Ching Ching | Bend Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bend Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few years ago up in Bend, was able to score a bottle as well. That bottle drank very nicely alongside the pool. Nice gold and yellow appearance, decent clarity, not a lot of wheat running around in the beer. Aroma smacks of lactic lemon sour and mild grain.

Taste, very nice, on the upper end of the sour scale for style, but not at all a problem, very nice. Super clean, not a lot of barrel or funk if any to this one. Neat little addition of hibiscus and pomegranate? Super light body, the tartness has just enough malt/wheat/barley to not come off as overdoing the sour and fruity aspect. Its refreshing and crushable. Very solid choice for summertime. Or outdoor activities.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a teku

A- pours a deep golden color with a foamy white head that has good retention with some lacing

S- smells of tart lemon, toasted wheat, pomegranate and some floral notes

T- fruity and tart up front, nice balance of pomegranate, lemon & toasted wheat. Clean finish with some floral notes on the linger

M- light body with bubbly carbonation leads to an effervescent mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- very good, thirst quenching

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw to red colored body.
The aroma is mildly sour strawberry and pomegranate.
The taste starts slow and builds to a nice tart pomegranate flavor, a little grain. Great balance.
The texture is crisp.
An outstanding beer. Perfect for hot days.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rifugium for the random "hey you want this?" regarding this beer which was a longtime want of mine. Bomber poured into a snifter, the brew appears a pinkish light copper color with a white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is lemony lactic and tangy with a fruited aspect akin to pomegranate. More whiffs reveal deeper fruited aspect with a light floral aspect as well. Really all around a clean and very enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste is tart with very minimal cereal grain character that hardly provides any backing sweetness to the tart appeal of this brew. More sips reveal layers of fruitiness that is somewhat like the aforementioned pomegranate mixed with a very mild herbal aspect.

This is light bodied moderately carbonated and overall just crushable. Nicely done. I would love to have more of this.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bend Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful ruby red body, slight orange-copper hue, but for the most part medium ruby red. Half finger white head that dies fairly quickly, becomes a mildly placid beer after the fact. Smells of pomegranate, lactic acid, wheat, a bit of lemon, red fruits, a bit of apple. Very good. Flavour is even better; a good amount of pomegranate flavour along with a bit of citrus, lemon, lactic acid, yogurt, wheat, oak. Not too funky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and perfect on a hot day like today. Good carbonation. Finish is pomegranate and lemon acidity. Overall, one of the best berliners I've had in a long time and that also includes De Garde.

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass, super carbonated bubbly white head filled glass. Smells nice tart and slighty sweet fruit. Tastes the same a perfect sour taste not too harsh. Nice and tingling on the tongue. Very happy with this beer

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Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a pale, pinkish straw color, hues of rose and taupe, very hazy and cloudy where a huge, billowy white head appears, 3 or 4 fingers high that recedes fairly quickly into nothingness, no lace to speak of. The aroma is pleasant, herbal hibiscus, wildflower, pomegranate, berry, lemon citrus, light must with soft cracked wheat. The flavors are nice, plenty of fruit, very tart and sour, pomegranate is light, berry fruits, strong acidic citrus, wildflower, lots of hibiscus, pale grain, mild funkiness. The mouthfeel is good, very vibrant and lively, very high carbonation, a bit of sharpness as this is quite sour, coats fairly well with a strong pucker at the finish.

Verdict: A nice berliner from Bend Brewing, perhaps a bit too sour for my tastes, but the hibiscus is showcased well, decently balanced, but I'd like to see a bit more pomegranate in this. All in all, this is quite a refreshing and enjoyable beer, definitely would be a go to if I was local for summer sessions.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is darker amber, lightly hazed, tons of bubbly white head that sits forever. Nose is very little grain, heavy lacto, a bit of dusty brett, lots of lemon, a bit sugary. Flavor is also too sweet, again virtually no grain, not as lacto/brett heavy, but becomes even sweeter lemon and candied sugar. Body isn't super light, carb is pretty spot on, gets a little juicy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

this is excellent and real unique beer, i think the pomegranate comes through more in this neon pink colored berliner weisse than in any other beer made with the fruit i have had. the hibiscus is an accent flavor and aroma, rather than something perfumy and overbearing. the two actually go quite well together, and this beer is very sour. its got a puckery tart nose, lactic acid and lemon notes for sure, and then the fruit and flowers over the top of it. the sourness is really developed in the taste too, insanely tart in the finish especially. refreshing, but my one real critique of this thing is that it cant hold a head and that its carbonation is super light, it just doesnt feel like a berliner for that reason, ive said before, i really prefer my wild ales to be effervescent. not that its flat, but it just doesnt sing like it could and give life to the unique flavors. great fruit flavor though, and a really interesting finish. this is a beer unlike most others, and probably my favorite fruited berliner i can recall.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a hint of pink and plenty of haze. Head is a frothy finger of foam also tinged with a little pint. A good looking beer!

