10th Street Cherry Wheat | Raccoon River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Raccoon River Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
While about one third of the grain bill for this beer is wheat malt, the most important recipe detail is the addition of 300 lbs. of tart pie cherries shipped in from Oregon. Tart cherries are used so that the flavor of the fruit isn't simply fermented away from the beer. If sweet cherries were used, the majority of the cherry flavor would be fermented away as the sugars are converted into alcohol.

Added by gueuzegeek on 02-26-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by gueuzegeek:
Photo of gueuzegeek
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, for starters, it is claer pink! They toss a marachino (sp) cherry in there too, which was a nice touch. This is a chick beer. The aroma was very sweet as was the taste. I am glad I only had a small sampler size of this one, as I really could not drink much, but it was defintely interesting to try it. I must say, it sort of reminded me of a shirley temple, but it has been a while since I had one of those!!

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a reddish color with light lacing on the surface. A mild malt nose is sprinkled with a light sensation of cherry. The malt stands out in the flavor against a grain dominated backdrop with flavor of cherry. This is a nice wheat and very unique/original. I prefer to some other renditions of "cherry wheat" I have sampled. Very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with hints of red unless I'm being psyched out by the Cherry moniker. Head is almost white, but didn't stick around to get to know you. Aromas are very light, with some wheat sweetness and a hint of cherry syrup.

Okay flavor, a little interesting twist on the pale wheat ale thing but not a lot more than that. The cherries come through alright, but don't add much to the overall presentation. Not overly sweet, but a little much for me after a pint.

Mouthfeel was weak and watery, not out of character for the style but not adding anything to the discussion. Interesting enough to warrant a try, but not worth enough to go back. This one's for the ladies, although my lady friend didn't care for it.

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Photo of wbillw
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly fogged orange that became progressively darker and foggier as the eye traveled upward. Adjacent to the small, off-white cap, the beer was very nearly tawny in color. It would have been a great look if there had been even a hint of cherry blossom blush. The head was much too short-lived, as was the meager amount of watery lace. Only the interesting color elevated the appearance to comfortably above average.

The nose was weak. Its worst sin, though, was that it didn't smell like a cherry beer at all. It's a given that a pale wheat (the base beer) that doesn't accent its hoppier nature isn't much in terms of aromatics, but one would think that 300 lbs of Oregon cherries per batch would make some sort of olfactory impact. One would be wrong.

The flavor was good, but was weaker than it should have been. Even though I didn't expect to be bowled over by bowls of cherries, more than a faint echo would have been nice. Interestingly enough, the low level, tart, acidic, fresh cherriness lasted quite a long time after the swallow. I tried to find a touch of sweetness, but came up empty. That's okay, the mildly sour wheaty tang was a good match for the faintly puckery fruit.

I have no doubt that if the flavor knob had been turned up a few notches, this would have been a much more enjoyable beer. The fact that I had to concentrate so hard to appreciate what I presume was the desired flavor didn't make me dislike the beer, it just made me disappointed at the opportunity lost. Perhaps 600 lbs of cherries is the answer. 900 lbs?

The insubstantial mouthfeel certainly didn't help matters. It was vanishingly light (though oddly not watery) with a lackluster amount of carbonation. Maybe that was by design since it was further evidence that this is a chick beer and not a dude beer. Since I'm a dude...

Actually, the first indication that 10th Street Cherry Wheat was meant to be a chick beer is that it's brewed every year in honor of Valentine's Day, a chick holiday if there ever was one. The second is that when I asked the bartender to leave the cherry garnish out of the beer, he told me that he always puts it in for the ladies ('they love it!') and never puts it in for the men.

I'm not sure how worthwhile a lightly cherry-flavored, easy drinking pale wheat ale is, but I have to believe that it's a much better warm weather beer than a cold weather one. Hey, when's Sweetest Day?

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10th Street Cherry Wheat from Raccoon River Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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