Beet Weiss
Crane Brewing Company

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Crane Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #109
Ranked #11,595
4.01 | pDev: 11.22%
Apr 17, 2022
Dec 27, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: The beer that made Michael Crane famous is an earthy, zinger that pairs great with food. Our Fall seasonal Berliner-style weiss combines a sour German wheat beer with an unlikely vegetable, and, frankly, they look really good together.
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Beet Weiss may be three firsts for me....

First, I may never have had a wheat beer that got its color and a moderating acidity from beets. They may exist, but I don't look for them. And while Beet Weiss does not change my overall preference for other styles, it does make me think I should stretch my comfort zone. Looks a cool red, Smells of earth, Tastes surprisingly balanced (beets are sweet), and cleanses my mouth so well that I'm got to save some for leftovers dinner tonight.

Second, I do not remember having a brew from a micro who specialized in sours, whether Weiss or in the kettle or a Gose. Such micros may be out there among the 8500+ in North America, but it is an unusual specialty to make your money brewing salty and sour ales while not competing in the IPA market much. While I'm enjoying Beet Weiss, I'd rather try their saison and Belgian IPA as my second beer from Crane.

Third, I do not think I've had a brew from a Kansas City suburb. The KC metro is Top 30 in terms of population... and it will grow in culture if it suburbs continue to spawn micros that specialize in less-than-typical styles.

Apr 17, 2022
3.9 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Nov 05, 2021
4.08 by craigbelly from Iowa on Dec 26, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jhavs from New York

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Pours bright red with a pinkish/purple head. Head settles into thin bubbly islands.

Aroma is deep and earthy beets, sweetness and fresh well-nourished soil. Odd at first, but exactly what a fresh sliced beet smells like. A hint of tart fruity scents and mineral brine pushes through as it warms.

The flavor is striking, and becomes more and more inviting as I sip. As interesting a flavor as could be. Lots of earthy beets over a tart and crisp brew. Mineral and light salinity, light grassy grain.

Moderate carb and a hint of syrup in the medium body.

An interesting and tasty experience.

Nov 29, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TongoRad from New Jersey

A beet weiss may seem like an odd and intriguing combination, but I'll be damned if it doesn't work like a charm. But then again, the Berliner Weiss style is no stranger to earthy and funky embellishments (at least, among the better ones :wink:). It is also probably worth noting that the essence of the beet is captured quite well here; and that one's fondness for this beer will be in direct proportion to how much they enjoy those devilish root veggies.

I happen to love them, and have prepared them in any number of ways over the years. Which is to say- I know a beet when I smell one, and the aroma here reminds me of being wrist deep in skins and red inky juice. It's that intoxicating combination of freshly plowed dirt and moldy berries. That carries through to the taste, where it is also marries to a superbly brisk tartness. There ain't no pussyfooting around here, which I appreciate. Not that either quality is overwhelming, but it does seem like Crane knows just where that line is and stayed just short of it. After a few more sips I'm also getting some straw and lemon peel on the finish, while the earthiness seems to be morphing into a very beery funkiness. The whole thing works so well that not only can I appreciate what's in my glass right now, but could see making this a regular purchase. Thanks to Harrison8 for the sample!

Nov 25, 2018
4.1 by alexsergio from New York on Oct 14, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by FungusBrewer from Illinois

Absolutely beautiful crimson brew with a strong earthy aroma, and almost cranberry cocktail juice like color. At first I questioned if there was even alcohol in it. Super smooth, and very “beety”. Tastes like the garden.

Sep 29, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Suds from Missouri

This brew is an amazing color. It is deep crimson a rich cranberry juice. The head is bright pink, and the liquid is completely clear. The aroma is lightly fruity and sharply tart. I didn't think that I would get beat in the beer, but it shines through...first in the smell, faintly in the beginning, and then in the taste.....which is also dry and sour. Slight spice in the finish. This is a wonderfully crafted beer.

Feb 19, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Hoonia from Missouri

Pours the color of water that’s been used to cook beets. Trippy to look at. Creamy pink head. Beet nose. Tart beet on the tongue. Doesn't feel anything like a beer, but I’ll definitely drink it again. Fantastic.

Feb 05, 2018
2.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Nov 18, 2017
4.25 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Apr 30, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

The the "didn't see that coming" segment of the show, beets now make their way into beer. And not just any beer. The clever brewers at Crane pull these rustic, sweet, earthy and tangy vegetables from their roots and unapologetically throw them into their berlinerweiss beer for shock on the tastebuds that none of them saw coming.

