Tundrabeary Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

Not Rated.
Tundrabeary AleTundrabeary Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
64
poor

95 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 27.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chilidog on 10-26-2002

A slightly tart, refreshing light ale made with raspberries, blueberries and other natural fruits. Just as the cinnamon black bear on our label craves the flavor of mountain tundra berries, you will find this brew to be irresistibly delicious.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by Blind:
More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The bottle says it uses real fruit but I'm sure loads of additional sugar was added, it smells like a jar of mixed berry jelly and looks like some carbonated kool aid. Head is off white pink tinged much like the body. Head dwindles really quick and leaves thin even layers of lace. Aroma is tart and cloyingly sweet with no evidence of this being an actual beer. This one is so sweet it hurts your teeth, and it gives you the mouthfeel after you just vomited. Sugary sweet mixed berry candy like cloying qualities pretty much kills the drinking experience another horrid offering from Tommyknocker. I gotta quit trying these beers thank god I only grabbed a single. Does it use real tundra berries? Are tundra berries fictitious? The world may never now...

Photo of Brenden
2.83/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tee color is a mildly hazy copper. An off-white head grows to just over a finger tall but looks soft. It takes a little time to drop off, but not a whole lot. A bit of foam remains and a ring of lacing is left along with some spotting.
The aroma is fruity, mostly tart with some sweetness to it. There's a light grains element behind it. I suppose some malts are there, but I'm reminded more of a wine spritzer than a beer. Hops are minimal. There's nothing really different to be said about the flavor, either, as it translates from the aroma without change. It's a bit of apple flesh with some grape and cranberry. Yeast makes an appearance more strongly in the flavor. A pale ale? No. Certainly not what I'd hope for from a craft brewery, light or not.
It's a bit light and somewhat spritzy, though not without crispness. I suppose it's easy-drinking.

Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived an orangish amber with 1/4" of head. Decent retention. Smells primarily of raspberries and blueberries. The taste is sweet and tart, not a bad berry flavor, but one dimensional. Light bodied, crisp, a little heavily carbonated.

This one is far too sweet. It limits the drinkability. It also has an intense berry flavor which is only good if you absolutely love raspberries.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Written from notes taken at the brewery...

A-Honey amber in color, 1.5 fingers snow white head

S-Sweet raspberry jam and wheat

T-Very sweet, almost cloying, wet wheat and cranberries, raspberries intermingled

B- A little watery and almost flat

Overall I was surprised at how good this smelled and how the flavor was presented well too. The Body truly was its downfall, perhaps a weak setup with the carbonation at the tap?

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.64/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carefully poured from a long-standing bottle its a perfectly clear and beautiful pinkish-orange. Add the yeast and it becomes hazy. But anyway that you pour it, the bright white head dissipates almost immediately to just a very thin collar which leaves no lace. The nose is tart but clean with a non-specific fruit character that's like a blush wine or champagne. The body is light-medium and its very fine, natural, and moderate carbonation leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. A bit of astringency is also reminiscent of wine. The flavor is tart and delicately fruity (apples, white grapes). There's no real bitterness to speak of, yet it's tart astringency leaves it quite dry in the finish. An interesting beer that's on it's way to becoming a lambic, but doesn't have any of the funkiness that really gives them character.

Photo of moon8109
3.6/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark amber with red highlights with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is all sweet raspberry with just a hint of tartness. The first, and almost only, thing you taste is sweet raspberries that washes through your mouth with a light-to-medium body. The carbonation also helps the crispness of the fruit flavors. It finishes sweet with just a hint of grape-skin tartness. An easy clean drinker that will become too sweet to handle near the end of the first beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark ferric oxide coloring has a feverish rise of densly packed micro-bubbles that fills the glass like a fine mist. The head is seashell white, slight and fizzy with a sudsy character to it, quick to dissipate leaving but a few whimpy lashes for lace. Nothing to see here move on.

S: Grape juice, perhaps raspberries with a hint of blueberry scents of moderate strength. Sugary sweet.

T: The flavor was as the nose indicated, sugary sweet malt, sweet berry juices with a mixture of raspberry and blueberry. Honey and syrup with a light toastedness really doesn’t seem like it mixes well or flows. Fruity notes of berries on the passs. A little more restraint on the fruitiness and sweetness thanks.

M: Light mouthful, quiet carbonation juice like consistency.

