Berliner Raspberry | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kfsv034 on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during the Funky Buddha/Cigar City event at Churchkey DC. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright red color with a half finger of light pink head that goes away completely.

Smell: Raspberry jam deliciousness. Sweet and tart, very light. The smell of this beer reminds me of summer.

Taste: Super tart but still manages to be packed full of raspberries. Light and crisp with some citrus notes. Reminds me of raspberry jam, but not as much as the smell did. The finish is quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely good fruit beer. I would have liked the tartness to stick around a bit longer in the finish, but I still enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of billab914
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey the other night. It definitely wins the brightest red beer I've ever seen award. It really looked like the liquid in a bottle of maraschino cherries. No head at all either. It just looked very strange for a beer.

The aroma mixes the sweet raspberries with a strong tart, very slightly sour flavor. The raspberries seem very fresh and bright, which I appreciate. The flavors just seem to clash for me though, or at the least just don't come together that well.

In the taste the tartness really comes through throughout the beer. The sweeter raspberries come out more towards the finish. Again though, the raspberries feel very fresh and bright but just seem to clash with the tart sourness more than compliment it.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, but not a standout in the style. The flavors just didn't seem to compliment each other very well in my opinion.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Nearly all the FB beers that came to Philly were major gushers, it seems. This somewhat disastrous event at Monk's had one or two bartenders frantically trying to pour this and the other overly foamy beers out into pitchers so they could be served to the ravenous onlooking patrons. Even with a front bar spot, it took me quite a while to get a sample.

Pour was a hazy magenta color, which was a good start. The head on the glass serving finally mellowed out enough to form a small pinkish-white ringlet, which then dwindled away to pretty much nothing. This beer was in line with FB's beers that do deliver what they promise, namely, raspberry, and lots of it. Tart raspberry aroma, with a bit of acetic acid. Definitely not your typical Berliner weiss, and I wonder if should even be classified as such. Taste of pretty much full blown raspberries, seeds and all, minor grassy notes, mostly tart, tiny bit of sweetness, a bit acetic. This hits like something between a Berliner, a framboise, and a Flanders sour. As far as mouthfeel, it's about light-medium, and goes down essentially like moderately carbonated raspberry juice. If that's your thing, go for this! Nicely made beer. One dimensional for sure, but you get what you came for.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a bright pink color with a thin white head that recedes quite quickly. The nose carries a light bit of cheese, especially as it warms. Behind that is a strong scent of fresh raspberries. Bright and acidic as opposed to musty and earthy. Flavor has an underlying tartness to be paired with the strong raspberry presence. Moderate acidity. Light body. Very good and thirst quenching. Quite nice other than the cheesiness in the nose.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into several glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for sharing this Funky Buddha rarity. I love the bottle for this by the way. Very creative.

Pours a lovely looking coppery amber, with a thin filmy white head that definitely has a pinkish hue to it. This retains with some creamy bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving back a smattering of spotty lacing down the sides. The aroma smells of raspberries but there is sweetness to the nose that is coming off more like syrupy smelling sugars to me. There is some funk and tartness mixed in as well but this is mostly coming off to me a fruity and sweet feeling.

The taste is tart up front, with a crisp berry feel to the flavor. Some earthy funk shores up the middle of this before things finish sour in the backend with a sharp acidic bite. This is definitely more sour feeling than tart, with that dry acidity lingering on the palate for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharpness to the carbonation that pops the more souring aspects of this. This body does achieve more of a crisp creaminess as this moves out that does help with things.

I don’t really get the love for this one. I expect a Berliner to be crisp and refreshing feeling. Something that I didn’t get with this. Plus the raspberry flavor had a sweet and artificial feel to it. Almost like they used syrup in this. At any rate, I’m glad to have been able to try it but I’ve had much better efforts from these guys.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Bright pale red. Light pink head that doesn't last.

Smell - Raspberry, but it isn't strong or distinctive. Grainy. Herbal aroma.

Taste - Sour raspberry flavor. Very grainy. Grain takes over the midrange flavor. StandardBuddha berliner flavors come back with that lemony TheraFlu taste.

Mouthfeel - Sour but not overly. Medium carbonation. Light.

