J. Wakefield Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #90
Ranked #6,009
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: Stush is a traditional Berliner Weisse-style sour ale with a tart and refreshing lemon zest.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a goblet

A- pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- some lactic tartness on the nose gives aromas of yogurt, lemon peel, green apple and pear. Undertones of toasted wheat

T- tart and fruity up front with notes of lemon, apples, pear and some lactic yogurt tartness. The finish brings out some toasted wheat, with more lemon on the linger

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes tart and semi dry

Sep 01, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Uptown Market. 5% ABV.

A clear straw yellow with a rapidly receding white head this looks good. The nose is classic berlinerweisse. Raw, grainy wheat with straw, frothy, yogurt-like lactic acid, mild lemon. The palate opens crisp , clean, snappy with straw, yogurt, tart and refreshing. Mild lemon and dough notes. Drying, tart and snappy on the finish, this is quenching and refreshing.

Jun 06, 2021
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - From the can, the poured a bright yellow color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was bright yellow leaning tart and overcoming the wheat.

Taste - The beer was pretty spot-on for the style without ruining it with lactose and fruit puree. Bright lemon notes came to the front with notes of lemon rind in back. The lemon was accompanied by dry wheat which made me want to drink more on this hot summer day.

Mouthfeel - The beer was aggressively carbonated which brushed away the sweetness and allowed for the dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty much what a Berliner should be.

Jul 04, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This reminds me of what an edgy berliner used to be, obviously the boundaries of the style of blown past this now, but I really like where this is at. Cracker malt with wheat, tart lemon, cool lime, a dash of sea salt, with some hint of pineapple in the tart aftertaste. Smell focuses more on the citrus, taste on the whole interaction. Great body where you get soft wheat, wet fruit tartness, and satisfying crisp finish, refreshing. Beach beer for sure

Jun 03, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour Berliner Weisse with a good tartness and lemon zest. Some hints of Apple as well as zest. A very refreshing beer and well brewed with good balance.

Feb 14, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-hazy pale gold with a bubbly thin creamy film leaving spotty white dots on the glass.

Smell is pear, lemon and white wheat. Clean.

Taste is semi-sour apple, pear, lemon and lime. Again, this is a clean, solid expression of Berliner. A drinkable, blank canvas that is obviously a great base for all the crazy fruit treatments JWB excels at.

A full froth builds within the medium body, finishing dry, to its credit.

Mar 29, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Miami sun color with a slight head and lacing. Aroma had a nice lemon hint. The taste follows the nose with a nice lemon tarty taste. A well made well balanced beer.

Feb 21, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best american made example of a berliner weisse I've had. Its certainly on the sour-er side, but its wonderful. Tropical and refreshing with a puckering sourness on the back end. They are more known for their fruited variants of this one, but this beer is outstanding in its own right.

Mar 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

definitely agreeing with the others here who have commented that this is an amazing base for some of the fruited editions they do, but it also is more than delicious on its own, and i really dug this one. i love how clean all of their sours were here, flavorful and citric, but super tidy lacto souring, good attention to detail there. i like that its wheatier, not a throwaway grain base here at all, fresh, some rawness, and light in flavor but adding some nice body, especially in such a low abv brew. it also has a gorgeous hop profile thats also very subtle, dry hoppy, but distinct, even lending tropical notes of pineapple and citrus to this, which of course are brilliant with the lacto. from scrolling their beer listings page, it looks like they do a literal ton of variants on this one, and we didnt get into too many of them on our visit, but this basic berliner as they call it is awfully high quality, distinct from the crowd, and infinitely drinkable at this modest abv and ph level. they should all be this good.

Mar 08, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz swingtop growler, filled on 11.01.16, poured into a J. Wakefield Brewing snifter glass. Enjoyed on 11.4, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a light, pale golden color, lightly hazy and cloudy with a soapy white head, moderate retention and spotty lace clings to the glass. The aroma is really bright, lemon zest, plenty of tart wheat, a bit of white wine with some lactic sourness, simple and straightforward but very balanced and inviting. The flavor are just as the nose described them, tart wheat, soft and quenching with some lemon, tropical fruit, white wine must and lactic yogurt that adds a nice nuance to the beer rather than taking over. The mouthfeel is nice and lively, very active carbonation with a light and delicate body leading to a crisp and tart finish.

