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What The Huck | Fernie Brewing Co.

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3.6/5
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60 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
ferniebrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bobsy on 05-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,367
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
60
pDev:
10.83%
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Reviews by goalie35:
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ry-guy
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Rempeba
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of souvenirs
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Rutager
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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 ILOVEHAM
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeezLynn
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cbutova
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
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 BigBry
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyMike
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LazyL
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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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What The Huck from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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