Overall - Never loved these berliners, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/0/12 notes. Had on tap at the Churchkey FB event in DC. Very excited for this one after trying their passionfruit and lime berliners.

a - Pours a murky, dark red pink color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of medicinal notes, raspberries, strawberries, dark fruits, light floral and sulfur notes. Not the best, and not very sour, though not bad.

t - Tastes of tart raspberries, lightly sour strawberries and dark fruits, lightly acedic. Much better than the nose, but still not too sour here.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

O - Overall a nice beer, but a bit of a disappointment for me. I really liked their
Passionfruit and Lime Berliners, and think they are much better. Not very sour and the nose was a little bland, but worth checking out and still better than most people's attempts at a berliner.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am appreciative to stakem for sharing this bomber with me and kegatron. Enjoyed from a tulip.

This is an attractive beer, it grabs the eye if you know what I is got some hot pink hues of raspberry with shirley temple or cherry spritzer qualities. The clarity is great and the pink head is quick to collapse w/ very tiny bead. The smell is earthy up front, fruity and slightly funky with some almost 'rhubarb-like' notes which I heard stakem comment. There is a light raspberry fruitiness with tart aroma that hints at acidity with an almost lemony nose. The feel is very lactic and slightly sharp but still has a high level of sweet to balance with superhigh carbonation and moderately high puckering astringency w/ strong fruity tanginess and a drying almost astringent sour finish with very gassy quality.

I like the way this starts, but it does have a slight sugary tinge which seems juicy, not added sweetner sweet. There is a light raspberry taste with an almost extract-like flavor with sweet/sour juxtoposition and light candy-like quality which brings out the edge to the lemony lactic flavor with subtle soda-pop quality. The carbonic acid is there with the high carbonation in full effect making the fruit seem sharper and has an almost raspberry lemonade flavor. Overall a bright poppy kind of wheat, spritzy and light on fruit in the taste , but has the refreshing sour wheat quality. A bit high in carbonation which I would tone down personally which takes away from the overall enjoyment - but all-in all a good example of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep mango in color with a light head of white on top that was quickly fading and left a light ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is insane, huge lemon and citrus notes, tart as hell, rich fruit, wet straw, hay, horse funk all over this thing. Insane is an understatement, but then you take the first sip and it is over. Wonderful notes of tart fruit, lemons, hints of huge lime notes, tart cherries and almost raspberry notes. Incredibly sour with a huge and almost insurmountable tartness. Light airy body makes it go down like water

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a gorgeous, radiant pink hue. A miniscule head fades entirely within a few moments. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by raspberries and pie crust. Add a touch of brettanomyces and that about sums it up. Big pucker factor in the finish. Aggressively tart. Overall, this was enjoyable but not on the same level as the superb Passion Fruit Berliner.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Thumbs up go to the Funky Buddha for the bit of comedy on the label here. The brew pours a perfectly clear color of neon pink kool-aid. A finger of lightly pinkish stained head appears and quickly fades. A light swirl revives the effervescent carbonation back to the surface and produces some very faint spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is somewhat reminiscent of raspberry but it doesn't directly carry a fresh or natural aspect. The berry scent is augmented with something along the lines of strawberry rhubarb jelly. There is a little bit of a veggie aspect also going on in the aroma that brings forth some other funky aspects like poopy diaper and cheese/stinky feet. As the brew warms up, more of a focus goes back to the raspberry scent that to me is a bit seeded and earthy, not juicy and fresh. As the brew warms up beyond ideal temperature, it has an ackward note of something along the lines of cooked cabbage. I'm not exactly sold on all these scents working together but I can appreciate the effort considering the wild nature that Berliners can sometimes take in depending on the souring methods.

The taste is sharply tart, not necessarily sour but it has a bold focus on the tart aspects which is a bit exaggerated compared to other takes on the style. I believe the raspberry flavoring here helps to focus more on the acidity level and that completely hides any base grain character. Just like the aroma led on, there are some veggie aspects to the flavor as well that come across like cabbage. When focusing on the raspberry flavoring, it seems unnatural to me like a syrup addition was used, not real raspberries. I'm not saying that is completely bad or the wrong thing here, just lacking the complexity that I was expecting. It has a minor herbal note at times and some citrus notes almost like citric acid instead of the typical lemony tartness produced from lacto fermentation.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of carbonation that is lively and prickly on the tongue. For a 5% berliner, it is pushing the threshold of being "Imperialized" yet the alcohol is fairly well hidden. I collectively have mixed feelings about this beer. On one hand it is unique and enjoyable but on the other hand it displays a bit too much artificial candy flavoring but without the lasting sweetness. Something I look for in a solid Berliner Weisse is it's ease of drinkability and depth of character. I believe a fruit addition should deepen the complexity without overpowering. In this case, the fruit was a bit ackward and just didnt really blend well with the rest of the character. It was not as easy drinking as other takes on the style. It is certainly worth a try if you get the opportunity but not worth the hassle of there only being something like ~20 bottles made.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason (and dimenhetfield) for making this one happen. Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Hazy bright pink body.

