Blueberry Muffin
Great Notion Brewing

Blueberry MuffinBlueberry Muffin
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #4
ABV:
6%
Score:
98
Ranked #446
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
229
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Blueberry MuffinBlueberry Muffin
Notes: This tart and whimsical blueberry treat will remind you of your family's freshly baked blueberry muffins!
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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 3/26/20. Opened 5/3/20.
1/4" off white (maybe pink-purple tinted head, no retention, gone in a flash.
Red-brown ice tea colored beer. Opaque. No lacing.
Smells like a dang old blueberry muffin!! Lemon glazed blueberry muffin to be more specific. Vanilla tinged batter.
Berry fruit with a sour candy pucker. Tart citric acid with a lemony character.
Medium body, tingly and zingy carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Quick, dry finish with a wheat-y aftertaste.
Fun beer with good drinkability. The sour/tart character refreshes the palate and makes you ready for another drink.
Definitely delivers on the advertised flavors and name of the beer.
Very Good.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish red in color. It poured with short white head that quickly settled down, leaving just a narrow collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass and some specks of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of blueberries are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with lots of flavors of blueberries and has a light amount of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit creamy and yogurt-like on the mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of tartness.
O: This beer has an incredible amount of blueberries in both the smell and taste and highly resembles a blueberry muffin.

Serving type: can

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Photo of alexstollar
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: blueberry muffin

Taste: blueberry muffin

Feel: blueberry muffin

Overall: Blown away. It’s a beer. It’s a blueberry muffin. It’s an absolute masterpiece.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is insane! Smells like fresh baked blueberry muffins. Taste follows and just a very unique brew. Outstanding and definitely worth seeking out to try once.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like liquid caramel sauce in the glass, no crown.

Smells exactly like blueberry muffin batter.

The taste brings in that blueberry muffin presence but not with as much prominence. It’s more divided, like eating blueberries and a plain muffin with each other. Almost spice like notes that linger throughout.

Light, refreshing. Not too lively on the carbonation, but it works.

Overall, it’s pretty good and definitely interesting!

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Photo of Benish
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Poured bright maraschino cherries color with no sediment. No foamy head when served. The smell truly is like blueberry muffins! There is the malty bread and heavy notes of really blueberries. Unfortunately the taste didn’t bring blueberry muffins to mind. It had mild acidity and was prominently sweet with blueberries and tart red raspberries and a slight malt. Little yoghurt giving a berry yoghurt essence. While the smell was heavy and decadent, the taste was more fruity and light. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied. Very easy to consume without acidity making it harsh. Overall: I’d drink this for the smell, that in itself is a treat!

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. It does actually smell like fresh blueberry muffins. Color is purpleish red (I'm color blind). Rocky white head that dissipates quickly.
Taste is blueberry, bread, and tartness. Pretty dynamic flavor actually. Wouldn't want to drink more than 1. I enjoy it a lot at first but becomes a little taxing.
certainly a worthy effort and creative beer.

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Photo of amano_h
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’ll be honest, it took awhile for Blueberry Muffin to grow on me. The last time I voluntarily ate a muffin was while I was still living with my parents in high school and they used to buy the ginormous Costco 7.99 tray of chocolate/blueberry/poppy seed variety muffin pack to freeze it to feed it to us for breakfast. Now that I’m semi-conscious of my caloric and carb intake, and seeing how a shameful portion of my carb allotment is filled by beers, it doesn’t leave much occasion for emptier calories from desserts, pastries, etc.

It is interesting, however, that most people who try Blueberry Muffin seem to qualify it under one of two camps: those that appreciate the subtle after flavors of grain and wheat flour seem to overlook the fact that the yoghurt-y lactose and blueberry pretty much dominate all the senses one tends to employ in tasting beer and describing it with words seem to nod with approval at the naming of this beer, while less experienced drinkers that I’ve offered this beer to have called this “blueberry yoghurt,” “what the fuck,” and also, “not beer.”
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I’m assuming you care even less about what my strictly normal, non-neckbeard-toting friends think of Great Notion’s arguably second most famous beer than what I think about beer in general, but the very reason why it took me so long to appreciate Blueberry Muffin is for the exact reasons that my friends seem confused as to the “muffin” part of the beer; unless you’re one of the dying breed that actually appreciates a decent malt structure in beer and aren’t blindly buying into the Barleywine lyfe (and don’t get me wrong, it is the only life worth living), that last subtle muffin-esque nuance might be lost on you.

