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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.45   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Black River Falls is in the heart of cranberry country, and this fall seasonal is a German ale brewed with real Wisconsin cranberries. Not your typical, sweet fruit beer, our Cranberry Special is well balanced with a refreshing tart finish.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2004 Bottled. Not too great. Thin head atop a light coppery body with just a touch of pink too it. Base malts are pleasant, but without much character to them. Cranberry flavor is a little slight and leaves a saccharine aftertaste. A stronger hop presence would be interesting. I hope these guys keep working on it. Re-rate: Guess I was a little under the weather when I tried my first bottle, as the second one comes across much smoother. Cranberry taste is more noticeable this time, but not overpowering, and surprisingly, not cranberry bitter. I shared this at my homebrew club tasting and yes, the wives enjoyed it (but these are beer-drinking wives who also homebrew, not wine cooler wives. They also dig my chile beers).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4062) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Aroma is cranberry sauce, yeast and malts. The flavor is cranberries/cranberry sauce, malts, mild sweetness and a tart finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KillerMoran (14) - - APR 17, 2014
Honestly this smell is amazing!!! The taste, another story. If you are looking for a strong cranberry taste and no beer, this is what you want. Very sweet/tart finish! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Reddish amber pour. Cranberry juice on the aroma and taste. Slightly metallic. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Orange with a slight rosy hue. Smell is cranberry and waxiness, very similiar ot ng fruit beers. The flavor is tart, good cranberry, flaovr, light malt backing, light and refreshing. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Proudly claims on the front of the bottle "made with real Wisconsin cranberry juice." Pours a reddish brown color with a thin head. Scent is mostly that of cranberries and earthy grains. The cranberry flavor is quite evident in its flavor. It is nicely complimented by the malts and wheat used as well. Taste finishes a little tart and dry. The taste is better than average but I can also see people saying this beer is too fruity for them. I like the taste but I find the texture to be a little to thin where more carbonation is needed. A nice fall season beer from Wisconsin cranberries. Fall doesnít get much better in Wisconsin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyhwcinc (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Purchased at Breeze Thru Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI; enjoyed during a relatively lazy and unusually moderate Saturday afternoon in mid January. Appearance is a relatively light amber with a bit of a red hue, light white head. Aroma of cranberry juice, with a light bready malt. Taste is like a crisp cranberry cider, slightly sugary, with a crisp finish. Iíd consider this more of a cider than a beer, and itís kind of enjoyable. I donít mind it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
starewich (147) - - NOV 17, 2012
Combination of tart fruit and malty cracker reminds me of nothing so much as the nostalgic but not quite pleasant taste of communion wine and wafers. I love cranberries, and I love beer, and while this is balanced, itís kind of boring. I might like it more paired with some heavy holiday food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a reddish orange with a huge pale white frothy head, that reduced to a small collar fairly quickly and had some fair spotty lacing. The aroma was light and mild with a slight biscuit malt and a funky sweaty yeast with notes of tart cranberries and candi sugar. The taste was lightly sweet with a mild malty feel and a hint of candi sugar at first and then became a mild sweet sour with a mild note of cranberry towards the end. The flavor lasted only a short while with a mild fruity tart sweetness left behind. Mouthfeel was light in body and had a dry watery texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall a mildly tart refreshing brew that would be great with a Turkey and Stuffing sandwich...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear light red with a small head. Aroma is tart cranberry and faint cracker malt. Flavor is lightly tart cranberry and watery malt. Light body and thin mouth feel. Not a bad beer, just a bit too light and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dekester1 (325) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Poured a slightly reddish darker amber with decent pinkish head that faded to lace rather quickly. Aroma was a mix of malt and fruit with a very light citrus hoppiness. The taste was nice - a light, tangy cranberry flavor up front that moved into a tasty maltiness. The finish was of light hops. Palate was nice. Overall, this is a decent fruit beer especially considering the unusual use of cranberries. I canít say Iíve seen anything like this out there.

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