Coolcumber | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by metter98 on 05-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of basil and juniper berries are present in the nose.
T: Flavors of basil and juniper berries stand out in the initial taste while cucumbers are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes like it would go well with a margarita pizza.

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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 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.

C+ (3.16) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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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 oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 Kurmaraja
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Wicked Weed

There aren't many elements of this beer that I like--not a fan of juniper, cucumber--but somehow they managed to pull this one off to the point where I actually found it drinkable.

Clear yellow pour with a small white head that fizzled out, leaving a small ringlet behind. Cucumber slice garnish. There was a blast of cucumber in the nose, but mainly from the garnish, lesser notes of basil and grass. Crisp and clean on the palate, basil and cucumber flavors obvious, light notes of juniper berries and herbal hops, fleshed out with lightly toasted pale malts. Body was light, mouthfeel was crisp. This was an easily drinkable beer for sure, and quite well-done overall.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of billab914
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall interesting but too much cucumber to be enjoyable for me.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Coolcumber from Wicked Weed Brewing
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