Lazy Susan | Highland Park Brewery

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Highland Park Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sour wheat beer is first aged with a mix of yeast and bacteria (Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Saccharomyces, and Brettanomyces) and then has organic Masumoto family farm peaches and nectarines added. This all developes into puckering tartness, complex funkiness, and juicy stonefruit.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 78
Photo of JBowenGeorgia
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a slightly hazed golden yellow with minimal white head.
Smell is funky and sour, brett and lactic acid. Not really getting any peach or nectarine.
Taste follows, tart with a bit of barnyard funk. Some fuzzy fruits coming through.
Medium bodied.
Overall not a much fruit as I was hoping for a fruited sour.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle (500mL I think) into an oversized tulip.

Pours bright golden and fizzy and has a proper haze to it. Sudsy white head that quickly dissipates. 4.5

Beer's described as a sour wheat and I'm thinking it is a Berliner Weisse, but there's quite a funkiness and saison-like quality to the aroma. Tons of apricot or peach burst from the glass too and they, combined with the earthy, funky yeast, give this that true barnyard feel. I need to find this barnyard next LA visit. Very nice. 4.5

Seems I'm just drinking underripe peach and apricot, because they absolutely dominate this flavor. There's a fuzzy, funkiness to the flavor and feel that is derived from these fruit and it is accentuated/complemented by the medley of yeasts. As I go about searching for other elements to this beer I notice a lemony tartness and a brief injection of malt providing a touch of sweetness and vanilla. 4.5

This guy (or is it a gal?) is a lip-puckerer but it's not of that abrasively sour variety that I don't enjoy. It's instead assertively tart if that's any better a description. There's a healthy body to this and I think the wheat is more of a factor here than anywhere on the flavor, but the beer is still refreshing and easy to sip away at. 4.25

Quite the surprise from Highland Park Brewery. I've enjoyed their IPAs and a coffee beer, but I didn't know they had this in them. This is delicious. Quite the fruity, juicy wild ale.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light but hazy lemon straw-yellow body, two finger white head that is thick but all of a sudden starts dropping out as soon as the pour level reaches the top, with a loud fizzing sound. Interesting! Smells of white peach flesh, tart nectarine, a lot of lactic acid, mild cereal sweetness, touch of leather and yogurt. An overall fruit-forward aroma that only intensifies as it warms. Flavour is strong on the lactic acidity, but also has a somewhat moderating stone fruit presence, mostly the peach flesh, with a tart nectarine bite followed by a minimal mild yogurty sweetness. It's not very sweet from the base wheat beer, but rather the sweetness is from the fruit. Just the way I like it. A bit of leather, and again a lot of lactic acid. The amount of peach here reminds me a fair bit of Side Project Leaner, except the lactic acidity is really dialed up quite a bit here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sharp and dry, crisp and refreshing. Despite the acidity, this is a very drinkable brew and I really enjoyed it. Overall- HPB is doing great stuff these days and its good to see a brewery like this in the Los Angeles area. San Diego County and the Bay Area have dominated the California craft beer market for so long, it's nice to see new brewers breaking out of Los Angeles.

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Photo of Beer_Line
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours yellow, minimal head. Smells of funk and the inside of a barn with over ripe fruit. Taste is quite great. Pretty fruity and maintains the lambic'esq in the nose. The carbonation does in fact exist and it works perfectly with this brew.
Overall - Really great beer for the west coast

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A: Big peach and nectarine aroma, a bit funky with a moderate sourness that lingers.

A: Very light, almost neon like yellow, quite hazy – almost opaque. The beer has no head whatsoever.

T: The peach and nectarines are present, but quickly give way to a strong, sharp lemon-like sourness that lingers.

M: Light bodied with moderately light carbonation. There is moderate acidity, but quite pleasant on the palette. Very sessionable and refreshing.

O: Delicious; the peaches and nectarines provide a pleasant aroma and flavor that is complimented by a big lemon sourness. The beer comes together quite well and while sour – the beer is super refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps there is significant batch variation accounting for the variable scores ... But what I'm drinking is superb. Pour is flat and a bit murky. Smell is stone fruit and funk ... Lacto and Brett. More Brett as it warms. Taste is peach yogurt, acidity is prominent, but you get Brett and wheat germ flavors in the finish. Brilliant stuff.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Golden yellow with a thin white collar. Pungent stone fruit. Very acidic. Peach or apricot or something. Tastes pretty damn sour. Stone fruit is a little bit lost, except for the sourness. Medium light. Low carbonation. Tasty, but too sour for my liking.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I must be an outlier here because I think this a far better brew than it has been rated thus far. The most recent batch served at Hermosillo was funky on the nose, but brilliantly blended that tartness with fruitiness from the peaches and nectarines. Crisp. The very definition of sessionable. I was really impressed with Lazy Susan, can't wait for the next batch and hopefully some bottles.

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Photo of kisthekids
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle at the Hermosillo into a tulip glass.

A - Looks like a pale yellow, no real head, just a few bubbles, light carbonation... The last pour definitely had yeast in it, woops....
S - Smells lightly euro-beerish with some funkiness
T - Yowzers, this is sour as *%*(. I was not expecting that from a "Berliner Weiss" style. I can barely detect a wheat character, nor do the ingredients "peach" or "nectarine" come to mind. It's basically all sour, tart, lemon, citrus, slight grapefruit, with not a hint of alcohol. There are little hints of complexity here and there, though it's relatively close to being carbonated lemonade.
M - Definitely light, crisp and refreshing, a little less than medium carbination. Relatively easy to drink, considering the rather extreme sourness.
O - This is definitely not your average Berliner Weiss. It takes the tartness of the style to the extreme. At first quaff, my thoughts were "Wild Ale." Maybe my inexperience is showing, but I think of Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse as the standard by which all Berliner Weisse should be judged, and that definitely is not sour to the extent of Lazy Susan. Anyway, I enjoyed this beer, despite my style judgement and despite wanting it to taste a little more wheaty and a little less sour. I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Saxmusik45 for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, peach, nectarine, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour peach, nectarine, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with very tasty sour peach and nectarine flavors that make this one very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Innis & Gunn glass. Bottle purchased 12/30/14 at the Hermosillo.

L-More yellow than most beers, not golden, very hazy with floaters...probably shouldn't pour the last little bit. No head at all.

S- Wow....rotting vegetation, sauerkraut, wet hair...very musty. One of the most interesting beers I've ever smelled.

T- Quite tart, dry lemon, pickles...completely different than the nose.

F- No visible carbonation yet its very bouncy over the tongue, very nice.

O- Really pleased with this one...lots of funk on the nose with a dry tart taste...not overly sour. Will def be heading back soon for some more...

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Lazy Susan from Highland Park Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 78 ratings