SDalkoholic (2003) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Liquor store in Bonita: Viewed as a glowing orange hue with a bit of white tint and a huge fluffy pillow of head. The nose smells very similar to Sam Adams cranberry lambic or their cherry wheat with the fruity aroma of berries and wheat grains. The flavor is a tart and sweet combination of fruit which obviously is due to the cranberry but there is also a sweetness blamed at the grains and malts used in this beer too. I donít see how this recipe won when the other two winners this year are real beer loverís type of styles compared to a fruit.
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark peach color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of spicy wheat, fruity with cranberry and grape coming to mind. Tastes like a fruited wheat beer with some spices thrown in and a tart cranberry in the finish. Light body, crisp carbonation, sticky/watery mouthfeel. Light, fruity beer that might be just the thing on a hot summer day.l
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
G: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
A: Pours a cloudy pink-grapefruit color with a very large slightly-pink white head with plenty of carbonation. Hazy to the point that it is nearly opaque. Plenty of lacing.
S: Cranberry definitely comes out--both sweet and sour. Not overpowering, however--there is a slight subtlety here. Great smell, just not enough of it.
T: Mild, sweet cranberry with a bit of sourness. Not overpowering, and slightly tart. Hints of spices. Some wheat and a little bit of lemon. I thought the cranberry would be overpowering, but itís presence is only slight. Flavors all meld very well.
M: Medium mouthfeel; slightly chewy. A good amount of carbonation and the perfect level of tartness--very good. Very little alcohol presence; if thereís any there, itís masked by the tartness of the cranberry.
D: Iím not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one drinks very well, as it is quite balanced. Second solid offering from this yearís Longshot series, and Iím on to the Traditional Bock later tonight. Hopefully enough of this will stay around for me to be able to have a few of these around for the summer.
arminjewell (5232) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours pink/red with white head, aroma of some fruit, touch of spice. Taste is sweet fruit, some spice and earth, with a touch of fruit from the wit. Not bad, but a sweeter witbier is not in the right direction for me.
Duhast500 (364) - Exile In Medford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wheat glass.
The color is a cloudy yellowish orange with a foamy white head.
The smell is of cranberries, some like tartness like orange peel or grapefruit.
The taste is mildly sweet with a fruity flavor that was quite surprising. Has a nice light wheat feel as well so as to not overpower the taste buds with the cranberry flavor.
This beer is really easy on the pallet, itís light and refreshing and is just right for a summer beer. Is well carbonated but not too heavily as too make it uncomfortable.
This beer has surprised me so much. I was expected a beer not unlike SA Cranberry Lambic but this beer it very much a great wheat beer.
EKGoldings (523) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one ended up bring drain pour, which disappointed me a bit, given that I have enjoyed wits for many years. The cranberry just didnít do anything for me here ... sure it is different, sure there is another cranberry beer in SAís lineup, but no, I did not enjoy this at all. Tried the second in the 6pk to be sure.
tmoreau (1924) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Long to the beer refrig as a set of 08 winners given out at the 09 Midwest Regionalís entry opening session. The 12 oz. bottle was quite cloudy, and transferred to my SA glass as such, with an orangy amber hue, fairly lasting, off white, frothy foam to the head, and good, web-like lacing. The aroma was light grain, malt, and sweet fruitness as cherry. The flavor had less fruity notes as the nose, but presented a moderate hop bitterness, some spiciness, and a little tartness to the tongue. Might have lost some of itís pizzazz from languishing in the refrig so long, but still a decent fruit beer.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad fruit beer...compared to some that are on the market. Aroma is fruity with hints of spice and malt. Flavor has touches of cinnamon and coriander, with a hint of cranberry and malt.
Nate (3464) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From bottle. Light bitter aroma, with a slight note of fruit (citrusy, sort of) and some mild hops. Cloudy butterscotch amber, with thin white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with nice bit of fruity tartness, a bit like cranberry but citrusy, followed by some chalky wheat and light yeast. Some fairly bold spices toward the finish, with mild sweet fruity finish and chalky mild bitterness on the tongue. Fairly clean wheat-fruit after.
wmubronco1992 (565) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours a cloudy honey color. Large white head. Nice lacing. Noticable citrus aroma. Much fulled bodied then most wheat beers. Sweet flavor of orange and berries. Its hard to rate a berry beer very highly, but I really did enjoy this one. Its a notch above your typical wheat. Would drink again if the opportunity arises.