What The Huck | Fernie Brewing Co.

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What The HuckWhat The Huck

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

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

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 21
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Erik-P
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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 cbutova
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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 andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Rutager
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 vette2006c5r
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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 BigBry
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Bunman3
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Coronaeus
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Tivlavrie
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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