5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle:   Dark straw, cloudy, large foamy white head, rather nice lacing.   Looks tasty.
Cranberry nose, tart, otherwise berryish on the side of unripened.   Has a sort of mountain blueberry hint as
well, moreso the plant and not the berry.   Pale fruitiness, much less cranberry and much more sweet.   Not as
tart as suspected.   Can’t get over the flavor as it seems to me to be somewhat sweet, more blueberry than
cranberry, and a bit like the bush and less like the berry.   Yeah, has that air of a Blueberry bush.   As for
the wit portion, feels wheaty but anything wit related is killed by the sweet fruitiness.   I must say, better
than I expected.   Not thin, certainly feels wheaty on the tongue.   More fruity and less spritzy than I
thought.   Nice work!   Cranberry ey? alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
12 oz. bottle in 7/09. Pours a peach color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma has a large dose of wheat malt, grass and a hint of fruit and cinnamon. The flavor is very much the same with additional notes of bready malts and a splash of honey like sweetness. The finish is a touch dry. Light medium bodied. The cranberry is very mild at best. dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Pours a hazy peach color, with an off white head. Aroma of berries, malt, and wheat. Thin body, with flavors of a tart cranberry and lemons. A blast of spices accompany the finish, which is quite crisp! Very well balanced. SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle from Liquor store in Bonita: Viewed as a glowing orange hue with a bit of white tint and a huge fluffy pillow of head. The nose smells very similar to Sam Adams cranberry lambic or their cherry wheat with the fruity aroma of berries and wheat grains. The flavor is a tart and sweet combination of fruit which obviously is due to the cranberry but there is also a sweetness blamed at the grains and malts used in this beer too. I don’t see how this recipe won when the other two winners this year are real beer lover’s type of styles compared to a fruit. johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a cloudy dark peach color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of spicy wheat, fruity with cranberry and grape coming to mind. Tastes like a fruited wheat beer with some spices thrown in and a tart cranberry in the finish. Light body, crisp carbonation, sticky/watery mouthfeel. Light, fruity beer that might be just the thing on a hot summer day.l
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
A: Pours a cloudy pink-grapefruit color with a very large slightly-pink white head with plenty of carbonation. Hazy to the point that it is nearly opaque. Plenty of lacing.
S: Cranberry definitely comes out--both sweet and sour. Not overpowering, however--there is a slight subtlety here. Great smell, just not enough of it.
T: Mild, sweet cranberry with a bit of sourness. Not overpowering, and slightly tart. Hints of spices. Some wheat and a little bit of lemon. I thought the cranberry would be overpowering, but it’s presence is only slight. Flavors all meld very well.
M: Medium mouthfeel; slightly chewy. A good amount of carbonation and the perfect level of tartness--very good. Very little alcohol presence; if there’s any there, it’s masked by the tartness of the cranberry.
D: I’m not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one drinks very well, as it is quite balanced. Second solid offering from this year’s Longshot series, and I’m on to the Traditional Bock later tonight. Hopefully enough of this will stay around for me to be able to have a few of these around for the summer. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Pours pink/red with white head, aroma of some fruit, touch of spice. Taste is sweet fruit, some spice and earth, with a touch of fruit from the wit. Not bad, but a sweeter witbier is not in the right direction for me. Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wheat glass.
The color is a cloudy yellowish orange with a foamy white head.
The smell is of cranberries, some like tartness like orange peel or grapefruit.
The taste is mildly sweet with a fruity flavor that was quite surprising. Has a nice light wheat feel as well so as to not overpower the taste buds with the cranberry flavor.
This beer is really easy on the pallet, it’s light and refreshing and is just right for a summer beer. Is well carbonated but not too heavily as too make it uncomfortable.
This beer has surprised me so much. I was expected a beer not unlike SA Cranberry Lambic but this beer it very much a great wheat beer. EKGoldings (668) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
This one ended up bring drain pour, which disappointed me a bit, given that I have enjoyed wits for many years. The cranberry just didn’t do anything for me here ... sure it is different, sure there is another cranberry beer in SA’s lineup, but no, I did not enjoy this at all. Tried the second in the 6pk to be sure. tmoreau (4642) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Long to the beer refrig as a set of 08 winners given out at the 09 Midwest Regional’s entry opening session. The 12 oz. bottle was quite cloudy, and transferred to my SA glass as such, with an orangy amber hue, fairly lasting, off white, frothy foam to the head, and good, web-like lacing. The aroma was light grain, malt, and sweet fruitness as cherry. The flavor had less fruity notes as the nose, but presented a moderate hop bitterness, some spiciness, and a little tartness to the tongue. Might have lost some of it’s pizzazz from languishing in the refrig so long, but still a decent fruit beer.