Strawberry Rhubarb Feyborn Berliner Weisse
Down the Road Beer Co.

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
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Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 1.63%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
5
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Down the Road Beer Co.
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can 09/18/18 needed a strong pour for a 1/3 finger light beige head that shrinks quickly to a ring with no lacing. Turbid, semi-opaque orange brown color.
Sour rhubarb and biscuit-like wheat malt are faint on the nose.
The rhubarb is upfront and very sour to start the taste, strawberry makes the middle almost semi-sweet with a slight grassy funk. A less pronounced sour flavor returns at the finish with faint wheat malt and a hint of sweetness. Sourness lingers a while.
Light body, the abundant carbonation makes the sour flavors tangy. Alcohol is a non-issue.
Great balance of tangy sour and mild sweetness. Refreshing and session able. The color is not that great, however the rhubarb and strawberry work so well together...it gets a pass.

Dec 13, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As someone who was "meh" about the original Feyborn (which was a blackberry Berliner, and not a very well-done one honestly), I had some trepidation going into Cherry Feyborn. I ended up being a huge fan, however, and actually thought it was probably one of the better fruited Berliners I've had in recent memory. So, needless to say, when Strawberry Rhubarb Feyborn was announced, I was highly anticipating seeing it in stores.

Pours a beautiful, bewitching cloudy medium-pink color with a very retentive ring of white head measuring about a finger high. Gorgeous hue to this beer. No real lace as it settles, but I'm happy enough to have at least a small ring of foam on this one considering most kettle-soured beers tend to have very, very little head retention.

Nose has a lot of bright strawberry, lemongrass, rhubarb stalk and grassy/herbal notes along with the typical citrusy tang from the lacto inoculation. Loving how much the rhubarb comes out here. Very natural in the nose with strong herbal qualities. I've had a few other beers claiming to bear "strawberry/rhubarb" flavoring, and this is likely the most redolent of those elements I've had in a beer.

Flavor is sharply acidic (as the label claims it will be, mind you) with bright and flavorful, playful strawberry giving way to herbaceous and tangy rhubarb. The wheat malt body is prevalent here, but it actually only makes its presence known after the flavorings have their time on the palate. I prefer flavored sours to be built this way, to be honest, because it allows the full flavor of whatever was added to be a bigger focus on the tongue before the cereal-like grain note takes over. The finish is somewhat acidic, as well, with some sharp lemony bite and brighter citrus notes combining with a heady, yogurt-like tang thanks to the lactobacillus.

Feel here is pretty much perfect for this kind of beer... at only 4.5%, this has full flavor, sharp acidity, bright and bubbly carbonation and a superb flavor profile. I hope DtR continues to refine and revitalize the idea of a fruited/flavored Berliner weissbier. New England needs more excellent sours like this!

Jul 21, 2017
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 7/7/17 pint can. Hazy strawberry gold color. Delicate smell of strawberry and rhubarb. Taste is modestly tart and fruity from the strawberry. Feel is crisp and slightly carbonated, very refreshing. Overall, I'm quite happy with how this came out. I was worried it might be really strange, and also the can is a little old and coming off a room temperature shelf.

Nov 27, 2017
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Monkey-D-Luffy from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased cold - Can dated 07/07/17 - Poured into an English pub glass

L - Pours a dark ruby red, foamy 1.5 finger light pink head which quickly dissipates leaving just a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing meanders along the glass and fades out as it goes down.

S - In your face lactic sour, herbaceous rhubarb with a hint of tart strawberries.

T - Powerful lactic sour and rhubarb giving way to a playful strawberry palate.

F - Light bodied with small but sharp carbonation.

O - This is a tremendous improvement over the Cherry Feyborn. The sour is pungent but not to the point of being offensive, the rhubarb and strawberry are just right and add to the experience overall. In my opinion this is Down the Road's finest offering to date. A beautiful beer that I'm happy to have had the opportunity to enjoy.

Jul 16, 2017
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dogdrule from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 25, 2018
Strawberry Rhubarb Feyborn Berliner Weisse from Down the Road Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 5 ratings