Door County Cherry Wheat | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Door County Cherry WheatDoor County Cherry Wheat
Door County Cherry WheatDoor County Cherry Wheat

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Door County Cherry Wheat pours a golden, orange hue. The frothy two finger off-white, slightly pink-tinted head fades to leave a spotty lace. The slight aroma of cherries doesn't over power the soft wheat smell. These flavors play wonderfully together, neither overpowering the other in taste. With a medium-light body, Cherry Wheat leaves you with a mildly tart Montmorency cherry finish.

20 IBU

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 140
Photo of scaliasux
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Light yellowish-red. Hazy. Medium tall, white head.

S - Faint cherries, light bready malt.

T - Rather light flavor. Mildly sour cherry, bread, lemon.

F - Light.

O - Light flavored, tart, and refreshing. Cherry flavor is much more subtle than expected.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish orange with a finger width white head. Not much of a smell. Taste is a combination of dark fruit cherry and wheat notes. Mouthfeel is a little heavier then expected. Overall it's an okay beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is tart cherries, fruit and a hint of brown dark bread. The flavor is cherries, fruit, dark bread/malts, mild dark fruit and a mix of slight sweetness and tart in the finish.

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Photo of NelsonMilbach
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great spin on a wheat beer. More cherry "essence" than tart cherry flavor, I'm more of a fan than I thought I would be of this. Cloudy as the day is long...but you're not going to get clarity with added fruit purée. Consumed 4.29.16

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy darker yellowish golden color with white head. Cherry, wheat, and some grassy notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cherry, light, and tart.

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Photo of VTR
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up figuring it might be a good choice. I popped it open and could barely pick up cherry in the nose. The cherry seemed to get lost in the wheat, not what I was expecting. Taste left a lot to be desired. The "cherry" taste if you want to call it that was strong and upfront. The taste seemed to be a mix of medicinal cherry and black olives. The tartness was a nice pop but was ruined by the rest of the flavor. I managed to finish this beer but I will not be back to revisit. If I want a cherry wheat I will stick with SA Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Milwaukee Hinterland. This beer is based on an American wheat, not Belgian or German, the cherry is not too intense, golden orange, fluffy slightly pink tinted white head, cherry aroma and flavors are laid back – not intense, mildly tart, can smell the wheat over the cherries, medium-light body, medium to medium high carbonation. Nice but somewhat bland.

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Photo of dhannes
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice, drinkable beer...tart at first...light cherry and wheat flavors...enjoyable, but I recall liking the Sam Adams' offering better. 5/17 updated...revisited and re-ranked.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded amber with an orange-ish tint. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of cherry juice - with a slight tart touch.

The cherries land more "natural" than "artificial", though in a sweet juice way. There is a hint of tart in the finish.

It is rather watery. Slightly fizzy. Easy enough to drink.

Not one of the best fruit beers from Wisconsin, but better than some others out there. It's an average American Wheat with a cherry character that is a bit better than average.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint reddish orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a fairly light aroma with very light notes of wheat and slightly heavier notes of cherries.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat with a light to moderate flavor of cherries - not too sweet and not too tart. There is a light amount of underlying medicinal flavors whether from herbal hops or the cherries, I cannot determine. Minimal bitterness that does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden, it reminds me of a slightly better version of the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat (less artificial cherry smell/taste). Refreshing and would be good on a really hot day.

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Photo of msquared36
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown a slightly cloudy. Delicate smell of ripe sour cherries. This tastes like a Hostess Cherry Pie. And I honestly don't know if that is a compliment or a complaint. Very sweet cherry, kind of syrupy. Very noticeable bread taste.

One glass for dessert isn't bad. More than one in a sitting would be a bit much.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for two reasons
1. I love cherry in beer and am a sucker for any cherry beer.
2. I truly don't believe this could be as bad as Samuel Adams version.

1.99 for the single

A - Orange red hue with just a 1/4 inch of head that clears out rather slowly. Rather hazy really.
S - Cherry, some wheat, and a touch of Carmel malt. It smells OK.
T - Pretty much cherry and caramel malty flavor. Doesn't get too wheaty but I can pick it up. Drinks kind of medicinal like the Samuel adams version so either more juice or hops.
M - Light to medium not too watery but only semi beer like.

