Present Perfect
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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #12
Ranked #1,786
4.27 | pDev: 6.32%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: Passionfruit berliner, oak conditioned and dry hopped with hallertau blanc and el dorado.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 155 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

September 2016 bottle

Pours yellow gold wth a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like intense tart fruity juicy tropical passionfruit, some lemony citrus, fresh oak, wheat malt, with some floral earthy grassy hops. Tastes like tart sour lemon, tropical intense seedy passionfruit, citrus pith, crackery wheat, some toasty hay, fresh oak, with floral earthy grassy herbal hops. Feels lighter medium bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice Berliner weisse brewed with passionfruit, conditioned on oak and dry-hopped with Tettnanger.

Jul 28, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Grimm in Brooklyn.

Pours a semi clear golden yeallow with a thick cap of frothy head.

Smell is tart and absolutely dominated by the passionfruit. Some notes of oak, lime and sulphur manage to claw their way through the mist of fruit.

Taste is uncompromising in the pursuit of passion(fruit). Soft acidity along with supporting notes of lime,grass and sulphur elevate the fruit and still balances it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium with sparkling carbonation.

Overall, a terrific Berliner that manages to avoid being one dimensional despite the amount of passionfruit.

Dec 18, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge white frothy head - with excellent retention - atop a pale golden and hazy body.

Tart and fruity nose from the pour, along with a strong musty funk. Lemon, passion fruit, star fruit, sour milk, wheat, overripe peaches.

Immediately sour on the palate: kumquat, lemon, star fruit, passion fruit, dragon fruit, lighter tones of berries, musty funk.

Smooth and very drinkable. Lively.

Oct 28, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger bright white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - you smell this from a mile away. Cheese, funk, passionfruit.

T - passionfruit followed by huge funk. Cheesy brett with a lot of sulfur and some faint wood. Moderately tart and slightly sour. No bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - light body with high carb.

O - one of the more aggressive berliners I’ve tried. Tons of flavor for the low abv. But it’s a bit on the crazy side.

Oct 27, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Great color. Excellent head retention. Nose is real cheesy. I get passion fruit, lemon zest, rotting wood, a touch of sulfur and an almost metallic tartness. Beer opens sweet and tart passion fruit. The fruit presence is big but it almost tastes like there's an artificial sweetener in here. More watery towards the middle with some wet wood, a touch of metallic bitterness and more robust passion fruit juice. Puckering on the finish with a lively, zesty tartness in the aftertaste. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down sparkling, crisp and puckering. Messy, lingering finish.

Overall, this is solid. But I don't understand the move towards dry-hopping berliners. It adds an almost metallic, odd tartness that's not really balanced with, or complement the tartness present. Maybe that's just me.

Sep 29, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 9/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy passionfruit, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, green apple, citrus zest, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, fruity hops, passionfruit, oak, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy passionfruit, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, green apple, citrus zest, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang; and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passionfruit, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, green apple, citrus zest, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, musty/lacto funk and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruity hops, passionfruit, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/sticky/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited Berliner weisse! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruity hops, passionfruit, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. The balance between fruity hops, passionfruit, oak, Lacto, and pale/wheat malts is damn near perfect. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

Jan 13, 2018
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold (4) pour; quick, fizzy white head; first pour had excellent clarity; second half of bottle was somewhat cloudy;some cap retention dwindles to a thin ring leaving a few spots, then no lace. Aromas of rhubarb and passion fruit with perfumy floral hops nose. Tart fruit, passion fruit, sour green apples; lite bitter floral hop middle; sour fruit on backend. Highly carbonated, bubbly like champagne; dry, clean crisp finish. Overall outstanding; tart fruit linger with lasting effervescence; super easy drinking.

Jan 12, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale bright gold with a billowing head of foam and spotty lacing.
Aroma of passionfruit, juicy funky tart fruit.
Big passionfruit taste, juicy and puckering. An herbal note in the background from the dry hop.
Tart and crisp, verges on sour. Light, juicy, and refreshing. Fruity aftertaste.
It certainly delivers what it advertises, and if it's almost a year old, it's held up very well.

Aug 28, 2017
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Very cloudy orange tinted gold which has an opaque feel to the brew. Head is white coming off just about two finger's length off the body.

Smell: Sweet banana and berries which literally feels like a toasted fruit punch.

Taste: Sweet lemonade and Berries...yes the passion fruit is there but the yeast gives it a slight punch.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but impressingly sticky. Sweet fruits at the end definitely refreshing.

Overall: nice pick up which was a bit pricey but well worth it when you're sharing it with people you love. Worth grabbing and hold it for a hot summer day.

