badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with a thin white head. Very flowery aroma with a strong herbal quality. Slight fruits which I presume to be huckleberries, but Iíve never had one so Iím not really sure. The taste has a bit of wheat on it, but is really about the same as the aroma. Not outstanding, but pretty tasty.
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I typically canít stand berry flavored beers. I didnít like Leinieís berry or Sam Adamís Cherry Wheat. So needless to say I wasnít expecting much out of this beer. When I opened it and poured it, I got a HUGE white foamy head. It has a definitive berry smell to it but the taste of the berry was very subtle. I actually kind of, in a wierd way enjoyed this beer. It seems that all Yellowstone Valley beers are good.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big, foamy head; cloudy, dried-apricot hue. Crisp and spritzy up front; smoother and creamier toward the finish. Light malts with flavors of dough and crackers. Light notes of yeast -- wholesome and earthy. Nice level of huckleberry, just enough to show up in the background. Very, very mild bitterness. A refreshing beer with nice things going on, but not overly exciting.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy, light-orange color, small and vanishing white head. Intriguing berry aroma: very fresh, awake and alive, full of fruitiness. Initial gritty and grainy texture, but an ultimately smooth mouthfeel. Good finish, the flavor tends to stick around for a bit. Iím not in a region that sees a lot of huckleberries, so I canít comment too well on that particular flavor component, except that it serves itís purpose very well, and imparts just enough flavor that it never wears out itís welcome. I see this as Montanaís equivalent to a great favorite here in the Midwest, Leinenkugelís Honey/Berry Weiss. Are they ales or lagers? No one knows or cares, except that chicks dig íem, or girly-men,...or...girly-women. Sell this kind of beer or Smirnoff Ice, take your pick.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhat clear stoplight yellow color, the body is unique as its solid but not hazy or clouded, nor is it chill hazed, but its not clear neither. Very thin white cap quickly whisps away to leave a thread thin collar, very little to no lacing to it. Aroma is nice, reminds me of some dopplebocks or belgians with a sweet toffee, mango, caramel, molasses tang with nice inlays of honey, berries, and dullish lemon candies. Flavors are inticing, but underdone and a bit lazy. Sweet and tangy with a malty strong hold of chewy honey and caramel sticks laced in powdered sugar and lemon drops. A smalll zip of hops and carbonation in the middle, finishes with malty residue, kinda bready with a light wheat aspect but seemingly more candyish with a certain tang of molasses. Feel is about medium, short though, sticky, nearing cloying, but favorably clean and relentless with a malty profile. Very fufilling little drinker. Although I think this ainít no hefe, this is either a fruit beer or wheat beer, or a mix of those two, but in doesnít come across as any hefe Iíve had. Itís kinda like Gumballheadís little brother or perhaps a cousin. Whatever...Its good no matter what you call it.
jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2004
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
It poured out a nice cloudy golden color but had very little head. The flavor got worse and worse with each drink. Strawberry and citrus taste with mild carbonation. Tasted like a flat strawberry soda. wierd aftertaste.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale yellow with a head that vanished before I finished pouring the beer.
Faint hint of wheat and yeast in the nose, but funky berry note that reminded me of metallic aftertaste.
Standard light bodied fruit hefeweizen flavor--decent berry flavor, no real outstanding notes.
Finish somewhat dry and astringent.
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, white, frothy, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of lemon, raspberry, and strawberry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Cloying syrupy sweetness hurts this one. But then again, the aroma isn't much either.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy pale yellow with perhaps a touch of pink -look kind of like a fuzzy peach. Quickly diminishing head. Very fruity aroma - apple, apricot. huckleberry? Thankoodness the flavor isnít quite as sticky sweet as the aroma. Berry sweetness with some wheat malt sweetness in the background. Slight acidic finish helps clear some of the sweetness away. Not bad for a fruit beer.