Pinky Swear

Berliner Weisse Coppertail Brewing Co.

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Pinky Swear, a Berliner Weisse by Coppertail Brewing Co.

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Pinky Swear is a Berliner Weisse brewed by Coppertail Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from bottle.

Appearance

The Berliner pours a clear, rosy pink with a thin white head of bubbly froth that fizzes away rapidly.

Aroma

A tart aroma mixes lemon and raspberry, backed by a hint of musty wheat.

Flavor

Palate follows the nose with sour notes of lemon and raspberry. Flavor is clean and tangy; somewhat akin to a Jolly Rancher. Finishes dryly with a lingering bite of lemon juice. Taste is rounded out with an undercurrent of doughy white bread.

Mouthfeel

A crisp mouthfeel has a nice, light body but could use a little more carbonation.

Overall

Coppertail has dubbed the Pinky Swear as a “Florida Weisse”—a more flavorful rendition of a traditional Berliner. Is that accurate? Seems I’ve had other Berliners that were just as flavorful. And that isn’t to take anything away from this brew. It’s a fine beer and its low ABV, refreshing tartness suits these hot summer days.

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About the Berliner Weisse

In 1809, Napoleon’s troops described the Berliner Weisse as the “Champagne of the North”. Today, some call it the most refreshing beer in the world. It’s light, crisp, highly carbonated with a juicy acidity. Dry finish. Pale straw color with varying clarity. Large head has little retention. Sharp and clean lactic sour aroma and flavor. Lemon citrus and apple are commonly used but modern craft versions use a wide variety of fruits. Mild doughy bread or wheat grain base. Low alcohol is undetectable.