May 13, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

grimm is doing these oak aged and dry hoped berliner and gose types better than anyone else right now, fruit aside, and this is another great one. the sourness is mellow so its a high volume refresher for me, and its on a perfect pitch with the natural tartness of the passion fruit, which really resonates with me here, i love that balance and duality of taste and texture, amazing. there is the right amount of new oak on this to round the edges, soften it a little, and to add a dimension to a style of beer that has been trending toward less complex all the time lately it seems. the dry hopping is awesome, super clear picture of el dorado, and its great in this context, nice with the hallertau blanc too, delicate for being so flavorful. the passion fruit has a little sweetness, and it seems real to me, genuine, and it also adds a fleshy sort of body to this, like there is more juicy weight to this than their is from the grain, which is super light here. i dig that! nice carbonation, tangy and sweet alike in the finish, hoppy without any bitterness, and softly woody like a quick rested white wine. really impressive specimen! incredibly unique in this style, not too fruity for me, although i could hear that as a critique from some... love this!

May 01, 2017
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated September 2016.

Kind of forgot about this one in my fridge. The last pour from the bottle was the best part, all of that passionfruit hazy goodness.

Feb 14, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a goblet to a slightly hazed straw yellow topped by a finger of dense white head that fades to a small pool leaving some lacing
S: smells of passion fruit, creamy wheat and sourness
T: Taste is passion fruit up front mixed with a nice hit of tartness with some dry wheat maltyness from the base beer. Decent pucker with a nice lemony zing. Swallow is more passion fruit, creamy wheat and some slight lingering tartness
M: This beer is light in body but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation that is perfect for the style and a slightly drying finish from the acidity.
O: This one is very good. The passion fruit does a nice job of cutting through the sourness of the base to give this beer a very nice and pleasing balance. Definitely one to try if you like the style and like them with fruit.

Jan 31, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch head that dissipates rather quickly to a tiny ring. No lacing with a hazy light yellow body. Nose of candied lemon, citrus, and slight tropical fruit. Taste follows with lots of sourness in a nice, refreshing way. Very nice feel for a Berliner Weissebier. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this as this was the last bottle at the store!

Jan 20, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very a very lightly hazy yellow straw in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is dominated by a moderately sour character that presents as lemony with some subtle tropical undertones. Taste is very sour with a tart finish and lemony and lightly oaky undertones that remind me a bit of white wine. Light body and very high carbonation, effervescent. Overall a very tasty beer, even in the dead of winter. Recommend.

Jan 11, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

been collecting these as they have come out and have built up a bit of a backlog and today felt like a good day to chip into it....although winter is fully upon us, refreshment never goes out of style. and boy was I glad I popped this.

simply stated, this is a homerun. I am a huge fan of jwb's fruited Berliners and this gives dfpf a run for its money imo. the fruitiness pops immaculately and is perfect integrated into the base. I love this beer!

Jan 08, 2017
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a hazy, bright lemon gold. Bone white head. Smell is passion fruit and some sour dank. Taste has tart fruit and a bit of sour. Dry finish. Really good.

Dec 17, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the perfect overlay of tropical and succulent passionfruit over the already tantalizing sourness of berlinerweiss and an added nuance of complexity is added without taking away from the elegancy of the base beer underneath.

Grimm's Present Perfect is bright and hazy with a golden appearance and a fluffy cotton-like froth. Bold and tangy aromatics waft over the senses with brazen citrus, clean sour impressions and those savory tropical notes before teasing the tastebuds with light bread, wafer and soft confectioner's sugar.

Sweetness is mild and short as it dissolves rapidly on the middle palate, leaving the full brunt of acidity to pang away at the tongue. Sour lime, lemon and crabapple are the beer's hallmark flavor, but the overcast of passionfruit invite notions of pineapple, kiwi and mango to enter the fray. Light in bitterness, only a light salinity follows with a musty taste of whole wheat and fruit skins.

Dry, crisp and mostly light, the Berlinerweiss hides its malt supports well. But the slightly robust character of passionfruit gives the beer its hint of weight and retains its creaminess. A brisk after palate of sea air and burlap sway in and out of the fruit in a short, crisp and refreshsing aftertastes.

Dec 15, 2016
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Bwell9 from New York

2.68/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Super sour, looked and smelled great. Could not finish this beer, I was very excited to try this beer as I really enjoyed most Grimm products. Highly disappointed

Nov 30, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware, as per usual). This was bottled in September of 2016, according to a bottling date on the right side of the label (“September 2016”), making this about two months old.

Appearance (4.25): Two and a half fingers of fine, bone-white, crackly foam rise easily off of the pour, capping a hazy, pale, straw-yellow body. The head dies down at a moderate to fairly slow pace for the style, leaving scattered suds around the glass—but not many. Still, this style is not exactly known for retention or lacing, so having anything is a plus in my book.

Smell (4.5): Passionfruit, in all its weird glory. Not “passionfruit notes,” like in sauv blanc or a lot of Down Under hop varieties, but straight up passionfruit nectar—the thick, syrupy stuff. God, I love it. Clean, lactic notes with lemon zest and a very slight tart yogurt aroma offset the syrupy, nectar-licious passionfruit scent, as well. Dry, cracked wheat adds a little starchiness to it, but this is really a showcase of passionfruit and clean, brilliant lactic acid.

