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What The Huck - Fernie Brewing Co.

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What The HuckWhat The Huck

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82
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the Huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. We’ve blended it with a touch of wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries. Great for the summer patio season, cosy inter-season dinners or your finest apres ski. We’ve added the berry juice after filtration, giving a subtle purple colour and a slight haze, with a tartly sweet finish.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 05-26-2009)
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Reviews by tonyf55:
Photo of tonyf55
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, AB. Served in a shaker.

Visual (2.5): Low-clarity, orangish hue with minimal head but nice lacing despite being in a shaker. No real stand-out traits.

Aroma (3.5): Berries...I'm guessing huckleberry and hints of gooseberry (advised by my friend who has tried both). What is for sure is a hoppy pine scent that does well to balance the wilderness fruit sweetness.

Taste (3.5): Fruity sweetness from the nose is reflected in the taste with the hops fitting into the flavour really well at the end. Sweetness lingers nicely with a great little hit of hop spice at the end. Would be best on a warm summer day.

Mouthfeel (3): Lively mouthfeel with active carbonation that sweeps over the pallet. A little watery with a lighter body. Again, the feel compliments the taste for some warmer weather.

Overall (4): This beer is the definition of "greater than the sum of it's parts". All togther, Fernie Brewing's What the Huck is a creative, well-crafted, and easily drinkable summer fruit beer. Although individually each of its traits may not stand out, all together What the Huck is a fantastic summer sipper that is not to be missed when the weather is good.

tonyf55, Nov 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, with a nice slick wood-grain blue label - and colour me a sucker for the quasi-vulgar eponymous pun!

A few years ago, on a visit to the northern Idaho panhandle, I was introduced to the huckleberry. It is quite prolific in the area, and I become familiar and amused by all of the huckleberry ales that I encountered, and thought them a nice and more preferable alternative to the standard blueberry fruit ales I normally see. Now, seeing an interior BC brewery produce such a product just makes good geographical sense, it does.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, purple-tinged medium copper amber colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which dissipates rapidly, leaving a random splatter of lonely islet lace around the glass.

It smells of weirdly spicy, grainy wheat malt, semi-tart dark field fruit, and a surprisingly strong pine needle hoppiness. The taste is more softly grainy wheat malt, a touch of generic breadiness, huckleberries (the real deal, if a bit one-dimensional in their bearing), and some mild, rather indistinct spice - white pepper and ginger, perhaps?

The carbonation is quite understated, just going about its quotidian bizness, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and a bit obviously fruity. It finishes off-dry, and pleasantly clean, with the fruity huckleberry tartness playing an unnecessary game of attrition against the lingering sweet grainy wheatiness.

It's nice to be able to just specify 'huckleberry' as a flavour, like, say 'apricot', when describing such a beer, a luxury I didn't have that first time around stateside. Overall, this is an enjoyably fruity wheat ale, the tartness present, but kept well in check. Refreshing, tasty, and nostalgic, all in one tidy package.

biboergosum, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Sammy, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a hazy bronze orange with one thumb of white had that retained reasonably well leaving a small lace of foam
S - grainy wheaty malt, some perfume hop notes, light sweet berry syrup scent
D - savory bready wheat malt flavour mixed with the very sweet and tart huckleberry, perfumy hop notes are very light, a biscuity aftertaste
M - the tart bitterness of the berries seems to dominate throughout, medium bodies with the chewiness of the bready wheat malt
D - the mix of sweet, bitter tart, and bready is an interesting mix of flavours and feels, the actual berry flavour is not over emphasized as is sometimes the case with fruit offerings, while nothing here is outstanding it is a very nice seasonal

joemcgrath27, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of 1stOffender
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle, $5.10 + dep at the BCLS.

A: Big foamy head, a bit cloudy but fairly clear, sort of an amber colour with a slight pinkish hue. Colour is not the most appealing, but I guess this is what a wheat ale with huckleberry juice looks like.
S: Berries, piney hops.
T: Dry. I guess I taste the berries. It's pretty mild, but not flavourless.
F: Crispness from the carbonation. Medium-bodied, a bit thicker than I expected, but not syrupy.

Would I buy it again? Probably not, although it's not bad. I can think of other fruit beers I'd rather drink, but I don't regret giving it a try.

souvenirs, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber with a bluish hue. Interesting but not especially appealing. Half finger head falling to a film with minimal lacing.

Smell. Sour berries and apples. Some bready yeast and a little malt. Nice.

Taste. Berries and a little wheat. Finishing with some malt and a little honey. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel. Light and crisp with some prickly carbonation.

Drinkability. Goes down real easy. Not very sweet and pronounced, but light flavours make this a great drinker.

Looks like another nice summer thirst quencher that I'll buy again.

Rutager, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, abv. listed at 5%. Pours out with a tall loose creamy off-white head, cloudy russet copper hue for the body.

