Mikkeller Raspberry Blush
Brewed by: Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Ale
- Variation: Berliner Weiss
- Limited: No
- ABV: 4%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Berliner style Weiss beer brewed with raspberries and coffee.
Additional: 2nd Craft coffee and raspberries
More Mikkeller Raspberry Blush Images
Artwork: Keith Shore’s Sally character is eating a bowl of raspberries, and accidentally squished one onto her cheek.
Color: Fuchsia to violet.
Aroma: Sour berry with a hint of coffee roast.
Arrived in: 16oz. can
Served in: Snifter
What’s the biggest sign that a brewery’s special release was a huge hit? It gets turned into a core beer within several months time, which is exactly what happened with Raspberry Blush. Mikkeller San Diego initially released this beer as Fruit Face with Raspberries and Coffee at end of January to kick off their weekly rare beer series.
Back then, we had no idea what to expect with the addition of berry and coffee into a tart style beer, but those ingredients just sing to each other in perfect harmony. Brewer Daniel Cady has created all of the Fruit Face recipes with approval from Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, and he’s been killing it with several other inventive flavor combos this year.
This raspberry and coffee Berliner was one wildly creative beer then, and continues to blow us away now. And apparently all San Diego craft drinkers feel the same, since Mikkeller can barely keep Raspberry Blush in stock once it hits their cold box, or bottle shop shelves.
When a beer is bright pink, fuchsia, or violet colored, it’s worth taking a second look to admire its unique color. It poured a pink seafoam topper, and with any soured beer, died off fairly quick. Raspberry Blush’s berry sherbet hue was was just opaque enough to hide any bubble trails on the side of the glass.
The aromatics to this beer were nothing short of amazing, and not like anything we’d ever experienced before. Some fruited Berliners smell off-puttingly sour, but this one delivered the natural berry fruit. At the end of each whiff, its gentle coffee ground notes blended themselves into the mix for some bitterness.
On the palate, Raspberry Blush’s profiles matched up perfectly to the aromatics. Like we just said, it wasn’t too heavy handed with the tartness, allowing some of the fruit flavor to get involved. Raspberries can have a little earthiness to them, and we totally got that up front.
As its crisp effervescence kicked in, Raspberry Blush brought on more tartness. At its puckery peak, the coffee bitterness eased its way in, and took a bite out the sour. More tartness quietly washed back over for a lingering tart finish.
It goes without saying that a Berliner Weiss is a thirst quenching beer, but the coffee addition not only gave an added pick-me-up, but made Raspberry Blush even more refreshing with an iced-coffee like finish.
If you think you’d prefer this beer more coffee forward, sit on the cans 3-4 weeks (or longer), as the sour drops off and more coffee emerges.
Final Score: 4.5/5
One of the best beers to come out of San Diego in 2017 — or the world for that matter — and we’re so happy Mikkeller resurrected it. Mikkeller Raspberry Blush is such a unique craft beer experience, you’re doing yourself a disservice not to try this creative combo of tart berries and roasty coffee.