Smell: tart and piquant; definitely fruity with a good aroma of hibiscus and pomegranate. The wheaty element is present but subtle; it's good, but somehow it doesn't come together entirely for me.

Taste: now we're talking. I was afraid from the aroma that this beer might be a bit over-hyped. Thankfully, I was wrong! Great tartness with a sweet base that holds up, with the pomegranate really coming through and a nice wheaty finish at the end. Shazam!

Mouthfeel: light bodied and nicely fizzy. Refreshing, as a Berliner weissbier ought to be, although nothing crazy to write home about.

Overall: what a drinkable and tasty beer. I love finds like this -- picked up at random at a grocery store in Bend, and I find a delicious treat. Bam!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remainig beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and hibiscus aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and hibiscus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF Wine Stem.

Appearance: The color of this beer reminds me of what a blush wine looks like. Pinkish to light red bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of head resulting from a gentle pour. Head quickly drops down to a thick cap and stays that way for a while. Eventually drops down to a thin uneven cap of small bubbles.

Smell: This beer smells like sweettarts and Jolly Rancher brand candies. Hints of cherry. Smells like this would be at a high level of tartness or low level or sour which ever way you want to say it.

Taste: Almost almost reaching a moderate sourness level consisting of cherries, watermelons, limes, and a hint of raspberries! A slight candy like sweetness that is also grainy, with a little more pronounced on the sour end of things. It almost like a jolly rancher combines with sour atomic warhead candy. It tastes really good. Not much funk to speak of, it is definately a fruit forward sour. Really gotta look for it, but there might be a slight bit of lacto in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Crisp and refreshing when the beer is straight out of the fridge and still cold. When the beer warms up, it has a creamier feel to it which is really nice. Really, really, really drinkable beer; Silly Drinkability! As the beer rolls over your tongue, the bubbles become really aggressive and seem to expand on your tongue and coat the entire mouth. A little better than a semi dry finish. Fantastic mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer is the business! I want more Ching Ching! It is more of a sour beer than a Berlinner Weisse, but I have no complaints about the overall picture in reguards to Ching Ching. This beer was brewed with pomegranates and hibiscus, I didnt feel that either of those elements translated into the nose or flavor profile of the beer, but I do not really care at all because it that great of a beer. My advice to Bend Brewing Company is dont change a thing with this beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip

dark ruby red pour with a nice head. smell is slightly tart cherries.... taste borders between a berliner weiss and an american fruit sour. tartness much more than sour and id give the nod to the berliner weiss side but its awesome and drinkable. i would drink this beer every day if available to me. light body with medium carbonation. terrific.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to crack this one open, now that the wife can drink again! Thanks to John for the gift!

Slight chill haze, delightful light rose color, with a huge three-finger puff of white head that settled to a thick cottony layer and held there, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass. An easy swirl kept the head going. Aroma was lacto, some light grains, pomegranate seeds and wildflowers. A little bit soapy, but that's probably not the beer's has been sitting in the fridge for several months. That said, the tartness really held up here in the taste, and there was quite a bit of puckering on the first sip, light but sour fruit notes--pomegranate, lemon, cranberry, raspberry--saliva-inducing acidity, tangy, dry grassiness, with a rock candy sweetness in the background. I'm really glad the flavor didn't fade on this one. Light-medium body, crisp, tart mouthfeel, super tasty and super drinkable. Lots of fruit character without being syrupy or cloying. Very nice overall. Cheers!

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Photo of beertunes
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to JohnMichaelsen for this much wanted bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured very lively, lots of tight, white head, that dissipated at a moderate pace, and little to no lacing. The beer itself was an orange-ish golden yellow color, with what seemed to be a slight reddish tinge.

The aroma was interesting, very light grains, some herb and floral notes, and a nice tartness. On the tongue, all those aspects were greatly amplified. The malt was a bit more notable, the fruit and herbiness was stronger, and the flowery notes stayed short of being bothersome. The beer had a nicely tart, just short of sour, finish.

The body was crisply medium light, with a much appreciated very dry finish. Drinkability was excellent. Overall, a very, very good brew. A must try if you see it, and certainly worth some effort to get.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma brings out fresh tart oranges, mangoes, and wheat. Flavor is very fruity and moderately tart, with tart oranges, mangoes and pomegranate, and light wheat. Super fruity, quite tart and extremely refreshing. Great depth to this and very flavorful. Very good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange with a pinkish hue. Nice white head and a thick collar.

Smell - A little floral and a bit of cherry. Grainy. Light acidity.

