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Brewed by Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewery)
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (6781) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft - Raspberry and light malts, a bit jammy. Light clear amber with a thin head. Malty raspberries, again tastes like jam as it smells. Not bad, but just not a fan.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle (22oz) shared with jerc, mabel, GregClow & mds -- courtesy of GregClow. Labelled ’Berry Ale’. Pours a clear ruby-orange with an average size diminishing off-white head. Nice tart berry aroma with some light malt, light hops and spices. Slightly watery flavour with sweet malt, mild berry tartness and a short finish. Alcohol’s totally hidden. Average to medium bodied. A pretty decent Fruit beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
February 2010 - garthicus/blankboy/me minitasting. 650ml bottle shared by blankboy. Poured slightly hazy red-amber with an average white frothy head. Floral/grainy aroma surprisingly pungent, and while there was definite generic green treefruit in there, I was impressed by how grainy it was - these things are usually sugary fruit bombs (although it did have a hint of raspberry syrup, a la Italian soda). Similar taste, but not as sweet as I feared - very tart (think fruit w/ lemon juice) and pungent, less "beer-like" than the aroma. Average, slightly sticky mouthfeel, slightly astringent and sort of acidic, nicely carbonated, and quick-finishing. Really decent stuff, actually.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (6001) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2010
At Swans. Raspberry nose. Red amber, low head. Quite berrylike compared to others, light roast. med to light body, dry mouthfeel. Drinkable actually he said surprised.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5734) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Sweet fruity syrup berry nose on top of a stronger blonde beer base. Pours amberish with some red tints. Berry sweetness, strong blonde wheat beer base. Lingering sweet berry notes. Perhaps a little too much berry sweetness for my liking, but I do like fruit beers so.....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Smooth berry ale with a pleasing dry finish. Balanced and not too sweet. Lovely ruby shine and a fruity aroma. Refreshing, and hits the spot if you are in the mood for this style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2014
The Great BrewDad Victoria Pub Crawl - Great Fruit aroma and flavor. This was a very good fruit beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (4878) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Decently done for style - in the sense that it meets the average standards of a fruit beer. Tastes a bit sour like raspberry but who cares really. Pours reddish clear. Finishes a little sour. On tap at brewpub - thankfully my odyssey here is over.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4799) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Glass. Red amber. Thin head. Light berry scent. Initial tart flavour. Don’t notice the high ABV in the taste or mouth feel. Light berry taste. Dry. You could drink a pint or two. Fruit has a nice balance.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 (Draught) 2003 Silver Medallist @ CDN Brewing Awards. Thin, white head with a mohogany body. Slight jammy nose but good alcohol tone to cover the aroma. Flavour is sweet, tart with a decent ABV. I see no reason to mark this beer less than GOOD!


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