Wild Rose Rare Peach-Apricot Berliner Weisse

Reviewed by on June 23, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 23, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 3.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Berliner Weisse

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

This is Wild Rose’s Summer 2016 Rare Series release – a kettle-soured Berliner Weisse, with Galaxy hops and ‘loads of’ peaches and apricots. Just missing the ol’ kitchen sink, eh?  The label indicates that it was ‘released into the Wild’, um, today – June 23, 2016.

The 650ml bottle pours a very murky, pale whitish-yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat silky eggshell white head, which leaves some billowing cloudscape lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of lightly soured milk, those dried apricots that I ate like candy as a kid, peaches and cream, some hard to really discern grainy wheatiness, salted crackers, and a further bit of robust tropical fruitiness. The taste is fairly tart fruit (citrus and the underripe version of the guest stone fruit), more peaches and sour cream, a crackery pale and wheaty maltiness, saline, and more of that now bordering on bitter tropical hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its probing and palate coating frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and trying hard to be smooth, but that lactic and fruity sourness isn’t really interested in turning the other cheek. It finishes off-dry, the varied fruity esters keeping this one out of a desert crash landing.

Overall, a very enjoyable and complex version of the style, with the added fruit and nature of the Galaxy hops providing the stand-in for the schuss (shot of sweetening syrup).  Low ABV (don’t even miss it), and a charming refreshment quotient mean that this should get lots of love as Alberta’s patio season kicks right into high gear.

Brady White

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