Order Of Hermes
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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #53
Ranked #6,805
4.29 | pDev: 4.2%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Order Of HermesOrder Of Hermes
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 22
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Order of Hermes looks almost like an original Berliner mit raspberry syrup. It glows a translucent pink grapefruit color. At first, a bright white bubbly head reaches two fingers the quickly fades with only a few straggling lightly pink hued bubbles loitering around the edge.

This smells like a Sunday brunch cocktail. Clearly an exotic fruit beverage, this oozes tart passion fruit. I'm not familiar with dragon fruit, but perhaps it has similarities to raspberry because that's the other dominant aroma.

Yup. Sunday brunch cocktail hour. The pineapple shows up well in the flavor, but the tart berry resemblance explodes here. There's a mild champagne resemblance in the finish.

Speaking of champagne, this is crisp and bubbly as such. Plenty tart, and plenty fruity, the flavors linger on in a dry and sip demanding fashion. The elevated abv for the style is somewhat noticeable in the same fashion as a sparkling wine.

This is a real thirst quencher. It actually is quite reminiscent of the authentic raspberry infused Berliner Kindl of it's home town, and for that, I give MT props, and recommend this to any fan of the style. Prost!

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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a cloudy, ruby grapefruit coloured body, one finger white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smell is rich grapefruit and tropical fruits- mostly guava; light lemon, a bit of sweet pineapple juice, touch of wheat, moderate lactic acidity, more grapefruit. Flavour follows; really a nice combination of freshly squeezed grapefruit, mango, guava, with moderate lactic acid, touch of wheat sweetness, touch of white sugar- just what I want with my sliced grapefruit, if that makes sense. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and insanely refreshing and drinkable. Moderate grapefruit tartness on the backend, not bitter. Man, this was a pretty delicious fruited berliner weisse.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a tall, narrow pint (Green Cheek nucleated flute). According to a black ink canning date printed on the underside of the can ("CANNED ON 01/03/2018 013037"), this was canned on January 3 of this year. That would make it 45 days old at the time of consumption. It was purchased online, picked up cold at the brewery two weeks later, put into a cooler, and transported right to my fridge, where it's been since.

Appearance (4.0): This has a gentle pink-orange, almost rosé appearance, pouring two good fingers of bone-white, crackly head that fizz away at a respectable pace for a Berliner. They cap a politely hazy body that's perfect for the style. The color of this beer is gorgeous. There's no lacing to speak of, but I didn't expect much for the style.

Smell (4.5): Replete with dragonfruit and sweet berry notes, this nose is out of control. There's just a bit of pale, crackery malt body underneath it, but in typical Berliner style it's nearly eaten away by the microbes here. The acidic component is nice, clean, bright, and just a touch lemony and a touch yogurty—it splits the lacto uprights. Really though, the nose is 100% dragonfruit.

Taste (4.5): A cascade of bright, sweet pineapple, champagne mango, and dragonfruit dominates the palate at first, punctuated by alternating flashes of limeade tartness and berry sweetness. There's a bit more malt body here, too, which makes sense as a "super Berliner," but it's still restricted to common crackers and a bit of white sourdough just absolutely drenched in dragonfruit and pineapple. No sign of booze here-the sweet berry, dragonfruit, and firm lacto tartness all obliterate any trace of its 6.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel (3.75): This is fuller and bigger than a typical Berliner, with a round, slightly fuller than medium-weight body buoyed by a light blanket of soft, needle-point carbonation that foams up moderately before washing out. The lacto helps the beer to finish drier, but the bigger malt body and big, drippy dragonfruit make this a fuller, very soft experience that washes away with the corresponding amount of heft. It doesn't quite drink like a Berliner, but it's very satisfying in a different way-like the way a good (D)IPA drinks.

Overall (4.25): So, this isn't quite like other Berliners, being bigger, a bit maltier, and having a feel that matches its increased size. Also, while the lacto sourness is absolutely part of this beer, it's no match for the big, nectar-like sweetness of dragonfruit, pineapple, and mango. That said, it's still dry enough and tart enough to make it feel like a sour beer rather than a gross, overly sweet fruit beer. This is fucking delicious. Don't know if they'll make it again, but if they do, I'd recommend buying it.

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Order Of Hermes from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 22 ratings