Archive for the ‘Fruit/Vegetable Beer’ Category

Short’s is being distributed to Philadelphia, so I get to try some of their beers now. I’ve had a few so far and they have some nice offerings. This one used strawberries, so I got it for Val and she let me have a taste of it.

strawberryshortscake

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strawberry Short’s Cake is a Golden Ale brewed with the addition of strawberries and milk sugar. The flavors of shortcake and fresh strawberries transform this beer into rose-colored party nectar that is pleasingly sweet with hints of cream. Biscuit flavors and aromas arise from the use of large amounts of Victory malt.”

Random: We bought a heating pad and I have been using it on my back all day. It is glorious.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and amber-colored. It had generous carbonation that was visible. The nose had notes of strawberry jam along with a lactic acid note that reminded me of strawberry shortcake good humor bars. The taste started with something that reminded of a brown ale base, filled with nuttiness and roasted malts. Then, the strawberry flavor came out. In the taste, it was more like a strawberry cheesecake. It had a milk note as well, which made it creamy. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy, jammy finish with strawberry. I paid $1.67 for this bottle, which came to $.14 per ounce. This was an interesting beer and I liked the utilization of the strawberry, but I don’t think I could have more than one of these.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

We’re getting closer and closer to Spring, which means that a review of a bright table beer is in order. As mentioned in a bunch of blog posts before, I post about six months in advance in case work gets busy and I can’t get to posting. This beer was part of the Beer Camp mixed six-pack last year.

sweetsunnysouth

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The south holds strong to its traditional flavors—tea, honey-sweet peaches and corn grits—so we looked at those culinary cues for this southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping”

Random: It’s also getting closer to barbecue season.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up notes a lot of fruit. Specifically there was guava, pineapple and papaya. There was also a floral characteristic along with honey that went into lemon. The taste was just as bright with a lot of fruit and lemon pith. It went into wildflowers and floral tea. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. It had a quick floral and wildflower honey finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer, but it had some good flavor and was easy to throw back. It was one of the high points of the mixed pack.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the beer that Val got at Moon River. Our dining experience (in terms of the food) wasn’t all that great and they offered us a “beer to go.” We declined, but had no idea what this meant. Apparently, in Savannah, you can walk the streets with an open container, which explained all of the bachelor/bachelorette parties in the city. We’re definitely a bit more low-key, so the drunk people falling on us wasn’t in the wheelhouse, but one thing we enjoyed was this beer.

redharespf

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “SPF 50/50 is a light, refreshing blend of Gangway IPA and our house brewed sparkling grapefruit soda. Sweet grapefruit zest mingles perfectly with citrusy hop notes, making this the perfect can to take with you everywhere this summer.”

Random: This comes in at 32 IBUs.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Despite that, it left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color with some cloudiness. It also had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had lemon and grapefruit with a simple syrup sweetness to it. I didn’t get much in the way of hops from this beer. The taste was very interesting. It started with some perfume-like floral notes and then went into a lemon-lime soda sweetness. I didn’t get grapefruit specifically on it. It was basically a beer soda. It had a really light body with high carbonation, which would be perfect for summer in the South. The finish was quick, but left some lingering sweetness from the lemon lime soda and floral hops. This was one of the more unique beers that I’ve had in a long while. If I could find it again, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Radlers and goses are becoming the new go-to styles. Almost every brewery has their rendition of them and they’re sessionable and very easy drinking. They also have a lot of flavor and a touch of tartness that I really enjoy. In New Jersey, their Brewhouse Rarities beers are becoming more widely available, I don’t have issues picking them up. It also seems like since we’ve gotten some more rare breweries in distribution, the Flying Dog beers stay on the shelves a little longer, so I got a shot to pick this up.

hibiscusgrapefruitradler

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A fresh chèvre will bring out the fruity tartness of this unique beer.”

