Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2013
Pours a hazy red colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, acidity, sour mash with some floral notes. Taste is light sweet leading to an acidic and sour finish. Mouth feel is extremely carbonated. Decent but too many bubbles for my liking. Jado (805) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2013
Poured a vibrant pink with a massive head that took a while to settle down. The nose is dominated by flowers - especially the hibiscus used as an adjunct - that overwhelms most of the other aromas. They’re less prominent in the taste, which is brightly sour with a light floral note that’s actually quite pleasant. Hints of cherry and lemon in there as well. Finishes crisply with a light cherry aftertaste. Once you get past the strange floweriness, it’s quite good overall. ALLOVATE (3075) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013
Over excited it looses a towering, bubbly white head of foam that does recede with haste yet leaves a mess on the glass in its wake. Candi-apple red body, not quite bright with a fine drift of carbonation. Cranberry, wheat, camphor, plastic, Japanese dumpling dough, Clag™ glue - the aroma is not too welcoming. And then it goes all bi-polar on me. Sour, tart and tight with a very prominent Play-doh™/plastic finish. Dry sour finish, in fact it is parching. Like sucking on lime flesh. Pretty undemanding and one dimensional. Frothy mouthfeel and extremely lean in body. Not one of Temple’s best, in fact this is a little on the question mark side. Not good at all. (33cL, no date stamp, The Beer Store, Morley) highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
Great to see Australian brewers venturing deeper into unfamiliar brewing styles. I have no yardstick against which to measure this - never experienced a true Berliner weisse - so this is a pure RB hedonistic rating. Poured a peachy-rust with a huge, rocky pink Cremola Foam head that took its time to break down. Complex aroma of souring dark fruits - obvious cranberry, raisins, ginger and a violet floral note that presumably is hibiscus. Exceptionally light in body with a champagne-like sherbety finish that suits the style. Gossamer-light flavours. Tart but balanced. Floral finish. Summery, quenching. Would be interested to hear what a connoisseur of the style made of this. I suspect this would rate a lot higher in the right country. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars.) bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a pinkisg amber with a small off white head. Huge kick of peppermint in the aromas which I guess is the cranberries and hibiscus. Just a hint of sour ness. Flavours show a little more sourness than the aroma. Some acidity from the fruit. Thin finish as expected given the abv. Admire the attempt but doesnt quite work for me. The fruit and flowers really do mask what sourness is there.
Lunkie (1964) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2013
Murky red colour with poor head and lacing. Hop spice malt aroma. Sour malt apple flavour. Flat palate.
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330ml bottle from The Scratch. Poured a murky light pink colour with a tidy white head. There is a hint of fruit in the aroma and also a hint of vinegary sourness which also comes through in the flavour. Easy to drink for a sour beer with that nice slightly sweet and sour flavour that gets the taste buds working overtime. Not at all mouth puckering. ComradeK (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium crimson, with a huge pink-tinged head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Both the hibiscus and cranberry are noticeable in the aroma, along with a musty sourness and a slight cereal aroma. It is potently sour up front, but its tartness is moderated by floral hibiscus as it leads into the mid-palate. At this point the cranberries come through, adding a fruitiness to the sour flavour which feels a little confused. It finishes tart, but with little aftertaste. The sourness of this beer is really quite appealing. The hibiscus and cranberries, however, are unnecessary additions that merely serve to get in the way of the beer’s natural characteristics. It’s alright, but it could have been a whole lot better.