Ceres Red Erik | Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

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Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 04-29-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by mdagnew:
Photo of mdagnew
3.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare..

Poured a red / brown colour - looks like a kriek... Head was white and disappeared quite quickly...

Aroma - Sugary, fruity (orange), slightly vinegary...

Taste – Sweet, strawberry notes, lemony, peppery, quite noticable alcohol...

Feel - Quite sharp at first but this mellows out....

Overall - An OK beer... worth a try once, but not something you would want to drink a lot of...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, with thin gold foil plastering the cap, and the eponymous viking looking out dead center from the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium reddish amber hue, with one fat finger of bubbly and fizzy pale pink head, which flits away almost instantaneously, leaving but a few sparse, sickly blots of lace around the glass for its effort.

It smells of bready pale malt, corn mash, sour dark fruit (grapes and cherries, mostly) a certain chemical astringency, and grassy, weedy, and skunky hops. The taste is bready malt, a touch of caramel, more sour, stale fruitiness, subtle warming alcohol, and a bitter edgy, skanky, and weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit too pushy at first, the body maintaining some weight, but mostly through a poor combination of cloying and watery attributes. It finishes more like a quasi-respectable continental pilsener, as the skunky essence seems to have mostly burned off, letting the crackery, bready (and ok, corny) sweetness and bitter grassiness play as they should.

I imagine that Erik the Red had an easier time crossing the Atlantic Ocean than his namesake beer did. The clear bottle of course can't help, and any purported fruit character is lost in the stank that pervaded most of my initial exposure here. Too bad, as I suspect that there may be something more palatable under there - or maybe not.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ceres Brewery "RED ERIK"
33 cl. clear glass bottle, "Best Before 190716"

For being a beer/malternative made with corn in the grist, and sugar syrup and fruit juice in the bottle it's not bad. I should probably also point out that hops are the last ingredient on the label, meaning there are very few there, and they're probably only used to meet the requirements of being a "beer". It looks a little odd with its reddish tint and pink head, but it smells and tastes fine. It's also 6.5% ABV, which is probably a big selling point for many, and come to think of it, the unusual coloring probably is as well, just not for me. It was expensive so I won't be having it again, but after walking for 3 hours on a hot day it might have actually been just what I needed. It's a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and a little bit fruity - quite refreshing!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - slightly hazy and very red, thumb of pink head retained respectably with a touch of lacing
S - very grainy, adjunct, metallic, with a bit of a cook veggie aroma
T - similar to the nose with some caramel maltiness as well, its strangely sweet & sour, but mostly odd
M - medium to light and a little on the flat side, has a bit of a metallic feel
O - not sure if the Fruit/Vegetable Beer classification is correct but it definitely has some of that not so appealing cooked veggie flavour, not horrible but not something I would drink again unless in a pinch

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Photo of evlu1441
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

WOW! This beer is really red! It pours a deep red with a slightly pink head. I'm honestly not that into the look.

The aroma is slightly hoppy with a bit of wet grain in the background. A hint of ambiguous "fruit" in the background.

It is quite bitter to start off, but slowly develops a bit of malty flavour. Some slight sweet grain towards the end mixed with a nice bit of hoppy bitterness.

Overall, this is a really strange beer. It doesn't taste all that great, and its weirdly red. I don't know what to make of it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.01/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Dean the rep for this sample. From a 330 ml clear bottle, gold foil around the neck. Pours out a clear garnet hue, with a tall spongy off-white (pinkish) head that slowly settles.

Some skunky aroma as the cap was popped. Bready malt and sharp grains are apparent once in the glass, along with some cherry extract sweetness, and grassy, spicy hops.

Veggie-like character upfront in the flavour, perhaps a result of the clear bottle. Grainy malt, some softer bready malt in the middle, green leafy hops on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit off-putting...

Medium-light mouthfeel, brisk carbonation.

