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Raspberry Jam

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This Berliner Weisse brewed with raspberries pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with a pearl white, fluffy head with moderate retention, which makes for a lovely looking beer. Once poured, a moderately low aroma of raspberries is quickly discernible, followed by a faint perfume-like floral note of roses. The malt aroma is very general, clean and sweet, and it takes a back seat to a clean lactic aroma. A very light minerality (sulfur) is apparent along with minor wheat notes with no discernible hop aromas. In the flavor, raspberries also come to the forefront in the palate followed by the very subtle sulfur noted in the aroma, which adds a layer of complexity. A medium-low clean malt sweetness is overshadowed by a moderate, clean lactic sourness, which provides balance in the beer. An aftertaste of raspberries lingers and a tart green-apple like fruitiness manifests itself. The beer drinks with a thin body and plentiful carbonation, which tickles the tongue. The use of wheat and high carbonation adds creaminess on the swallow despite lack of body. This beer is refreshing and self-perpetuating as the lingering tartness entices you to take another sip. This is a good beer to revitalize yourself on a hot day during the upcoming summer.

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