This is starting to sound real preachy and snobby so I’ll just cut right into the muffin and butter. There is an unmistakable presence of blueberries, followed closely by a fluffy sweetness and a generous scoop of yoghurt right from the get go on the nose.

There’s a hint of tartness toward the end, reminiscent of berry seeds, accompanied by a soothing wheat-y, germy, warm moist dough kind of aroma as you poke your nose in deeper.
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I’ve never associated blueberries with being tart, but that’s exactly what you get at the very onset of when your taste buds make contact with the ruby liquid. The tartness is supported by jammy freeze-dried blueberries (like the kind you sometimes get in trail mix), and a bottom layer of vanilla Greek yoghurt which neutralizes the acidity before it has a chance to stir up the hydrochloric acid stewing in your GI tract. The mantra “good things come to those who wait” resonates profoundly with this beer as the soothing “muffin” qualities rise from seemingly nowhere, like demogorgons from the Upside-Down; as the brew warms up, a reassuring malt layer of the aforementioned grain and wheat flour join the already stacked party of tart fruit, blueberries, and yoghurt—its presence is almost like a “Zoomer,” it doesn’t quite intuitively fit in, but once you let things run its natural course, you wonder how you ever tasted beer without it.
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Light and refreshing, unlike the burdensome carb-laiden texture of an actual blueberry muffin, with a moderate level of tongue tickling carbonation. I was originally going to save myself some Blueberry Muffin so I could try out the “PB’n’J” combo, but I guess that’s a zythological experiment for another day.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Great Notion Brewing

A: Pours hazy copper amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Straight up fresh baked blueberry muffins, toasty bready malt, cooked blueberries, and candy sweetness, with some tartness coming out when agitated.

T: Pleasant lacto tartness, very nice touch of blueberry, toasty bready malt, and a touch of sweetness poking through the back side.

M: Light to medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: I had heard the hype and had to try it for myself. There is some witchcraft going on. Really impressive beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, snifter glass. Pours a darker ruby grapefruit colour, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is blueberry fruit, candied tart lemon, very mild lactic tartness, a bit of watermelon, very light grainy sweetness. Flavour follows, big blueberries, light lemon, a bit of watermelon jolly rancher. Very nice, kind of a Sweetarts candy flavour to it. Lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation, tart and sweet at the same time, balanced.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap prior, but this time it's from the can.
Canned on 1/2/19.
L: Pours a blueberry skinned purple in color. Evident hazy, zero clarity but not quite murk status. A whopping 3 fingers of a loosely packed head amounted quickly from a slow and simple pour. Bar-none lacing.
S: Smells like the fusion of natural, tart and raw blueberries with a muffin. I'll be damned, it smells like a blueberry muffin. Just the right amount of blueberry tartness and muffiny/bread sweetness to make it believable. I was blown away on tap, and am sharing a similar experience from the can.
T: Sour and semi-tart blueberry initially, and then it transcends into a bready muffin sweetness. Finish is sweet and bready, strongly resembling a muffin. Aftertaste is primarily blueberry with bready aspects.
F: Medium in weight, light to medium in body, leaning more on the medium side. Moderate amounts of carbonation providing the perfect loft. No abv detection.
O: A novelty beer at it's best, and something Great Notion has become a staple of in my book. This is an awesome beverage, and hard to reconcile that I am drinking a beer. I would be fun to show to others, especially non-beer drinkers. I am very thankful I have a couple on deck, and am very glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of alextastic
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a warm, reddish purple, with a big ol' fluffy head. It smells fruity and sweet, with strong notes of blueberries and vanilla, like a blueberry muffin. It tastes tart and somewhat cakey, with strong notes of blueberries and vanilla, like a blueberry muffin. This beer, as far as beers go, is just like a blueberry muffin. I had high expectations for this beer, and they were met. Not something I'd drink with dinner, or relax with every day, but for what it is (a blueberry muffin-inspired beer), it's fantastic.

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Photo of Brennan27
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a orange red that's slightly see through.
Smell is packed with blueberry and sugar.
Taste is amazing, blueberry muffin flavor is spot on, pretty sweet but some nice spice character to balance it a bit, and it ends with just the right amount of sour. Not so sour your face clenches up, and not so un-sour that its watered down.
Really a tasty treat that I could imagine anybody liking!

