Cherry Raspberry Pop!
Grimm Artisanal Ales

Cherry Raspberry Pop!Cherry Raspberry Pop!
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #27
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,323
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.64%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
149
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Cherry Raspberry Pop!Cherry Raspberry Pop!
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 149
Photo of Delli555
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful opaque rosé color with lots of bubbles making me instantly think it looks like
a murky Rosé wine . The effervescent, fresh taste and look instantly made me wish it was a warm summer evening rather than a cold early spring night, but it was still delicious. I would certainly drink it again if I saw it. The raspberry flavor pops your taste buds with a hint of cherry tartness, making it a beautiful blend of sour and sweet notes. Goes down very smooth, if you like sour beer with fruity scents and flavors.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Caramel to amber in color with vibrant carbonation. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of cherry pie filling, vanilla, lactose, and a light dose of raspberries. I'm tasting cherry soda, lactose, vanilla, and a splash of raspberries. The mouth is very carbonated and yet crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of DBosco
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

November 2017 bottle now says ABV is 4.8%. Very hazy, peach with rose color. Quickly settles to a thin filmy head. Pleasant smell of raspberry and cherry. Taste is slightly tart with the raspberry and cherry flavors, and a slight fruity sweetness. Feel is medium light body with a little fizziness, a refreshing fluidity. Overall, this is a great package, good balance of the flavors - cherry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla in the background, along with a very drinkable level of tartness.

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Photo of Darth_Smacktard
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply incredible. Truly a unique and amazing beer. It's like drinking a delicious Raspberry-cherry soda except the sweetness is replaced by a creamy vanilla tartness.

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Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle.
Appearance: Hazy pink body with a bubbly white head
Dry and refreshing.

Sweet, tart and fruity aroma and flavor. Hints of cherries and raspberries. Moderately high tartness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another winner from grimm here, huge thanks to my man back east for sharing this one (and all the grimm he has sent out over the past year or so! thanks man!). this is a cherry raspberry sour beer with lactose and vanilla, and i have to admit, it sat around in the fridge quite awhile before cracking. part of that was the desire to share this hard to get (out here anyway) stuff with some buddies, but the other part of it is that i was pretty suspect about it, another sweet milkshake fruit beer, gimmicky right? wrong. this is delightful, perfectly balanced and subtle, and as good as any of their beer really. bright pinkish red in color, blood orange maybe, with some haze and a fizzy soda head, active but not aggressive. pure cherry and raspberry up front in aroma and flavor, maybe even a little more raspberry than cherry for me on this one, especially in the taste, tangy on both though, and balanced between them. sourness here is only mid range, approachable enough, and i not so sour that i couldnt have easily drank the whole bomber to my head. real fruit character here, a bit of jammy preserves i suppose, concentrated, but real. cherry more in the finish, raspberry more up front. the vanilla is subtle enough to almost be inconsequential, while the lactose is well timed, well dosed, and well behind the fruit. a little body and a little sweetness in the middle really is all, i was afraid of this component, but its well used. some hops in the nose too, soda carbonation, a bit of residual sugar but it seems to make sense. this isnt as milkshakey and intense as i expected, almost more of a fruited berliner type or something rather than all the other additives taking it over. real clean bacterial kettle type sour profile and almost refreshing. way ahead of expectations, a shocking amount of real fruit to it, and an unlikely success. these guys have a surprise around every corner, been having a blast drinking through their stuff!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Awesome pink color
S- Raspberry, cherry and limon
T- A bit watery up front. Light cherry and raspberry.
F- Good for a berlinner
O- Seems like a lot of the lacto and fruit settled to the bottom. Last pour was the best.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Hazy pinkish red – almost the color of ruby red grapefruit juice. Forms a finger's worth of light pink foamy head that sticks around for a good while atop fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Not a big aroma. Light candied fruit, a touch of lactic tartness. Some cracker malts, vanilla and pulled taffy. Not really what I expected, though it's not bad. Nothing really jumps out at you though - you gotta work at it.

T: Raspberries and black cherries with lactic tartness. Creamy and vanilla like a cream soda. Cracker malt backbone, then more fruit with dry tartness in the hang.

M: Good carbonation and a light body. No alcohol presence at all.

