Justin Blåbær (Evil Twin Brewing Company, Westbrook Brewing Company, The Charleston Beer Exchange)

Style: American Weisse/ Berliner Weisse brewed with Blueberries

4.5% ABV

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Brewer’s Note: “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”

 

The beer’s label is ridiculous. It looks like an awful tabloid page/fan page. The pictures are terrifying and strange. This label highlights exactly what it wants to with this beer and its ridiculous name. If you are into this weird type of stuff, then perhaps it would look great on your shelf. If not, then scrapbook it and hide it in the deeper depths of your collection.

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The beer pours like watery pink grapefruit juice with pink and pale yellow notes, and a lot of murkiness.  The beer pours with a small head of fizzing soda bubbles that burst away into nothing.  In body, this beer is like swamp water; murky, opaque, and possessing a couple of floating particles.  On the nose, the beer is initially yeasty–like a bread dough—but then the fresh fruit breaks through on the nose with mashed blueberries, slight apple skin, and citric lemon and lemongrass with a touch of blueberry pie that is just delicious to smell.  On the tongue, the beer tastes lip-smackingly tart with a little balancing sweetness from the wheat malt and the blueberry fruit.  Citric acid is huge in this beer and puts a nice pucker on the lips.  This beer is puckering and tart, but the balance is enough that it is not painful, and gives the beer some wonderfully refreshing qualities.

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In the mouth, the beer feels light in body with a crisp mouthfeel that gives way to a little bit of oiliness on the finish.  Carbonation tingles nicely over the tongue at a rate on the plus side of medium, and the mouth is left full of acid-canceling saliva.  In flavor, the beer is very light with its blueberry character.  The beer begins as sharp citric lemon juice, slowly moving into lemon grass with a touch of yogurt, which is rounded out by sweet blueberry pie with some nice wheat flake flavors moving into the finish.  The finish is lighter but refreshing with a last burst of fruity lemon and blueberry.  The aftertaste is sweet with wheat malt and a touch of yogurt.

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Overall, this is an American Weisse/Fruited Weisse/Miami Weisse that is closer to the original Berliner Weisse style.  It has some great wheat and lacto flavors, along with some lovely nuances from the blueberries.  This is a great beer to put back during the summer… Unfortunately is was just released by me, and it is distinctly the fall now…  Crisp, refreshing, sessionable, and delicious.  A great weisse to try.

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3.99/5, B+ in Style

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