Springdale Beer Co.

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #248
Ranked #13,409
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
Springdale Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Fresh sour brewed with lemon, lemon zest and lavender sprigs.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a turbid yellow color. No head at all but these seltzer-like bubbles militantly rise to the surface in perpetuity. Smells of lavender, rich honey, and citrus. Graham cracker, too. Flavor is tangy but also fairly sweet. There is an immediate tart zip then is subsides and the sweetness rolls in the flavors compliment each-other. Sorta like a lemon-poppy muffin with lavender baked in. More drinkable than I was expecting. I think the lavender is dialed in correctly. Too much and it would ruin the ease of drinking. I think overall all the did a really good job putting this together but for me, this one didn't have a very high ceiling.

Jun 27, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that rapidly dissipated and completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lavender are present in the nose along with hints of lemons.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little stronger flavors of lavender with light notes of sourness and hints of lemons.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the lavender flavors in the taste of this beer.

Serving type: can

May 30, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/4/20

If we're being completely honest, yeah, I bought this because it sounded weird af, don't judge

Pours an oddly clear pale gold with a finger of bubbly white head that dissipated faster than I've ever seen

Is that actually lavender I pick up in the aroma? I'm getting a strange maple character that smells slightly floral, some general citrus and a bit of malt, but certainly nothing like lavender. Quite the off putting aroma

Ok, the taste is a marked improvement from the nose. A bit of maple still persists, but it somehow works out here with everything going on. Bright, fresh lemons attack the early palate with a hint of breadiness before being balanced out by a mild lavender with that sweet maple

Wow, quite the zippy carbonation on here but not overpowering. This is medium bodied but drinks super easy with the mild tartness and a smooth, sticky finish

Perplexing beer for sure, and I really don't know how the smell is SO bad compared to the rest, but here we are. Not bad, but I wouldn't get it again

May 05, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can. Canned on 6/11/19

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear pale straw hue with a thin fizzy head that fades rather quickly to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Aromas of super super faint lavender potpourri notes, nice bright lemon acidity and just a little bit of doughy notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with it dialed up more. Tons of bright lemon acidity with big doughy creamy wheat. Almost white wine like vinous. The lavender is a bit more potent and flashes at the front, which is nice, but this certainly isn't a lavender bomb. Quite balanced but leaves me wanting more.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, decent body and acidity. Quite crisp and clean.

O - Overall this was a solid beer but could be a bit more doughy and cloudy for a Berliner. Also would like to have more lavender in this especially on the nose. A solid beer but leaves me wanting more.

Serving Type: Can

Jul 28, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, decent retention due to steaming bubbles, slightly hazy light pale color

Nose big lavender out front with floral lavender, plenty of sour lemon, some sour base beer, doughy bready wheat, creamy wheat, Meyer lemon zest, big buttery oak

Taste more of the same awesomeness, lavender up front but not overpowering, nice lemon zest and Meyer lemon juice, big buttery oak, mild vinous white wine thing, doughy creamy wheat and raw bread dough base malt, mild acidity, touch flemmy

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a bit light on the carb, mild acidity

Overall very nice as usual, great base beer with plenty of lavender and Meyer lemon, and very harmonious

Feb 11, 2019
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, deep-golden, clear beer on the pour. Some sediment on the final pour. Short head of white, soapy bubbles that falls to a ring, no cling to speak of.

The aroma is a bit startling at lavender scented citrus dish soap, almost medicinal. Once the shock dies down, there is bright lemon and soft, herbal lavender with a slight sweetness underneath.

The taste opens slightly sour over sweet, then the other elements come into play. I didn't taste the lavender in our garden, but I did smell is certainly there in the aroma and I will assume that the light floral and grassy notes I can taste are from lavender. Lemon follows and it is clearly lemon juice boosted by zest. Just enough sour to anchor the taste. There's a woody/earthy tea-like element to the overall flavor that comes out a bit as the stringer floral and citrus notes fade. Surprisingly clean on the palate with just a lemonade-like residual taste.

It has a decent medium body to it, but the overall effect is of a light drinking beer. Not highly carbonated, so the drinkability is high.

I'll be perfectly honest here - this is NOT going to be everyone's cup of (lavender) tea. I can easily see this being absolutely love/hate polarizing. It is different, I dig it, and the flavors work for me. It is simple and straightforward, clearly and cleanly delivering exactly what it claims. It ventures a bit into the gruit territory - kudos to Springdale for pushing boundaries.

Sep 03, 2018
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