drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at the brewpub while visiting the university. Nice. Probably their best beer while I was visiting.
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz draft at the 20th anniversary party for Free State. Pour is hazed golden with a 1/2 inch white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet blueberry, cranberry and raspberry. Bit of lemon with some sugar. Some wheat behind that in the nose. Taste is syrupy berry (the same as the nose in this order) cranberry - raspberry - blueberry, all with more sweetness than tartness. Not really natural tasting, after the sweetness is the grainy earth wheat, which was actually quite nice. Some tart sour jumps out at the end. Grassy grainy thin medium palate. Clean finish.
patpras (8) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent aroma and appearance. Best fruit beer I’ve had because the fruit flavor is a perfect balance between sweet and tart. The right amount and mixture of berries make for a pleasant fruit flavor and excellent level of alcohol.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 5oz sample. Hazy gold with a finger high, off white head. Aroma is berries, in fact pretty much a good combonation of the berries used (cranberry, raspberry, blueberry) Mouthfeel is not too bad at first, but thin at the back. Initial taste is mildly tart berries, mostly cranberry, with a touch of wheat. The finish is sourish and a bit tart. Not bad, but not good.
KUEric (938) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 On Tap: Loved the aroma and taste, I was very suprised by the tartness of the cran and raspberries. Probably the best fruit beer I’ve had, if not best, the best redberry.
Also a very pretty beer. Standard gold color with just off-white head.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing crimson about the color- light with a foamy head. Aprreciable wheat content, but the gravity makes it a little underpowered. Seedy aftertaste would suggest that they use real berries and not fruit extract.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very natural aroma and flavor. Much more subtle and upscale than the other cranberry-based beer I've tried (Sam Adams Lambic). Delicious and slightly creamy.
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 An amazing fruit wheat beer with a great balance of sweet, sour, yeast, and hops. It’s hard to beat Free State wheat beers. A great biergarten selection from a wonderful brewery!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If there’s a better fruit wheat out there I haven’t met it. Many of these kinds of beers get so bogged down with fruit that it winds up tasting like vaguely yeasty kool-aid; this one gets it right. A great, crisp wheat, with just enough berry to make it incredibly refreshing. Great carbonation, too.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Lightly tart, fruity and flowery aroma, quite berryish indeed with just a hint of wheat. Faintly hazy lighter golden color, head is slight but leaves some nice lacing behind. Flavor is citric, sweet, tart and juicy, again plenty of berry flavor coming through. Refreshing and lightly acidic on the palate, light-medium bodied. Not too sweet, plenty of real fruit flavor to accent the light wheat ale base. Very little hops or bitterness. Nice fruit beer, very refreshing.