Original Post: Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Style: Berliner Weisse/Fruit Beer
Brew Date: January 22, 2014
Tasting Date: September 30, 2014
I just recently realized that I never did tasting notes on this beer. Don’t tell Amy that I stole one of the last few bottles for this.
After several months, this beer has gotten pretty clear. It’s always been a beautiful, deep magenta color. The head is thin with tiny white bubbles. The aroma is all raspberry. It is not as fresh and lively as it once was, but it is still thoroughly fruity.
The first sip is spritzy and sour, with more raspberry. It tastes a lot more sour than it smells. It is very dry but the acidity keeps it lively. It is very refreshing, but a bit one dimensional. Maybe two dimensional. It is all tart, sourness and tart raspberries.
It is probably possible to describe the raspberry flavor much more eloquently, but I don’t have the vocabulary for that. Raspberries taste like raspberries. It is almost a candy-like flavor. A sugar free candy. Not artificially sweetened… unsweetened candy. A million dollar idea.
This was my first raspberry beer, but it certainly won’t be my last. In fact, I’m planning to add raspberries to my next batch. The last time the craft beer market crashed, many people blamed all the raspberry wheat beers. It may be true that raspberries are one of the easiest fruits to brew with, but that wouldn’t be true if they didn’t make delicious beers. Speaking of which, my glass is empty so this post is over.