Deadman Creek Cranberry Wheat Ale | Yukon Brewing Company

Deadman Creek Cranberry Wheat AleDeadman Creek Cranberry Wheat Ale
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Deadman Creek Cranberry Wheat AleDeadman Creek Cranberry Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Cwrw on 02-03-2005

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Somewhat creepy abstract aboriginal art on the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and barely bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of random coral reef lace around the glass as things genially recede.

It smells of gritty, grainy wheat malt, some further bready caramel notes, a middling tart red fruitiness, stale lemon juice, and mild weedy, grassy hops. The taste is more softly toasted grainy and wheaty malt, ethereal lemon pepper, a very brief, and generally difficult to detect, tart cranberry, um, 'sweetness', and middling sour, leafy hops.

The carbonation is soft and mostly ineffectual, the body a more than adequate medium weight for the style, smooth beyond anything infused with cranberries should be, and pleasantly structured. It finishes just off-dry, crisp, and lingering in its hollow fruitiness.

While not the headiest of fruit beers out there, the cranberries providing a bit of soft-shoe through the mash in rubber boots sort of performance, this is still enjoyable in its sturdy base wheat beer goodness, and all things considered, a nice choice for a hot and sunny mid-summer patio quaff.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice slightly hazy golden color that didn’t have any head or lacing. The smell had a faint combined cranberry and wheat with no expected grainy kick that I sometimes get in these types of beers. The taste was pretty much the same. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and sessionable. There’s no kick from the wheat or tang from the cranberry. Overall, I would say this would be a solid Summer choice.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It may be brewed with cranberries but this beer is peach. Though bright in colour, the hazy nature of its complexion is such that it doesn't emit many highlights, although odd angles against the light may reveal a faint rosy tint. By and large, however, Deadman Creek is blurred enough that it could be used to hide a body (given the total lack of suds, there's no threat of anything washing up against the glass).

The aroma doesn't provide much to get happy about, especially for a fruit beer. The scent of cranberry - assuming one can place it at all - is disappointingly vague. While faint but pleasant florals and a dash of fruity tartness work their way through once the beer starts losing its chill, the bouquet centers predominantly around bready-sweet pale malts.

Brewing fruit beers the honest way - with real fruit and adding no syrups or artificial flavours - is a very noble way of going about it. From a practical perspective, however, those kinds of offerings rarely offer the same level of flavour as the artificial ones. Again, the cranberry character is ostensibly absent. Like it did in the aroma, a trace of fruity tartness is eventually noted but it's so brief as to be inconsequential.

Calling Deadman Creek a fruit beer may be false pretenses, but no one's claiming it's bad. In fact, its light body, clean malt, spritzy bubbles and carefree quaffability make it an ideal candidate for wide appeal (with the non-beer geek crowd, that is). Once one get's over any anticipations of cranberry, the 'wheat ale' aspect of the beer is not half-bad, albeit in a plain-ish, workaday kind of way.

There's nothing wrong with Deadman Creek provided you're easily pleased and preferably a casual beer drinker. Also, don't expect a fruit beer in the sense of something colourful, fruity and sweet - this is a pale ale more than anything else. Yukon Brewing doesn't put their name to bad beer and while this be my least favourite brand in their lineup, I'm sure there's plenty of (mainstream) drinkers that would disagree.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec29 2009

A a very cloudy dark peachy color with a finger of head that has average retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S faint yeast, wheat and some berry not necessarily cranberry

T again wheat and berry but with a little honey, better then expected and fairly unique

M a little bitter with a creamy feel from the bubbles

D I'm thinking this would make a great patio beer with some heat, but even on this cold winter night I have few complaints

I love the bear on the label even better then the dog on lead dog's label. but all pictures aside the beer inside this brewers bottle have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange that this beer first shows up in Vancouver around Xmas in a snow storm as it really is a summer patio brew. Pours a little darker than the average wheat with a crisp nose with some cranberry in the background. More an American Wheat than a Hefe this is a solid though not too exciting offering with an actual lack of cranberry taste. Seems like Yukon played it too safe with this beer but still a decent Am Wheat.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes quite a while back
A - Very hazy golden orannge, finger of head held at thin cover
S - Tart cranberry, bready, touch of grass
T - Starts with a tart bitter cranberry tang, quickly fades to bready and toasty malt, some light herbs and grass
M - Fairly light with prickly carbonation, finishes dry with a slight metallic feel
O – a decent enough offering, had this as part of their mixer dozen, although I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy a 6 pack relative to some of their other brews

