WiLD Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #276
Ranked #13,102
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Lynnbrook, named after our founder's family farm, is a wild Berliner-Style Weisse with raspberries added, resulting in a very refreshing beer presenting with fuchsia color and an aroma reminiscent of picking tart red raspberries growing next to an old, abandoned barn, with the raspberry-lemony aroma giving way to hints of brie and barnyard funkiness. The flavor is absent of any hops or bitterness and instead has initial impressions of subtle lemon and yogurt supported by tart, fresh raspberries and underlying lactic sourness. The beer's dry finish helps cut through some sweetness from the fruit.
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lynnbrook pours a reddish/pinkish color, with a small, long lasting fizzy head. Sweet aroma, lots of sweet raspberries. Flavor is sweet, lots of sweet raspberries up front, with a tart finish. Good body and feel. Overall, a sweet and sour beer, that is easy to drink, and heavy on fruit flavors.

Aug 17, 2020
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JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I can understand some who enjoys fruity beers to really like this WiLD Sour. However it was definitely not the beer to get someone like me into fruity beers. It was a lot of pucker for my little weak tongue.

Jun 26, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Date on bottom of is 2/13/19.

Aroma is of raspberries, and a faint barnyard funk.

Upon tasting, a tart sour raspberry taste, with the wheat base being detectable. A mild funk is apparently at times. Nice drink.

Mouth between medium and full, which is nice, finish raspberry sour.

Overall, nice drink for the summer months, although this site lists it as a Fall release. If that's the case, it holds up well.

Jul 05, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 12/13/15 @ the Yarchives.

Drank straight from the can; no visual cues.

Honeyed wheat & tart raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet raspberry & honeyed grain flavors up front; strongly tart raspberry notes on the finish.

Nice & fruity but the finish was a bit too much for this timid soul.

May 06, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is cool very pink and bubbly with a full inch of foam that doesn't fizzle out quickly. Smells of tart raspberry maybe more under ripe strawberry not sure with a good bit of sour body. Taste is great definitely not your regular sour Berliner has a nice berry influence more mixed rather than tart Raspberry but it still taste very real. Body is excellent smooth sour and easy to crush. I would have this again very aggressive sour yet smooth berry influence.

Feb 11, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canned on date stamped on can bottom as '06/22/18'. 4.2%ABV as part of label.
Cloudy, strawberry (fuchsia) colored body. Slight white head goes away to scattered island and thin, bubble fed ring. No lacing.
Aroma of strawberry and lemon.
Taste of sour strawberry, with yogurt yeast. Certainly not overly sweet, more of a dry yeast finish.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Good Berliner with fruit and yeast influences. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Dec 05, 2018
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unique clear pink color. Smells yeasty and fruity. No head or lacing. Taste is sour, tart, with hint of berry. I like that fruit was in the background not forefront. Nice and refreshing.

Oct 27, 2018
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JackieTH from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into the glass a pink-hued liquid with an inch of faintly pink clean open foam that leaves some lace as it recedes.

Smells like a fresh, tart, raspberry pie.

Taste is tart raspberries, lightly lemon with a bitey tang. Clean and dry — not sweet. Finish is tangy with residual berry flavor and tartness. Medium light body nonetheless holds together well and has a refreshing level of carbonation. It never gets sweet, and is absolutely easy to gulp. Delicious.

Very nice sour berry brew. Second favorite of the Wild Sour series. I could drink many of these.

Jun 27, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Moderately hazy golden pink, with a big three-finger light pink head that recedes quickly. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Lactic tart and sour underripe raspberries. A modest funk, with light cracker malts that have a fair amount of husky character. Not bad, but not huge and that husky character on a sour beer I find mildly off-putting (a similar issue often found in Cigar City's sours).

