2017 Frucht: Passion Fruit by Bruery Terreux

 

Rating: 4.75/5
2017 Frucht: Passion Fruit by Bruery Terreux is a 4.5% ABV Berliner Weisse brewed with passion fruit.

Original Review:
https://animebeers.com/2016/04/09/frucht-passion-fruit-by-the-bruery-terreux/

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Frucht: Cherry by The Bruery Terreux

15585329_10103831570189590_3542468772989555901_oRating: 4.8/5

Frucht: Cherry by The Bruery Terreux is 5.4% ABV Berliner Weisse aged in an oak foeder with Cherries.

Label:
Fruity – Funky – Racy

DESCRIPTION
Welcome to Frucht, our land of fruited Berliner Weisse-style beers. Known for a tart flavor profile and traditionally low ABV, our German-style wheat beer gains even more funky notes and natural earthy-woodiness from fermentation in one of our twin oak foeder vessels – the largest known to be fabricated in this country.

Each installment in the series features a new fruit, or Frucht, if we’re Sprechen sie Deutsch. This installment has cherries added, which impart a bright, fruity tartness and elegant hue to the beer.

==Introduction==
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Released to all societies and the public, this is the next released in their fruit sour series. There have been many cherry sour ales I have tried. Some better than others but this one is closest to the Cherry Berxarliner from Freet Tail. Or atleast I think since it is the same style with cherries. Although that beer was definitely very balanced in terms of sweet and tartness. This year there have been several releases from the Bruery Terreux and it is Cherry as the next fruit. Let’s see how this one turns out, cheers!

Aromas:
Biscuit bread, vanilla, oak, wine grapes, dark fruit cherries, lemon peel, peppercorn, floral notes, hibiscus, tropical fruit notes, honey, tangerines, strawberries, passion fruit, dragon fruit, guava hints, and kumquat hints.

Flavors:
Sweet Tart cherries, biscuit bread, pomegranates, mild raspberries, lemon peel, floral notes, hibiscus, dark cherry yogurt, tangerines, apples, wine grapes, sangria, Concorde grapes, pink salt hints, tropical notes of passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple, honey dew melon, banana hints, wheat bread, sourdough bread, oak, vanilla, sour apples, kumquats, tomato hints, farmhouse hay, cherry skins, grapefruit peel and strawberries.
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Aftertaste:
Finishes very dry with notes of dark cherries, yogurt, stone fruit, flowers, oak, vanilla and lemon peel. No alcohol in the taste, clear rosy golden light body, crisp, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Very cherry tart delicious brew. A true Berlinerweisse with a lot of things going for it. Sweet and Sour but definitely more sour than sweet. Although the complexity is there, its dry finish makes you wanting more. I feel I have had better cherry sours but this one is definitely for the light sour drinkers. People that loveSai sours will enjoy this one.
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Anime Corner:
Sailor Rini Moon/Chibi Usa/ Dark Lady from Sailor Moon and the Rini/Dark Lady inspired characters Star Guardians Lux and Jinx from League of Legends were used in this pairing as I wanted to bring Rini to a Bruery beer. Since the artists that released some special art of the inspired Lux character, I wanted to bring her into the pairing as well. She looks just like Rini. Jinx looks just like Dark Lady, which is essentially Rini grown up. The pairing for this beer was mainly for the color but also her character which is mainly sweet but sour at times.
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Raspberry Jam by Tallgrass brewing

 

15194574_538636252999148_3991395711305642196_oRating: 4.35/5

Raspberry Jam by Tallgrass brewing is a 4.3 % ABV Berliner Weisse brewed with Raspberries

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Explorer Series/Limited release. Raspberry Jam pays tribute to the groundbreaking sights and sounds of psychedelic rock. Light and refreshing, with its crisp natural tartness balanced by the addition of raspberries, this Berliner Weisse was initially developed at our brewpub Tallgrass Tap House. When it became a huge hit, we decided it should “go on tour” as part of the Explorer Series. Pucker up and rock on.

==Introduction==
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Thanks to my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com for passing another awesome brew my way. This time we have a Raspberry Berliner Weisse. So far all of the Tallgrass brewing beers have been very delicious. I love raspberries so a beer with Raspberry like this one is something I always look forward too. With this one being a Berliner Weisse, I can only hope the raspberry balances well with the tart and sour aspects of the style. Let’s have a look and see, cheers!

