Ching Ching
Bend Brewing Company

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #127
Ranked #2,012
4.23 | pDev: 8.04%
Bend Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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Notes: It is effervescent with a SweeTART tanginess. Brewed with pomegranate and hibiscus this yum-yum is a perfect thirst quencher that just might push the boundaries of what you consider beer.
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kemoarps from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pale faded pink... like super dilute cranberry juice. Not especially crisp or clear, it starts with a lazy rose-tinged-eggshell pile of wet bubbles that dissipate to not much.

Nose is bright and tart. Lovely floral and berry juicy with a touch of lemon juice underneath.

Initial build is more sour than tart, but with the waves of floral hibiscus and berry-sweet pomegranate, it leans a little more over to the tart/crisp side, almost in a bramble kind of sense. Finish kind of falls off and feels like there's a dimension missing.

Overall this is pleasant enough, and a good accompaniment to a lovely sunny spring afternoon, but after having been looking forward to trying for years, my internal hype outpaces the actual beer itself. That's not entirely fair, but I also can't change that.

Apr 05, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz pull-tab can:

Currently ranked the #29 Berliner Weisse on the top Berliner Weisse list. "Sour ale" "Pomegranate and Hibiscus." 5 IBU. The designation "Berliner Weiss" does NOT appear on the label/can and their website currently has no information on any of their beers...

4.5% ABV.

Tart, mildly sour, and certainly hibiscus-emphatic (inasmuch as a subtle flavour like hibiscus can actually be emphasized). Finishes a bit smacky. Acidic throughout, which complements the subtle pomegranate seed nicely. I can't say I honestly taste any overt wheat...just neutral pale malts/2-row.

Balanced and enjoyable if a biteen on the thin side. Well-carbonated. Smooth. Wet. Approachable. Hardly a truly puckering or notably sour beer, but enjoyably mellow.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY


Tart, acidic, refreshing. The hibiscus and pomegranate play well but are pretty subtle in comparison to the fruity notes featured in most fruited Berliner Weisse beers.

A good Summer sipper. Well worth picking up.

High B- / WORTHY

Apr 26, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a lot of foam that settles in to produce quite the head atop the peach-hued honey colored liquid; spotty lacing

Smell: Wheat and pomegranate tones with a hibiscus floral element

Taste: Tart pomegranate, up front, with the hibiscus adding a floral aspect; clean, somewhat sour finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I have had this bottle in my cellar for way too long as it was received as an extra in a trade some time ago; impressive, even with some age

Apr 13, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a pretty beer... Orange with a pink hue, a thin white ring of bubbles, clear and inviting.

The aroma is acidic and full of tart fruit subtleties. Raspberry, hibiscus, pomegranate... Check, check check.

Flavor follows with tons of fresh fruit goodness. A mild wheat grain backdrop plays the perfect platform

Light, less tart than expected, with superb drinkability. Refreshing even on a cold fall night.

Not as tart as your classic Berliner, but so well rounded. This is a remarkable fruited sour with great balance. Cheers.

Nov 02, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a pinkish orange hue with initial high airy head. Flowery fruity nose, taste is tart cherries, floral with a bone dry finish. Get better after initial pucker . Re-rate in 2017. More appreciation for this. Up a tick.

Feb 27, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Sep 16, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Sep 16, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Sep 25, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Jul 01, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Jun 29, 2015
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Pete_IV from New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Apr 12, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

Mar 16, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Jan 05, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 and sour 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.

edit: this seemed a little toned down and more refined to me when i had it on tap at the brewery recently, clearer, brighter feeling, not so acidic, and still really fresh on the fruit and flower aspects. a really excellent and unique take on this style!

Jan 03, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

Oct 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.89/5  rDev -8%
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.

Jun 05, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jun 04, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Apr 06, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Mar 10, 2014
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Mar 01, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jan 05, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Nov 26, 2013
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Oct 25, 2013
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Oct 20, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.06/5  rDev -4%
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.

Sep 10, 2013
Ching Ching from Bend Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 230 ratings