Drjohnrock (426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was formerly brewed by the defunct Oldenburg Brewery at their Holy Grail location near the University of Cincinnati. Now that Holy Grail has different owners and other locations, it is contracted brewed for them by Rivertown. I had it on draft for the first time since Oldenburgís demise at the
Holy Grail location in Delhi Township on January 7, 2012. Medium gold color, small head that slowly depleted with little lacing, lively carbonation, strong blueberry aroma, with real blueberries in the bottom of each glass, just like in the Oldenburg days. The taste is medium to strong tart and bittersweet with strong blueberry notes. There is slight astringency, and the bitterness isnít very appealing, detracting from the overal experience. Still, better than I remember it from the Oldenburg days.
Earlier Rating: 9/11/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Sample from bottle at 2011 Cincinnati Beer Fest on Fountain Square. Mild blueberry aroma, medium gold color, good tart taste but very little blueberry flavor. Preeety good for a hot weather refresher.
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale, clear yellow color with a big, fizzy white head. Aroma of blueberry cobbler, sugar, and pale malts. Flavor of pale malts, blueberries, minerals, and stale bread. So weird. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a dry, medicinal mouthfeel. Didnít work for me.
DrSilverworm (5023) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle. Clear lighter yellow color, minimal white head. A few spots of lace. Man, this is not good. Being a spring seasonal, I suspect this may be past itís prime. Thereís no date or code anywhere on the bottle, though, so this could be from last year for all I know. Nose-smell is like a cider. The lager is spiked with a medicinally bitter taste, very light sweetness if any. In that offensiveness is a hint of (definitely artificial, no secret there) blueberry. Kind of an acidic texture, but moderate (not overpowering) carbonation. Glad I only have one bottle of this.
garrison (749) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased from the Glenway Crossing Remke/Biggs - This is a golden brew with a sweet aroma that is blueberry-esque... itís not a strong fruity odor. Tastewise, itís alright, but Iíve had better.
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Found at vintage estate. Was expecting something a little better, perhaps wilder on the yeast side. Decent CO2 but comes across like many fruit beers, dull fruit unsweetened feeling and it seems to be a little higher in alky content, possibly even 6% or so. Medicinal in flavor but not medicinal like a highly hopped IPA. Smell is blueberry or fruit or something with a tart or sour olfactory. Yep, canít say much about this, however, if you are a big fan of not sweet fruit beers, give this a try.
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sample. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was mild pale malts, light blueberry and a touch grassy. The flavor was much of the same. Thin and not very exciting.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle
If there was ever such thing as a fruit bomb this beer would be a perfect example. Unlike the nose of a sharp lambic the balance is way off. Thereís a chance it was a bad bottle but I am not buying another one to find out.
Aroma / Appearance - The strawberry blonde body sparkled with a bubbly white head that was pristine. Looking like a run of the mill lager the nose was like a healthy morning breakfast. A bowl of corn flakes heaped with mounds of fresh blueberries mask anything else that might be going on underneath.
Flavor / Palate - Grainy lemons hit the tongue and then almost immediately fade away to nothingness. The only taste left is that of malted blueberries. Eventually the taste of cool lemon crisp does settle on the palate. The end result is boring, bland, and has too many flaws to recommend to anyone. Even at $1.69 a single it felt like it cost too much.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Beer Sellar in Newport, Kentucky. Bready tones typical of most lagers but blueberry being at the front lines of the flavor. I really love fruit beers and this, to me, was one delicious brew. It seemed to be a genuine beer. I didnt get the impression of false ingredients or a poor attempt at making a fruit beer.