Aromas:
Floral and fruity notes, raspberry, biscuit bread, lemon peel, lychees, cane sugar, grape notes, citrus and sour apple hints.

Flavors:
Raspberries, hibiscus, lemon peel, biscuit bread, grassy notes, cane sugar, mild sour apple, honey hints, cereal grains, citrus, sourdough bread, rose petal, floral notes and grape hints, strawberries, lychees, and raspberry yogurt hints.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with light raspberry flavor, lemon peel and sour apple hints. No alcohol in the taste, pale golden light body, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
Very refreshing fruity and tart brew. Complex slightly with varying similar flavors. Definitely give it credit for the raspberry. Berliners, for me, there are far and few between that are amazing. This one definitely has an amazing balance giving fruity sweetness that is then balanced by the tart and sour aspects of the Berliner itself. I think this one is worth a try especially if you love Berliner weisse brews.
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Anime Corner:
Haruko Haruhara from Fooly Cooly/FLCL was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair the pink of raspberries, Jam like raspberry jam and music jam and the guitar. Which is all the things that Haruko has. I added the additional original character for the colors of the ingredients and the guitar mainly.

Sources:
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PKL FKR by New Braunfels Brewing

15128900_10103729927721910_5909407662739951759_oRating: 5/5
 
PKL FKR by New Braunfels Brewing is a 3.2% ABV Berliner Weisse refermented with Wild Yeast and Bacteria and blended with Pickle Juice.
 
Commercial Description:
Our lemon-lime Berliner Weisse gets a little star treatment.
Refermented 6 weeks to dry the beer and add a little funky notes to our normally crisply sour wheat beer.
After secondary fermentation, PKL FKR is blended with fresh pickle juice.
It’s a pucker party and you’re invited!
 
==Introduction==
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Pickle Fucker (Awesome Name) was sent to me thanks to my good friend and fellow beer reviewer, Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. This is a definitely unique beer. I have not really seen a beer made with pickles anywhere. My friend William told me about a brew he tried that was made with pickles in a tap room one time but I can kind of see why pickle juice would work with something like this. The closest thing I can think of with special sour beers is the Srichelada from Angel City. That beer was definitely made in the form of a Michelada. Essentially a sour and salty type of brew that is typically made with tomato and clam juice. So, would this be more of a Gose instead of a Berliner Weisse? Well, let’s have a look, cheers!
 
Aromas:
Lemons, Pickles, biscuit bread, sea salt, pilsner grain, grape hints, stone fruit hints, pepper corn, earthy notes, cane sugar and tejuino maize drink.
 
Flavors:
Lots of pickle and cucumber juice, lemon, limes, salt, tejuino maize, biscuit bread, wheat bread, pilsner grain, grape hints, cherry hints, peppercorn, stone fruit apricot hints, mango hints, citrus, herbal and earthy notes, funky vegetable notes and cane sugar hints.
 
Aftertaste:
Finishing dry with notes of pickles, lemon, salt and fruity hints. No alcohol in the taste, golden pale light body, crisp, clean, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel along with a very easy drinkability.
 
Overall:
Damn session-ably delicious brew! I’ll be honest, this is pretty damn unique. I like my salty and lemon beers every not and again or even pickled foods like pickles, eggs or pigs feet. So let’s put it this way, if you do not like pickles or pickled anything, you probably will not like this. I definitely enjoyed this and would like to have it again. The perfect grading is mainly due to my own personal preference in the fact that I love umami like flavors, its uniqueness and the fact that this is exactly what they were going for, a pickle flavored beer.
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Anime Corner:
Nitori Kawashiro from Touhou Project was chosen in this pairing as she represents Kappas. Kappas are these turtle like humanoids from Japanese folklore and love pickles/cucumbers. So her colors as well as theme she brings go with this beer as it is all about pickles and cucumbers.
 
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Cherry Bexarliner by Freetail brewing

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Cherry Bexarliner by Freetail brewing is a 5.8 ABV Berlinerweisse brewed with Montmorency tart cherries

Label:
None!

==Introduction==
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Freetail from Texas is another awesome brewery that we don’t get beers from here in California. Thanks to my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com, I am able to present another beer from them. The last Bexarliner brew that I had from Freetail was the Peach Bexarliner a while back. That one was awesome! This one is the Cherry variant and seeing as I loved the peach one, I can only hope it is just as or more awesome than the Peach version. Freetail brewery is another one of Texas best. Let’s take a look, cheers!