Beet Weiss pours absolutely beet red. Bright and arid, its short creamy froth soon renders to a most rose wine appearance. Spicy, sour and fruity aromas carry a hint of rhubarb, cherry, strawberry and citrus with a hint of the scent of the sea. The earthy scent of beet offers a special pickled perfume that carries over to a sweet and sassy taste.

Sweetness is light and fast fleeting. Where the vegetable carries its own earthy sweetness, the beer dries quickly to a dry, cidery, sour taste; again of drier rose wine. Memories of coloring eggs and pickling vegetables come to mind as the root qualities of the beet remains though its taste is now brisk of lime, lemon, gooseberry, melon and rhubarb. A kiss of wrought strawberry and brine signals a close to the session.

Semidry, crisp and off-clean, the curious beer finishes sour, spicy and earthy as the taste of beets seem to intensifiy after the base beer dissolves. It's a most curious beer that's masterfully brewed, however many will find the taste of sour ale and root vegetables to be in conflict rather than balance. And if you don't like beets, this beer will do nothing to move that needle.

Feb 20, 2017
2.92 by drone from Oregon on Dec 28, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Perfect neon magenta that matches the label, vivid pink foam, spotty lacing.

Earthy root vegetable aroma, natural beet sweetness. Pretty straightforward.

Pleasantly tart, plenty of discernible beet flavor. Earthy and lightly vegetal with a smooth naturally sweetish beet taste. Light bodied and effervescent, it's lively and unique. Makes a great apertif. Definitely one of the more assertive and unique beers from Crane.

Shared with a group and it was unanimously loved. If you hate beets however, you won't like it. Gee, imagine that.

Dec 25, 2016
2.88 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Dec 13, 2016
4.27 by kjkinsey from Texas on Dec 04, 2016
4.36 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Dec 04, 2016
4 by GRG1313 from California on Nov 27, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Bright rosy pink pour with a bubble gum head of 1 finger.

Mostly sour Bretted aromas with some sweet tart, light earth.

The berliner quality hits first, sour and sweet, followed by rooty Beet and cane sugar, never overwhelming either factor. More dirt and beet at the end.

Feel is light and airy. Crisp. Puckering.

Overall, if you're a fan of beets I'd say absolutely. Even if you're not, give it a try.

Nov 27, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent pinky/purple with a thin white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Beets & sourness

T: Follows the nose, lovely tartness, a little berry tartness as well. Dryness, tartness, a little beet sweetness & sour cherry as this warms. Finishes dry, tart, with sour cherry & a little beet sweetness, some acidity

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation, enamel chewing acidity

Super drinkability, nice thirst quencher

Nov 24, 2016
4.04 by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma on Nov 21, 2016
4 by JLaw55 from Missouri on Nov 19, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a raspberry-red color with a finger of foamy, bubbly pink head. The head disappears quickly with no lacing left behind. Aroma is beets with lactic sour tinge. Flavor profile opens with lactic sour feeling, and a beet finish. Beet notes are pretty strong, but still easy to drink. Feel is thin and bubbly. Overall, it's an interesting beer. The beet notes are great, although they could be polarizing.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Nov 13, 2016
4.42 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 13, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by ArgonianSoul27 from Missouri

First beer I've had made frome beets. Definitely interesting, but in a good way. Sour taste but smooth and easy to go down. Love the color, the smell you can tell it's beets. Not sure though what food would pair with it though?

Nov 10, 2016
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Nov 10, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

Poured a clear, bubbly dark pink color with a small light pink head. It smelled of beets, I guess (I usually don't smell beets). Good sourness - not overpowering. There is some sweetness from the beets.

Nov 06, 2016
4.52 by TylerJ from Iowa on Nov 05, 2016
4.34 by Theogre83 from Kansas on Nov 02, 2016
3.72 by gonzo000 from Massachusetts on Oct 28, 2016
3.29 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Oct 27, 2016
4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Oct 12, 2016
3.97 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Oct 11, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

oh man this is awesome beer. not a ton of head or carbonation unfortunately, it could be a little more lively, but that is really the only valid critique of this masterwork from crane. its melted crayon purple color, really like beet juice, such a distinct and vivid color to this. the aroma is so earthy, really beety, the essence of the root really, with a nice tangy white wine tartness on top of it, really complex and compelling, but most of all just super intense on the beet. the flavor is the same way, the first sip is almost shocking as a result, really intense beets, earthy but a little sweet, some vinegar, very authentic, incredibly deep and permanent here. without question the most vibrant beet flavor in any beer i have seen use them, and there are more than a handful now. earthy is the best word for this, but there is great pucker too, its just that the beet totally takes over the beer, in a good way. again, a little more carbonation would set this off, but this is one of the most unique beers i have had this year. some of cranes very best work!

Oct 07, 2016
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