Taste - Fruity. Not as distinctly cherry. Lemony tang. Very grainy.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Nice sourness.

Overall - This suffered from being late in a tasting but it's clean and tasty.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'd be hard pressed to find a better berliner and I love Night Shift. Second bottle I've had. The pink color looks amazing. You can detect the fruit and tartness on the nose almost like a flavored lemonade. The body is just so quenching and easy to drink. This tastes like pomegranate juice with a squeeze of lime. This beer won gold for a reason.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub. A pomegranate hibiscus Berliner? Sign me up. 2013 Gabf gold medal winning batch.

Clear orange amber with a thin pinkish head that falls off to a ring rather quickly. The nose is a riot. Hibiscus floral notes, fruity pomegranate, lactic tartness, some pomegranate seeds bitterness, and a mild bread note. The palate opens fruity, floral with the hibiscus flavors - rose, juice- working really well with pomegranate and the sourness. There is a sharpness to the palate, clearly lactic but with a touch of white wine vinegar as well. Sharp lactic sourness, like really sharp yogurt on the finish with minimal wheat flavors. Fruity as well. Touch of seed bitterness. Light in body moderately carbonated, this is crisp and incredibly refreshing. Among the better Berliners I've had recently.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, summer 2013
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a very faint pinkish color. Sort of yellow leading to pink. Initially bright white head with pink flecks. Doesn't leave any lacing. High carbonation.

S: Definitely pulling that fruit aspect. Pomegranate is at the forefront. Does have a fruit juice like sweet tang to it. Some light lactic notes as well.

T: Get that fruity tang sour tartness up front. Pomegranate primarily. It's much less sour and lactic than other recent Berliners I've had. Not as yogurt forward. Drinks like fruit juice, white grape juice. Finish is so what dry. It's refreshing.

M: Light bodied. High carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bend Brewing brewpub.

The beer pours an atrractive rose color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is quite attractive in this, as you really pick up the pommegranite, hibiscus and light sour mentioned in the beer description. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and though the beer is a bit more sour than I normally appreciate, the fruit and the hibiscus add an elemant that I really enjoy. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's plenty of flavor. Drinkability is excellent, and this beer is just a delight to drink.

Very nice beer from the folks at Bend Brewing.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Pretty pink/light orange color. Thin off-white head.

Lactic character with good amounts of fruit and a bit of grain. Lemon and grapefruit would be my guess if given this blind with a bit of berry juiciness. Nice.

Moderate sour character, grapefruit and lemon flavors, a bit of lactic. Incredibly drinkable. Nice combination of juicy fruits, lactic sour character, mild grain, and low bitterness.

Thin-medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. I suppose it could have used a bit more carbonation.

Incredibly tasty fruited berliner.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a very hazy raspberry/pastel peach color (really unique color. A head of head that left no lace. Really impressive and unique color.

S- Big fresh strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, and wild yeast notes. Definitely can tell this will be sour and astringent from the aroma

T- Big fresh strawberry, big candy orange notes, pomegranate, and raspberry notes. Quite sour and very astringent with lots of candy sugar notes

M- Very fizzy like a soda. Lighter bodied, finished semi-dry

O- A very nice sour beer exploding with big fruit flavors especially berry fruits. Such an easy drinker despite the pretty intense sourness.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- One finger wide white head with minimal retention. Leaves a very watery, paper-thin lacing when agitated. Orange body with high clarity.

S- Wheat and tartness. Some active yeast and bacteria cultures. Lemon zest, warm and refreshing smelling.

T- Very tart with a wheat backbone. An active, complex beer. Lemon, spices, brett. Very pleasant.

M- Solid feel with active carbonation. Chewier than I would have expected. Fairly wet finish. Highly refreshing and drinkable.

O- This hits all the right points to be a very good beer. Kudos to Bend for turning out a complicated style like this.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Belmont Station. Was nice to randomly find it on the shelf since I've wanted to try this for awhile. Split.

A: Pale pink like a zinfandel with no appreciable head. No legs. This is almost translucent as you might expect.

N: Hibiscus, pomegranate, raspberries. The fruit is very dominant here, though there's some sweetness that lends a kind of kool-aid smell. Vinous white wine grapes.

T: Tart raspberries, pomegranates, lemons, white wine grapes, and a little bit of leather. Some lactic acid, and the hibiscus is appreciable if faint.

M: Very light and goes down as quickly as a Berliner Weisse should.

O: So, I confess that I thought this was a sour ale, and not a BW at first, and it's funny how reading the label drastically changed my perception of this. It's a great beer that showcases the pomegranate and hibiscus well. Even nicer that I get touches of raspberries even if they aren't actually present in the beer. I dare say you won't be disappointed.

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