Aromas:
Lots of cherries! dark cherry yogurt, tropical fruit pineapple, honey dew melon, passion fruit, dragon fruit hints, prickly pears, strawberries, cranberrries, pomegranates, grapes, plums, oranges, tangerines, wine grape hints and banana hints.

Flavors:
Rich Deep dark and light, sweet and tart cherries forward, cranberrries, pomegranates, grapes, plums, oranges, tangerines, apples, pears, dark cherry yogurt, coriander spice, lychees, lemon peel, lemon candy, biscuit bread, peppercorn, waffle cone, bananas, wheat bread, tropical fruit pineapple, honey dew melon, passion fruit, dragon fruit hints, prickly pears, strawberries, wine grapes, oak, sangria, concorde grapes and salty tejuino maize drink hints.

Aftertaste:
Finishes semi dry with rich vanilla, tart cherries, wafflecone, biscuit bread, lemon peel, peppercorn, banana hints, oak and wine grapes. No alcohol in the taste. Hazy honey and mild rose colored full body, smooth, crisp, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel along with an easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Damn perfect Berlinerweisse. Unlike other Berlinerweisse that borderline the sour funk, this one carefully treads over super tart flavors while embracing the sweet fruity passion of the cherries. I feel I love this one more than the Peach Bexarliner although that one was very delicious in its own way. This one is a definite winner especially if you love cherries and sour ales in general so for that, I’m giving it my high approval.
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Anime Corner
Sakura Haruno from Naruto was chosen in this pairing along with an original character as I wanted to showcase the cherry colors of rosey pinks and flavors. Since it is Freetail and its relations to bats and the occult (kind of) I chose to use somewhat of a demonic looking character but also Sakura looking kind of evil. Also, her looking like Kaguya Otsutsuki with the horns/rabbit years also works too. Seduction is somewhat of an evil thing too but when it comes to beer, seduction is delicious! Just like this one is.
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Frucht: Yumberry by The Bruery Terreux

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Frucht: Yumberry by The Bruery Terreux is 4.7% ABV Berliner Weisse aged in an oak foeder with Yumberries

Label:
Fruity – Funky – Racy

Description:
We’re totally Frucht around here. In fact, we may just be filled to the brim, with excitement, that is. Our threshold is 250 BBLs, to be more precise. That’s the total capacity of each oak foeder at Bruery Terreux. One is dedicated exclusively to Frucht, our series of fruited Berliner Weisse-style beers. Known for a tart flavor profile and traditionally low ABV, our German-style wheat beer gains even more funky notes and natural earthy-woodiness from its fermentation in the large oak foeder vessel.

Each installment in the series will feature a new fruit, or Frucht, if we’re Sprechen sie Deutsch. This installment has yumberries added, which is our first time flirting with this funky fruit. Prost!

==Introduction==

Obtained this one via the Reserve Society. This one is part of a series of fruit based sours. While I am somewhat picky about which sours I bring to the site, I did find this one fascinating as it has yumberries. Yumberries go by many names like Chinese Strawberries or Japanese Bayberries for example as these are a set of exotic fruits. While personally I have not tried these, just by seeing them makes me want to get some. A unique choice for a sour for sure and one that we will have to see if it is worth trying. Let’s take a look, cheers!

Aromas:
Strawberries, citrus honey blossom, watermelon, honey, kiwi notes, funky oak, vanilla, sour apples, peppercorn notes, hibiscus, pomegranates, Cranberries, blueberries, tart blackberries, Yumberries, raspberries, wine grapes, oranges and dragon fruit.

Flavors:
Pomegranates, Cranberries, blueberries, tart blackberries, Yumberries, Raspberries, Lychee, lemon peel, strawberries, citrus, wine grapes, dragon fruit, grapefruit peels, citrus peel, mango peel, farmhouse hay, banana hints, peppercorn, hibiscus, lavender, tart guava, stone fruit apricots, wheat bread, sourdough bread hints, citrus honey blossom, watermelon, honey, kiwi notes, funky oak, vanilla, sour apples, papaya, kumquats, tomato hints, and coriander hints.

