Tea Weiss
Crane Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #106
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,975
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.07%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
56
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Crane Brewing Company
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
91
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Tea WeissTea Weiss
Notes: A distinctly American take on an old-world German ale, Tea Weiss combines Kansas City’s own Hugo Berry Rooibos Tea with a spritzy, sour wheat beer to exceedingly refreshing effect.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am pleasantly surprised by this one. I’m not a fan of low ABV beers, but this is too refreshing and tasty to dislike.

It looks great in the glass, like a lovely sunset. The aroma is tea like, but in a good way. A bit sweet and infused with berries. It tastes delicious. Hint of sweetness but with a good tart backbone. If only the ABV were 7% or higher, I would have rated it even higher.

Sep 26, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Very hazy golden orange with rising carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of thick, fizzy head with poor retention.

Smell: Orange juice, raspberry tea. Sour and sweet.

Taste: Tart but not overpowering, with a mild flavor of orange and raspberry. Faint rooibos tea flavor that's hard to pick out.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy body, with good carbonation.

Overall: While some sours can be overwhelmingly puckering, this is actually a refreshing casual drink.

Sep 20, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. single can, no canning date

Pours a hazy golden-orange wheat color. Two-finger, fizzy white head, little retention. Carbonation streams throughout.

Wheat cracker and citrus yeast, especially on the nose. Navel Orange, black tea, sour yeast, blueberry and mulberry with faint multigrain bread and mango.

Quite tart and drying though finishes smooth. Fizzy and refreshing. Pretty well-balanced, the tea is prominent enough without the sour flavors dominating the palate.

Hasn’t changed much over the years, still good and very enjoyable especially in the summer. Touted by many locals as great, you be the judge and give er a whirl.

Jun 11, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. Bright copper-light red color. Good bit of foam upon aggressive pour. Nice and tart. Sourness is there but it pleasantly fades before it feels like it's going to rip your face off. Some fruity tee flavors in there.

Aug 16, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, citrus, slight tea, hint of yeast, slight pale malt, and a hint of salt. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, citrus, hint of tea, hint of yeast, slight pale malt, and a hint of salt. Overall, good complexity, aroma, body, and blend.

Jan 09, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish orange color with good clarity, initial finger of foam, minimal lace.
Berry tea aroma and flavor, sort of ambivalent about it.
Tart Celestial Seasonings in beer form, fairly one dimensional with a moderate lactic kettle sourness. Light bodied and initially effervescent.
Overall ok to try, but they make better beers. Need to dry-hop more of these.

Nov 16, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks). Bottled 9/8/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy, golden amber with almost two fingers of quickly dissipating white head. The initial froth crackles away, leaving a few scattered wisps, a thin belt and a couple tiny dots of lace.

Aromas of soured wheat, earthy funk, vague tea and some faint overripe lemon.

Tastes of kettle soured grain, old wet hay, a slight earthy tea quality and a mere hint of unsweetened peach lemonade. Though initially seeming dull the more I drink the more fruit I perceive. This goes down incredibly easily.

Light body with sparkling carbonation. Soured grains remain prominent in the finish but the impressions of lemon peach tea linger.

Crane makes an impressively complex weiss. My first few sips of Tea Weiss seemed lackluster but by the end of the bottle I was getting some nice flavored tea notes.

Apr 12, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of a well steeped green tea with a thin, fizzy white head. Not much head retention, but that is to be expected. Aroma is tea, hibiscus, and lemon with some biscuit malts behind. The tea is quite nice and well done without being over powering. Flavor profile opens with an iced tea flavor note, before a slightly sour finish. Not much tongue twisting sour action, just enough to ring the tea out of the tongue, but not beat it up. Mouth feel has a little fizz to it, but is otherwise medium in consistency and smooth. Overall, a very fun little beer. At 4.10%, it drinks incredibly smooth with light hearted notes of tea and a sour twist.

Served in a 12oz Crane snifter. Draft.

Feb 02, 2017
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frasergrove from California

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange bronze, nice clarity and a frothy white head (but it fades to nothing quickly). Aroma is a delicious blend of salinity, savory fruity tea aromatics, with underlying lemon and cucumber. Nice bite of tart on the tongue, crisp and clean with interestingly full flavor. Hard to describe, but this beer is seriously killer.

Jan 23, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with fast falling beige colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sweet berries & plenty of them

T: Tart berry, some lemon present as well up front. More tart berry as this warms & a little cherry sourness. Finishes with raspberry tartness along with a little lemon sweet tart

MF: Light body, slight carbonation

Refreshing, tart & drinkable

Jan 02, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled slightly like tea, wheat, yeast and some tart lemon. Sweet caramel and toasted bread taste with yeasty spice, lemon and some tea.

Nov 06, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost like orange Kool aid, with nice glows and a lacey head.

Smells of sour berries, sour patch kids, hibiscus and yeast.

A perfect wave of hibiscus, tea leaf, passion fruit, citrus, mango, and sour patch kids/warhead assaults the palate like an angry swarm of bees. Love it.

Heavily carbonated, semi dry, resinous.

Just a damn delicious beer. Get it.

Nov 05, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ale with some kind of whack african tea or something, i reckon there is lemongrass and lime and other citrus stuff in here, its good, and its herbal and weird and real distinct, but its not their best beer, which is hard to figure. both of the citrus gose versions were superior, although this is a real oddity and should absolutely be respected as such. there is some color for sure here, it is happy to show a browner side from the tea. in the taste there is bitter from it too, but its so herbal and foreign that its all new to me, and real interesting too. sour enough, the tea and the sour elements are weird together, i think this is easily their most unconventional brew, but it works out in the end, herbal and rooty and lactic, some normal ale yeast and funk too, its well balanced for being a weirdo, all the right feels with it. im not sure this is better than the dry hopped orange, and i am not sure how much they should keep recycling the base gose, but the tea is a cool addition and in my opinion warrants a bottling one way or another...

Aug 17, 2016
Tea Weiss from Crane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 56 ratings