Door County Cherry Wheat
Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant

Door County Cherry WheatDoor County Cherry Wheat
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #981
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
72
Ranked #48,513
Avg:
2.89 | pDev: 22.15%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
58
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Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Reviews by KTCamm:
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer 2 in the six beer sampler served at the Shipwrecked restuarant. Poured into a small plastic cup (argh!).

Beer is a medium amber color, but still very light. Slightly draker than the blonde ale served here.

A fruity cherry nose in the smell, as you'd expect.

Taste is watery, hints of malt, bundled with the cherry taste. Some tartness coming through. The cherry taste is ok - it doesn't quite feel natural, but its not offensive either.

Closes like water - the cherry taste is kept in check, and this is a moderately drinkable offering.

Aug 22, 2009
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drizzam from Wisconsin

2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - An aggressive pour yielded a foamy but slight eggshell white head. This brew is a cloudy reddish orange color with small specks of sediment throughout.

S - Not much of a nose at all...I strain to smell a slight cherry scent, not much there though. Maybe it's too cold.

T & M - Pretty tart, kinda sour... this is not a fresh cherry taste as I had expected. I guess it has a bit of a malt backbone but I'm not sure what they were going for here. Mouthfeel is thinnish, almost watery. It does finish crisp though.

D - Maybe I've just been spoiled by the fruit beers of New Glarus and the belgian lambics that I love so much. I was hoping to really like this beer, as it is a local brew...just not impressed though.

Nov 14, 2009
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Winter from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in appearance with a white head. Aroma consists of, not surprisingly, cherries and wheat. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. Taste pretty much follows suit with the aroma-- wheat and tart Door County cherries. The cherries render a slighty sour finish. It can be a pretty refreshing fruit beer on a hot summer day.

Aug 15, 2003
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jimbotrost from Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled in the sun in a plastic cup in the patio area of the brewpub. Pour is of a deep copper color. Cherry juice is the major component of the nose, not offensive. The flavor is slightly offensive, a underlying skunkiness is not hidden by the subtle cherry flavor. The finish and aftertaste are non existent, the beer goes away as quick as you drink it. Not so good on this tasting

Jul 22, 2005
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scruffwhor from Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear light copper and sunshne color. Light bubbling, light head, and no residual foam. Lack luster appearance overall.

Cherry syrup and maybe some light toasted barley and wheat, maybe... Thats it.

Taste is cherry syrup and watered down toasted malts. The malts seem a bit bitter and adjuncty. Not hop bitter, but maybe corn and rice bitter, or hard water mineral bitter.

Make sure you drink this beer cold and relatively fast for full flavor enjoyment.

Oct 06, 2011
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.34/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazed amber with soda-like carbonation and a quickly disappearing head. Virtually no lacing sticks. The "artificial color" doesn't look quite "right".

The smell is of sweet-tart cherries. Mild and pleasant.

The taste is of sweet cherries with a tart touch in the finish.

The initial "fizz" fades to a rather flat feel. Smooth despite that. Not watery.

A mild cherry wheat. Nothing "special", rather "run-of-the-mill". The appearance and feel certainly need improvement. Otherwise, decent overall.

Jul 28, 2014
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nsmartell from Wisconsin

2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer out of a little plastic cup as part of the sampler at the brewpub and out of a pint glass. Therefore, this won't be the best review and is mainly for my own recollection.

Appearance: Deep coppor color/ Very little head. Don't believe the bartender knew why the head was important.

Smell: Nothing out of the ordinary. Hint of cherries.

Taste: Taste of cherries, but not good.

Mouthfeel: smooth but not much else.

Drinkability: Would not order again.

Sep 11, 2007
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Pauly2X from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear gold with a slight reddish hue.

S- Hints of cherry with a light estery profile.

T- Sweet, simple malts with light hints of cherry.

M- Smooth, lightly carbonated.

D- Not bad, but not good either.

Being from Door County, which is renouned for having great cherries, I really expected more. While there's nothing offensive, there's nothing great here either.