Aftertaste:
Finish super dry with notes of dark and stone fruits, tart berries, flowers, oak, vanilla hints and lemon peel. No alcohol in the taste, clear rosey golden light body, crisp, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A very good tart sour. Yumberries are something that you don’t see in beer and for the Bruery to make something awesome like this goes without words. A very unique sour for sure and with special exotic fruits. They once made a Durian beer but I am not sure how that would fare. However, it is safe that this one is a must try and definitely recommended for the sour lovers.

Anime Corner:
Nana from Megaman X Command Mission was choses in this pairing as a I wanted to pair with the colors of the beer and beer label. Rose sweet and sour. While she is not a playable character in the series and mainly stands by at HQ while the other teams are on missions, she sits there like the brew that sat for months in Oak and Yumberries to become something awesome.

Sources:
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Frucht: Passion Fruit by The Bruery Terreux

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Frucht: Passion Fruit by The Bruery Terreux is a 4.3% ABV Berliner Weisse with Passion Fruit

Label:
Fruity – Funky – Racy

Description:
We’re totally Frucht around here. In fact, we may just be filled to the brim, with excitement, that is. Our threshold is 250 BBLs, to be more precise. That’s the total capacity of each new oak foeder at Bruery Terreux. One is dedicated exclusively to Frucht, our new series of fruited Berliner Weisse-style beers. Known for a tart flavor profile and traditionally low ABV, our new German-style wheat beer gains even more funky notes and natural earthy-woodiness from its fermentation in the large oak foeder vessel.

Each installment in the series will feature a new fruit, or Frucht, if we’re Sprechen sie Deutsch. This first installment has passion fruit added, which escalates the tartness, tropicality and palate-cleansing prowess of the base beer. Prost!

==Introduction==

Released to all 3 Bruery Societies (Preservation, Reserve and Hoarders) for Quarter 1 2016, this brew is the first from the Frucht series of beers where they will try to create a variety of sour brews using various brews. An awesome way to start as the series using an exotic fruit such as passion fruit. I definitely love passion fruits and also love Dragon fruits so if you make a Dragon fruit one, please do Bruery. So this one I believe they take the base Berliner (Hottenroth) and make it with passion fruits. I have tried other version of Hottenroth which are decent tangy sours. Let’s see how this one comes up. Cheers!

Aromas:
Fig plant, Floral notes, lavender, passion fruit, wine grapes, farmhouse hay, funky sour notes, citrus blossom honey, dragon fruit hints, papaya, guava tart, pineapple, coriander spice, lemon peel, strawberry hints and wheat bread.

Flavors:
Rich Tart Passion fruit pulp, Pineapple, floral notes, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, citrus peel, mango peels, wine grapes, farmhouse hay, banana hints, coriander spice, peppercorn hints, strawberry notes, dragon fruit, wheat bread, sourdough bready hints, citrus blossom honey, tomato notes, papaya, stone fruit apricots, sour apple notes, oak, hibiscus, lavender and tart guava hints.

Aftertaste:
Finish super dry with notes of flowers, super tart passion fruit, oak and lemon peel. No alcohol in the taste, clear golden light body, crisp, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A very good and super tart fruit sour brew. The passion fruit is dominant and tarty while still giving that refreshing Berliner experience. You can definitely tell it is more of the actual passion fruit and not a natural flavor of passion fruit. This is definitely something that is a great start for the series and hope they use more exotic fruits. This beer is definitely recommended to those that enjoy super tarty sour beers as it is very tart.

Anime Corner:
Roll from the Megaman Series was used in this series since I have been meaning to pair her with a Bruery beer for a long time. Her colors complement the colors of the label and the passion fruit itself. While such a light beer (ABV) it may complement Roll’s miniature appearance but remember, just the way this is super tart, Roll hides some very destructive power. Don’t make her mad (sip with caution) otherwise she will sour your soul!

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BroadAcres by Phantom Carriage

12622451_10103052882071820_8656491043863944424_oRating: 3.5/5

BroadAcres by Phantom Carriage is a 3.9% ABV Berliner Weisse

Label:
Bright Acidity highlights lemon notes & Effervescence with a quenching dry finishages well cellaring over time results in a more layered sour with increased funk.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one at the Phantom Carriage bottle release. While this is one I had not tried during my visits to Phantom Carriage, I wanted to get it so we can bring it to the site. This would be something you may want to consider if you are ever at the brewery or even happen to find it at the local market if they get them distributed. For this being a Berlinerweisse, there can definitely be some nice tart notes and knowing Phantom Carriage which focuses on the sour beers, we can assume it’s going to be nice and tart! Cheers!