O: A different beer, but one that I thought was pretty enjoyable. It's probably not anything that I’d choose to drink particularly frequently, but the vanilla and tart fruit work pretty well together – better than I thought they might. And the lactose adds a nice creaminess. I’d give it a thumbs up!

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Photo of mynie
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an otherworldly, nearly neon shade of bright pink, very hazy with a tight and retentive white head. A very neat-looking beer, even if it disrupts stylistic expectations.

And, really, that's all I'm asking for: I don't care if a beer is milkshake hazy. I just don't want it to be hideous.

Smells very tart with some mild peppery yeast. Don't reach puckering extremes of, say, Upland's labmics, which are basically just sour Atomic Warhead candies in a glass, but it's still quite tart and acidic. The yeast aroma grows stronger as the beer warms.

It tastes not nearly as intense as I was expecting. I had to take a few sips to really get a hold of it. There's tart bacteria and fruit complexities up front, and these are somewhat firm but they become quickly overridden by a grain bill that's very generic and brewpubby. At first this was a huge letdown, as the beer's label and name and color led me to expect something more, I dunno, fruity and sweet? But then after adjusting to it I've determined that it's.... pretty good? I guess. I cannot place it stylistically and I frankly have no idea what they were going for here. The end result is interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pink beer with a pinkish head. Giant blast of raspberry and vanilla with some sour funky notes in the nose. The taste is sweet and tart with fresh, herbal raspberries and vanilla. The taste finishes sweet and tart and a little bitter. This is a beer that tastes like raspberry champagne and I like it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle released October 2016

Pours cloudy hazy pinkish orange-red with a quickly receding bubbly frothy white foam head. Smells like tart cherries, raspberries, some lactose, vanilla, sour funk, sweet cinnamon-esque spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like tart cherries, raspberry, lactose, vanilla, sour funk, sweet spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice sour ale with tart cherries, raspberries, vanilla and lactose.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chilled from bottle.
Gorgeous ruby hue. Good carb that fades
Sour in the aroma.
Taste is craft. Subtle flavours. Cherry and raspberry. Present but not overbearing. Soft tartness. Creamy. Finishes sweet then dry.
Enjoyed very much.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The lactose really softens the body of the beer and mellows the tart character. Another great sour (and unique) sour from Grimm. I'm a sucker and buy anything from them.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very lightly hazy super vibrant red in color with a half finger of short lived white head. Aroma starts with red berries then gives way to subtle cherry and lightly funky notes. Taste has notes of cherry and raspberry followed by a light to moderate tartness with a light sourness that lingers into the finish. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty overall, sourness is reatsrained enough to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stem). This bottle was produced in October of 2016, according to a bottling date at the right side of the label (“October 2016”), making this bottle about three months old. It’s been refrigerated over 24 hours prior to consumption, and generally it has been kept in a fairly cool, dark place since purchase.

Appearance (4.0): Just one finger of very light purple-colored foam comes off of the pour, capping a gorgeous, glowing deep reddish pink body that’s hazy but not cloudy. This is an unbelievably pretty color. Not a lot of retention or lacing, however, which isn’t shocking considering the style.

Smell (4.25): Tart cherry soda (like Cheerwine) and jammy, sweet raspberry dominate the nose, along with a touch of creamy vanilla—it’s like a mix of Cheerwine and cream soda with sweet, fresh raspberry jam on the side. The tartness is mostly lactic, with a nice touch of brassy tannins (my guess is from the cherries). The aroma’s all about the adjuncts here, but it sure is nice. Grimm’s objective is perfectly clear in the nose, and that counts for a lot in a concept-driven beer like this.

Taste (4.0): Whew, this is far more tart and sour than it is sweet and fruity, as suggested by the nose. Instead, it leads with a lactic-driven blast of tartness, followed by a lower key but lasting sourness with citric and lactic character and a slightly tannic undertone. It tastes like limeade sourness at first, followed by the tannic fruitiness of macerated cherries, and the sour side of fresh, slightly underripe raspberries—less jammy, more fresh and tart. Not getting much in the way of lactose here, and the vanilla is mostly lost on the palate, but I think the lactose comes out in the way the body smoothes out more and more as it warms up. It does take on a very, very slight cream soda-like character as it warms. Cold, it’s quite sour and brassy, but as it warms it remains quite sour but more of the fruity sweetness comes out a bit. I have no idea what the malt is contributing to the flavor here—it’s entirely possible that it was fermented out to oblivion or otherwise totally masked by the fruit and bacteria. This is a fairly sour beer.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Carbonation is smooth, creamy, and evenly distributed here, covering all surfaces and giving a ready tingle before washing out. The body feels deceptively full and creamy, probably thanks to that lactose, but it’s bifurcated: it feels simultaneously creamy and extremely dry, with a cutting lactic twang. It’s a really neat impression, actually, and I enjoy it quite a bit.

