Red Duck White Garden | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Brewed by:
Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brendan13 on 12-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: solid brown 330mL bottle with a very stylish (and cute) label. I particularly like the "Does not contain any real ducks" label.

Appearance: this beer pours a very pale straw with a pink tinge. Light, fine carbonation flows freely with a very small white head. Funnily enough, this looks exactly like a spritzer.

Aroma: plenty of sharp berries up front with some tart rhubard behind. Smells refreshing, and surprisingly different.

Taste: unusually much more demure in the mouth than on the nose. Still some berries and a light tartness, but otherwise just a light and refreshing beer. Very little indication of alcohol - if I hadn't known, I would have thought I was drinking a (fantastic) soft drink rather than alcohol.

Aftertaste: a touch more of the rhubarb tartness comes through on the finish, as well as some sweet wheat and grain.

Mouth feel: As expected, a fairly light body and a spritzy carbonation. Very easy-drinking.

Overall: I could definitely drink this very easily on a hot summer day - a pleasant mild sweetness with a light body. The main problem is with the incredible drinkability - comes across as more of a slightly-alcoholic lambic-spritzer than an ale. The throw-down value makes the price of AU$110 a case too high.

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Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale straw with a small head.
Nose shows truckloads of raspberries with faint rhubarb in the background. A little doughy wheat is just noticeable underneath. That tart raspberry is amazing!
Not much of the fruit transfers through as flavours. A little raspberry shows but otherwise its dominated by musty, cardboardy wheat.
Carbonation could be a little higher to go with the light flavours.

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Photo of Macca
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a peach colour with a similar tinge to the head. Cloudy.

The nose is sweet sweet sweet. But not in a good way. Sweet as in perhaps too much of the raspberry and rhubarb jam that was used in the brew. There is some wheat as well.

The sweetness doesn't come through on the palate. Just the opposite, intense sourness. Very bready. The fruit flavours that I expected just weren't there.

Thick and cloying.

Certainly not one of Red Duck's better offerings.

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Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tricky one.

I actually really dig where they've gone with this, but this beer really needs food. This is not the kind of beer you have after work to slate your thirst. The rhubarb and raspberry jam is quite apparent and cries out for something to go with it. I'm no chef but I'm sure there are some fantastic recipes that could go with this flavour profile - rhubarb crumble or rhubarb ristto spring to mind. It's quite tart and not at all bitter with spritzy carbonation.

I'll go against the grain here and say I think it's pretty good but very much a "time and place" beer. I regret opening this only because I don't have anything appropriate to eat with it and it struggles on it's own. Still, not bad.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale peach colour, very opaque with some chunks of sediment. Head is white, with small bubbles but doesn't retain all that well. Lace is alright; not sticky though. Interesting look, but not amazing.

Smells quite herbal and spicy and fruity, some citrus with a touch of pink pepper and roasted coriander seed. Quite musty, with a touch of acidity. Could use more fruit; the mustiness takes over too early. Not bad though, overall.

Taste is quite sour and musty at first, with lots of herb notes and deep earth; some citrus rind - bitter fruit esters - on mid-palate and then taken over by an earthy and bitter finish. Touches of green tea and grain husk. Slight bready yeast note as well which is a shame, yeah overall the flavours are mildly intriguing, but nothing to write home about, and nothing I particularly enjoy.

A bit fuzzy at times, bit too viscous as well. Can be thinner with more fizz.

Yeah, not a bad beer but lacks balance and not very refreshing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed and pale yellow white, rather reminiscent of cloudy apple juice, with a slight pinkish tinge, giving an apricot hue overall. Head is fine bubbled, but very filmy, leaving a small amount of sudsy lacing. Very odd, but not unpleasant.

Apple juice acidity on the nose, mingling with floral characters of rose and hibiscus. Something slightly more gritty and organic as well. Crushed leaves, and almost a whack of tannin. Again, not bad, but a bit unusual.

Taste is initially sweet, but it has a horrible welling of offensive organic, almost like Pride of Ringwood and bread yeast. It subsides a bit after a while, leaving it flat with a little acidity. Not particularly inspired on the palate, and getting a little towards offensive.

Meh. It's light enough that it's drinkable, but it's not a great beer all up. Too much clashing in it to be really enjoyable.

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Photo of ADZA
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a really strange looking light pink/guava hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that quickly recedes to a tiny rim of lacing,the smell is basically overpowered by the Raspberry and Rhubarb jam they infuse with this drop and its basically like smelling Raspberry jelly,the mouthfeel is undercarbonated and has a very light mouthfeel to it and it doesnt really get better with taste either with tastes of Raspberry and Rhubarb which dominate once again followed by a sour wheaty tartness which give you a little mouthpucker right at the end and overall this drop is a big let down i mean i love brews that use raspberries in them but i think they just failed with this one as it was definately too sweet and could use a little bitterness in it to be honest.

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Photo of shambeano
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a hitachino nest beer glass.

A- pours a strange murky pink, with nearly no head at all.

S- theres a beery base to the smell, but what really comes through is the raspberry jam, sweet and almost lolly like.

T- this one really is not my thing. the base beer is pretty standard, but with hints of raspberry and rhubarb. sweet, but with the slightest bitterness at the end. I dont think the flavours mix too well.

M- light, with prickly carbonation, as far as feel goes its not so bad, standard wheat beer fair.

D- its relatively easy to drink. But the flavour is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of brendan13
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy pale golden with an ever so slight pink hue combining for a colour one might call light peach. 3cm head falls away rather quickly.
S - Raspberry, sort of like schweppes traditional raspberry soft drink. Plenty of wheat aroma.
T - There it is again, raspberry soft drink with some herbal, earthy character. Also some wheat.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, touch of tartness.
D - Interesting. Nothing wrong with it but nothing to get too excited by. The bottle notes they used raspberry and rhubarb jam. Maybe ditch the rhubard and use proper raspberries or at the least puree. As it is the raspberry that does come through is very artificial smelling and tasting.

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Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, rosy, peach colour with a tiny white head. Not bad for what it is.

Brady, yeasty aroma with fruity berry notes. I get a touch of rhubarb and an earthiness.

Tart wheat, sharp fruit and earthiness all combine here in an odd mix of a beer. I can see what was planned with this beer. An interesting combination of witbier and fruit would be nice but this doesn't come together perfectly.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

This is an interesting beer where the execution didn't quit go right. Fruit and witbier would be good but as others have said, jam was probably not the right form for the fruit to come in.

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Red Duck White Garden from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
3.2 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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