Jun 08, 2008
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weatherdog from Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When examining the bottle before pouring I notice 'Wheat ale with natural cherry flavor and artificial color.' Seriously?! A craft beer from freaking Door county Wisconsin can't use it's own local amazing cherries and has to rely on some cheap tasting substitute. What is this artificial color business. If you want the beer to have a red hue throw in some mid range crystal malt, for the love of god why use artificial color. From that line alone this beer is not promising.

The beer pours a hazy amber with a white head. The aroma is all tart cherries but seems a little fake and sweet. Taste is boring with just a hint of cherry flavor and does not deliver on the promise provided by the nose.

All in all it is a bland beer and I am very disappointed. I mean a cherry wheat beer from Door County. How could this not be good? Oh yeah don't use any actual cherries and load it up with 'natural flavor and artificial color'. Just avoid this and grab a New Glarus Belgian Red if you want real Wisconsin cherry flavor.

Nov 17, 2009
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enelson from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Jan 16, 2013
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yooper920 from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +3.8%

Feb 01, 2012
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft at Fish Creeks Coopers Corner. Reddish amber color with pretty much zero head. Aroma is of tart cherries. The taste is pretty disappointing. Slight cherry taste and then a bland aftertaste. Fairly pedestrian. Medim mouthfeel. Blah, not good. If you want a cherry wheat and you are in Door County just go for a Hinterland, it's much better.

Aug 20, 2010
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ruckus232 from Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.8%

Jan 08, 2013
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Fartknocker from Wisconsin

2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A- CLoudy dirty brown color
S- Faint sweetness, I assume is supposed to be cherry
T- Very weak (if any) cherry flavor, like a severely water down juice
M- Very little carbonation, feels like a soda that went flat
D- Fortanetly, I got this with a mix and match. One was more than enough.

Sep 05, 2009
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beeronesse from Wisconsin

1.44/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I love wheat beers and fruit beers. I will try to be as polite as possible in this review. I love good beer and have been spoiled on some of the best Belgian, German and domestic beers there are. (Mardesous, Orval, Boulevard Brewing and Unibroue to name a few for perspective.) That being said, this beer was as close to awful as I have rarely suffered. An attractive pour, the nose was medicinal. I detected no cherry. The attack in the mouth was stunning: shock of artificial cherry and something bordering on metal. Corny and no banana, no spice. Ack.

Nov 06, 2009
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +3.8%

Nov 15, 2011
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Ek0nomik from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

This bottle is at least a year and a half old, perhaps around two years.

Appearance: The pour is an amber and gamboge color with very little head. There are a few splashes of lace on the side of the glass and the beer is quite effervescent.

Smell: For those who say they can't smell the cherries, I think you need to blow your nose, and I have an old bottle too. The sweet tart cherries really come through with just a bit of spice as well.

Taste: The palate starts out with pale malt coming through quickly followed by sweet and tart cherries. There's a little bit of spice mixed in as well, though not much. Regardless, the slight phenol taste is welcome because I wasn't expecting it.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, carbonation is right for the style.

Drinkability: This was a very easy beer to drink, though I wouldn't want another one of these in an evening. I will say that I'm glad this wasn't overly sweet which was something I was nervous about. I can't stomach many sweet tasting things, so to me this was a good beer that lived up to its expectations.

Jan 11, 2011
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a weiss glass. No date or info.

A - One strong pour down the glass revealed this beer to have the power of a thick, off-white head; about three fingers tall in fact. Too bad it had a low retention. The good news through is that above a clear golden yellow body is three fingers of dense lace.

S - Hints of skunk juice toy with my olfactory senses. It's mot definitely there but in such a small amount it's almost unnoticeable. It smells like the beer is off a bit more than it's light struck scent too. Thick vanilla candle then comes in strong like a Yankee candle was just lit or you walked into a "ye olde scent shop" type of place in a small town. Soft wheat and light, slightly syrupy cherries become an afterthought at this point.

T - Thankfully the strongest parts of the nose fade away to let the actual beer show through. Soft, timid wheat backs up a lightly tart cherry flavor nicely but still remains a bit thin. Too thin actually. It's almost like a lightly flavored blonde ale the more I sip it. A touch of that chunky vanilla in the taste would actually be pretty good but for some reason, it only appears in the aroma.