Overall (4.0): This beer is fairly straightforward, believe it or not. There’s a nice, very tart and fairly sour beer with solid construction but only a light base (4% ABV, after all) underneath, with tart cherry and fresh raspberry slathered on top, and a shot of lactose infusing the whole mess. I think the concept behind the beer is most clear in the appearance and the nose; on the palate and in the feel, it’s more of a well-made fruited sour, which despite how well it’s done here is fairly well-trodden territory. Still, don’t get me wrong. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer, and I would recommend it to anyone with a taste for sour beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a reddish orange topped by a finger and a half of dense off white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of cherries, raspberries, sourness, some vanilla and a little funk
T: Taste is tart cherries and juicy raspberries with some funk and sourness along with a little vanilla. Swallow is more cherry and raspberry with some more sourness and slight funk
M: This beer is on the medium side in body which is surprising given the ABV so the lactose is probably doing this. Carbonation is soft yet slightly prickly and the beer has a dry finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. Good flavors and complexity but the body makes this one drink heavy for the ABV. Definitely one to try if you like the style though.

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Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated October 2016

Murky pink-tinted red with a small white head that settles to a ring. Aromas of raspberry and cherry juice, woody vanilla warmth, shortcake, and a yogurt-like lactic acidity. Jammy berries and cherries in the mouth - lighter on the vanilla, more of a straight-forward fruity sour ale. Raspberry lemonade and a touch of woody spice. I was afraid this might be a muddled mess or too sweet, but it's a really pleasant showcase for the fruit. Light, crisp, and tart. Very nice...

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Photo of KensWorld
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another masterpiece by Grimm. The pinkish look, the slight sour smell and the fruity taste that is like no other make this quite unique. Almost same as 2016 Zwanze but also different in many ways. The Lactose plays so well with the tart berries. A must try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a focus on the tandem of raspberry and cherry upon a sour ale base, along with the temperment of lactose and vanilla for a soothing offset in taste, there's a sense that this beer will "pop" off the palate like sparkling candy. Yet with the image of clouds and shooting stars on the label, the sense of the beer mimicking a rainbow fart is just a tad much.

In a light cotton candy fashion, the scent opens with pulled candy that revolves around cherry, raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate. Its bright cherry mauve hue is mysteriously translucent while crowning with an eggshell white froth. Those salt-water taffy flavors with the confectioner's flavor of fruit and vanilla offers a soothing taste to start.

As the taste develops, the fruit does so also. Its bright bing cherry and radiant raspberry taste intensifies with a juicy, tangy and robust "red" character. With the zest of lemon, lime and bright curacao orange to follow, a spicy bitterness rises to temper the slim sweetness and the premiere fruitiness. Trending tart, crisp and clean, the finish is of red berry, rose wine and dry cider.

Light, crisp and utterly refreshing, the sour ale continues its dry and sour trend with a bright and thirst-stripping acidity. Extremely clean, the ale closes with a medium-short trail of fruit and evaporating cream.

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Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

October 2016

A: Pours a cloudy pinkish red. Good sized light pink head. Head dissipates quickly with no sign of lacing.

S: Pretty much as described. Smells like cherry pop mainly, with a side of raspberry and vanilla. When swirled you definitely get some lactic sourness.

T: Taste is much less "pop"-like. Definite lactic sourness throughout. Light dry cherry and raspberry up front with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Just a hint. Has a unique feel and taste that I can't quite describe but someone else mentioned "yogurt" and I agree heartily.

M: Light but creamy.

O: Interesting and unique sour. Big flavor, big sourness and enough sweetness and fruitiness to balance it out. Surprisingly decent creamy body. Remarkable for just a 4% brew.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours hazy pink and sits ruby red in the glass with thin white head and minimal to no lacing, smells like raspberry yogurt, grape soda, sour raspberry seeds, hints of maraschino cherries, taste is sour raspberry and frutti di bosco up front that softens to sweet cherry flavored tootsie roll pop that lingers, feel is light and dazzlingly carbonated, finishes dry. A fermented jar of maraschino cherries juice with raspberries, I can almost feel the seeds in my teeth. Fun yum.

