As a blogger, I’ve been a little hesitant to completely embrace the new Florida Weisse style nomenclature. They’re popping up pretty much everywhere now, so I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and start using the name.
A Florida Weisse is basically a Berliner Weisse with big, bright colors and tropical fruit, usually locally sourced. Truth be told, berliners tend to be the perfect compliment to fruits. The light, tart beer easily works with fruit, such as Hourglass Brewing’s Dragon Paw (Berliner Weisse, 4% ABV, 6 IBU).
Dragon Paw is a kettle soured berliner that also contains dragonfruit and paw paw. I know dragonfruit; its use in Florida Weisse beers is pretty well known. As for the paw paw, I’ve never heard of it.
Apparently it grows well north of Florida, is roughtly the size of a mango, has flesh that looks a little like sickly potato, tastes like a custardy mix of banana and citrus, and doesn’t keep at all. In their recent interview on the Local 390 podcast, the brewers mentioned it starts to go bad the moment you pick it, which I can assume is a bit of hyperbole.
But use them they did, in a beer with a one heck of a sharp bite to it. It’s very effervescent and has a great nose of citrus, especially lemon and mango. The beer was a little less neon red than other Florida Weisses that I’ve seen; not a bad thing.
Flavor-wise, it’s definitely a pucker producer. Sour and sweet, there’s a great taste of citrus fruits lurking deep beneath the layers of incredibly light malt and mouth-wateringly tart yeast notes. It might not be the best place to start someone who is nervous about drinking exceptionally sour beers; it might require a bit of working up to.
For those that have worked up the taste, they will not be disappointed. It’s a great experience and packs a great punch.
Whatever the beer’s actual style is.
Drink Florida Craft,