M - Smooth and light-bodied, Cherry What has a moderately light carbonation finish for the style. Too thin otherwise.

D - The different between the nose and flavor is a little awkward to process while drinking. I don't know what's going on with that or why this seems filtered, but it's heading in the right direction, it just needs some work. Still, it remains a fair and easily drinkable summer light fruit beer.

Jun 09, 2010
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crossovert from Illinois

2.46/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz that I found at a store in Appleton.

Pours into my weizen glass a red/orange. The bottle says artificial colorings were used, I don't really see it so I guess that is good. The head is massive and off-white and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells like a normal run of the mill american generic craft beer smell with a hint of cherry.

The taste is very spicy, with an almost vegetable flavor, I'm not really tasting the cherry.

Run of the mill.

Mar 10, 2010
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ferrari29 from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a bottle into a tall Hefeweizen style glass

A - Beer pour with a half finger white colored rocky head; moderate level of carbonation formed; opaque or cloudy; dark orange colored body; head did not hold very well;' absolutely no lacing

S - Maraschino cherry blast; hits the nose and that's pretty much it; still kind of unique to warrant a higher rating; fruit punch; slight caramel malt scented back end; floral

T - Flavor profile is heavily loaded with Maraschino cherry flavors and that's about it; light in other flavors, like the all important malt notes; sweet and floral, like rose; cherry flavor lingers for a little then turns turns watery

M - Effervescent and thin; there is some malt aftertaste, but only after spoiled fruit taste comes up

D - Beer has a great cherry smell and no support from the taste side; I was really let down; it reminded me of the first batch of beer I brewed using one of those Mr. Beer kits - great looks and lacking in any malt or other flavors

Jul 05, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Well, at least there are Door County cherries wherever the hell I've been shipwrecked... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose reminds me of those cheap, microwaveable cherry-flavored fruit pies so prevalent at 7-Eleven and other such purveyors. In fact, the smell is so strong, so distinctively cherry-y that it not only approaches artificiality but passes it entirely. Not much else to be found here. The taste continues this tradition with its own twist: not only is the cherry flavor artificial, it's also medicinal now. Yay... A bit of soggy wheat comes along in the finish, but that about does it here for complexity. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I'm not a fan of this stuff, as it's just to fake-cherry-flavor-filled for my tastes.

Nov 01, 2012
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joeltorto from Wisconsin

2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I love cherries. I love beer. I love fruit beers. This does not get any of them quite right. There are better cherry wheat beers out there. Choose one other than this. I hate to say it but... not so good.

Jun 17, 2019
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blackearth from Minnesota

1.76/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into the Sam Adams glass, this beer had a deep golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma is that of cherry cough drops or suckers. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a fake cherry flavor and a bit of tartness and an ever so tiny malt flavor in the finish. This really doesn't taste like beer at all. If I was drinking this blind folded, I would think it was cherry soda. A good idea, but poorly executed.

Jul 22, 2009
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Shipwrecked poured a hazy copper color with red hues, a very small, almost non existent head. Big fresh cherry aroma. The taste is creamy, mostly fresh cherry flavors. Body is a little flat. Overall its a big cherry like beer, good for a hot summer day.

Sep 02, 2014
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PurpleCloud from Wisconsin

2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Amber with a quickly dissipating head.

S: A bit tart with a faint (too faint) hint of cherry.

T: Heavy with hops on the front end, then a cherry taste on the way down. OK, but nothing special.

M: Not great. Dry and heavily carbonated.

D: Hypothetically, you could drink a few, but I don't know why you would.

Overall: I was excited to try this one out. But I was disappointed from the onset. The appearance is just kind of bland and totally unassuming. The head leaves quickly and is reluctant to reappear. The taste is way too light on cherry and kind of a bit skunky heading in. Too dry, too carbonated. Honestly, if you're at Shipwrecked, go with another beer.

May 04, 2010
Door County Cherry Wheat from Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 58 ratings