O: A bit overly sweet to partake in multiples. It is what it is, a fruit beer that tries for balance with some signs of maltiness but comes off overbearingly sweet.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.56/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

candy like color starts to fill the glass, with a fizzy white top that seams to pop up and fall down immediatly. ehh. but then i took a whiff, fake berries, and just light kool aid like aroma. not even close to a good fruit beer. way too light and the flavors and aromas are so blatently artificial it was downright scary. light berrys and hints of sweet malts try and poke up but they are just remnants of what would make a good beer.

Photo of toolbrew
2.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this because I can't get Tommyknocker at home. It poured a copper color with a bright ruby haze to it. There was a small white head that fell quickly. Little to no lacing.

Lots of fruit in the smell. The blueberry really stands out.

Very fruity taste too. Sweet. Taste the blueberry first then the raspberry.

Light in the mouth and somewhat watery.

If you like sweet fruit beers this would be great for you. Stronger fruit taste and sweeter than I prefer.

Photo of Kromes
2.99/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light brown color with a head that looks like a cup of tea.

S: It smells like toast with butter and raspberry jam. Actually very nice.

T: The raspberry flavor hits right up front with a very weak and watery malt flavor. The beer is very sweet....almost splenda sweet. It reminds me of raspberry iced tea.

M: Very thin and watery.

O: Overall, within it's style, it's an average fruit beer. The flavor is ok, not something I would drink often though. The mouthfeel is pretty bad and reminds me of a iced tea.

Photo of devinoconnor
1.21/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's a rare occasion when I pour out a 6-pack, but this one deserves it.

Pours a golden ale color. Nothing wrong with the look.

Smell is sour, stale ale aroma.

Taste is sour blueberries, fruity and very sugary. No hops. Like blueberry juice mixed with Yuengling. Blueberry by itself? Delicious. Yuenling by itself? Delicious. Together? GROSS.

Avoid this beer. Awful.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy red color with a half inch of head that turns to a light ring.

S - smell of cherry, Loganberry, and raspberry.

T - smooth and medium body, all the great fruit flavor with hops covered nicely. Not sour like most people say (maybe they changed the formula)

M - Like the taste except in my opinion the taste lingers and is pretty awesome. I could never see this as a D+ beer like I consider some undrinkable beers.

D - I wish I could buy a case. Heck I wish I could be so lucky like some users here to get a six pack. Unfortunately I can only find singles so totally worth and drinking at least two a siting.

Final thoughts: I bet a lot of people here really despise Leinenkugels berry Weiss review this beer and I like this beer too. I really hate to see this beer get such low rating when it is actually really good if not average. Not as sour as most say so pick one up and try it!

Photo of nflmvp
1.78/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

How do you drink this? I thought that I might be a little out of season. It seemed to me that this should be a great summer brew, however, I can't imagine wanting to pour it down the drain any less during the summer than I wanted to this evening. It's raw. Immediately, the tartness hits and you, but above all that it's weak in the knees. There's no substance to this one. You might as well be drinking Fruit punch, koolaid or raspberry soda cocktail as other have compared it too. Any of those would be prefereable to this nearly undrinkable brew.

Photo of callmeclemens
3.91/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a Growler on 6/12

Poured a nice golden pink smelled like berrys and maybe even a hint of apple (smelled alot like delerium). The Taste was alright, a little to much like the Sparkletini's my mother drinks, but albiet refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. "Born on" date clearly marked.

Pours with an interestingly colored orange/amber body under a finger of white head that quickly falls to a thin layer.

Smell of sweet fruit juice/punch with a touch of some cooked hop aroma and a hint of toast.

I take three quick gulps and each time think "is this really a beer?" The flavor is very sweet, fruit-juicy, and light. Almost zero bitterness going on here and not even much malt. The fruit flavors are not very realistic, but they are tasty (if carbonated juice is your thing). There are no off flavors present as is so often the case with these fruit juice beers.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, and rests on the lighter side of medium. I would expect this to be like a macro lager or a diet soda, but it is better than that in terms of mouthfeel.

Conclusion: People on this site abhor beers that fall outside of traditional styles unless they are packed with huge-flavored ingredients, tons of alcohol, aged in some sort of wood, or taste like bourbon. Thus a sweet fruit-juice beer must receive a 'D'. If they added a few sour bugs to this beer, aged it in a barrel for a year and sold it in bombers as a "limited release" for $25 a bottle, it would have an 'A'. Enough ranting. I think the brewers at TKB intentionally made this beer the way it is, which isn't much like a traditional ale or lager. I am all for brewing outside of styles, and since I can't find any actual flaws in this beer, I consider it to be a worthy effort. I wouldn't choose to drink this often, but I am sure some people would.

Photo of BrewMasterBurch
1.53/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Brownish yellow color, very carbonated and light foamyness. Virtually no head when poured into a pilsner glass.

