Raspberry Blush | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly marketed as Fruit Face.

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

Added by GRG1313 on 05-03-2017

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Photo of degueulasse
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spark3148857
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MMiller1000
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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--

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leefx
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bier Station (11/3/17)

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amesetz
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tadertot
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of festizio
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Raspberry Blush from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 90 ratings