Grand River Black Berry Wheat Ale

Formerly brewed at Grand River Brewing
Style: Fruit Beer
Cambridge, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
2010-2011 Blackberry had a wheat ale base. 2012 version had a different base beer and is listed separately.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
many samples, many different ways. clear golden with purple highlights (sometimes). huge fruit nose. berry flavour with the base beer underneath. not a bad fruit beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2011
Appearance: Slight hazy orange. Small white head. Aroma: light blackberry, strawberry. Flavour: Light blackcurrant, nicely fruity, not much more to say other than its a pleasant summer beer. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2011
tap: Dark orange pour with a thin head. aroma was berry, wheat, light clove spice too. Flavour was american wheat standard with a light berry sweetness. Not too overpowering though. Body was a bit light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4360) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
On tap at cest what. Nice fruity sweet berry aroma. Pretty straight forward, not much else going on, but im impressed at how it doesnt seem too artificial, its quie inviting. The flavor is more kf the same, with a touch of sourness, its not a cloying sweet mess like more fruit beers. Super refreshing, im very impresed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
[3765-20110621] Tap. Fruity yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, medium orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head and some floaties. Soapy fruity yeast cream flavour up front has an odd shaving cream aftertaste. Medium body. Odd cream notes but an interesting attempt, just not hitting the right notes for me today. (6/4/4/3/10) 2.7
(FOCB 2011 @ Cest What, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Draught at Gambrinus. Murky reddish/brown with an average white foam. Artificial nose of mixed berries, perfume, penny candies from my childhood. Good bitterness with medium sweetness is pleasing. Quite fruity overall but I dont get anything that says blackberry. The fruit is very artificial as well. Medium bodied, refreshing fruity finish. I love GR beers but it seems their fruit beers just dont push my buttons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
Pale golden pour with a touch of haze. Fruity aroma of blackberry and light spicy wheat. Its decent, but not terribly innovative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2011 500mL bottle from the brewery. Pours a weird muddy reddish brown with no head. Aroma is like banana, popsicle, almost woody, some blackberry. Flavour is dull and yeasty at first but quickly gets very sweet with some berry flavour, but the dominant aspect here is the caramel toffee malt sweetness. Very sweet but not cloying, rounded out with some dryness that doesnt provide balance. Medium body due to the yeast. Goes down super easy on a hot afternoon. Decent, but definitely the weirdest beer Ive ever had from GRB

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2011
2011-06-21. Strong blackberry aroma, strikes me as seeming like extract but I do not know if that is the case. Bit of wheat. 6+ Flavor is similar, berry fruit, has notes reminiscent of extract or lollipop like berry character, but is not unpleasant. Wheaty undercurrent, light bitterness. 6+ Average body. Okay, drinkable but not particularly complex. I am curious to know if they actually used a fruit extract or if I am inferring to much from the taste. Cest What Festival of Small Breweries

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
Pour unfiltered golden bronze hint of purple big head head decent lace. Aroma blackberry, jam, wheat, cereal grain, GRB maltiness. Taste blackberry, cereal grain, wheat, GRB malt/water. MF medium to full thick body decent carb. Overall very solid extremely easy drinking and a great thirst quencher.

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