Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle
This is your typical summer fruit beer. Not complex at all it takes about five seconds to understand. What it lacks in complexity is not made up in quality either though this is a step above your average macro ’fruit’ beer. If you are ticking give this a try. Otherwise I would suggest looking at some of the other available options.
Aroma / Appearance - The golden transparent body had the same look as every other wheat beer. A tiny white head sat above to attempt to draw interest. The scent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich prepared on Wonderbread greets the nose. Don’t go looking for more - it isn’t there.
Flavor / Palate - Lemon lime soda with a raspberry twist flows quickly across the tongue and throat. Fading fast it takes another sip to remind the palate what is going on. For a summer fruit beer it isn’t bad but this firmly straddles the line of mediocrity.
DocLock (8241) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy gold with white head. Nose is fresh raspberries, earthy, hop, and malt notes. Tastes of citrus, hops, earthy malt, and strong freshly picked raspberries. Fizzy palate that waters out late.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled from sheer curiosity at Columbus tasting: When it poured the color of yellow that it did, I knew right away what it tasted like. I would like to say that regardless of whether this is actually made with REAL raspberry, it does not SMELL like extract. It did have a sweetness of fresh fruit. Unfortunately, though, the flavor fell flat for me and it was an odd yeastiness with some raspberry mixed in. Admittedly not my type, but not very good regardless.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Ok, but not fruity enough for a fruit beer and not beery enough for a non fruit beer this one manages to miss the mark a bit on both ends of the spectrum. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy medium golden color with a very large yellow-white head. The aroma was tangy and sweet berry jam. The flavor was dryish, bitter and musty with a light wheaty note and a moderate vague berry presence. The finish was dry and light berry. The berry is too subdued with this one.
cheap (4381) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow, big raspberry aroma when you pop the lid. Appears to be a pale yellow ale with just a tint of brown in there. In the flavor, it is a little better than the average fruit beer. Most of the beery attributes are covered with the fruitiness. Not as fruity as a fruity lambic and not as fruity as a raspberry cider but the fruitiness is certainly there. Fairly easy to drink and I think this is due to the fact it is less than 4% in ABV. Unfortunately the flavor does not quite live up to the aroma, but yes it is sessionable and probably repeatable. Finish is rather mild for an ale and enjoyable. Well behaved for the most part. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that this had so many manners.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma is raspberries, light malt. Flavor is tart raspberries, light malts. Palate is on the lighter side, medium carbnation, finished sweet. A decent fruit beer.
vikingbeercbus (34) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy gold color with a one finger head. Strong nose of fresh raspberries, sweet. Taste a surprise, the raspberry is understated held up to the smell, heavier toward the finish. Bitter more than sweet, like a raspberry tart, undertones of wheat. Fizzy, carbonated mouthful. Would be good to compliment chocolates.
patrick767 (3689) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - Pours light amber with a substantial aroma of raspberries. The flavor is a slightly tart raspberries and sweet malt. It’s light bodied, refreshing, and quaffable, but doesn’t stand out from the many other fruit beers on the market now.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells like a basket of fresh raspberries. Pours a decent amber color with not much head. Tasted a little bit like raspberry sorbet or something. Fairly fruity, not to sweet. Where this beer is failing is in the fact that I drank it about an hour ago and have been having foul raspberry flavored burps since I had it.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at Cbus tasting 11. Cloudy golden pour. Aroma of tart raspberries. Tast was the same. Sweet and tart. A bit of a sour finish. Pretty decent fruit beer.