Beer of the Weekend #682: Beatnik Sour

I have been extra quiet lately, which is fine. I have a lot going on and, frankly, needed a break.

Last night I drank a bottle of Beatnik Sour, brewed by the Exile Brewing Company of Des Moines, Iowa.

The color is cloudy, light straw. A finger and a half of off-white, dense, buttery head leaves an even cap that eventually dissipates after a few sips. The beer smells like funky, very sour lemonade. It is vinous, too, and reminds me of white wine or sparkling cider. There are scents of lemon, apple, wheat malt, grape juice, and an overall sourness. The first sip is — WHOA! — a lip puckering sour bomb. The overall flavor is very sour grape juice. Flavors of lemon, wheat malt, and apple are noticeable, but the sourness is overpowering.

Fun facts about Beatnik Sour:

•Style: Exile calls it “Berliner-style Weisse.”

•Price: $1.99/bottle at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

•Alcohol content: 5.6 percent ABV.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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