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Judge's Review: 86 Rating - Strewzü by Reformation Brewery

November, 2018


Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
6 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Strewzü by Reformation Brewery is a Berliner Weisse with strawberries and yuzu (an aromatic Asian citrus fruit) (judged as a Fruit Beer - BJCP sub-style 29A). In the glass it formed a sparse, shortly-retained white head atop a clear orange brew with pink highlights. The aroma began with an intense blast of strawberry, which was followed by mild malt notes and a very faint sourness. Much like the aroma, the flavor profile was also berry-forward with a mild citric tartness, presumably from the yuzu. The fruitiness of this beer tended to overwhelm the lactic sourness of its base style.  Not surprisingly, there was no distinctive malt presence or hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel featured a characteristically light body with mild astringency and lingering berry sweetness, but low carbonation for style. This is a clean, simple, well-brewed beer that will appeal to those who like strawberries.  The presumably restrained use of yuzu had a more subtle influence. The net effect was a highly drinkable and refreshing brew, though the fruit aspect of the beer overshadows its Berliner Weisse qualities.