Raspberry Blush
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #184
ABV:
4%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,055
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.98%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
144
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Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  25
SCORE
90
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Raspberry BlushRaspberry Blush
Notes: Formerly marketed as Fruit Face.

Berliner Weisse with Raspberry and 2nd Craft Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Ethiopian Coffee.
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish pink body with six fingers of Pepto-Bismol pink head.

Smells of raspberries and cherries.

The taste is of raspberries and is very smooth only slightly sour.

Great feel to it, I keep drinking this.

Redding, CA, Dec 10, 2020.

Dec 12, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light red, slightly darker than the color of a mostly pink raspberry. Makes a thin 1/4" off white, lighter pink head, not much for retention. Aroma was more raspberry and wheat sourness than it was coffee, this is not a coffee bomb.

Taste is similar to the raspberry ich bin berliner series for Mikkeller, but with a light coffee intrusion. Could actually be the same base beer. Certainly more of a summer beer. The raspberry doesn't quite have that same drying effect on the mouthfeel that it does in many other examples. Perhaps the coffee takes away from that drying effect, but its not like it compromises the beer. While it made me kind of wonder reading the label (coffee & raspberry? wtf is that?) I think it makes for a decent beer. Its not going to make me forget about Hottenroth anytime soon, but its a serviceable little beer that stays within style guidelines until the coffee comes in, which is relatively sparingly used. The sourness is in the average range for style.

Oct 23, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pink with a faintly pink head that fades rather quickly; dribbles lacing

Smell: Faint raspberry with hints of coffee that get a bit stronger as the beer warms

Taste: Faint raspberry tones with just a hint of coffee emerging; that flavors disappear into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not much of anything out of this one; forgettable

Oct 21, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/1/20. Poured into a Teku at fridge temp. Orangy pink color with a short lived fizzy head. Smell is an earthy raspberry. Taste is light raspberry, and mildly tart. Thin feel, mild carbonation. Solid, and good for a warm summer day, but unspectacular.

Aug 04, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry Blush is the definition of a "hint" beer. It is the faintest hint of coffee and raspberry. I almost put it in the category of lo-cal beer on its overall profile.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Jul 26, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was quite an interesting Berliner Weisse from a great San Diego brewery. 8/16/19 date printed on can. I think it was the unique combination of flavors that first drew my attention. Pours a clear darker pink-orange color with just a thin cap of white head and minimal scant lingering lacing. Interesting aromas of tart ripe raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and then some medium roast coffee, oak and faint whiskey in the background. Tastes similarly, the light acidity of the coffee balanced fairly well with the tart ripe fruits, although I probably wouldn’t seek out this flavor combination in the future. I think I prefer these types of beers to just have mainly fruit in them. Smooth, mild mouthfeel that was not quite puckering. Good amount of carbonation. I’m not sure I’ve had this type of Berliner Weisse before.

Jun 02, 2020
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Therealbrewguys from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good fruited sour. It's Berliner-esque, and I had to search for the coffee notes, as the sour over plays the coffee for me. It's nose is very good nice finish, crisp. a nice treat.

Dec 31, 2019
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RenDez78 from California

4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the local pub.. found it in cans afterwards at our local craft bottle shop. There's no words to describe... It's heaven in a can..

Aug 11, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Crafty Beer Guys pub.
Pour is cloudy pale rose with an excellent head.
Aroma. Coffee mixed raspberries.
Flavor. A surprisingly wonderful mix of coffee and sour raspberries. Low tartness for style.
Near medium body and low carbonation.

May 10, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has the look of a raspberry Berliner Weisse, rosy pink and hazy, with little head. Aroma is also standard with bright raspberry fruit except at the end some coffee slips through. Nice addition! Flavor is also raspberry forward, coffee only shows in the after taste which adds more to the mouthfeel with bitterness than anything else. It’s a fun idea that I wasn’t sure would work, but I’m glad I gave it a try!

