Total Score: 8.4/10
I have a confession to make: I love cucumber. Point in case, my favourite sanger (Aussie slang for “sandwich”): Cucumber. Second favourite sanger? Egg and lettuce (but throw in some bacon bits, what are we? Savages?). So when I come across a beer with cucumber you better believe I’m getting my mitts on that! This Berliner Weisse is special – not only is it brewed with cucumber, but it’s also brewed by Doc’s favourite New Zeelund (that’s the Kiwi pronunciation there) brewer: 8 Wired. See it’s all… well two, of Doc’s things coming together – jackpot bro! (or “brah” if you’re from NZ). Now I’m not a huge fan, nor am I highly acquainted with the Berliner Weissbier style – however it’s a sour themed night, so “BRING ON THE SOUR BEERS!” *said in my best Futurama hedonism bot voice*
Poured from a 440ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Very very pale, hazed, straw body with a pumping white sea foam head that wants to party – causing a ruckus in my glass, go at it lad! As the foam dies it leaves some nice patches of lace on the side of the glass – impressive all round at 4% ABV! 9/10.
S: Cucumber sandy (also Aussie slang for “sandwich”, look we’ve got a serious slang addiction over here) in a glass! Even has a bit of dill character too. Dill and cucumber rocks, ergo this aroma also rocks. Hints of peppery spice, citric notes from the hops, and a floral/herbal touch round out this refreshing sandy-like aroma. Bravo 8 Wired, this is an easy 8/10.
T: Flavour is exactly as noted above: dill, cucumber, light peppery note, clean lemon citric character, floral/herbal touch, and what is no doubt an addition from Nelson Sauvin hops – a dry white wine finish. Overall flavour is quite white wine vinous, nice and dry, and clean in the extreme – this is a great palate cleansing beer, slightly tart in the finish as well. Yep, nailed it 8 Wired. 9/10.
M: Mid to light, crisp bodied with a medium full-bubble carbonation. Plenty of burps on offer with this beer… to the detriment of my stomach in fact. 7/10.
D: Hands down the best palate cleansing beer I’ve had in years: it’s light with great cucumber and dill character coming through and being offset by what I’m swearing are Nelson Sauvin hops – I’ll eat the slightly out of date chicken sausages in my fridge if it isn’t… well I’ll eat them anyway, but I’m convinced there’s Nelson Sauvin in this beer nonetheless. A cracker of a light(ish) beer! 8/10.
Food match: This is the beer you have between the entrée and the main 😉