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Best Fruit Flavored Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ZAP, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. ZAP

    ZAP Advocate (725) Minnesota Dec 1, 2001

    Usually not a big fan but in the summer I don't mind having a few from time to time. Just curious what people think are decent ones to look for?

    The worst has to be Leinie Berry Weiss....just overloaded sweetness....

    One I didn't mind actually was Shock Top Raspberry which of course gets ripped to shreds in the reviews here but to me it was kind of refreshing. Not nearly as sweet as the Leinie...

    Thoughts? Not a big fan of the Shandy offerings...
  2. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Savant (305) Minnesota May 13, 2010

    My wife digs the Pyramid Apricot Wheat and Hinterland Cherry Wheat quite a little bit. I enjoy those...for maybe 12oz....

    New Glarus Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart....but probably not what you're looking for.
  3. moefriedman

    moefriedman Savant (260) Illinois Feb 15, 2012

    Founder Cerise
    NG Raspberry Tart
    NG Belgian Red
  4. Cantillon St. Lambvinus
    Bocker Cuvee de Jacobins
    Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier
    Kasteel Rouge
    Liefman's Cuvee Brut
    Stone/Troegs Cherry Chocolate Stout
    Buffalo Bills Orange Blossom Cream Ale
    Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
    Sam Adams Blackberry Weissbier
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  5. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    NOT Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic. That might be the worst.

    Tres Blueberry Stout is very good.

    Otherwise, only sours. Fruit beers made with regular yeast almost never work for me.
  6. DFH Festina Peche
  7. Hell or high watermelon
    Terrapin peaotch.
  8. bourbon county bramble rye.
  9. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (590) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    I recently had a Dark Horse Raspberry, and I really enjoyed it.
  10. Cantillon Lou pepe kriek.
    Cantillon Fou Foune.
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  11. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Texas Dec 4, 2011

    Founders Blushing Monk was solid, my fav is Central Waters BBA Cherry Stout
  12. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (365) Illinois May 18, 2011

    This.
  13. DFH Black & Blue is pretty good.
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  14. I really like Harpoon's UFO Raspberry.
  15. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012

    New Glarus Apple Ale
    DFH Festina PĂȘche
    Founders Cerise
    Bourbon County Bramble Rye
    Bocker Cuvee de Jacobins
    Shiner Ruby Redbird
  16. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Savant (265) Michigan May 16, 2012

    Is that stuff supposed to be so expensive or is my local craft store overcharging? ($19 for a 750ml)
  17. Not a big fan of fruit beers but DFH Fort and Aprihop are probably my favorites.
  18. Gehrig13

    Gehrig13 Initiate (0) New Jersey Jun 21, 2012

    Over charging, it's 11.99-12.99 in my area.
  19. I've been drinking tons of Festina Peche this summer despite me finding it at best a decent beer. I wish more breweries would make fruited Berliner Weisses for summer.
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  20. Domingo

    Domingo Champion (945) Colorado Apr 23, 2005

    The New Glarus beers are obviously up there. They're my faves for sure.
    Dry Dock's Apricot is another one I truly love.

    While not a "true" fruit beer, at Andechs they have a 60/40 mix of weiss and apple juice that I absolutely can't get enough of.
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  21. These may be the three best US made fruit beers. And typically you can get the two from NG for $10 for a 750 ml bottle.
  22. DFH Black and Blue & Fort, Red and White is pretty fruity too
    I think Abita Strawberry avoids the too sweet thing very nicely.
    Pyramid Apricot Wheat was really my introduction to craft, I still like it, its similar to Magic Hat #9 but with more apricot flavor.
    Magic Hat Elder Betty

    I really like fruity beers in general, but I agree with you on the Berry Weiss, I also don't care for Harpoon raspberry & some of their others.

    I do like the Sam Smith fruit ones but they are really sweet so you probably wouldn't enjoy those.
  23. DFH Festina PĂȘche
    Founders Cerise
    DFH Aprihop
    New Belgium Tart Lychee
    Cascade Kriek
  24. raczkowski

    raczkowski Savant (340) Florida May 16, 2011

    Have some new glarus at the house I'll be diving into this weekend. So can't comment on those. But one of the best I've had this summer has been RJ Ruckers son of a peach. It's a peach wheat beer that is very refreshing and very good for a wheat ale.
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  25. canoale

    canoale Aficionado (175) Ohio Apr 9, 2010

    Reminded me of rasberry ice tea , good stuff , for what it is
  26. canoale

    canoale Aficionado (175) Ohio Apr 9, 2010

    Great Divide has a decent rasberry I didn't see mentioned
    Shorts (mi.only ) has key lime pie & strawberry shortcake
    Founders Cherise
    DFH aprihop is my fav

    Cheers
  27. +DFH Festina Peche
    This list works for me.
  28. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (500) Texas Jan 20, 2010

    I love Samuel Smith's fruit Ales, but if you don't like the Berryweiss, then those probably aren't for you. Festina Peche was ok the first time I had it, but the hotter it gets outside, the better it tastes. Abita Strawberry harvest is also a good summer beer. You'll get the Strawberry without the sweetness.
  29. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 28, 2011

    Here's a helpful tip: if the label on the bottle features the words "New" and "Glarus", it is going to be a phenomenal fruit beer. Trust me.
  30. OldSchoolGamer

    OldSchoolGamer Savant (250) Ohio Mar 11, 2009

    RJ Rockers Son of a Peach is an excellent fruit beer. It actually tastes like real peach. Very juicy and succulent flavor.
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  31. Was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Dark Horse's Blueberry Stout and Raspberry Ale.

    My all time favorite is Abita's Strawberry Harvest. I love that shit.

    Pyramid's Apricot was also good and Lakefront's Cherry.
  32. Bevmo has it for $14.99
  33. socon67

    socon67 Advocate (660) New York Jun 18, 2010

    I second this. Awesome peach flavor.
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  34. Lost Coast TANGERINE WHEAT.
  35. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (500) Texas Jan 20, 2010

    New Belgium Frambozen is also pretty freakin' delicious. It's my favorite fruit beer. Unfortunately it's also seasonal.
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  36. BrownNut

    BrownNut Savant (305) Florida Jul 11, 2011

    Seconding Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat and fourthing Abita Strawberry
  37. If you count raisins, Raison de Etre. Or the Kona with coconut.
  38. 3leven

    3leven Aficionado (140) Jun 28, 2012

    Overly sweet and fruity beers are disgusting to me. I'll keep my heart in the South and vote for Abita Purple Haze. Not only does it always make me think of Jimi Hendrix, but it's enough of a raspberry taste without feeling like I'm biting into the fruit, which I personally enjoy. Leinenkugel and Shock Top fruity beers are too sweet for me.
  39. I actually really like Alpine Mandarin Nectar on a nice hot day.

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