S - Under-ripe raspberries, lemons, slight yogurt, hint of sulfur, touch of sharp wheat, and some acidity. Quite impressive - I just couldn't stop bringing this one to my nose.

T - Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite as amazing. It's still quite enjoyable - tastes mostly like raspberry lemonade but without the complexity and depth of the aroma. I was surprised to see this was 5%. Great fruit character, but could use more sourness.

M - Lower carbonation, light body, very dry, but with minimal pucker or tartness.

D - I liked this quite a bit, and I'd love to have it again. I doubt I'll get a chance unless I go to Florida though. I could drink a ton of this, but lowering the ABV a little and making it a bit more sour would make this world-class.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most anticipated beers of the night at the Churchkey Funky Buddha event the other night and it was decent. A little cheesy when it warmed up but a pretty good berlinerweiss.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is pink, hazy, white head, small and medium bubbles, decent retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly raspberries, a little lactic acid, a little acetic, mostly raspberry seeds and fruit, smells pretty sweet. As the beer warmed up it got a little cheese smelling, like an old wet rag too. Smells pretty good though.

Beer is sweet meets tart, I won't call it sour, the lactic creaminess was there but took a backseat to the fruit, basically the fruit was driving the bus and the sour was in the back row of the bus. There was a tart dry finish, but again like hte aroma as the beer warmed it got a little cheese tasting. Drink it cold and you'll be fine. I'd have it again on draft.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Review #1500. I guess it shall be this beer. Snifter.

A: Pink tinged red with a finger of pinkish white foam. Really great color and perfect clarity.

S: Raspberry and strawberry with notes of raspberry seeds. Sweet with sugary characteristics and a pronounced lactic profile. Moderately sour.

T: Tart and lactic with raspberry seed and flesh. Tastes like raspberry lemonade with a little strawberry. The fruit profile is great. Finishes fruity with a lingering lactic sourness and a mild acidity.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation.

Overall: Really nice. Highly drinkable with great fruit expression. Very good stuff.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a deep dark red color that looks kind of like a mixture of fruit punch and fake blood from a '70s blacksploitation film. Minimal pinkish-white head that immediately fades. No lacing.

The aroma of this beer is bursting with uber fresh, tart raspberry that overpowers almost everything else. Some lactic funk and acidity but the raspberry character is so promient that it doesn't smell(or taste) like a Berliner weiss. Really strong sweet raspberry presence that smells really nice but I wish that it was a bit truer to style.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of raspberry sweetness and tart, puckering sourness. Again, the raspberries dominate but it's a little more complex than the nose suggests. Very, very sweet with a rush of tart and sweet raspberry flavor that lingers over some lactic funk and citric acidity into a dry, tart finish. It's even a little bit seedy but after a while the raspberry flavor becomes a bit overwhelming. Like the other three Berliners from FB that I've tried, the traditional characteristics are almost completely overshadowed. Could use more funk, citrus, bread and wheat. Definitely the sweetest of the four I've tried so far but I did enjoy the fresh raspberry flavor.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint

Pours a bright red, like a candy apple red, with a faint pink cap that rose and fell quickly. Only some bubbles around the edges remained. It looks like fruit juice.

The nose is of sweet raspberries, powdered sugar, and lactic acid. The raspberries are a little overpowering, dominating the funk and wheat aromas typical in a Berliner.

Sweet, clean raspberries, sugary, with a good amount of lactic acid. The raspberries are fresh and sweet, with a sugary finish. There is some tartness that comes out mid-palate before finishing sugary and dry.

Light, clean, and refreshing. Moderate carbonation. Sugary, fruity finish, slightly dry.

A nice Berliner, different than most fruit infused Berliners as the raspberries tend to dominate the brew and lend a sugary sweetness that masks the generally tart nature of a Berliner. All in all, this is a very good beer that I would seek out again.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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