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, October. 2016 edition.Purchased at Brew and Co, Bedford, NY

Pours a great looking shade of hazed red grapefruit, glowing and inviting....minor head, and next to no lacing...high marks for the color of the brew.

Faint/delicate/non existant fruity nose

Simply delicious stuff, moderate sour (about 5/10), full on fruity/citric goodness...I'm getting grapefruit, cherry and yes some reaspberry, great balance between the sour and the cirtic fruityness....wow...well done...go get some

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. capped bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours bright pink and cloudy... like melted sorbet. This beer might say cherry raspberry but it smells like watermelon puree. Light tartness. Fresh, spritzy and juicy but very mellow. Beer opens biscuity. Light sweetness has hints of raspberry and cherry but again, there's some watermelon in there. Flesh and seed. Aggressively tart towards the middle and end with a puckering, seedy tartness at the end. Real enjoyable. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy with a puckering finish.

Really good. One of those beers you revisit over and over again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE shared by Schlimenhaumer - thanks, bruv! Notes below are regrettably brief.

Brown glass, colourful label art, pry-off crown cap.

Off-white colour head. Nontransparent, translucent. Cloudy/murky, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Aroma brings lactic acid/lactobacillus bacterial twang, acidity, a blip of vanilla, and tart bright fruit (mainly depleted raspberry) and soft powdered sugar covered raspberries. Suggests a soft brew with mild sourness (maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity). No overt oak presence. Aromatic intensity is mild.

Sourness is a mild 5/10 in terms of intensity, but the acidity amplifies it somewhat. Lactobacillus gives it a smacky feel on the palate, with bursts of raspberry emerging throughout. I don't get much tart cherry per se; at least it's not too robust. Acetobacter makes a (welcome) appearance. No rich oak tones here. I can't say I pick up on any vanilla (whether from vanilla bean or oak-derived vanillin). It's balanced and partially fulfills the promises of the premise inasmuch as it kinda sorta evokes raspberry soda, but is that really what one wants in a beer anyway? More bacterial intricacy, more sourness, more fruit (especially cherry), and some oak would be welcome additions to bring this to the next level.

Texture is smooth, wet, thin, light-bodied, overcarbonationed, and somewhat soft.

Overall, it's a competent sour ale but doesn't deliver as much fruit, tartness, or sourness as would be ideal. Drinkable enjoyable sessionable fare at a respectable 4% ABV, but it isn't worth the pricetag and wouldn't be my first choice - especially over more widely available sours like La Folie.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of ichorNet
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It actually feels like it's been a little while since I've checked in with Grimm's sour stuff, so I'm excited to see where their fruited sour thing is going these days. Seems like this one isn't dry-hopped unlike most of the other recent ones, but it features vanilla and lactose in addition to cherries and raspberries, so they might be going for a sweet-tart feel instead of a hoppy-sour thing this time around. Intriguing, for sure.

Pours a really nice looking deep pink hue with nearly full opacity, along with a thin and ephemeral head of whiteish-pink bubbles that pretty much sinks to a quarter-finger atop the beer. Really nice, natural-looking juice-like color with a creamy texture to it.

Nose is surprisingly vanilla-forward, with a lot of bright berry, cherry and even some light citrus peel aromas as well. Seems like the lactose is a bit present here as well, lending a cream-like note that kind of comes off a bit yogurt-like. It's well-integrated, though, for sure, and seems to stop the beer from being too tart and acidic.

Flavor is bright, juicy red fruit, with lots of cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors. Moderate acidity, which definitely seems to be tamed a bit by the vanilla and lactose. Those ingredients give this some nice, round sweetness that almost gives the whole thing a "smoothie"-like disposition. Some sharp acidic and lemony notes upfront give way to a wheaty malt base, tart fruit and a nice, creamy and well-developed finish. Loving the way this drinks. I was afraid they wouldn't pull off the balance for whatever reason, but this is a pretty great drink. Very juicy and does well by the fruit additions. Great stuff.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 149 ratings