Door County Cherry Wheat - Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn

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Door County Cherry WheatDoor County Cherry Wheat

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BA SCORE
70
okay

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-15-2003)
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Reviews by Chokobo:
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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Photo of weatherdog
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When examining the bottle before pouring I notice 'Wheat ale with natural cherry flavor and artificial color.' Seriously?! A craft beer from freaking Door county Wisconsin can't use it's own local amazing cherries and has to rely on some cheap tasting substitute. What is this artificial color business. If you want the beer to have a red hue throw in some mid range crystal malt, for the love of god why use artificial color. From that line alone this beer is not promising.

The beer pours a hazy amber with a white head. The aroma is all tart cherries but seems a little fake and sweet. Taste is boring with just a hint of cherry flavor and does not deliver on the promise provided by the nose.

All in all it is a bland beer and I am very disappointed. I mean a cherry wheat beer from Door County. How could this not be good? Oh yeah don't use any actual cherries and load it up with 'natural flavor and artificial color'. Just avoid this and grab a New Glarus Belgian Red if you want real Wisconsin cherry flavor.

Photo of blackearth
1.73/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into the Sam Adams glass, this beer had a deep golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma is that of cherry cough drops or suckers. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a fake cherry flavor and a bit of tartness and an ever so tiny malt flavor in the finish. This really doesn't taste like beer at all. If I was drinking this blind folded, I would think it was cherry soda. A good idea, but poorly executed.

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Michael_Bjor
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer 2 in the six beer sampler served at the Shipwrecked restuarant. Poured into a small plastic cup (argh!).

Beer is a medium amber color, but still very light. Slightly draker than the blonde ale served here.

A fruity cherry nose in the smell, as you'd expect.

Taste is watery, hints of malt, bundled with the cherry taste. Some tartness coming through. The cherry taste is ok - it doesn't quite feel natural, but its not offensive either.

Closes like water - the cherry taste is kept in check, and this is a moderately drinkable offering.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.98/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

This bottle is at least a year and a half old, perhaps around two years.

Appearance: The pour is an amber and gamboge color with very little head. There are a few splashes of lace on the side of the glass and the beer is quite effervescent.

Smell: For those who say they can't smell the cherries, I think you need to blow your nose, and I have an old bottle too. The sweet tart cherries really come through with just a bit of spice as well.

Taste: The palate starts out with pale malt coming through quickly followed by sweet and tart cherries. There's a little bit of spice mixed in as well, though not much. Regardless, the slight phenol taste is welcome because I wasn't expecting it.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, carbonation is right for the style.

Drinkability: This was a very easy beer to drink, though I wouldn't want another one of these in an evening. I will say that I'm glad this wasn't overly sweet which was something I was nervous about. I can't stomach many sweet tasting things, so to me this was a good beer that lived up to its expectations.

Photo of Kunstman
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a weiss glass. No date or info.

A - One strong pour down the glass revealed this beer to have the power of a thick, off-white head; about three fingers tall in fact. Too bad it had a low retention. The good news through is that above a clear golden yellow body is three fingers of dense lace.

S - Hints of skunk juice toy with my olfactory senses. It's mot definitely there but in such a small amount it's almost unnoticeable. It smells like the beer is off a bit more than it's light struck scent too. Thick vanilla candle then comes in strong like a Yankee candle was just lit or you walked into a "ye olde scent shop" type of place in a small town. Soft wheat and light, slightly syrupy cherries become an afterthought at this point.

T - Thankfully the strongest parts of the nose fade away to let the actual beer show through. Soft, timid wheat backs up a lightly tart cherry flavor nicely but still remains a bit thin. Too thin actually. It's almost like a lightly flavored blonde ale the more I sip it. A touch of that chunky vanilla in the taste would actually be pretty good but for some reason, it only appears in the aroma.

M - Smooth and light-bodied, Cherry What has a moderately light carbonation finish for the style. Too thin otherwise.

D - The different between the nose and flavor is a little awkward to process while drinking. I don't know what's going on with that or why this seems filtered, but it's heading in the right direction, it just needs some work. Still, it remains a fair and easily drinkable summer light fruit beer.

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Benysaj
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of beeronesse
1.4/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I love wheat beers and fruit beers. I will try to be as polite as possible in this review. I love good beer and have been spoiled on some of the best Belgian, German and domestic beers there are. (Mardesous, Orval, Boulevard Brewing and Unibroue to name a few for perspective.) That being said, this beer was as close to awful as I have rarely suffered. An attractive pour, the nose was medicinal. I detected no cherry. The attack in the mouth was stunning: shock of artificial cherry and something bordering on metal. Corny and no banana, no spice. Ack.

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazed amber with soda-like carbonation and a quickly disappearing head. Virtually no lacing sticks. The "artificial color" doesn't look quite "right".

The smell is of sweet-tart cherries. Mild and pleasant.

The taste is of sweet cherries with a tart touch in the finish.

The initial "fizz" fades to a rather flat feel. Smooth despite that. Not watery.

A mild cherry wheat. Nothing "special", rather "run-of-the-mill". The appearance and feel certainly need improvement. Otherwise, decent overall.

Photo of PurpleCloud
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Amber with a quickly dissipating head.

S: A bit tart with a faint (too faint) hint of cherry.

T: Heavy with hops on the front end, then a cherry taste on the way down. OK, but nothing special.

M: Not great. Dry and heavily carbonated.

D: Hypothetically, you could drink a few, but I don't know why you would.

Overall: I was excited to try this one out. But I was disappointed from the onset. The appearance is just kind of bland and totally unassuming. The head leaves quickly and is reluctant to reappear. The taste is way too light on cherry and kind of a bit skunky heading in. Too dry, too carbonated. Honestly, if you're at Shipwrecked, go with another beer.

Photo of crossovert
2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz that I found at a store in Appleton.

Pours into my weizen glass a red/orange. The bottle says artificial colorings were used, I don't really see it so I guess that is good. The head is massive and off-white and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells like a normal run of the mill american generic craft beer smell with a hint of cherry.

The taste is very spicy, with an almost vegetable flavor, I'm not really tasting the cherry.

Run of the mill.

Photo of Megizewski
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Well, at least there are Door County cherries wherever the hell I've been shipwrecked... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose reminds me of those cheap, microwaveable cherry-flavored fruit pies so prevalent at 7-Eleven and other such purveyors. In fact, the smell is so strong, so distinctively cherry-y that it not only approaches artificiality but passes it entirely. Not much else to be found here. The taste continues this tradition with its own twist: not only is the cherry flavor artificial, it's also medicinal now. Yay... A bit of soggy wheat comes along in the finish, but that about does it here for complexity. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I'm not a fan of this stuff, as it's just to fake-cherry-flavor-filled for my tastes.

Photo of AirZombie
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of 1jstafan
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of LizBB
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Knoxrb12
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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Door County Cherry Wheat from Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn
70 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.