T: Lactic sour, more tart underripe raspberries and notes of sour cherries and cranberry. The cracker malt backbone provides just a mild sweetness, but largely just a foil for the sour flavors. A moderate Lactobacillus funk (that becomes more pronounced as it warms) imparts a mild barnyard and cheese funk. Then more lactic dryness with mild citric acid in the hang. Just a hint of the grainy malts on the exhale with more raspberries.

M: A light crackly body with lots of carbonation sensation. Alcohol flavor is low to missing.

O: I found this pretty pleasant overall, plus a nice, different beer to have in cans. Not a huge funk by any stretch, but a nice balance with the sour and fruit flavors.

Jun 18, 2018
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RyanPoff from Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a transcluent pink, bubbly and with about half a finger of off white head.

S: Tart raspberries, puckeringly sour.

T: Very sour raspberries, light wheat.

M: Thin, light and refreshing.

A very run of the mill raspberry sour.

Oct 31, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Can pours into a snifter with a pale pink-orange, mostly clear body and a massive foamy white cap. The crown rises over three inches high with good retention. Unexpectedly the head dies out 100% leaving the beer looking like a juice and no lacing sticks behind.

S- The two bold attributes of the beer are the raspberries and the lactic acid ferment and they combine to bring a profile of fresh tart raspberry, lemon, yogurty lactic acid, sour grapes and general berries seeds and all. A hint of whole grains.

T- Loses some of the oomph that was suggested in the strong aroma. The raspberries combine with the base beer to be a bit jammier as they lose some of their fresh fruitiness to the ferment. Lactic acid is strong but lacks the depth of some of the better Berliner brews. Lemon, yogurt, wheat and sour grapes also come to mind but overall it feels a bit lacking.

MF- Directly contributing to some of the woes in the taste this body is extremely thin and more like a soda than a beer lacking texture besides a bit of puffiness. Extremely high carbonation and a moderately sour finish.

Good lactic ferment and some nice raspberry notes, especially in the aroma, but the Berliner aspect of the beer seems to suffer and isn't able to meld perfectly with the added fruit. The body contributes to much of this as the aroma is the best part about this beer.

Oct 25, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear pink-peach color, effervescent, with two fingers of fizzy, bright white head that are quick to dissipate. Berries and a slight dry must dominate the aroma. Berry and lemon acidity up front in the taste, with a nice mix of sour, barnyard and tart characteristics. Clean, puckering mouthfeel. Good stuff.

May 19, 2017
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jasadewi from Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish to pink, clear, with a small off-white head.
S: Straightforward raspberry scent.
T: Most raspberry sourness with a touch of lemon.
M: Light bodied, but sticky in the mouth.
O: A decent raspberry flavored beer, and my first Berliner Weissbier so I'm not sure how it compares in those regards.

May 17, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber with a pink highlight. There's a fingernail of dishwater white resting on top. The aroma is intensely artificial raspberry and pale wheat. The flavor is bitter raspberries (think Sweet Tarts) and pale wheat. The mouth is moderately carbonated.

Apr 22, 2017
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MurphDog14 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is good. It looks like a clear pink beer with a light sour smell. The beer tastes good and definitely tastes like raspberries. The feel of the beer is a little tart. Overall, I would recommend this beer if you like a sour beer.

Mar 15, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange with near zero head. No lacing or head retention

S: Raspberry, white grapes & lemon sweet tarts

T: Raspberry, lemon sweetarts, dryness & a little white grape as this warms. Tartness, dryness with rapsberry & lemon winning the day as this warms. Finishes tart, with a sour raspberry lemonade going on

MF: Light body, slight carbonation

Very refreshing, very tart, but not going to slow you down at 3% ABV

Jan 05, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mostly a golden color scheme with some pink in it from the raspberry addition. Small thin white head 1/6". Aroma was lactic lemon and berry sour.