Smell- Fruit, berry, but also smelled like cardboard for some reason. Perhaps transportation or bottling caused that, but the smell caused initial concern.

Taste- Reminded me of a Capri-sun mixed with a wheat-ale of some sort.

Mouthfeel- Not much substance, fruit-juice like.

Drinkability- took me a while to get through a bottle of this, and even longer with the six-pack. At least the packaging is cool. The box-art will look cool with my collage of others.

Photo of dauss
2.07/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a headless clear orangy pinkish red. I was wondering what kind of beer this was because I didn't bother to read reviews or the label. One taste and I knew.

Smells berry like with a touch of malt, and sweet apples. Almost smells like Boon's Farm.

A moderate sourness hits the palate immediately. I am having a very hard time picking flavors out, but its sour and dry.

Definitely not a good beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A very ill-defined aroma, with lots of fruit almost running together.

T: Tasted of raspberry, cranberry, and some malt. Mostly this is a thin, watery beer. The majority of the fruit is loaded up front, leaving nothing in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick, yet thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a terribly average, unfocused beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle served into a kitchen glass in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Nice transparent copper colour.

Sm: Heavy berry esters and something familiar I can't quite place. Aroma is moderately strong.

T: Berry, cream, caramelized malt, and assorted indistinguishable esters. Not horribly complex. Poorly built, but balanced enough.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not really complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Average ABV, pretty drinkable, and mediocre quality. Fairly priced.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting. Sorta lambic, sorta not. Pours a crystal clear cranberry color with high co2 and no lasting retention or lacing. Smells very cranberry and zinfindel-like. The flavors mimic the aromas with a very tart flavored cranberry / raspberry flavors and with the same zinfindel, wine flavors and champaign feel. Tastes a little soured-mash-like, but I think the beer simply over-attenuated, leaving the berry tartness to rise. Astringent and tart well into the finish with the same cranberry / zinfindel aftertaste. Nice flavored, but sacrifices in the body and sweetness.

Photo of zeff80
2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head with a pinkish tint. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet raspberries and blueberries. Not much in the way of beer aroma.

T - Sweet tasting with blueberry and raspberry flavors. There was a mild touch of tartness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This wasn't as bad as I expected from the low score. It was, however, lacking many beer-like qualities.

Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a reddish color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. It looks almost like a red wine. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pale malt scent that is mixed with a light berry aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light, pale amlt flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly tart from mixed berrries. It is weak and watery; not that flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker for the summer crowd especially the ladies, but it's a weak fruit offering.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
1.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs a couple months ago.

a: Peach colored body and a thin white head.

s: A light and vaguely fruity berry aroma. If you had a blindfold on, you wouldn't know it was a beer you were smelling.

t: Sweet candy-like artificial berry flavor and that is pretty much it.

m: soft and light.

d: This is what bad fruit beer tastes like. This is "beer" for people who do not drink beer. I think teenage girls must be the target market for this offering. Harsh I guess, but what can I say, it's candy with carbonation and alcohol.

Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was absolutely panned by the BA reviewers, but I will depart from the general negativity. The beer is not a lambic, nor a framboise, nor a kriek and if you approach it with that expectation you will be disappointed. What the beer is is a nicely colored fruit tinted amber color with a nice foamy and partly creamy white head that retains well. The nose on the beer is definite blueberry with a bunch of musty aromas in there as well. The taste is light, fruity, blueberry and raspberry, floral, sweet, refreshing, with a touch and barely a touch of graininess in the background that lets you know that this is more than just a wine cooler like drink

Photo of number1bum
2.95/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours one of the strangest colors I've ever seen from a beer - a sort of reddish copper color, like maybe the color of apple strawberry or a juice of that nature. It's pretty clear and has about a finger and a half of off-white head that recedes to a thin lace and actually leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is a lightly sweet berry sort of fruity aroma. Doesn't smell all that bad, to be honest, but there's really nothing going on here other than the berry smell to even let you know it's a beer.

Taste is also super berry fruity but seems somewhat artificial, with a fruity pebbles sort of extract sweetness. It has a bit of tartness to it, as well. And like the smell there's really not a whole lot else going on - nothing terribly beer-like. It's not terrible, but it's not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, with pretty soft carbonation. It's a little sticky in the mouth, like fruit juice.

I'm not a fruit beer fan to begin with, but this isn't one that I'd grab if I was really hankering for a fruit beer. This is a pretty girly fruit beer for people that don't like beer, I'd say. One's enough for me.

to view more.
Tundrabeary Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.