Coolcumber | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is laden with cucumber and Juniper, with a hint of basil.

Flavor is more cucumber forward, fairly dry and crisp, with basil lingering in the finish.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from GA served with a baked chicken and spinach sandwich.

Look: Hazy golden body with plenty of visible carbonation leading up to a moderate size but durable white head.

Aroma: very floral; moderately herbal and fruity, and, in a good sense, lightly vegetative.
Flavor: mildly bitter. More basil here than cucumber.
Feel: pleasing light-medium body with soft medium-high carbonation.

Overall: refreshing; innovative; good complexity in both the nose and the mouth. Should work well with many flavorful foods.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Blonde with 1 finger of loose white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Pink peppercorn, lemon zest, clove, and basil. A fairly light aroma.

Basil, pink peppercorn, clove, and lemon zest. Spent grains, dried hay, and a general earthy hoppiness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, sharp, and semi-dry.

Fairly dry, crisp, zippy, and refreshing. I really don't detect and cucumber, but the basil is there.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter appears a clear pale yellow color with white cap that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is cucumber at first than herbal almost minty and fruity.

There is such a weird yet familiar taste to this. I almost want to say that it starts off like some perplexing cola quality that abruptly turns to veggy cucumber and fruity berries with an herbal almost minty addition.

This is light in body, modestly carbonated and super easy drinking. So unique and thats weird for me to say because i had plenty of cucumber beers before just none with juniper and basil too. Such a unique combo that really works.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4-pack of 12 ounce bottles - $8.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Date Bottled: 07.28.16.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow-hued body with an abrupt, white head.

Smell: A background of meager pale malted barley with the declared additions of cucumber, basil leaves and juniper berries, though all in all it's a pretty toned-down, mild aroma.

Taste: A light, cereal sweet touch of barley with a small hint of crisped grain. Cubed cucumber, spicy shredded basil and some fruity, spicy juniper berry flavors, a bit more bolder than was found in the aroma. The flavors mingle and join a more pronounced pop of ground white pepper for the crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation, though still has a zing of crispness.

Overall: I'll come clean and admit I absolutely abhor cucumbers. I loathe their scent, taste and texture (I'm ever irked by sushi joints cramming this scornful filler into their entire sushi roll line-up). However, I somehow decided to give this a 'go', even springing for a full four-pack. Coolcumber has got a nice summery vibe that isn't just another citrusy wheat, instead giving one a mouthful of horticulture.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Slightly cloudy golden color with nice white head, not much lacing.

Smell - I do not get much cucumber but the basil and other strong herbs stand out. Little bit of mint and watermelon as well.

Taste - I am getting more of the cucumber in the taste along with the basil, maybe some thyme and other herbs. The flavors are well balanced I was worried by the smell the herbs would over power.

Feel = Very light and crisp there is a slight herb aftertaste I am not a huge fan of but still very easy to drink.

Overall - I like the taste the herbs are maybe a little strong but this is still a solid summer cooler for me!!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

300mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 3.39. Bottled 7/11/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a clear, bright gold with a fingers worth of white head. The froth fades to a few surface spots and thin halo, leaving only a couple wispy specks of lace.

Smells cool and fresh. Pale malts, basil, cucumber, mild minty spice and a light, melony sweetness.

There is a whole lot of flavor here. Cucumber, basil, melon rind, earthy berries, mint, pepper, gin and spruce. A very interesting and flavorful blend but a little bit goes a long way.

Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Cool, minty cucumber and basil infused finish.

Coolcumber is an interesting brew. Wicked Weed is showing skill in a different area here. Ultimately I like and respect it but for my tastes one try one was enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Subtle cucumber does sneak it's way in, but this lacks the cool refreshing flavour cucumber usually imparts. Slightly sour, slightly acidic. Smooth, wet, well-carbonated.

Drinkable enjoyable fare overall, but far from impressive - especially considering it's from such a reputable brewery.


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Photo of smakawhat
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. Bottled July 7th 2016.

Peach colored orange with an opaque appearance. Still. A small float of few pinhead sized carbonation bubbles barely make an appearance. Head creation is pretty small, if non existsent. Faint white collar proceeds with a mirrored top and no puck.

