Beet Weiss | Crane Brewing Company

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Beet WeissBeet Weiss

Brewed by:
Crane Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 23
Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect beet color that matches the label, magenta or pinkish purple. Pink foam with spotty lacing.

Aroma is earthy with a root vegetable note and natural beet sweetness. Pretty straightforward.

Pleasantly tart, plently 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.

Shared with a group and it was unanimously loved, however if you hate beets, you won't like it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Harrison8
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ArgonianSoul27
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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?

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Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Beet Weiss from Crane Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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