What The Huck
Fernie Brewing Co.

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #345
Ranked #37,291
3.65 | pDev: 10.41%
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
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Notes: Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the Huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. We’ve blended it with a touch of wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries. Great for the summer patio season, cosy inter-season dinners or your finest apres ski. We’ve added the berry juice after filtration, giving a subtle purple colour and a slight haze, with a tartly sweet finish.
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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s kind of a pinkish beige colour, clear filtered with moderate carbonation and a finger of pink tinged to white head.

It smells of malt, sour, and a bit of cardboard.

It is slightly sweet with berries and with a strong malty back bone.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Cranbrook BC and I’m drinking it in Redding California September 17, 2019.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beagle Pub on Vancouver Island.
Pours clear golden rose with a tall short pinkish white head.
The appealing aroma is has some berries but is very mild. So too with the flavor.
Overall: too timid

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Photo of cbutova
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

British Columbia review dump.

A- Tallboy into a pint glass with a deep gold pale amber body and a thick creamy white head. The cap shoots to an inch high with great retention. Lacing is formed with thick blankets.

S- Generic sweet malts with plenty of sweetness and caramelization dominating the aroma. Sweet red apples, pear esters, cereal, yeast bread and a generic jammy berry hints.

T- A bit cleaner than in the aroma but again rather sweet and the yeast runs wild with esters all over. Notes of sweet apple and peat join the whole grains and sweet barley to drive the beers flavor profile. A hint of berry flavoring feels lost with the strong yeast and sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied with a creamy and puffy texture. The carbonation is a bit low and it makes it feel somewhat thin.

Yeast esters run wild and join sweet grains to make a dangerous and untamed duo. The huckleberry is beyond secondary to this and overall it comes off as messy.

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Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale raspberry colour with three fingers of bubbly blush head.

Smell - wheat malts, tart berry aroma, grape juice, and hint of earthy and floral hops.

Taste - Predominately the taste is the wheat malts and huckleberries. The hops are very mild.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth, creamy with the tartness lingering.

Overall - A nice wheat ale for those who are curious to try a beer infused with fruit, The flavours are subtle but nonetheless refreshing.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy bronze shade, with a fluffy white head. Moderate head retention. Aroma is very fruity, sort of a jammy berry-like smell. Fruit is much less prominent in the flavor. Very wheaty, with very little yeast influence (no confusing it for a hefeweizen). Beyond the bready flavors, just a touch of fruityness and a bit of phenolic flavor on the back end. Mouthfeel is on full side with smooth carbonation.

This was a pleasant surprise. While I expected more huckleberry flavor, what I got was a quality wheat beer, with a touch of berry fruityness. The huckleberry didn't stand out to me as much as several other versions in my memory, but much better than the overly fruity/sweet, watered down versions you often get with fruited wheat beers.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the concept behind this beer. It uses local ingredients and celebrates a mountain lifestyle. Of the huckleberry flavoured beers out there, this is certainly one of my favorite. It is hazy, not overly sweet, and remains a beer first.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle, $5.10 + dep at the BCLS.

A: Big foamy head, a bit cloudy but fairly clear, sort of an amber colour with a slight pinkish hue. Colour is not the most appealing, but I guess this is what a wheat ale with huckleberry juice looks like.
S: Berries, piney hops.
T: Dry. I guess I taste the berries. It's pretty mild, but not flavourless.
F: Crispness from the carbonation. Medium-bodied, a bit thicker than I expected, but not syrupy.

Would I buy it again? Probably not, although it's not bad. I can think of other fruit beers I'd rather drink, but I don't regret giving it a try.

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Photo of maclean25
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours with little, white, head - and the small head reduces quickly. The body is cloudy with a mix of colours, kind of purple but more of an orange-dark red colour. The aroma is fresh and lively. I get mostly grain and detect pear and a smoky quality. Wheat ales mix well with fruit flavours as this beer demonstrates. The taste is mostly berry and light citrus. The fruit tastes real (not artificially flavoured). It has a medium body, which is heavier than I expected. The carbonation is appropriate.

Overall, it reminds me of a herbal tea, but cool and carbonated. I'm not a big fan of fruit herbal teas though and this isn't the best fruit flavoured beer I've ever had.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, AB. Served in a shaker.

Visual (2.5): Low-clarity, orangish hue with minimal head but nice lacing despite being in a shaker. No real stand-out traits.

Aroma (3.5): Berries...I'm guessing huckleberry and hints of gooseberry (advised by my friend who has tried both). What is for sure is a hoppy pine scent that does well to balance the wilderness fruit sweetness.

Taste (3.5): Fruity sweetness from the nose is reflected in the taste with the hops fitting into the flavour really well at the end. Sweetness lingers nicely with a great little hit of hop spice at the end. Would be best on a warm summer day.

