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What The Huck - Fernie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Sammy, Jun 09, 2013
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 Ianleesrivette
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of slimspady
3/5  rDev -17.1%

slimspady, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ScottWestmaas
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ScottWestmaas, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of maclean25
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours with little, white, head - and the small head reduces quickly. The body is cloudy with a mix of colours, kind of purple but more of an orange-dark red colour. The aroma is fresh and lively. I get mostly grain and detect pear and a smoky quality. Wheat ales mix well with fruit flavours as this beer demonstrates. The taste is mostly berry and light citrus. The fruit tastes real (not artificially flavoured). It has a medium body, which is heavier than I expected. The carbonation is appropriate.

Overall, it reminds me of a herbal tea, but cool and carbonated. I'm not a big fan of fruit herbal teas though and this isn't the best fruit flavoured beer I've ever had.

maclean25, May 05, 2013
Photo of Exeter
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Duggyb, Feb 01, 2014
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 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 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 vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a purplish amber color, with a small lacing head. The smell is borderline offensive. The taste is initially sweet, with a strong huckleberry taste, but then finishes with a strong wheat beer taste. The overall flavor is strong, but dosent last on the paletee very long; nice carbonation. Overall a very good wheat/fruit beer.

vette2006c5r, May 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DamageCase76, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

sclitch, Jan 20, 2014
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
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
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ZachT, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Oidmoe, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

schopenhauerale, Apr 13, 2013
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 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
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What The Huck from Fernie Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.