Raspberry Blush | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly marketed as Fruit Face.

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

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 123
Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 that he knows that it’s a Berliner. It was like kind of 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!


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Photo of degueulasse
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
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 +15.2%
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 -0.7%
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 dertyd
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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 bl00
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Everydayoff
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Tadertot
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Nicolaiw
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Pink color. Aroma has fruity coffee, raspberries and lactic tartness. Taste has tart raspberries and light coffee notes. Quite dry feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

why is everything mikkeller just so darn good?! of course they find the headiest coffee out, and of course they blend it expertly with some super fresh fruit. this beer is at a level that nobody else can get to! this coffee aspect is so subtle, so minimal really, but none of us have ever seen it in beer quite like this, especially a super clean and professional berliner as a base! no shade of the coffee at all hardly, this is red and hazy and raspberry obvious! such an earthy note to this too, the fruit is tart and sweet at the same time and very tangy, natural, and appropriately forward. however, as subtle as the coffee is, it makes this beer! ruby colored and tart and funky too, acidic in the best way, coffee and roast run full steam into burnt notes, also clean and just picked tart raspberries, coffee raspberry berliner could only be a mikkeller beer really! more body than almost any other i have come across, but perfectly alive berries and a brilliant coffee profile, no acidity, smart. red wine, tang, citrus. i love this beer! its the right mix of all the elements, and i think is one of the best mikkeller beers to date! coffee and fruit in a fusion that seems almost impossible. this beer is perfect! best flavored berliner in the game right now. of course it is...

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light and hazy pink in color. Not much of a head on this one....the aroma, though is a pleasant mix of raspberry juice and wheat beer. I didn't get the coffee at first, but after looking for it, after a few sips, it comes forth....light and in the background. The taste is dry, spritzy, and with a tart wheat twang. Interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan of this one! Looks so damn pretty! Smells tart and had subtle coffee notes which is intriguing. Sudsy carbonation, chalky sour like a candy. The raspberry is there but oh so balanced

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean, sour and strikingly dry, the blushing beer of Mikkeller rides the curtails of raspberry and coffee. Yes, coffee. There's some stuff you just can't make up.

Raspberry Blush comes with a hazy mauve color and a scant wisping head. Seemingly wine-like, the appearance and aroma trends vinously sour- striking the nose with a nose piercing sourness of citrus, cider and clean white vinegar notes. A raspberry overlay reveals the uniqueness of fruit with a gentle kiss of nutty columbian coffee teasing the olfactory senses slightly. Light candied sourness takes on a slight lifesaver character before the sweetness is replaced by sourness.

Sweetness is short as any wheaten sourdough or taffy character dissolves from the palate effortlessly and allows the brazen sour taste of lime, lemon, crabapple, gooseberry and clean lactic character to strip the palate of thirst and lay new tracks of sour raspberry in its wake. Hints of dry burlap carry a musty tone white hints of cork and balsa add a balance and subtle intrigue on the middle palate.

Dry, crisp and highly refreshing, the sharp and sour character is of a clean but highly acidic taste with an effortless creamy weight heading into finish. A short and brisk aftertaste of hay and sourdough is chased by dry and tangy raspberry and the most subtle suggestion of peppery coffee notes. But, the coffee really has no impact of the flavor of the beer at all.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy pinkish purple in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that settled down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of puréed raspberries are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by tart flavors of raspberries and has a little sourness; there are only slight hints of coffee towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you're a fan of raspberries and sours, this is a great choice for a summer beer and is rather refreshing. You really had to struggle to find flavors of coffee in the taste—this might have been better as just a standalone beer with raspberries. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is a gorgeous deep pink/real light ruby red with 1 finger of super pink head. Prettiest beer I have ever seen.

Aroma is raspberry, some grain and some acidity.

Taste is tart raspberry, a little bit of grain and a tiny bit of minerally coffee on the backend. And I mean just a tease.

Feel is bright and smooth. Carb is on the lower side.

Overall an interesting choice of ingredients that I was skeptical about. But the coffee is really light and somehow this beer works. It works really well.

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Photo of LAp
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a *bright* pink with minimal head. Smell is straight raspberry syrup and sweet. Palate leads with a tart kettle-sour bite, and progresses to a sweet (but not synthetic) raspberry component. Well-executed. Not as much to my taste (I'm more in bed with the earthy sours), but it executes beautifully on what it's going for.

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