Mar 10, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mikkeller "Raspberry Blush"
$6/pint on tap at Governor's Tavern, Hudson, NY on 1 September 2018

Notes: 4.0% abv. Very hazy pink body beneath a short pinkish head. Average head retention and lacing, but that's expected of a Berliner-style weisse. It's mineralish and fruity with berry in the nose, but not particularly raspberry. The flavor brings in some sweetish malt to balance some acidity but it's not puckering. It's not too fruity, just a touch. Light to light-medium in body and crisp. Refreshing.

Nov 03, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color with a thick light pink cap which falls away quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Aroma is coffee forward with some tart raspberry. Flavor tart raspberry and lemon with a heavy coffee finish. Feel is light and well carbonated. Overall not one I'd buy again.

Oct 22, 2018
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright pink, wheat cloudiness
S: Rich coffee, raspberry, tart
T: Tart raspberry, seltzer, balanced coffee
M: Very light
O: Refreshing, not overly lactic, coffee and raspberry blend well

Aug 11, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, Raul was confused at first. The bar had this listed as a sour, but now I know it’s a Berliner. It was kind of like going into a blind date and not knowing what you are getting into; then after things settled in, and I know that she’s kind of a freak, it’s all good!

Cheers!

Jun 23, 2018
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degueulasse from California

3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This deep red beer looks, smells, and even tastes a bit too much like raspberry soda, its sweetness crisp and refreshing but a little too sugary. The coffee notes in the back of the tongue are impressive but not particularly prevalent or well-integrated into the rest of the beer. That said, this is my first Mikkeller beer, and it seems as if they have some real talent.

Feb 21, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Looks hazy, transparent pink with a small tight white head. Medium-poor retention. A thin ring remains constantly, and spotty lacing is left.

The aroma is moderately tart; fresh raspberry with stems, slightly grassy, with just a hint of nutty fresh coffee and milk chocolate.

The palate is fresh, super tart raspberry all the way throughout. Vibrant, juicy, and jammy. Medium acidity, fairly sour. Hints of grass. Notes of currant as well. Smooth but unobtrusive wheat backbone. Hints of milk chocolate and coffee on the finish, the coffee providing just a touch of roast and subtle bitterness. Finishes like raspberry candy, with some lingering tartness.

Feels light, but smooth and filling thanks to ample carbonation. Drinks extremely easily, and tastes refreshing.

Wow, this is a great Berliner Weisse. Juicy, fruity, sour, and interesting with the coffee. I love it.

Jan 22, 2018
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fmccormi from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a tall tumbler glass—I really don’t have much else in the house right now, and given the style, this ought to be fine. There’s dating info printed in black ink on the underside of the can, which reads “27017.” I presume that’s the 270th day of 2017, which would be September 27. That would mean this can is . . . 68 days old. Is that right? It was purchased from a beer cooler and went straight to my fridge, so at least it’s been kept cold.

Appearance (3.75): This pours out about two and a half fingers of crackly, just barely pinkish foam, capping a hazy to cloudy, glowing, deep blush colored body, like a slightly lighter fruit punch color with deep orange-pink highlights. As Berliners go, it’s gorgeous. The head doesn’t stick, but that’s not surprising.

Smell (4.0): The nose is exactly what you’d expect, showing bright, sweet macerated raspberry aroma with an undercurrent of a nice, earthy-citrusy medium roast coffee. It’s oddly nice, because the coffee offers some depth and background for the fruit, not quite as a counterpoint but as counterpart. There’s a tart lactic component here too, with plain Greek yogurt in the nose, working well with the berry aroma. Quite nice for a Berliner, and unique.

Taste (4.0): On the palate, the lactic sourness and coffee both come out more than in the nose, but like with the nose the coffee acts as an earthy counterpart to the fruit. Especially given the bracing, lemony tartness of a full-blooded kettle sour like this, the earthiness is unexpectedly welcome—it makes it more drinkable than usual. On the palate, the sweetness of the raspberry is almost lost, obliterated by lactic tartness, until the back side of the palate, where it pops up with a soft, floral sweetness like hibiscus tea. That subtle, but noticeable, medium- to light-roast coffee persists from start to finish, and it’s quite nice. It would be more like a 3.5-3.75 in terms flavor, but the uniqueness of the coffee and how well it works with the style bumps it up a bit for me.

