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Kuhnhenn Blueberry Pancake Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Blueberry Pancake AleKuhnhenn Blueberry Pancake Ale

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 45
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-28-2004

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by BeRanger:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of oberon
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this sample for my wife to begin with and I wound up drinking three samples on my own!Pours a hazy golden color with maybe the best aroma of any beer I have had wild tart raspberries waffle batter,man it is right on with the aromas how did they do that?Taste of fresh ripe blueberries tart and sweet with a touch of malt grainess to keep it balanced just right.Wow this beer would be great in the morning I am not a pancake fan but I could drink this everyday for quite awhile,very well done.

Photo of tectactoe
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back as part of Kuhnhenn's "Breakfast of Champions" St. Patrick's day party along with many other breakfast themed beers. I ended up not getting this one on tap that day, so thanks to Jeff for splitting his growler of it days later. The pour was murky and looked like shit-colored swamp water. This was definitely "bottom o' the barrel" beer. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it looks like watery mud. Lots of little black and blue specs floating around and clinging to the edges of the glass.

They could have and should have just called this beer "Fruity Pebbles Ale" because that's what I immediately thought of as I brought the beer to my nose and took a good whiff. Sure, I smell blueberry, but it's met in equal parts with plenty of other fruit flavors - much akin to a milky and soggy bowl of the ol' Pebbles. Syrupy, maybe some light maple. On the tail end, there's a mildly spicy and herbal character that I had trouble picking up. Slightly tobacco-like. Also a bit of sweet cocoa here and there, but the whole "Fruity Pebbles" vibe is still going strong and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.

The taste carries a heavy blueberry character for sure; it tastes like Fruity Pebbles much less than it actually smells like them, but some of those multi-colored crispy flavors could still be pulled from this, no doubt. The beer is pretty dense, juicy, and syrupy, partial due to the trubness of the fluid itself. Brown sugar, fruit, blueberry syrup - a nice concoction of flavors clashing midway through. On the back end, I'm picking up some ashy and herbal hops, which again remind me of tobacco. The more and more I drink, the more and more that aftertaste starts tasting like crushed black pepper rather than tobacco. Very slick and medium bodied on the palate, lower carbonation.

Looking back at my empty glass, a handful of particles resembling spent coffee grinds are decorating all sides. Definitely an interesting beer. Blueberry was definitely present, but there was so much more going on than that. Fruity Pebbles, ashy hops, pepper, tobacco, very sweet and sugary over all. Very tasty, although it may be incorrectly labeled!

Photo of joel66
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jeonseh
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish brown color with no head as its slightly flat from the growler

S - Exactly like blueberry pancake batter

T - Sweet blueberry pancakes with sweet blueberry up front. Light batter and sugar near the end. Sugary sweet aspect that lingers in the finish

M - Light body with light stickiness to it. Sugary sweetness lingers on the backend

O - Tastes just as advertised as its just like blueberry pancakes with a bit of sweetness

Photo of socon67
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer City, North Babylon NY

A - Dark color with a very distinguishable purple hue. Carbonation on this is minimal once in the growler; the pour from the tap was foam for a good 30 seconds. No lacing of note and the foam retention is minimal.

S - Clearly the best part of this beer. Strong notes of sweet blueberry dominate the nose. And I'll be darned if there isn't a scent of pancake batter. The yeast gives off a bit of diacetyl, but this is really an impressive smelling beer. Blueberry beers should take note.

T - Very sweet right from the initial sip. The lingering notes of light grains give this beer a bit of a fresh bread flavor (thus the pancake batter). Finish unfortunately has a slight cough syrup aftertaste. Overall this is a fun tasting beer.

M - Gotta tone down the drinkability for the sweetness and medicine aftertaste. It is light drinking and with virtually no carbonation. Probably a joy for wine cooler crowds.

O - I'd get this again. Might be the best blueberry beer out there. Good to try as a benchmark, and to come back to for a sugar rush.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown with a purple tinge. Purple hue to the head, too. Nice.

Smell - Wow, blueberries. Sweet malts. Legitimately has a pancake batter aroma. Hint of acidity.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Spritzy soda-like flavor at the start. Blueberry is masked at the beginning, but comes back with a slightly acidic twang. Pancake grain flavor in the back. Maple sweetness? I might be making that up.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and a little acidic at the same time. Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is excellent. I'm about to pour some bourbon barrel maple syrup into it. This should be even better.

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of md655321
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Mondiale 2005: Poured a weird orangey/brown color ale with a weird foamy head with limited retention. Aroma is solely constituted of pancake blueberry. I’m sure I can smell the flour and the fresh blueberry. Blueberry, white flour and butter also dominate taste. Some sourness in the aftertaste was a bit odd and difficult to explain but was still enjoyable. Overall, this is a very good blueberry beer.

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of semibaked
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery at their St. Patrick's Day party.

A - Pours a medium brown with some blueberry colored highlights with a good amount of white head.

S - Good whiff of blueberry pancakes with syrup, slight malts too. The smell is not overpowering and very pleasant.

T - Tastes like Blueberry pancakes with syrup. Kuhnhenn absolutely nailed the flavor. Very tasty.

M - Light to Medium bodied, good carbonation and sticky syrupy sweetness too.

D - Definitely nice to try, like I said they just nailed the flavor of blueberry pancakes, but honestly I can see drinking this a lot, it is a novelty beer but a good one.

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of rangerstar
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce growler picked up the other day. enjoyed from my Kuhnhenn snifter. getting the poor at the bottle shop was ridiculous, there is so much fermented sugars in this beer that it pours all foam and took ages to fill the small growler. beer pours a brown and settles in the glass as purple or black. smell is perfectly blueberry pancakes. it really is amazing. a tad medicinal in the way that the eisbocks are medicinal. taste is really interesting. again kind of like blueberry pancake batter, but with some kind of roast and medicinal qualities like the eisbocks. the beer lost a lot of its luster overnight in the growler and the carbonation was rather soft. a really interesting beer and interesting to try but not something that I would actively seek out.

Photo of mtrog313
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of POTABLE83
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Wade5614
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of unclejazz
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of marburg
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uh, wow?

As the name suggests, this is blueberry pancake beer. Aromatically, this smells just like pancakes. Buttery with homemade blueberry syrup and confectioner's sugar. You could barely get something that smells this good at a breakfast joint.

The flavor is much more dominated by the berries. The Mrs. Butterworth's aromas are pleasant to the nose, but the makers of this beer had something else in mind for the taste. First it's blueberries; but then I'm convinced I've been duped, and it's more of a raspberry flavor. Finally, I think perhaps there are some strawberries. Ultimately, it simply has a truly natural assorted berry flavor with a thin underlying buttery "crust" flavor. Absolutely superb.

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Kuhnhenn Blueberry Pancake Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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