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Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PArt of the Yukon "Thirst Aid Kit" mixed 12 pack, came with a free pint glass.
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a bubbly head. The foam has almost a pinkish orange color, but disappears too quickly to be sure. Smell is a very faint sour cranberry. It is alright, but I was expecting more. You can taste some cranberry, but it is very subtle. The wheat flavor comes through more than the fruit. The high carbonation gives a good twang in your mouth, but not much else. Good for a summer thirst quencher, but my least favorite from Yukon. I guess I wanted more fruit flavors. Brewster's Winter Cranberry was better, imo.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting surprise to find on the local shelves. Immediately had to pick up a 6, Yukon has managed to wedge their way into my beer drinker's heart for their quality, regardless of what style they tackle. A picture of a grizzly bear in the middle of berry season on the label, a different direction from Yukon's previous labels.

Pours out an ever so slightly hazed apricot colour, lots of carbonation, and a beautiful thick creamy cap of white head. Amazing head retention, I'm thoroughly impressed, leaving small bits of lacing here and there. The aroma is light, but still with a fair amount to say. Light crisp grains, some lingering sweetness from the wheat and berries, a light floral tartness, from the hops as well as the berries. A very fine balance on the flavour as well, the grain itself is crisp and musty while allowing some bready sweetness to manifest, while the berries provide some sweetness at first, but become more tart on the finish, blending nicely with the mild grassy hops. There is no dominant ingredient here, nothing overpowers the other, it's quite a beautiful marriage. The cranberries contribute to the flavouring, but never become too fruity at any given point. They are more apparent on the finish and aftertaste, but are not obnoxious. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth over the palate with a bit of a carbonation kick on the finish.

I'm very impressed, Yukon Brewing has managed to bring back some respect and credibility to brewing beer with fruit, showing what the results can be when its done right. This has got to be the best, most balanced fruit beer I've ever sampled, I had to drink two alone for this review in order to pick up on all the nuances. And I think I'll have another one after this as well.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bunman3
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours an amber colour with a 1/2 finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- wheat, grass, lemon, hint of cranberry

Taste- Wheat and grass with tartness from the cranberries.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish.

Overall- A crisp and refreshing wheat beer by Yukon. Plays it safe on the cranberry content, but they could probably add a bit more for extra flavour.

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of elricorico
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange colour with a fizzy head that seems to have a pinkish hue. The head fades fast to leave a thick ring around the glass.

Smell is tart cranberry with hay. Or maybe hay with tart cranberry. Smells alright.

Cranberry is the dominant taste, yet it is not an overpowering flavour like some fruit beers can have. The finish is a bit dry from the wheat and a bit tart from the cranberry. The overall effect is pleasant.

Mouthfeel I think is a bit abrasive from the carbonation. I find this beer gets easier to drink as it settles some. It does have some body though, almost making up for it.

Good summertime quaffer. Worth having around, especially for guests on a sunshining day in the back yard.