Things improve in the aroma department. Nice touches of gin like botanicals, definitely lots of juniper and green sharp herbs to match. Definitely a nice clean and spicy bent on the nose, and controlled sweetness.

Had no idea what to expect on first sip. Controlled flavors but through a pretty wet and limp body. Does have cucumber flavor going on but also brings hints of vegetative greens and maybe even a bit of squash. Sharp tasting gin like botanicals of juniper and mild pine like hops. Definitely finishes a bit hot on the herbal side as well which makes it almost seem like a boozy finish.

I can see a Hendricks appeal here, but as a beer it's sort of falling a little flat and less appealing for 12 oz. to consume. It's a light refresher, but strangely has a powerful flavor that seems an overburden to chug through. Sort of a contradictory drinking experience.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden ale brewed with cucumbers, basil, and juniper berries. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is very clear, medium gold in color, quite effervescent, and sports a finger of clumpy white head. The nose is really interesting and unlike any other beer I have faced. It has pronounced minty notes of basil and fresh, green cucumber. It smells like a salad!

Light body with a silky soft feel. A little grainy up front, then some berry-like fruit notes creep in before you get hit with lots of basil. The cucumbers are evident, but that basil gives a minty taste that is a bit overpowering (though I'm sure some BAs will really dig it). The cucumbers don't give a husky flavor, but the beer is somewhat vegetative on the back of the palate. It's herbal and tea-like. The finish is dry and the beer is quite refreshing.

I had wanted to try a cucumber beer for a while now and am glad I came across this one. Still, it's probably not something I would buy again. It's good, but the basil flavors are a little strong for me.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one sounded like it was going to be too out there for me but it really hits the mark. The smell is a bit of spice, a bit of basil, and a bit of funk. The taste is the perfect balance of cucumber and basil. And the mouthfeel is for some reason nectarish, which is very pleasant. I would have thought a cucumber and juniper beer would be lighter and sharper, which would have been fine, so that mouthfeel was a pleasant surprise. It is very easy to overdo it with basil but they did it just right, and who would have thought cucumber would be the perfect thing to offset it and keep it in check with freshness. But it was. The first couple of Wicked Weeds I ever had were disappointing in that they were expensive and just seemed generically sour. But I've had several now that really demonstrate the talent of these people. This is definitely one of them.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

GABF 2014 was my first taste of this beer; enjoyed it then and enjoy it now! Golden 4 oz pour from tap. Cucumber, basil, and other herbs gently greet the nose. Medium body with the hint of cucumber and basil appear on the front and a subtle note of juniper finishes. This is your summer beer! Go find it, you won't want to miss it. Prost!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Forget the sugary fruity drinks as a summertime refresher on these hot North Carolina summer days. Instead, reach for the cooling, melon-like, grassy flavors of cucumber and the culinary art that it leads to a mild-mannered Belgian farmhouse base ale. With one of these in hand, you'll be as cool as a cucumber too.

Wicked Weed's Coolcumber pours with a bright and glowing golden sheen. Capped with a foamy and sprite saison froth, the rim is adorned charmingly with a slice of cucumber (unnecessary, but surely seductive to the eye). Billowing scents of cucumber and herb split the difference between caprese, greek salad, mojito and honeydew. Its supple sweetness is juicy with melon, light caramelization and floral honeysuckle.

As the sweetness drifts, a bright and herbal bouquet blossoms. The juicy succulence of melon and cucumber quickly trends dry, spicy and bitter with the aid of generous basil additions that complement the natural spices of white pepper, black pepper, lemongrass and light curry that the saison underneath have to offer. Sprucy with juniper and piney hops, the finish is of fresh grass clippings and gin with those timid citrus undertones.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer's ample carbonation breaks up the fruit and vegetal impressions and allow the beer to finish spicy, semi-dry and with that seductive cooling evaporation of mint. Coolcumber is an ultimate study in refreshment, drinkability and high quaffing rates, at least those who can get past having cucumber in their beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I go into this despising cucumbers but finding the beer to be nicely drinkable. I do get the advertised juniper and basil with a very natural cucumber.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served draft at the brewery. Was served in a glass with a slice of cucumber garnishing the rim. Nice pale golden color. Flavors of cucumber and complimentary herbs. Supremely refreshing and is a perfect beer to enjoy outside on a hot summer day!

