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Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Invercargill, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A fruit beer with a uniquely New Zealand perspective. We’ve teamed boysenberry with a German style wheat beer to come up with a very berry beer that’s best served well chilled. ABV from 5.8% to 6.5%.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2008
Yum Yum, this is a fruity wheatbeer (not a lambic). and since I like berry flavours I was an easy win for this beer. I got a 660 ml bottle from regional wines for about $7. Not much head but it’s all about the berries. I hope it’s going to be available in summer because one or two of these would slip down very easily after mowing the lawn. Not sweet like so many other fruit beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle at Dispensary Enoteca. Very well balanced fruit beer. Aromas of raspberry and cherries. Taste is sweet and sour, with long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Red, with a frothy off-white head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
Most fruit beers leave me unmoved but this unusual marriage really impressed. Framboise-red in appearance with a really intense burst of berry fruitiness, especially considering the vintage was last year’s. Spritzy body that complements the style. Good balance in the mouth supported by solid Malteser maltiness. Puckering berries before a dry, sweet-acidic finish. Very moreish and sessionable. The alcohol is prominent but integrated IMO. Great summer drinking. (Ratebeer Sydney Xmas gathering under the harbour bridge, 2009. Beer courtesy of Yalnikim - thanks buddy.)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2008
On tap at the Malthouse about a month ago. Pours deep red with a fluffy pink head. Some light fruity vanilla an the nose. Bittersweet body, vanilla, boysenberry. Quite a bold body for a lambic, assisted greatly by the 6% alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2009
Draft, blood red, little head but pink to start. Aroma like the trip home from the berry farm on Xmas eve, with a touch of dryness aboput it. Boysenberry (duh) butu it also takes on an almost cab sav quality if left to warm and drop the carbonation. A beer beer with a personality disorder - good for starters, desserts, a hot summers day and one for the ladies - would probably pass the 6 pint test too at a stretch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2282) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Guess I dint know this is s’posed to be served chilled and let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Served with a fizzy, foamy, pink lavender head that soon settles to an island and the tiniest bit of lace. Color is a clear cherry red with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is Boysenberries, malt, butter. Flavor’s like nose, on the dry side, plenty of carbonic tang, butter’s more noticable at the beginning. Body is good and has plenty of carbonation. Finish is like flavor with berry and tang lingering for a while.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2649) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours unclear dark crimson, quite rich and deep with no head. Aroma is beautiful, my favorite part bringing thoughts of berry sponge cake and berry sherbert, sweet, fruity and influences of perhaps both wheat and yeast. Flavor and body fall a tad flat on the palate. There are decent enough tart and berry notes to sustain a decent berry.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Pours a clear very dep red-purple with a huge pinkish head that shows excellent retention. Solid berry-fruit juice aroma without any hint of candy fakeness. Blueberry and blackberry fruit flavour dominate with a distinct perfuminess to make things interesting. Subtle underlying yeast, but this really is all about the fruit. Finish is dry with a stemmy tartness. Very well done indeed, and better balanced this time around after about 5 months more aging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4000) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Aroma is mildly musty/nutty, fruit and malts. The flavor is berries, malts and nutty, with a mildly tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2008
Tasted 05/06/2008. Stemmed glass from tap at The Malthouse. Pours cherry red, tending oxblood, with an airy pinkish head that fades. Fresh boysenberry and weizen-style banana esters dominate the nose. Clean and spritzy in the mouth, with good length in the quite unique boysenberry flavour. A little tart cuts through the mellow sweetness. Drier than I expected (after having an advanced same just a few weeks back, which was less carbnated). Nice beer, and a challenging difference to what we see from other NZ breweries. I’d love to see it with a less fruity, possibly spicy yeast and a little more alcohol. Could be a stunner.


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