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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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den

Pours a hazy pink-raspberry color with some really nice bright hues. The head is fluffy and voluminous, as the beer was gushing all night from the kegs. Retains nicely while leaving coats of webbed lacing behind.

Funky and tart in the nose with boatloads of raspberry. Slightly sweet from the fruit, but balanced well by the sourness. Hints of wheat and grass.

Tart and vibrant up front. The raspberry slices through, adding notes of natural sweet and sour. Fruity and faintly sweet, with funky notes of wheat and hay. Finishes tart and citrusy on the tongue.

Lighter body, high carbonation, prickly and refreshing on the tongue. I've had a couple of these and they're all fantastic, although the passion fruit is probably my favorite.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

On tap at Monk's during Philly Beer Week.

All of the Funky Buddha brews seemed to gush from the tap lines, and this was no exception. From tap to pitcher behind the bar, then poured into individual pints. Head quickly melted into the fuchsia-colored body.

Aroma is fresh, though subdued, raspberries. The other Berliners were stuffed full of fruit flavor, and this one lacks by comparison.

Taste is similarly mild compared to the others: much less tart & acidic with the raspberries not standing out as far as I'd like. I suppose this lends itself to higher drinkability for some (not me), but this one was a disappointment.

Objectively, this is still a GREAT beer, but it simply does not compare favorably against the other Buddha Berliners.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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Berliner Raspberry from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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