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden in color.

Aroma/Flavor: Light, prickly cucumber with a touch of minty refreshing quality. Great on a hot day!

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, just a hint of residual flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cucumber seems to be coming into vogue as a beer ingredient, and this is in the top couple of takes on it i have seen. somewhat of a cucumber saison, with an appreciable yeast character to it, but a brighter golden grain base, honey malt and two row, rather than wheat usually found in a saison. its only mildly farmy too, truly agricultural though, the cucumber is robust in the nose and blends right into the rich frothy off white head on this thing. its clean and crisp in taste like water at a spa, with the essence of the cucumber shining through the pale malt base, hopped just enough to bring it to life. is grassy but never waxy or pithy like the outside of the cucumber. its also not gelatinous like the overripe inside of the vegetable where the seeds hang out. it just works as what it is, a hard to define beer in terms of style, because the yeast is there in the finish, almost belgian for a second, but way too mild for that. one heck of an interesting brew here from these guys. the cucumber tames as it warms, quite the opposite of expectations. ive learned to to expect the unexpected in wicked weed stuff by now though...

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A clear golden pour with the head forming to three inches and creating some good lacing action

Smell: Cucumber and juniper berries

Taste: Cucumber and juniper, up front, with the basil and yeast combining in the middle to add an herbal, almost briny character; the flavors persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a fan of juniper in beers so I can't say I really enjoyed this; I can see why others might, however

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of cucumber and herbal/basil spicing. Subtly sweet with a spiced edge. Flavors are basil spice forward, with a cucumber backbone, hints of gin, and toasted grains. Smooth, light bodied, with an herbal aftertaste. Smooth, crisp finish. Wow!!

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Ridgewood

Clear pale yellow under a slender white head that drops to a bubbly white ring. Fresh, green aromas of cucumber, freshly crushed herbs, green vegetation, and light pepper. Continued cucumber freshness in the flavor, crisp and dry with basil, green grass, and some grain in the finish. Light, very refreshing, and slightly bitter. Quite the interesting beer…so green and fresh without much noise from the malts or yeast. Well made, though I don’t think I’d bother having more than one or two.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a pale golden yellow color with a small foamy white head, decent retention

S- fresh cucumbers with some floral hop, crisp toasty clean malt

T- cucumber flavor follows the aroma, clean and light, very refreshing. Toasted malt finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy and creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and crisp finish

O- so refreshing and drinkable, perfect summer beer

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Photo of rwhite757
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at a local bottle shop. Very light in color and had a nice cucumber nose. The taste and mouth feel were very light and refreshing. I prefer the Cigar City version a bit better than this. Overall this is a great summer beer but I personally could have used a little more cucumber.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Duckworth's in Cornelius NC.

Wicked Weed rarely fails to amaze me. The nose on this beer is fantastic, straight up cucumber and very peppery. There's no denying the cucumber, it's amazingly fresh - as if it was just added - or randalized. Thin golden brew with a nice fluffy head and thick lacing, creamy and peppery. Probably a perfect entry to experimental beers for the novice with easily enough interest for a beer geek like me. Gr8 beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Wicked Weed. Served in a mini shaker glass.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before falling to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Some bright saison yeast and then some cucumber that's quite apparent but not overly so.

T- Cucumber presence is greater in the flavor with a mild tangy saison yeast bite. Very refreshing if not a bit watery near the end.

M- Very mildly sharp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I'm glad that the cucumber isn't too heavy in this as the only other cucumber saison I've had was Cigar City's and it was a bit too much.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle rising carbonation from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy/creamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film coating the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring a the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of fresh cucumber with light notes of basil.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with some light to moderate flavors of basil and juniper berries. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of fresh cucumbers.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

O: This beer is light, refreshing, and very easy to drink - it pairs well with pizza. Very enjoyable, I would highly recommend this one.

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