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy salmon/peach/tangerine colour. Smells like a blueberry muffin.. right after cracking the can! Also smells slightly tart, but blueberries and muffin-head dominate the nose. Tastes..... like a blueberry muffin, and slightly tart, but not overpowering. Great balance, slightly bready, candied blueberry, and very juicy. Killed it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

A hazy, reddish pink with a beige head with decent retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is loaded with blueberry and Graham cracker, insanely over the top.and decadent with vanilla and mild syrup notes. The vanilla and sugar combine to suggest a buttery fresh baked muffin. The palate opens sweet and sour with a simple lemony citric acid note combined with simple syrup giving a sour patch kid like flavor which is then layered with a ton of blueberry. The floral blueberry notes, in conjunction with the sourness and sweetness, is almost artificial in nature. Enjoyable, though this would never pass for a refined beer (not that that's a bad thing)

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. Poured a pretty cool blue hue. The initial zap of tart/sour was intense and really set the tone while simultaneously making way for the pleasant blueberry and baked goods flavors that tagged along holding the sour coattails. Really good brewery out in Portland.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Smells like blueberry yogurt, jam and fruit jellies. Taste has a really good tart/sweet balance with preserved fruit juice flavor, jam and some spices on the finish.

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Photo of Roustabout
3.21/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Berry yogurt—smell makes me ill but taste is doable, if one-note. These candyish kettle sours are not my style: surely the real deal ingredients-wise, but end up feeling cooked up in a lab.

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Photo of brewseidon
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this magic thing 8 times over four days while in and out of Portland visiting Oregon. Worth it. The smell of not just blueberries, but blueberry muffin is undeniable and irresistible. The smell is a harbinger of the taste to come. More. More blueberry muffins with a light sour tart at the end. Light and superbly crushable, it's candy beer. No idea how they got this precise taste into a sour.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boise Beer Crew weekend in Portland. Taster at Great Notion. Pinkish hue, soft airy head. Smells and tastes like a blueberry muffin. Not too much else going on.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear yellow with medium white head. Has medium high carbonation.
Smell: Lightly tart, Blueberry Muffin, wheat, vanilla, and biscuit.
Taste: Lighlty tart, blueberry muffin, wheat, vanilla, and biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Light.
Overall: An awesome sour from Great Notion.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends in Copenhagen.

Pours an unclear reddish orange, with little in the way of foam.

Smells just like a blueberry muffin. Sweet and tart at the same time with hints of vanilla.

Taste is a delightful mix of sweet and sour, and again, tastes very much like a blueberry muffin. Plenty of berries, vanilla and a slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with bright carbonation.

Overall, a terrific sour that really takes the best parts of its influences and turns them into something special.

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Photo of MFMB
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At GN. Pours a opaque light pink to grapefruit juice like. Minimal head. Nose is of fresh baked muffins with a hint of greek yogurt. Taste is amazing. First this is a sour but it is not in your face sourness. More of a subdued yet present sourness to it. Second in most sours fruit reigns supreme but in this one I’m noticing a whole lot of muffin like maltyness to it that is cut by mellow blueberries as well as tart berries. Very pleasant to drink and it won’t give you acid reflux to boot! Medium body with a semi dry finish. A very enjoyable sour that I could consumed in large quantities and not tire from.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is a uniform opaque hue of pale dark red-amber with a thin, persistent soft ring remaining after an off-white foam quickly recedes.

Wow, this really does smell like a packaged blueberry muffin, complete with the streusel topping. I've had very few beers that are actually able to achieve the sort of blueberry most of us are used to in our American pastry products. It makes me wonder a little about natural ingredients, in this case.

Taste is a very nice, tart and sweet blueberry! Malt backs with a sweet, biscuity muffin, and behind that there's a little sticky funk, but not much.

Light and frothy finishing sticky and dry.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is magnificent. It pours a rather ugly deep amber with a kiss of pink, opaque with a thin white bubbly head with little lacing.

It smells like a straight up freshly baked Blueberry Muffin. No joke, that's it.

It tastes the same with a mild amount of acidity. Simply sublime.

Feel is a tad thin, but great balance of sweet and sour, and not at all out if place anywhere in the spectrum.

Overall, this is as close to a perfectly designed and carried out beer as I can imagine. It's wonderful and I hope anyone who's a fan of blueberry, muffins, sour, or beer gets a shot at this. Cheers!

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