J. Wakefield Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
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Ranked #172
4.53 | pDev: 7.51%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: Berliner Weisse brewed with dragon fruit and passion fruit
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 473 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JSmith355 from Florida

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one which truly lives up to the hype. At times beers like this gain a cult-like following without having the commensurate quality, but here that is far from the case.

The taste exudes the balanced fruits, and the mouthfeel is thicker than the beer itself, but not too thick where it becomes overwhelming or chewy. It is still thin and refreshing. I have had this on draft, in bottles (19 and 20 releases) and have loved every sip of it. It is well-blended and balanced, and a refreshing and enjoyable combination of tartness and fruitiness.

I love this beer!!

Feb 07, 2021
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid beer. Good tartness but not too sweet. Very balanced and a mega solid brew. Number one solid in the world and we’ll worth the $45 to buy one at the brewery.

Feb 02, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fidelity festival, Dublin.
Lurid fuschia; summer berry + cream nose; big fruit, herbal undertones, smooth lactic base; crisp.

4.25 4 4.5 4.25 4.5

Fruit is *so* present but not harsh. No hint of 6%. Hangs together beautifully: picture of a lacto sour. I could stay on this all day. I get the fuss about them now.

Aug 06, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lyon Bière Festival #4 off nights in La Crafterie.

Amazing purple colour.
The fruits are pungent. You get the best of both dragon fruit sweetness and passion fruit tartness.

The whole thing is perfectly balanced. That's the most import thing. The sourness is amazing, the mouthfeel is soft and velvety.
Nearly perfect berliner weisse.
The best one I've had to date

May 05, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2016; drank 2/4/17 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Neon purple appearance.

No head; no lace.

Passionfruit, honeyed wheat & strawberry candy notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Passionfruit & honeyed wheat flavors up front; tart strawberry notes on the finish.

Pleasantly fruity; a touch too tart for me but way above average.

Mar 04, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewskival 2018.

Pours a luminous cherry red color, with very little head.

Smell is tart, with notes of cherries, passionfruit, lime and pomegranate. Lots of levels here.

Taste is tart with perfect level of acidity, and notes of apples, cherries, sloe, blood orange and a slight sweetness that I think is dragonfruit. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, bubbly and creamy.

Overall, an outstanding Berliner with so much flavor. Great stuff!

Aug 26, 2018
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Billolick from New York

3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large bottle ...$25 at Other Half in Bklyn

Pours a bright and crazy shade of magenta...minimal to no head

Fruity n sweet nose

Bitingly sour and aggressively fruity

Def will not be for everybody

Apr 22, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours a bright ruby red with pink head. Nice fruit aroma. Berries and passionfruit nose. Taste is super tart with sweet fruity flavors. Don’t remember what dragonfruit tastes like. I get lots of berries, strawberries, with some tropical fruit notes. I’m not a huge Berliner or sour fan but this is very nice.

Feb 19, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a taster. Thanks Ryan for sharing.

Pours a magnificent neon pink body with a bright pink head. Brightest, most unique looking beer I've ever witnessed. Wow.

Taste and aromas align.. Straight passion fruit, candy-like fruity tartness.. Hawaiian warheads if that existed . grassy, earthy, lactic and citrus tartness, pulpy. Drinks like fruit juice.

Apr 06, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What?!? Have you seen what this stuff looks like?? Bright fuchsia liquid glowing in my glass. Absolutely astonishing to look at. Nose is all passion fruit...smells amazing. Taste is also all passion fruit with some perfect tartness to finish. Feel is excellent and dry. Overall, this is an amazing berliner and hands down, the most insane looking beer I've ever seen.

Mar 30, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours beautiful pink/ruby with white reddish head.
Aroma has sweet red berries, sour, funk, pineapple.
Taste is red berries, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, peach, lemon, sour, funk.

Mar 28, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a blend of ruby jewels, pink and neon purple, with a thin, very pale purple foam, I'm also seeing red, figuratively, at the prospect of being toyed with by JWB again, ala Troll So Hard and Haterade.

However, right away, the old lady says this smells like Hawaii. She should know, having just returned. Passion fruit, dragon fruit and pear pop all over the nose, with Sweet Tarts and mango dashed in.

Taste is really tart with a little funk, where the passion fruit and dragon fruit come through surprisingly well. I also get some sour apple and a hint of lemon.

Frothy, tangy sour, crisp, finishing semi-dry.

For some reason we have had a lot of guava, passion fruit and dragon fruit recently, having just visited Hawaii, among other things. Upon coming back, it seemed like all of a sudden a number of breweries were using these ingredients in a variety of their beers. You can really tell the difference between the good and the not so good. This was one of the better experiences, and I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, because JWB makes two other ridiculously neon beers I love to hate on. With DFPF, though, I'm not finding much I can knock.

