mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Wow! This is really really good. Absolutely perfectly balanced. The cranberry and spices delicately applied. Creamy mouth feel. A lot of fruit beers taste artificial. Not this one. It tastes fresh and real. It’s like your drinking it from the tap out of the bottle. I hope they make this a regular beer. If you haven’t tried it go get it while you can. markgmeyers (4) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2009 does not count
A: Hazy orange with large but dissipating head
A: HUGE aroma, Bread, yeast, orange, classic wit aroma
T: Tart with flavors of wheat, yeast, orange, a presence of grassy hops, a hint of juiciness
M: Light and Dry... very refreshing and smooth
OA: As to style, this brew was damn good and much better than expected. Perfect summer drink. I’m actually not as hesitant to try the blackberry wit now. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: On top there is a small (one finger thick) off white head. It quickly settles down to a thin ring of foam that leaves behind some lace rings on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma is fruity, spicy, and tangy with notes of wheat and citrus as well.
Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a nice wheat malt base with orange citrus notes, tart cranberry and solid dose of fine Saigon cinnamon. Hop favor and bitterness are very mild. It finishes dry with wheat tang and spice. The texture is lively with plenty of soft carbonation in a medium body.
Notes: This is by far the best fruit beer from Samuel Adams! I would love to see this in there regular line up!!
generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On top there is a small (one finger thick) off white head. It quickly settles down to a thin ring of foam that leaves behind some lace rings on the glass. Its aroma is fruity, spicy, and tangy with notes of wheat and citrus as well. The flavor has a nice wheat malt base with orange citrus notes, tart cranberry and solid dose of fine Saigon cinnamon. Hop favor and bitterness are very mild. It finishes dry with wheat tang and spice. The texture is lively with plenty of soft carbonation in a medium body.
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
A fruit beer with real fruit flavor (no chemical/medicinal notes) with good balance, flavor, and tartness.
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. Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
Aroma is of berries, wheat, and an assortment of spices. You can tell that this beer was crafted with spices, and not just thrown in for good measure. Very well blended, the flavors all complement eachother well with subdued cranberry, spice, and bread. Nothing overpowers the senses, just a complete and well crafted brew. One of my favorite fruit beers to date. dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Not much aroma. Great cloudy orange color. This is way better than I expected. A bit of thickness. Some fruit flavors but really not much cranberry, so this was surprisingly good and drinkable. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours very cloudy - almost opaque - with orange/gold notes and subtle touches of grapefruit-pink. Head pours medium in size and white in color. It doesn’t last long, but it does leave a few long wisps of lace on the glass. Aroma is bready and dry with lots of wheat and subtle fruit. Malt character has a wonderful fresh bread quality with subtle aromatic spices - very inviting. Flavor starts fruity and wheaty with a very subtle cranberry tartness that blends perfectly with typical witbier flavors. It has an excellent, crackery, fruity malt sweetness that turns to pleasant mix of tartness and light noble hop bitterness in the finish. The finish is dry and spicy with gentle notes of coriander and tart berry. The mouthfeel is tingly and effervescent with a sudsy, almost creamy, bready, malty medium body. Overall, a surprisingly refreshing, interesting, drinkable, tasty, warm weather brew.