bhensonb (12040) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another bottle from Liquor Barn in Redding, CA. Hazy, light amber color with a moderate white head. Aroma is almost perfumey blackberry; perhaps wheat and citrus as well. Medium body and creamy carbonation. Flavor is tart berry over wheat. It’s tart, but there is some sugar. Finish is clean. Pretty decent fruit beer.
Ratman197 (10710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, light blackberry and light white bread. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, blackberry, light honey and light straw with a crisp fruity finish.
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber beer with a nice off-white head. Sweet blackberry aroma with some light malt. Blackberry flavor with light malt/wheat. Medium bodied. Refreshing. Blackberry, wheat and light earth/spice lingers. Fruit is done well - not syrupy, clunky, or anything off about it at all.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours hazy yellow, mediocre frothy white head, and with little carbonation. † Slight berry aroma, blackberries, boysenberry, and perhaps some raspberry. † Initial taste is of a somewhat unsweetened berry, but it quickly turns to a light sour bitterness. † Slight peppery flavor on the finish. † Mouthfeel was decent but never really got a decent fruity flavor in this one.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Liquor Barn in Redding, CA too. Pours a straw golden with a nice soapy head. Aroma is rather light with hints of blackberry essence and sweet wheat malt. Wheat up front followed by light soft blackberry and then more wheat. Maybe some light yeasty esters. A little off flavor too. Light and smooth with soft carbonation. Actually not bad really, but I like fruit beers more than the next man.
Strykzone (5350) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Hayduke for this one. Pour is hazy golden with a small fizzy head that quickly disappears. A very sweet fragrance of blackberry that is syrupy. flavor is soft blackberry with some wheat crispness. This is as easy a drinking beer as there is.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This fruit wheat pours a light gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is wheat and blackberries, slightly sweet. A light to medium bodied fruit wheat beer. Malts are fruity and sweet, grassy and grainy. The blackberry flavors are prevalent, but not overly sweet. There is a smoky flavor to the aftertaste. Hops are slightly bitter and floral. Its weird to have a fruit beer with a smoky finish. The smokiness in only in the finish. Strange beer, the smokiness sort of removes the light and refreshing aspect to this beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is smoky.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A fantastic fruity aroma, hint of wheat. Wow, this has some blackberry in it for sure. Quite wheaty, very cloudy. A not bad fruit beer.
hayduke (3561) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 22 oz bottle. Cloudy, wtih some carbonation and little head. While labeled a fruit beer, it was more malts and hops. Refreshing, but not remarkable. Decent nose, and easy to drink to the last drop. At the At Hops in Humboldt Micro-Brew Festival had a second chance to evaluate this offering. I kind of enjoyed the nose which was kind of nice. Raising that score a bit, but all else remains the same.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.39 at Liquor Barn in Redding, CA) The label states, "This perky little blonde is full of surprises…" I completely agree with this statement, though they donít mention the thing that I find most surprising. Like the strong smoky finish to this beer. Possibly the only basic American fruit beer Iíve had with smokiness, and itís not shy either. This beer reminds me of something St. Peters might do. Very odd, completely out of character for this style, but somehow itís working for me. However, this is supposed to be a fruit beer, and in particular, a blackberry wheat, and the blackberry flavor is very light, with just a hint showing up in the overall flavor. Wheat also seems pretty light, as is the overall sweetness. So beside the strong smoky finish, the strong grassy character is kind of reminded of celery. Yes, thatís right, celery, and itís pretty apparent from start to finish, which is when the smokiness kicks in, plus a modest spiciness, perhaps pepper, as well as a mild bitterness shows up too. Very strange flavor for what itís supposed to be: a fruit beer! The nose shows a bit of wheat malt and an obvious grassiness, but only a modest berry aroma, and none of the smoke and no hops. Light bodied, but clean and somewhat crisp on the palate, and the carbonation levels are fine. Medium straw in color and quite cloudy in appearance. The inch-tall creamy head slowly settles to a thin, but not filmy layer, and a fairly dense curtain of lace has stuck to the glass. Well, this is one of the oddest beer experiences Iíve had in a long time, and indeed this perky little blonde has been full of surprises. But Iíd rather that perky blonde was a real chick, not this beer. Weird as hell beer, and totally lacking the fruit, itís like they mislabeled the bottle, or more likely, left out some of the ingredients. But somehow itís still not that bad.