Mouthfeel (3): Lively mouthfeel with active carbonation that sweeps over the pallet. A little watery with a lighter body. Again, the feel compliments the taste for some warmer weather.

Overall (4): This beer is the definition of "greater than the sum of it's parts". All togther, Fernie Brewing's What the Huck is a creative, well-crafted, and easily drinkable summer fruit beer. Although individually each of its traits may not stand out, all together What the Huck is a fantastic summer sipper that is not to be missed when the weather is good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a purplish amber color, with a small lacing head. The smell is borderline offensive. The taste is initially sweet, with a strong huckleberry taste, but then finishes with a strong wheat beer taste. The overall flavor is strong, but dosent last on the paletee very long; nice carbonation. Overall a very good wheat/fruit beer.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy purple appearance with a small amount of head but good lacing and retention. Was caught by surprise with the appearance. Sweet, berry smell with a hint of wheat, bread and apples.

Picked up wheat and berries for the taste as well as bread, some malt and a hint of vanilla. Taste seems like a lighter version of the smell. Light and creamy bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry, berry taste.

Overall, this is an interesting fruit beer and very refreshing. Taste could use more of a kick to it, but it's a well rounded beer. Will definitely try again in the summer.

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Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very bubbly one finger head on a hazy purplish apricot. The head soon passes. No lacing to speak of.

Fruity smells. Some light malt notes. The berries are apparent but restrained. On the first sip, a nice blueberryish whiff on a very mild wheat base. The berry flavours seem more dominant. A mild tangy finish.

A very light body and a fairly light carbonation. A pleasant creamy texture. The drinkability is very good. A well balanced fruit beer. It is nice to see real fruit (wild crafted yet) rather than syrup. It shows in the final product.

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Photo of LazyL
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright amber with a violet hue thats hard to explain. Good creamy head and some nice lace on the glass.
A bit of honey and some earthy notes, otherwise not alot here.
Slightly sour, but sweet at the same time. This is the berry influence. Its nice, has an OK mouthfeel and is quite an easy drinker.
This would be a nice addition to an ice filled tub on the deck for a summer BBQ. If you like this you will also like St Ambroise apricot wheat ale.

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Photo of Rutager
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber with a bluish hue. Interesting but not especially appealing. Half finger head falling to a film with minimal lacing.

Smell. Sour berries and apples. Some bready yeast and a little malt. Nice.

Taste. Berries and a little wheat. Finishing with some malt and a little honey. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel. Light and crisp with some prickly carbonation.

Drinkability. Goes down real easy. Not very sweet and pronounced, but light flavours make this a great drinker.

Looks like another nice summer thirst quencher that I'll buy again.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy purple-amber with big frothy off white head with great retention and thick lace.

Aroma: Gentle huckleberry and wheat.

Taste: Gentle huckleberry and wheat, tart dryness and a little sweetness. Good balance but the fruit is moderately subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: A nice beer, and a good effort. Would prefer more fruit intensity, however.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass sept10 2010

A hazy deep orange with a little pink with lots of bubbles including some of the biggest bubbles I've ever seen, thumbs width of head hangs around for a minute or two and leaves a patch of lace

S not much some honey, berries and wheat but rather faint

T what I smell but a little stronger and a little sweeter

M thin and a little too much carbonation it turns to foam in your mouth

D easy enough to drink nothings wrong with this one and it would go down fairly well with the hot sun

no reason not to try this beer and props to Fernie for branching out and trying something different from their norm

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Photo of BigBry
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Fernie brew that I got to try the draft version of on a trip to BC.
Golden colored liquid was slightly hazy, with a hint of purple when held up to the light. A thin floating cap of foam lasted nicely and left thin spiderwebs of lace. The fruit smell is evident from the start, sweet huckleberries, some wheat malt as well. The fruit flavor is right there, but without being too much. Very nicely balanced. Bready, wheat malt with sweet and tart fruit. A well made wheat beer with fruit incorporated (as opposed to a sickly sweet artificial flavoring).
Very nicely carbonated, bubbly on the tongue, smooth and not too fizzy. Mouth feel is light, keeping it refreshing and crisp. Easy to drink fruit beer.
And I brought a bottle home too.