Tart musty dry grains on the nose, some creaminess, with low levels of sweet tart fruit.

Creamy, almost milky sweetness up front in the flavour, neutral grains in the middle, with some tart berries and more sweet cream on the finish.

Medium-bodied, soft and creamy texture, the wheat is put to good use, I wouldn't doubt if some oats were in there either.

I can see this appealing to the cross-over crowd, but it just doesn't gel with me, I find that milky sweetness quite off-putting, while the fruit content isn't high enough to even start to balance it out. I'll pass....

IronDjinn, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4/5  rDev +10.5%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DamageCase76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of slimspady
3/5  rDev -17.1%

slimspady, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Fernie brew that I got to try the draft version of on a trip to BC.
Golden colored liquid was slightly hazy, with a hint of purple when held up to the light. A thin floating cap of foam lasted nicely and left thin spiderwebs of lace. The fruit smell is evident from the start, sweet huckleberries, some wheat malt as well. The fruit flavour is right there, but without being too much. Very nicely balanced. Bready, wheat malt with sweet and tart fruit. A well made wheat beer with fruit incorporated (as opposed to a sickly sweet artificial flavoring).
Very nicely carbonated, bubbly on the tongue, smooth and not too fizzy. Mouthfeel is light, keeping it refreshing and crisp. Easy to drink fruit beer.
And I brought a bottle home too.

BigBry, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy purple appearance with a small amount of head but good lacing and retention. Was caught by surprise with the appearance. Sweet, berry smell with a hint of wheat, bread and apples.

Picked up wheat and berries for the taste as well as bread, some malt and a hint of vanilla. Taste seems like a lighter version of the smell. Light and creamy bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry, berry taste.

Overall, this is an interesting fruit beer and very refreshing. Taste could use more of a kick to it, but it's a well rounded beer. Will definitely try again in the summer.

CrazyMike, May 08, 2011
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
Photo of goalie35
4/5  rDev +10.5%

goalie35, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of LazyL
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright amber with a violet hue thats hard to explain. Good creamy head and some nice lace on the glass.
A bit of honey and some earthy notes, otherwise not alot here.
Slightly sour, but sweet at the same time. This is the berry influence. Its nice, has an OK mouthfeel and is quite an easy drinker.
This would be a nice addition to an ice filled tub on the deck for a summer BBQ. If you like this you will also like St Ambroise apricot wheat ale.

LazyL, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of sclitch
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

sclitch, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited a friendly local Co-op Liquor Store (Rocky Ridge) and was pleasantly surprised by their selection. This was one of the many selections I picked up for my birthday weekend.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with a reddish / purple hue around the edges. A thin layer of head with remains throughout and no real lacing.

S - The scent was full of berry fruits, with (what I'm assuming is, though I've never eaten) huckleberry, but is reminiscent of a mixture between a strawberry and blueberry. A bit of grassy wheat and bready malt comes off on the finish.

T - The fruit flavours are definitely noticeable, but by no means overwhelming. This is perfectly balanced, offering a sweet fruit flavour off the top, while finishing with a nice balance of wheat grains and bready malts. The huckleberry is nice and sweet, and has a bit of a vanilla finish. The lingering flavour is reminiscent of a berry sweet tart.

M - This one is perfectly carbonated, offering a nice bubbling sensation on the tongue, and goes down extremely smooth.

D - The light feel makes it go down extremely easy, and the delicious, yet not overpowering, combination of flavours makes for an easy drinking and enjoyable experience. The flavours are light enough that your can toss it back pretty easily, but it still offers enough flavour to make the experience memorable. Great beverage, and highly recommended to enthusiasts of berry flavoured beers!

andrenaline, Jul 13, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass sept10 2010

A hazy deep orange with a little pink with lots of bubbles including some of the biggest bubbles I've ever seen, thumbs width of head hangs around for a minute or two and leaves a patch of lace

S not much some honey, berries and wheat but rather faint

T what I smell but a little stronger and a little sweeter

M thin and a little too much carbonation it turns to foam in your mouth

D easy enough to drink nothings wrong with this one and it would go down fairly well with the hot sun

no reason not to try this beer and props to Fernie for branching out and trying something different from their norm

wordemupg, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +10.5%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Shadman
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has the fruit beer look..cloudy reddish brown with a decently rich looking head.

Slight sweet berry fruitiness, sweet malts...pretty faint.

Slight berry tartness in front, watery afterward. Same toasty, buttery malts as in the Wit beer. Berry tartness returns @ the finish along with a nice dry ending.

Light, but again quite smooth and creamy.

Drinkable and quite refreshing. I felt the berry profile could have been fleashed out a bit more.

Shadman, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

jrempel, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Ianleesrivette
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
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What The Huck from Fernie Brewing Co.
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