Verdict: A really excellent Berliner Weissbier from J. Wakefield, light, delicate, refreshing and well balanced. Not too tart, but not too bready, just enough acidity to round out this beer nicely. I had the good fortune of trying a few other Berliners at the brewery and this beer makes a wonderful base for some incredible adjunct forward beers. That being said, it definitely holds its own as a stand alone beer, which speaks volumes of its quality.

Nov 06, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Pale yellow body with a slight haze, white soapy head. Aromas of passion fruit, white grape, funk. Easy drinking, light bodied. Fruity and thirst quenching. Nice.

Oct 16, 2016
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TH28 from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz draft at brewery. Appearance: Cloudy light golden with a pillowy white head that lingers longer than most sours. Aroma: Light bready citrus. No real noticeable lactic acidity. Taste: Light bready maltiness with touch of lemon peel that slowly turns into a sharp but well rounded lactic acidity. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Leaves a tangy, lemony acidity with some retronasal bready notes. Overall: An extremely well balanced, light, and refreshing Berliner weisse that has a real nice tangy lemon character to add some complexity to the flavor

Sep 21, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw yellow.

Aroma: lots of funk, toes, more funk than any beer ive had tbh. Faint oak.

Taste: sour, slightly tart, a candy element i cant put my hands on.

Sep 04, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/28/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, esters, some citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with tart flavors of esters and citrus. Then some mild breadiness comes in from wheat and a light malt character. There is very little hops presence as expected. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, extremely mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Aug 28, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at City Swiggers.

I got a bunch of passionfruit flavor off of this beer and it had the dry quality that that fruit has when drank in juice form. The tartness was up there but not over the top and it had a mouth-puckering feel and dryness. Pretty refreshing but not quite as easy-drinking as is ideal for me given how tart it is.

Jul 10, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DeCiccos: Pours a pale yellow with a trace of head that dissipates to a ring. Very lemony aroma and tart taste. Chrispy light and refreshing.

May 01, 2016
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HeartofMiami from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at JWB. As stated in the title, this a basic Berliner. Not too tart with lemon/lactic acid taste. Quite one dimensional with medium carbonation

Apr 03, 2016
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ImportBeerHunter33 from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a pint glass at a beer bar. As a big fan of 1809, I was interested in trying this Florida Version of the classic. Overall a good beer, easy to drink more than 1, but nothing that was over the top. According to other reviews this seems to be the base of all the crazy beers that JWB is known for. Good Beer, I will drink it again.

Jan 10, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a honey color verging on amber; the head was fairly limited and no lacing appeared

Smell: Lemon and lime tones with some tartness and yeast apparent

Taste: Lemon verging towards the lime, with wheat elements in the middle; nicely tart, as it should be, and finishes a bit puckery

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice Berliner; wish some of the variants were on tap but that is the luck of the draw

Mar 17, 2015
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ELS from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe my expectations are a little too high for J. Wakefield beers. This Berliner was good but I was hoping for better. The nose was not memorable with a hint of acidic sourness, the appearance was fine but not particularly inviting and the taste was nice and acidicly sour but not world-class. It did get better as I drank it and it's a solid Berliner but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another one.

Had it again at the brewery and it was much better. The drinkability went way up. I just found it more balanced this time with the sour and sweet working well together. It was also smoother (not an adjective I have ever used for a sour beer) going down.

Mar 14, 2015
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dled20 from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this is Js own little beer creation that put this guy on the map. Let me first say I am not a Berliner fan in the first place. When it comes to the look of the beer it has a little bit of a lemonade look and the smell upfront was quite pleasant and inviting. But when I took my first couple of sips it was too tart, when I am drinking a beer I want to know I am drinking a beer, this was more like a sweet tart soda with a earthy dirty aftertaste. I highly recommend getting the Strawberry Lemonade Stush instead. The fruity flavors of the other stush make the basic one better.

Feb 21, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Big white head. Thin white collar. Decent retention.

Smell - Lemon lime citrus acidity. Wheat. Yeasty.

Taste - Lemon lime tartness. Gets stronger throughout, as does the wheatiness. Gets much more intense on the lime, too.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Light. Very drinkable.

Overall - I was worried that Wakefields berliners would be excessively sour, as they have before the brewery opened, but this is great. Traditional berliner that works very well.

Feb 01, 2015
Stush from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 151 ratings