Feb. 2016 - shared another 650 ml bottle with family. Not too much sweetness, smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a hazy bronze orange with one thumb of white had that retained reasonably well leaving a small lace of foam
S - grainy wheaty malt, some perfume hop notes, light sweet berry syrup scent
D - savory bready wheat malt flavour mixed with the very sweet and tart huckleberry, perfumy hop notes are very light, a biscuity aftertaste
M - the tart bitterness of the berries seems to dominate throughout, medium bodies with the chewiness of the bready wheat malt
D - the mix of sweet, bitter tart, and bready is an interesting mix of flavours and feels, the actual berry flavour is not over emphasized as is sometimes the case with fruit offerings, while nothing here is outstanding it is a very nice seasonal

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, abv. listed at 5%. Pours out with a tall loose creamy off-white head, cloudy russet copper hue for the body.

Tart musty dry grains on the nose, some creaminess, with low levels of sweet tart fruit.

Creamy, almost milky sweetness up front in the flavour, neutral grains in the middle, with some tart berries and more sweet cream on the finish.

Medium-bodied, soft and creamy texture, the wheat is put to good use, I wouldn't doubt if some oats were in there either.

I can see this appealing to the cross-over crowd, but it just doesn't gel with me, I find that milky sweetness quite off-putting, while the fruit content isn't high enough to even start to balance it out. I'll pass....

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I reviewed any of Fernie's beers it was years ago and they produced barely drinkable beer in home brew bottles. Things have changed and this is a great looking bomber with a nice play on words. The beer is thankfully much better.

The beer pours a slightly purple dark orange colour due to the Huckleberries being used after filtration. The head is big and fluffy and the nose is redolent of fruit and hops. The beer is all about the beer part first and the fruit second which is a great choice. The Huckleberry is pretty tart so it lends itself well to the taste. I don't taste a lot of wheat in here but rather the beer tastes like a pale ale with fruit. Very drinkable and well put together

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Photo of andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited a friendly local Co-op Liquor Store (Rocky Ridge) and was pleasantly surprised by their selection. This was one of the many selections I picked up for my birthday weekend.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with a reddish / purple hue around the edges. A thin layer of head with remains throughout and no real lacing.

S - The scent was full of berry fruits, with (what I'm assuming is, though I've never eaten) huckleberry, but is reminiscent of a mixture between a strawberry and blueberry. A bit of grassy wheat and bready malt comes off on the finish.

T - The fruit flavours are definitely noticeable, but by no means overwhelming. This is perfectly balanced, offering a sweet fruit flavour off the top, while finishing with a nice balance of wheat grains and bready malts. The huckleberry is nice and sweet, and has a bit of a vanilla finish. The lingering flavour is reminiscent of a berry sweet tart.

M - This one is perfectly carbonated, offering a nice bubbling sensation on the tongue, and goes down extremely smooth.

D - The light feel makes it go down extremely easy, and the delicious, yet not overpowering, combination of flavours makes for an easy drinking and enjoyable experience. The flavours are light enough that your can toss it back pretty easily, but it still offers enough flavour to make the experience memorable. Great beverage, and highly recommended to enthusiasts of berry flavoured beers!

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Photo of Shadman
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has the fruit beer look..cloudy reddish brown with a decently rich looking head.

Slight sweet berry fruitiness, sweet malts...pretty faint.

Slight berry tartness in front, watery afterward. Same toasty, buttery malts as in the Wit beer. Berry tartness returns @ the finish along with a nice dry ending.

Light, but again quite smooth and creamy.

Drinkable and quite refreshing. I felt the berry profile could have been fleashed out a bit more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, with a nice slick wood-grain blue label - and colour me a sucker for the quasi-vulgar eponymous pun!

A few years ago, on a visit to the northern Idaho panhandle, I was introduced to the huckleberry. It is quite prolific in the area, and I become familiar and amused by all of the huckleberry ales that I encountered, and thought them a nice and more preferable alternative to the standard blueberry fruit ales I normally see. Now, seeing an interior BC brewery produce such a product just makes good geographical sense, it does.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, purple-tinged medium copper amber colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which dissipates rapidly, leaving a random splatter of lonely islet lace around the glass.

It smells of weirdly spicy, grainy wheat malt, semi-tart dark field fruit, and a surprisingly strong pine needle hoppiness. The taste is more softly grainy wheat malt, a touch of generic breadiness, huckleberries (the real deal, if a bit one-dimensional in their bearing), and some mild, rather indistinct spice - white pepper and ginger, perhaps?

The carbonation is quite understated, just going about its quotidian bizness, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and a bit obviously fruity. It finishes off-dry, and pleasantly clean, with the fruity huckleberry tartness playing an unnecessary game of attrition against the lingering sweet grainy wheatiness.

It's nice to be able to just specify 'huckleberry' as a flavour, like, say 'apricot', when describing such a beer, a luxury I didn't have that first time around stateside. Overall, this is an enjoyably fruity wheat ale, the tartness present, but kept well in check. Refreshing, tasty, and nostalgic, all in one tidy package.

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What The Huck from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 64 ratings