WiLD Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #381
Ranked #10,763
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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Photo of MikeWard
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 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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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Photo of RyanPoff
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.

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Photo of cbutova
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.

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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Photo of jasadewi
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of MurphDog14
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.

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.84/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Purchased a single for $2.99 at Rishi's in GR. 3.0 % ABV, 04 ibu's. Pours out to a clear watermelon pink color, forming a light off pink head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is nice, with light raspberries and cherries, no hop aroma. The mouthfeel is very tart, thin bodied, watery. The taste is very sour from beginning to end, with just a subtle flavor of raspberry. Bitterness is very mild, more metallic than anything. Absolutely no complexity. Tastes like nothing more than citric acid water.

Very disappointing. Basically sour water. Would not recommend nor drink again.

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Photo of thezach
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Acidity on nose, hint of floral raspberry, subtle sulfur, crystal clear, a light pink hue with a white head quickly fades. Lemon, bright med-high, acidity, light corny diacetyl on finish. Dry, low to no bitterness. No hop character. Light soft raspberry note mid-palate.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale salmon pink, slightly hazy body, three finger pinkish head on pour. Settled down to no head in short time.

Smell: Tart raspberry and a slight graininess.

Taste: Tart raspberry, strawberry, a little lemon, grainy cereal upfront and aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation. Pretty tart but not fully sour.

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WiLD Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 379 ratings