Kumquat Weiss
Crane Brewing Company

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #137
Ranked #9,546
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Crane Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Like origami, Bonsai is an ancient tradition of Japan that promotes careful contemplation. Through gradual growth and cultivation of a small branching tree, such as the native kumquat, reflection may take place. Please take a moment, while you drink this citrusy tart beer, to quietly reflect on growth, preservation and life.
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JohnKochanski from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a golden orange hue with quickly dissipating head. Aroma of citrus fruits, lemon, orange, kumquat (obviously). Taste is crisp, dry orange/kumquat right up front. A very tiny bit of sweetness that off sets the tartness. Wonderful brew by Crane Brewing.

May 11, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange with constant bubbles fizzing to the top. Head forms white in color and disappears quickly per the style. Aroma is a zing of kumquat, citrus, and sour. Flavor profile is a tongue twisting sour, with kumquat, and a little citrus mixed in as well. Mouth feel is fizzy, bubbly, and medium-thin. Overall, kumquats and lactic sour are the story of this beer, or more so, lactic sour and kumquats. Tasty, but polarizing.

Served in a Crane Teku glass from the bottle.

Feb 24, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow with dense white head. Fruit on the nose is very prominant and welcome. Taste is citrus with some sour, yeast notes. Medium body and carbonation.

Feb 03, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. There's no head on top. The aroma is of ginger ale to lemon in nature. I'm tasting a ginger to lemon flavor along with pale wheat. The mouth is very carbonated with a very refreshing edge.

Jan 16, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Great looking beer. The head, the lace, the clarity, the legs... all there. Nose is a little awkward. Hints of soap, lemon, sugar and mint. Weird but not bad and hella aromatic. Beer opens lemon zest, lemon peel and mint. Very bright with a nice, creamy acidity in the middle. Some tea, basil and a touch of ginger also. I've never tasted anything like this. Pretty impressive. Body is light with huge amounts of carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes foamy and aggressive. Real drinkable with an oily, slick finish.

The first beer I've had from Crane and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Looking forward to what else they have to offer!

Oct 25, 2016
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steve032 from Arkansas

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. Tart and mild funk. Highly crushable. Pours a deep gold, smells incredibly citrusy. I don't have a great grasp on what kumquats taste like but this is well done.

Sep 04, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with negligible head. I get some white head & carbonation with a vigorous pour. No head retention or lacing

S: Citrus peel & tartness

T: Grapefruit & tangerine, plus tartness, plenty of that up front. Tartness, dryness, grapefruit & lemon. Finishes with lemon sweet tart & dryness

MF: Light carbonation & medium body, enamel sucking tartness

Drinks pretty easy, wish there was a little more going on flavor-wise to counter the tartness. Still well worth a go

Aug 11, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright pale gold, racing streamers of champagne bubbles. Momentary foam dissipates fast, nothing but a few surface bubbles and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sharply acidic, with a refreshing fruity note that must be kumquat. Somewhat understated, mimosa like though not especially juicy.

Taste is bracingly sour, sharp lacto with an underripe citric lemon lime note of kumquat. Bone dry aftertaste with odd hints of popcorn kernels and sulfur. No wild funk or Brett presence at all. Pretty intensely sour, nearly to a fault. Light bodied and somewhat overcarbed. Overall it's pretty good, though a bit one note. Fairly creative, I like what these guys are doing.

Aug 04, 2016
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TH28 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 4/15/16 bottle date. Appearance: Light golden, brilliant clarity, with a thick bubbled white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Sweet, stone and citrus fruitiness. Fairly strong with faint sugar. Taste: Light malt sweetness with a touch of citrus, turning to a quick, aggressively sharp sour with a slight funkiness and touch of white vinous flavor. Mouthfeel: Light bodied and highly carbonated. clean and crisp Finish: Very dry, with a lingering light stone fruit. Overall: A thirst quenching, strongly acidic Berliner Weisse with a nice contrast of sweet citrus, and a complimentary acidity. For a simplistic style, this beer has a well rounded complexity

Jul 10, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of white color. Poor lacing and decent retention. Smells of strong citrus (lemon and lime mixed, so kumquat?), hint of hop, hint of yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of strong citrus, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, body and aroma and dominated by kumquat and the feel is strongly tart, but low in complexity.

Jul 01, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a stunning introduction to a brewery i had never heard of before this beer, really incredible beer, maybe the best fruited berliner i have ever had. its funky, definitely appears to be brett fermented a little bit on top of just the lactic souring process. the wheat malt is awesome, fresh and fluffy, but also very light. its creamy looking and very much alive in the glass, a pretty beer for sure, soft peaks and a slightly orange color. the aroma is the tangy pithy zesty outsides of the kumquats, as true as this aroma has ever been in a beer for me, anything but subtle, its bright and bursting, and with the lactic acidity too, it makes my mouth water. still beer before fruit though, the wheat malt is there and the yeasts are too, not sure what funky strain they fermented this out with, but it seems to not be some generic ale strain at all, lots going on, saison, rustic funk, farmy, layered, refreshing, amazing. the flavor of the kumquat is enormous in here, fresh and exactly like the real thing, they must have used a ton of them. the beer ends up being only moderately sour though because there is so much else going on, just the right amount of acidity. its refreshing and interesting, and its really dry and lively on the feel. as good as a berliner as i have had this year, and something that has be really excited about this brewery moving forward. their packaging is beautiful too, and the price points seem appropriate for the quality. this is insanely good!

Jun 25, 2016
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jvillefan from New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Crane taproom and once again Crane hits it out of the park. There is plenty of tart and sour aromas in the nose that is blending perfectly with citrus sweetness from the kumquats. The flavor is incredible. There is both citrus and sour immediately after drinking the beer. The sour fades slightly giving was to the tart flavor of the kumquats. This beer is among my favorites I have ever had. Well done Crane.

Jun 19, 2016
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Weixiaobao from Kansas

4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Crane's new makeshift tap room. I was so impressed with this beer. One of the finest smelling beers I've ever imbibed. This is incredibly tart and sour. Crane is knocking it out of the park.

May 29, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky lacing. It smelled of sweet kumquat with tart lemon notes and some wheat aroma. Sweet kumquat taste with a sharp tartness and acidic bite.

May 22, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is a slightly tart fruity smell. A fruity smell Im not familiar with but can only assume is kumquat. Very nice floral undertones.

Taste is mildly tart, producing only a slight pucker. I thought it was a nice level of tart particularly for a Berliner Weissbier. some nice mild fruity notes from the kumquat compliment the tart very nicely. Mild floral notes are present throughout.

Mildly carbonated, crisp, tart and supremely refreshing. Very drinkable.

overall this was my first offering from Crane and it did not disappoint. Really nice Berliner, with a unique take by adding the kumquat. I'll definitely be picking this one up again.

May 16, 2016
Kumquat Weiss from Crane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 49 ratings