Stone Notorious P.O.G. is a German-style Berliner Weisse that’s brewed by Stone Brewing. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 12 oz. can.
What You Need to Know
The Stone Notorious P.O.G. originated as a celebrity collaboration brew back in 2016 (more on that below). This Berliner features tart orange citrus along with tropical fruit flavors of passion fruit and guava. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The Berliner pours a hazy, yellow ochre hue and is topped by an inch-thick cap of bubbly, white foam that shows good retention for the style.
The Notorious P.O.G. has a strong and bright aroma that wafts a scent of orange along with hints of passion fruit and guava.
A light bready malt leads the tasting and then wallops the palate with a blast tart orange. Juicy and sweet notes of passion fruit, guava, and honey sweeten the base but then the finish returns to tart orange and a light lemon.
The feel has a smooth draw that becomes acidic through the middle and its tart finish has a moderate astringency. The Berliner has a medium-light body and moderately-high carbonation.
The appearance is better than some Berliners with a head that doesn’t disappear almost immediately. The aroma of the Notorious P.O.G. is absolutely delightful, even if it doesn’t persist through the tasting. And while it’s not as aggressively sour as some Berliners, that does make this brew all the more approachable. But it’s the palate with its complement of tart and sweet tropical fruit flavors that wins the day. Stone hits a home run with their Notorious P.O.G. and if you’re looking for a light, flavorful, and refreshing brew, you won’t find much better.