Overall it's OK really reminds me of Tröegs Troegenator in a way. Well hidden alcohol with mild sweet flavors and a bland herbal finish.

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Photo of alphagnome
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy medium oak color with a rather lackluster head that withers away to a paper-thin film. Carbonation is next to non-existence.

I honestly can't decide if I like it or hate it. This may come as a shocker, but the dominant notes here are caramel malts and cherries. Tart cherries. Almost sour cherries. Very thick presence.

Follows the nose. Tart cherries laid on a thick, caramel malt flavor. Reminds me of a can of cherry pie filling. Reminds me of an Octoberfest. I get zero wheat or grain characters - odd because the name explicitly calls it out. No noticeable hop presence either.

Thick and smooth and pretty easy to drink. Tartness becomes more evident as the beverage warms. Carbonation is quite dull.

Not a bad beverage, but not one I'd reach for again. Worth trying if for no other reason than to add it to your palate.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip.
5.4% ABV

A - Pink-hued in both head and body, this cloudy golden beer has a tall pile of foam that leaves thin, delicate rings of lace around the glass.

S - The addition of Door County cherries to this simplistic beer bring real fruitiness to the beer; tart cherry skin, none of that sugary syrup crap. Pale, grainy malt and soft wheat balance the background of this light aroma fruit beer.

T - Smooth, fresh flavor of real cherries imparts a lovely tartness that interacts very well with the earthy pale malt and soft wheat undertones but this one is a true fruit beer; sustained cherry flavor, not subtle nuances.

M - This light-bodied wheat beer has thirst quenching carbonation and smooth drinkability with the perfect level of cherry skin tartness lingering on the finish!

O - Hinterland's Cherry Wheat is a crisp, refreshing beer with plenty of boastful REAL Door County cherry flavor and balanced tartness for supreme drinkability. This exceptional seasonal is one that's not to be missed!

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Photo of MadScientist
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A fairly clear, medium copper colored beer with a light red hue. The head is made of low, off-white, fine bubbles.

S: A mild malt sweetness with some bready character and mild dark stone fruit notes.

T: A medium, juicy cherry flavor, somewhat like fresh juice not not all that fresh, mixed with a light, wheat malt sweetness. There is a light hops bitterness but it's mostly the tart cherries balancing the malt. The overall balance is lightly tart. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of cherries. There is a slightly odd flavor character blending throughout that I can describe that well but it's that funky that straight cherry juice has.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium strong carbonation.

O: A good fruit beer, cherries play the leading role here but they don't completely overwhelm the beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cherry Wheat pours a reddish hazy color with very little head. Their is a stale aroma with hints of cherry; tart and sweet. The taste has mellow tart cherry flavors, and then finished with a sweet cherry flavor, on a weak wheat like backbone. Tastes a bit stale as well. Stale taste, hints of weak cherries, still a nice flavor, but also under carbonated. Overall its an OKAY beer nothing special, but still gotta love cherries for that to happen.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Hazy Amber with a 2 finger head. Really can't see any carbonation going on thanks to the haze.

Smell - Barley, Cherry, Malts, Wheat , and some mild floral hops. Smell is surprisingly mild, at least compared to the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Taste - Cherry, Wheat, Floral Hops, Malts and Barley with a tart aftertaste. It's sweet but not in an overpowering sense and very well balanced. As it warms up, the cherry flavor begins to become more obvious

Mouthfeel - Light body and some light carbonation. It isn't crisp or refreshing to drink, but it is easy to drink

Overall - For a fruit beer, this is quite good! The flavor is nice and tart without being too sweet and it's very easy to drink. The flavor is not for everyone but for what it is, it's quite tasty

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint size bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber, very clear, red/pinkish hue. Immense creamy white foam. My pour yileded 2 inches at least. Cherry nose, malty too. Taste is light fruity, followed by a burst of carbonation, and then tart cherries. That closing tart sour holds. Really firm in the mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit too fizzy. Balanced.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Has a pink-tinged amber color with a small single finger head but no lacing. Body and carbonation levels are both on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells lightly of tart semi-medicinal cherries, but is mostly a medium wheat malt-forward on the nose. Taste is inverted from the nose expectations, with a semi-sour / medicinal medium cherry presence, but only light wheat malt flavors. The finish actually goes sweeter than the rest of the sip, which I found somewhat mildly jarring...

