Walker’s Blueberry Wheat – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Walker’s Blueberry Wheat – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV, 355ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back label:

“Walker’s Blueberry Wheat is made with a blend of wheat and barley malts with an infusion of pureed blueberries added during secondary fermentation. The result is a fresh, bright berry-coloured beer with a nice balance of malt sweetness and fruit acidity. Some of the blueberries come to us direct from a Mill St. family member’s farm.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, malted wheat, blueberry puree, hops.

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  • Style: (flavoured – blueberry) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Weak thin crisp light sweet plain wheat/barley malt faint blueberry
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: NO

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours translucent reddish-purple with suspended sediment, almost barely any head, thin ringed retention, a few small bubbles of activity.

Nose: faint sour, grainy wheat malt, mild fruitiness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thin body entry

Mid-palate: tangy, faint sour, hints of puke, wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), faint blueberry

Finish: weak body, a touch of palate roughness.

Summary: Barely any blueberry flavour nor prominent barley/wheat malt character. A mindless summer thirst quencher or meal beer, no depth at all.

Passionfruit Sour Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

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Passionfruit Sour Ale – Breakside Brewery, 4.6% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“One of the two beers brewed specifically for our second anniversary is a collaboration between Breakside’s Sam Barber, Lompoc’s Irina Bierzynski, and 10 Barrel Brewing’s Mayme Berman, all alums of Lewis & Clark College. It is a sharply sour German wheat ale made from a 100% sour mash, infused with the tart and tropical flavors of passionfruit.”

  • Style: (passionfruit) Fruit Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Overwhelmingly sour acidic clean passionfruit wheat malt
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: if you like your sours VERY sour

Visual: Warning – gusher! Very difficult pour; It is golden light orange with abnormally almost all head, very long lasting, not very sticky lacing, clustered activity everywhere.

Nose: real passionfruit and orange syrup, authentic. Light metallic. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: invasive sour-puckery, light funk, high acidity, fizzy-tingly backdrop.

Mid-palate: persistent acidity, (MAIN) tangy passionfruit, orange citrus,
light wheat malt.

Finish: mild breadiness, light tart, fruity exhale.

Summary: Even eating passionfruit the fruit isn’t this sour, why is this so sour? I found out that optimal drinking temp is around 16°C; Straight out of the fridge into a chilled glass makes this it way too numbingly sour that inhibits any fruit flavours from emerging.

Cherry Bomber Hefeweizen Ale – Big Rock Brewing (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [D],  I gave it a (2.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Cherry Bomber Hefeweizen Ale – Big Rock Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 650ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

on the back label:

“There’s only one way to adequately describe what you get when you combine the most malted prairie barley, golden wheat and Cascade hops. The Bomb. When you add cherries into the mix, well, it becomes the Cherry Bomb. And when you put it into this big of a bottle, you get the Cherry Bomber. 22 deliberately different ounces of full-bodied Hefeweizen ale, with complex aromas and flavors including wheat and vanilla, plus, of course, cherry overtones. And, being a craft brew, you know its beguiling reddish hue and pinkish head are as natural as the slight carbonation you’ll feel tickling your tastebuds. ”

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  • Style: (Cherry) Flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Watery-thin yeast wheat light ‘cherry-like’ pukey fizzy ale
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: Steer CLEAR

Visual: Why do I keep buying Big Rock brews? Well I guess just because they so accessible and they do often create unique beers. Anyways, this pours clear copper orange-red with a large partially lasting bubbly head, a decent layer of retention, tons of lively activity, not much lacing.

Nose: thin-pukey fruit, not that offensive, acidic & yeasty, wet cardboard. Not particularly inviting. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: watery-thin mouthfeel, tingly-bubbly

Mid-palate: light sour, fizzy, (MAIN) yeasty, thin wheat malts, light cherry syrup, plastic,

Finish: numb tongue, burpy, thin-bodied, dissipating pukey, fizzy wheat malt finish.

Summary: The cherry flavour wants to come out but it just doesn’t have the fortitude to so do. Overall everything is weak and watery – just a crisp, chuggable brew that leaves no impact to the tastebuds nor imagination. Skip it, it’s just a pukey-hopeless cherry version of their Grasshopper wheat ale.

Lil’ Red Sour Cherry Berlinerweisse – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: Fail

Lil’ Red Sour Cherry Berlinerweisse – Parallel 49 Brewery, 4.4% ABV – 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the front-side label:

“A favourite drink of Berliners in the summer, with our own addition of Okanagan sour cherries, this unique ale is bubbly like champagne (minus the sweet aftertaste) and best served in a chilled chalice. Prost to that.”

  • Style: Berliner Weisse
  • Taste: Plastic wheat malt strange “cherry” sour/tart
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not even to my enemies

Visual: Pours a beautiful orange-ruby red, barely any head, just a few tight streams.

Nose: Almost plasticky, kind of like persimmon but not, quite odd and non-typical. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour/tartness

Mid-palate: very sour, medium tart, (lvl-3)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malts, off-putting plastic (which are the cherries)

Finish: mild palate roughness, light fizzy tart fruity finish.

Summary: Almost undrinkable, with an okay attack but awful strange plastic flavour in the mid to finish. Actually halfway through it’s a waste of calories to burn later.