Mar 19, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, beautiful pour!! And nice sticky persistent bold fuscia head. Dragon and passion fruit infiltrate your passages on this one, but done in a way that sticks to the category, awesome! Must try!!

Mar 05, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 (batch 1) drank on 2/4/2017

L-bright reddish pink with a big head that disappears quickly. This is a beautiful beer.

S-sour, acidic, passion fruit, tropical

T-flavors linger really nicely, passion fruit and dragon fruit so potent! medium tartness

F-very drinkable, juicy, pretty tart

O-a great beer. I've really enjoyed their stuff and I would love to side-by-side DFPF and MM

Feb 06, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a copper/pink color beer with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of raspberry vinegar with some ripe mango notes is quite unique. Taste is also a mix of ripe fruit notes with some mango and other tropical fruit notes with some tart and raspberry vinegar notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Unique take on the style and something I wish I could drink again.

Dec 31, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just gorgeous to look at - I almost didn't want to drink it. Like Miami Madness, it has a crazy low abv, so you can sip it all day long by the pool. DFPF >MM btw.

Nov 28, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

now this is what i am talking about! this is how you use tropical fruit in a sour beer! splendid stuff, gives me a new respect for the brewery, and despite how the hype train rolls, i would drink this over their highly acclaimed maimi madness any day! brilliant fuschia pink color, not a ton of head, but electric, like some of the intense hibiscus beers out there, looks almost unnatural from the dragon fruit, but the aroma and flavor of both fruits is incredibly authentic. super fruit forward, the natural tartness of the passion fruit is a perfect addition to the already quite acidic and sour base beer, clean lemony lacto allowed to really develop. perfect ph for the fruit i think, max flavor extraction, a touch of sweetness, but i can still taste the wheat underneath it all. good carbonation, dramatic fruit flavors, just short of perfumey intense, concentrated, not for everyone i am sure. i loved how the fruits go together so well, and together with the sourness, awesome how low alcohol it is too! this is sensational beer that deserves the high praise it is receiving! nothing else like this exists to my knowledge. without question the best beer with dragon fruit i have ever had!

Oct 25, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This might be my favorite Berliner of all time. I managed to get 5 pours of this at GABF last weekend, and I would have gotten more if I had more time. This is insanely sour, fruity, and perfectly carbed.

Oct 13, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Daniel. Thank you!

Bright pink body with a thin, off-white collar that fades immediately to nil. Aromas of passion fruit, guava. Grandiose fruit character leaps out in the aroma. Tart, hard candies of assorted tropical fruit. Absolutely delicious.

Oct 01, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Hunahpu's Day large snifter glass.

A: Dark pink to red, with a two finger bright pink head that fades fairly quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation and moderate haziness.

S: Huge aroma. Mouth watering tartness, juicy passionfruit, lactic tartness, citric acid. A funk that's barnyard with some musty cheesy character. I don't know what dragon fruit smells like...but that's probably here too.

T: Tart and lactic, drippingly juicy tropical fruit (passionfruit, and more than likely dragon fruit). Some lemony citric bite underneath. Less funky than the nose suggests, but still some barnyard and cheesiness. Malt bill is nearly absent – maybe a hint of wheat near the end. More juicy and tart fruit through the finish.

M: Light-bodied with good carbonation sensation. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Amazing. Absolutely delicious. I think I like this just a smidge more than Miami Madness, but it's essentially a tossup.

Sep 05, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had been saving this one to share with a friend for quite some time and we finally had the time to get together and drink it! This one did not disappoint! Deep purple hue and mountains of fruit!! Probably the best Berliner I've ever had! Amazing stuff!!!

Aug 05, 2016
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into a taster. Gorgeous beer! Huge, huge, huge tropical fruit, particularly passion fruit. One of the best berliners I've had a chance to try.

Aug 04, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most beautiful purple pink I have ever seen. It looks like juice. Sparking with color. Rhubarb hue to it. Wow.

So much fruit juice. It's so tropical. Nice tartness. Very faint funk.

Light bodied. Ends clean. Refreshing.

Everything I want in a Berliner. This stuff is the real deal.

Jul 09, 2016
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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color, deep rich magenta, and the nose, total passion fruit bomb, were absolutely amazing! Taste was basically passion fruit juice without any detectable "beer-ness" other than carbonation, which left me somewhat undecided as part of me thinks a beer should taste a little like beer. That said, the usually enamel ripping sourness of de Garde Bu way down and you get JWB berliner, which to me sets THE high bar for all others.

May 17, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing color to this beer. Lighter purple color. Great flavor. Lots of passion fruit. Just a touch of tartness. In general, this is not my preferred style of beer, but this was great.

Apr 24, 2016
DFPF from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 473 ratings