Spotted Cow Fieldberry | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
amsterdambeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mrcasual on 05-19-2017

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Reviews:
2
Ratings:
8
pDev:
11.53%
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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Jun 1 2017 and served slightly chilled. Cracked open a can of this a few weeks ago and didn't mind it, so I thought I'd give it a more detailed look.

Pours a cloudy pinkish-apricot colour; looks quite effervescent, with nearly an inch of soapy, big-bubbled foam congregating at the surface. This head fizzles itself out of existence within 90 seconds or so, with only a sickly thin collar of foam surviving in place afterwards. Grainy wheat and bready malt sweetness are apparent on the nose, as is the spicy character of Belgian yeast, with subtle hints of berry preserves serving in a supportive background role. You can tell the berries are there, but they all sort of blend together within the aroma - I can sort of pick out the raspberry, but discerning the blue/blackberries is difficult even for a skilled schnozz.

The background is permeated with that same gritty, grainy, slightly bready wheat sweetness from the nose, with most of the rest of the flavour dominated by the brew's titular ingredients. Tart raspberry is most noticeable, with hints of blackberry flesh and blueberry skin coming through in the finish, finally joined by a touch of yeasty spice in the (brief) aftertaste. Not what I would describe as juicy - in fact it's surprisingly dry on the back end, which makes sipping it quickly an effortless exercise. Light in body, with lively carbonation that prickles the palate aggressively throughout the entire glass. Refreshing and easy to toss back; a beer meant for gulping, not for savouring or detailed analysis.

Final Grade: 3.55, a B grade. Spotted Cow Fieldberry Wheat is my kind of fruit beer - the fruit flavours are relatively conservative, and the underlying beer itself (in this case, a witbier) is not severely masked or otherwise marred by their presence. I like this more than their KLB Raspberry, because this one is not so one-dimensional and more 'beer-like' overall. A decent fruit beer that I'll return to once in a while, probably during the summer months.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the LCBO for around $3

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Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pmicdee
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm just so not up for North American style wheat beers -- especially as European/German wheats are some of my faves -- so that should give you a sense of my drift here. Moderate head, slightly odd orange-rose coloured brew. Nose is fruit and wheat with something of an edge to it. To taste, wheat and fruit, no subtelty, just too metallic and brittle in character to me. Thin bodied. None of the comfort of the Euros.

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Spotted Cow Fieldberry from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 8 ratings