Taste (4.5): This follows the nose in its inclusion of very juicy passionfruit and clean, lemony lactic notes, but the balance is shifted toward the very, very tart lemon character, pushing the passionfruit the fill out the body while the zippy, tart lactic acid flashes with electricity. Meanwhile, the wheat remains dry and subtle, offering a crackery base to flesh out the body a little more. The Tettnanger may be contributing some grassy, lemony notes in here, too. I realize this isn’t as fresh as would be ideal to really capture the presence of the Tettnanger dry-hopping, but I think it’s still there, just a bit, and it’s a nice touch. Still, the passionfruit is what you go back for, sip after sip. As it warms up, the balance slowly shifts back from the electric, lemony acidity toward to the soft, pleasing mixture of passionfruit and raw wheat.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Ugh, good lord . . . the carbonation is light and fluffy, with a subtle tingle and generous foaming action as it spreads across your palate and eventually washes out. The body, meanwhile, is light and dry, with soft wheat serving to just barely soften the blow of the extremely dry, tart acidity. This is exactly what a Berliner should feel like, in my opinion: dry but not parching, soft but not weak, and tart but not puckering.

Overall (4.75): Uhh, BIG FAN. This is another outstanding sour from Grimm, and their ability to showcase subtlety and precision in making a spot-on low-ABV sour beer that’s true to its style, without being constrained to the style’s limitations. The wheat, the acidity, the balance and the light hop character are all handled so incredibly well that the basic brew at this beer’s heart would be outstanding on its own. But really, the passionfruit—with its weird, hyper-tropical sweetness and sometimes not very subtle musk—is what adds depth and character to this very, very tart, refreshing beer. It may not be perfect in every regard, exactly, but I cannot imagine a more refreshing, inviting example of the style. It gets pretty damn close, if not nailing it, in just about every regard. Very highly recommended.

Nov 22, 2016
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craftaholic from New York

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice and tart, so easily drinkable (should be at 4%) but isnt so tart that it is overpowering in the least bit. Would love to have another one considering this one drank like a champ.

Nov 07, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy opaque yellow pour, nice head. Blast of fruit in the nose. Very strong taste, thick with juicy passionfruit and citrusy tartness, with a crackery wheat background. Crisp and zesty mouthfeel with a lot more body than you'd expect from a typical Berliner. I really liked this one a lot, and I'd have to say, don't sit on it...drink fresh.

Oct 31, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light lemon color with a 3F head in a tulip.

Unusual aroma for the style which intensifies with warming: deep fruit- passion fruit- musky.
Light smokiness at higher temps.

MF : wonderful. Dry crisp, tart, puckering. Excellent approach.

Taste: lemony, musky earthiness, lemon.

Tart, lemony finish.

The taste profile seems to intensify with warming. At 50° more especially. The Brewer recommends lower temps, but I enjoyed the beer more at higher temps.

I am not a big fan of the style- but I am a fan of this brewery. They have distinctive approaches to beer styles. Excellent brew: very different for a BW aroma. The tartness and lemony citrus is prominent. The Passionfruit seems to be stronger in the aroma. Check out their beers- one of my favorite new breweries.

Oct 25, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a hazy yellow color with no clarity or vision of anything.

Smell: Subtle passion fruit sweetness, citrus, sour notes, wheaty, and bready.

Taste: The passion fruit and citrus flavors compliment the wheaty, tart, and sour notes. Light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, tart, pucker, medium to high carbonation, refreshing, a little chewy, and light bitterness.

Overall: Another tasty sour from Grimm. The addition of passion fruit and dry hopping brings thus beer to another level.

Oct 23, 2016
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cfalls from New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - light yellow, super hazy, thick white head

S - intense passion fruit, lemon, tropical fruit cup, you can smell it across the room

T - assault of bright citrus up front, dry yeasty finish with a hint of salt, little to no funk

F - light bodied, high carbonation, refreshing

O - wow, probably the first beer I've had where the limiting factor on the sessionability is the intensity of the flavor rather than ABV or malt heaviness

Oct 22, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
September 2016
Served in a tulip

I thought this would be perfect beer to crack on possibly the last 80+ degree day of the year. The hazy, pale straw yellow body was topped by a finger tall cap of bubbly, bright white froth. The head quickly fell to a clingy ringlet. Minimal splotches of lacing stuck on the glass.

Passionfruit came through big time in the aroma. Super fragrant and pure. Really crisp and bright. Exotic. Slightly sweet. A touch musty too.

The flavor profile continued right where the nose left off. Loads of tart passionfruit notes. Big zesty lemon presence too. Wheaty. There was a salty quality to this as well. I definitely would have mistaken this for a gose over a Berliner Weisse. The beer finished dry with more lemony tartness and acidity. Really interesting and complex, although I failed to detect any oak.

Terrific frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a fine, lively effervescence that turned smooth and supple on the palate. The acid in the beer felt like it was stripping the enamel off my teeth.

I am a huge fan of Grimm's sour beers and Present Perfect is definitely another outstanding offering. The passionfruit is just intense enough to not overshadow the fantastic base beer. Now, if they would only send cans of their hoppy beers our way.

Oct 20, 2016
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