Random: This came in at 10 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and lemon yellow and had moderate carbonation visible. The nose had ruby-red grapefruit juice along with some flower petals and bready malt. The taste started with bready malts and then went into notes of hibiscus. After that, the ruby-red grapefruit juice came through with grapefruit pith and peel. It had a touch of a tartness as well. The body was light with a lot of carbonation, making it a really easy drinker. It had a quick and floral finish. A bottle of this was $1.85, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer. It was an easy drinker and had a lot of flavor. I would get this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Good morning! Today’s beer is one that Val wanted a six-pack of and gave me one to review. Let’s see how it was.

schlaflyraspberryhefeweizen

ABV: 4.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is a true fruit beer, not a fruit-flavored beer. We add pureed raspberries to our Hefeweizen during the primary fermentation process. Although we add no sugar, color or flavors, the resulting beer is a hazy pink color, with citrus aromas from the wheat and a flavor that is neat and tart. While this beer is low in bitterness, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, making it a thoroughly drinkable beer for the season. In Belgium, fruit beers are quite popular and brewers often include wheat, along with malted barley. While our Raspberry Hefeweizen is not a true Belgian fruit beer, we have carried on the tradition of adding real fruit to fermenting beer. Today, many beers with fruit character are made with a fruit extract; we prefer to use the actual fruit to avoid any chemical or artificially sweet undertones in the beer.”

Random: This comes in at 7.5 SRM.

This beer poured with a loose, one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with a pink tint from the raspberries and lots of floating material visible as well. I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with wheat and raspberries. To me, it smelled more like extract, but apparently this is actual puree. I kept sniffing for awhile and also got some bubble gum. The taste was intense for a beer of the style. It reminded me of a raspberry lemon-lime soda, but not in a good way. Wheat was there as well with bubblegum. There was no spice to the beer. The body was on the lighter side and didn’t have enough carbonation. It had a swift finish with raspberry notes. A bottle of this was $1.67, which came to $.28 per ounce. Although I have a soft spot for fruit beers, this was a bit of a miss for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is something I picked up for Val. Yes, I realize that it’s a macro product, but Val tends to like strawberry things and this was available as a single, so it came home with me. I have resigned myself to the fact that this may be terrible. I also hate their commercials and find them a bit obnoxious. Well, let’s get this over with.

reddsstrawberry

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: This only has 165 calories per serving.

Random: A clear bottle is never a good sign.

This beer poured with almost no head. What was there was pure white and dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with artificial strawberry syrup and grain. I gave it a few minutes to warm up, thinking that I would get other scents, but I was sadly mistaken. The taste was filled with the same artificial strawberry note. It was ridiculously sweet with nothing to balance it out. It had a white sugar characteristic along with gummy bears. There was a hint of grain at the end, but this was a total sugar bomb. The body on this was on the lighter side with seltzer-like carbonation. The finish was lengthy with strawberry syrup. A bottle of this set me back $1.50 ($.13 per ounce). This reminded me more of a wine cooler than a beer. I can guarantee I won’t be having this one again (willingly).

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is a new offering from Victory in cans. Val wanted to give it a shot, so she let me have a few sips when she cracked it open. She’s a big fan of shandies and radlers and lighter beers, although she hates Berliner weisses because she doesn’t like any sour beers.

cageradler

ABV: 3%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our spin on a German classic connects lemon freshness with crisp lager. Effervescent notes of lemonade, lemon zest, and a hint of graininess. Light, dry, and extremely drinkable, this clean and crisp lager is perfectly balanced with the flavors and aromas of fresh lemon.”

Random: This beer uses pilsner malt.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away quickly and didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color. Despite the cloudiness, I could see some carbonation on the beer. The nose was bright and filled with Country Time lemonade powder and grain. The taste was also filed with lemon juice and Country Time lemonade powder. The grain came through next, but the dominant flavor was lemonade. It had a very light body with high carbonation. The finish was almost instant with lemonade and lemon zest. A can of this was reasonable at $1.75 ($.15 per ounce). Generally, I’m not a big fan of radlers (they tend to be more in Val’s wheelhouse), but this one was alright and I could throw it back if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0