Beer Profile: Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

Profiled by Ken Carman for PGA



Also known as New Belgium brewery.

Nose in bottle: curry and coconut, some wheat but very, very soft: almost no nose in the glass. Odd how that can happen sometimes: it wasn’t open very long.

Appearance: nice pillow head that lasts, probably due to wheat. Hazy due to wheat proteins. Light yellow, perhaps a 2 on srm scale. Clarity? Hell, no, but not expected.This is what a wheat beer looks like. And also tastes like a perfect wheat beer should, with an additional, nice stab, of curry. Once again Lips of Faith redeems themselves, however the coconut is far more subtle than it should be. Nice, solid, wheat sense that lingers all the way down: kind of like Wheaties without the toast, or as much sweet: slight at best.

Mouthfeel is wheat protein fullness. Curry on the roof of the mouth, no coconut. Wheat and a hint of pale malt.

coconut curryTaste: wheat, curry, some toasted coconut. Nice wheat, slight bready, in the background. Very soothing, mostly balanced, quaff. Like liquid wheat bread only with curry and hint of coconut. I could see myself sipping this watching the sea under a palm tree.

78 on BA, 80 RB.

This could use a hint more coconut, but otherwise would do well in any competition. Otherwise perfect balance-wise: just needs a hint more coconut.

This is one of those, “gee I wish I could give it a 3.8” beers, “but I really feel a 3 is not quite right…” all due to the annoying fact the coconut sense is not quite there, except in the nose and so far in the background in the taste hardly worth mentioning. So, a 4.


Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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