Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat - Kensington Brewing Company

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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kensington Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 07-02-2012

As an homage to the dozen or so fruit stands that line the streets of Kensington Market, we've brewed a light and crisp wheat beer flavoured with watermelon. Fermented with a California ale yeast, this wheat beer is cleaner than most – no banana or clove here! Watermelon was added during fermentation and results in a mild but enjoyable watermelon aroma and flavour.

Fruit Stand is currently in the “testing” phase and will likely evolve over the summer as we hear input from the community. Try it and let us know what you think!

13 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Brewer’s Backyard event, entitled The Constitutional Draught. Nothing in the smell, but a syrupy infused sweet yes cloying flavouring joined in the wheat. Not too drinkable. A novelty, but also taking the Ontario craft scene back a couple of steps.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Sept 12 2015 and served well-chilled. I just realized I have not tried a new Kensington beer in over two full years. What gives, man?

This fruity wheat beer pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of soapy, white-coloured froth on top. It lasts three minutes or so before fading away entirely, leaving behind a filmy cap and very little else. Not much to look at, and the aroma isn't particularly enticing, either - a touch of grainy wheat malts on the nose, with subdued hints of watermelon, cantaloupe and red berry.

The packaging is much more attention-grabbing than the beer itself - it is light-drinking and inoffensive, with the fruit flavours remaining quite subdued - I certainly can't accuse this one of being cloying, or complex for that matter. The wheat malts provide a grainy, bready background flavour, with hints of watermelon flesh and berries simultaneously competing for your tastebuds' attention. Finishes with notes of melon rind and a slight grassiness; dry aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied, with crisp carbonation levels - not up to the levels of your average macro lager, but still a bit zippy on the tongue.

Final Grade: 3.57, a B grade. I am enjoying Kensington's Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat a bit more than I expected to... but I am not exactly being blown away by it, either. I have never been a big fruit beer guy, but the fact that this one's fruitiness is reasonably moderated - while the overall flavour profile remains tasty and refreshing - is enough to earn it an unenthusiastic thumbs up from me. It's an appropriate summer refresher, but not something I plan to return to frequently.

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat basically depicts summer in a glass: golden sunshine colour, heat haze complexion, lethargic bubbles, and puffy white shapes to stare at overhead - it couldn't look any better suited to hot weather drinking. I've got just one question: where's the patio?

This is, by the smell of things, more 'truly fruity' than 'tutti fruity'. There's nothing worse than a fruit beer that is artificial and candy-like, but the lack of sugariness and subtle tartness that compliments the watermelon notes in this bouquet are assuring signs of what's to come.

Indeed. While there's an undeniable Juicy Fruit-like flavour - Wrigley really aught to be jealous - the beer is never remotely saccharine or overly exaggerative. This one, simple as it is, scores high for purity of fruit expression; it's got a true watermelon flavour that doesn't linger unnaturally.

Watermelon Wheat is certainly suggestive of bubblegum but it drinks nothing like a cooler, whose artificial flavours are superficial and cloying. Instead, this delivers its exuberant fruitiness with enough tartness and tingling carbonation to excite other parts of the palate too.

Looking for a sure crowd pleaser? With Kensington's Watermelon Wheat you cannot fail. Fruit beers are rarely reliable - either they're too sweet and cloying, or they don't capture nearly enough of the character of the fruit - but this one high-steps over both those pitfalls and does so with modest alcohol and a tidal wave of refreshment. A great summer quencher.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a can from a rep at the Ontario Brewing awards.

I have to assume that they tweaked the formula since NorthYorkSammy's review, as this isn't cloying at all.

Poured into a weisse glass, pale straw color with maybe a hint of rose at the upper edge (the widest part of the glass) - fine, champagne like carbonation leaves a thin but persistent head with some lacing.

The fruit comes through on the aroma, although I'm not sure I'd have known it was watermelon if it was a blind pour (my girlfriend guessed pineapple and berry, and I can see either). I get a bit of grain, which seems a little harsh. The flavor, also, is the tandem of the watermelon and the wheat - not a lot else, but it's one of the better fruit wheats I've had because it dries out and finishes with a fairly crisp herbal-watermelon thing. I'm interested to see what it's like on draft, but if it's comparable, I'd definitely grab one or two of these on a summer afternoon!

Photo of mick303
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From can at the Bedford academy, poured a light gold with bad head retention and lacing. Smell is lemony and acidic with an artificial harshness that is hard to get past. Some watermelon but not much wheat. Taste is overly candied, slightly acidic watermelon, lot of candied fruit syrup that is really intrusive. A light feel throughout and then gets quite cloying. Tastes so artificial and syrupy ontop of a really light body. Not something I would seek out again. Tastes really sweet, artificial and gimmicky. Watermelon was there but it didnt really pop, basically was upfront and artificial tasting. Not much balance to this.

Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat from Kensington Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.