Cherry HefeWeizen
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
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3.66 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid cider brown with the suggestion of dusky plum from the cherry juice. A thick chunk of putty colored foam was seen up top, melted slowly, and left the glass plastered with quite a bit of thick lace in chubby rings and scattered scraps.

The aroma was disappointing in that it was low on both cherries and the typical banana-clove of the hefeweizen style. It was fruity, and smelled more like cherries with warming, but it was too little too late.

Taste was a difficult call too, but was rounded up in the end due to improvement in the bottom half of the pint. The beer's biggest sins were too much bitterness and the fact that it tasted more like a cherry-accented pale wheat ale than a cherry hefeweizen. My bias: a good estery hefeweizen doesn't need fruit, either during the brewing process or on presentation.

The cherry essense tasted natural rather than extract-like, and there was exactly the right amount of it present. The toasted wheatiness of the base beer was enjoyable as well. Swapping out some of the bitterness for tanginess would have improved the beer even more. With respect to the yeast, clove was appreciated and monkey fruit wasn't.

The mouthfeel was too sharply bubbled in the top half. Once the carbonation began to fade a little, the beer was still sparkly, but it had developed a silky clinging creaminess that was most likely aided by the fruit sugars. Along with the appearance, this was the highlight.

Cherry HefeWeizen is a tough beer to which to assign numbers. From first to last, the scores could have been rounded up, up, down, up and up respectively. That wouldn't have changed the final score that much, so it doesn't really matter in the end. Still, all things considered, it was a worthwhile pint.

Sep 24, 2010
Cherry HefeWeizen from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1 ratings