Aromas:
Super funky notes, brettanomyces, stone fruit tart apricots, honey, peppercorn, coriander, wheat, sour lactic notes and cane sugar.

Flavors:
Tart stone fruit peach, wheat bread, honey, funky barnyard hay, salt, lemon candy, lemon peel, cane sugar, brettanomyces, bubblegum hints, banana hints, clove spice hints, lactic sour notes, cereal grain and citrus notes.

Aftertaste:
Super dry finish with hints of wheat, funk and stone fruits. No alcohol in the taste. Light Pale Strawlight body, crisp, refreshing and effervescent body with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A pretty good beer. For being light and generally not very complex, the rich tart and fruity flavors make up for it. Typically, Berliners are the styles that usually are good to relax on a hot day. Basically if you love sours but want something light, then this is the beer for you. I would say it is worth a try for sure.

Anime Corner:
Dead Master from Black Rock★Shooter was used in this pairing to with the Skull label and anything that has to do with being scary in relation to what it is Phantom Carriage does that is awesome.

Sources:
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Passion Fruit Prussia by 4 Hands brewing

11741057_10102703710259930_1924246947810867767_oRating: 3.5/5

Passion Fruit Prussia by 4 Hands brewing is a 4% ABV Berliner Weisse brewed with Passion fruit

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The name Prussia originates from Frederick the Great. Frederick was trained to brew this very delicate style of beer and later became the King of Prussia. Our interpretation of the Berliner Weisse style is very traditional. *New Release with Passion Fruit

The Passion Fruit Prussia is our non-traditional look at the classic Berliner Weisse style. Brewed with a generous amount of passion fruit, this beer pours golden in color with a nice tart finish. A perfect compliment to the summer heat.

==Introduction==

I got this one as an extra along with some of the other beers I ordered. You don’t often see passion fruit beers and I have never tried 4 Hands brewing beers before. Love the art work but I am definitely exited to try this passion fruit sour. Passion fruit fresh is an awesome and exotic fruit. Hope this comes out great, cheers!

Aromas:
Passion fruit, sour peppercorns, lemon peel, lime, strawberry, dragon fruit hints, tart pineapple, papaya, citrus, coriander spice, tomatoes, citrus honey blossom, sourdough bread, whet bread, floral notes and lemon candy and honey comb.

Flavors:
Lemon peel, Passion fruit, pineapple, sour peppercorns, dragon fruit, strawberries, Tuna, Tomato, lemon, wheat bread, white grapes, banana hints, oranges, honey, old mango hints, crackers, wet hay, floral notes, cereal grains, stone fruit apricots, lemon candy, sourdough bread, oak hints, lavender, hibiscus, coriander spices, cereal grain, honey comb and citrus honey blossoms.

Aftertaste:
Finishes tart and dry with minor hints of passion fruit and honey. No alcohol in the taste, clear gold light body, crisp, smooth, watery but refreshing mouthfeel and an easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A decent Berliner Weisse pairing great with seafood as stated on the can. I can see that already especially since the hints of spices with the tropical fruit and vegetable notes will complement those seafood dishes. I would only recommend this if you love sour beers and would appreciate a nice passion fruit sour beer.

Anime Corner:
Vocaloid Megurine Luka with her Octopus/Squidy self were used in this paring since I wanted to portray the colors of the passion fruit in this beer as well as the fact that the squidy version of her reminded me a lot of those Venus fly traps with their vines being like the tentacles. I have used Luka in a previous Berliner Weisse before so I figured she is fitting to represent that tart fruit color and tropical complexity of this beer.

Sources:
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Charlie Foxtrot by Texian Brewing

11018927_10102420230311020_2108022247327867696_nRating: 3.75/5

Charlie Foxtrot by Texian Brewing is a 7.5% ABV Imperial Berliner Weissebier.

Label:
The Texian army, at Bexar, was informed that a Mexican supply train loaded with silver, was approaching in order to fund the Mexican army. The Texians attacked and, after the Mexican army retreated, they found that the wagons only contained hay. History refers it as the “Grass Fight”. We call it a cluster… Charlie Foxtrot.