Mouthfeel (4.0): I mean, it’s a Berliner. Tart, bracing, with carbonation to match: surprisingly fine, not too aggressive, but tingling eagerly before foaming up on the wash out. The body is medium-light, but juicy enough and a bit swishy. It’s lovely, and exceedingly drinkable.

Overall (4.0): So, I realize the coffee may not be for everyone, but like I said above it adds a layer and depth that acts as a counterpart rather than a counterpoint. When you add in the fine carbonation, the beer becomes much easier to drink than a typically bracing, sour Berliner. In a weird way, the coffee makes it easier to drink, and therefore more refreshing than a lot of other Berliners. Is it my favorite Berliner? No. Is it exceptional for the style? Not quite. But it’s damn good, and I’d happily drink it again. Recommended.

Jan 21, 2018
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dertyd from California

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a dark pink color with 1 finger of pink head------------ the aromas are of tartness, wheat, berry, dark chocolate and coffee------------ the flavors are of sour lactic acid, wheat bread, raspberry, dark chocolate and coffee, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel with bitter coffee on the finish------------ overall this beer was nice, I do like the addition of the coffee with the Berliner weisse, just wish it was toned down a little seems to over power the beer for me--

Dec 14, 2017
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool idea to add coffee to a raspberry berliner. Really enjoyed the play between bitter and sweet notes, along with the balance between heavy and light flavors. Wish I got another can of this.

Dec 06, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Milkeller Bangkok.

Hazy orange pinkish in color with thick frothy pale pinkish white head, it stands with pretty good retention before gradually sinking to some bubble film atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, it is typical sour and tart, as well as significant raspberry, lime, and obviously coffee in a mild fashion. It is also with some bready malt and some earthy hop. The taste is reflected the same like the aroma with the domination of sour and tart cherry while coffee comes in the undertone.

Medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and crisp yet very refreshing feeling, finish is very dry sweeping by the tartness and sourness of raspberry.

Good Berliner Weisse with the proper mix of raspberry, malt, and coffee to make it crisp, tasty, unique, and easy drinkable.

Nov 23, 2017
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Tadertot from California

4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pink hue with medium clarity. Smells like a sour with bright citrus and coffee notes. Surprisingly full-bodied yet a little bit acidic and sour. Leads with raspberry and finishes with coffee.

Oct 23, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright red/ pink with small white head, little hazy.
Aroma has raspberry, nuts, cold coffee, little funk, dough.
Taste is raspberry sour, coffee, nuts, moderate sour.

Oct 17, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pinkish-purple color with three fingers of pink-tinted head that quickly settle into a nice cap and leave decent lacing.

Big raspberry aroma, somewhat tart, somewhat sweet, with dookie-smelling coffee behind.

Wow, the coffee and raspberries blend pretty well in this. There's a hint of chocolate chip cookie. Then some restrained Berliner tartness as well. The tastes fall over each other in waves from the first sip through the aftertaste.

The feel is a little heavy and creamy for the style, but not ridiculously so. It adds to a softening of what could have been very sharp tart edges. Strong carbonation.

This is a lot better than I expected. Not sure when this was canned, but would love to try it super fresh to see the coffee shine a little more.

Oct 16, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into pint glass. It is a deep pink blush color with a 2.5 finger very light pink head. Aroma is raspberry jam with tart berry notes, wheat, and some light cold coffee and chocolate. Flavor is outstanding with full raspberry pie flavor that has a tartness to it. The wheat base is there and the faint chocolate and cold coffee finish it off. Feel is light, finely carbonated, and quite refreshing. This is the type of beer that is typically one and done for me, but I would definitely repeat buy this beer.

Oct 15, 2017
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a ruby red color with a thin white head. Smells of coffee and raspberries. Taste follows the smell however, it starts off with a raspberry taste and then finishes a coffee flavor with a mild bitterness from the coffee and then finishes with the perfect amount of raspberry tartness. Mikkeller did a fantastic job balancing the bitter coffee flavor with the tart raspberries. A great beer and an easy drinking beer especially for a sour beer.

Oct 09, 2017
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