It's an OK beer, but has a few problems that keep it from being great.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the wife's last sojourn to Hudson, this bottle wound up in the cart. Never heard of these guys, which is a little bit scary. Not a cherry lover either. Here we go.

Pours a nice, clean amber. Half finger head.

The smell is slightly tart but a little weak. Get some bakery flavors here. Sure as hell no hops, but that's to be expected.

Taste brings out some more sour, but it's still not pronounced, and frankly, not a very focused cherry flavor either. I'm enjoying it, but not totally sure what they are going for here.

OK, wheats are supposed to be thin, but this ran a little too thin for my taste, and was a bit fizzy and overcarbonated. Not awful

In conclusion, Hinterland seemed to wind up making a saison, not a fruit beer, but whatever it is, I enjoyed it OK. B-/C+ in old school rankings, meaning I would recommend it after you've verified there's nothing else compelling on tap or on the shelves

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Photo of hwwty4
2.44/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 16oz bottle into my Lowenbrau pilsner glass.

This beer pours a hazy auburn with a decent 3 inch head that leaves just a little bit of lacing down the inside of the glass. Honestly its a really nice color. Its a pretty beer. The aroma goes down hill. The aroma is fairly paltry. Just a little bit of malty sweetness mixed with sweet pie filling cherries. It has that artificial cherry sweetness in the aroma. The flavor reminds me of a generic amber with cherry pie filling. Honestly I get nothing that would tell me its a wheat. Just a little malty sweetness and pie filling. That fake pie filling is a fairly obvious flavor and its written all over this. The mouthfeel is average. Nothing really notable. Medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall, if I'm ever back in Wisconsin, I'm not picking it up again.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Displayed on the rack with a sign saying "Recomended. From Wisconsin Brew Pub"
Color is copper that is twisted slightly pink/orange. No head, only a thin lace around the edges of the glass. Aroma is toasted wheat bread and not much else. A slight sweetness is present but I'm not getting any cherries. Flavor has a sweet and sour kick upfront that transitions to a caramel wheat middle. Finishes crisp with a sharp sour cherry bite. I was wondering when the cherries would kick in. The cherry mostly adds a tartness to the toasty wheat body. A carbonation tingle finishes it off with a tartness slowly building and drying out on the tongue.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint bottle poured into a pint glass (what a perfect match)

a decent reddish orange (more red than orange) with a thin thin head with little retention and lacing. the nose is cherry grain wheat lemon and a bit of pepper. a good combination of flavors here but they only pull it off don't do anything to make the aroma stand out. the taste is grain sweet sweet cherry corn husk and a lemon/pepper finish. the taste is just not doing it for me. it tastes like BMC hidden by cherry. good amount of carbonation with some nice puckering from the cherries. no real hop presence on this. overall this is one i will definitely not be seeking out again.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pale reddish hue. Produced some white froth and bubbles.

(S)- A sweet malty honey profile with subtle cherry and wood-like components.

(T)- Some nice rich cherry aspect. Sweet with some pie crust-like characters too.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Light and fruity. Sweet and thin, but crisp and refreshing.

(D)- An easy drinker. Very light and fruity yet sweet and thirst quenching at the same time.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hinterland in Green Bay - stange glass

A - Poured a clear amber color with a finger of off white foam. I was surprised just how clear it was. Retention was decent with good lacing al the way through til the end.

S - Nose isn't overpowering...malty with just a hint of cherry in there.

T - The taste is crisp, clean, and has a kick of tart cherries on the side of the tongue at the finish.

M - A little thinner than what I expected but this is a summer brew after all I guess. Moderately carbonated. Pretty drinkable really for a fruit beer.

O - After about 3/4 of the pour the tartness and fruitiness starts piling up. But by no means is it overpowering like a lot of fruit beers. I can say I like it, not love it, and one would be enough at a sitting.

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Door County Cherry Wheat from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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