==Introduction==

What a Cluster Fuck… LMAO! Or atleast that is what I thought they were going with on this beer. Thanks to Aaron Mendiola from www.beermetaldude.com for donating this one the site. The Berliner Weisse style is pretty tart and refreshing. Each one has its own character profile ranging from sour to tart and sweet and in some cases spicy. I don’t see this style very often and while it is not my favorite of styles, it is still worth drinking.

Aromas:
Vanilla, honey, citrus honey blossom, oranges, wheat crackers, wet hay, cereal grains, coriander spice, wheat bread, sourdough bread, flowers, minor hints of tropical fruits, lemon candy and lemon peel.

Flavors:
Vanilla, lemon peel, tomato, vegetable hints, honey, lemon candy, oranges, banana hints, stone fruit apricot hints, old mango hints, crackers, sour white grapes, wet hay, cereal grains, oats, coriander spice, wheat bread, sourdough bread, oak hints, lavender and hibiscus.

Aftertaste:
Ends pretty dry with hints of lemon, vanilla, vegetable hints, tejuino, salt notes, sour apples and farmhouse hay. No alcohol in the taste, hazy honey colored body, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, and moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A pretty good beer. Tart mainly, sweet and spicy notes about but for the most part refreshing. While this does have a moderate drinkable feel, it borderlines the drink several on a hot summer day but also at a slow pace kind of beer. I would recommend this one if you like tart Berliner Weisse beers and if you can find it as it is only in Texas. The Texas pride in this one is very cool though.

Anime Corner:
Tomoe Mami from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica was used in this pairing since I wanted something that would pair with the label with the rifles but also with the fact that this is a German style of beer. Her clothing look similar to Oktoberfest attire so I thought this was an awesome fit.

Sources:
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Festina Pêche by Dogfish Head

10362819_10102104310332190_3895381727780947490_oRating: 3.75/5

Festina Pêche by Dogfish Head is a 4.5% ABV Berliner Weissbier brewed with peach juice.

Label:
Festina Pêche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse. Unique, tart and refreshing, this brew is so down with the dog days of summer.
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Loving the new label for the Dogfish Head beers, I decided to pick this up at Total Wine in Redondo Beach as they sell singles of beer. I have never tried this beer from Dogfish head, so the moment felt right and I said, screw it, why not. This is a seasonal only so it won’t be around for long but luckily it does come out every year. I have mixed feelings about Berliner Weisse beers as some strike very good to average for me. So, bias aside, let us see how this one goes.

Aromas:
Honey, peppercorn, lemon, stone fruit peach, apricot, apples, banana hints, wine funk, sour grape notes, tart notes, citrus oranges, guava notes, pears, coriander spice, wheat bread, vanilla and mild oak.

Flavors:
Stone fruit Peach, tart apricot, sour green apples, wheat bread, guava notes, coriander spice, wheat bread, banana hints, honey, vanilla hints, oak hints, wine grape hints, sour grapes, caramel hints, biscuit bread, tangerines, citrus, lemon peel, pears and guava hints.

Aftertaste:
Leaving with tart peach notes and honey but they quickly ends up very dry. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink, light to medium mouthfeel, light to medium body as well as crisp and refreshing.

Overall:
This one is pretty good especially if you like tart and mildly sour beers. The tart apricot and peach is prominent along side the wheat and coriander like spices. It is worth a try, but while it is pretty good, I still enjoy Dogfish Heads other great offerings. If you are able to snag a bottle from somewhere, give it a shot, you may actually like it more than me.

Anime Corner:
Hinanawi Tenshi from Touhou series was used in this pairing to go with the colors of the label as well as the peaches as you can see she has a peach in her hair. The Evil glaring of the racoon match with her eyes and the sour like and tart flavors of the beers come from the sword and well, pretty much them saying, hands off that peach! Can you see anything else in this pairing that seems to work?

Sources:
http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=big&illust_id=46132430

Yo Soy Ün Berliñer by Freetail Brewing

1000927_10101650972519800_24424596_nRating: 4.5/5

Yo Soy Ün Berliñer by Freetail Brewing is a 4.4% ABV Berliner Weisse aged in oak barrels.