Taste, nice, refreshing, mild fruit aspect, which is usually the right amount because some of these beers that are taking on fruit juice dimensions are just out of whack proportion wise for what I prefer to be a "beer". This one takes on balance, as it has some sweetness from the berries, but the kettle souring does its job, as it counterbalances that sweetness, and then even manages to finish relatively dry. Carbonation is on point.

This is a good beer to have for summer drives down a backroad to the swimmin' hole, shooting or just tearing it up outdoors.

Dec 29, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/31/2016. Pours pinkish golden/orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that eventually reduces to nothing. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour raspberry, lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour raspberry, lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and tangy berry tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, light lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/sourness balance; fairly puckering, but no lingering astringency after the finish. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, acidic, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3%. Overall this is a great fruited Berliner weisse. All around Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; despite the high lactic acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 20, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a mostly clear light pink, white sudsy head dissipates quickly to nothing.

Smells of tart raspberry and blueberry.

Tastes of tart lemon and raspberry over a light cracker malt.

Light body with fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Like all in this series, this is very tart. The raspberry is a nice addition, but is secondary to the citrusy tartness. Overall a nice, slightly fruity berliner style sour beer that is worth trying if you can handle the extreme sourness.

Oct 24, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear pale pinkish peach in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy slightly pinkish white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film covering a little more than 50% of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat, light aromas of lemon citrus, and moderate aromas of tart + sweet raspberries.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat with light to moderate flavors of tart lemon citrus. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tart + slightly sweet raspberries. Moderate amounts of lingering tartness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This is very tart for a Berliner Weisse but is still quite enjoyable. The raspberry flavors + aromas remind me of the syrup that was provided to me with a Berliner Weisse in Berlin years ago, though not nearly as sweet. A little too tart to be easy to drink but glad I had it.

Oct 23, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean, fruity and characterful, the Destihl brewers introduce their clean, lactic and sour Berlinerweiss beer to the radiant and ripe flavor of raspberry for a juicy sweetness and robust darkness for balance against the brazen sourness of authentic German varieties.

Bright and peachy-gold, the sour ale sheds a loose white foam before a scent of lemon, green apple and a host of berry goodness. The light briney stew of the sea and a musty cellar-like character gives the berry and tangy fragrance an earthen aura. Its taste is juicy with tangy raspberry and a thin wafer-like crackery sweetness.

Those slim malt influences seem to dissolve right on the tongue as the middle palate embarks upon a fruity and sour middle palate. Brazen acidity from raspberry links up with the natural acidity of the lactic fermentation with crabapple, weathered lemon and lime, kiwi, gooseberry and sour white grape. Mild spiciness of white pepper and cumin follow along with the vinous spice of rose with cork-like must.

Closing with a bright tanginess and hint of black peppercorn, the slim earthiness that remains swirls about the tartness of raspberry. Finishing with the sourness of dry cider and dry rose wine, the fruits remain charged, leading to a medium-short aftertaste of fruit, brine and wine.

Oct 21, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, reddish-pink color with a light pink head of foam. It left some lacing on the sides of the glass. It smelled of raspberry, lemon and wheat. Lots of tart raspberry flavor with a light wheat flavor and subtle bitterness.

Oct 03, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, salmon color. 3/2 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of raspberries, strong bacterial funk, salt, hint of wheat, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with high carbonation level. There is a strong dryness and a hint of tartness. Tastes of slight raspberries, hint of earthy malt, hint of bread dough, salt, hint of pale malt. Overall, weak appearance, strong aroma, good body, and nice tartness.

Aug 12, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish pink from a can into a chalice. Very little head or lacing. Fruity smell. Tart taste with strong raspberry contribution. Light and refreshing.

Aug 03, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You want sour, this brings the sour. I've had quite a few sours, but this may be the most that I've had. There's some nice funk going on in here. As for the raspberries, I primarily just taste a lot of sour. The raspberries I could taste initially, but the sourness takes over. Very respectable beer, but something about it keeps me from rating it higher.

Jun 30, 2016
WiLD Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 387 ratings