Cherry Feyborn Berliner Weisse
Down the Road Beer Co.

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 6.8%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
12
From:
Down the Road Beer Co.
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
90
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Reviews by ichorNet:
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember being really... erm, surprised when I first poured the original Feyborn with my friends, only to find out that it was a blackberry-infused Berliner weissbier. It was solid but definitely closer to the German, "mit schuss," traditional way of dealing with soured weissbiers; a sweet note that balanced the sour almost too well, leading to a too-heavy feeling beer that had some strange fruitiness and a cereal-heavy body. I thought it was solid, and quite unlike most Berliner weissbier we see in the US these days, but not really totally up my alley. For this version, Donovan and co. at DtR infused the base beer with cherries and promise a "refreshing sour ale."

The pour on this is absolutely great, with a rosé wine-like color and a thick, voluptuous head that lasts and lasts, eventually calming down to about a finger in my glass. It, too, bears a pink-ish hue and leaves behind a striking amount of foamy lace that I rarely see in Berliners and gose-style sour ales these days. In fact, most of the time, the head is rendered ineffectual nearly 100% of the time due to heavy-handed kettle-souring procedures. This one, however? Beautiful!

Nose is heavy on the wheat, as expected from the original, but there's a lactic touch and some sweet, tart cherry backing that cereal grain note up. Almost like Fruity Pebbles, actually. There isn't a lot going on here, but what IS here is very well-rendered and seems to be in concert. Digging the balance, and the fact that neither the cherry nor the malt backbone seem overpowering.

Flavor is very solid with a neutral grain flavor upfront followed up by lightly-puckering tart cherry, some lemon-y twang and acidity and a clean flaked wheat-like finish that rounds everything out. This is leaving a better impression than the original Feyborn, by far, and I'm almost tempted to pick up more soon. Very refreshing, with a soft and clearly-defined mouthfeel and a great, sour-ish, lingering finish. Definitely doesn't hurt that it's a beautiful color and actually leaves some surprisingly solid lacing. Acidity on this is just about where I want it to be, and I'd consider this a marked improvement over the original Feyborn. Here's to hoping they continue this series and utilize more experimental fruits... but I'd be down for more Cherry Feyborn any time!

Dec 24, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/16/2016 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a nonic pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains tart cherry, wheat and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong tartness and some cherry flavor. Then some mild breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is very tart.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent sour beer to drink for a while.

Mar 16, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No canning date that I could find, likely a few months old

A: Pours a very light red, just a bit hazy. Tall fizzy pink head that dissipates fairly quickly. Just a smidge of lacing.

S: Sweet cherries. Maybe lightly tart when swirled?

T: Interesting flavor. Nice mildly sweet cherry flavor up front that turns lightly tart in the middle. Tiny bit of wheat malt and then it's lightly tart cherries in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O: Very nice fruity berliner. Not very sour at all, just a light touch of tartness but it's enough to give it that crispness and that balance that you need. Great summer beer.

Jul 10, 2017
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 07, 2017
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Gkruszewski from New York

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2017
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 19, 2017
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 02, 2017
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PJCarnell from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 02, 2017
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yoshie from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 26, 2017
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BrendanVanVoris from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may be biased, but I was very impressed with this Berliner Weisse. It is absolutely crushable, extremely refreshing and absolutely delicious. Not overly sour, not overly wheaty, not overly fruited - just well balanced. Great intro to sours for neophytes and interesting enough to grab the attention of veterans of the style.

Dec 15, 2016
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Monkey-D-Luffy from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased cold in 16oz cans - cans are undated for best before / born on - poured into a tulip glass

L - pours a dark ruby color, delicate half finger head that fades nearly immediately and not a trace of lacing as it goes down.

S - Tart cherry and wheat bran.

T - Immediate tart cherries succumbing to an overt wheat bran cereal and lingering tart aftertaste.

F - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, it's a great intro to sour beers if you're welcoming a newbie. If this was a bit more tart and the wheat bran was toned down a bit I could see it being an award winning beer. Just needs a bit of a tune up.

May 29, 2017
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moltch from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 10, 2017
Cherry Feyborn Berliner Weisse from Down the Road Beer Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 12 ratings