I'm honestly not sure what they are aiming for with this beer, or what it is trying to be. Strikes me a bit as a Euro Pils, however there is is no real trace of fruit to be found in the flavour, and only a hint in the aroma. The rest is quite rough around the edges.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Blumstein
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of SebD
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of NeMe
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of MilanoItaly
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinkable as a pils,this beer distinguishes itself for the clear red color,obtained with red berries juice,appreciable through the transparent glass of the packaging.

Strawberries can be smelled.
It's a little bit too fizzy in my opinion,and the foam has much of a Sprite than a beer:not creamy at all.

I can feel honey and (very light) malt notes,very light bitterness ; in the complex sweet and even velvety,though absolutely thin bodied.
ABV 6.5% noticeable as the beer warms.

A highly refreshing pils-clone with a red berries aroma,which can be lost if served too chilled .

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Photo of charapaus
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good industrial red ale, fruity and correct ABV for the beer

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Photo of Suds
2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is a deep red color, almost describable as dark brick. The head is an attractive off-white with moderate density and a respectable longevity. The aroma, though is a real let down. A little malt and fruit, backed with a little ethanol. There's a slightly sour, misplaced aroma as well. It's not entirely pleasant. The taste is at first sweet, followed by a mouth-prickly carbonation sensation. Bitterness starts slightly after the mid-taste, along with a sweet-and-bitter candy taste. It's not unlike some of the malt hard candy that you can find in Europe. The flavor of berries (red berries, like strawberry) come through in the flavor, but are not overpowering. It doesn't come together very well, though. I didn't find it very drinkable, and wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of crissxhou_96
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Ishbob
4/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 16/9/12

A a ruby brown body with a light pinkish foam that falls quickly and leave two rings of lace

S skunked chemicals with a little sour fruit, cherry perhaps, almost like a jolly rancher but its not very nice in this department

T quite sweet with some fake fruit and a off tasting solvent thing going for it, at least the booze is somewhat well hidden but not all that enjoyable overall

M medium bodied with decent carbonation, slightly sticky and a crappy sour fruit aftertaste

O not god awful but far from good, the off chemical taste is hard too avoid, tastes like a cheaply made fruit beer but they used fake fruit and malt liquor

I didn't expect much and I wasn't disappointed, don't expect much from this one

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
1.5/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of thatsmyspot
2.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : red color with a small pink head.
Smell : The aroma has notes of raspberries.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, notes of hops, malt. dry finish
DRinkability : an average beer made by Ceres in the style Vienna lager ?

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Photo of DBertucco
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Mitchster
2.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank this one in Lucerne, Switzerland. Gorgeous looking brew in the bottle, attractively packaged in a clear bottle with gold labeling and foil. Brilliantly clear red with caramel accents forming a thin pinkish head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is slightly light struck, but lightly husky pale malts are noticeable with clean lager fermentation and lack of any hop or alcohol aroma. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is wet with a medium body. Taste is moderately malty, noteably without much roasted barley character...the pink head and lack of roasted barley make me think that this has been colored with food coloring, but the web page says "The red colour of the beer comes from the use of juices of berries and fruits. Extensive development work has been performed to identify the right berries and fruits, which produce the beer's distinctive colour without changing the flavour and smell of the beer." At any rate, I don't taste any fruitiness. Flavor hops are earthy if at all discernable, bittering hops take a back seat to the ruddy, earthy malts. The bitterness is indistinct, as in other Ceres brews. Acetone alcohols are noteable towards the middle and finish and becomes more predominant as it warms...overpowering the bland flavor of this brew. Corn is listed as an ingredient. Ceres recommends "Should be served sparklingly cold in tall champagne glasses." Yet another dull brew from Ceres.

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Photo of stcules
1.46/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cherry/mahogany red color. Quite good appearance, with a beige/pink head, not too much, but compact. Quickly falling down, too.
In the smell a background malt, and a light red fruitiness.
The taste is really sweet, sugary, with cane sugar and fruit sugar. Too sweet and sickly.
The same for the aftertaste.

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Photo of TheHip-HopMobBarley
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hewsinator
4/5  rDev +40.4%

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Ceres Red Erik from Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 27 ratings