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Photo of rogerdandy
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of pathead
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, as I have come to expect from this brewery, this is a very appealing beer, with a healthy, fairly brilliant white head that churned some and then stopped, leaving a styrofoamish layer that rivals many good German hefeweizens. The head shows stunning consistency, seemingly stopping dead at about 2 cm and looking like ice-cream from the top. The lacing is less spectacular, but still quite good, leaving a variety of bubbles, some creamy some not. The beer itself is darker than I expected: nectarine-juice colouration, some dark orange, hazy apple juice, but almost no trace of any yellow. It is unfiltered, giving it a murky thickness which is non-transparent. The aroma is tart cranberry with clean malted wheat. The cranberries are light after the head has receded but they easily add some tartness and mintiness to the smell. However, immediately after the pour, when the head is still full, the cranberry sugariness is actually quite powerful, almost candy-like in tartness and sour in a good way. In fact, I much prefer this cranberry smell over Unibroue's Cranberry Ephemere beer. Delicious fresh wheat aroma, grainy and dusty. Definite tartness and sweetness, though this is extremely balanced with the malt: neither smell is overpowering. Light acidic tomato notes, some roasted characteristics, faint caramel, lemon or lime, and even some spiciness is smelt, tickling the nose gently like cinammon. The taste is light but extremely rejuvenating. At the front the wheat balances well with the cranberry, which only asserts its sweetness near the middle, giving a refreshing tang of fruit like a healthy juice, but it never becomes overpowering to the point of making the drinker wonder whether this might have made a better fruit juice than a beer. No, the malt makes sure of that all the way through the taste, from front to back, because the wheat taste is extremely husky and grainy. This is felt most in the finish, which leaves an adjunct-free maltiness, fresh grain, like newly baked bread. Little or no typical hefe tastes, the yeast perhaps giving some dim apple, but the berries are pretty much the only fruit here. The cranberries are still there in the aftertaste, but the malt, and even some light hop dryness are what constitute the finish. In fact, about 5 minutes after I had finished the beer, ripe new cranberry tastes seemed to come bubbling back to the mouth. This is light drinking, but medium bodied, and it lingers surprisingly for such a quaffer.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a clouded hazy golden orange color with vertical streaks of crimson. The head is a fairly thick finger of white dense foam. Lacing begins thick and sticky.

Smell is wheat, light yeast, citrusy lemons, and a faint sweet maltiness.

Taste is suprisingly tart. Grain husk, wheaty flavor with bready yeast notes. Minimal hop bitterness. The cranberries add a lemon-like citrus flavor that works nicely.

Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. A crisp mouthfeel.

Not bad. I'm glad I got the chance to try some of the Yukon Brewing products. Thanks Mom!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle, this was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy red color with a bubbly white head that trailed off immediately. There wasn't any lacing.
The smell had some light sweet wheat, light lemon and then just a bit of tart cranberry.
The taste was basically the same through sweet to a dry bitter and tartness in the lemon and cranberry. Dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a crisp sessionable feel. Semi-dry yet somewhat refreshing - if that makes sense - ?
Overall, weird beer, did I have it too late? If I had it again, I'd have it fresh and most likely in the Summer.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Give Yukon full marks for the concept of a cranberry wheat beer, but they fall down in the execution — I just don't pick up a whole lot of cranberry taste in this beer, which is kinda supposed to be the point, isn't it?

It has a nice wheat beer look, pouring cloudy and golden with a slight red hue that gives it almost a coppery, IPA-like appearance. The aroma has a nice tartness you get in wheat beers, though this isn't the traditional banana-clove thing happening: it's a slight whiff of berries that hints at better things.

Sadly, the taste doesn't build on the tantalizing smell. This is a decent enough brew and there's some nice fruity tartness to it that says "wheat beer" to me, but I could barely divine any discernable cranberry taste.

If they infuse more cranberry taste in this beer, it would make it a nice change of pace that I could see myself reaching for in the summer. As it is now, it's simply a well-made, if indistinguishable, beer.

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Photo of scott451
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Swirl poured into a glass mug. Poured a hazy apricot with a thin white head that soon diminished to a ring.

Bready with musty fruit in the aroma. A very pleasant taste that it hard to pin down. No sign of cranberries. An interesting somewhat tart finish. There is some complexity here but it is hard to say what from.

Medium body and carbonation. Very refreshing. More od a wheat than a fruit beer bu as such is is pretty good.

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Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of northof60hops
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ComradeCanadia
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cranberry? Wheat ale? Why not?


Lovely frothy white head builds up over a marmalade-coloured, somewhat cloudy ale. Significantly darker in the middle, it's not-bad to look at.


Not much here, but still pleasant enough. Smooth, citrusy notes with wheat (obviously) and some yeast.


I don't mind this, but it's not quite what I wanted. Cranberry is definitely there, but... extremely faint. I mostly notice it in a nice, tart finish - which is the most appealing thing about this beer. Other flavours are wheat and yeast, really. I'd like it more if the cranberry was just a LITTLE more apparent.


Mouthfeel is nice, the beer has excellent body and goes down quite smoothly.


I could easily drink this nonstop without getting or sick of it. The light, crisp flavour and smooth body make for an easy session beer in my book.

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