Label:
So stood President John F. Kennedy at the steps of the Rathaus Schöneberg, preparing to deliver what would become his iconic speech in front of 450,000 free citizens of West Berlin. “Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is Ich bin ein Berliner!” A half-century later, our country embroiled in bitter political debate over the most trivial of ideals, we present this wood-aged Berliner Weisse as a tribute to the world of Freedom and an olive branch of collaboration to all those who can’t seem to get along. For those who wish to drink it, “Lass’ sie nach San Antonio kommen” – Let them come to San Antonio! Ingredients: Pilsen malt, malted wheat; traditional German hops; top-fermenting yeast; lactobacillus; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; jelly-filled donuts.
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This is the third Free Tail beer I have tried from Texas. Thanks to my good friend at www.beermetaldude.comfor hooking up a great of the great. So far, a lot of the Freetail brewing stuff has been awesome! I cannot deny their world classness in their ever growing brewery. Hope one day we can get some of their beers here in California. Thanks again Aaron and thank you Freetail, ya bat rastards!

Aromas:
Oak, Honey, oats, cereal grains, barley, wheat, citrus, lemons, grassy hops, funky brettanomyces, peppercorn, hay, and biscuit bread.

Flavors:
Lots of lemon, citrus, rich wood oak, biscuit bread, tejuino, teguacan, salt, sour apples, tart sweet lime, sour grapes, vanilla, wet hay, honey, cereal grains, oats, wheat, coriander spice, barley and sourdough bread.

Aftertaste:
Lemon, grains, oats, barley, grassy notes and mild sour apples. No alcohol whatsoever, moderate drinkability with a very refreshing, crisp and palate cleansing dryness.

Overall:
While Berliner Weisse isn’t my favorite style, this is very good. It reminds me of drinking a tejuino or teguacan. One is a Mexican flour drink made with salt and lemon and the other is similar but with setzer water. Although, this beer is more way more than those basic drinks ofcourse. You have to have a good appreciation for sours and Berliner weisse beers to appreciate the qualities of this one. Also, the sourness is not overwhelming but fitting more of this style and more of the tart than sour aspects.

Anime Corner:
Wo-Class from Kancolle/Kantai Collection was used not for the color of the beer but for several aspects. This character is supposed to be some kind of Alien girl with a ship. In the series it supposed to be a fleet of WWII ships fighting alien ships. The ships happen to be these personified characters. The way it relates to the beer has to do with the label color but mainly the barrel aging process of lactobacillus in the oak that ferments the beer. Yes, literally, the little alien thing on her head represents that bacteria which makes the beer, in this case the “blonde girl”, sour out. The purple and red colors represent some of those oak and wine like properties of the fermentation. So yes, it is a stretch but it still looks bad ass. That and the fact that the girl has evil eyes like a vampire which fits the whole “Free Tail” bat of the beer. The girl is the Berliner!

Top Shelf Series Tart Attack by NoDa Brewing

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Top Shelf Series Tart Attack by NoDa Brewing is a 4.3% ABV Berliner Weissebier brewed with Blackberries.

Label: 
This Berliner Weisse style sour ale is full of character and flavor at only 4.3% alcohol by volume. We sour mashed this ale to create a lovely tart and bright flavor. To further the tart character, we rested it on blackberries after its fermentation was complete. The result is a bright and complex tart ale with both semisweet and dry notes throughout. This ale was brewed to honor Pints for Prostates and all their work in bringing awareness to prostate cancer. So men… get tested, live longer and enjoy more craft beer!

For more information, please visit PintsForProstates.org
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Pink against Prostate Cancer goes many ways too. This beer is a light bodied rosy pink. This beer was released by the Rare Beer Club for the Pints for Prostates campaign where the money that they get from selling these beers goes to a good cause. 

Aromas:
Wheat bread, lemon, citrus, tart black berries, funky wine grapes, grain, minerals and yogurt notes

Flavors:
Lemon,citrus, tart cherries, tart blackberries skins, coriander, wheat bread, grains, yogurt notes, wine grapes, light funky hay notes and mild herbal hints

Aftertaste:
Leaves with a hints of bread, yogurt notes, grains and lemon but then quickly becomes dry. Very refreshing, easy to drink, crisp and light. 

