weihenweizen (1735) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle from FlandersNed poured into a white wine glass. Pours translucent amber with red hue. Little lacing, medium body, low carbonation, and light cranberry aroma and some oak. Taste is nice tart cranberry. I bet this would be even better fresher.
piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Rose in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of old roses, wet earth, and sherry. Sweetish on the palate with some mild funk and tart fruit. The overall impression is that itís still kinda flabby in spite of its age. We tried this beer when it first came out, and felt the same albeit with fresher fruit. Had hoped that age would increase the acidity, but it only oxidized it. Such a shame as, as I love sour beer and cranberries.
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
April 16th, 2011 - The capital R next to beers Iíve loved and enjoyed is always a sad sight. Dusty bottles of the stuff may be aging in far-flung basements, but in the here and now, itís unlikely Iíll ever see that beer again. Itís not unlike saying goodbye to an old friend, with a kind of permanence that is rare in todayís connected world. Outside of death, itís a rare feeling for my generation. So, Ratebeerís R makes me unusually maudlin when I see it, and even more so when I see it pinned to a great brew, like the New Glarus Cran-bic. White head with a pink blush, and a fox-orange body with some pink hues at its core, itís a pretty beer, all gussied up for the ball. The sharp smell of cranberry, true to the beerís name, defines the character of the bouquet, but doesít monopolize it. A shot of cherry can be found, too, and the sweet smell of strawberry preserves. The flavor, like a Tolkein dwarf, is short and fuzzy, and less like a Tolkein dwarf, watery with a refreshing aftertaste. Itís the perfect balance of fruity sugars and a kiss of cranberry, with a tight, crisp aftertaste and overall refreshing quality. Yet it remains a shame that as the new harvests of cranberries come in, there will not be a new batch of Cran-bic out.
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazy, off white head. Spices, apricot, farm, some yeast. Light funk in the taste, well developed. Smooth sweetness to go with it. Very nice, fresh yet rich and not thin bodied. Nice. (At ZZT V)
Benzai (8228) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle @ ZZT V. Hazy orange color, off-white head. Smell mint, cranberries. Taste lightly sourish, apple, pear, cranberries. Low body, low to medium carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4020) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ZZT V. Hazy orange colour with no head. Smells mint, dusty, sour fruits. Tastes sweet, fruity, wood. Medium to full body, soft carbo.
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost 3 years old, this added beauty with age. Reddish brown, with some spider lace, and only the faintest head. Pleasant berry aroma. Smooth mouth feel, with some acidic bite. Very drinkable. Thanks for hooking me up, FlandersNed.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with a tiny ring of crisp white head. Aroma of sour fruits, cranberry, cherry, red wine, wood, funk. Flavour is beautiful. Slight tartness, well blended together - not predominantly sour. Above mentioned flavours. Sweet, light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable indeed!
mcberko (6462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from doobliebop (thanks a lot, Ryan), pours a hazy golden with a small ring of head. Aroma of quite tart cranberries, with some woody red wine tannins, and oak barrels. Flavour is quite a bit sweeter than the nose suggests (as there was no hint of sweetness at all), featuring an assortment of different berries (I get strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, some lychee), followed by oak barrels, and some slight tartness probably from the cranberries. Medium-to-high carbonation and actually tastes like quite a bigger beer (more like 8-9%). Finishes with notes of oak and candied sugar. Very enjoyable, unique fruit beer.
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red colored and clear, this beer smells of cranberries and wood, with a slight mustiness about it.
The beer tastes sweet, though not nearly as much so as Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart. The sourness and tartness of the cranberries does come forth, but to my disappointment, is overwhelmed by the cloying sweetness that lurks in every New Glarus fruit beer. The sweet / sour dance of Cran-bic never quite seems to find a happy equilibrium.
This was a fun beer to drink, but ultimately, I would really like to see New Glarus produce a few beers that gravitated more toward traditional fruit lambics, with a strong sour presence.