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I recently discovered Nickel Brook’s Raspberry Über Style Weisse, and while it’s not quite as game-changing as the similarly-named discount taxi service, this Über is unique. I’ve tried some sour beers at tastings in the past, but never had an entire bottle to savour, and I don’t think I was quite prepared for the sour punch.

A funky, red German bear graces the label, and at only 4.2% alcohol, I was expecting a summery, berry-tasting beer. I popped the bottle top, and my first thought was, “Holy crap! It’s pink!”. Not a tint of pink like the Hibiscus Saison Greg recently wrote about, but pink pink.


Then, I learned it is super foamy to pour. As in, I had to wait several minutes for the head to settle before pouring the rest of the bottle to take a photo. It smells like sour raspberries, and the first sip is really different than most beer. With the vast amounts of foam and fruity bitterness, it reminded me a lot of our family’s go-to cold prevention tool “EmergenC – Acai berry”.

It is sour, and really hits the sides of your tongue at the far back of your mouth. When it’s in your mouth, the strong raspberry taste overpowers any suggestion of beer. That is, until you swallow, and you’ll remember what you’re drinking… and you’ll still remember ten minutes after your sip since the sour taste lingers that long.

Nickel Brook’s slogan is “A miracle of science”, and I’d say that holds true for this beer since they managed to make a beer that tastes more like lemonade. Still, it’s refreshing, and I can picture myself enjoying this on a patio in warmer months.

Sadly, there was some chunky sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I think that may have sealed any hope of me giving this beer three mugs, instead of two. However, I’ll have to try again in July and see how I feel about it then.

Nickel Brook says this about their Über Weisse:

Summer seasonal available at the Brewery and LCBO
Our brewers decided to have some fun and the took one of our most scientific creations and made it even more amazing! Nickel Brook Raspberry Uber Berliner Weisse uses our refreshing sour style of wheat beer which has then been aged on local Ontario raspberries. The result is a massive raspberry flavour explosion that still maintains the incredibly unique qualities of our Uber Berliner Weisse. You’re going to love this! It’s a scientific fact.