Overall:
This is a pretty good beer. While the ABV makes it light, the its a good enough amount of tart to go around. Nothing extremely sour neither. One of the reasons I believe is the top shelf or table series is because it is the type of light beer that is served at a fancy dinner. It would work wonders with some nice meat, cheeses or even a very nice salad

Anime Corner:
Mio Akiyama from the K-ON! Series. I do not know a lot about the series other than the character is shy and likes to play Bass. She tends to freak out over things that make her scared or embarrassed. In this picture, the other characters are making fun of her to see what she would look like in a Maid outfit. While they laugh it off she mutters MOE MOE KYUN! and does a heart with her hands. While MOE MOE KYUN in Japan is used to describe something cute and sexy, it was taken as a cross reference in this picture to also refer to KAME HAME HA! In the same reference where Goku from Dragon Ball Z does a wave. Basically in this picture she’s is charging a pink heart beam to blast the other girls for making fun of her. 

The beer reference comes into play in many aspects. The beer is pink and is Tart. The name tart attack in the context of the picture refers to the pink attack she is powering up to launch. Just like the beer has some nice fruity and easy going flavors, the tart part of it will attack the taste buds. Also, her outfit is of a maid. Since the label shows like a waiter serving the beer, I wanted to show it is similar as in this maid here is serving you a Tart Attack!

Lips of Faith series Yuzu by New Belgium

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Lips of Faith series Yuzu by New Belgium is an 8% Berliner Weissebier brewed with Yuzu Juice

Label: 
Who zu Yuzu? It’s a friendly fruit with grapefruit-meets-orange flavor that got involved with the souring side of New Belgium in this bottle conditioned wheat beer. They got on well enough to make this imperial berliner weisse style ale a smooth, delightfully tart sipper with a dry finish. 
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The next release under the Lips of Faith line for New Belgium is Yuzu. I think I have ever had Yuzu before but it seems similar to an orange. Well, Ill give it a shot and see how it goes

Aromas are very citrusy. Orange, lemon, lime, biscuit bread, honey, coriander, wheat, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, mango, melon and lemon candy

Flavors are of orange, sour lemon, biscuit bread, peppercorn notes, lime, honey, hints of funk and tart fruit, wheat bread, coriander spice, herbs, grapefruit, mango, lemon candy, tangerine, lemon peel, lemon grass, sour apple and sour dough.

The aftertaste leaves alittle dry but still carrying notes of the funky fruit, wheat, orange and lemon flavors. It is very refreshing and quite the easy to moderate drinkability. For being a clear beer, it almost feels like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Overall the beer is very good. This is some kind of Wheat, fruit, Belgian Pale and wild ale all put together. You get funky, tart and sour hints, tropical fruit and wheat notes.

Justin Blåbær collaboration between Evil Twin, Westbrook brewing, and The Charleston Beer Exchange

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Justin Blåbær collaboration between Evil Twin, Westbrook brewing, and The Charleston Beer Exchange is a 4.5%ABV Berliner Weisse brewed with Blueberries

Label: 
OMG! It’s JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have “Blabaer Fever,” then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer- it’s going to make you shout, “Oh, Baby!” This is dedicated to AVSB, A&F YFFL-EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC.

A collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing, Westbrook Brewing Co, & The Charleston Beer Exchange.

Produced and bottled for Evil Twin brewing at Westbrook Brewing Co. in Mount Pleasant, SC.
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LMAO!! A beer to pun Justin Bieber and a disturbing label at that. The beer, flavors may be a different story all together. For being at an ABV 0.3% stronger than a Bud light, this session beer may actually be flavorful. According to BeersPulse.com (http://beerpulse.com/2013/07/evil-twin-justin-blabaer-mania-invades-cbx-on-tuesday-750/), Blåbær is Danish for Blueberries, and the “Justin” model in the label is actually Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing 

Aromas are of blueberries, coriander, pink grapefruit, raspberries, wheat, sour grapes, wine grapes, citrus, lemons, candy sugars and strawberries

The flavors are of wheat, biscuit bread, sour grapes, wine grapes, strawberries, tart blueberries, citrus, lemon, tart cherries, coriander, oak flavor and green apple.

The aftertaste is semi dry with a little bit of sweet wheat bread and tart blueberries. Very refreshing and easy to moderate level of drinkability.

Overall the beer is very good. There is just enough tartness and light bodied flavor to this from making it a complete sour. If you do not like sour or tart beers, this may or may not be for you. It has only a tart amount of sourness and does not overpower like an actual sour. Not quite sure if I am believer, but I do like Blåbær beers.