Italian plum) notes come out towards the mid-palate, which is essentially just mildly-alcoholic juice with a tart bent. Wow, I'm in love with how well-rounded this is. The Yuzu Fierce is, by comparison, insanely acidic, but this is right on the cusp and very well-balanced.

Feel is medium-heavy for a beer just under 4%, but if you are into wheat-heavy Berliners (esp. ones with fruit which can add to perceived body), this won't come across as a challenge to your palate in any way. The carbonation is slightly under what I expected, but this is still a great beer I would crush every day if I could. Juicy, fruity and tropical with excellent handling of its added fruit as well as a great penchant for overall balance.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Off Color focusses on obscure styles and it really focusses on the Berliner Weiss. And Fierce is its most often brewed.
I suppose Spots is a rendition of that recipe with the grapefruit pucker and guava tropical.
Not a beer with great Looks, its Smells are totally straightforward with those fruits and sour. Tastes are the same, although the sour weighs in far heavier but is in balance. Feel is a nice long finish that refreshes well... almost without bittering hops.
My kind of beer after tennis. I will have it again.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Spots from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 34 ratings