Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pours a clear amber color, lots of bbbles rising to form a small thin white head. Aroma is fresh cherries and caramel malt. Flavor is full of cherries, almost overpowering and tart. StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2005
One of the first pickings of the April 2005 batch. Aroma is first and foremost tart cherries, and is yeasty and sweet. Those elements start to fade, and the lager smells suspiciously similar to a Cherry 7-Up. Color is amber rose with no head. Tastes sourer than expected. Some tart cherries, but the Cherry 7-Up similarity creeps up again - this time, however, it’s more like a diet version. Body is thin and slick. High carbonation; could use some more malts. At times, it seems like this one can’t decide which way it wants to go - a fruit beer, or an amber. Finish is sweet, sour and watery. Glad my wife like this one. Nuffield (4195) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Slow moving carbonation with large-bubble head. Nice cherry aroma. There is a pumpkin-holiday flavor, interestingly. Fizzy, not a great palate. I like it, all things considered. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2004 bottle compliments of Footbalm. Pours a ruddy auburn with some deeper brownish-yellow tinges and a beige head. Aroma of lightly tart cherries, some pungent yeast notes, hint of balsamic vinegar, and some dusty old hops notes. Flavor is very dry to begin, with a small dose of tart cherries. You can tell right away that the brewers took care not to go overboard with this one. Virtually no sweetness to it, with plenty of crisp, lightly sour lager yeast. Medium-light body, thinning on the end. Overall, a well-made, balanced fruit beer, but it suffers from the heavy filtration, seems a little bit lifeless. If the yeast was left in the bottle, this might truly be a very complex beer. As it is now, it is a crisp, clean lager with a firm tart cherry base. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
I love this brewery. It is a place every drinker should visit. This beer is a pure cherry monster, but suffers from one thing: it is cherry and not much else. Cough medicine cherry nose with a thin, pitty first sip. Cherry is so dominant. Malts are thin, maybe a bit caramelly. Cherry has the finish locked down. tart, dry. lingering! Decent in the bottle. Very different. Yum.
BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Reddish amber appearance, minimal head formation. Malty, doughy, cereal aroma with sweet maraschino cherry. Malty, slightly syrupy flavor, cherry is sweet but not dominant, in fact pretty subdued. Pretty light in the finish. Not as interesting as the concept, surprised by the high rating especially from top raters. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
12 oz bottle. Clear reddish orange, smallish lasting head. Pleasant sourish light cherry aroma. Very little fruit in the body, lightly sour and acidic, some nice cherryskins just at the back end, good lasting fruit-sour finish. The back end makes this one, though it’s still no masterpiece. Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Pours clear copper-red with a thin off-white head. Light musty, earthy aroma which hints at cherries but doesn’t have any tart, sweet character. The body is watery and the flavor is rather weak, although the cherries lend an earthy tartness to the otherwise boring, bland lager body. I could kick a few of these back, however. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Bottle from Kevin42. Nose is dirty, almost like an ashtray. Just took the first drink-tastes like cherry icing. Bad. Cherry and acrid. Bad, bad, bad. No good. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2004
I was hoping for more on this one. Amber Coloring. Sweet - Cherry. Little malty...but overall a bit disappointing.