Raspberry Blush | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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Raspberry BlushRaspberry Blush

Brewed by:
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 deonreds
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/16/2017. Pours lightly hazy pinkish/reddish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, nutty coffee, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, red grape, wheat, cracker, hay, grass, and pepper; with light notes of vanilla, cream, whiskey, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, coffee, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, nutty coffee, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, red grape, wheat, cracker, hay, grass, and pepper; with light notes of vanilla, cream, whiskey, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, yeast spice, and fruit/wheat tang on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, nutty coffee, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, red grape, wheat, cracker, hay, grass, pepper, light vanilla/whiskey, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, coffee, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tangy/tartness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, coffee, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellow lactic/tannic/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. A ton of great authentic fruit and coffee presence; with classic base style flavors in the back. Not as lactic as I expected, but still hits the style character spot on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.32 (10 pct. off with a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: July 7, 2017
Consumed: July 9, 2017
Reviewed as: Berliner Weissbier
Misc.: Blushed on June 27, 2017

Picked this one up as part of a variety 6-pack at Bine & Vine, landing me 10 percent off overall. Had been eyeing this one on tap for a few months and was surprised to see it in cans. The description on Beer Advocate was “Berliner Weisse with Raspberry and 2nd Craft Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Ethiopian Coffee.” Raspberry AND coffee in a beer? Count me in.

Poured a watermelon murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white fizzy head. Serene setting underneath the head. Good watery head. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled tuna fish (yes, tuna fish) from the get-go. Oh boy. Had to dig down to get the raspberry, but it was certainly there. Kind of even a raspberry vanilla flavor. Roasted coffee came through the tuna fish and got that oaky barrel as well. Still tuna fish overall though. Tuna fish. (Smell - 2.00)

Taste was so much better. Got that tart raspberry, raspberry ice cream, raspberry jam, roasted coffee malts, earthy oaky barrels, mixed berries and vanilla. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, tart finish. (Feel - 4.50)

If it wasn’t for that tuna fish smell, this would have been awesome. Still really liked it, mixing the tart raspberry and roasted coffee well. (Overall - 4.00)

3.66 | 83 | B

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[From Notes | Consumed 6/7/17]

Glowing pinkish raspberry red color with a decent, spotty covering. Earthy berry tartness meets bright, citrusy coffee beans...it works really well. Tart red berry segues beautifully into fruity beans again - just the right amount of tartness, crisp and juice, no unwanted coffee bitterness. Lightly acidic, crisp feel with frothy carb. Really nice integration of ingredients here.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with loads of visible carbonation. Fine foam. Beautiful beer!

Smell is very summery, mostly raspberries and some lime, with a chocolatey coffee hint in the background.

Taste is less tart than I expected. Quite creamy, lots of ripe raspberries and just a slight mocha edge to the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, lots of carbonation.

Overall, not really what I thought it would be. Less tart and very little hint of the coffee. Still tasty, but I was hoping for something a bit... weirder.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into Stone Brewing Goblet. Bottom of the can simply says Blush 17817 which I assume is the enjoy by date.

L: Cloudy raspberry red with quick rising pink foam that fades as quickly as it forms.

S: Lots of raspberry, some typical tartness is there. Maybe some faint wheat.

T: Really tart raspberry, with a faint wheatiness.

F: Light, crisp, dry finish.

O: Pretty solid BW even though I am not a fan of the style.

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Photo of JW_WNC
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pants678
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red with pink foam.


Berliner base and low ABV keeps it from being medicinal. Nothing tart or harsh. Sounds like everyone agrees that the coffee is hardly notable. Pleasant but teetering on tame.

Feel is fine.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours bright pink almost like grapefruit juice, with a wispy foamy even lighter pink head that completely disappears. No lacing.

A: Smells of tart raspberries, maybe a hint if wheat, but not much else.

T: Taste follows. Almost 100% tart raspberries if it weren't for the mild afterthought of coffee.

F: Very light, very dry, mild carbonation, tart and crisp.

O: The thought of coffee in a Berliner seemed odd to me, but getting the light notion of it, I think I'd like more. Overall, this is a nice and refreshing beer. One that's perfect on a hot as hell morning like today. But perhaps not one that I will frequently indulge.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden reddish pink in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate ruby red grapefruit juice colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy pale pink head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly brewed rich coffee over the top of light to moderate aromas of tart raspberries and just a hint of slightly sour wheat malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sour wheat malts with light amounts of lacto tartness. That is followed by moderate flavors of tart raspberries. Finally there are hints of freshly brewed richly roasted coffee. Light amounts of roasty bitterness which fade away almost instantly leaving a light lingering tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Really enjoyable - the combination of the tart raspberries with the rich coffee makes for a great aroma and even better flavor. Definitely could have another one of these. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Raziel313
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brymtb
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

....well integrated

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - looks like hazy grapefruit juice but slightly darker, two-finger pale pink head, decent retention, and little to no lacing.
Smell - raspberries for days, sour kombucha, and subtle coffee lingering in the background.
Taste - follows the nose in that it is reminiscent of kombucha, but is packed with tart and slightly sweet raspberries. There's also an earthy coffee note that hits at the end.
Feel - medium carbonation, lighter body, dry finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of raspberries, moderately light sourness with light coffee aroma.

A: Light pale pink color, totally opaque, with a very thin white aroma.

T: Moderate raspberries, moderately light bread malts, followed with a moderately light sourness and light fruit forward coffee flavor on the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great raspberry aroma and flavor that works well with the base Berliner with an interesting light coffee character.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Khourys. A raspberry Berliner Weiss with coffee. Sounds like an odd combo but it works. Coffee is on the nose and in the finish. Raspberry and restrained tartness throughout. All comes together like a raspberry truffle.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberry Blush from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
3.99 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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