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Coolcumber | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by metter98 on 05-28-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 149
Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I go into this despising cucumbers but finding the beer to be nicely drinkable. I do get the advertised juniper and basil with a very natural cucumber.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served draft at the brewery. Was served in a glass with a slice of cucumber garnishing the rim. Nice pale golden color. Flavors of cucumber and complimentary herbs. Supremely refreshing and is a perfect beer to enjoy outside on a hot summer day!

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden in color.

Aroma/Flavor: Light, prickly cucumber with a touch of minty refreshing quality. Great on a hot day!

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, just a hint of residual flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cucumber seems to be coming into vogue as a beer ingredient, and this is in the top couple of takes on it i have seen. somewhat of a cucumber saison, with an appreciable yeast character to it, but a brighter golden grain base, honey malt and two row, rather than wheat usually found in a saison. its only mildly farmy too, truly agricultural though, the cucumber is robust in the nose and blends right into the rich frothy off white head on this thing. its clean and crisp in taste like water at a spa, with the essence of the cucumber shining through the pale malt base, hopped just enough to bring it to life. is grassy but never waxy or pithy like the outside of the cucumber. its also not gelatinous like the overripe inside of the vegetable where the seeds hang out. it just works as what it is, a hard to define beer in terms of style, because the yeast is there in the finish, almost belgian for a second, but way too mild for that. one heck of an interesting brew here from these guys.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A clear golden pour with the head forming to three inches and creating some good lacing action

Smell: Cucumber and juniper berries

Taste: Cucumber and juniper, up front, with the basil and yeast combining in the middle to add an herbal, almost briny character; the flavors persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a fan of juniper in beers so I can't say I really enjoyed this; I can see why others might, however

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of cucumber and herbal/basil spicing. Subtly sweet with a spiced edge. Flavors are basil spice forward, with a cucumber backbone, hints of gin, and toasted grains. Smooth, light bodied, with an herbal aftertaste. Smooth, crisp finish. Wow!!

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Ridgewood

Clear pale yellow under a slender white head that drops to a bubbly white ring. Fresh, green aromas of cucumber, freshly crushed herbs, green vegetation, and light pepper. Continued cucumber freshness in the flavor, crisp and dry with basil, green grass, and some grain in the finish. Light, very refreshing, and slightly bitter. Quite the interesting beer…so green and fresh without much noise from the malts or yeast. Well made, though I don’t think I’d bother having more than one or two.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a pale golden yellow color with a small foamy white head, decent retention

S- fresh cucumbers with some floral hop, crisp toasty clean malt

T- cucumber flavor follows the aroma, clean and light, very refreshing. Toasted malt finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy and creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and crisp finish

O- so refreshing and drinkable, perfect summer beer

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Photo of rwhite757
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at a local bottle shop. Very light in color and had a nice cucumber nose. The taste and mouth feel were very light and refreshing. I prefer the Cigar City version a bit better than this. Overall this is a great summer beer but I personally could have used a little more cucumber.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Duckworth's in Cornelius NC.

Wicked Weed rarely fails to amaze me. The nose on this beer is fantastic, straight up cucumber and very peppery. There's no denying the cucumber, it's amazingly fresh - as if it was just added - or randalized. Thin golden brew with a nice fluffy head and thick lacing, creamy and peppery. Probably a perfect entry to experimental beers for the novice with easily enough interest for a beer geek like me. Gr8 beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Wicked Weed. Served in a mini shaker glass.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before falling to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Some bright saison yeast and then some cucumber that's quite apparent but not overly so.

T- Cucumber presence is greater in the flavor with a mild tangy saison yeast bite. Very refreshing if not a bit watery near the end.

M- Very mildly sharp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I'm glad that the cucumber isn't too heavy in this as the only other cucumber saison I've had was Cigar City's and it was a bit too much.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle rising carbonation from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy/creamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film coating the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring a the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of fresh cucumber with light notes of basil.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with some light to moderate flavors of basil and juniper berries. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of fresh cucumbers.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

O: This beer is light, refreshing, and very easy to drink - it pairs well with pizza. Very enjoyable, I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz pour into a tasting glass on tap at the Wicked Weed taproom.

L – Straw color with a ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Definitely getting the basil and a touch of juniper in the aroma. There’s a very refreshing component to the smell as well that may be the cucumber coming through.

T – Pretty straightforward with cucumber, basil, and a bit of juniper. Even though I know it’s not in the beer, I’m getting a taste similar to lemongrass, too. While it is straightforward, it’s also very tasty and very well done.

F – Light-bodied, good carbonation, a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and finish.

O – I really, really like this beer. I don’t come across many of these fruit/vegetable beers that I feel strongly about, but this one is just so interesting to me. I never would think that a cucumber beer would catch my attention, but it is just so tasty and refreshing. This is the perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Wicked Weed

There aren't many elements of this beer that I like--not a fan of juniper, cucumber--but somehow they managed to pull this one off to the point where I actually found it drinkable.

Clear yellow pour with a small white head that fizzled out, leaving a small ringlet behind. Cucumber slice garnish. There was a blast of cucumber in the nose, but mainly from the garnish, lesser notes of basil and grass. Crisp and clean on the palate, basil and cucumber flavors obvious, light notes of juniper berries and herbal hops, fleshed out with lightly toasted pale malts. Body was light, mouthfeel was crisp. This was an easily drinkable beer for sure, and quite well-done overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of basil and juniper berries are present in the nose.
T: Flavors of basil and juniper berries stand out in the initial taste while cucumbers are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes like it would go well with a margarita pizza.

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Coolcumber from Wicked Weed Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.